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Agri dept continues call for urban gardening

August 3, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--The Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 strengthens its call for urban gardening, as it continues to provide 340 packets of assorted vegetable seeds to clients, July 30 at the agency compound. Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla, who handed the vegetable seeds to stakeholders noted, “With food security concerns due to the ongoing health crisis, the department is pushing for urban gardening through its Plant, Plant, Plant program. With this, we can ensure safe, accessible and available food at the comfort of our own homes.” Receiving 240 packets of Sinigang (radish, kangkong, tomato, pole sitaw, okra) seeds on behalf of Macasandig National High School is Darcy F. Durban, who shared, they will be distributing said vegetable packets during the school’s parents’ orientation for their “My Pet Plant” project. Said project is a psychosocial initiative from the Department of Education, Division of Cagayan de Oro which aims to give vegetable seeds to children, who will monitor the plant’s growth and development while integrating such activity to the school curriculum. For his part, Nicasio Opon, Agriculture Committee Chair from Claveria town, who received 100 packets of pinakbet seeds said, they will be distributing them to their residents to encourage them to plant their own vegetables at their backyards during these trying times. With this, Bajarla urges the public to visit the agency to avail of the free vegetable seeds while local government units and various groups may send a letter of intent to request for the said seeds. (DA10/PIA10)

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DA-10 validates potential beneficiaries for COVID-19 response project

August 3, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--To ensure a stable source of food and livelihood during this health crisis, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 makes its rounds of validating recipients for its livestock and poultry production and livelihood project starting July 20. DA-10 Livestock Program coordinator Ma. Lourdes M. Sypiecco shared, “The program seeks to expand production areas as well as provide assistance to beneficiaries in producing their own food and giving them an opportunity to gain additional income amid the ongoing pandemic.” Last April, Secretary William D. Dar issued a memorandum directing agencies, bureaus, regional offices and banner programs to refocus all of its activities and budget under the General Appropriations Act to provide programs and activities as response to the effects brought by COVID-19. With this, the Expanded Livestock and Poultry Production and Livelihood Project for COVID-19 Response is provided under Memorandum Circular no. 21 series of 2020. Through said interventions, DA through its Livestock Program is set to give out one module Free Range Chicken (1:5 male to female) and 3 bags of feeds per qualified beneficiary around September-October, this year. Potential beneficiaries are members of farmer-cooperatives and associations, with at least 15 members who were interviewed and evaluated accordingly in the different provinces of Region 10 such as Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte, Camiguin and Bukidnon to be determined after its validation, August 4-5. (DA10/PIA10)

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RDC bares NorMin's accomplishments amid COVID-19 contagion

August 3, 2020

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, August 1 (PIA)--Despite the health and economic crisis brought about by coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 contagion, Regional Development Council (RDC)-10 Chair and Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan said Region 10 still has one of the fastest-growing economies in Mindanao. "We are number one in pineapple and cattle production; number two for crops such as sugarcane, banana and coconut, corn, tomato, papaya and cassava; and number three for chicken production and swine; number four for gold;  and number five for rubber," Tan said during the CORDS-X Podcast with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, August 1.  Northern Mindanao is 83 percent rice sufficient, he added.  For corn, the region is in excess with 114 percent corn sufficiency. He added that the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 has been supporting the farmers as well as the processors in the agriculture industry. This year, the agriculture sector has been given enough funding for rice and corn seeds, and fertilizers.   Social services For social protection, a total of 244, 453 households are under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program while there are 5,700 beneficiaries of livelihood, business, and employment assistance including the youth, solo parents and persons with disability.  About 24,511 informal sectors and workers were also given immediate aid through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Workers (TUPAD), 6,000 beneficiaries for Special Program and Employment for Students (SPES) and 2,000 Government Internship Program beneficiaries. For the underweight children, the region was able to give proper meals through the supplementary feeding programs with 13,000 beneficiaries while there are 148,000 indigent senior citizens covered under the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. For clients who need immediate cash assistance, 49,000 individuals were served through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) . As for the crime rate in the region, the Philippine National Police has recorded a decrease from 28.56 percent for every 100,000 population in 2018 to 27.18 percent in 2019. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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AboitizPower recognized anew as FTSE4Good constituent

August 3, 2020

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, July 31 (PIA)--Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower) continues to be recognized as a constituent company in the FTSE4Good Index Series. AboitizPower is the mother company of Hedcor which has been operating two of its largest run-of-river facilities in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. The FTSE4Good Index Series, created by global index provider FTSE Russell, measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products. AboitizPower has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria and has satisfied the requirements to become a FTSE4Good Index Series constituent. The company has sustained its rating in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2018. “Being a FTSE4Good constituent for three years in a row is a major accomplishment for us. This affirms that we are on the right track with our commitment to being sustainable and drives us to continue strengthening our ESG standards and practices,” said Emmanuel V. Rubio, AboitizPower president, and chief executive officer. Environmental concerns With sustainability at its core, AboitizPower is steadfast in its commitment to providing reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy. And in its forefront is Hedcor—AboitizPower’s pioneering renewable energy company--having been in the business since the 1970’s.  Hedcor has since helped provide a good foundation to Cleanergy, AboitizPower’s renewable energy portfolio. To date, AboitizPower has a net sellable capacity of 1,200MW from 29 Cleanergy facilities, 22 of which are run-of-river facilities run by Hedcor. In the next 10 years, AboitizPower is looking to significantly expand its Cleanergy portfolio. Sixty-five percent (65%) of its new capacities will be sourced from renewables, resulting in an almost 50:50 thermal and Cleanergy capacity mix by 2029. This is also in support of the government’s efforts to further promote renewable energy (RE) in the country and is AboitizPower’s contribution to the global RE target. Social aid Over the years, AboitizPower has built strong partnerships with its host communities and local government units (LGUs).  The company has fully supported the disbursement of Energy Regulations 1-94 (ER 1-94) to host beneficiaries. The ER 1-94 Program is a policy under the Department of Energy (DOE) Act of 1992 and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), which stipulates that a host community will get a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour (P0.01/kWh) generated by power plants operating in its area.  In the case of Hedcor, the ER 1-94 program is being enjoyed by host communities such as the Province of Bukidnon, Municipalities of Manolo Fortich and Impasugong, and six other barangays. The fund can be used for the electrification of areas or households that have no access to power, development and livelihood programs, as well as reforestation, watershed management, health, and environmental enhancement initiatives. In light of the pandemic, host communities were also allowed to utilize ER 1-94 funds for their COVID-19 responses. To date, the AboitizPower group has turned over around Php 462 million worth of ER 1-94 funds to support host LGUs in their fight against COVID-19. Commitment to governance AboitizPower firmly believes that commitment to good corporate governance is integral to a sustainable business. It benchmarks its governance practices on the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard, with particular focus on five key areas—rights of shareholders, equitable treatment of shareholders, the role of stakeholders, disclosure and transparency, and responsibilities of the board. As a testament to this commitment, AboitizPower was recognized as one of the best-managed companies in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region. In November 2018, AboitizPower was lauded for being one of the top-performing publicly-listed companies (PLC) at the 2nd ASEAN Corporate Governance Awards ceremony held in Malaysia. In 2019, the company also received recognition from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) as among the top-performing PLC in the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS).  AboitizPower continues to build on its strong corporate governance by constantly reviewing and improving its practices and controls, to ensure that it remains sustainable and relevant to future generations. “We recognize that we still have a long way to go in terms of sustainability, but we are proud of what we have achieved so far despite the challenges we are facing today. This inspires us to continuously learn and improve, so we can continue to create long-term benefits for our stakeholders,” added Rubio. (Hedcor-AboitizPower/PIA Bukidnon)

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Misor cops hunt down suspecs in Alubijid killings

August 3, 2020

ALUBIJID, Misamis Oriental--Police yesterday launched massive manhunt operations against the five armed who barged inside a house in this town on Sunday night. Police Colonel Robert Roy V. Bahian, Provincial Director of Police Provincial Police Office, said policemen are still conducting massive operations to arrest the suspects who shot dead 35-year-old Jonmar Rago and 39-year-old Paquito Abragan. Bahian said the Bonnet-wearing suspects barged inside the house of Abragan around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday. Bahian said based on an eyewitness account that the suspects gained entrance at the house using the back door at the kitchen area. Few minutes later, Bahian said the witness heard a gunfire rang out thrice. Bahian said Rago succumbed to gunshot wounds on his middle chest and on his left and right ribs while Abrangan succumbed to gunshot wounds on the middle of his chest and in the head. Bahian could not give the motive behind the killings but said police investigators are stilling to determine the motive of the bloody incident.

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Misor police ready to face 'neo-normal'

August 3, 2020

BALINGASAG, Misamis Oriental--A top-ranking police official in Misamis Oriental yesterday said that the local police is ready to meet the challenges in this time of neo-normal amid the health crisis brought about by the Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) Police Colonel Robert Roy V. Bahian, Provincial Director of Police Provincial Police Office (PPO), said the local police is just implementing the minimum health protocol based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). "We are now in neo-normal meaning it is but normal for us to wear face masks, observe physical distancing and follow health protocol to avoid being contaminated with the virus," Bahian  said. He said that aside from helping local healt care workers, the local police is also doing its best to continue the drive against illegal drugs. Police Major Cecelio Q. Orcullo, chief of Balingasag Police Station, said his men are now busy in helping local health workers in ensuring that the virus will not spread. "The job of the local police is to help health in the containment of an area," sad Orcullo after the IATF order a dstrict hospital in Balingasag town closed for 14 days due to the reported local transmissions of Covid-19. The district hospital is located in Barangay 3, als in Balingasag town. He said the IATF ordered the district hospital closed since August 1. Captain mark Allan Dungca, chief of Tagoloan Police Station, said that the Covid-19 did not stop his team from conducting massive campaign against illegal drugs. As a result, Dungca said that his men have already arrested six individuals engaged in illegal drug trade. Also in July, Dungca said that a certain Michael Dagus Fernanez, considered one of the high-value targets in Tagoloan town was arrested. In the month of July alone said Dungca that his men managed to arrest six individuals engaged in illegal drug trade. "This aside from our tasks in helping local health workers in the containment of a certain area," he said. He also said that the local police is also implementing curfew [from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.] and is implementing local ordinances in line with Covid-19.

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