cagayan de oro

DILG-10 to BLGUs: Tap town, prov'l aid on handling returning individuals

August 18, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA)--Noting the difficulties in handling the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning oversease Filipinos (ROFs) in the barangay level, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 urges barangay local government units (BLGUs) to seek assistance from the municipal and provincial leaders since the former are not included in the provision of the Bayanihan Grant. "Magtinabangay nalang karon kay galisud gyapon ang mga barangay sa ilang pundo. Gipanawagan ang mga punong barangays to coordinate with the municipal government mayors and provincial governors to assist the barangay sa ilang pag-quarantine o isolate sa mga repatriated individuals," DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, August 14. (We should help one another in this time of crisis because the barangays also have difficulties with their funds. We ask our punong barangays to coordinate with the municipal government mayors and provincial governors to assist the barangay in conducting the quarantine or isolation of the repatriated individuals) Agabe said such is part of the national government's 'Oplan Kalinga' where all local chief executives (LCEs) are enjoined to immediately perform the identification and transfer of COVID-19 positive individuals to identified quarantine/isolation and medical facilities in their respective area of jurisdiction. Based on reports, DILG-10 has also noted difficulties on food provision in barangay isolation units.  "Gikuha nga responsibilidad sa mga local government units ang nibalik nga locally stranded individuals o returning overseas Filipinos. Pag-abot nila, nagproblema ang barangay kay gusto usab nila ang makahatag ug pagkaon," Agabe said. (The local government units took the responsibility in handling the locally stranded individuals or returning overseas Filipinos. Upon their return, the barangay had a problem since they also want to provide food) Aside from tapping the LCEs, DILG-10 also encouraged families of LSIs/ROFs to also provide food to their isolated member/s of the family to also help the government especially the barangays.  Currently, the number of isolation units per province are as follows: Bukidnon (391), Camiguin (68), Lanao del Norte (515), Misamis Occidental (651), Misamis Oriental (384), CDO (126), and Iligan (3). (RTP/PIA10)

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Survival garden, mental health program SouthCot’s response to COVID-19 crisis

August 13, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA)—In fighting the adverse effects of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, Tampakan town in South Cotabato initiated the Survival Garden for food security, and the ‘You Matter Program’ to care for the mental health of the local government’s employees. During the daily Network Briefing with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, August 12, Tampakan Mayor Leonard Escobillo said their Survival Garden, which is also used on Agricultural Research Facility for High Valued Crops, originated in the initial phase of COVID-19 where purchase of food was difficult.  The local farmers were tapped but their produce is still not enough. Escobillo said they prompted the LGUs to convert five areas in the municipality for vegetable production to augment their produce. Through the Survival Garden, the mayor said they were able to augment the income of their farmers as well as they were able to find ways on acquiring pest control means.  Aside from the said garden, Tampakan is named to be one of the earliest municipalities that have established prevention protocols against COVID-19 and isolation units.  Escobillo said the LGU sees to it that everybody will take part in the disease prevention through having the sectoral approach where actions are not only centered on the government.  The church, business and other sectors were tapped to help in enforcing protocols, “Mas efficient kasi sila mismo (this is more efficient since they) are investing their own resources,” the mayor added.  To care for their employees’ mental health, Escobillo said they implemented the ‘You Matter Program’ to help not only the frontliners but also their ordinary employees cope with the challenges at work and in their homes amid COVID-19 contagion.  This, after noting that more people are now coming out of their houses, risking their lives just to make both ends meet in this time of crisis. Gardening programs in R10 In region 10, various interventions are also implemented by the LGUs to respond to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and these include the Urban Container Household Gardening program of CDO LGU, which now aids over 900 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. The Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 also continuously provides vegetable seeds to companies, schools and government offices to enforce their Plant, Plant, Plant Program.  To date, the agency has already utilized P3.3 million for the provision of vegetable seeds of which 877.092 kgs or 23,508 packets have been provided to clients. (RTP/PIA10)

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PCOO eyes TV, radio program to aid MSMEs

August 13, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA)--Meeting with the media workers from Northern Mindanao through 'Tambayayong,' August 12, Presidential Communications Sec. Martin Andanar suggested a program, which will be aired on Tv and radio, to alleviate the challenges that are faced by the farmers, fisherfolks, and other micro and small enterprises.  “The idea is to be able to help growers, mga negosyante ug trabahante sa (entrepreneurs and workers in) Region 10. With the cooperation of the private media, ang mga network ninyo (your networks), I’m sure this will become a success,” Andanar said. The secretary cited a program from Thailand where a TV and radio show is produced to help augment the income of their farmers. "It was headed by their minister tapos gi-ubanan sila’g mga artista sa ilang (they were joined by artists in their) online selling and they were able to raise so much. They were able to sell products that were produced by their local farmers," Andanar added.   Together with Philippine Information Agency Director General Ramon Cualoping, Andanar hopes to improve on the idea and urges the local and national media to collaborate on the said program.  Aid to media  As for the assistance for the media who were greatly affected with the implementation of community quarantine in the region, Andanar said he is in close coordination with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Silvestre Bello to provide immediate assistance to displaced workers through the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act 2.  He also cited livelihood and loan assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) particularly the newspaper owners.  Furthermore, Andanar said they are prioritizing the passage of the Media Workers’ Welfare Act to ensure availment of livelihood, housing programs, regular employment, security of tenure, and health benefits for the media workers.  'Tambayayong' is one of the first virtual meetings with the media facilitated by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to obtain updates on the events in the region amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (RTP/PIA10)

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DA’s Agri 4Ps to boost CDO’s food adequacy

August 12, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA)--With its thrust to increase food sufficiency across the region, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 dispensed a total of 585 packets of assorted vegetable seeds to the different offices within the city. DA-RFO 10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, who handed over the seed interventions, said each packet of the veggie seeds, weighing 36 grams can cover up to 1,000 square meter area. Said intervention is part of DA Secretary William Dar’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program, also known as Agri 4Ps. It targets to increase the country’s food adequacy level, especially amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients include Tamboboan and Kauswagan barangay councils; Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP); Philippine National Police–Regional Maritime Unit (PNP-RMU)-10; and the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO). They received the Pinakbet variant (5-in-1) of veggie seeds, consisting of ampalaya, okra, string beans, squash and eggplant. Aside from the Pinakbet variant, PCUP has also availed the Sinigang 5-in-1 packet, which consists of kangkong, radish, tomato, string beans and okra. Barangays Tamboboan and Kauswagan will hold an urban gardening contest in their respective barangays to showcase the produce of the vegetable seeds obtained from DA. “Through this activity, the locals will be encouraged to start their own vegetable gardens, where they can get nutritious food during the health crisis,” the barangay representative said. PCUP-Fields Operations Division for Mindanao Assistant Regional Director Cynthia B. Rosales said the seeds will be used for their Urban Container Gardening Project in collaboration with the Agricultural Productivity Office (APO). APO will assist in the provision of technical expertise during training in select barangays to pilot the project. Rosales said the seeds will be given as start-up seeds to the participants of the training, while PCUP will monitor the commitments of involved barangays who will be engaging the gardening activity. Meanwhile, PNP-RMU 10 will share the seeds to all its stations for backyard gardening to benefit its personnel and locals nearby. Further, CLENRO will also distribute the packets of seeds to their beneficiaries in the hinterland barangays of the city, who have their own communal gardens. (DA10/PIA10)

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DA’s backyard gardening gets boost with DepEd CDO’s pet plant project

August 12, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--Schools in Cagayan de oro City, including Pagatpat National High School (PNHS), strengthen DA’s advocacy to engage in backyard gardening amid the ongoing pandemic thru the ‘My Pet Plant’ project. The initiative of the Department of Education (DepEd)-CDO is seen as a psychosocial activity that students can productively and safely do while integrating it to their school subjects, as they adopt a modular mode of learning triggered by the COVID-19 health crisis. In support, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 thru Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga turned over 150 packets of Sinigang composed of Radish, Kangkong, Tomato, Pole Sitaw and Okra seeds to Jovel P. Flores, Teacher I of PNHS. The granted request is in time for the distribution of said provisions during the parents’ orientation of the said project.  “With the given seeds, children can nurture and monitor the growth and development of plants,” Flores said. He added that DA has extended a great help with the provision of free seeds. Aligned with DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program (Agri 4Ps), the ‘My Pet Plant’ project is on track towards contributing to sustained food production, accessibility, and affordability, especially during this trying time. As of August 3, a total of 3,608 vegetable seed packets were distributed to various city schools for the said project. (DA10/PIA10)

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9,672 firms applied for DOLE-10 assistance

August 12, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA)—Recording 9,672 establishments that applied for assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10 Regional Director Mylah Faye Cariño said such only constitutes 25.8 percent of the 37,412 businesses in the region. During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, August 11, Cariño said only 36 establishments have closed in the region and 205 firms have reduced their workforce.  “Naa pa’y 74 percent nga wala naapektuhan (There is still 74 percent, which were not affected). This means that 74 percent of the businesses here are thriving or doing well,” Cariño added. In terms of imposing tax moratoriums, Cariño said only the national government has the power to do such. The national government has talked out several mechanisms to keep the balance on health and economy.  “We support all interventions that would sustain all operations of our businesses,” Cariño said.  As for the power generating and distributing companies in the region, the regional director said these companies, which are providing essential services, still continue their operations and Region 10 still supplies 50 percent of the power in Mindanao. On the status of new businesses in the region, Cariño said there are 79 newly registered corporations based on the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) data.  These include businesses on trading, manufacturing, construction, and selling of personal protective equipment (PPEs). Also, data from DTI shows that the existing businesses on handicrafts now shifted to the production of PPEs and face masks.  Meanwhile, for tourism-related businesses, the Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 provided certificates of authority to operate to 17 businesses of which 4 are from CDO, Misamis Oriental (2), Bukidnon (9), Lanao del Norte (2).  Prior to operation, Cariño said businesses should comply with certain requirements including the business permit, DTI registration, and the health standard protocols should be embedded in their operations.  As of August 11, there are a total of 763 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, wherein 401 have recovered, 12 have expired, and 350 have recovered. (RTP/PIA10)

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