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Tangub City opens Sobremesa 2018

April 26, 2018

This is the fourth year that the city government holds this Spanish-Mexican inspired celebration. This happens from the second week of April to the end of May. The summer trade fair in the city also coincides with Santa Cruzan, a popular religious event across the country. Sobremesa is a Spanish tradition that involves spending time relaxing after a meal to drink coffee or digestive liquor or to just continue hanging out chatting at the table after eating. This year’s Opening program was highlighted by a Caballo Mas Hermoso, a competition of clustered barangays in a parade of horses. The city officials led by City Mayor Philip T. Tan started the opening ritual by breaking the piñata that contained candies, goodies and coins. Then mongo beans were distributed by the city officials to the onlookers. Coins, candies, water all part of the ritual symbolize good luck. Mayor Tan said, “The year 2018 came with a very promising start. Let us continue to dream, to build, be prudent in our spending and be wiser in our decisions and undertakings.” He added going around a suitcase several times, still a part of the ritual, and indicates hope for more travels this year. The City officials, heads of local and national agencies and employees were all dressed in Mexican inspired attire. There was a competition as to the best attire among the barangay officials who paraded on-stage in their Mexican attire. More activities are slated in this two-month summer fair 2018. (Shaine Mae Nagtalon/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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IN VILLANUEVA TOWN: More village volunteers trained as disaster ‘warriors’

April 26, 2018

Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu said the assistance is in exchange for the surrendered loose firearms. Surrendering unlicensed firearms is in support of the national drive to end any form of violence in the country. In the launching, about 900 loose firearms were turned over to the government. Also present during the event were Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman, Maguindanao’s municipal mayors and other local officials, and representatives from security agencies, barangay, civil society organizations, as well as from women and youth sector. Gov. Mangudadatu said Maguindanaoans who surrendered their unregistered firearms will receive scholarship grant and P50,000 worth of livelihood assistance.The unregistered and high-powered guns turned over to the government were mostly from officials and civilians who were involved in ‘rido’ or clan feuds. Official data from ARMM’s Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission showed 588 cases of rido, or clan feuds, in the region from 2012 to 2018. The province of Maguindanao has 273 such cases, 54 of which remain unsettled. “Walang mabuting idudulot ang pag gamit ng baril kaya mas mabuti pa i-surrender na ninyo yan,” President Duterte said during the event. In February this year, residents in the towns of Parang, Barira, Matanog, and Buldon first surrendered their unregistered and high-powered guns. ARMM Gov. Hataman has encouraged other towns in the entire region to replicate the campaign. In support of the program, the ARMM government is already providing livelihood assistance to those who surrendered their unlicensed firearms.Residents and officials who are still illegally holding firearms were asked to voluntarily surrender so they will not be liable for charges of illegal possession of firearms. “The regional government supports the campaign and we are encouraging other towns in the ARMM to surrender their unlicensed firearms,” Gov. Hataman said adding that violence in all forms should stop. Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu stressed that possession of guns heightens the ego of gun holders. “This also increases their propensity to harm, or dominate, non-affluent people or groups. In most cases gun possessions lead to loss of lives, or limbs,” Gov. Mangudadatu added. “Bilang chairman ng barangay namin talagang kinakausap ko po lahat ng mga residente na isuko ang mga baril. At leastngayon kapag nag surrender ka, may tulong pang ibibigay ang gobyerno,” Nor Samilon, barangay chief of East Libutan, Mamasapano, said. To combat terrorism across the region, the ARMM government also launched this month the Program Against Violent Extremism, the regional government’s first model program in providing various interventions to former Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members who surrendered to the government. Four rebel returnees from Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters also received livelihood assistance during Wednesday’s program led by President Duterte. Meanwhile, latest government data showed the number of returnees from the ASG as follows: Basilan – 139; Sulu – 61; and Tawi-Tawi – 23.

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Monsanto PH urges authorities to address proliferation of counterfeit seeds

April 26, 2018

Dr. Gabriel Romero, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs Lead of Monsanto Philippines elaborated on the increased incidence of counterfeit seeds and its emerging threats to the country’s corn industry. “Adulterated seeds or fake seeds directly affect our farmers. The seeds may be low-priced but they are also of low-quality. Worse, they come out without proper stewardship measures, and thereby threaten GM technology and farmer’s livelihood,” he explained. “We want to put an end to this concern, as it sets in danger the very livelihood of our corn farmers as well as the corn industry,” Dr. Romero added. At present, more than 10% of our Bt corn seeds are produced illegally by unauthorized companies. These seeds are produced with BT and RR traits but are sold to the market as “conventional seeds”. According to a survey in 2015, farmers who used counterfeit seeds have observed a significant decrease in their yield and negative net income brought about by issues like smaller grain, unfilled ear and higher susceptibility to pests. Counterfeit seeds are commercialized without “refuge” in a bag. The agricultural firm appealed to the regulators to help address this issue as absence of refuge in counterfeit seeds may put the GM technology at risk. Observing the “refuge system” is an important requirement to keep pests such as corn borer from becoming resistant to Bt corn. Meanwhile, Ms. Charina Garrido-Ocampo, Corporate Affairs Lead of Monsanto Philippines highlighted the company’s effort in promoting modern agriculture to address the country’s food challenges and environmental sustainability. “Agricultural biotechnology can help us achieve food security. It is not a silver bullet which can solve all food-related concerns, including the lack of food, but it offers a solution which we should be open to,” Ms. Ocampo stressed. The briefing was conducted in partnership with the Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI) and was attended by key members and officers of its Mindanao Chapter.

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Miss Philippines Earth candidates mobisita sa MisOr

April 25, 2018

Ang Provincial Tourism Department uban si Ms. Peachy Veneracion ang maong VP of Carousel Productions Inc. ang mangulo sa maong kalihukan aron usab ilang mapasigarbuhong mapakita ngadto sa kaubang kandidata ang kaanyag ug katim-os sa mga tourist destinations sa lalawigan. Si reigning Miss Philippines Earth Karen Ibasco mobalik usab sa lalawigan kauban na si Reigning Miss Philippines Fire 2017, Neliza Mortola Bautista aron moabag ug giya kang Chee alang sa ilang nagkadaiyang kalihukan samtang ania sila magpundo sa lalawigan sugod Abril 25 hangtud Abril 27. Gilauman pa nga katorse ka mga kandidata ang mopalanog sa ilang tingog ngadto sa kaulohan ug sa ilang tagsa tagsa ka lugar nga gi-representahan kon unsa kaanyag ug kahayahay magpuyo sa Misamis Oriental. Lakip sa gilaumang mobisita sila si Lea Macapagal Dinalupihan, Bataan; Joana Cristine Dalangin, Lipa City; Jean Nicole De Jesus San Rafael, Bulacan; Annalea Rabe Santa Cruz, Marinduque; Zahra Bianca Saldua, Las Piñas City; Marjorie Vista Malinao, Albay; Ronelie Pador Kalibo, Aklan; Ann Roxal Palmares Passi City; Theressa Anne Mariano, Fil-Queensland, Australia; Weam Ahmed, Davao City; Joanna Krystel Cabrezos, Zamboanga City; Naomie Hannah White, Fil-Sydney, Australia; ug Brazzirie Yanson Fil-Vienna, Austria. Mobisita sila sa Agutayan Island, Sailfin Lizard Sanctuary ug Sagpulon Falls sa lungsod sa Jasaan. Aduna usab usa ka fashion show nga ilang himuon karung Abril 26 sa Centrio Mall sa dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro. PIO

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Wear One For Boracay – Let’s Show Our Support For Boracay’s Recovery

April 25, 2018

This campaign is our way of showing that we care and agree that a rehabilitation of Boracay is what the industry has been longing for. This is in solidarity with industry workers and establishment owners who have been operating within the law. Let's show our support for the rehabilitation of the Philippines' and the world's gem resort island destination. Like, share, and join the cause here: https://www.facebook.com/WearOneForBoracay

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Miss Philippines Earth candidates mobisita sa MisOr

April 25, 2018

Ang Provincial Tourism Department uban si Ms. Peachy Veneracion ang maong VP of Carousel Productions Inc. ang mangulo sa maong kalihukan aron usab ilang mapasigarbuhong mapakita ngadto sa kaubang kandidata ang kaanyag ug katim-os sa mga tourist destinations sa lalawigan. Si reigning Miss Philippines Earth Karen Ibasco mobalik usab sa lalawigan kauban na si Reigning Miss Philippines Fire 2017, Neliza Mortola Bautista aron moabag ug giya kang Chee alang sa ilang nagkadaiyang kalihukan samtang ania sila magpundo sa lalawigan sugod Abril 25 hangtud Abril 27. Gilauman pa nga katorse ka mga kandidata ang mopalanog sa ilang tingog ngadto sa kaulohan ug sa ilang tagsa tagsa ka lugar nga gi-representahan kon unsa kaanyag ug kahayahay magpuyo sa Misamis Oriental. Lakip sa gilaumang mobisita sila si Lea Macapagal Dinalupihan, Bataan; Joana Cristine Dalangin, Lipa City; Jean Nicole De Jesus San Rafael, Bulacan; Annalea Rabe Santa Cruz, Marinduque; Zahra Bianca Saldua, Las Piñas City; Marjorie Vista Malinao, Albay; Ronelie Pador Kalibo, Aklan; Ann Roxal Palmares Passi City; Theressa Anne Mariano, Fil-Queensland, Australia; Weam Ahmed, Davao City; Joanna Krystel Cabrezos, Zamboanga City; Naomie Hannah White, Fil-Sydney, Australia; ug Brazzirie Yanson Fil-Vienna, Austria. Mobisita sila sa Agutayan Island, Sailfin Lizard Sanctuary ug Sagpulon Falls sa lungsod sa Jasaan. Aduna usab usa ka fashion show nga ilang himuon karung Abril 26 sa Centrio Mall sa dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro. PIO

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