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Livestock stakeholders encouraged to be GAHP certified

August 25, 2017

Cagayan de Oro City – Livestock raisers from the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental convened during a Livestock Stakeholders’Forum on August 18, 2017 through which they were encouraged to apply for Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) certification. This was spearheaded by the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10). On her message, Agribusiness Industry Support SectionChiefSonia E. Oliveros emphasized that GAHP certification will enable livestock raisers to compete with other agribusinesses since it sets out the standard quality of livestock products that meet the consumers’ expectation for safe and healthy food. “GAHP certification is already a trade language and more importantly, it gives assurance to our consumers that we are producing food that is safe for consumption,” Oliveros said. Accordingly, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) Regional Focal Person Arlene Culgue presented the scope, objectives and, compliances for GAHP certification. GAHP was established pursuant to the Republic Act No. 10611 also known as the Food Safety Act of 2003. The said forum was undertaken to provide participants the updates on the agency’s thrusts on the livestock industry, discuss issues and concerns, and raise suggestions and recommendations.

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Butuan remains bird flu-free

August 25, 2017

BUTUAN CITY – This city’s veterinarian, Dr. Danilo Alegado has denied reports of possible bird flu outbreak here as results of initial investigation by the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic laboratory was released on the reported August 19 and 21, 2017 incidents. According to the veterinary office, 15 ducks reportedly died on August 19 in Barangay Holy Redeemer. Alegado said the fowls’ deaths were caused by asphyxia or suffocation due to overcrowding. absence of ventilation and lack of water. The city veterinarian also noted that 20 chickens died in Barangay Villakananga due to New Castle disease or “Pukdaw” as locally called. He said the chickens had low resistance to climate change and had no history of vaccination. The cause of the poultry animals’ deaths could not be traced to Avian flu according to Alegado but Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada ordered concerned agencies and stakeholders to implement strict preventive measures and quarantine to prevent the disease’s incursion into the city, The city chief executive urged the public to remain vigilant and be in constant contact with the city information office at 085-3422696 for any bird flu report or incident.

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DAR-Caraga hosts training of farm business school mentors

August 25, 2017

BUTUAN CITY – The Regional Office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Caraga conducted here a Training for Trainers of the Farm Business School (FBS) last August 14-18, 2017. The five-day course was attended by 24 selected field personnel from the four provinces in the region. In his message, DAR Regional Director Engr. Felix Aguhob said the activity aims to orient field implementers on the concepts and mechanics of the implementation of the FBS. “This is to ensure that the project will be managed smoothly and in a manner that our beneficiaries will get the best benefits possible,” he added. In Caraga region, four FBS sites were already established as of press time. “We are targeting six more, two of which will be implemented this year and four more next year,” Aguhob informed. The training was facilitated by Delia Gabales and Agnes Rojas of the Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development of the DAR Central Office. Gabales explained that the five-day activity was only part of Phase 1 of the training. “There are 11 sessions in Phase 1, while sessions 12-15 will focus on practical applications,” she further said.

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DILG 13 pump primed LGUs into becoming Better Investments Haven

August 25, 2017

DILG 13 has successfully concluded the Regional Roll-out activities on Developing Sustainable Local Economic Development (LED) Strategies and the Formulation of Local Investments and Incentives Code (LIIC) that was held from August 15 -17, 2017 at The Watergate Hotel, Butuan City. Participants were the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinators (PPDCs), Local Economic and Investments Promotions Officers (LEIPOs) and the Local Sanggunian for Economic Affairs. In a nutshell, the main goal of the activities is to ensure that the strategies and the policies for local economic development particularly on generating investments and employment as well as retaining businesses is aligned with the current national development priorities and ensure that our local governments can be at par with our ASEAN counterparparts. Subscribing to the 10-Point Socioeconomic Agenda of the Duterte administration, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has scaled up the requirements of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), particularly in the area of Business Friendliness and Competitiveness. Categorized as one of the essential areas to be achieved by the LGUs, the current focus is evaluating the LGU support to local economic and investment promotion such as the presence of an Office as well as a Designated Officer for local economic and investments promotion. Passing the Seal of Business Friendliness and Competitiveness has become a necessity because it is being tied up as a qualifying requirement for the LGU officials and employees to receive their Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) starting this year. With this, the LGUs in the region are provided with capacity-building intervention to prepare their LED Strategy and to formulate an updated Local Investments and Incentive Code (LIIC) that will articulate the policies, programs and activities that are conducive to business and enjoins the participation of all stakeholders for local economic development. Building LGU assets through economic-boosting infrastructures such as roads and economic zones is the most common LED strategy identified by participants to strengthen the economic development and competitiveness of all provinces, cities and municipalities.

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Non-Moro IPs to assert rights in the new Bangsamoro Law

August 25, 2017

DAVAO CITY – Members of non-Moro Indigenous Peoples (IPs), especially those from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), will make a last-ditch effort for inclusion of contentious issues to the proposed new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The contentious issues concerning the non-Moro IPs will be consolidated and presented during the three-day Mindanao Indigenous People Legislative Assembly (Mipla) for the BBL on August 29 to September 1 at the Mergrande Ocean Resort here. There will be an estimated 270 delegates who are expected to attend the assembly. Lawyer Reuben Lingating, speaker for Mipla and the chair of the IP Peace Panel of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp), said the non-Moro IPs are not losing hope that they will reach their objective and their voices heard so that their rights are protected from the exclusive powers of the Bangsamoro region. Mipla will facilitate the interface of the Tribal Legislative Assembly with the leaders of Congress and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). Lingating said Mipla invited House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III. Mipla will serve as a platform for non-Moro IPs to present their views with the hope of incorporating these to the proposed new BBL. He explained that the IPs came to the fore because the IP peace panel was only created last April, the month when the BTC was mid-way in crafting the new BBL. Lingating said the non-IPs will seek a viable settlement not necessarily political but through a traditional or cultural practice of negotiations. He also emphasized on re-affirmation of brotherhood that exists among the IPs. Lingating clarified the assembly will not be confrontational or adversarial but a meeting of the minds and opportunity to ventilate IP-related issues. Lingating stressed that Mindanao’s non-Moro IPs have expressed their desire to join the proposed Bangsamoro government except that they want a Bangsamoro law that is non-regressive in the recognition of their rights. “By non-regressive, we should not in any way, through any legislation, diminish what the non-Moro IPs have right now. Otherwise, they will be unjustly differentiated from the rest of the Mindanao IPs who are enjoying their rights under the protection of existing laws,” he said. Lingating said the expected main output of the Mipla is the formal legislative proposals. One of the contentious issues that may be raised is the ancestral domain claims that until now have never been titled. Lingating said there are more than 300,000 hectares not yet titled straddling 12 municipalities. There are still IPs in other regions in Mindanao. The large part of the IP population is within the Armm namely the Tedurays, Lambangian and Dulangan Manobo. A 2013 IP Dev survey, showed that Armm has 117,189 IPs. Lingating recalled that the 1987 Constitution recognizes the rights of the IPs to claim territory and ten years after, the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (Ipra) was passed reaffirming the protection of the IPs rights. “In the Constitution, there is what we call the equal protection clause. This means that Congress cannot pass a law that treats a similarly situated group of people differently,” he pointed out. He also underscored the Free Prior and Informed Concern (FPIC) wherein all activities within the ancestral domain should pass through a process inscribed in Ipra. “The non-Moro IPs have expressed their discomfort over certain provisions of the BBL. And so we want to ask delegates to the assembly: What is really your discomfort? What we can do to address them?” Lingating said. Lingating pointed out the non-Moro IPs just want to assert what is rightly theirs. “That is their birthright. If they are worried about certain provisions of the BBL, we have to find ways to address them through the Mipla,” he added. The Mipla will be backed by another group of IPs, who will be holding the 7th Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Convention from August 29-31 at the Felis Resort Complex here. Datu Joel Unad, the Tribal chieftain of the Obu Manuvu Tribe in Marilog District, Davao City, said the convention is aimed at reaffirming the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Conference for Peace and Development (MIPCPD) goals in advancing the rights of the IPs in Mindanao. The IPs will also secure their position in national discussions on the issue of Federalism. Unad said the IPs will also support the non-Moro IPs during the Mipla. The MIPC convention will be attended by about 370 delegates. PNA

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Tribal village to remain one of the city attractions

August 25, 2017

DAVAO CITY –The City Tourism Operations Office (CTTO) is mulling on making the Tribal Village inside the Magsaysay Park a city attraction after it drew positive feedbacks from tourists during the week-long Kadayawan Festival last week. Tourism officer Generose Tecson said she already talked to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio regarding the plan to continue with the tribal village which showcases the rich culture, cuisine, and tradition of the city’s 11 tribes. “Maybe, we will let them (lumads) rest first after the Kadayawan and we will talk to them about the plan. Our initial talk with mayor is to continue the village and we will just set up mechanics for the village,” she said. The tribal village was one of the new highlights of this year’s Kadayawan festival. Since its launching last August 14, the tribal village lured local and foreign tourists. “We are happy because that is the purpose of the festival, to let everyone understand the culture of the 11 tribes, it is good to note that our visitors are amazed about how we live harmoniously despite differences,” Tecson said. For the construction of the Kadayawan village’s tribal houses, the city government gave PHP100,000 each to all 11 tribes. Assessing this year’s Kadayawan, festival director Gatchi Gatchalian said that despite the martial law tourists still flocked here to celebrate the festival noting that all hotels here are fully booked. He added that the week-long celebration ended peacefully. Gatchalian also said that they are preparing for a bigger and grander Kadayawan next year. Tecson added that expectations were met for thiso year’s Kadayawan. “We have met our expectations, we are very overwhelmed to the response of visitors and Dabawenyos,” Tecson said. The mayor earlier thanked all the stakeholders for the success of the event at the end of the Pamulak on August 20, Sunday. She emphasized the contribution of the Dabawenyos, private sector, the 11 tribes and the local government offices who worked on the ground hand in hand to make the event successful. Duterte-Carpio also assured the city will discuss more improvements for the next Kadayawan celebration during the Kadayawan Executive Committee exit conference. “In our exit conference with the execom, all the observations including my observations will be collated and considered to improve our Kadayawan 2018,” she said. PNA

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