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Thursday, September 17, 2020

P2K fine, jail time, community service for face mask violators in CDO

Thirty-two hours of community service,  a P2,000 fine,  15 days of imprisonment or both?

These are the penalties faced by violators of Ordinance No. 13946-2020 which mandates compliance with health safety protocols in Cagayan de Oro City such as wearing of face mask and face shield as well as physical distancing during an epidemic,  Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane said. 

´These penalties are in accordance with guidelines by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). Despite the initiatives taken by the city government, there are more local COVID-19 cases now.  Maluoy ta sa (Have mercy on our) frontliners who sacrifice their lives to us, maluoy ta sa atong pamilya (have mercy on our families) who may be infected if we don´t comply with health protocols,´ Councilor Gaane said during Wednesay´s (Sept. 16) press briefing. 

The provisions for the penalties were authored by Councilor Gaane, who chairs the 19th City Council´s health committee and Councilor Romeo Calizo, chairman of the public safety committee.  Unlike other ordinances, Gaane said there won´t be any first, second and third offenses for violators who will punished by any three of these penalties based on Councilor Edgar Cabanlas´s suggestion.

´The city government will organize sub-clusters from the barangays, business and private sector. An intensified education campaign will follow along with training of persons that may be deputized for monitoring. If people find it hard to comply with health protocols it´s best for them to stay at home,´ Councilor Calizo said. The penalties take effect on Oct. 5. 

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Photo by Reynan Baylin and text by SC with Gaane and Calizo photos sourced from Councilor Gaane´s Facebook page

Source: CDOInfonet FB Group

Monday, August 31, 2020

COMELEC Resumes Voter Registration Today, September 1, 2020

Voter registration resumes Sept. 1, COMELEC issues reminders

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued an advisory on Monday, Aug. 31, on the procedures when voter registration resumes on Sept. 1

COMELEC spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said the filing of applications will now be from Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays, from 8a.m. to 3p.m., at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) as stated in an advisory dated August 31.

COMELEC will impose a “No face Mask and Face Shield, No Registration ‘policy. Imposing a modified procedure and protocols in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those who will register are encouraged to download the application form from the COMELEC website ( and fill it out.

However, registrants will be required to affix their signatures on the form before the Election Officer at the Comelec office.

The COMELEC also advised those who will register to bring their own pens as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.

Registrants are also advised to strictly observe all other health and safety protocols, such as physical distancing, checking of body temperature, sanitizing of hands, and footwear, among others as they will be strictly imposed.

Voter registration will be from September 1 until October 2021, or six months before the national elections.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020



The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Cagayan de Oro Office will soon be transferring to their new office on the 5th Floor of SM CDO Downtown Tower. 

There's still no announcement yet about the official schedule or date of the opening on their new office.

Currently, DFA Cagayan de Oro office is located on the 3rd floor of the Centrio Ayala Mall since 2014, but in order to serve the public with a better and bigger office, they are going to transfer to their soon to be a new office at the SMDT - SM Downtown Tower. 

You can access their office on the 5th floor of the Mall near the scenic elevator, right next to Macau Imperial Tea.

Check out the photos below for a sneak peak of their new office.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

SeaCakes Outlet - a Complete Baking and Culinary Supplies Store Opens in CDO

SeaCakes now expands its business with their second branch - the SeaCakes Outlet. It is a Baking and Culinary Supplies Outlet that offers complete products for home bakers and professionals. 

They have raw materials available for baking from flour, leaveners, sugar, dairy products for baking, extracts and flavorings, and add-ins like cake decorations and sprinkles, and some basic baking equipment. 

All their baking and culinary products can be ordered via PandaMart and it will be delivered to you or you can visit their store personally since the SeaCakes Outlet formally opened last Tuesday, August 18, 2020, and they are conveniently located along Archbishop Hayes Street near Gaisano OsmeƱa in Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City. They are open from 7AM to 7PM daily.

Along with the baking and culinary supplies, they are also offering their signature products from their SeaCakes Sweet Treats branch like the SeaCakes Milk Teas, together with their cakes and pastries which you can also order for delivery via FoodPanda App.

You can visit their FB Page at for more info, or call them at 0917 770 0763.

Check out some photos below, to see some of their baking and culinary products.

Sunday, August 16, 2020


Among the milestones in the over 100-year history of Coca-Cola in the Philippines is the inauguration of its Misamis Oriental plant, located in the municipality of Villanueva, back in 2011. Warmly welcomed by the community, the plant—one of the Company’s newer facilities—has since stood as a significant presence in the region, serving an increasing number of customers and creating positive inroads in the local economy, local job creation, environmental sustainability, and community development. 

The plant has been resolute in fostering the growth of the communities that surround it. The state-of-the-art plant employs more than 500 regular associates—440 of which hail from Misamis Oriental. It sits on an 11-hectare area, and is the biggest facility of Coca-Cola outside of Luzon. 

With the celebration of the Misamis Oriental plant’s 9th anniversary, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) reiterated its commitment to the residents of Villanueva and the surrounding communities. 

Zarahmie Vergara Trania, Misamis Oriental Plant manager, takes a hands-on approach in making sure that the facility stays up and running during the pandemic to produce essential hydration needs. Foremost among her responsibilities is to ensure the health, safety, and total wellbeing of the plant’s associates.

“In the face of the numerous challenges brought on by the pandemic, not to mention its inevitable aftermath, we remain committed to empowering local communities such as the municipality of Villanueva, and the whole of Misamis Oriental. As such, we will strive to remain a source of livelihood and local job creation, as well as help small businesses restart and rebuild,” said Zarahmie Vergara Trania, Plant Manager. 

Leading a continuous transformation 

The Misamis Oriental plant is a greenfield operation of Coca-Cola and is considered as one of the most operationally advanced plants, with features including state-of-the-art technology for wastewater treatment, and high-efficiency equipment to reduce air pollution. 

Moreover, as part of the Company’s national roadmap toward the use of greener energy, the Misamis Oriental plant has installed 7,000 solar panels to support its electricity needs, thereby helping reduce costs and advancing more sustainable plant operations. 

Apart from contributing to the regional economy by being one of the top taxpayers and job generators, the plant has been supporting grassroots programs and projects that benefit the environment and the locals. 

Since 2012, the plant has been participating in International Coastal Clean-Up Day, where plant personnel undertake clean-up activities in a number of barangays, in addition to conducting river and estero clean-ups. In 2019, the plant partnered with the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR) for an adopt-an-estero program for the Tag-anga creek. 

It has also been a partner of the Department of Education for the annual Brigada Eskwela since 2012, with employees cleaning and preparing classrooms before the opening of classes. Similarly, as part of its own Lovedrive feeding program, plant employees have also participated and donated beverages to various school feeding programs since 2016. 

Additionally, since the Misamis Oriental plant started operations, the number of micro and small retailers in the area—sari-sari stores and carinderias, and the like—began to flourish. In these businesses, Coca-Cola products have become more accessible, while new wholesalers and delivery partners have also opened for business. 

Strengthening people-first commitment amid the pandemic 

Additional hand wash stations were installed within the Misamis Oriental Plant as part of its intensified health and safety protocols.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the plant has sustained operations—having been identified by the government as an essential goods manufacturer—and has promised to protect jobs. The company has allocated almost Php2 billion for its employee assistance fund, ensuring that associates were paid during quarantine. Moreover, those part of the skeleton workforce deployed on-site and on the field were provided with additional allowances. Other monetary and non-monetary employee support have also been provided, such as the deferment of loan payments to cooperatives and the advanced partial pay-out of 13th month pay, along with full HMO coverage in the event that any associates or dependents contracted COVID-19. 

With a high priority placed on employee well-being, plant operations adopted even stricter safety protocols, which include the accomplishment of a health declaration form, daily temperature checks, the installation of handwashing stations and foot baths plus, the disinfection of surfaces and trucks. 

Part of the COVID-19 protocols of Coca-Cola Misamis Oriental Plant is the regular disinfection of commonly touched surfaces.

The Company’s people-first approach has characteristically gone beyond plant walls, having allotted Php150 million toward COVID-19 relief efforts. Thus far, over 25,000 cases of Coca-Cola beverages have been provided to various institutions who serve at the frontline of Misamis Oriental’s COVID-19 efforts, such as the municipality of Villanueva, the city health office in El Salvador, the Brgy. Barra police station, and Polymedic Medical Center in Tagoloan. 

 CCBPI has also recently announced that it will invest an additional $22M (approximately PHP1.1B) this 2020 to further expand operations via the installation of new production lines across the country, and as well as people development through job protection and job generation. 

“We at Coca-Cola remain inspired to do even more for our associates, the community, and the region at large,” said Trania. “As we look forward to many more years here in Misamis Oriental, we know that we must carry on with our efforts to help sustain the local economy and help vulnerable communities. We are committed to continuously work together with our partners, consumers, and the local government so that we can create a lasting, positive impact here in Villanueva, and in the whole of Misamis Oriental.” 


About Coca-Cola Philippines 

Coca-Cola has been refreshing Filipinos and making a difference in the Philippines for 108 years. The Philippines was Coca-Cola’s first market in Asia to begin local bottling operations. Today, the Coca-Cola system in the Philippines has evolved into a total beverage company, offering 19 brands in its beverage portfolio and employing over 10,000 Filipinos in over 19 manufacturing facilities and more than 60 distribution centers nationwide. As part of its long-standing commitment to the country, Coca-Cola continues to #GOBEYONDGOOD as a business by continuously supporting safe water access programs in over 200 communities, empowering over 200,000 women entrepreneurs through training and peer mentoring, and accelerating packaging collection and recycling under its global World Without Waste initiative.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

20 Brgy. Captains Submitted a Petition to Mayor Oscar Moreno to Declare the ECQ in CDO

20 Barangay Captains in Cagayan de Oro City submitted a Signature Campaign Petition to Mayor Oscar Moreno to declare the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Cagayan de Oro City.

But Mayor Moreno answered them during the Daily Press Briefing of City Hall for COVID-19 Update.

Mayor Moreno said:
I'm not a bit bothered by that... unsa ba'y ilang gusto? Gusto hinoon nila nga mu atras ang syudad from where we are now... Kalooy sa Diyos, wala maparalisar ug husto ang atong ekonomiya kay atong gi siguro... it would have been different kung nag lockdown ko... pero I would not... nakita ko na ang implikasyones sa lockdown kay lagi it will certainly paralized the economy. Mao na nga ato gi atiman ang mga health data... NMMC, DOH, City Health in the hope nga we can still come up with the proper, appropriate and neccessary responses batok sa virus...
He mentioned that these Barangay Captains are from the opposition side and they are just playing politics against his administration.

Watch the video here:

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


President Duterte extends ECQ in NCR, other 'high-risk' areas

President Rodrigo Duterte extended the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period in Metro Manila and high-risk areas to May 15. All other areas will be placed under looser general community quarantine or GCQ from May 1.

For areas placed under general community quarantine, the following will be observed:
    1. workers and sectors in category I, II and III may continue to work or operate in phases;
    2. the general population may go out of their homes only for purposes of accessing basic necessities;
    3. in any case, those with ages below 21 years old and those 60 years old and above as well as those with ages ranging from 21 years old but below 60 years old but who reside with co-morbidities or other risk factors shall stay home;
    4. non-leisure stores in malls and shopping centers may partially open;
    5. higher education institutions may continue classes to finish the academic year and issue credentials to students in accordance with guidelines as may be issued by the Commission on Higher Education;
    6. priority and essential construction projects may resume in accordance with guidelines as may be issued by the DPWH;
    7. public transportation may operate at a reduced capacity in accordance with guidelines as may be issued by the DOTr;
    8. local government units shall enforce curfew at night for non-workers; and
    9. airports and seaports may operate insofar as the unhampered movement of goods.
Category I - AGRICULTURE: Extraction of raw materials and harvesting of basic foods (mining, quarrying, fishing, forestry, etc)
Category II - INDUSTRY: Production of finished goods from raw materials (metalworks production, smelting, textiles/clothing, construction, etc)
Category III - SERVICE: Intangible goods service (retailing, banking, IT service, hotel and tourism, postal, transportation, etc)

These are the list of activities and businesses that are allowed to operate in quarantine areas:

The following are ALLOWED under ECQ and GCQ
    1. Agriculture and fisheries and the entire value chain including manufacturing of feeds, fertilizers, and pesticides
    2. Manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products, essential products, medicines, and medical supplies including:
    3. All food
    4. Essential hygiene products such as soaps, detergents shampoo, conditioners, diapers, feminine hygiene products, tissue, wipes and toilet papers
    5. Disinfectants
    6. Medicines and vitamins
    7. Medical products such as PPEs, masks, gloves, 
    8. Pet food
    9. Hospitals and medical clinics
    10. Dental and EENT clinics (with strict health standards)
    11. Retail establishments (groceries, supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, public markets, pharmacies, and drug stores
    12. Food preparations and water stations) 
    13. Logistics service providers (cargo handling, warehousing, trucking, freight forwarding and shipping line)
    14. Delivery services, whether or not e-commerce platform, in-house or outsourced, transporting only food, water, medicine, pet food, hardware products or other basic necessities
    15. Banks and capital markets, per section 5 of IATF Resolution No. 13 dated March 17, 2020
    16. Power, energy, water, IT and telecommunications supplies and facilities, waste disposal services and technical services to above utilities
    17. Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply
    18. Postal and courier activities
    19. Water collection, treatment, and supply
    20. Waste collection, treatment, and disposal activities (except materials recovery - junk shop)
    21. Sewerage (except emptying of septic tanks)
    22. Veterinary activities
    23. Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
    24. Repair of computers and personal household goods
    25. Services to buildings and landscape activities (except landscape care)
    26. Employment activities (manpower services for essential activities)
    27. Security and investigation activities
    28. Programming and broadcasting activities
    29. Rental and leasing activities (except for entertainment and mass gathering purposes)
    30. Accommodations used as quarantine facilities for OFW and overseas Filipinos, as well as temporary accommodation for essential industries such as healthcare facilities, banks, BPOs, exporters and other frontline service sectors
    31. Services to buildings and landscape activities
    32. Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas
    33. Gasoline stations
    34. Laundry shops (including self-service)
    35. Funeral services
    36. Export companies (with temporary accommodation and shuttle services
    37. Business process outsourcing companies (with temporary accommodation and shuttle services, work from home)
    38. Mining and quarrying

The following are ALLOWED in GCQ areas:
  • Other manufacturing activities:
    1. Beverages
    2. Cement and steel
    3. Electrical machinery
    4. Wood products, furniture
    5. Non-metallic products
    6. Textile/wearing apparels
    7. Tobacco products
    8. Paper and paper products
    9. Rubber and plastic products
    10. Coke and refined petroleum products
    11. Other non-metallic mineral products
    12. Computer, electronic and optical products
    13. Electrical equipment 
    14. Machinery and equipment
    15. Motor vehicles, trailers, and semi-trailers
    16. Other transport equipment
  • Malls and commercial centers (including hardware stores, clothing, and accessories and non-leisure stores)
  • Barbershops, salons, spas, and other personal care industries (with strict health standards)
  • Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • Construction and Build, Build, Build
  • Forestry and logging
  • Publishing activities
  • Motion picture, video and television program production, sound recording and music publishing activities
  • Advertising and market research 
  • Real estate activities (except buying and selling)
  • Office administrative, office support and other business activities
  • Legal and accounting
  • Insurance, reinsurance, and pension funding except for compulsory social security
  • Architecture and engineering activities, technical testing analysis
  • Scientific and research development
  • Other professional, scientific and technical activities
  • Social work activities without accommodation
  • Government office - frontline offices
On the other hand, these are the services and activities that will NOT BE ALLOWED to resume both in areas under the enhanced community quarantine and those under the general community quarantine:
  • Gyms, fitness studios, and sports facilities
  • Entertainment-related mass gatherings such as:
    1. Theaters
    2. Cinemas
    3. Large Concerts
    4. Festivals
    5. Carnivals
    6. Conventions
    7. Shows
    8. Pubs and Bars
  • Business-related mass gatherings such as:
    1. Trade Shows
    2. Conferences
    3. Conventions
    4. Workshops
    5. Retreats
  • Politically-related mass gatherings such as:
    1. Election Rallies
    2. Polling Centers
    3. Parades
    4. Speeches/Addresses
  • Sports-related mass gatherings such as:
    1. Training
    2. Games
    3. Tournaments
    4. Championships
  • Religious man gatherings
  • Going to Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural activities
  • Gambling and betting activities
  • Activities of travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services
  • Activities of membership organizations