Mindanao Railways Corporation Bill Filed

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd district Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and his younger brother Abante Mindanao partylist Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. filed House Bill 3055 that would create the Mindanao Railways Corporation. This will be the governments arm in providing a railroad and transportation system for the entire region.

The MRC will shall operate/own railroads, tramways, and other kinds of land transportation, vessels and pipelines, for the purpose of transporting for consideration, passengers, mails and property between any point in Mindanao.

Both Mindanaoan lawmakers believe that the railroad system would shorten the distance between Davao and Cagayan de Oro or Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro. Further cited how the railroad networks have been credited for speeding up national development in progressive countries like Japan, Canada, the United States, and most of Europe part.

MRC shall have an authorized capital of P1 billion for its initial operation divided into P10 million shares at par value share of P100, which shall be fully subscribed by the government. The bill added that MRC will be exempted from paying taxes.

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Philippines Official Holidays 2014

With the opening of 2014, it is important to know and take note the official declared Philippines holidays for 2014.

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As for Cagayan de oro, August 28 is Special NonWorking Public holiday (Cagayan de Oro City Day). It is very helpful to take note of these holidays to plan your vacations or Vacation Leaves (if you are working) as early as this month. Cheers to 2014!

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HEPP Dialogue in CDO

December 6, 2013, The Philippine Business for Education (PBed) dialogued with Cagayan de Oro’s representatives of the Industry and Academe for the Higher Education Productivity Project (HEPP) at the Pryce Plaza Hotel.

Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, has embarked on a noble project to reform Philippine Higher Education and make it aligned to the needs of the industry.

The Higher Education and Productivity Project (HEPP), is a one year project that aims to solve the skills gap and mismatch problem by initiating industry-academe partnerships at the national and regional level.
At the national level, it aims to initiate policy reforms and wider industry academe partnerships. While at the regional level, the HEPP will mainly be implemented in Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo.
Specifically, it aims to achieve this by improving the availability of information on industry and higher education capability and sustained national policy dialogue between key stakeholders, and by creating manpower plans and concrete industry-academe partnerships at the local level.


Apart from the representatives of the industry and the academe chaired by Fr. Roberto C. Yap of Xavier University, City Mayor Oscar Moreno was also present to witness the signing of the agreement between PBed, the Local Industry and the Academe. PBed had a brief presentation explaining how some of the skills produced in the academe does not meet what is required of the industry in the city (considered as higher growth areas). To know more about PBed’s role and advocacies and also HEPP, visit its official website and get connected.

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