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Mayor JPA completes 2.3km zip line project

 Finally, the long wait is over! Asia's longest zip line is here in the City of Good Life!

 The Oroquieta City Zip Line has been opened for the people of Oroquieta and its neighboring areas.   Probably one of Asia’s longest zip lines and built in compliance with world class safety standards per direct supervision by British suppliers, the dual-zip facility’s construction was finally completed by the city government under the leadership of Mayor Jason P. Almonte.  Financed through the city’s Economic Enterprise Development Program, a total of debt-free P7million was spent to complete the project,

 The zip line’s launching pad is located in Barangay Villaflor, a 10 minute ride from the city proper.  Amidst the majestic backdraft of Mt. Malindang Range and Natural Park – a UNESCO declared ASEAN Heritage Park- one will see lush forests and wonderful views whilst soaring high at 800 feet. The 2.3 km breathtaking aerial traverse crosses 2 barangays as well as the famed Layawan River as it flows from its source until it unites with the waters of the Mindanao Sea.   

 Mayor JPA in his opening message, encouraged Oroquietanians to do their share by promoting this latest adventure activity to their friends and relatives, both here and abroad, to feel this one-of-a-kind experience riding the Oroquieta Zip Line. He further said the zip is equipped with backup cables because safety should always come first.

 The City of Good Life features this new landmark destination that caters local and international tourists especially nature lovers and adventure seekers. Aside from the zip line facility the city government is also eyeing to develop a nearby 300hectare lush green land area suitable for Forest or Adventure Parks that would also offer trekking, camping, kayaking, hiking and other outdoor adventures that will be available soon.

 Presently zip ride rate is pegged at P250/person. The facility is managed by the city’s Oro Extreme Zip Line Adventure.(glenn suan) 

                 For bookings contact Tel no.: (088)564-0764 or (088)564-0763 Office of the City Mayor

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Oroquieta City Earns Top Distinction

red orchid 01    The City of Oroquieta recently received from the Department of Health (DOH) the Red Orchid Award in recognition of the city’s tough campaign against smoking. The top distinction was given to the local government based on the criteria set by the DOH under the World Health Organization’s (WHO) MPOWER framework aimed at implementing a 100% tobacco-free environment. Mayor Jason Almonte received the award during ceremonies held in General Santos City last June 26.

    red orchid 02Mayor Almonte stressed that the city’s anti-smoking campaign is part of his administration’s 8-point agenda. He said, Oroquieta continues to strive for the good life of its constituents through healthy lifestyle. Almonte thanked the Sangguniang Panlungsod for strengthening the city’s anti-smoking ordinance which paved the way for the intensified effort toward a smoke-free city. He also thanked the frontline implementers of the anti-smoking campaign in the city like the PNP, the City Traffic Management Board and the taskforce for their assistance, and the City Health Office headed by Dr. Clemente Almonte. He also expressed sincere appreciation to the Provincial Health Office for its enormous contribution to Oroquieta’s successful campaign.

    Mayor Almonte, however, said the campaign will be further strengthened and cited the recommendations by the DOH evaluators who visited the city in May. They urged the city should not allow the designation of smoking areas inside establishments. The United Nations’ Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (UN-FCTC) does not allow smoking areas inside enclosed spaces like in offices and commercial establishments.

    Almonte added, the local government of Oroquieta strongly adheres to the MPOWER framework set by the WHO. It provides for a close monitoring and evaluation of tobacco use and prevention policies; implementation of policies to protect people from the effects of tobacco use & second hand smoke; offer help to people who wish to quit smoking; warn people of the dangers of tobacco; implement absolute ban on tobacco advertisement, promotions and sponsorships in whatever form; and raising taxes on tobacco and tobacco products. (Larry)

44th Cabecera remembered; Charity group provides medical aid

          A team of  doctors, nurses and volunteers of the Bisaya Medical Association ( BMA-USA ) a US based  charity  group  conducted medical mission to help the people of Oroquieta   bringing along with them medical equipments and medicines worth millions of pesos intended especially for the poorest of the poor that needs medical attention and free medicines.  The group headed by Dr. Dick Larumbe founded in July 1997 in Florida USA, has conducted several medical missions and provided scholarship to deserving medical students in the country for the past several years.

The 30 member BMA-USA medical team mostly composed of US-based Filipino physicians and surgeons arrived on January 18 and in the evening was accorded a festive “bayanihan” themed   reception party at the prestigious Oroquieta Town Center hosted by the local government of Oroquieta in time for the city’s cabecera (founding) anniversary. City Mayor Jason P. Almonte warmly welcomed and sincerely thanked BMA-USA for choosing the city as the venue of their mission. Also present were Vice Gov. Virginia M. Almonte and 1st District Rep. Jorge T. Almonte  who are supportive of  the group’s aid work, City government employees, support groups and medical practitioners headed by Dr. Faith G. Go were also present to welcome the group.  

 During the 4-day medical mission held at the City Gym,, a total of 3,640 children and adult patients were served through consultations and actual checkups. Several assorted medicines were given and minor operations were conducted by the team at the state run Misamis Occidental Provincial Hospital ( MOPH ). The mission was participated by doctors of the local Misamis Occidental Medical Society, Philippine Medical Association-Oroquieta chapter and the City Health Office doctors, nurses and employees.  (SIDLAK)gls.

Oroquietanians Welcome New Investments

             In an effort to attract new investments for the city, two major players of the wholesale and retail chain industry opened branches recently in Oroquieta thereby boosting the city’s economic conditions for the last quarter of 2013. Cebu based Prince Warehouse Club Incorporated opened their branch located at Barrientos Street and CamSur Department Store along Rizal Street in Oroquieta City.prince03

prince02            While Prince Warehouse Club intends to serve the Mindanao market through their wholesale and retail merchandise, CamSur features an array of consumer goods and grocery items. Their 3 storey building along Rizal Street is equipped with an escalator to make   shopping comfortable. It also comes with a comfortably luxurious but affordable hotel, the internationally famous Asia Novotel, located on the 3rd floor just overlooking Iligan Bay.   

              On December 14, 2013 Prince Warehouse Club formally opened branch in Oroquieta City its 2,300 sqm. superstore facility at Barrientos street.  In the afternoon Novotel of CamSur   chain formally opened their hotel operations. No other than Oroquieta City Mayor Jason P. Almonte in behalf of the people of Oroquieta led the twin opening ceremonies. He personally welcomed and thanked the two big businesses for their investments and contribution to the economic development of the city and the job opportunities it provided for the people.(sidlak)gls

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Oroquieta Prepares for the 8th WestMin Jamboree

boyscoutofthephilippines     Welcome to the City of Good Life! A warm greeting awaits an estimated 6,000 delegates for the “8th Western Mindanao Regional Scout Jamboree” hosted by this city. Scout Masters, boys ages ranging from 12-17 years old from different councils of the region will attend the jamboree at the renowned boy scout camp in Punta Blanca, brgy. Mobod on October 18-20. The Boy Scouts' Western Mindanao council covers the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Cotabato, Iligan and Zamboanga.

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Oroquieta Bags DILG 2012 Housekeeping Award

       The City of Good Life as what Oroquieta is popularly known    was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping for complying with the   Full Disclosure Policy Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).  This is the 2nd time Oroquieta bagged the said prestigious award being a consistent awardee  and got  the P20M   reward.  Last year the city got P3.5M as 2011 awardee

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2nd ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference Held; Mt. Malindang Cited

        The City of Oroquieta successfully hosted the 2nd ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference held at the Boardroom of the prestigious Oroquieta Town Center on August 4-5 . The event was organized by the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity with the generous support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), DENR Region 10 and the local government through the offices of the Provincial Governor Herminia M. Ramiro of Misamis Occidental and Oroquieta City Mayor Jason P. Almonte (JPA). The Secretary and Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection Hon. Nereus O. Acosta who is a Mindanaon was the guest speaker who gave insights on the benefits of having a protected parks and wildlife area. Delegates composed of NGOs,Environmental advocates, Forest Rangers, DENR officers and staff attended the two day affair.

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World Vision Partners LGU in Child Health Now

     To commemorate nutrition month the city of Oroquieta showcased different farm produce during the culmination of the 38th National Nutrition Month with the theme "Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin , araw-araw itong ihain" on Thursday March 26 at the ABC Gym. Clustered Barangays set up booths as they displayed varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

     Highlighting the affair was a "Market-Market sa Barrio Fiesta" where visitors and onlookers can buy farm produce at a low price and most importantly, the program launching of "Child Health Now" a global advocacy campaign aimed to end preventable deaths in child 0-5 years old. Most of these child death happens because of preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea,malnutrition, and lack of access to quality health care. Child Health Now campaign is undertaken by World Vision Development Foundation through HIMAYA Foundation as lead agency with LGU-Oroquieta as partner. A four year campaign goal intends to engage partners(LGU) in improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN). These MNCHN support systems include policies and legislation, regulations for service delivery, government and civil society collaboration, including participation of families, children and youth. To recall, Oroquieta has a continuing child Feeding Program that started in 2010 covering 47 barangays. Recently, another child health watch program "Bantay Kahimsog sa Kabataan" was also launched by the JPA administration.

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“ Bantay Kahimsog sa Kabataan” Program Launched

     On the occasion of his birthday City Mayor Jason P. Almonte led the program launching of " Bantay Kahimsog sa Kabataan " a child health care campaign program of his administration in Oroquieta City on Wednesday 20 June at Oroquieta City Central Elementary School. Health kits containing toiletries and vitamins were distributed to several pupils of the said public elementary school. The launching was simultaneous with the city's feeding program as pupils enjoyed a simple but nutritive cup of porridge with egg and hot chocolate.

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City Barangays Receive Brand New Computer Sets

computer distribution     A total of 27 brand new computer sets were distributed to different Barangays of Oroquieta City during a simple turnover ceremony in Oroquieta Town Center on 27 March 2010. The complete set is equipped with Windows 7 OS software, hardware and printer. These will be set up in the 27 Barangay offices to hasten and effectively serve local residents.

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JPA Elected to BSP-Prov Exec Board

     Mayor Jason P. Almonte was elected by a province wide delegates of scout masters, executives and coordinators as member of the BSP ( Boy Scouts of the Philippines ) Misamis Occidental Council Executive Board during the 2012 Annual Council Meeting held in Oroquieta Town Center on March 1, 2012. He will serve the BSP Provincial Council as Executive Board member for 3 years.

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DA 10 Turnover P2.7M Infra Projects

Two key projects of the Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Unit ( DA-RFU 10 ) were turned over to the local government of Oroquieta City on February 7, 2012 consisting of a Farm-to-Market Road and an Agricultural Packing Center. The Farm-to-Market road costing P1.5 million with a counterpart from LGU-Oroquieta was constructed in Barangay Lower Rizal connecting Barangay Tuyabang Alto and an Agricultural Packing Center costing P1.2 million constructed and located in Barangay Canubay.

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Charitable Organization Donate Gift Packs

     Feed the Hungry Philippines ( FtH ) a charitable institution based in Washington, D.C. USA donated gift packs containing rice, milk, canned goods, sugar, noodles, toiletries etc. to some 200 poor families of Oroquieta City on January 27, 2012 at the Oroquieta City ABC Gym. The US based institution that started in 1993 as a gift-giving and feeding project for indigent children in the Philippines by a group of World Bank Group and IMF Filipino staff is headed by its Chairman of the Board Mrs. Lottie T. Buhain who traveled all the way from the US together with the officers and FilAm volunteers. To date, FtH has an array of programs concerning Feeding and Nutrition, Education, Infrastructure ( classroom and water system) Calamity Relief and Emergency Medical Assistance (CREMA),Gift-giving and Livelihood that directly benefited recipients in the Philippines and the US. The group was requested and introduced here by Dr. Zosimo Micabalo a long time practicing physician in the US who happens to be an Oroquietanian known for his humanitarian deeds.

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A soft opening and blessing of a multimillion peso flagship project of the Almonte administration was held on October 14, 2011. The project- Oroquieta City Town Center which consists; a one stop shop commercial stalls, refreshment and food establishments, ATM machines , public and private offices, hotel, conference and multipurpose halls, swimming pool, a spacious parking area with modern Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal located in Barangay Canubay a 1 kilometer drive from the city proper. It is a P180 million PNB assisted project.

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The City of Good Life as what Oroquieta is popularly known held its 2nd Grand Concept Parade around the capital last October 14, 2011. Now on its 2nd year the parade is a major attraction in the city's month-long October celebration and a prelude to the city fiesta. Thousands of spectators watched the fabulous Grand Parade unfold as the first float left Oroquieta City Fish Port at 4:00 p.m.- the designated starting point of the said activity.

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October Opens with Pyro and Live Band

The City of Oroquieta welcomed the month of October with fanfare and joy last Sunday October2, 2011. The first ever "Pyro Musical Competition" was held at the MOPAC grounds in the evening backed up by the multi awarded all female led singer band "Aegis". October is the month wherein major events; "Inug-Og" Festival and City Fiesta are held yearly in honor of the Patroness.

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Farmer Beneficiaries Hold Festival

A showcase of fresh bountiful agricultural products were presented in the Ist "Harvest Festival" in the Barangays of Victoria and Clarin Settlement last September 27, 2011 of this city. It can be recalled that the 2 barangays were selected as pilot areas for the production of agricultural produce such as corn, fruits and vegetables. The project is implemented by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture ( SEARCA ) under the European Union-Focused Food Production Assistance to Vulnerable Sectors ( EU-FPAVAS ) a leading enabler in the science and practice of agriculture and rural developments in Southeast Asia. The agency ( SEARCA ) is also involved in research development and knowledge management. The Provincial Manager of SEARCA Mr. Orlen Aguillon who was one of the guest speakers thanked the people of Oroquieta for their support on the project. He pointed out, "remarkably, Oroquieta City is different, the people are very responsive and open with regards to new techniques as compared to conventional methods of farming." He also thanked the Local Government Unit of Oroquieta under the leadership of Mayor Jason P. Almonte in providing farm machinery and equipment and also field technicians of the Agriculture Office in assisting the farmer beneficiaries.

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