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.
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.
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
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.
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.