Year 2013 has once again tested our characters and our very essence as Kagay-anons. We were bombarded with so many issues yet we have proven to the world that we are strong enough to stand against any adversities. This year has also brought lots of new faces and changes to the city. And here are the top 10 remarkable news of 2013.
1. CDO elects new mayor
The once purple country has turned yellow after former Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno defeated then incumbent mayor and political kingpin Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano in the May 2013 election. Mayor Moreno’s promise of bringing “hapsay” to CDO was his strongest platform. But Dongkoy’s bet Ian Acenas retained his title as the city’s vice mayor. Majority of the elected members of the city council are also from the Padayon Pilipino Party.
2. Emano rules in MisOr
While CDO has ended Emano’s term, MisOr has elected Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano as the governor. His running mate Joey Pelaez also won. Among all the provinces in Northern Mindanao, Misamis Oriental has the most effect to CDO. MisOr’s government agencies are operating in the city.
3. Ursal nabbed for illegal drugs
Former board member of Misamis Oriental Geodiquil Ursal was arrested for allegedly selling “shabu” in Barangay Agusan last January. He was caught with P50,000 worth of shabu sachets in a buy-bust operation. This news had somehow affected the integrity of elected officials which was very untimely as the election was approaching.
4. NPA attacks Camp Philips
The once peaceful and sleepy town of Camp Philips, Manolo Fortich was attacked by the New People’s Army last February. A security guard of Del Monte compound was killed and the rebels burned the company’s trucks. This incident threatened CDO’s security and badly affected the tourism industry. The tourist arrival at Dahilayan significantly decreased.
5. Laguindingan Airport Inauguration and Opening
President Aquino led the government officials in the inauguration of the P7.9 billion Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. This new airport which replaced Lumbia Airport started its commercial operations last June 15. It is more spacious and it has tenants like Seattle’s Best and Kenny Rogers that offer good food and good vibes to passengers. Unfortunately, the airport still lacks precision instruments that is why flight operations are limited on day time only. The installation of navigational aids is expected to be completed on May 2014. Although it is quite far from the city, Kagay-anons did not have a hard time to adjust since there are plenty of shuttle/van services going to and from the new airport.
6. The death of Roa scion
October this year when businessman Pedro “Boyboy” Roa Jr. passed away due to a heart problem. He could have followed the foot steps of his parents, former CDO Mayor Oloy Roa and former CDO Congresswoman Benedicta Roa.
7. Padayon Pilipino dominates Barangay Election
Another election was held in October, this time for the barangay level. Majority of the elected officials both in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro are mostly under the Padayon Pilipino Party.
8. The coming of Yolanda
We learned a lot from Sendong. That is why when Super Typhoon Yolanda was coming, the entire city was alarmed and made the necessary preventive measures. Residents living near the rivers evacuated. Schools in all levels suspended their classes. There was panic buying of grocery items in all supermarkets. Fortunately, we were spared from Yolanda’s wrath.
9. The death of Liling Roa
After the death of her son Boyboy last October, former CDO Congresswoman Benedicta “Liling” Roa lost her battle against ovarian cancer and passed away last December 21. She was CDO’s first representative to the lower house after the 1986 Edsa Revolution.
10. July 26 bombing
The most shocking news that challenged Kagay-anons this year is the July 26 bombing at Kyla’s Bistro, Limketkai Center. The atmosphere was carefree and lively. It was very crowded because there was a Physician’s Convention. Everybody was in good mood, partying with their friends and families when suddenly a bomb exploded in the open air section of Kyla’s Bar at around 11:30 in the evening. Unfortunately, there were doctors and medical representatives got killed who were just here for the convention. Even provincial board member of Misamis Oriental, Roldan Lagbas was not spared. It paralyzed the city’s peace and order, tourism, and economy.
Despite those acts of terrorism and scandalous issues that happened this year, our city was able to bounce back. In the last quarter, we Kagayanons have enjoyed the opening of new business establishments which proves that investors’ confidence to CDO has not changed. We found a way to laugh again and roam around our city after we were traumatized by the July 26 bombing. Once again, we have proven our resiliency and we have found new valuable lessons that enable us to reorganize our game plan as we move forward. May we have a bountiful, peaceful, calamity free, more progressive, and tsada gyud 2014!
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