CdeO Gov’t Did NOT Receive Foreign Funds – Nacaya

Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, chair of the Oversight Committee, clarified during the last council meeting that the city government of Cagayan de Oro did not receive any donation from other countries for Typhoon Sendong victims.

In his special report during this morning’s regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, the councilor cited announcements from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) about foreign donations coming in intended for Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, which were both badly hit by the Dec. 16 and 17 calamity.

The oversight committee has been holding weekly meetings and had invited national and local departments such as the Department of Social Welfare (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and concerned City Hall offices in the aftermath of the typhoon, Nacaya said.

The oversight committee was created by the 16th City Council after the calamity to study, assess, evaluate and recommend rehabilation programs and all other concerns.

Based on its findings from the City Treasurer’s Office and City Accountant Office, no monetary assistance from foreign aid has been delivered to the city, Nacaya said.

The councilor proposed that an inquiry should be made about this for the interest of calamity victims.

Councilor Alvin Calingin supported the move citing that there had been inquiries from the private sector regarding foreign aid. He said this should be known so that the city can thank and acknowledge all foreign countries and groups that have generously given their support to calamity victims.

Calingin said the city still needs the donations even now.

For his part, Councilor President Elipe said several foreign visitors including a German ambassador came and said donations were given to the national government through the DFA. He said senators have also visited the city inquiring about foreign aid.

As representatives of calamity victims, Elipe said, the City Council should make the necessary inquiries.

Councilor Ramon Tabor said the intention of the legislative body is to know, to thank foreign donors and to report this to the people of Cagayan de Oro.

Source: The Power


Financial Aid for Typhoon Victims Still Pouring In

Two months has passed after deadly tropical cyclone Sendong struck Cagayan de Oro City, and yet, financial aid and relief goods of local government units (LGUs) from various parts of the Philippines still keep pouring in with love.

Biñan City Mayor Marlyn ‘Len-len’ Alonte-Naguiat visits VYE

Lately, Toledo City Government of Cebu donated P 500,000.00 in check, personally handed by its Mayor Aurelio P. Espinosa to City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano . Manila Mayor Fred Lim also donated P1 million and Speaker Sonny Belmonte gave P500,000. Masbate Governor Rizalina L. Seachon Lanete sent her representatives to handover P 250,000 donations from their province. From the City of Biñan, its City Mayor Marlyn ‘Len-len’ Alonte-Naguiat came together with her team and also donated P266,632.00.

The League of Provinces of the Philippines and Governor Orlando A. Fua Jr. of Siquijor even donated some P125,000.00 and P500,000 in checks, respectively. Total financial aid received by the City Government have now reached P P68,409,317.82.

Pasig shares disaster management idea

Another LGU came up with a different, but smart, way to help CDO. Pasig City Team led by Pasig DILG chief Jay E. Timbreza and Pasig Liga President Ferdinand A. Avis also visited the city last February 16,2012. Their team introduced and discussed with Mayor Emano Pasig’s existing Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System (DRRM) – a DRRM action plan adopted shortly after their city was hit by typhoon Ondoy. Accordingly, they have now remained assured and disaster-resilient especially when it comes to flooding.


The Philippine archipelago locates in the Pacific Ring of Fire and is situated along a Typhoon Belt. Due to its geographical set-up, natural hazards abound in the archipelago- tropical cyclones, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions among others. Flooding and tropical cyclones are the ones most prevalent. An average of 20 cyclones visit our country every year. Like many other places in our archipelago, the City of Golden Friendship is also prone to natural hazards. Its citizens’ experience of the devastation of Sendong attests to this.

Yet, despite this great threat from nature, every LGU must, all the more, rise up to the challenge and muster its responsibility to build adaptive and resilient communities especially in the face of global climate change.

A real challenge that the CDO City Government, its people, local and foreign partners involved in the comprehensive rehabilitation work for Sendong survivors had stood up to.


For more than two months now, the city government, through the leadership of City Mayor “Dongkoy” Y. Emano, together with its donor partners, have focused its efforts in the completion of building permanent houses in the city’s relocation sites. A target of 1,000 concrete houses is to be completed by April 2012.

All financial aids from partner LGUs have contributed and made possible the rise of adaptive, disaster resilient new communities for Sendong survivors.

Pro-poor Program and Sendong (Last Part)

The permanent relocation that the city government is giving to thousands of homeless families means a new community will very soon rise in Calaanan, Canitoan in this city .

This new community which the Sendong victims will soon comprise, however, is not comparable to the evacuation centers where the beneficiaries have become so dependent on relief goods, food and other assistance delivered by concerned sectors, but will be an ideal community worthy of emulation.

The house-and-lots at the permanent relocation in Calaanan, according to Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano, are not ‘dole outs’ but are freely given to each beneficiary. They will be the occupants of these houses forever through certificates of award which the city government will issue.

As with all other pro-poor programs of Mayor Emano, particularly the ‘Singkwenta-Singkwenta Program’, the Estate Management Division (EMD) is the department that would be most involved in the supervision, monitoring, and management of the new community composed of typhoon Sendong victims.

EMD staff Rubina Castro, project-in-charge of the Calaanan Relocation, clarified that the city government, together with various government agencies, shall provide the necessary assistance in the form of livelihood projects for the beneficiaries.

“They will be taught in the field of livelihood. We will be profiling these folks so we can mark their skills and help them find jobs that best fit their skill levels,” said Castro.

Castor further added that the EMD shall conduct an initiative which include regular communication with the beneficiaries, strengthening of their spiritual convictions, and organizing them through the so called Community-Based Structure (CBS) where leaders shall be picked right from within their community.

The community will be put under the jurisdiction of the barangay council of Canitoan and will be encompassed by the rules and policies of the same barangay.

All in all, the 63 hectare lot acquired by the city government in Calaanan, intended for the “Land for the Poorest of the Poor Program” of the Emano administration, has taken on a nobler status inasmuch as it has not only addressed the problems of the victims of demolition and conflagration calamities, but has also served as an instrument to help the victims of the typhoon Sendong rise and get back on their feet.

P65M+ and Counting

Despite the constant mud-slinging and character assassination by the opposition, donations and relief goods still keep pouring into the city through the office of City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano.

mayor emano“Even 2 months after the city’s ordeal with Sendong, I’m surprised that there are still many kind souls who offered their assistance and donations to us,” the mayor gratefully said.

“In fact, just recently, through Congressman Bambi Emano, Manila Mayor Fred Lim gave a P1M donation, and Speaker Sonny Belmonte P500T,” the mayor further revealed.

As of late, the record shows a total of P65,590,685.85 that the city received from donations which will all go to the implementation of the city government’s housing project – the construction of 1,000 houses in the Calaanan Relocation Site.

Source: CIO Press Release

2,654 Families Gets Aid In 3rd Phase of Financial Aid Distribution

2,654 Families Gets Aid In 3rd Phase of Distribution
City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano personally saw to the distribution of the financial aid, in its third phase, to 2,654 families whose houses were either partially or totally damaged, where the total amount given out was P12,178,600.00.

City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano made sure during the financial aid distribution, February 16, 2012, at the City Tourism Hall that all victims are given the alloted financial aid regardless of politics or whatever factor as long as they are legitimate victims of the typhoon Sendong.

Meanwhile, the mayor also clarified that those families who have members who are declared ‘missing’ may not yet receive the alloted aid until the missing members are officially declared dead, according to law.

More than P26M of the P70M from the 5% Calamity Fund have been given by the city government to the families who have lost their loved ones, and/or whose houses have been damaged or totally washed out.

City Gov’t Distributes Financial Aid to 1,787 Families


P10.64M Given to 1,787 Sendong affected families

City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano playfully hugs a kid while talking to the mother who is one among 1,787 beneficiaries whose homes were either totally or partially washed out during the typhoon Sendong flood. The beneficiaries who received financial aid (taken from the City Government’s Calamity Fund) for this batch came from Barangays Balulang, Agusan, Baikingon, and Balubal.


A total of 1,787 families, from the Barangays of Balulang, Agusan, Baikingon, and Balubal, whose houses were partially damaged or totally washed out received financial aid from the local government worth P10,644,000.00.

City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano, Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, members of the City Council, and members of the Crisis Committee witnessed this 2nd phase of distribution of financial aid on February 10, 2012 at the City Tourism Hall.

“Though what we are giving is not much, it is wholeheartedly given with the hope that it can help you in your efforts to recover from your difficult ordeal,” the mayor expressed.

In the first phase of the financial aid distribution held last February 2, 2012, 323 families who lost their loved ones received from the city government P15,000.00 per deceased family member. About P5M pesos were given at that time the funds of which were also sourced from the 5% Calamity Fund.

Groundbreaking for 1,750 houses in Indahag


Groundbreaking in Indahag

City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano does the honor of piling the first few bricks during the groundbreaking ceremony held in the relocation site at Indahag where 1,750 houses are to be built by the Habitat for Humanity – Philippines. Some officials from the NHA, DSWD, and Habitat were in attendance.


Groundbreaking & Boodle Fight in Indahag

City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano joins a toast with representatives from the Habitat for Humanity – Philippines, City Hall officials and NHA & DSWD officials, during a boodle fight after the groundbreaking ceremonies held in Indahag as the construction of 1,750 houses begin.


Very soon, 1,750 houses built by the Habitat for Humanity Philippines will rise in the government-owned 10-hectare Indahag Relocation Site,” City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Y. Emano, announced.

Also, 300 other houses are being built by the Oro Habitat For Humanity, Inc. in the Calaanan Relocation Site,” the Mayor added.

The Mayor, together with officials of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, City Council members, and members of the City Crisis Committee, headed the separate groundbreaking ceremonies of the above-mentioned permanent housing sites last February 10, 2012.

I wholeheartedly thank the Habitat for Humanity, together with the DSWD, NHA, and other supportive organizations, for their selfless assistance and support to help the city get back to its feet after the calamity,” the Mayor said.

Pro-poor Program and Sendong (Part 2)

The year 2000 saw the creation and rise of the Comprehensive Socialized Housing Program for the Underprivileged and Homeless Citizens of Cagayan de Oro, a program of Mayor Emano more popularly known as Piso-Piso Program, centered around the 67-hectare off-site resettlement in Calaanan, Canitoan.

Up to the present, the development and progress of the Calaanan community, where the Oro Habitat and Piso-Piso are located, continues under the able supervision of the city government.

But in December 17, 2011, Cagayan de Oro City was struck by the unsparing typhoon Sendong. More than a thousand perished and were missing and thousands of families were rendered homeless.

President Benigno Aquino III, during his visit in the city last December 20, 2011, declared Isla de Oro, Consolacion, and Cala-cala, Macasandig as ‘danger zones’ and ordered that residents of these places be not allowed to settle back.

mayor emanoThis presented a dilemma to Mayor Emano inasmuch as the relocation of an overwhelming number of families is no easy task. The victims called and requested Mayor Emano to allow them to return to their homes because of the inconvenience they experienced in the evacuation centers. But the President’s order is absolute and cannot be violated.

“I humbly ask for your forgiveness, that I could not favorably respond to your request. I could not grant your wishes as it would go against the orders of the President. It is beyond my power now,” the mayor stated.

It is at this point that Mayor Emano decided to utilize the remaining area of the city’s property in Calaanan as relocation area. The Calaanan relocation which was then the center of the Piso-Piso Program (renamed Singkwenta-Singkwenta) has, this time, likewise become the center for the relocation of the victims of the typhoon Sendong.

On December 27, the installation of 365 temporary shelters donated by Shelter Box in Tent City 1 and another 120 tents donated by DSWD was completed. This was in Phase 2 within the 67 hectare relocation site established by the Emano administration.

Tent City 1 was able to accommodate 393 families (1,862 individuals) after a very meticulous evaluation and validation conducted by the EMD and DSWD. Those who were house owners and actual occupants (not absentee owners or renters) whose houses were washed out were given priority and thus were the first ones given access to the tents.

Mayor Emano however reminded everyone not to worry as every affected family will eventually be given their own shelter. The beneficiaries who were settled at the temporary relocation received constant and regular aid from the city government, DSWD, non-governmental organizations, private companies, various local government units, and other concerned sectors of society.


Also installed within the Tent City are function halls, water facilities, baths, laundry areas, comfort rooms, and street lights. The Barangay Council of Canitoan helped out by maintaining peace and order in the Tent Cities through the imposition of curfew hours where everyone, especially the youth, are allowed only to stay out until 10:00 pm in the evening. The Barangay Police of Canitoan implemented and contributed much to this affair.

As of this writing, 726 temporary shelters have already been installed in the three (3) Tent Cities. The City Government is continuing the process of transferring additional Sendong-affected families into the vacant (119) tents in Tent City 2 and Tent City 3.

Since February 2 to February 6, a total of 96 families have been successfully moved to Tent City 2. Most of these relocated families were evacuees from the West City Central School in Carmen, who were given priority to occupy the 215 available temporary shelters.

The authorities at EMD (Estate Management Division) clarified that there was a little delay in the transfer of the families due to the meticulous evaluation and validation for every beneficiary. This is to ensure that those who are prioritized can be relocated accordingly.

The evaluation and validation, it was known, was strictly implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), Estate Management Division (EMD), National Housing Authority (NHA), and Xavier University.

There is yet no set date for the completion of the relocation of evacuees to their temporary shelters as this will depend on the outcome of the ongoing evaluation and validation process.

The Tent Cities will henceforth serve as temporary relocation while the victims await for their permanent homes now being constructed by the Habitat For Humanity at Phase 3.

DA Delivers Assistance For Sendong-Affected Farmers & Fisherfolks

Assistance for Farmers & Fisherfolks affected by the Sendong flood…

Assistance for Farmers & Fisherfolks

The Secretary of the Department of Agriculture himself, Hon. Proceso J. Alcala (in white polo), handed over to Acting City Administrator Griscelda Joson and City Agriculture Office Chief Federico Gempesaw the seedlings, seeds, fertilizers, farm implements, marine engines and equipment intended to assist the city’s farmers and fisherfolks who were affected by they typhoon Sendong.


Assistance for Farmers & Fisherfolks from DA

The Secretary of the Department of Agriculture himself, Hon. Proceso J. Alcala (in white polo), handed over to Acting City Administrator Griscelda Joson and City Agriculture Office Chief Federico Gempesaw the seedlings, seeds, fertilizers, farm implements, marine engines and equipment intended to assist the city’s farmers and fisherfolks who were affected by they typhoon Sendong.

Pro-poor Program and Sendong

The lots that the city government acquired and which are now utilized as relocation sites has become a boon not only for the urban poor but also for the victims of the typhoon Sendong.

mayor emanoThis is what Mayor Vicente Y. Emano expressed as he thanked everyone who has helped bring back the affected families to its feet after the calamity last December 17, 2011. He thanked the various government agencies, local government units all over the nation, private corporations and individuals, non government organizations and friends who sent donations, both big and small, cash and relief goods.

The mayor did not forget to thank the past administration of the city for the foresight of buying lots which now became the relocation sites, in Calaanan, Canitoan, for the Sendong affected families.

“I thank ex-Mayor Pablo Magtajas because the lots which he acquired for the city government during his time came in handy in our current circumstances,” said Mayor Emano.

During Magtajas administration, the city government acquired 27 hectares of land in sitio Calaanan. These include 4 lots in all valued at P4.1 million pesos.

In 1998, a few months after Emano took office as city mayor, at total of 63 hectares was acquired by his administration at P101.5 million pesos. This land became the centerpiece of his Off-Site Resettlement Program or Piso-Piso Land Program for the Poor which greatly benefitted the city’s less fortunate citizenry.

Of the 63 hectares, only 25 hectares was developed under the Resettlement and Socialized Housing Project of Mayor Emano. It is here where the 213 housing units of the Oro Habitat for Humanity were erected; 462 beneficiary families were relocated in Phase 1 of the Piso-Piso program; 640 families in Phase 3; 31 families in Phase 4 Village of Hope; and 65 families under the classification Persons With Disabilities in Phase 2.

The selection of beneficiaries for the relocation to Calaanan underwent a meticulous evaluation and verification process undertaken by the Estate Management Division (EMD) spearheaded by Ms. Virginia Diguinion.

According to Diguinion, beneficiaries qualified for relocation to Calaanan are those families which are classified as ‘squatters’ or members of community associations affected by demolitions; squatter families which are victims of fire and squatter families which have been affected by the city government’s infrastructure projects.

Within this relocation site, Mayor Emano has also included a special housing project which include members of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO), Cagayan de Oro Fire Station (COFS), and enlisted personnel of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, with lower positions/ranks and receiving meager monthly salaries.

The community which now bloomed in Calaanan is under the supervision of the city government where every beneficiary family abides by the by-laws and policies implemented by the EMD. This includes a strictly implemented policy where the certificate of ownership cannot be transferred, given, or sold except when it is passed to the children of the beneficiary.

The EMD also organized a community-based structure where every block elects a leader and all block leaders in turn elect their federation officers and board of directors. In Calaanan, there are 6 officials and 9 board of directors. Each director handles a committee that addresses the needs of their community such as the committee for women, youth, peace and order, livelihood, and others.

According to Rubina Castro, EMD project-in-charge in Calaanan Relocation, the community is carrying on smoothly with the present setup. This community is no different compared to other communities outside the relocation where in spite of the differences in points of view and ideologies, they move on with the good of the community always in the forefront, and accomplishing their goals through unity among their leaders and members, motivated by the constant support of the local government.

Soon, thousands of families will soon join this same community in Calaanan, Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City.