northern mindanao

160 Bukidnon households get DTI’s PPG livelihood kits

December 22, 2020

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon, (PIA)—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Reveree Niño Contreras, along with Northern Mindanao regional director Linda Boniao and Bukidnon provincial director Eriberto Taban-ud Jr, recently delivered a variety of livelihood starter kits to 160 identified beneficiaries in Valencia City. Implemented under DTI’s “Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG)” program, the livelihood kits worth more than P545,000 include Organic Vegetable Gardening, Banana Chips Processing, and Motorcycle Shop Starter Kit. Taban-ud said the PPG program beneficiaries were those identified households from barangays Tugaya, Laligan, Guinoyuran, Banlag, Concepcion and Barobo, all in Valencia City. In appreciation of the government’s assistance, Mayor Azucena P. Huervas commended DTI for its efforts to reach out and touch lives, especially those who are most affected by the pandemic. "I am very happy today. I am grateful to DTI, to our Senator Bong Go, and to President Rodrigo Duterte. These starter kits will really help in improving our constituents’ daily living.That’s why I urge our recipients here today to harness and maximize this PPG livelihood program because if we will not use these kits properly, our government's program and vision will be wasted. So, I strongly encourage you [recipients] to make the most of these grants. The government is useless if you do not use it in the right way. I hope the next time DTI visits us, there will be a positive feedback from you," the mayor said. DTI-10 regional director Linda Boniao, likewise, urged PPG recipients to be persevering. "It is my hope, my prayer, that these “Pangkabuhayan” will really help you and make your lives easier," Boniao said. In speech, Asec. Contreras said DTI has been distributing livelihood starter kits since June this year funded by the Office of Senator Bong Go. "This program will not flourish without you—the beneficiaries. I am now here to see and ensure that government’s assistance will definitely come to you. As what Mayor Huervas said, we will be back here and see how are you faring with your project,” Asec. Contreras said. (BGE/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: One of the beneficiaries of DTI’s “Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa” (third from left) receives his share of the livelihood grant as DTI Asec. Reveree Niño Contreras (4th from left) brings in one of the fresh cargoes of the Pangkabuhayan kits for barangays Tugaya, Laligan, Guinoyuran, Banlag, Concepcion, and Barobo, all in Valencia City. (PIA Bukidnon)

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Iligan IATF reminds public to wear face shield, masks outside homes

December 22, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, (PIA) - The Iligan Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Covid-19 cautioned the public to wear both face shield and face mask at all times outside homes.  IATF Incident Commander Butch Baulete shared in a virtual presser Wednesday, Dec. 16, that the national IATF has issued a resolution requiring the compulsory wearing of face shields on top of face masks while out in public to stop the potential surge of COVID-19 during the holidays. "[The resolution] has been downloaded to Iligan IATF that wearing of face shields is mandatory whenever you step out of your residence," he said. Baulete said those who are found not wearing face shields will be subjected to penalties. According to him, the city government has already printed additional Covid citation tickets for this purpose. "This will form part as one of our countermeasures sa mga tawo nga dili gyud magpatoo ( for those people who will not follow)," he added. "Kung nay face mask pero walay face shield tikitan lang gihapon namo tungod kay it is already mandatory for everybody to wear face shields whenever they go outside from their residences," he emphasized. (We will still issue citation tickets to those with a face mask but no face shield because it is already mandatory for everybody to wear a face shield whenever they go outside from their residences.) The incident commander also stressed that the requirement is a 'full' face shield - meaning it should cover the entire face from the top of the head to the chin. Before this, the wearing of face shields was only mandatory when riding public transportation or going to government offices or commercial establishments such as malls. Meanwhile, the Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) has intensified its operations to ensure that this new health protocol will be implemented. "From time to time, ang atong kapulisan is conducting regular and random checkpoints. Naa pud tay mobile and foot patrol (our police are conducting regular and random checkpoints. We also have a mobile and foot patrol)," said Police Major Allan Abalde in the same virtual presser.   As of December 16, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 positive in the city reached  1,007 with  911 recoveries and 52 deaths. .(APB/PIA-10) Photo caption: IATF Incident Commander Butch Baulete shares in a virtual presser that wearing face shields on top of face masks is now compulsory when outside residences. (PIA-ICIC)

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Construction of Iligan's modular Covid-19 testing lab ongoing

December 22, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, (PIA) -  The city government is hoping to complete soon the installation of a modular diagnostic laboratory so it can finally start testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Dr. Belinda Lim, health cluster manager of the Emergency Operations Center, said in a virtual presser that the modular laboratory has arrived on Monday afternoon and is currently being constructed at the City Hospital. "Sa kasamtangan, kamolo pa sa pagproseso og pagpahimutang sa ekwipo ug pagtraining sa ato'ang mga Med Tech ngadto sa DOH-10 TBRC (or TB referral center)," she said. (In the meantime, we are still processing the installation of equipment and the training of our MedTechs in DOH-10 TBRC.) Lim is hopeful that they can use the modular laboratory in seven to ten days. The city government is currently sending swab samples of suspected Covid-19 cases in Cagayan de Oro. The completion of the diagnostic laboratory will speed up the testing of suspected COVID-19  in the city, as well as in the identification and treatment of confirmed cases.  As of December 16, a total of 1,007 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the city,  44 of which are active cases. Of this number, 31 are quarantined in isolation facilities while 13 are admitted in hospitals. (APB/PIA-ICIC) Photo caption: EOC Health Cluster Manager Dr. Belinda Lim shares in a virtual presser the status of the construction of a modular diagnostic laboratory. (PIA-ICIC)

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CamSur boosts chocolate prod'n amid pandemic, calamities

December 22, 2020

CAMIGUIN, (PIA)--Even with the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic and onslaught of the recent typhoons, Camarines Sur targets to create a 'chocolate region' by boosting their cacao production. Camarines Sur Mayor Fermin Mabulo said during the Network Briefing News with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, December 16, that they have seen the resiliency of cacao after experiencing several typhoons this year.   "Halos lahat ng agri products ay bagsak nung bagyo. Ang cacao natanggal ang mga dahon pero nahihinog pa rin ang mga bunga niya. Two weeks after ng bagyo, full grown na naman ang mga dahon nila," Mabulo said. (Almost all of the agri products have low production during the recent typhoons. The leaves of cacao have fallen but the fruits still have ripened. Two weeks after the typhoon, the leaves have full grown again) To make a good start, Mabulo said his daughter made a 4-hectare model farm with the help of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Department of Tourism (DOT). They are aiming for a boost in agri-farm tourism. Mabulo also boasts their premium lobsters and fish. However, due to the pandemic, the locals are unable to export their products to Japan. Thus, the LGU seeks ways to aid the fisher folk and help them market their products.  Eels, crabs and other products can also be bought in the area. Aside from their COVID-19 response, Camarines Sur backs their agricultural sector so they can slowly bounce back after experiencing several challenges this year. (RTP/PIA10) Photo release: Camarines Sur Mayor Fermin Mabulo says during the Network Briefing News with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, December 16, that they have seen the resiliency of cacao after experiencing several typhoons this year. (Network Briefing News)

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Camiguin holds tree growing activity with 3,250 seedlings

December 21, 2020

CAMIGUIN, Dec. 16 (PIA)--Targeting to plant 3,250 seedlings, the provincial government here has already enlisted 65 participants for the province-wide simultaneous tree growing activity, December 18.   The province is set to plant 900 seedlings in Mambajao, Catarman (750), Sagay (500), Guinsiliban (400), and Mahinog (700).    The five towns of the province have already identified the areas where the seedlings will be planted. Barangays without areas determined yet are subject for identification on the ground. Personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have already coordinated with each barangay and town to assist them for the said activity. Prior to the province-wide tree growing activity, various local government units in Camiguin have already planted seedlings in their areas. On December 5, the provincial government here held the tree growing activity at Mantigue Island. The Philippine National Police also held the same activity, December 11 within the five hectares of the National Greening Program site at Sitio Pamahawan, Campana, Pandan, Mambajao. (RTP/PIA10)    

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Camiguin named as 3rd Most Competitive Province in PH

December 18, 2020

CAMIGUIN --Improving performance and attractiveness for investments, Camiguin emerged as the Third Most Competitive Province during the 8th Regional Competitiveness Summit, December 16.    Mambajao was named the Most Competitive Municipality for the 3rd-4th class municipalities as well as it bagged the first spot on government efficiency. The town also landed the second spot for economic dynamism and infrastructure.  Sagay town is named the 16th Most Competitive Municipality for the 5th-6th class municipalities, 15th in government efficiency, and 12th in infrastructure.      Guinsiliban on the other hand spotted the 13th place in infrastructure for the 5th-6th class municipalities. Also during the 8th Regional Competitiveness Summit, Mahinog was named the Third Most Competitive Municipality for the 5th-6th class municipalities as well as it bagged the first spot on government efficiency, 6th on infrastructure and 7th on resilience.    Meanwhile, Catarman is named the 7th Most Competitive Municipality for 5th-6th class municipalities, 12th in government efficiency, 7th in infrastructure, and 9th in resilience.   Rankings of cities and municipalities are based on the sum of their scores on four pillars that include Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.    Provincial rankings are based on population and income weighted average of the overall scores of cities and municipalities under a province.   The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) is developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs).    In 2019, Camiguin was named the fourth Most Competitive Province throughout the country. (RTP/PIA10)

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