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Kadiwa on Wheels rounds up CdeO residents to buy agri-fishery products

April 9, 2020

Bringing of agri-fishery products to the residents in the city of Cagayan de Oro is being mobilized through DA-Northern Mindanao’s Kadiwa on Wheels (KOW) on April 7, 2020 at barangays Iponan and Kauswagan. Said initiative aims to address the department’s two-pronged goals of linking farm and fisher-producers to their market while allowing consumers to gain easier access to healthy, nutritious and reasonably priced food amid the current health crisis triggered by COVID-19. For this week, the KOW has headed out to Apovel and Terry Hills, in barangay Patag last April 6, and has also rolled out in Xavier Heights on April 8. #

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DA-NorMin marks 5K issuances of foodlane passes

April 9, 2020

CdeO City, April 8 – The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) has issued, as of April 8, some 5,335 foodlane passes to walk-in and online clients across the region since March 19. This in support to the Food Resiliency Protocol of DA for the entire country amid the different established quarantine checkpoints done by local governments brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. “It is put in place to ensure that every Filipino household will have access to safe and affordable food,” said agency head, OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, noting the issuance of department memorandum circulars 6, 7 and 9 as its basis. Taking the lead in handling the issuance of foodlane passes is the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division of DA-10, which is augmented by the Regulatory Division, and the operations centers and research stations in the provinces, as well as from its attached bureaus and agencies. “Originally done in the regional office, we have branched out the receipt, processing and issuances in our identified processing centers to fast track its releases, at the same time to avoid overcrowding of applicants, which also forms part of our precautionary measures against COVID-19,” the director added. To speed up processing, the DA exec advised for interested applicants to have their application requirements ready, which includes a photocopy of their Official Receipt of Registration, Certificate of Registration and Business Permit. Also included in the roster of requirements are duly accomplished Foodlane Accreditation, Foodlane Reference and Statement of Commitment forms.  Of which, a complete list of said requirements can be found at http://agribusiness.da.gov.ph while online submissions may be forwarded to amad1northmin@gmail.com. For cargoes involving livestock, poultry and by-products, additional requirements listed include a photocopy of their handler’s license and accreditation of transport carriers and accreditation of meat transport vehicle issued by the Bureau of Animal Industry and National Meat Inspection Service, respectively. Entailing success on the unimpeded transit of agri-fishery commodities and production items, Dir. Collado also underscored the strengthened coordination among the national government agencies – DA, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). “With the foodlane project being a tie-up program, for our part, we will provide a list of DA-accredited foodlane truckers to the DILG and PNP for information, and be relayed to authorized personnel manning the checkpoints. Through this, we can help speed up inspections, as per guidelines," the DA-10 official said. The DA exec added that the DILG’s recent directive of dismantling barangay checkpoints in all national highways provincial roads would also reinforce in the easier passage of cargoes and other essentials. “Only those checkpoints manned by the PNP are allowed and are authorized to inspect cargo trucks,” the agency head noted.  # (JLO)    

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DA-10 intensifies provision of vegetable seeds

April 9, 2020

To ensure available, accessible and affordable food in every locality, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Provincial Operations Center of Misamis Oriental (MisOr) continues its turnover of assorted vegetable seeds to the second district of MisOr. A total of 150 packets worth P19,500.00, was received by Ma. Socorro A. Fabela from the office of the second district Representative Juliette T. Uy. # (AMBManto)

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87 Filipino migrants finish quarantine in Sibakel Island

April 9, 2020

Western Mindanao Command facilitated the safe transport of the 87 Filipino migrants who underwent quarantine in Sibakel Island. They were ferried to Zamboanga City after completing the 21 days quarantine on April 6, 2020. "We are happy to bring them back to Zamboanga safely and COVID-free," said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander. Ten of the 87 migrants were Zamboanguenos. They were fetched by their respective barangay officials upon arrival at the Zamboanga City port. In a short interview, one of the migrants expressed her sincerest gratitude to the soldiers and all the people who helped and supported them during their stay in the Island. "Ang bait ng mga sundalo, hindi nila kami iniwan. Kahit anong hirap hindi nila kami iniwan. Maraming salamat po. Kahit medyo pasaway kami, di niyo kami iniwan. Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. Saludo Kami sa inyo (The soldiers were so kind, they didn't leave us. No matter how hard, they didn't leave us. Thank you very much. Despite our being a little stubborn, you didn't leave us. We salute you. Thank you very much to all of you)," she said. Others include 25 from Zamboanga del Norte, 16 from Zamboanga del Sur, 9 from Zamboanga Sibugay, 6 from Misamis Occidental, 1 from Lanao del Norte, 2 from Cagayan de Oro, 8 from Tawi-Tawi, 4 from Davao City, 1 from General Santos City , 1 from Leyte, 1 from Bulacan, 1 from Quezon City, 1 from Sultan Kudarat, and 1 from Bohol. They will temporarily stay at the DSWD 9 compound while waiting for the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantines and lockdowns. "They have stayed in the island for three weeks and remained to be asymptomatic," said Dr. Abdulhalik Kasim, Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Health- BARMM. "All of them are fine and are safe to return back to their respective hometown," he added.

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DOST XI welcomes 288 new Science and Tech scholars

April 8, 2020

A total of 288 graduating senior high school students from Davao region have qualified for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Science Education Institute (DOSTSEI) Scholarship Programs for 2020. Of the said number, 124 qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program while 159 students qualified for RA 7687 Scholarship Program. The Merit Scholarship program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and is willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology. On the other hand, the RA 7687 Scholarship Program or the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994” is granted to talented and deserving students from families whose socio-economic status do not exceed levels considered as high income. Qualifiers under this program must pursue priority fields of study in basic sciences, engineering, other applied sciences, and science and mathematics teaching. These qualifiers must pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in any of the priority fields of study in a state university or college or any private higher education institution recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence or Center of Development or with FAAP Level III accreditation for the BS program that he/she intends to enroll in. Based on the results released by DOST-SEI on March 29, 2020, Davao City has the highest number of passers among provinces/other cities in the Davao region with 170 qualifiers, followed by Davao del Norte with 48, and Davao del Sur with 32. The privileges of an S&T scholar includes a monthly stipend at ₱7,000, tuition fee subsidy up to ₱40,000 per academic year for those who are enrolled in private universities and colleges; book allowance; MS/PE clothing allowance (one-time only); one economy-class round trip fare per year for those studying outside of their home province; outright thesis allowance; and group accident insurance. The scholars are required to render service in the country along their fields of specialization after graduation for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship as a return service. "Now more than ever, we need young people to serve as ambassadors of science as the issues we face in terms of natural disasters, health pandemics, and others rely on sound scientific information to make better decisions for the public good," Dr. Josette Biyo, DOSTSEI Director said.

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Globe Studios via .giff teams up with local filmmakers and enthusiasts to raise funds for daily wage film workers

April 8, 2020

In light of the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon, the Philippine film industry along with many other local businesses continue to be impacted as normal operations and services are put on halt. Globe recognizes this pressing need and continues its efforts to help frontliners and daily wage earners who have been affected by these developments through a new unique collaborative effort with film artists. Globe Studios via .giff festival of new cinema has teamed up with Lockdown Cinema Club, a coalition of independent Filipino filmmakers who wish to reach and help their colleagues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to raise funds for daily wage film industry workers in the country. Workers affected by the crisis include crew members, electricians, caretakers, camera men, artists, post-production assistants, and everyone who is vital in creating a film.  Majority of them are freelancers and are compensated on a per project basis. To raise funds, directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, production designers, production managers, film editors and film students will showcase their best works online and for free via https://giff.ph/watch/. Film enthusiasts and audiences from all walks of life can visit the page to stream, enjoy their favorite films, and take part in raising funds through donations via GCash - all while staying connected, inspired and #SafeAtHome. As of April 7, the initiative has extended aid to over 1000 film workers. Through the combined efforts of .giff, Lockdown Cinema Club and local film aficionados, the goal is to raise P3,000,000 in the succeeding weeks of the extended ECQ. Everyone is invited to watch all they want through the .giff site https://giff.ph/watch/ and give what they can via the GCash QR code found within the same page. For updates, you may visit the official Globe Studios FB page at https://www.facebook.com/globestudiosph/ .

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