Pueblo de Oro unveils La Aldea del Rio Model House

Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation (PDO) unveiled its much awaited La Aldea del Rio model house marking another milestone in affordable housing for the middle-income demographic.

The unveiling ceremony were held on February 17, 2024 headed by PDO Vice President and General Manager Chrysler B. Acebu. Guests and interested buyers got a firsthand chance to enjoy a free tour of the model house.

“We dedicate this model unit to the Greatest Architect,” says Mr. Acebu of the unveiling. “Today, we are signaling the birth of a community.”

La Aldea del Rio is the newest Pueblo de Oro development in Lumbia, a progressive barangay in uptown Cagayan de Oro City. The 4.3-hectare development is within a flood-free neighborhood and will be comprised of 435 housing units.

La Aldea del Rio features two-story Modern Asian townhouses for a contemporary and comfortable lifestyle with a floor area of 44 sq.m., inner lot area of 44 sq.m. and end lot area of a minimum of 60 sq.m.

The units are designed to meet the needs of first-time homeowners, starter families, and young professionals. The units come ready for paint and tiles, allowing homeowners greater freedom in styling the unit’s interiors to their needs and tastes. The suggested floor plan accommodates a master’s bedroom and second bedroom. All units have one (1) toilet and bath, a service area, and a provision for a carpark.

The project will also have features and amenities such as a gate and guardhouse, clubhouse, basketball court, and children’s playground.

La Aldea del Rio is within walking distance to the Lumbia Barangay Hall, elementary school, and newly-opened Cagayan de Oro City Hospital – Lumbia makes it ideal for residents to access life’s conveniences. It is close to the upcoming Gaisano Mall Lumbia and popular tourist spots and attractions such as the city’s famed whitewater rafting, Pueblo de Oro Golf & Country Club, Macahambus Cave, and Camarahan Pahiron Ridge.

The La Aldea del Rio model unit is now open for site tours, and buyers can now avail of a unit of their own for as low as P10K per month equity payment, with other easy payment options that make owning a home within reach.



Singapore’s Best Hair & Scalp Treatment Center opens in SM CDO Downtown

As the gateway city to Mindanao for the Visayas and Luzon, here’s another good reason why Filipinos from up North should soon beat a path to Cagayan de Oro City.

RETERN Hair & Scalp Institute, billed as Singapore’s Best Hair and Scalp treatment center, has now opened at the 4th Floor of SM CDO Downtown starting February 18, 2024.

Even months before they opened, people from as far as Bukidnon, Marawi and Davao have already been consulting with the facility for possible treatment of their hair loss, oily scalp, dandruff and gray hair.

“Since we were setting up our clinic in December 31, 2023, mall shoppers have already been consulting RETERN for their hair and scalp problems,” said Engr. Ludelle Jave Acacio, CEO of the facility which is the first in the Philippines, as well as the first outside Singapore.

Engr. Ludelle Jave Acacio with RETERN Founder Ms. Carriene Hew.

Engr. Acacio is one of the three couples behind LAM Cares Corporation, the Philippine franchisee of RETERN. While searching for a cure for her chronic dandruff, she and her two partners heard about RETERN and personally went to Singapore to try their treatments for themselves.

“After scanning and one treatment, I experienced a significant improvement in my scalp condition,” she disclosed. “One of our partners was also immediately relieved of her migraine after just one treatment of their signature massages.”

Right then and there, the three partners decided to inquire about setting up a RETERN clinic in the Philippines and received a positive response from Ms. Carienne Hew, the institute’s founder and a certified Trichologist with more than 20 years of experience providing natural, effective and permanent solutions to diverse hair and scalp problems.

Ms. Hew has formulated a comprehensive treatment program for the various hair and scalp problems experienced by individuals since these can vary considerably depending on one’s age, lifestyle, and immunity.

RETERN Founder Ms. Carriene Hew

Her holistic approach combines Western and traditional Eastern therapies with organic, nature-based products, to create RETERN’s Signature Bojin Meridian Hair Growth Therapy to promote wellness and heathy scalp and hair care.

“In Chinese medicine, the body’s meridian system is believed to be a network of energy channels through which vital Qi flows, influencing our well-being,” Ms. Hew stressed.

With stringent evaluation and extensive clinical research and development, RETERN’s bespoke Tricho-Blend® hair solution derived from scientifically proven herbology can target and address even the rarest of hair concerns.

“For more than 10 years we have dedicated our research and our competencies towards Hair and Scalp wellness,” Ms. Hew said. “With our dedication, efforts, and our client’s devotion to our recommended personalized regime towards their hair and scalp issues, we have over 2,000 of our clients witnessing improvement after their consistent treatments.”

So far, RETERN has a 95% success rate among its clients  in Singapore. However, they caution that  success also depends on the patient’s compliance with mandated protocols.

“As the first in the country, we need to orient our fellow Filipinos in the basics of proper hair and scalp care,” Engr. Acacio noted.

For instance, she emphasized that all of their three owner-partners are trained hair and scalp specialists, and so are their consultants and therapists. However, they will soon have a full-time trichologist to personally supervise their operations.

LAM Cares Corp Principals: (Left-right) Engr. Rina Fe Madrio, CFO; Engr. Ludelle Jave Acacio, CEO ; Ms. Carienne Hew, Senior Trichologist/RETERN Founder; Dr. Normie Jean Lacubtan, Ph.D , Corp. Sec.
(photo supplied)

A trichologist is a specialist who focuses on trichology — the study of diseases or problems related to the hair and scalp, as well as their treatments. Though some physicians are trained as trichologists, most are not doctors, but they are trained and certified to advise people who are having hair-related problems, such as hair loss or scalp conditions. 

Trichologists examine the hair and scalp to diagnose and recommend treatment for your condition and its severity. However, since they’re not physicians, they cannot prescribe drugs or perform medical or surgical procedures. 

Like RETERN Founder Ms. Carienne Hew,trichologists get specialized training to become licensed to treat hair and scalp conditions. The process includes several steps and vary based on the type of certification, but all certifications require academic coursework, hands-on training, exams, and observations and mentorships, which can last from 6 months to over a year or more.

RETERN’s Bojin Meridian Scalp Therapy under the skillful hands of Founder Ms Carrien Hew.

Once certified through a program accredited by a state board, trichologists often join a professional organization related to the field like the International Association of Trichologists or the World Trichology Society. 

Thus, besides the usual scalp problems, RETERN also offers treatments for Male Pattern Baldness, Female Pattern Baldness, Patch Baldness, Thinning Hair, Itchy Scalp, and Hair Regrowth for Alopecia/Sensitive Dermatitis.

“For alopecia, even for older persons, as long as hair pores are open, medicine can still come in, but when they are closed, there is little that we can do but will recommend for hair transplant which we don’t do,” Engr. Acacio said.

When you visit a trichologist, you can expect a thorough examination of your hair and scalp. 

The trichologist may ask you several questions about your medical history, nutrition, lifestyle, and hair care routine. Your answers can help the trichologist determine how to treat you or whether they should refer you to a different specialist or to a physician. 

Trichologists sometimes conduct hair analysis to check for structural damage or the presence of a lice or fungal infection.  Occasionally, trichologists will request a blood test from your primary care physician. 

Once the trichologist arrives at a diagnosis, they will recommend the next best step. This could include a referral to another professional, specialist, or primary care physician; topical creams or lotions; nutrition advice, and/or a mental healthcare professional if your condition seems stress-related.

“RETERN isn’t just our name. It is our commitment to permanently return your hair and scalp to optimal health. However, not only do we want to treat your hair and scalp problem, but we also want to be able to improve your overall wellness in the process,” Ms. Hew explains.

“We believe that scalp problems are also linked to wellness habits and by adjusting your habits we will be able to create a permanent solution and in return- a healthier you. We use ingredients extracted from Nature itself (e.g. North American Herbal Extracts) in our treatment and our products, because at the end of the day, your health is our primary mission.”

The RETERN PH Principals & Staff with Ms. Carriene Hew (photo courtesy of Juandeful Kagayan)

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Why Live in Camella Gran Europa, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines | Vista Land

In the vibrant region of Northern Mindanao, nestled within the thriving City of Golden Friendship – Cagayan de Oro City, affectionately called CDO, lies the sprawling Camella Gran Europa.

Known for its rich blend of modern conveniences and European-inspired aesthetics, Gran Europa epitomizes a master-planned residential community. This article will explore why you should consider owning a piece of luxury in  Camella Gran Europa, Cagayan de Oro.

The Allure of Cagayan de Oro City

As the thriving capital of Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City is known for its robust economy. It is hailed as one of the Top 10 Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines in 2022, making it an attractive location for families and investors.

Cagayan de Oro City, often called the City of Golden Friendship, is a vibrant economic hub in Northern Mindanao. It is no surprise, then, that this city makes an ideal location for Camella Gran Europa.

Cagayan de Oro City is not just about economic prosperity. It is also renowned for the warm hospitality of its people, further adding to the appeal of living in Camella Gran Europa.

A Snapshot of Camella Gran Europa

Camella Gran Europa is a vast 250-hectare residential township that fuses comfort, aesthetics, and functionality. It is an iconic development of Vista Land, Philippines’ leading integrated property developer, in Northern Mindanao.

The Gran Europa community embodies the essence of Europe’s major countries and cultures. From the estate’s imposing entrance gate, Spanish-inspired enclave called La Mirande, to the quaint Italian-themed villas, residents are treated to visual feasts right in their own backyards.

Boasting many amenities and facilities, Gran Europa lives up to its moniker “city within a city.” Everything you need is within reach, from commercial centers, food and beverage selection, sports venue, to places of worship. It is also just a few minutes away to downtown Cagayan by private vehicles or through the Metro Express shuttle service.

A Wealth of Amenities in Camella Gran Europa

Camella Gran Europa offers many amenities to enhance its residents’ lifestyle.

Village Center

The Village Center, a commercial and retail hub, stands as testament to Vista Land’s confidence in the growth potential of Cagayan de Oro City. It offers a variety of commercial and recreational options, from supermarkets, drug stores, and home furnishing shops.

Community Life in Camella Gran Europa

Camella Gran Europa is more than just a housing development; it’s a community. The neighborhood fosters a sense of camaraderie among residents, with various community activities planned throughout the year.

These activities range from sports tournaments to holiday celebrations, allowing residents to interact, bond, and create lasting friendships.

The community also has a homeowners association that looks after the residents welfare, ensures the neighborhood’s facilities are well-maintained, and addresses residents’ concerns.

Activity Areas

Camella Gran Europa boasts various leisure and recreational facilities catering to every family member’s interest. The community has a well-maintained clubhouse where residents can host gatherings and events.

There is also a swimming pool for those who enjoy taking a dip, a basketball court for sports enthusiasts, and a playground for children.

Camella Gran Europa is surrounded by lush green landscapes, providing a tranquil, relaxing environment. The community promotes an active lifestyle with jogging trails and bike lanes that allow residents to exercise while enjoying scenic views.

The Houses of Camella Gran Europa

Camella Gran Europa offers a wide range of housing options to cater to diverse preferences and budget constraints.

Starter Homes

Value-priced homes for sale like Bella and Cara are excellent choices for young professionals and starting families. These houses feature two to three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Mid-Sized Homes

The Dani and Ella model homes offer four to five bedrooms and three bathrooms for families needing more space. These homes for sale are reasonably priced and come with provision for a carport.

Grand-Sized Homes

The Freya and Greta model homes epitomize grandeur for those seeking luxury and space. They feature five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a balcony, and a spacious carport.

Accessibility and Connectivity

Location is a significant factor when choosing a place to live, and Camella Gran Europa’s strategic location makes it an ideal choice. The strategic location ensures easy access to major infrastructure projects, commercial establishments, and tourist attractions in Northern Mindanao.

This means that residents are poised to enjoy the benefits of urban living, including job opportunities, without compromising the community’s serene lifestyle.

The community is conveniently located near major thoroughfares, making it easy for residents to travel to and from work or school. It’s also close to commercial centers, hospitals, and government offices, ensuring residents can access essential services easily.

Educational Opportunities near Camella Gran Europa

Education is a vital aspect of a child’s life, and Camella Gran Europa understands this. The community is surrounded by many educational institutions, like the Xavier University, ranging from pre-school, high school, to colleges and universities.

The proximity of these schools ensures that children receive a quality education without the hassle of traveling long distances.

Sustainability at Camella Gran Europa

Camella Gran Europa is committed to sustainable development. Numerous green spaces, landscaped parks, and gardens blend seamlessly with residential areas, promoting a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle.

Safety and Security

Safety is a primary concern for families, and Camella Gran Europa guarantees just that. The community is guarded 24/7, with security personnel monitoring the development’s multiple  entrances and exits.

CCTV cameras are strategically installed throughout the neighborhood, ensuring every corner is watched. The community’s robust security measures allow residents to live without fear and children to play freely in the streets.

Moreover, Camella Gran Europa is designed with disaster resilience in mind. It is in a flood-free zone, ensuring that families are safe from the dangers of natural calamities.

Property Value and Investment Potential in Camella Gran Europa

Investing in a Camella Gran Europa property for sale is not just about buying a house; it’s about securing your family’s future.

As a master-planned community in a progressive city, properties in Camella Gran Europa are expected to appreciate over time. This makes it a sound investment for those looking to grow their wealth.

Live in an Award Winning Community

In the recently concluded Lamudi’s The Outlook 2023: Philippine Real Estate Awards, Camella celebrated a resounding victory as it was bestowed three coveted titles: Best Developer in Luzon, Best Developer in Visayas and Mindanao, and Best Premium House in Visayas and Mindanao with Camella Gran Europa.

Best Premium House in Visayas and Mindanao Award

Camella Homes was awarded the Best Premium House in Mindanao for its Camella Gran Europa development, a 250-hectare township strategically located along Lumbia, near Masterson Avenue and Carmen Road in Cagayan de Oro City. This recognition is a testament of Camella’s commitment to crafting quality, premium homes for Filipino families.

The award also underscores Camella’s unwavering dedication to providing quality and comfortable living spaces to its discerning clientele in Mindanao. In her acceptance speech, Division Head for Mindanao Natanette Pardito expressed that the award is an “affirmation of the hard work and dedication our stakeholders have graciously provided every day.”


So, why live in Camella Gran Europa, Cagayan de Oro? The answer is simple. It is a place where you can experience Europe while enjoying the amenities of a city, the warmth of a community, and the comfort of a home.

With its strategic location, wealth of amenities, and unique charm, Camella Gran Europa, a lively Spanish suburb in Cagayan de Oro City, is more than just a residential community. It’s a haven where families can grow, thrive, and create lasting memories.

If you’re looking for a blend of European charm and modern conveniences, why not consider Camella Gran Europa at Cagayan de Oro City? Explore the possibilities today!

Camella is the flagship brand of the Philippines’ largest homebuilder, Vista Land. With a presence spanning 47 provinces and 149 key cities and municipalities, Camella is dedicated to building beautifully designed communities across the country.


Kagay-anon Architect featured in BluPrint’s Architecture of Silence

By Mike Baños

Kagay-anon Architect Edwin D. Uy is one of the Philippines innovative architects whose project – House No. 26 is featured in a compilation of 18 diverse and purposeful dwellings from around the Philippines in BluPrint Magazine’s latest coffee table book The Architecture of Silence.

Capturing the essence of silence and serenity within architectural marvels, the publishers describe Architecture of Silence as an ode to the profound impact of space on human experience.

“Each project  embodies a unique narrative, blending cultural influences with contemporary design principles to create environments that speak volumes through their tranquility. Each home encapsulates the modern principles of tropical homes centered on calmness and tranquility, presenting an unparalleled collection of spaces that evoke calm, rest, and inspiration.”

Ar. Edwin Dychauco Uy’s featured project “HOUSE NO. 26
(image courtesy of Edwin Uy Design Office)

“Thank you Geewel Fuster and the entire Bluprint team for the feature of House No. 26 as one of the 18 houses in the Philippines in their latest book entitled the Architecture of Silence,” posted Ar. Uy in his social media page. “I’m also very grateful to see the House No. 26 on the paper cover of the book! The left side along the spine too shows the woven screen, the steps and the fence.”

Describing the book’s curated contents as “a silent revolution in design”, the publishers endeavors to take the reader on “a journey through singular spaces that tell the narrative of tranquility and creativity, and explore these sanctuaries of peace designed by the Philippines’ finest architects and interior designers.”

“House No. 26 is a project of mine that will forever remain special as it is one of the first houses where I was able to employ a large entity of craft involved in the design,” Ar. Uy relates. “This was also due to the existing terrain of the property that forced us to build the living areas one floor above. The slope of the lot abruptly goes up from the road access level. Since I always respect the existing topography of the site, I brought up the entire house leaving a space below for the carport (for ease of access from the road).”

Taking his cue from one of Philippine Architecture’s iconic Bahay na bato (also known in Cebuano as balay na bato or balay nga bato),  Ar. Uy chose to make one of its traditional features as the focal point of his innovative design.

“This approach led me to think about the traditional Bahay-na-Bato where the circulatory spaces specifically the main stairs are located outside of the house. One can see these stairs exposed either in front of the house or on one side. The respect towards our culture somehow led me to create this point of entry,” he recalls.

In seeking the attributes of calmness and tranquility to make it a restful haven, Ar. Uy combined modern design principles with traditional  materials.

“To provide more privacy these days, the external main entry stairs are partially covered for weather protection using woven Viro fibers that are very good alternatives to rattan. This is a very environmentally friendly material that can last a really long time. The screen covering is in two layers which were woven on site by two craftsmen from Cebu,” he noted.

The architectural woven skin allows some privacy and protection from the sun to the main steps leading to the porch, and yet doesn’t close it off from the surrounding landscape.

“The craftsmanship shown in this house is amazing. Through these concepts, the form of the house slowly came to be as what it is now. Layered blocks gently rising with a play of materials that divide the spaces accordingly to its functions.”

BluPrint Editor-in-chief Ar. Geewel Fuster (Photographed by Ed Simon)

A licensed architect, an entrepreneur, and a creative journalist, Ar. Geewel Cabungcal–Fuster is the Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine’s definitive authority in architecture and design, BluPrint magazine. To date, she is the youngest Editor-in-Chief at BluPrint.

BluPrint’s The Architecture of Silence is available online via the @sarisari_shopping website, Shopee, and Lazada. It is also available at the SariSari pop-up store in Estancia Mall, Eastwood Mall, and Festival Mall and major National Bookstores.


1st JGFP Interschool National Finals 2024 : Manolo Fortich Nat’l High School are Sr High School Champs

Kiara Montebon, Athena Batican score girls’ crowns for Team Mindanao

The Manolo Fortich National High School rocked the inaugural JGFP Interschool National Finals by winning the Senior High crown at the Caliraya Springs Golf & Country Club in Cavinti, Laguna on Sunday, February 11, 2024.

Keith Pagalan rode on a good start to shoot a seven-over-par 79 to lead Manolo Fortich’s final day charge. He reached the turn on 1-under after four birdies against a bogey and double bogey.

Relentless winds battered the Palmer course throughout the day, and Pagalan’s performance took a downturn. He dropped eight shots on the back nine.

Medyo nerbiyos na rin,” grinned Pagalan who did not count in the first round. “Ang game plan namin is huwag mag score ng 10-over bawat isa.”

Manolo Fortich finished 54 holes on 72-over 720, eight strokes ahead of fancied De la Salle Santiago Zobel.

Simon Wahing and Cody Langamin carded an 80 and 81, respectively as the Bukidnon-based school matched DLSZ’s final-day output to snag the inaugural diadem.

The Manolo Fortich National High School Seniors High Champion Team with Bukidnon Vice Governor Clive Quiño & Manolo Fortich Kag. Rina Quiño (photo courtesy of Kag. Rina Quiño)

“This is particularly special because it gives kids more experience in a National level,” noted Gil Blas M. Velez, JGFP Director for Northern Mindanao. “Exposure to this type of environment is very important at a young age for character development. To represent their school, play against the best players in a National level, it challenges them, it gives the stage to bring out their best, and to gauge themselves against higher level competition. It will only make them better competitors in the long run.”

Zach Castro won the individual crown after a closing 75 but failed to get solid support from his DLSZ teammates. John Canlas and Troy Nagata struggled with an 87 and 91, respectively.

Beacon Academy, despite drawing a 75 from Santino Pineda, finished with a 732 to settle for third.

Bannered as Manolo Fortich Team 1, the team seized a two-stroke lead from first round leader Beacon Academy with a second round 239 to bring its total to 480, and managed to hold on in the final round Sunday.

Xhylas Luzon bucked a poor start to salvage a three-over-par 75 while Simon Wahing and Keith Pagalan added 80 and 84, respectively.

Kiara Montebon of Abba’s Orchard won the girls’ championship on 23-over 239, closing with a 77. Second place went to Erika Tan of Immaculate Conception Academy who posted a 271.

In Middle School, Athena Batican of Oro Christian Grace School scored another win for Mindanao when she outdueled Aerin Chan of Saint Pedro Poveda College for the girls’ crown.
Tied before the start of the round, the nine-year-old Batican edged her older opponent by four points.

“JGFP has brought a platform of inclusiveness by having players not just from Mindanao, but to different parts of the country to shine and be proud to represent their respective schools. I would like to congratulate all the winners, most especially Manolo Fortich National High School, Kiara Montebon, and Athena Batican for a job well done,” Velez said.

At least 25 junior golfers from seven schools in Mindanao participated in the in the first-ever Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines (JGFP) Interschool National Finals at the Caliraya Springs Golf Club in Cavinti, Laguna which teed off on Friday, February 9th.

Representing Mindanao were Abba’s Orchard, Oro Christian Grace School, Manolo Fortich National High School, Corpus Christi School, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Rosevale School, and Del Monte School in the first ever clash between North and South junior golfers  sanctioned by the JGFP led by its president Oliver Gan.

Team Mindanao with Del Monte School Official, Abbas Orchard, Cagayan De Oro City, Manolo Fortich National High School , Oro Christian Grace School and Rosevale School, Xavier Estates, Cdo with JGFP President Oliver Gan and Mrs. Han Gaisano Gan. Special thanks to Mdm. Tiffany Copok, major sponsor for the MFNHS team. (photo courtesy of Kag. Rina Quiño)

De la Salle Santiago Zobel was the top seeded team in the Middle School, Junior High, and Senior High, while Homeschool Global was the team to beat in the Lower School.

The other participating schools were Xavier School, Immaculate Conception Academy, Ateneo de Manila, Beacon Academy, and International School Manila.

Schools represented in the individual competition are Coral na Bato Elementary School, Assumption, Poveda, Everest, Gracewood Academy Noblesse International, Uno High School, Saint Pedro Poveda College, Learning Links Academy, Letran Calamba, Mary Help of Christian College, Imus National High School, Mother Goose Special Science High School, and National University Laguna.

Among the standouts who saw action were Nicole Gaisano Gan, Precious Zaragosa, Aerin Chan, Alex Mauricio,  and Race Phoenix Manhit, who all played in the recent Asian Junior Masters.

A total of 120 participants vied in the event that used a shot-gun style in the morning and afternoon at the Palmer course.

 “We hope that this will encourage more parents to introduce their child to the game of golf, the lessons they learn through the game which they can carry all through their lives. We also hope that next year, we will have more schools participate and be part of this wonderful event,” Velez remarked.

The final  team standings in Senior High and Middle School divisions:

Senior High (team) – Manolo Fortich Team 1 720 (241-239-240), Dela Salle Santiago-Zobel 728 (233-253-242), Beacon Academy 732 (238-244-250), International School Manila 760 (257-242-261), 257, Manolo Fortich Team 2 768 (259-252-257), Abbas Orchard 791 (256-272-263)

Middle School (team) – Ateneo Team 2 390 (124-135-131), Ateneo Team 1 361, DLS-Z 336 (106-114-116), Oro Christian Grace School 225 (75-73-77), Rosevale School 205 (71-69-65)

(with a report from golf pinoy dotcom)


Helping hands across the seas lift up the future of Marawi Siege kids

Partner institutions from the Philippines and Malaysia have come together to help bring a brighter future for the children victimized by the siege of Marawi City.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Mindanao State University (MSU) have joined forces with the Embassy of Malaysia in Manila and Kuala Lumpur-based Big Bad Wolf Books to help mainstream the education of children in Marawi City’s torils (madrasahs), Islamic non-formal learning institutions with stay- in learners who are mostly orphans and other survivors of the Marawi Siege. An estimated 20,000 children have been  affected by the siege.

“One of DSWD’s major mandates is take care of the children, their social protection and welfare,” said Fatima Aliah Q. Dimaporo,  DSWD Undersecretary for Legal Affairs. “Because many died in the siege, many children who were orphaned or whose families were rendered destitute have found refuge in torils.”

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs Fatima Aliah Dimaporo (3rd from left) expresses her appreciation to the executives of Big Bad Wolf Books for donating an initial 1,000 children’s books for Torils in Marawi through the DSWD and Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City during the ceremonial turn-over of donation on Thursday (February 1) in Cagayan de Oro City.
Also present during the turn-over are (from left to right) Dr. Abdulcader M. Ayo, Dean of King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies, MSU Main Campus, Marawi City; Atty. Rashid Pandi, Director of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Office of the President-MSU Marawi; Mr. Andrew Yap, Co-Founder of Big Bad Wolf Books; Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines H.E. Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino; and Ms. Carolyn Chuaying, Managing Partner of Big Bad Wolf Books Philippines.

However, she noted that while the children in torils were learning Arabic and the Qur’an, they faced an uncertain future in aspiring for higher education and employment since they didn’t know how to speak English (the medium of instruction in mainstream colleges and universities) and employment is scarce for teachers of Arabic and the Qur’an.

A Toril in Marawi City. (image courtesy of Moral Governance para sa Bangsamoro ni Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim ) (Via MP Maisara Damdamun Latiph)

“When we went to the torils, we realized a lot of them don’t speak or read English, and that is problematic for the future. So it’s hard for them to find employment because of the limited jobs available for Arabic or Quran teachers. However, the teachers and students we interviewed are open to learning western/mainstream education with the understanding it can widen their employment opportunities,” she said.

Tasked by DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian to assess how the agency can help alleviate the children’s plight, Usec. Aliah pitched to replicate Sec. Gatchalian’s Tara, Basa! Program in the torils of Marawi.

Tara, Basa! is an innovative collaboration between the DSWD and Department of Education (DepEd) that seeks to help and assist college students from low-income families by having them tutor struggling or non-reader grade school learners who are vulnerable, at risk.

DSWD Sec Rex Gatchalian & Usec Fatima Aliah Q. Dimaporo met with Malaysian Ambassador H.E. Dato’ Abdul Melvin Castelino, Counselor Nurriha Ahmad & Big Bad Wolf PH Managing Partner Carol Chuaying to discuss the plight of orphaned and destitute children displaced by the Marawi Siege. (DPWH photo)

The proposed Tara, Basa! Program for the torils of Marawi is a component of the government’s Project Rieaya ( رعاية, an Arabic word for Care) which aims to improve the living conditions of the children in the torils, and teach them how to read in the more mainstream language, in order to prepare them for integration into formal schooling, or future employment.

“Tutors can be youth development workers or the parents themselves. The most important thing about this is engaging the youth development workers. College students who can tutor younger kids and they will  be paid through our work for cash program,” Usec. Aliah explained.

DSWD Usec. for Legal Affairs Fatima Aliah Q. Dimaporo, graced the opening of Big Bad Wolf’s Book Sale in SM CDO Downtown on Feb. 1, 2024. With her are some children and their parents from the torils of Marawi City. (photo by Raphy M. Arcaina)

College students trained by the DSWD to become tutors and youth development workers, will also conduct Nanay-Tatay-Teacher sessions for parents and guardians on effective parenting, with topics such as understanding the self as parent, dynamics of the Filipino family, challenges in parenting, child development, and children’s rights, among others.

Parents and guardians of struggling or non-reader elementary learners will also receive cash aid for helping prepare their children for learning and reading sessions, assisting them in their after-reading session assignments, and attending parent effectiveness sessions.

With Mindanao State University’s King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian studies help to prepare different Tara, Basa! modules that fit Islamic teachings, the program next linked with the Embassy of Malaysia, Manila headed by Ambassador H.E. Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino and Kuala Lumpur-based Big Bad Wolf Books to bring in Islamic books in English and Arabic since these cannot be found anywhere in the Philippines.

“As informal learning institutions, torils are currently not recognized in mainstream academia but MSU is preparing a program to integrate them into their system. So they’re really the best partners for us to seek a greener future for these children,” Usec. Aliah explained.

“Meantime, we are still in talks with the embassy because the Ulamas in Marawi need to understand how a government is properly run, or basically why regulation is not bad, so they need to be exposed to productive Islamic Society like Malaysia,” she added.

H.E. Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, Ambassador, Embassy of Malaysia, Manila graced the launch of Big Bad Wolf Book Sale at SM CDO Downtown on February 1st.
(photo by Raphy M. Arcaina)

“One of the things we realized was the torils lack Islamic books in English since they only teach in Arabic which will not support the development of the children especially  if they wish to proceed to higher education,” Ambassador Malik said in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the VIP Day Launch for Big Bad Wolf’s Book Sale in Cagayan de Oro on February 1st. “For us the system would also be good if it also teaches Islam in English. So with the help of DSWD, MSU, and the King Faisal Center, we hope to inculcate the use of English reading of Islamic books in torils across Marawi and other areas of Mindanao.”

“So we partnered with Big Bad Wolf and their mission is to change the world one book at a time. I am very to partner with them and its one for Malaysia and the Philippines to work together to develop relations in many fields and also for Malaysia to play a bigger role in  the socio-economic development of  Mindanao. So this is part and parcel of what we are doing,” the envoy added.

For Andrew Yap, Co-founder of Big Bad Wolf Books, their engagement in the project has an emotional link since he managed to visit Ground Zero a few days after the Marawi Siege ended.

“It was so touching for me because when I had the opportunity to go to Marawi right after the siege, I visited the tents of the displaced people. I offered to give books to the children, but they said what they needed was food because they did not know if they can have dinner or not.”

Children from Marawi City’s Torils browse through the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale during its Cagayan de Oro launch on Feb. 1, 2024. (photo by Raphy M. Arcaina)

“The launch today is so heartwarming compared to what we normally do, because this is the first time we had a project like this I felt so close to. Because I was there in Marawi and I could not give them what they needed, but now they are ready,” he exclaimed.

BBW Books Founder Andrew Yap explains their mission to change the world one book at a time. (RMB)

“On top of donating an initial 1,000 books for the project, BBW will also be publishing Islamic Books in English which are very rare and hard to find, because the majority of children’s books are in Arabic. You usually can’t find these at all,” he stressed.


The Tiger City in the Year of the Dragon

Cagayan de Oro’s Prospects for 2024

By Tito Mike

The Year of the Wood Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac appears to be both promising and challenging for the capital city of Northern Mindanao.

Cagayan de Oro City became a chartered city on June 15, 1950 which (are you ready for this?) believe it or not, a Gold Tiger Year!

A most auspicious coincidence indeed for a City with de Oro in its appellation and The City of Golden Friendship as its tagline!

Ready for another surprise? There is actually a Gold Tiger in the Animal Kingdom!

According to the Zoological Wildlife Foundation, a golden tiger is one with an extremely rare color variation caused by a recessive gene that is currently only found in captive tigers. Like the white tiger, it is a color form and not a separate species.

Golden Tiger (image courtesy of the Zoological Wildlife Foundation)

The golden tiger’s white coat and gold patches make it stand out from the norm. Their striping is much paler than usual and may fade into spots or large prominent patches. Golden tigers also tend to be larger and, due to the effect of the gene on the hair shaft, have softer fur than their orange relatives.

But we digress. On February 2 and 3, 2024, SM Supermalls hosted Feng Shui Expert Richard Yu in two events at their SM CDO Uptown and SM CDO Downtown Malls. A freelance geomancer for the past 20 years, Master Yu has been a frequent guest of SM Supermalls during  the Chinese New Year holidays.

Master Richard Yu presents the prospects for those born in the Year of the Tiger (RMB)


Asked about the prospects for Cagayan de Oro City in the coming Year of the Wood Dragon 2024, Master Yu said its economy should continue to flourish.

“Economy, iyon ang maganda. Although it’s not that well, it’s also not that bad. Dragons can only give luck but they do not have it by themselves, so it’s the signs on the lower six like the Tiger who will share luck with other people.  Economy is good. but you will have to share your benefits with others, and that is where the gray area may happen,” noted Master Yu.

The bustling Uptown Cagayan de Oro best exemplifes the economic boom powering Northern Mindanao’s resurgence from the effects of the global pandemic. (image Project LUPAD)

Statistics from the past two years from the Philippine Statistics Authority Region X (PSA-10) office bear this out: Cagayan de Oro City recorded the fastest growth in Region X in 2022 with a 9.4 percent growth, powering the regional economy’s resurgence to 7.2% from 6.3% in 2021. It ranked 10th in growth rates among the Philippines Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) for the period 2021-2022.

Cagayan de Oro City was also the main contributor to the 7.2 percent (P 935.3 billion) growth of the Normin economy in 2022 with a growth contribution of 2.6 percentage points, and had the largest share of region’s economy at 28.0 %.

It contributed the third biggest share among the country’s Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) to the 2022 National Gross Domestic Product with 1.3%, trailing only the cities of Davao (2.5%) and Cebu (1.4%).

The city also had the highest Per Capita GRDP in Region X with P 343,936, (the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) describes the GDP value accounted for each individual in the region).

Furthermore,  Cagayan de Oro City led Northern Mindanao’s predominantly Services-based economy (54.5 %), accounting for more than half of the economy of Cagayan de Oro City (75.4%). The City of Cagayan de Oro was the top growth contributor in 8 out of 11 sub-sectors under Services: Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (TRD); Accommodation and food service activities (AFSA); Information and communication (IAC); Financial and insurance activities (FIA); Real estate and ownership of dwellings (REOD); Professional and business services (PBS); Education (EDUC); and Other services (OS). (Table 2

Peace and Order

“Tiger is in the Middle Six so Peace and Order will be challenging, may konting issue kasi nasa Middle Six lang si Tiger(or Middle Ground) so technically there will be some issues, so compromises will have to be met.”

“The same goes for Food security. Food is not a problem and that is good but  you will be forced to share your abundance with others who have less, so there will be some compromises will have to be made.”

Hala Kumbira! 1st Inter-Barangay Culinary Competition at the 5th Level of SM CDO Downtown
(image courtesy of Viajero Series)

Gold Tigers get along well with their colleagues and neighbors in life and, as a result, can have a smooth career due to the help and support received from colleagues. This should augur well for the city and its neighboring provinces of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.

For people born in the Year of the Tiger, Master Yu said their lucky colors for the year will be Blue and Black; Lucky number: 12 (“So sa12th day, 12th Month doon ka tumulong) and its Helpful friend are people born in the sign of the Boar. In case they don’t have such a friend, Master Yu recommends getting a stuffed toy or figurine and placing this in an auspicious place in your home.

Feng Shui Master Richard Yu conducts a one-on-one consultation with a lucky patron at SM CDO Downtown (RMB)

Most important perhaps, not only for this born in the Year of the Tiger, but everyone else as well, Master Yu stresses there’s one thing they should always remember: “Don’t become lazy due to good luck”.


Kagay-anon named one of Tiktok PH’s Outstanding Campaign Performers

By Tito Mike

An Official Tiktok Live Host based in Cagayan de Oro has been recognized as one of Tiktok Philippines’ ‘Outstanding Campaign Performers’.

Vahjna Mae Babia Flores, whose Tiktok Handle is Hustlin’ Wife, received the recognition during the BEST OF TIKTOK PHILIPPINES 2023 Tiktok Philippines’ Creators  Night held December 23, 2023 at the Rizal Park Hotel in Ermita, Manila.

Vash, as she is fondly known to her viewers, is one of Tiktok Philippines Official Live Streamers whose LIVE Speed Dating for Singles Campaign stood out during the platform’s monthly campaign last November 2023.

As a Fairy Matchmaker in Tiktok PH, Vash has successfully paired more than 20 couples in the Philippines and overseas, who have now become couples. In fact, two of her OFW matches have already tied the knot.

“Tiktok PH had this campaign every month Tito, and then there’s one campaign that I participated in and luckily I got good results and was able to perform creditably with the help of my supporters/viewers and followers,” she shared.

“Two of my matches have already got married,” she happily reported. “An OFW in Spain and another in Italy had their civil wedding in Spain last July 14, 2023 and they are now expecting a baby! Another pair of OFWs from Spain and Israel have also married in civil rites when they came home to the Philippines.”

Vash with fellow TikTok Content Creators Lee Mark Alburo, Jeric Navarro, Jeanne Pauline, Krizel Yuzon & her Tiktok PH Manager Sydney Crespo (foreground)

“Sitting at the same table and being with some of the content creators and my fellow live hosts on Tiktok was such an overwhelming experience. One for the books, indeed!” she recalls. “Still surreal.  Again, this recognition is not taken lightly (OUTSTANDING CAMPAIGN PERFORMER).Thanks for inviting me, Tiktok Philippines!”

Vash with the Ms. Universe Philippines Cagayan de Oro 2024 Team.

Aside from her engagement with TiktokPH, Vash has also been busy lately serving as Marketing Manager/ Pageant Coordinator for the search for Ms. Universe Philippines Cagayan de Oro 2024 which recently crowned Lynn Eirene Lomongo as Miss Philippines Cagayan de Oro 2024.

“It’s essential for us to recognize and celebrate the progress we’ve made. I don’t claim to have achieved this alone; it required the support of my husband, my family, a few of my friends who watch and enjoy watching my TikTok live stream, my TikTok Manager, Ms. Sydney (you rock), and, of course, my team VASHERS who believe in the unconventional and unexpected.”

Those who want to participate in Vash’s Speed Dating for Singles can check out her Hustlin’ Wife account on TikTok. She is online every 3AM PH/7PM UTC/2PM EST from Tuesday to Saturday.


‘Kauban’ chatbot expands access to legal guidance in CDO

By Stephen J. Pedroza

CAGAYAN DE ORO, PHILIPPINES – In a groundbreaking move, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro proudly introduced the Klarex Uy Bot Accessible Information or “Kauban CDO” chatbot to provide free legal information 24/7. 

Designed as a comprehensive platform, Kauban CDO chatbot serves as a pioneering initiative led by a team of legal professionals, including Atty. Albert Daba III, Atty. Angeline Marie Carrasco, Atty. Evangeline Carrasco, Atty. Al An Geñoso, Atty. Cedric Bantilan, and Atty. Joshua Rey Achas.

Their mission is to make legal information easily accessible to Kagay-anons, addressing common queries about LGU services.

– THE TEAM BEHIND THE KAUBAN CHATBOT. L-R: Atty. Cedric Bantilan, Atty. Angeline Marie Carrasco, Atty. Evangeline Carrasco, Shiela Lumbatan (chief of staff of CDO Mayor Klarex Uy), Atty. Albert Daba III, Atty. Al An Geñoso, Atty. Joshua Rey Achas, and Ivan Joseph Gabutina. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the City Mayor.) 

“The Philippines’ first fully automated Legal Information chatbot, Bots Legis, started way back in 2017 when I was still a law student, as a way to offload the repetitive task of guiding my Titas with filing small money claims and dissuading them from shaming debtors online,” said Daba, the creator of the chatbot. “Then I had the idea of turning the information into a chatbot.”  

CREATOR OF KAUBAN CDO CHATBOT. Atty. Albert Daba III officially presents the Kauban CDO Chatbot on January 8, 2024, at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall. (Supplied photo). 

“Fast-forward to 2024, now conscious perhaps of my new roles as resident lawyer for CyTech, a multinational Cybersecurity company, and HSi Technologies, a leading Digital Banking Services provider, I believe that I take on this endeavor now with a more mature and conservative perspective, quite clearly reflected on the legalese of the lengthy Data Privacy consent forms of the chatbot, as it would be the height of irony if their own legal adviser commits privacy blunders with his own app (knocks on wood),” he added.

Kauban CDO chatbot is accessible on Facebook Messenger and features a small money claims guide, offering free assistance on debt collection.

KAUBAN CDO CHATBOT. The Klarex Uy Bot Accessible Information or “Kauban CDO” chatbot provides free legal information 24/7 on Facebook Messenger. (Image courtesy of the Kauban CDO Chatbot Facebook page).  

It includes additional features and translations, with special emphasis on consumer complaints.

Collaborating with Atty. Fel Lester Brillantes of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the chatbot enlightens consumers about their rights pertaining to purchases.

Daba’s Consumer Complaint Guide on Bots Legis was developed with the assistance and approval of DTI Region 10Consumer Protection Division headed by Atty Fel Lester Brillantes (right).

Daba, currently serving as a lawyer and consultant for the local government unit of CDO under the leadership of Mayor Rolando “Klarex” Uy, officially unveiled the upgraded version of the Kauban CDO chatbot on January 8, 2024, at the City Hall.

“The chatbot does not rely on ChatGPT and all of its responses are pre-programmed and reviewed by lawyers, so it is not prone to Large Language Model AI errors, such as hallucinations,” Daba assured.

The new iteration aims to enhance accessibility for all Kagay-anons, featuring specific additions of LGU services.

Kauban CDO also directs to the FAQs of the City Finance Office and promises more upcoming features.

The initiative aligns with the commitment of the Cagayan de Oro City Government to provide accessible and efficient services to its residents.

Kauban CDO chatbot is poised to become an invaluable resource for Kagay-anons seeking reliable legal information and assistance.

“Today, Kauban CDO is a source of simple legal information and a guide for LGU services available 24/7 for Kagay-anons,” said Daba. “In the future, we hope the technology can assist in other tasks, such as assisting in city scholarship applications.” “I thank Mayor Klarex Uy for supporting this revamped chatbot initiative, as well as all our supportive colleagues who contribute their time and effort to this cause. We hope to see more homegrown Access-to-Justice initiatives!


Cagayan de Oro Economy grows 9.4 percent in 2022

Grows fastest, tops Per Capita GRDP in Normin

Cagayan de Oro’s economy continued to lead Northern Mindanao’s rebound from the debilitating effects of the global pandemic.

The City recorded the fastest growth in Region X with a 9.4 percent growth, powering the regional economy’s resurgence to 7.2% from 6.3% in 2021.

It ranked 10th in growth rates among the Philippines Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) for the period 2021-2022.

The bustling Uptown Cagayan de Oro best exemplifes the economic boom powerng Northern Mindanao’s resurgence from the effects of the global pandemic. (image courtesy of Project LUPAD)

Along with Misamis Oriental (9.1%), Camiguin (8.0%), Iligan City (7.6%) and Misamis Occidental (7.4%), the five economics exceeded the 7.2 percent regional growth. Bukidnon (4.4%) and Lanao del Norte (3.0%) economies still grew albeit at a slower rate.

It was Misamis Oriental’s economy which accelerated the fastest, surging by 5.2 percentage points from its 3.9 percent growth in 2021. Misamis Occidental (3.5 p.p.), Camiguin (3.3 p.p.), and Iligan City (1.4) likewise exceeded their growth rates in 2021.

Contribution to GRDP Growth & Region X economy share

Cagayan de Oro City was also the main contributor to the 7.2 percent (P 935.3 billion) growth of the Normin economy in 2022 with a growth contribution of 2.6 percentage points. In addition, the regional capital accounted for the largest share of Normin’s economy at 28.0 %, followed by Bukidnon (26.6 %), and Misamis Oriental (16.8 %. (Figure 2)
It contributed the third biggest share among the country’s Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) to the 2022 National Gross Domestic Product with 1.3%, trailing only the cities of Davao (2.5%) and Cebu (1.4%).

Per Capita GDP

The per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) describes the GDP value accounted for each individual in the region. In 2022, the per capita Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of Region X increased by 6.0 percent to P182,356. Cagayan de Oro City had the highest Per Capita GRDP at P 343,936, followed by City of Iligan at P 214,680, and Misamis Occidental at P 187,824, all higher than the regional per capita GDP. (Figure 7)

Economic Structure

Northern Mindanao’s economy is predominantly Services-based (54.5 %), and all its provinces and Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs), accounting for more than half of the economy of Cagayan de Oro City (75.4%), Misamis Occidental (74.6%, and Camiguin (60.2%). (Figure 6) Cagayan de Oro (38.7%), Misamis Occidental (17.5%), and Bukidnon (15.6%) accounted for 71.8 percent of the total Services. (Figure 5)

Phividec Industrial Authority Headquarters at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

In Industry, Misamis Oriental had the biggest share of 26.8%, driven mainly by the Phividec Industrial Estate at Tagoloan and Villanueva.  (Figure 4)

As the region’s food basket, Bukidnon shared more than half of the region’s Agriculture-Fisheries-Forestry (AFF) output at 67.2% (Figure 3), with the AFF sector making up 50.4% of its provincial economy.

The Del Monte Pineapple Plantation in Bukidnon is the world’s largest. (image courtesy of Project LUPAD)

AFF) grew by 0.5% with a  Gross Value Added (GVA) value of P186.6 billion. Bukidnon was the leading contributor with 1.2 percentage points, followed by Misamis Oriental (0.2) and Cagayan de Oro (0.1), respectively.

Contribution to the Gross Value Added (GVA) Growth by Major Industry

Among the major industries, Services grew the fastest in the region by 10.1% with a Gross Value Added (GVA) of P 509.9 billion, with Cagayan de Oro accounting for 3.9 percentage points as its top growth contributor, Misamis Oriental (1.8 percentage points), Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental (1.5 percentage points), Iligan City (0.7 percentage points), Lanao del Norte (0.4 percentage points), and Camiguin (0.2 percentage points). (Table 2)

Industry expanded by 6.6 percent with a GVA of P 238.8 billion, again driven by Cagayan de Oro with 1.9 percentage points, Misamis Oriental (1.8 percentage points), Misamis Occidental (1.1 percentage points), Iligan City (0.9 percentage points), Bukidnon (0.6 percentage points), Lanao del Norte (0.2 percentage points), and Camiguin (0.1 percentage point). (Table 3)

The City of Cagayan de Oro was the top growth contributor in 8 out of 11 sub-sectors under Services: Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (TRD); Accommodation and food service activities (AFSA); Information and communication (IAC); Financial and insurance activities (FIA); Real estate and ownership of dwellings (REOD); Professional and business services (PBS); Education (EDUC); and Other services (OS). (Table 2)

Misamis Oriental with was the top growth contributor with 10.5 percentage points in the Transportation & Storage sub-sector, and also had the biggest share of 33.2 percent. (Table 2)

On the other hand, Bukidnon was the main growth contributor to Public administration and defense; compulsory social activities (PAD) with 2.4 percentage points, and to Human health and social work activities (HHSW) with 1.6 percentage points. (Table 2)

Under Industry, the main growth drivers were Iligan City (3.3 percentage points in Mining and Quarrying, Cagayan de Oro (1.8 percentage points through Manufacturing), Misamis Oriental with 2.2 percentage points in Electricity, Steam, Water and Waste Management, and Misamis Occidental (3.1 percentage points in Construction. (Table 3)

Agriculture, forestry, and fishing (AFF) grew by 0.5 percent translating a GVA value of P186.6 billion. The Province of Bukidnon was the leading contributor with                1.2 percentage points. Misamis Oriental and the City of Cagayan de Oro also shared positively with 0.2 percentage point and 0.1 percentage point, respectively.

About the PSA

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) established through Republic Act No. 10625, otherwise known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013, is tasked, among others, to compile and maintain macroeconomic accounts and indicators, at the national and subnational level.

The Provincial Product Accounts (PPA) is a mechanism of the PSA to compile the annual estimates of Gross Domestic Product by province/HUC, which is consistent with the National and Regional Accounts of the Philippines.  In 2023, all provinces and HUCs of Northern Mindanao continue to implement the PPA since its inception in 2021, together with other pilot regions. As of 2023, there were a total of 82 provinces and 17 HUCs compiling the PPA.

Full data series, charts, and data visuals of PPA Northern Mindanao can be accessed at the PPA landing page of the PSA website at psa.gov.ph/statistics/ppa.