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Misor eyes as 'Balsa' capital

March 24, 2021

MISAMIS ORIENTAL -The province is aiming to be the "Balsa" capital in Mindanao but the whole Philippines, a provincial official said yesterday. Lawyer Jeffrey Caudor Saclot, provincial tourism officer, the "Balsa" fever is now being felt in the province. But Provincial Board Member Wayne Militante said the province must have a uniformed municipal ordinance that will regulate and govern the operation of "Balsa." Militante said: "We need to build a durable floating cottages for the  safety of the people and children." Gene Harvey Busiños, provincial tourism officer of the Municipality of Alubijid, said "Balsa" started its operation in their town in November 26, 2020. Busiños said his office recorded only 1,000 visitor in a month when the "Balsa" started its  operation. He said the visitors rose to 13,000 in December 2020 and continues to increase in January 2021. "It eventually generates local jobs because fishermen fish at night and used their bancas to ferry passengers at day," said Busiños. "Based on existing Municipal Ordinance, visitor is required to pay an entrance fee of 10 pesos and another 15 pesos as Environmentsl fee,"he added. "During week days, the floating cottages is pegged at Php3,500 while during holidays and weekends the cost would be Php4,000," he said. He also said that all tourists must follow the required health protocols. Saclot said Misamis Oriental is under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) thus all activities including the religious matters are limited to 50-percent. "Although the province of Misamis Oriental managed the crisis well having at least less than 100 cases the province still requires the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test," said Saclot. "Business as usual is just that we are implementing the rules set forth by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), he said. He said that under the IATF rules below 15 and above 60 years old are not allowed. "We also did not receive report that someone has been infected with the virus in any tourism sites in the province. "We would like to believe that our tourism entreprises are well aware of the regulation," said Saclot. He added: "If they will not comply they will be subject to disciplinary action."

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P2.1 M financial aid to farmers affected by ASF

March 24, 2021

CAGAYAN de Oro City, Misamis Oriental-- About 378 hog raisers in Misamis Oriental received financial aid amounting to  P 2,162,000 from the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said Tuesday. Emano said the initial amount is intended to hog raiser farmers who suffered losses due to the onslaught of the African Swine Fever (ASF) that swept the province early February this year. He said that Leon Tan, Jr. President of the Northern Mindanao Hog Raisers  Association,  Inc. (Normin Hog, Inc.) received the initial amount in a turnover ceremony at the provincial capitol. According to Emano, each farmer member whose hogs were depopulated would received an initial amount to buy new breed of piglets to start all over again. Provincial Veterinary Dr.Benjie Resma, said that the provincial government has already depopulated  1,462 hogs through mass burial as of Tuesday. Resma said that  the ASF disease has spread to 18 villages in six municipal towns, mostly located west of Misamis Oriental. Resma said that the only solution to contain ASF is to depopulate the affected  hogs and established the five-kilometer radius prohibiting the transport of the hogs outside the radius.

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Misor intensifies hybrid duck raisingĀ 

March 24, 2021

MISAMS Oriental--Provincial Board Member Frederick Khu yesterday said that rice farmers will be soon acquire additiona; source of income. Khu, also chair of the Committee of Agriculture in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, said the province has just bought hybrid eggs. He said the project is part of the duck-raising project of the province of Misamis Oriental under Governor Yevgeny Vincente "Bambi" Emano. Khu said Governor Emano's duck-raising project can also help the farmers in terms of their livelihood. He said the eggs are now brought at the breeding house in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental. When, he added, the eggs are hatched we will grow and when ready "we will distributed them to farmers." These are all hybrid--campbell and indian runner ducks, said Khu. "Ang farmers sa humay ato siyang taga-an sa duckling kay kining mga duckling makatabang sab kay kini sila ang mokaon sa mga insekto sa ilang humayan," Khu told Mindanao Daily News in an interview. Khu said the province will soon be able to mass produce eggs which "we will also buy at Php7.50 eggs each." Sooner or later, Khu said, the province will become the source of fresh eggs for balut industry.

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Tacurong City cops arrest 4 of 5 gangrape suspects

March 24, 2021

TACURONG CITY – Four of the five suspects who gang-raped a 14-year-old minor were arrested by police operatives in this city. Lt Colonel Joan Maganto told newsmen that four of the five suspects are now languishing at the City Jail, and formal charges of rape are waiting for them.  Col Maganto said one of the five suspects was the victim's stepfather while four others were his friends and relatives. Maganto revealed the suspects were notorious drug peddlers and users and four of them were all arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted by her operatives. Meanwhile, Leah (not her real name) revealed to the police's women desk section that her stepfather had been molesting her ever since she was 12 years old. But she was only threatened by the suspect that he would kill her if she will tell her mother about the 'rape,' which occured everytime the suspect was under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. Until the victim turned 14 year's old she could no longer bear the 'evils' that her stepfather has been doing her because he already included four of his friends and relatives into continually molesting her. The police office is now preparing to file separate charges of rape and illegal drugs against the five suspects.   

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New Covid-19 Variant Detected in Caraga Region, Says DOH

March 24, 2021

CARAGA REGION - The Department of Health in Caraga Region has confirmed that a covid-19 variant, B117, has now been detected in the region, after some samples brought to the University of the Philippines - Philippine Genome Center for testing, showed a positive result. The said samples were sent to Philippine Genome Center for whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and one tested positive for B.1.1.7 variant while two were still undergoing further investigations by medical scientists and experts after two mutations were also found. The DOH did not elaborate in its report. The DOH reported to the media that the confirmed B.1.1.7 variant was that of a Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) from Bislig City while the other two with mutations were from Buenavista town, Agusan del Norte, and Bislig Cty. As this developed, the DOH has already deployed its Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) Caraga for tightened probe and further details of the patients who are now under tight monitoring. The InterAgency Task Force guidelines said all concerned local government units (LGUs) are mandated to implement immediate quarantine control measures to prevent the new covid-19 variant to spread further in the region.  The DOH said any case of covid-19 or its variants would need to present a negative RT-PCR before isolation is completed and before a patient can be tagged as as 'recovered' from the deadly virus.  While those cases of patients who have completed isolations would still be subjected to strict home quarantine while patients wait for the result of the 2nd RT-PCR test. The DOH-Caraga has also announced to the public to continue to be vigilant and follow the Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS) and to report immediately to health authorities any clusters of cases for immediate actions at the proper time.  

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Cayetano, allies renew push for passage of 10k Ayuda Bill

March 23, 2021

Former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and his allies urged their fellow legislators in the House of Representatives to pass the 10K Ayuda Bill, which seeks to provide P10,000 cash aid for every Filipino household.  In a Facebook post published on Sunday morning, Cayetano said the government has the resources to provide additional financial assistance for Filipinos suffering from the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “There is no question that our people are still in desperate need of assistance,” he said.  Cayetano highlighted the story of jeepney driver Roderick Oborza, whose livelihood was badly affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  “Sa ngayon po, bumalik nga kami sa pagbiyahe, pero hirap pa rin po kasi po kalahati lang po ang pasahero (ang) naisasakay namin. Ang kinikita namin ngayon, pang-kain lang. Sa jeep lang po kami nakatira,” Oborza said in a short video linked to Cayetano’s post.  (We may have returned to the roads now, but we’re still experiencing hardship because we can only accept half of our usual passengers. Whatever we earn now, it’s only enough for buying food. We’re living inside my jeepney.)  The former Speaker said Congress should pass House Bill No. 8597 with the same pace that it approved the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act and Bayanihan to Recover as One Act in 2020.  “Last year, together with the Executive department, Congress was able to quickly pass the Bayanihan 1 and 2 Laws to help our people. Today, we call on our colleagues in (the) House of the People -- let us rise to the occasion once again and come to the aid of our people by giving them an additional P10,000 per Filipino family,” he said.  Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte Jr., for his part, said the 10K Ayuda Bill will also help stimulate economic activity.  “Iikot sa ekonomiya ‘yan. Ipangbibili ng pagkain, gamot. Gagamitin (ito) sa transportasyon. Malaking tulak ito para ma-improve ang ating ekonomiya,” he said.  (It will circulate in the economy. The money can be used to buy food and medicine and pay for transportation. It’s a big push to improve our economy.)  The P10,000 cash aid can also serve as capital that Filipino families can use to revive their livelihoods, according to Laguna 1st District Rep. Dan Fernandez.   “Mabibigyan po natin sila ng puhunan para magamit nila at maibsan ang kanilang kagutuman,” Fernandez said.  (We will be able to give them capital that they can use to address their hunger.)  For Bulacan 1st District Rep. Jonathan Sy-Alvarado, the bill is a “spark of new hope for Filipinos who have been impoverished” by the pandemic.  Cayetano and his allies filed the bill on February 1 to “quell the hunger in the bellies of our countrymen.”  Batangas 2nd District Rep. Raneo Abu said the drafting of the bill was motivated by the continuing hardship experienced by Filipinos under the ongoing pandemic.  “Naghihirap ang mga Pilipino. Naririto kami ngayon. Naghain kami ng batas: sampung libong (pesos) na tulong sa bawat pamilyang Pilipino,” he said.  (Filipinos are still suffering. We are here. We filed a bill: ten thousand pesos in financial aid to help every Filipino family.)  Cayetano urged the government to act swiftly given the country’s “extraordinary” problems.  “Kung makikinig lang po tayo sa ating mga kababayan, makikita po natin na extraordinary ang problema. Kaya kailangan extraordinary rin ang solusyon at extraordinary rin ang pagkilos natin,” he said. “Sa laki po ng problema, gobyerno na po talaga ang kailangan kumilos.”  (If we will just listen to our countrymen, we will see that we have extraordinary problems. That’s why we need an extraordinary solution, as well as extraordinary action. Given the gravity of our problem, it’s the government that needs to act.)

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