Third LEED platinum-certified building in PH opens
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By MARK FRANCISCO
Mindanao Daily Lifestyle Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City — The third building in the country stamped with a LEED platinum certification by the US Green Building Council opened its doors to the public last August 7.
Sally Ong Pac, Pioneer Group executive vice president and property administration head, said that the certification is important since LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environment Design is the world’s premier benchmark for high performance environmentally sound buildings.
With this development, Cagayan de Oro will have the most number of LEED-certified buildings in the country. The 19-storey Limketkai Luxe Hotel garnered a LEED gold certification in 2012, a first in the country.
Thirty-one other structures elsewhere in the nation followed suit.
In 2013, the 33-level Zuellig Building in Makati City was able to snatch enough points to clinch a platinum certification, a level higher than gold. Then Wells Fargo Center Philippines Building A, located in Taguig City, also grabbed a platinum a year later.
When Pioneer Group announced the construction of its new Cagayan de Oro home in 2013, company officials have already targeted in mind a LEED platinum certification. It would be the first outside Luzon. By the time the seven-floor Pioneer House CDO was completed in April 2015, US Green Building Council inspected it and awarded 83 points – enough to muster a platinum certification, broken down in the following categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and regional priority credits.
The features inside the multi-tenant use building are impressive: priority parking spaces for energy-saving cars, showers for those who bike or walk to work, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, its own water treatment plant to treat rainwater for use in flushing and cleaning, energy-efficient airconditioning system minus the use of harmful refrigerants, generator units with fuel-saving engines and noise suppressors, energy consumption tracker, energy saving elevators, 100 percent LED lights, dry wall partitions reducing dampness and mold formations, double glazed windows improving thermal comfort and providing an almost 360-degree view outside as well as 75 percent of natural light, function room with a view of the skyline and so much more.
According to Ms. Pac, Pioneer House CDO contributes 55 percent less drain of rainfall because of its treatment facility.
She envisioned the structure to be a template for future LEED-certified projects in the country.
The trend for LEED certification in the Philippines is expected – Mandaluyong City passed an ordinance in 2014 providing incentives to green buildings.
Other notable LEED structures here are Pilipinas Shell Administration Building, Nuvali One Evotech and Forbes Media Center.
But all of these received only silver status.
With the elevation of Pioneer House CDO into LEED platinum status, it joins the ranks of more than 100 such buildings in the world, including Bank of America Tower in New York, Taipei 101 and Asia Square in Singapore.
MisOr hailed as 2nd Most Competitive Province in Phil
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By Provincial Information Office / MV
The Province of Misamis Oriental, under the leadership of Governor Bambi Emano, has been awarded as the 2nd Most Competitive Province in the Philippines by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines during the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) last July 16, 2015.
In just a span of two years, Gov. Bambi Emano was able to make Misamis Oriental rank second out of 81 provinces in the country, having a total score of 38.9.
The National Competitiveness Council, through the Regional Competitiveness Committees, launched the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index way back in 2013 with only 285 LGUs who participated.
This year, 1,098 LGUs participated to determine their performances against other cities/municipalities in terms of the 3 Pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure Development.
“The country bears the unique distinction of being the most improved country across 4 major ratings: ease of doing BUSINESS, the Corruption Perceptions Index, the Economic Freedom Index and the Global Competitive Index,” said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad in his keynote speech.
Davao Del Sur, MisOr, Cebu, South Cotabato, Zamboanga del Sur, Rizal, Agusan del Norte, Benguet, Cavite and Camiguin were among the Top Ten Most Competitive Provinces.
To protect environment, SPI partners with LGUs
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By BONG D. FABE
JASAAN, Misamis Oriental — If there is one another thing that STEAG State Power, Inc. (SPI) would like to be known for, aside from “Empowering Mindanao,” it is this: putting premium on partnerships to protect the fragile environment of its host communities.
SPI has undertaken various programs and projects with both private and public sectors to protect the environment in an effort to ensure the sustainable future of these communities.
And it is not surprising that environmental protection is at the top of its agenda, aside of course from delivering efficient, reliable, and safe power to the Mindanao Grid because “preserving the environment or environmental conservation is in the corporate DNA of SPI,” according to its president and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich.
It is this principle or DNA that impelled SPI to enter into collaborative effort with the local government unit of Jasaan and provincial government of Misamis Oriental to arrest at one go the deterioration of two of the province’s jewels —Agutayan White Island and the Macajalar Bay.
“We continually desire to live up to our promise of helping improve the quality of life of the people and protect our fragile environment by practicing good corporate citizenship and undertaking programs and projects designed to benefit our host communities here in Misamis Oriental,” Goerlich said.
Located in Macajalar Bay, the Agutayan White Island is a crescent-shaped sandbar approximately 5,000 square meters sitting on a 4.5 Marine Protected Area (MPA) situated in the middle of the 1,000 square kilometers Macajalar Bay, a major fishing ground in Misamis Oriental. It can be reached through a 30-45 minutes ride on a motorized banca from Barangay Jampason, Jasaan.
Protection from further deterioration
Macajalar Bay is an important resource in Misamis Oriental as it is a major source of food resources in Northern Mindanao and the final catchment basin of major water tributaries in the province.
But this primary source of aquatic resources in the province and region is facing serious threats because of the rapid increase in economic activities, said marine biologist Josefino Bascug, a provincial consultant on environmental concerns.
Aside from increase in economic activities, other factors that contributed to the deterioration of the Bay are coastal resource mismanagement, population growth and coastal migration, said the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance (MBDA).
The deterioration of the Bay has already affected the entire marine ecosystem, Bascug said. And the main culprit is improper solid waste management in the towns and cities surrounding the Bay.
According to Amir Elazegue leader of Scuba de Oro and brother-in-law of Gov. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, his group picks up at least 10 kilos of garbage everytime they dive in the waters around Agutayan.
“This sandbar is formed by the natural water movement in Macajalar Bay. Chances are, if you throw your trash anywhere in the coast, it will come here,” said Elazegue, a member of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), an international organization of dive instructors. Which is why he urged everyone to be mindful in throwing their garbage.
MBDA also said that coral cover in the Bay has been declining from 59% in 1997 down to 39% in 2008. Human disregard for corals and illegal activities are two reasons for the decline in the number of healthy corals in the Bay.
Corals are very important especially since the Philippines is a part of a marine region located in the western Pacific Ocean comprising the Coral Triangle, where 76% of the world’s coral species live. The Philippines has the richest concentration of marine life and ecosystems in the entire planet thus making it the “Global Center of Marine Biodiversity.” And Agutayan is an important component of this marine biodiversity.
“The Watch Tower will be used to protect the Bay and Agutayan,” said Gov. Emano.
The Watch Tower is the product of a collaborative effort of the government, private sector and community stakeholders aimed at promoting a good balance of economic progress, social development and environmental conservation.
The Watch Tower, a two-storey structure, has a total floor area of about 84 meters. The first level accommodates the observation room and viewing deck, while the second level occupies the lantern room and the catwalk. The lantern room includes the electrical area and two pieces of led lights that shall be powered by solar energy through a solar panel.
For Goerlich, the Watch Tower is a “symbol of the very strong partnership between SPI and the local government unit of Misamis Oriental” not only in terms of protecting the Bay but also in strengthening the province’s Tourism Framework for Ecotourism Development.
Secure Misamisnons brighter future
The Agutayan Watch Tower will “help secure a brighter future for Filipinos in this part of Mindanao,” said Goerlich. “And we in SPI are privileged to have been given this opportunity to once again participate and contribute to the realization of our fair and collective vision of sustainable development.”
Goerlich explained that the project is one of the many ways SPI is helping improve the quality of life of the people in its host communities.
Ecotourism is one of the main programs of Emano’s administration. Thus, the young provincial chief executive sees to it that the Bay is protected, especially since it is a declared Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Misamis Oriental that provides a favorable breeding ground for endangered marine species.
As an MPA, Agutayan Island is essential for the attainment of a health balance of marine biodiversity for the entire expanse of the Macajalar Bay.
Elazegue, who has logged more than 2,000 dives in Agutayan in the last 7 years, said that he has “seen species here that I haven’t seen anywhere else in the world.” He identified such species as Devil Rays (pagi), Eagle Rays, and Thresher Sharks, among others.
“We have Devil Rays but we take them for granted because fishermen see them all the time. But as
divers, as tourist, we no longer see them. We have Eagle Rays. Last month we saw a squadron of 12 Eagle Rays flying by. And last April, we saw a Thresher Shark,” he said.
Thresher Sharks are very special and very rare. And it is because of them that the small island of Malapascua off the Province of Cebu has gained international recognition and economic windfall.
“In Malapascua Island in Cebu, the Thresher Sharks are the ones feeding the community because of the tourists coming in. There are resorts in the island and every year they are fully booked because foreign divers go to Malapascua Island just to see the Thresher Shark. And we have them here,” he stressed.
He lamented that two years ago, a Thresher Shark was killed by fishermen.
“Those animals are very important to the ocean. We have the tower and we have the sanctuary, they can help. But if we continue to fish like there’s no tomorrow, we don’t think of preserving them, then our kids will no longer enjoy what we are seeing today,” he pleaded.
Giving people hope, livelihood
Emano said that tourism or ecotourism is not just about people enjoying natural wonders. It is also about hope — hope for the people’s brighter future — and about livelihood.
“We have envied other provinces that has made income from tourism…We are starting history here. And we are starting economic activities not only in Jasaan but all over the province,” he stressed, adding: “It’s not just tourism; we are giving our people hope, livelihood.”
“The Watchtower will not only secure this marine sanctuary, but also the future. This is not for us, this is for our children, the children of our children. This is for our province,” declared Engr. Redentor Jardin, Jasaan administrator and former mayor.
The Agutayan Watch Tower project is a coming together of various stakeholders who forged a partnership aimed at protecting the Bay and sustaining the abundance of its marine life while at the same time achieving economic development through sound ecotourism initiatives.
The project is is a joint undertaking between the Misamis Oriental LGU, Department of Energy, Municipal Government of Jasaan, and SPI.
“Many asked us why we go into community development enhancement and environmental preservation. We answer: This is our contribution to the future of our community. We have gone beyond providing electric power to sustain Mindanao. We are helping improve the quality of life of people,” said SPI’s Goerlich.
The project directly benefits the fisher folks of the coastal villages of Jasaan and neighbouring communities. It enhances the LGU’s capability to manage more effectively the local coastal marine resources through effective monitoring and enforcement of laws, thereby protecting the hatching and breeding ground of aquatic life and allow growth and development of juvenile fish. This ensures production and reproduction of species, leading to sustainability of the local aquatic resources. Likewise, the project provides Macajalar Bay users with a suitable venue for the conduct of marine researches, as well as area for tourism adventures and recreation.
“But the Watch Tower will be useless if we don’t do our part in protecting the ocean. We have a jewel here. I begged you, let’s protect it! We need to appreciate what we have here. We thanked SPI for the contribution and the Jasaan LGU and provincial government for this effort,” Elazegue said. (Bong D. Fabe)
‘Bambi’ sought tax amnesty on delinquent real property taxes
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By Cris Diaz, Executive Editor and MARK FRANCISCO, Staff member
MISAMIS Oriental — Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano of Misamis Oriental on Monday asked the provincial board to pass an Ordinance granting tax amnesty to delinquent real property taxes in the province.
MISAMIS Oriental — Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano of Misamis Oriental on Monday asked the provincial board to pass an Ordinance granting tax amnesty to delinquent real property taxes in the province.
Emano made the request during his 2nd “Taho sa Katawhan” (Report to the People), a derivative of the State of the Province Address (SOPA), at the provincial capitol grounds here.
He said that the province has recorded a total of about Php 107 million delinquent taxes involved penalties and surcharges.
Emano, however, said that cases involving delinquent taxes where there is an on-going negotiation and litigations is not subject to the condoned taxes.
The governor also dispelled insinuation that he would benefit from tax amnesty because “I have not a delinquent tax on my properties.”
Emano said he is asking an amnesty to provide relief to poor farmers and residential lot owners in the province provided they would pay the basic realty tax.
Vice Governor Joey Pelaez said that he is supporting the plan to grant tax amnesty, provided, that the basic taxes are paid.
He said he would ask the members of the provincial board to approve an Ordinance that spell out the mechanics of the province-wide tax amnesty.
The event also caused the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) led by Vice Gov. Jose Mari Pelaez to hold their weekly session outdoors to pave the way for the governor to report to the board his annual accomplishments.
As this developed, Emano also disclosed that the provincial government has not received anymore disallowances from the Commission on Audit (COA) for the past 12 months.
“Our financial system is fiscally sound. We have rectified everything that COA has imposed on us in 2014 – something that was carried over from the past administration,” Emano said, referring to the governorship of his predecessor, Oscar Moreno.
Some P144 million worth of completed projects bannered Emano’s infrastructure report.
Also in his report was the acquisition of some 27 new pieces of equipment funded under a loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
The P103-million cost of to build five of the completed roads with a total length of 20.7 kilometers came from the general fund of the province namely Awang-Tingalan provincial road, Laguindingan-Lourdes-Sungay provincial road, Sugbongcogon-Kidampas provincial road, Lagonglong-Umagos provincial road and Sta. Ana-Malitbog road.
At this point, Emano thanked the provincial board for approving his 2015 budget recommendation with ease even though majority of its members are not aligned with his party.
The majority bloc of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan were present in the affair yesterday.
Emano also announced his reelection bid during his yearly State of the Province Address at the provincial capitol grounds.
“Every time I learned on new beneficiaries entering Misor Cares, I am inspired. Every time there is an increase in Iskolar Ko ni Bambi beneficiaries, I am inspired. When Misamis Oriental was declared the second most competitive province in the country, I was inspired. And I can’t allow this growth surge of our province to discontinue that is why I am declaring my intention to run again,” Emano said to the applause of around a thousand employees who witnessed his two-hour speech yesterday morning.
DepEd CDO division holds journalism seminar for teachers
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By MARK FRANCISCO, Mindanao Daily Lifestyle Editor
THE City Schools Division of Cagayan de Oro of the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted a three-day Journalism Enhancement Seminar from Thursday to Saturday this week at Hotel Koresco in Cagayan de Oro City. (more…)
Dads give go signal to 3 brgys to implement budgets
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THREE MORE barangays may now fully implement their respective infrastructure projects and programs for this year.
This, after the City Council during its regular session on Monday presided over by City Vice Mayor Caesar E. Acenas passed separate resolutions returning to Barangays Iponan, Besigan and Barangay No. 38 their respective ordinances covering their 2015 annual budgets for implementation.
Barangay Iponan under Punong Barangay Rudy Guligado projected an income of P12,078,247. Of the amount, P2,147,189 is allotted for its infrastructure projects which include, among others, the construction of the barangay mini market, Senior Citizen’s building, and rehabilitation of its barangay hall, health center and day care centers.
The barangay will also rehabilitate its barangay roads and install more street lights. Livelihood projects for its Barangay Women Development Council (BWDC) and farmer’s associations will also be funded.
Moreover, the barangay will also extend P10,000 each for the improvement of the buildings of the Iponan National High School, Iponan Elementary School, Bulao Elementary School and for the senior citizens chapter buildings at Iponan, Kisanlu and Bulao.
For its youth programs, the barangays set aside its 10% fund in the amount of P1.2million. Out of the amount, the barangay will soon construct a Barangay Youth Office and extend financial assistance for cultural and sport activities while P603,262 is reserved as the calamity fund of Iponan.
On the other hand, Barangay Besigan will have an annual budget of P1.6 million. The barangay set aside P290,919 for the rehabilitation of its water system, barangays roads and for its livelihood project under KALIPI.
Barangay No. 38 under Punong Barangay Eddie Estoque will set aside P149,049 from its P1,534,153 budget for the rehabilitation of its drainage system. The barangay will also be purchasing handheld radios, megaphone and other materials to address any untoward emergencies that may hit the barangay. (ELB)
Vice Governor Pelaez pays tribute to the men and women in scouting for selfless service
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TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – As the Chairman of the Search Committee of the Outstanding Regional/Council Commissioners and Regional/Council, Vice Governor Joey G. Pelaez paid tribute to all the awardees during the Awarding Ceremony for the 2015 Tribute to Scoutmasters, Outstanding Regional/Council Commissioners and Regional/Council Chairpersons held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte last 21 May 2015. In his speech, Vice Governor Pelaez highlighted the importance and incessant search for well-meaning and capable individuals serving in utmost selflessness. According to Vice Governor Pelaez, it is also essential to give these individuals due recognition for their noble service in bringing “happiness and making this world a better place to live”.
The Vice Governor added that the awards that these individuals received are not just “colorful ribbons and medals”, they are tokens of “respect and appreciation”. “No, you cannot buy these ribbons; because they are priceless. They are made not of gold or silver or bronze; they are made of faith in humanity. They are crafted by millions of young hands, decorated with innocent smiles of the young and made stronger by the aspirations of those who believe in the power of love,” Vice Governor Pelaez said.
He also found relief that despite the “harsh world of technology and massive commercialization,” there are still people who are willing to take the sidelines so that the “generation of would-be-leaders and good citizens of the future” can excel. He also stressed that life in the service is not a walk in the park. Calling them heroes, Vice Governor Pelaez said that they are imperfect human beings “joining the world in search for greatness and perfection.” “But this is real, right before us is a group of people who dare to be different; those who believe that there is still hope to save humanity from falling down the abyss of apathy, hate and discrimination,” Vice Governor Pelaez added.
Vice Governor Pelaez says Scouting is his second home and that it is an honor for him to be standing side by side with “ordinary men and women in flesh and blood who dare to be different by giving a little too much of what they could actually give”. Present in the event were BSP President Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, Senior Vice President and Acting Secretary General Atty. Wendel E. Avisado, Scoutmaster Search Committee Chair Cabadbaran City Mayor Dale B. Corvera, and Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio H. Cerilles, among others.
Governor’s presence in project turnovers pleases Misamisnons
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Governor’s presence in project turnovers pleases Misamisnons
Since he assumed offices as mayor in the Municipality of Tagoloan within three terms, congressman in the second district of the Misamis Oriental within two terms and governor of the province at present, Gob. Bambi Emano’s way of personally handing over his projects to the communities remains.
It is the major concern and intent of the Governor to see the plight of the people and the issuance of urgent action to the basic needs of the barangays. During the relief distribution and turn-overs of 33 multi-purpose vehicles known as Bambi Kabs just recently, almost 80% of the areas never had a governor set foot in their It pleased them because for the longest time, it was the only instant that a governor who cares has come to visit them and tried to reach out. They felt the genuine and sincere service of Gov. Bambi Emano for the poor and less fortunate.
Senate OK’s bill increasing prescriptive period for graft cases to 20 years
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The Senate passed on third and final reading today an amendment to the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act which will extend the prescriptive period for graft cases from 15 to 20 years to allow government prosecutors to build stronger cases and give witnesses more time to come forward.
Establishing a solid and winnable case against a corrupt public officer or employee may ordinarily take a longer time compared to other crimes,” Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, sponsor of Senate Bill No. 2422, said.
Senate President Franklin Drilon said that the measure was “a manifestation of the determination of Congress to stamp-out corruption in the country, by making sure that time does not hinder our quest for justice nor provide a loophole for the corrupt.”
“Our justice system can only be a strong deterrent against possible malfeasance if we demonstrate that no matter the passing of years, a crime remains a crime and those who committed them must answer for them,” he stressed.
Drilon also said that the proposed measure will complement the amendments to the Sandiganbayan Law passed and signed into law last April “as necessary reforms that will strengthen the nation’s justice and legal system.”
Pimentel noted that under the current system, a 15-year prescription is being observed in the filing of graft cases and after such period, the government may no longer prosecute graft cases.
With the new measure, Pimentel said, judicial authorities would be empowered to commence prosecution of corrupt officials within 20 years from the commission of the crime.
He explained that the amendment also allows state prosecutors to fight graft and corruption through “reasonable time limitations for their investigation and case build-up.”
Pimentel added that many witnesses on graft cases “hesitate to come forward” with incriminating evidence for “fear of reprisal and retribution” especially when the offender is an incumbent public officer or employee.
“Public office is a public trust,” Pimentel cited Article XI, Section 1 of the Constitution. “Conviction rates in graft and corruption cases remain low such that we can say that the perpetrators continue to act within a culture of impunity,” he added.
“This measure signals our unending quest for public accountability and this will serve to remind erring public officers and employees that their so-called enviable lives or wealth, power, and impunity are, in fact, fraught with impending retribution by the long arm of the law, which by this measure we can say has gotten even longer,” Pimentel said.
SBN 2422 was approved in substitution of several bills on the matter filed by Senators Teofisto “TG” Guingona III and Jinggoy Ejercito-Estrada. (Apple Buenaventura, PRIB)
Himugso Heritage Feature: Cagayan de Oro’s Square Garden
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By Dr. Blas Ch. Velez
(In commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the City Charter of Cagayan de Oro, we are bringing back these stories on “Birthing the City”)
Did you know our pre-Spanish Kagay-anon ancestors once had their own version of the famous Madison Square Garden? Present-day Kagay-anons will be proud of the fact that they share a common bond with their 15th century forefathers-they all have, at one time or another, taken a stroll along our local square. (more…)