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Mass of the Holy Spirit, Xavier University
Mass of the Holy Spirit, Xavier University, 2003
March 2011: Cagayan de Oro has four universities: Xavier University, Liceo de Cagayan University, Capitol University, and Mindanao University of Science and Technology. They teach medicine, nursing, commerce, engineering, and law, as well as graduate and post-graduate courses. Mindanao University of Science and Technology is the only government university in the city.

Teacher to Student Ratio, 2008-2009
Government elementary school 1: 40
Government secondary school 1: 39
Private Elementary 1:18
Private Secondary 1:16
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CT Scan in Polymedic Hospital

Cagayan de Oro has two government hospitals -- the Justiniano R. Borja Memorial Hospital and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center. The latter is an excellent endorser of breastfeeding. It has a milk bank, and the staff will confiscate milk bottles from indigent patients who disobey its policy. It is popular among low-income residents in Cagayan de Oro and the entire region.

But the Borja Hospital has been neglected by two mayors: Vicente Emano and Constantino Jaraula since 1998. Named after the most respected mayor of Cagayan de Oro, the hospital is so crowded that in 2009, Congressmen Rufus Rodriguez complained that two pregnant women shared one bed. Citing lack of equipment, a journalist also described the hospital as "a first-class funeral parlor".

On August 2, 2013, however, the Green right-pointing arrow, symbol of external website.Cagayan de Oro City Info Network, a Facebook group, reported that that the city government is renovating the Borja Hospital: "The J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital is undergoing rehabilitation in time for its 50th anniversary celebration on August 25, 2013. Improving the quality of the city's hospital system is one of the primary agenda of the Moreno administration. This project is designed to provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare for the people."

See images of the Borja hospital made during the third week of September 2013 by a student of Development Communication of Xavier University.

February 13, 2012: Private hospitals in Cagayan de Oro are aggressively expanding, continously acquiring modern equipment and services.


February 13, 2012: The present population is concentrated in the delta, some along river banks and coastlines. In the late 1990s, ABrown company built a subdivision -- the high-security Xavier Estates -- on what was once an isolated hill on upper Carmen, on the way to Lumbia Airport. Since then more subdivisions have developed nearby, like Pueblo de Oro, which is constructing a condominium partly powered by solar energy. Ayala is also constructing Alegria Hills, another high-end subdivision, in barangay Taguanao.

In 2009, massive flooding destroyed houses in lowland Cagayan de Oro and killed three people, prompting mayor Constantino Jaraula to consult geologists of the University of the Philippines. The geologists recommended further developments on "higher grounds". One of the geologists, Prof. Fernando Siringan, said, "Cagayan de Oro should encourage movement to higher grounds, not necessarily uplands ... Development of uplands should be carefully planned as the uplands play a major role in groundwater recharge. Forest cover should be improved and waste water should be properly handled ...."

Teakwood Hill 2013 billboard, showing the infinitiy pool

2007: Some residential subdivisions:

  • Teakwood HillsExternal website
  • Alwana Village
  • Grand Europa
  • Alegria Hills
  • Pueblo de Oro