Archive for the ‘Organizations’ Category
Friday, June 18th, 2010
Philippine Service of Mercy Foundation, Inc. (PSMF)
(formerly Philippine Band of Mercy Northern Mindanao chapter)
PSMFI, a disability and development non-government organization was established in 1973. PSMFI envisions to be a highly effective institution that will serve persons with disabilities develop themselves to become functional, productive and empowered citizens enjoying a better quality of life.
- Strengthening partnerships and establishment of strong linkages with Local Government Units, Non-Government Organization, and other Socio-Civic Groups for a more comprehensive and participative approach in service delivery :
- Promotion, dissemination of information, and advocacy for awareness in the prevention of disabilities and impairments in order to generate support for the intervention, rehabilitation and assistance for persons with disabilities;
- Continuing self-improvement, not only in knowledge and skills, but also in changes and cost-effective innovations in its facilities for rehabilitation, health, social welfare and education programs, and;
- Facilitation of livelihood and self-sustaining opportunities through vocational and skills training as a strategy for enabling persons with disabilities to become active and responsive citizens of their community.
Disability is a Development Issue. The impacts of poverty include the risks of impairment that is the primary cause of disability. Due to the lack of knowledge on the issue surrounding this condition, Persons with Disabilities are excluded and isolated from social activities making them handicaps, unproductive and dependent on welfare and charity. PSMFI’s programs are designed to break this cycle.
Its programs and services include:
- Facilitation of Medical Services: Prevention of blindness and low vision; Prevention of deafness and hearing impairment; cleft lip-palate surgeries; and, other surgeries
- Production and Distribution of Prosthetic/Orthotic devices and customized wheelchairs
- Rehabilitation of children with special needs: functional physical and occupational rehabilitation; special education; and, speech training and development
Community Development Services:
- Community Organizing
- Network Development and Resource Mobilization
- Training & Community Empowerment
No. 988 Sia Apartment
9000 Cagayan de Oro City
Jordan Ian G. Apat
Mobile : +63 9195688827
Telefax : +63 88 8571143
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
The Southeast Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute, or SEARSOLIN, is one of the outreach units of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. It is an international training center devoted to the formation of proficient leaders who are committed to working for the causes of poverty alleviation and total human growth within the perspective of Asia, Africa and the Pacific’s diverse cultural and religious practices. SEARSOLIN aims to encourage reverence for human dignity, an understanding and respect for different religious beliefs, fair distribution of wealth and treating the Earth’s bounty with care and reverence.
SEARSOLIN caters to the developing nations of the South, or the Third World. Because it is located in the Orient, it brings together the rich cultural and religious customs of the East. The institute’s trainees mainly come from the three sub-regions of Asia: the South, Southeast, and East Asia. It also welcomes participants from the African continent and the Pacific Islands. SEARSOLIN’s concerns concentrate on rural development matters that include rural poverty mitigation as challenged by food security. SEARSOLIN also strives to follow the last paragraph of the XU mission statement, which is dedicated to the formation of leaders with conscience, competence, and commitment; leaders with an apparent vision and the social skills needed for the development tasks ahead. SEARSOLIN is not only a training hub with a time-tested program; it is also an ongoing fellowship venue among development workers who hail from different countries of Asia and the developing world.
The training programs concentrate towards the understanding of poverty, the progression that leads or enables it, and the adoption of the skills needed to lessen it. With SEARSOLIN, the poor or marginalized sector is always top priority as recipients for their programs.
The College of Agriculture of Xavier University was founded in 1953 by Fr. William F. Masterson, S.J. Eleven years after, SEARSOLIN commenced with full support from MISEROR, Germany. Since then, it has trained thousands of rural and social development leaders from various parts of Asia, the Pacific and Africa.
The SEARSOLIN program is integrated as it zeroes in on the importance of holistically training an individual in the hopes of molding him to become a person of service to others. The program achieves this through the combination of value courses and social sciences, as well as the application of practical skills and proper management. SEARSOLIN focuses on the mind, the heart, and the hands. The pedagogy is more on application than being strictly academic. One of the unique experiences a person can get from SEARSOLIN is the opportunity to interact with international members during the community live-in training that usually lasts for months. This is a good opportunity for developing an individual’s social and management skills and values; something that SEARSOLIN always strives to achieve.
-by Mark Anthony Daposala and Maia Fortich-Poblete-
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Arriba Telecontact Inc is a contact center solutions provider based in Cagayan de Oro. The company leverages the English proficiency skills of both college graduate and undergraduates in order to provide American, European and Australian clients with competitive services and solutions. Arriba maintains good agent quality by implementing a thorough English communication skills training among its highly motivated workforce. Aside from having highly qualified agents, Arriba is also equipped with state-of-the-art call center software that increases the establishment’s productivity.
Arribatel’s facility is strategically located near Cagayan de Oro’s bustling business hub. It can be spotted along the Rosario Arcade Strip in Limketkai Center, the prime commercial and shopping destination of Kagay-anons. Arriba is surrounded by several amenities like groceries, upscale coffee shops, 24-hr restaurants, as well as gym and spa facilities.
The establishment has been active in the global outsource industry since it was established in 2005. Arriba Telecontact Inc’s chief executive officer, Elpidio M. Paras, is one of the major players in the city’s technological development and progress. Being one of the region’s business pioneers, Paras is a strong advocate of the awareness and empowerment of information and communications technology throughout the country’s southern industrialized region.
Apart from Arriba Telecontact, Paras is also busy overseeing other ICT-related business ventures. He is responsible for founding Parasat Cable TV, a multi-system cable TV operator in Mindanao and Visayas. Apart from this, he also owns Cable 21 Technologies, Paramedix Inc and Syntactics Inc.
-by Mara Tismo
Thursday, July 5th, 2007
The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) is enjoining all universities and colleges from all parts of Mindanao to join the 2nd Mindanao Tertiary Schools ICT Quiz Show on July 14, 2007, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Event Center of SM City.
Heidi Grace P. Mendoza, secretary general of the Oro Chamber disclosed that the IT quiz tournament aims to challenge and highlight the knowledge and skills of Mindanao IT students by providing an avenue for them to engage in a friendly competition.
Mendoza said that with the ICT quiz tournament, the Oro Chamber hopes to motivate IT students to build fulfilling careers in the ICT industry and at the same time, promote Mindanao as a rich human resource pool of technologically-adept high-skilled graduates.
Prizes at stake for the champion team are as follows: Php 5,000 for each student member of the team plus employment offer in StickyMedia Solutions, Inc., one unit computer set plus trophy for the school and a plaque for the coach.
For the 1st runner-up, team members get Php 3,000 and plaque each, one unit scanner and trophy for the school and plaque for the coach while the 2nd runner-up gets Php 2,000 and plaque for each member of the team, one unit printer and trophy for the school and plaque for the coach.
Topics for the quiz show include systems analysis and design, DBMS, ICT trends/technology, networking, hardware, data communication, data structures, operating systems, programming languages, standards, regulations and policies.
Each competing team will be composed of three students and each school is only entitled to one representation in the ICT quiz tournament.
The ICT Quiz Show is also jointly initiated by StickyMedia Solutions, Inc., STI College-Cagayan de Oro and SM City-Cagayan de Oro.
For further details, please visit the Oro Chamber located at the 2nd Floor of Paras Bldg. Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City or call telephone numbers (088) 856-3764. (City Information Office)