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He used to be an employee of one firm in Luzon. Then he realized that there is more to accomplish when he becomes his own boss. Thus, the late Pablo Paras Sr. headed to Mindanao, specifically in Cagayan de Oro City, and put up his own automotive repair shop in 1951. The machine shop flourished and eventually became the Paras Machinery Works Corporation. When the founder retired, the company was assumed by one of his sons who looked for ways to harness his expertise in the metals industry and replaced the outdated facilities. With the new facilities, volumes of orders came in from neighboring provinces and nearby cities and the company opened branches in Iligan City which is dubbed as the industrial and ‘steel’ city of the south.

April 9th of 2016, Cagayan de Oro City celebrates the 74th Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan at the Plaza Divisoria or the Golden Friendship Park by 7:30 of the morning where the City and National Government Officials, Military officials and some representatives of the Non-government offices of the civil society gather.


The celebration started with a prayer from representatives of Christian and Muslim groups. The solemnity followed a marching from the command officials of the Philippine Army led by Major General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. of the Philippine Army with the City Mayor, Oscar S. Moreno. Then, Mayor Moreno with MGen Madrigal started pulling the rope for the singing of the National Anthem together with the City Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police Chief Officer and the Christian and Muslim representatives. The 4th ID Infantry Band lively performed the instrumental background of the National Anthem. The City’s Chorale follows through singing of the CDO March.

Recently, Philippine Council for Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) Executive Director, Dr. Carlos Primo C. David visited DOST Region X and some of its projects.

Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban and his officials welcomed Dr. David at N Hotel, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City where he was guest of honor during the USAID STRIDE event on April 15, 2016. Dr. David is a geologist and is an expert on hydrology and water resource management.

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VJANDEP Pastel… Salay Handmade Paper… SLERS… Darling’s… Paras Machineries, Angel’s Log Pastries, Cakebook Pinasitas… these are only a few of the many micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that DOST in region 10 has extended technology and innovation assistance through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP.

Since its inception in 2000, DOST Region 10 has assisted 169 MSMEs, with a total project cost of P 161 M. Every year, an increasing number of enterprises adopt new technologies and equipment under this program.

The Regional Development Council (RDC) together with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) of Region X once again conducted the three phase meetings, holding its first phase last April 7, 2016 at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, Cagayan de Oro City.

The three phases were conducted for the due process as follows; Phase 1: Simultaneous Sector Committee Consultation- which further aims to check the projects of National agencies, Local Government Units and State Universities for endorsements to the Regional Board; Phase 2: the 108th Full Council Meeting (Budget Consultative) which determine and evaluate if the on-going Programs, Projects and Activities (PPA’s) are sustainable, effective, efficient and relevant of which would truly be responsive to the needs of the region. Lastly, Phase 3: RDC Advisory Committee (RAC) where congressmen from different districts of the region were invited to further strengthen the coordinative and consultative mechanisms in the region, and provide advice, assistance, and support to the RDC in discharging its functions. The RAC is composed of the members of the RDC-X Executive Committee and the members of the House of Representatives of the various congressional districts of all provinces in the region.