Mayor Moreno inaugurates new Balulang National High School

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“They have now a home of their own.”

This was how Mayor Oscar Moreno describes the just inaugurated 3 storey-16 classroom Balulang National High School of Brgy Balulang on October 28, 2014.

Mayor Moreno, during the inauguration, said the new Balulang National High School will now have its own site situated along a one-hectare lot along Sentro Ilaya of the said barangay.

Moreno said this is only the beginning of solving classroom shortage in the city which resulted to emergency classes that cause the deterioration of the of education of the children.

“It is very tragic since Cagayan de Oro is the center of education in Northern Mindanao and yet it’s (quality of education) especially in the public elementary and secondary high school is very deteriorating given that education was given less priority in the previous years,” Moreno said.

Ms. Ma. Dulce Potenciano, focal person on education of the city and executive director of the Local School Board, said the opening of the classroom building will serve the over 150 students and will no longer be called an annex high school of Cagayan de Oro National High School.

Potenciano added the Moreno administration vowed to solve the problems on education especially on annex high schools that has been neglected for years.

The P19.9 million school building project is funded under the Special Education Fund (SEF) and approved by the 15-man team of the Local School Board (LSB). 

Construction of classrooms started few months after Mayor Moreno took over the rein of leadership in Cagayan de Oro when he won against former Mayor Vicente Emano.

Also present during the turn-over ceremony were representative of 1st District Rep. Rolando Uy, members of the LSB and DepEd officials.

The SEF was taken from a percentage of the Real Property Tax collected by the city.

The Balulang National High School, along with the new 1 storey-3classroom building of Man-ai Elementary School in Sitio Man-ai Brgy Tignapoloan, 1 srtorey-6classroom Tumpagon National High School and 3-storey-21 classroom PN Roa Elementary School were among the many classroom buildings already turned over by the city this year.

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Businessmen, taxpayers, motorists and the general public will soon heave a sigh of relief in paying their taxes, water bill and even traffic citation as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro formally launched Cagayan de Oro City’s Online Business Permit Registration and Mobile Money Ecosytem.

City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and Ms. Gloria Steele, the Mission Director of USAID Philippines and the Asia Pacific, led yesterday’s formal launching ceremony at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel, this city.

Other guests were: Remo Garovillo, director of Merchant Acquisition Globe- Xchange Inc.; Ruben Vegafria, chairman of the board of Cagayan de Oro Water District; COWD general manager Rachel Beja; Edgardo Micayabas, chief executive officer of micro-financing institution First Community Cooperative (FICCO); Jaime Rafael U. Paguio, senior vice president of Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO) and president of Promote CDO Foundation; and USAID's chief of party Mamerto Tangonan.

With the use of Globe’s Gcash, city residents can now use their mobile phones to pay or inquire their real property taxes, business permits, traffic citation and building permits through the mobile money system by dialing *137# to Globe network and simply follow the instructions.

This innovation as a faster, easier and convenient mode of mobile payment will soon be an acceptable payment method for COWD’s water bills, and can soon be used by Ficco’s loan disbursements and collections.

Businessmen and taxpayers can also access Cagayan de Oro City’s official website: for online business permit registration.

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CdeO adjudged as grand winner of ‘Livable Cities Design Challenge’

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Cagayan de Oro City’s status and reputation as the country’s 2nd most competitive city today rose to another level after being adjudged as grand winner of the ‘Livable Cities Design Challenge’ initiated by the National Competitiveness Council and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

‘Livable Cities Design Challenge’ is a planning and design competition whose objective is to get city planners across the Philippines to better plan their respective cities for a climate-defined future and for disaster-risk reduction.

The city bagged the top award in the Government Center category when it bested three other finalists, namely the cities of Roxas, Valenzuela and Zamboanga.

Government center means a complex of government buildings which are designed to be disaster-resistant and must be designed to serve the public in pre- and post-disaster phases. They must serve its primary purpose as a public service facility such as school, hospital or office building.

Cagayan de Oro City’s entry was entitled ‘Oro Central’ which is designed to develop City Central School not just as a topnotch public elementary institution but as well as an disaster-resistant evacuation center in times of disasters and/or calamities.

The city’s delegation headed by City Mayor Oscar Moreno formally received the accolade during Wednesday’s final conference and awarding ceremony held in Manila.

Elated with the citation, Mayor Moreno profusely thanked local architects from the Mindanao University of Science and Technology, United Architects of the Philippines, private sector ug the local government team led by City Hall’s Local Investment Promotions Officer Eileen San Juan for working hard together on the conceptualization and designing of the city’s entry.

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Oathtaking of ULAP National Executive Board Officers

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President Benigno S. Aquino III inducts into office the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) National Executive Board Officers during the oathtaking ceremony at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 02, 2014).

The new set of ULAP NEB officers are president Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr.; chairman Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr.; vice chairman Javier, Leyte Mayor Leonardo Javier, Jr.; executive vice president Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista; 1st vice president Manila City Vice Mayor Francisco Domagoso; 2nd vice president Cagayan Vice Governor Leonides Fausto; 3rd vice president Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno; secretary general Nueva Ecija Board Member Atty. Edmund Abesamis; assistant secretary general Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur Councilor Kirk Asis; treasurer Oriental Mindoro Vice Governor Humerlito Dolor; assistant treasurer Quezon City Councilor Raquel Malañgen; auditor Hadji Panglima Tahil Mayor Abraham Burahan; assistant auditor Surigao del Norte Board Member Myrna Romarate; p.r.o. Dagupan City Councilor Maybelyn dela Cruz-Fernandez; assistant p.r.o. Tarlac Board Member John Patrick Agustin; liaison officer Batac, Ilocos Norte Vice Mayor Ronald Allan Nalupta; assistant liaison officer Aklan Board Member Jose Enrique Miraflores; legal counsel South Cotabato Vice Governor Atty. Cecile Diel; chairman for advocacy and policy Valenzuela City Councilor Marlon Paulo Alejandrino; and chairperson for gender and development Parañaque City Councilor Alma Moreno.

ULAP is the umbrella organization of the country’s local government units, representing its members to national committees in the pursuit of local autonomy and good governance. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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Members of the Higaonon tribe in Cagayan de Oro successfully completed the 10-day training for their alternative livelihood, using indigenous materials for basket weaving and other ornaments, today here at City hall.

The training was in cooperation with Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Tesda, National Commission for Indigenous People, Cooperative Development Authority and the City Tourism Office and Cultural Affairs in Cagayan de Oro City. 

The trainor, Ms. Margie Abaquita, lauded the IPs including their chieftain for their unique culture.

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