northern mindanao

DA-10 strengthens agri sector thru clustering, consolidation program

December 18, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon --The Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 has selected five pilot commodity clusters in the region as beneficiaries of its farm and fisheries clustering and consolidation program (F2C2). In a Consultative Meeting and Action Planning on F2C2 program, December 9, in Malaybalay City, the pioneering beneficiaries were facilitated in drafting their project proposals to address their needs and key concerns. Each cluster represents the commodities for rice, corn, cassava, high-value crops, and livestock. These beneficiaries include the Maramag Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MACO-MPC) of Maramag, Bukidnon; Mantibugao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmer’s Cooperative of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; and Miarayon Highland Farmers Association of Talakag, Bukidnon; Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives of El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental; and San Isidro Lower Women's Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Lala, Lanao del Norte. According to DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the F2C2program aims to consolidate the farmers, fishers, and agripreneurs in clusters to attain economies of scale, where they can produce and earn more. He added, through Administrative Order 27 signed by DA Secretary William D. Dar, F2C2 will also aid the beneficiaries in accessing its credit programs, advance training, farm mechanization, processing facilities, among others.  DA-RFO 10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga emphasized, the program targets to organize the farmers and other stakeholders in the agri sector to consolidate their produce and come up with a unified buying price to their advantage. She urged stakeholders not to focus on a single-based commodity, but to include other crops and livestock-based commodity. Meanwhile, MACO-MPC Chair Calixto DS. Daquiado remarked, “Ang programang F2C2 sa DA dakong tabang sa mga kooperatiba kay dinhi makita ang panaghiusa sa mga mag-uuma dili lamang sa production apan apil ang marketing. Pinaagi sa coop clustering and consolidation, ang mga miyembro madasig sa pagpang-uma gumikan sa mga suportang kalakip sa programa, sama sa financing, agricultural facilities, machineries ug uban pa.” (DA’s F2C2 Program is a big help to cooperatives, where farmer-members will be unified not only for production, but including marketing. Through coop clustering and consolidation, the members will be motivated to farm with the support and programs which includes financing, agricultural facilities, machineries and, others). (DA10/PIA10)

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Aboitiz joins gov’t bring COVID-19 vaccine to nearly 3M Filipinos

December 15, 2020

The Aboitiz Group, along with over 30 private companies, has partnered with the Philippine government and British drugmaker AstraZeneca to procure 2.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as part of the government’s ongoing pandemic response. “The Aboitiz Group was among the first conglomerates to extend help and support to the government at the start of the pandemic, especially for Cebu and Davao City. We thank the Aboitiz Group, led by its president Sabin M. Aboitiz, as we strongly believe dealing with COVID-19 needs close cooperation between the government and the private sector,” said vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. Aboitiz Foundation President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth L. Marasigan and 30 other company heads and representatives signed the deal in a virtual ceremony last November 27 led by Sec. Galvez—joined by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey A. Concepcion, and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Inc. president Lotis Ramin. “The Aboitiz Group believes that a strong collaboration between the public and private sectors is critical to our battle against COVID-19. Through these vaccines, we will be able to help ensure people’s safety and protection from the virus while keeping our economy moving. We are committed to supporting all response efforts as we help drive change for a better world, and toward a better normal,” said Sabin M. Aboitiz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aboitiz Group. The vaccines will be donated to the Department of Health (DOH) which will handle the deployment. Half of the donations will be for government frontline workers, while the other half will be for private sector employees—both regular and contractual—provided they follow the government’s priority sectors for distribution. “With all these announcements, our Filipino people can be assured that we will not be left behind. With the efforts of Sec. Galvez in bringing the vaccine to this country, we will soon see this pandemic disappear,” said Concepcion, adding that he expects the vaccines to arrive by May or June 2021. "We are working closely with regulatory authorities across the globe, and we really hope to be able to bring a solution here to end the COVID-19 pandemic," said Ramin. AstraZeneca has a zero-profit program in 2021, which means the vaccines are priced as low as possible. The vaccine is expected to cost around P500 ($10) for two doses. To date, the Aboitiz Group’s total contribution to the national COVID-19 response effort has reached over P2.2 billion (excluding various payments waived, reduced, extended, or restructured to help customers cope with the impact of COVID-19), underscoring the group’s sustained campaign to help address the urgent needs of frontliners and affected communities nationwide. Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) is the public holding company of the Aboitiz Group with major investments in power, banking and financial services, food, infrastructure, and land. Today, AEV is recognized as one of the best-managed companies in the Philippines and in the region, consistently cited for its commitment to good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. With five generations of Aboitiz Group business success behind it, AEV continues to drive change for a better world by advancing business and communities. (Aboitiz Equity Ventures/PIA Bukidnon)

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BFP Ozamiz campaigns for fire-free yuletide season

December 15, 2020

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Ozamiz City targets to keep families safe in celebrating Christmas and New Year. BFP reminds the public to avoid buying low-quality Christmas lights sold at very cheap prices. BFP City fire marshal Senior Inspector Wilfredo Dagatan said Christmas lights should be approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and should contain the required Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker. "We would like to remind the public to be extra careful in buying Christmas lights that might turn out to be substandard," he said. Christmas lights should likewise not be placed near highly combustible objects such as curtains and paper and must also be kept out of children’s reach, he added. BFP Ozamiz wants to conduct inspections of all business establishments in the city to make sure that the Christmas lights being sold complied with the safety standards of DTI. "Don’t leave a fire unattended, put the fire out before going to bed, make sure candles are in stable and secure holders, and keep them away from combustible materials and small children. Never leave candles unattended, check holiday lights and replace cracked or broken bulbs. Don’t use lights that are not safe, and in case of fire and other emergencies," Dagatan said citing ways to prevent fire during the holidays.  BFP Ozamiz also warned against using firecrackers during New Year festivities. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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DA-10 backs adlay farming as 'fresh start' livelihood for former rebels

December 15, 2020

As a support agency to the implementation of Executive Order 70, an order calling for a whole-of-nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 advocates adlay farming as potential livelihood projects for former rebels (FRs). The DA reaffirms its support of the government’s pursuit of inclusive and sustainable peace during the Adlai Ceremonial Harvest and turnover of 10 NHA-built housing units and P4.8 million worth of financial assistance to 20 FRs at 403rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Osito Bahian in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, December 8. “DA will back up the government’s support to people who have returned to the calls of the law. All of us are working together in a whole-of-nation approach,” DA Undersecretary for Regulations, Engr. Zamzamin L. Ampatuan said. “It is a good thing that our FRs are safe, and now will stand for the same ideology to fight for our people, but this time in a productive way,” he added.  Ampatuan commends the Philippine Army’s effort in hosting the FRs and engaging them in adlay production and processing - a highly viable livelihood program, as the DA will be pushing adlay production in the ensuing years. “Adlai will be a big thing. This will make the Philippine famous. No other Asian Countries produce adlay in massive scale,” Ampatuan said. Adlai is a tropical plant bearing tear-shaped grains slightly bigger than that of corn and rice. It is popularly used in diet owing to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also good for diabetes since it has a low glycemic index and is rich in fiber, making it in demand to consumers who's into healthy food. Due to growing demand, recently, adlay has been commercially produced as a healthier alternative for rice and corn.  “The DA has set aside a seed fund to promote adlay production. The agribusiness service of DA will be allocating P10 million to fund adlay research and support some enterprises that are developing adlay products,” Ampatuan said. DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said currently the DA RFO-10’s Research Division has produced various value-added adlay products such as adlay wine, cookies and cereal. The division also developed adlay processing and packaging technologies that can be benchmarked by interested agripreneurs in the region. The DA executive also assured the FRs of the agency’s support for their vegetable production project. “We in the government embrace you back. You are our balikbayans. The President emphasized this will end. There will be no more rebels as people will open up their minds. We do not need war within and among us,” he said. (DA10/PIA10)  

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NorMin eyes P36 billion investment plan for reg’l dev’t

December 15, 2020

The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC)-10 and the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Committee eyed P36 billion total investment requirement to set the action plan in motion and ensure balanced regional development, December 7. The action plan also targets to ensure equitable distribution of wealth, resources, and opportunities through policies and programs that boost countryside development and inclusive growth, provide adequate social services, and promote full employment, industrialization, and improved quality of life in rural areas.   It will focus on the attainment of four key result areas (KRAs): (1) Empowerment of local industries, (2) Food security and agricultural productivity, (3) Housing, social welfare, health, employment, and human resource development, and (4) Infrastructure development. Also endorsed are the Updated Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2017-2022 and Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Annual Investment Program for the Security Sector as inputs to the respective FY 2022 budget proposals of concerned agencies. The priority programs, projects, and activities of the security sector found in the two investment programs are generally responsive to the strategies and outcomes laid out in the RDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update, particularly in Chapter 17: Attaining Just and Lasting Peace and Chapter 18: Ensuring Public Order and Safety. Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-10 and Communications Sec. Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar presided over the joint meeting.  Other highlights include the turn-over of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program benefits, presentation of proposed regional FY 2021 Barangay Development Program, and updates of community development projects for the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development Areas under the FY 2020 Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program. MGen. Andres C Centino, RTF-ELCAC-10 TWG chair, presented the highlights of the major accomplishments of the task force for the period January to November 2020 that resulted in the surrender of 2,100 Communist NPA Terrorist personalities and supporters.  These include 262 regular communist New People’s Army, 222 Militia ng Bayan, 83 Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad, and 1,533 underground mass organizations’ members and sympathizers. (NEDA10/PIA10)

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DTI Bukidnon to launch Christmas bazaar

December 15, 2020

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon is set to launch the Bukidnon Christmas Bazaar in Robinsons Place Valencia, December 13-20, to encourage customers to patronize local products and help entrepreneurs recover from the pandemic this Christmas season. The marketing event aims to help local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province gain access to the market through physical and online platforms. Fifty exhibitors are expected to display their locally produced food and non-food products. Featured products include the award-winning coffee and chocolate products of the province, handwoven mats and bags handcrafted by the lumads, and other non-food and processed food products.  The seven-day bazaar will also include a series of activities such as live online selling with Knights of Online Marketers on December 14, 16, and 19; Packaging and Labeling and Digital Marketing webinar, December 15; Young Entrepreneur’s Day, December 16; Food Safety and Content Marketing Webinar, December 17; A Sip of Bukidnon Coffee and Market Matching/Financial Consultation, December 18; and A Taste of Bukidnon’s Bounty, December 19. Details are also posted at Facebook.com/BukidnonChristmasBazaar. (DTI Bukidnon/PIA Bukidnon)

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