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DA, PLGU to expand agri dev’t in Lanao del Norte

May 12, 2020

The Department of Agriculture in Region 10 (DA-10), led by OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado audience with Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo on May 11, 2020 to discuss ways forward in the implementation of priority agricultural projects in the province. During the meeting, RED Collado presented various agricultural interventions implemented and lined up for implementation in the province under DA’s banner programs. Among the highlighted DA-10 interventions and assistance to the province (COVID-related and regular projects) are: 1. Distribution of P34.8-million (M) Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) to 6,970 rice farmers in the province under the Rice Program. 2. Distribution of 61,588 bags fertilizers, 16,681 bags inbred rice seeds and 3,629 bags hybrid rice seeds subsidy through DA's Rice Resiliency Program. 3. Turnover of P5.1-M worth of farm machineries to the local government unit (LGU) of Munai under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program. 4. Turnover of 4 units Incubator worth Php204,000 to LGU Tubod, Lanao del Norte Agricultural College (LNAC) in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, and Tago Ranao Farmers Association under the Livestock Program. 5. Distribution of assorted vegetable seeds for the province's home gardening campaign. Issues and concerns raised by the Governor were noted and underscored by DA-10 for appropriate actions by the agency. RED Collado disclosed in the meeting, DA-10 will be prioritizing Lanao Norte's hinterland LGUs in its future agricultural plans and programs, as part of the agency's inclusive and expansive agricultural development agenda. #

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35, 740 MORESCO – 1 Lifeline consumers get free electricity for one month

May 11, 2020

The effects of the COVID – 19 pandemic as deeply felt in the different regions of the Philippines especially in the far-flung municipalities moved the MORESCO – 1 Board of Directors to approve the “”Pantawid Liwanag” program for all the residential “lifeline consumers” with electricity consumption of no more than 35 kilowatt-hours within a billing period or billing month.     MORESCO- 1, while a non-stock and non-profit electric cooperative, will be subsidizing 35, 740 residential lifeline consumers equivalent to 5 million pesos with this program.     Bringing to life the goal of providing service beyond electricity, MORESCO-1, through the Pantawid Liwanag program aims to not only aid its member-consumer-owners during this time of crisis but also be in solidarity with them.     The beneficiaries of this program will be granted free electricity for the billing due for April 2020. This is the cooperative’s small way of helping alleviate the distress of member-consumer-owners who are greatly affected by this crisis. More than that, this is MORESCO-1’s support to the synchronized and unified Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the 121 Electric Cooperatives in the country.     The “Pantawid Liwanag” program is part of the rural electrification sector’s contribution to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a CSR program led by the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (PHILRECA) and supported by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

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Globe partners with DOST to improve COVID-19 reporting and tracing via TanodCOVID

May 11, 2020

As the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Globe continues to do its part in keeping families connected during these challenging times, while assisting organizations and government agencies in flattening the curve. Through its innovative developer group Globe Labs, the telco giant is once again taking new steps by partnering with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) for the implementation of a new online platform called TanodCOVID.     An SMS-based self-reporting platform, TanodCOVID aims to improve the country’s capacity to trace suspected COVID-19 cases. A program funded by DOST-PCHRD, TanodCOVID was developed by Ateneo Center for Computing Competency and Research (ACCCRe) of Ateneo de Manila University, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Manila – National Telehealth Center (UP-NTHC) and the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau. It is linked to the Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (FASSSTER) – a web-based disease modeling and surveillance platform for COVID19, which aims to gather and present data on the country’s battle against COVID-19.     Local residents experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, breathing difficulties, and/or diarrhea, are encouraged to inform health officials of their condition by texting their LGU’s verified number. Reports sent through the platform are handled immediately with locals receiving calls from health officials to verify the report, request for additional information, and provide guidelines on the next steps to receive treatment. Verified reports from TanodCOVID may be used to detect clustering of suspected cases that can be indicative of possible outbreak in an area.     Globe will be providing LGU partners and their constituents access and use of TanodCOVID free of any mobile charges to enable them to maximize the use of the platform, and assure the effective and real-time reporting across participating communities. The service is currently available in select areas such as Malabon City and Mandaluyong City in Luzon, the municipality of Maigo in Lanao del Norte, municipalities of Puerto Galera and Bongabong in Oriental Mindoro, municipality of San Jose in Romblon, municipality of Jabonga in Agusan del Norte, and Valencia City in Bukidnon.       “Through TanodCOVID, we aim to add more value to our services by enabling our customers and their communities safeguard their health and safety especially during present circumstances, where access to immediate testing and healthcare prove to be more difficult,” said Albert de Larrazabal, Chief Commercial Officer at Globe.     Apart from enabling locals to report cases, TanodCOVID also provides LGUs access to data on reported symptoms to better serve their communities – as well as to isolate cases and prevent further spread.     To stay updated on the latest COVID-19 developments, Globe mobile and broadband customers are also given free access to the official websites of the Department of Health (DOH) and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).     Globe stands with the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to assist frontliners, organizations, and communities through its products and services.  Learn more how you can join the fight via https://www.globe.com.ph/stay-safe-at-home.html.

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LANDBANK continues cash aid distribution to rice farmers amid COVID-19

May 9, 2020

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has paid out over P308 million to over 60,000 farmer-beneficiaries listed under the Department of Agriculture’s Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) initiative.      LANDBANK said that as of April 22, a total of 61,564 rice farmers across 26 provinces have received financial assistance from this program. These farmers were largely affected by quarantine measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.      Small rice farmers tilling farms with an area of one hectare or less received P5,000 each through the existing LANDBANK SURE Aid (Expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance Program for Rice Farmers) and RFFA (Rice Farmer Financial Assistance) Cash Cards.       LANDBANK is also preparing to release cash grants to more rice farmers covering 34 provinces nationwide pending the list of additional beneficiaries from DA. Farmer-beneficiaries will claim the cash subsidy over-the-counter from designated LANDBANK Branches.      “We are in close coordination with the DA to supplement the income of our small rice farmers and their families the soonest possible time. This forms part of LANDBANK’s intensified support to the agriculture sector, which belongs to the most vulnerable sectors during this COVID-19 crisis,” said LANDBANK President Cecilia C. Borromeo.       LANDBANK’s financial aid distribution is in support of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government for the implementation of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”      For more updates, please refer to the official LANDBANK social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram (@landbankofficial) and on Twitter (@LBP_Official) or via the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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PCSO approved Php122.654 Million medical assistance

May 9, 2020

Mandaluyong City. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) approved various medical assistance in the total amount of Php122.654 million for 13,236 indigent Filipinos across the country for the month of April.      The approved medical assistance covers confinement, chemotherapy, dialysis, hemophilia and post-operative medicines under the Medical Access Program (MAP) of the agency.      “Amid the COVID-19 virus threat, the charity agency is taking the necessary steps in order to continue providing medical assistance to the increasing number of indigents seeking help from PCSO, through its flagship Medical Access Program (MAP). Rest assured that the Agency will find ways to meet the medical and health-related needs of all Filipinos especially the marginalized “ GM Garma said      Of the Php122.654 million approved assistance, Php113,236,328.95 came from various PCSO offices nationwide for 12,445 patients while Php9,417,575.88 was approved for 791 patients thru the different hospitals with Malasakit Centers where PCSO is a partner.      From April 15-30, 2020, when PCSO resumed operations for its Medical Access Program (MAP), the National Capital Region (NCR) approved a total amount of Php 12,046,480.00 for 887 patients, Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region (STBR) allocated Php21,562,835.93 for 2,442 indigent patients, Northern and Central Luzon (NCL) with Php31,744,092.00 for 3,591 beneficiaries, Php27,803,845.00 for 2,793 recipients in the Visayas Region and Php20,079,076.22 for Mindanao Region with 2,732 qualified individuals.      On the other hand, hospitals with Malasakit Centers nationwide assisted 791 indigent individuals with medical assistance in the total amount of Php9,417,575.88.  Malasakit Center hospitals from NCL approved Php1,370,000.00 for 129 patients while STBR allocated Php 578,400.00 for 43 indigents.  For hospitals with Malasakit Center in NCR, Php1,324,700.00 was approved for 46 clients, Visayas Region with Php4,379,371.68 for 362 qualified individuals and Mindanao Region with 211 patients with total assistance of Php1,765,104.20.      It can be recalled that on April 15, 2020, the agency resumed the processing of medical assistance amidst suspension of PCSO operations due to COVID-19 situation throughout the Philippines brought by Corona Virus, while the online services started on April 22 ,2020.      “We are physically distant today, but we must come together to fight this invisible corona virus so that tomorrow we can stand close to each other again, “ added by GM Garma.      PCSO Main Office and all PCSO Branch Offices nationwide are open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm only to accept and process request for medical assistance.  In addition, patients from the National Capital Region (NCR) may also file their request through online application by accessing the PCSO official website www.pcso.gov.ph, go to E-Services and click the NCR Online Application.

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NorMin Muslim group to benefit DA's veggie seeds

May 9, 2020

Through DA's Plant, Plant, Plant Program, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) - Region 10 received 100 packets of assorted vegetable seeds from the regional office of the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10), thru OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado. The NCMF is a government agency, which promotes the rights of Muslim Filipinos, pushing them to become active participants in Philippine nation-building under the supervision of the Department of Interior and Local Government. NCMF-10 Administrative Assistant III Mohammad G. Naga received the assistance comprising of eggplant, ampalaya, monggo beans, okra, string beans, squash and pechay which will be distributed to the Muslim women in Barangay Balulang of this city, as part of their planned activities amid the community quarantine. "Aside from the women's organization in Balulang, the NCMF also considers to include the veggie seeds along in the distribution of food packs to Muslim families, in some areas of Misamis Oriental," Naga said. The Plant, Plant, Plant Program also known as "Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) kontra COVID-19 is one of DA's immediate moves to scale-up the country's food production and sufficiency amid emergency crisis.# (EMB)

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