Stepping Up for a Better Normal

29th Mindanao Business Conference

Despite the constraints of the island-wide community quarantine imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, Mindanao’s biggest business event closed with an optimistic outlook for a “Better Normal” than what existed before the global recession.

Over 500 virtual delegates attended the 29th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) hosted by the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.… Continue reading... “Stepping Up for a Better Normal”

DOF’s proposed P16.01-B budget next year is lowest since 2017

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III presented before senators Wednesday the proposed 2021 budget of the Department of Finance (DOF) with new appropriations amounting to P16.01 billion, its lowest since President Duterte first submitted his administration’s annual National Expenditure Program (NEP) to the Congress in 2017. 

DOF urges quick congress approval of 2021 budget
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In seeking the congressional nod of the DOF’s budget for next year, Dominguez also called on senators to swiftly approve the whole General Appropriations Act (GAA) bill of P4.506 trillion for 2021 as this will prove crucial to providing the government with “the tools necessary to rebuild the economy and decisively defeat COVID-19.”… Continue reading... “DOF’s proposed P16.01-B budget next year is lowest since 2017”

Recharge PH answers regional call to reboot economy amid pandemic

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A national recovery program that’s in the works is eyeing a balanced and whole-of-society approach to restarting the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the 13th Economy Task Group video conference on 15 September 2020, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Rosemarie G. Edillon updated the body on Recharge Philippines (Recharge PH) a program formulated by the agency-led Task Group on Recovery to manage economic recovery and address uncertainties caused by the public health crisis.… Continue reading... “Recharge PH answers regional call to reboot economy amid pandemic”

NGCP assesses impact of COVID-19 on project timelines

As the country’s power grid operator, NGCP is ramping up construction activities of all vital transmission projects which were affected by the quarantine restrictions imposed in various parts of the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the height of the nationwide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), NGCP was constrained to temporarily suspend its construction projects to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.… Continue reading... “NGCP assesses impact of COVID-19 on project timelines”

OTC official lauds ‘cashless transactions’ of transport coops

A top official of the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) has lauded the 100 percent “cashless transactions” initiated by modernization-compliant vehicles of two transport cooperatives.

OTC Executive Director Eugene M. Pabualan said cashless transport operation is convenient for  drivers and commuters, and congratulated South Metro Transport Cooperative (SMTC) and Libra Jeepney Operator Transport Cooperative (LJOTC), which recently began implementing cashless transactions with their “No Card, No Ride” for all passengers. … Continue reading... “OTC official lauds ‘cashless transactions’ of transport coops”

BOC steps up drive vs rice smuggling despite pandemic

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has continued to step up its campaign against rice smuggling even amid the coronavirus pandemic by conducting raids on warehouses suspected of storing illegally imported stocks of the grain in response to reports by concerned citizens. 

BOC seized 125,000 sacks of rice smuggled from Thailand, China and India two years ago in various warehouses in Bulacan.
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Guerrillas Liberate Cagayan, Misamis during World War II

May 12, 1945 is cited in history as the liberation from the Japanese Empire during World War II of what was then known as Cagayan, Misamis (or Cagayan de Misamis to older folks).

Unfortunately, for all the 70-odd years that Cagayan de Oro City (as Cagayan was henceforth known after it became a chartered city on June 15, 1950) has enjoyed its freedom from oppression, this occasion has never been recognized nor celebrated by the local government.… Continue reading... “Guerrillas Liberate Cagayan, Misamis during World War II”

The Last Days of Lt. John P. Burns

21st Pursuit Squadron, Dalirig Airstrip, Bukidnon

Lt. Burns was a fighter pilot with the 21st pursuit squadron based in Del Monte, Bukidnon.  The events of his life in Mindanao were recorded by Lt. Burns in a leather bound diary.  How the diary ended up in the hands of the Burns family turned out to be a story in itself.
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General Douglas MacArthur’s iconic “Philippine Field Marshal’s Cap”

Kagay-anon World War II History 101

Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon officially conferred the title of Field Marshal on General Douglas MacArthur in a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 24, 1936. He was presented at that time with a gold baton and a unique uniform.

General Douglas MacArthur, wearing his trademark Philippine Army Field Marshal’s cap, as he appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine in Apr 1951, the month he was relieved of command of all UN forces in Korea.
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Civil Society welcomes ACDO leadership transition

Civil society organizations and other people’s organizations closely working with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro welcomed the ACDO’s recent transition of leadership with a simple fellowship dinner at the Bishop’s House on August 31, 2020.

The event was preceded by a Holy Mass at the St Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral graced by recently installed Archbishop Jose Araneta Cabantan, D.D.… Continue reading... “Civil Society welcomes ACDO leadership transition”