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DA-10 releases P32.7-M cash subsidy to ease MisOcc rice farmers’ cropping season

May 18, 2020

The Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) kicks off second wave of the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) distribution in Misamis Occidental Wednesday, May 13, 2020, as 1,187 rice farmers in the towns of Aloran and Jimenez each gets P5,000 cash aid.     The FSRF is a special subsidy granted by DA to small rice farmers tilling one hectare rice field or lesser in the provinces not covered by the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) program of DA.     Misamis Occidental registered a total of 6,544 FSRF-eligible rice farmers who will be duly subsidized P32.7 million worth of financial assistance.     This initiative is set to augment the small farmers’ capacity as they are gearing up for May-June planting season, amid pandemic drawbacks.     “Our rice farmers in Jimenez are extremely delighted with the FSRF. Like many, they are affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To them, this help from DA is so timely especially most of them have now started planting,” said Vima M. Bolanio, Jimenez Municipal Agricultural Officer.     “Surely our farmers’ yield will increase since they now have added means to suffice their farming needs, aside from seeds and fertilizers assistance from DA-10,” Bolanio added.     DA’s farmer-beneficiaries will receive the subsidy in cash through Landbank’s payout system.     Rosafe B. Quiñon, Landbank Account Officer of Ozamiz Satellite Office, said serving the farmers is an all-time mandate of Landbank. Personally, she is glad to be part of the cause helping the farmers in this trying times.     “It is fulfilling to serve our farmers. They are our (COVID-19) frontliners in food production. Without them the entire country will go hungry,” Quiñon said recognizing farmers contribution in the battle against the pandemic.     DA-10 is now fast-tracking the FSRF distribution in Misamis Occidental.     Other 5,357 qualified rice farmers from the towns of Baliangao, Calamba, Plaridel, Lopez Jaena, Oroquieta City, Panaon, Clarin, Ozamiz City, Sinacaban, Tudela, Bonifacio and Tangub City, are due to receive the FSRF cash aid this week.# (ATalib)

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DA-10 to turnover Php 3-M automatic egg incubators to Northern M’nao farmers

May 18, 2020

The Department of Agriculture-Region 10 (DA-10) is granting a total of 30 automatic incubators worth Php 3 million to farmer-groups, local government units (LGUs) and academe partners in the region through its Livestock Program.     Bonafide beneficiaries from Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental will receive the 500 egg-capacity incubators in May 2020.     The project aims to provide livelihood enterprise to qualified recipients who may engage in balut business, selling of days-old-chicks and production of live chicken or poultry meat.     Each incubator comes with a module of 10 male and 100 female chicken or ducks as start-up agribusiness kit.     Led by Director Carlene C. Collado, DA-10 OIC- Regional Executive Director, the agency turned over on May 11, 2020 a total of 4 units incubator to the qualified recipients in Lanao del Norte.     Two units incubator were given to Lanao del Norte Agricultural College (LNAC) in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, 1 unit each to LGU Tubod for the town’s techno-demo farm and Tago Ranao Farmers Association of said municipality.     According to Virgie V. Cabrera, the Municipal Agricultural Officer of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, eligible recipients of eggs incubator in their town are those assessed and found active, willing and knowledgeable marginalized farmer-groups.     Project recipients are trained on poultry production beforehand by the National Livestock Program of DA and the Bureau of Animal Industry last October 2019.     Provision of egg incubators to farmers in Lanao del Norte is a prelude to DA-supported Halal food production project in the province.     Through this initiative, DA-10 is slated to turn over 11 units egg incubators in Bukidnon, 8 units in Misamis Oriental and 7 units in Misamis Occidental.#(ATalib)

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Prices of goods revert to SRP after end of price freeze

May 18, 2020

MANILA – Prices of basic necessities reverted to their suggested retail prices (SRPs) effective Saturday after the end of the 60-day nationwide price freeze, as earlier announced by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).       For SRPs of manufactured basic goods, these will be based on the DTI SRP bulletin dated 30 September 2019.       “The lifting of the price freeze will not affect the prices and supply monitoring and enforcement activities being conducted by the DTI, DA (Department of Agriculture), and DOH (Department of Health) and our partner enforcement agencies. These shall continue as usual following the directive of President Duterte to go after erring businesses and individuals, and deal with violators to the highest and fullest extent of the law,” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said in a statement Sunday.      The end of nationwide price freeze on all basic necessities on May 15 was in accordance with DTI, DA and DOH Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2020-01.       It can be recalled that the declaration of a state of public health emergency (Proclamation No. 922) and state of calamity (Proclamation No. 929) triggered the implementation of Section 6 of the Price Act, which freezes the prices of all basic necessities at their prevailing prices for 60 days or until sooner lifted by the President.      With its end, consumers and retailers shall refer to the SRPs published by the DTI, DA and DOH for the purchase and sale of basic necessities and prime commodities.       The same shall also be the basis of the three agencies for their respective market monitoring activities.      The SRP bulletin for manufactured basic and prime goods dated 30 September 2019 can be viewed and downloaded from the DTI website. (PR)

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Oil prices to go up anew

May 18, 2020

MANILA – Oil prices increase for two weeks in a row as firms are set to implement the adjustment starting Tuesday.     In separate advisories, oil players will increase diesel prices by PHP0.55 per liter, gasoline prices by PHP1.25 per liter, and kerosene prices by PHP2.35 per liter.     The price hike reflects the movement in oil prices in the world market.     For this month, the cumulative increase in diesel is at PHP2.45 per liter, PHP4 for gasoline, and PHP3.60 for kerosene.     Global oil prices started to improve this month as oil producers and exporters agreed to cut their production to 10 million barrels per day until June.     As of posting, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude traded at USD30.77 per barrel, improving from USD24.74 a barrel price last week.     Brent crude price also went up to USD33.78 per barrel from last week’s price of USD30.97 per barrel. (PNA)

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Devastation and Opportunity

May 18, 2020

Most of us in Uptown CdO have been living a peaceful life with your families in this privileged part of Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao. Children are going to nearby schools, shops and amenities at your doorstep, great walks and bicycle rides on the pathways between the various subdivisions, the golf, the comfort of nearby restaurants, the stores of the air-conditioned environment of SM Mall, the many hang-out places and bars, the easy access to Lumbia area, the city’s busy downtown, the not too far Laguindingan airport and most of all our beloved personal freedom. Freedom to do what you want to do, when you want and where you want, that was taken for granted.      Then one day Mr. Corona sweeps in from nowhere and takes over all our lives, our work, our habits, our passions, our personal and financial freedom; all gone in one blow. Mr. Corona is spreading fear and panic among all of us. Nothing is normal anymore. Face-masks, alcohol bathing, hand-washing, home confinement and overall disbelief. Travel banned, shops closed, offices closed, companies shut, work lost.  All the others doomed to the devastation that Mr. Corona brought upon us including the helplessness of the world’s authorities and the hysteric and psychotic preaching of the doomsday and our demise if we don’t follow the harshest guidelines of self-confinement and social distancing. “Stay home! Stay home!”, the incessant slogan with no end to the disaster in sight. Even the World Health Organization said that they don’t know if Mr. Corona will ever go away.     Waking up to this nightmare has been a harsh awakening. It has been a very serious problem for so many of us. Out there desperate families with no work, no food and no money trying to borrow from relatives and friends to survive. So many on a sardines and rice diet for months now hoping to get some needed cash at least to cover for the most urgent necessities. The government’s SAP program has been like a drop in the sea with too many not being able to receive this support. Too many have broken down psychologically, living with their egos and their pride in ashes, with the broken spirit of who cannot provide for his family and cannot see the light anymore. Entrepreneurs with their overheads, rental payments, loans, salary payments, desperate to gather their last resources to cover these costs. Layoffs as a result with thousands losing their jobs. Shop and Retail owners not receiving their rents or facing forcefully shut doors and therefore no customers and no income. Same in the tourism industry, the hotels, transportation and hospitality services. No tourists, no work, no money, no life. OFWs being sent home. Seafarers also being sent back. Tragedy, tears and hopelessness.       “What’s next? When can I go back to work? What shall we do? Who will give us a loan? Where do we get our daily food from? Will this ever end?”. These are the questions that most people keep on asking daily and is there an answer?

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PCOO recognizes DAR as FOI-compliant

May 18, 2020

QUEZON CITY -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has received a certificate from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for being fully compliant with the enhanced Freedom of Information (FOI) Program requirements, as demanded under Executive Order No. 2, Series of 2016 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 23 July 2016.     The same requirement was also stipulated under Section 5.5 b of Memorandum Circular No. 2019-1, issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting Systems.     “This certificate affirms that we are one with the government in promoting transparency in the department by providing the public and our stakeholders with easy access to information about DAR’s programs, projects, targets, and performances,” said DAR Secretary John Castriciones.     The FOI Program as embodied under EO No. 2, Series of 2016 23 July 2016, is being enforced in all government agencies and public institutions based on the constitutional right to information as stated in Section 28, Article II of the 1987 Constitution on the “state policy to full public disclosure of all its transactions,” except for sensitive information and matters affecting national security.     The FOI’s objective is to make public records and information freely available to the public, but with the aim to protect public records on grounds of public interest and full protection to a person’s right to privacy.     Aside from regularly publishing, printing and disseminating updated key information to the public, the DAR has designated FOI Receiving Officers and Decision Makers to accommodate all requests and queries online, forwards the same to concerned offices, responds immediately to queries,  compiles statistical information, monitors compliance and provides feedback report to the FOI-Project Management Office.     Castriciones expressed his appreciation to all those who took part in completing the FOI requirements for the DAR certification.     “This is a collective effort of the department. It also intensified the DAR’s commitment to serve not only our stakeholders but also the public,” Castriciones said.

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