“Nothing Short of a Miracle”

“CdeO’s Resilience is Nothing Short of a Miracle”

One of the representatives of the Oro Habitat for Humanity, who is also a Cluster Coordination Officer of the International Organization of Migrants (IOM), Mr. Mariano Nava, remarked during a recent meeting of the Local Inter-Agency Council (LIAC) that the pace at which Cagayan de Oro progressed in the development and construction of its housing projects for the survivors displaced by the typhoon Sendong is nothing short of a miracle. Per their organization’s experience in assisting in human emergencies all over the world, what CdeO has come up with in as little as 4 months usually takes 2 years in other places under the same circumstances.

The team from the Citizens’ Commission led by former Mayor Reuben R. Canoy, during an ocular inspection conducted just recently also expressed the same awe at the city’s quick response especially in the area of housing its internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Mr. Nava further said that he is thankful for the leadership of City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano and his administration’s foresight in embarking into land banking several years back, which is now seen to be one of the keys to the city’s resilience in the face of the recent disaster’s aftermath.

VYE Signs MOA for Renewal of PhilHealth Coverage for 50,000 City Folks

MOA Signing: Renewal of PhilHealth Coverage 2012-2013
City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano signs the MOA for the Renewal of PhilHealth Coverage of 50,000 families in the city with a P90M budget. Present during the signing are PhilHealth Regional VP Datu Masidip M. Alonto, Jr. (left), and PhilHealth-CDO Head Ian Alfredo Magno (right).


From the Mayor’s Office:

A total of 50,000 poor families can now continue to benefit from Philhealth Coverage this year.

This, after City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) together with top execs of Philhealth for the renewal of the program.

Ang lokal nga gobyerno sa dakbayan mi-alokar og P90 Milyones sa katuyoan nga mahatagan og libreng serbisyong medikal ug ‘hospitalization’ ang mga kabus nga mga pamilya, ug usab sa tinguha nga ma-improbar ang mga pasilidades sa hospital sa dakbayan,” the Mayor informed.

Liga ng mga Barangay Holds April-long ‘Ultimate Talent Search’

The Liga ng mga Barangay* has organized a talent search that spans the whole month of April called ‘The Ultimate Talent Search‘.

The search is ordered into 4 categories namely,

  • battle of the bands,
  • hiphop & dance sport competition,
  • singing competition (solo & group), and
  • songwriting competition,

all of which shall be held at the SM City Car Park building starting on the 14th of April.

Hoping to lift the spirits of everyone who are still under the gloomy spell brought by the recent disaster, and to further hasten the healing process, the Liga ng mga Barangay is undertaking this series of talent search events. The organizer’s focus is “to showcase the best talents that Cagayan de Oro can offer to the world” and at the same time shower joy to those who need it and divert their attention from brooding over the past and present daily struggles.

Interested participants may inquire about the details of the competitions by visiting the Liga ng mga Barangay office at the City Hall or the representatives at SM City, or by texting/calling 09278069654.

*The Liga ng mga Barangay has also just concluded another project called “CdeO’s 1st Educational Fair” held last March 16 to 23 at the Limketkai Mall 2nd Level West Concourse. To see the list of winners, please click here.

P7.6M for Sendong Survivors in 8th Phase of Financial Aid Distribution

Today, March 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the same place – the City Tourism Hall, the 8th phase of financial aid distribution for the Sendong survivors continues. This time, 1,289 families will be slated to receive aid totalling P7,673,000.00.


Sendong victims from the following places may proceed to the City Tourism Hall today to claim their financial assistance:

  • Agusan
  • Baikingon
  • Bayabas
  • Bayanga
  • Canitoan
  • Cugman
  • Dansolihon
  • FS Catanico
  • Gusa
  • Indahag
  • Lumbia
  • Lapasan
  • Macasandig
  • Mambuaya
  • Nazareth
  • Pagatpat
  • Pigsag-an
  • Puntod
  • Tablon
  • Tagpangi
  • Tignapuloan
  • Tuburan
As usual, the City Mayor, Hon. Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano will be present to personally see to it that all bona fide beneficiaries will receive  the cash assistance sourced from the City’s 5% Calamity Fund.

Latest tally brings the total financial assistance  to P68,683,400.00 doled out to 12,502 Sendong survivor families.

Ms. Fidelina Macalam reaches out to hand over cash aid to a beneficiary.

Puerto First Kagawad to Kap, Ex-Kap Widow to Kagawad

Ex-Kap’s Widow Appointed As Kagawad

City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano appoints and swears into office Ms. Susan M. Derecho, the widow of deceased Captain Claro B. Derecho, as Kagawad of Brgy. Puerto. With Kagawad Christian Rustico M. Achas (left) being automatically elevated by law to Punong Barangay, Ms. Derecho fills in the vacancy as Kagawad.

By Law of Succession, First Kagawad Achas Now is Kap Achas

First Kagawad Christian Rustico M. Achas (left) takes oath before City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano thus, by law of succession, now becomes Punong Barangay of Brgy Puerto. He takes the place of the late Kap. Claro B. Derecho who died recently. Kap. Derecho’s widow was also appointed by the Mayor as Brgy. Kagawad to fill the vacancy of the Kagawad post left by Achas.

Citizen’s Commission Execs Impressed by Fast Pace of Housing Construction @ Reloc Sites


Citizen’s Commission Execs Impressed by Fast-Paced Housing Construction @ Reloc Sites

Members of the Citizen’s Commission, led by former City Mayor Reuben R. Canoy, were impressed with the fast-paced construction of permanent houses at the Calaanan Relocation Site when Mayor Dongkoy Emano toured them to the area on March 27.



Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano listen intently to a project engineer as he gives an update on the status of the on-going construction of 300 pre-fabricated, heat-insulated houses donated by the local Filipino-Chinese Community at the Calaanan Relocation Site.



Mayor Dongkoy Emano, along with the members of the Citizen’s Commission led by former City Mayor Reuben R. Canoy, inspect the on-going site development of the 2.7-hectare Calaanan Relocation Site intended for the construction of 500 housing units by Habitat for Humanity Philippines.


Members of the Citizen’s Commission who came to inspect the relocation sites together with City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano were awed at the pace at which the construction of the permanent housing are progressing in the different Relocation Sites in the city.

They made an ocular inspection of the sites in Barangays Indahag, Bolonsiri, Camaman-an, and Calaanan, Canitoan and were all unanimous in their observations. They were all impressed at the rapid progress brought about by the joint efforts of the City Government, Oro Habitat, Gawad Kalinga, Local Filipino-Chinese Community, and other generous groups, agencies and entities.

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Concerned Group Donates Additional Classrooms for School @ Relocation Site

City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano expressed his sincere gratitude to a group of concerned citizens who has pledged to donate two (2) classrooms in the Calaanan Relocation Site.

Edgar N. Mutya, a representative of the group, confirmed their desire to donate the classrooms during his meeting yesterday with Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano. Mutya disclosed that his group and friends in Japan shall shoulder the cost of the materials and construction of a 2-classroom building complete with a comfort room and playground. Another group, a women’s group from Davao, has also pledged to build a Health Center which is to be constructed very soon.

Dako kini ug ikatabang sa atong paningkamot nga dili mabalda ang pagtungha sa atong mga kabataan nga anaa karon sa Relocation Site. Gani, ato nang gisugdan karon ang pagtukod ug balor P4.8 Milyones nga two-storey, four-classroom school building dinha sa Pedro ‘Oloy’ Roa Sr. Elementary School sa Calaanan, Canitoan,” the mayor further said.

VYE Congratulates 200 ABCCA Grads

The 3rd Commencement Exercise for the Asian Business Cabletow Cooperative Academy (ABCCA) was successfully held at the City Tourism Hall yesterday, March 26, 2012.

City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano warmly congratulated the more than 200 students of ABCCA who successfully completed their respective courses.
Tipik kini sa atong pagpaningkamot nga matabangan ang mga kabus nga dili makagahum sa pagtungha sa kolehiyo ug bisan sa mga short-term courses,” the Mayor enthused.

Picture below is of a tarpaulin streamer displayed in the city hall premises by grateful ABCCA graduates.


VYE Assures Water Supply Connection for Indahag Relocation

City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano gave his assurance that the Indahag Relocation Site, which is currently being developed for the displaced Sendong survivors, will have its water connection installed as soon as possible.

Water shall be delivered through a pipe network sourced from the Indahag water reservoir built by previous Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Tinnex Jaraula.

mayor vicente y. emanoSa dili madugay, atong pabutangan og mga tubo sa tubig padulong sa relocation site, ug atong himo-on nga tinubdan ang reservoir dinha sa barangay Indahag nga gibuhat in kanhi Mayor Tinnex Jaraula,” the mayor explained.

Atong paningkamotan nga mapadali ang pagpatuman niining proyekto sa panubig dinha sa Indahag Relocation Site,” assured Mayor Emano.

Call Center Company to Invest in CdeO

City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano recently announced that a big call center company is planning to invest in Cagayan de Oro City.

This is a concrete sign of the city’s eventual recovery from the Sendong ordeal it experienced a few months ago. Business is blooming back as investors regained confidence in the city by pouring in their capital.

mayor emanoSigun sa ilang gipadayag nga plano, diha sa Limketkai Mall ipahimutang ang maong call center. Nalipay kita’g dako kay usa kini ka maayong kalambo-an sa natad sa negosyo, sanglit, daghan sa atong mga katawhan ang mahatagan og kahigayonan sa panarbaho,” the Mayor stated.