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Munai town farmers receive cash aid to boost rice prod'n

May 14, 2020

Munai, Lanao del Norte, May 11 – Three hundred twenty-five rice farmers in said town received cash aid under DA's Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) through its distribution of reference codes. Each rice farmer-beneficiary can encash one's reference code in any MLhuiller outlet, amounting to Php5,000. RFFA is the government's financial aid to rice farmers with 0.5 hectare but not exceeding two hectares, who are affected with the liberalization of rice imports in the country through the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law. DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) Carlene C. Collado urged the recipients to invest the amount on farm inputs to boost their farm production at the same time sustain their needs, amid the COVID-19 health crisis. "Instead of spending the money on non-essential goods and activities, it is more important these days to be wise in using the money for food production and help the government improve and develop the agriculture sector of Munai," he said. Meanwhile, Munai Mayor Racma D. Andamama, expressed her appreciation with the financial assistance her farmer-constituents have received apart from the previous and pipelined projects of DA-10 for the town. "We are grateful for having been granted with the agricultural assistance of DA-10, and we hope that the department will continue to give support to our farmers and the locals to utilize Munai's fertile land, turning it into a food basket of Northern Mindanao," the mayor said. Said undertaking is the department's last leg for its RFFA distribution, rounding up a total of 6,983 rice farmers from the 15 benefitting towns and city, in the province of Lanao del Norte. # (EMB)

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Aggie dept preps up rice farmers' subsidy in MisOcc, MisOr provinces

May 13, 2020

Aiming for an efficient delivery of the government's assistance to small rice farmers, the DA-Regional Field Office 10 thru OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado convened to discuss on the procedures of the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) distribution, in the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental in Northern Mindanao. The Php3 billion national budget on FSRF program is DA's another immediate intervention to augment the production and needs of small rice farmers affected by the low buying price of palay in effect of the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law. With the program's cash subsidy of Php5,000 each, farmer-beneficiaries with rice farm area of one hectare and below can also cope up with the emerging global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), the department will continue to distribute the financial assistance amid tight community quarantine (CQ) measures, to qualified farmers identified by the provincial agriculture offices, who are also listed under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA). In a meeting with LBP Acting Marketing Assistant Hazelle D. Ybañez, RED Collado said, with the tight measures in the quarantined areas, the local governments and the municipal agriculture offices (MAOs) of the provinces must have control and anticipate the large number of beneficiaries who will be accommodated each day, conforming physical distancing policy inside the designated banks. "Considering the huge number of beneficiaries, especially in MisOcc, DA will coordinate with the governor and other government officials, ahead of time to discuss on the program's processing flow, without defying the LGUs' CQ protocols," Collado stressed. In response to DA's concern on the CQ measures, LBP has scheduled the list of claimants per day to avoid overcrowding during the distribution. Ybañez also cited, that its servicing branches have also prepared a separate waiting area far from the counter to accommodate one farmer at a time. Early this year, 2,620 rice farmers received DA's first FSRF distribution amounting to Php13.1 million, while the remaining 7,266 farmers from MisOcc (6,544) and MisOr (722) will be expected to line up in the designated LBP branches for the cash assistance, starting May 15. In a meeting with the municipal agriculture officers in MisOr  and LBP servicing branches, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga stated, that the regional office will give an advance notice in case of possible changes, due to the changing CQ measures implemented by the LGUs between boundaries of the cities and towns in the provinces. #

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DA, PLGU to expand agri dev’t in Lanao del Norte

May 12, 2020

The Department of Agriculture in Region 10 (DA-10), led by OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado audience with Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo on May 11, 2020 to discuss ways forward in the implementation of priority agricultural projects in the province. During the meeting, RED Collado presented various agricultural interventions implemented and lined up for implementation in the province under DA’s banner programs. Among the highlighted DA-10 interventions and assistance to the province (COVID-related and regular projects) are: 1. Distribution of P34.8-million (M) Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) to 6,970 rice farmers in the province under the Rice Program. 2. Distribution of 61,588 bags fertilizers, 16,681 bags inbred rice seeds and 3,629 bags hybrid rice seeds subsidy through DA's Rice Resiliency Program. 3. Turnover of P5.1-M worth of farm machineries to the local government unit (LGU) of Munai under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program. 4. Turnover of 4 units Incubator worth Php204,000 to LGU Tubod, Lanao del Norte Agricultural College (LNAC) in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, and Tago Ranao Farmers Association under the Livestock Program. 5. Distribution of assorted vegetable seeds for the province's home gardening campaign. Issues and concerns raised by the Governor were noted and underscored by DA-10 for appropriate actions by the agency. RED Collado disclosed in the meeting, DA-10 will be prioritizing Lanao Norte's hinterland LGUs in its future agricultural plans and programs, as part of the agency's inclusive and expansive agricultural development agenda. #

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35, 740 MORESCO – 1 Lifeline consumers get free electricity for one month

May 11, 2020

The effects of the COVID – 19 pandemic as deeply felt in the different regions of the Philippines especially in the far-flung municipalities moved the MORESCO – 1 Board of Directors to approve the “”Pantawid Liwanag” program for all the residential “lifeline consumers” with electricity consumption of no more than 35 kilowatt-hours within a billing period or billing month.     MORESCO- 1, while a non-stock and non-profit electric cooperative, will be subsidizing 35, 740 residential lifeline consumers equivalent to 5 million pesos with this program.     Bringing to life the goal of providing service beyond electricity, MORESCO-1, through the Pantawid Liwanag program aims to not only aid its member-consumer-owners during this time of crisis but also be in solidarity with them.     The beneficiaries of this program will be granted free electricity for the billing due for April 2020. This is the cooperative’s small way of helping alleviate the distress of member-consumer-owners who are greatly affected by this crisis. More than that, this is MORESCO-1’s support to the synchronized and unified Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the 121 Electric Cooperatives in the country.     The “Pantawid Liwanag” program is part of the rural electrification sector’s contribution to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a CSR program led by the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (PHILRECA) and supported by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

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Globe partners with DOST to improve COVID-19 reporting and tracing via TanodCOVID

May 11, 2020

As the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Globe continues to do its part in keeping families connected during these challenging times, while assisting organizations and government agencies in flattening the curve. Through its innovative developer group Globe Labs, the telco giant is once again taking new steps by partnering with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) for the implementation of a new online platform called TanodCOVID.     An SMS-based self-reporting platform, TanodCOVID aims to improve the country’s capacity to trace suspected COVID-19 cases. A program funded by DOST-PCHRD, TanodCOVID was developed by Ateneo Center for Computing Competency and Research (ACCCRe) of Ateneo de Manila University, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Manila – National Telehealth Center (UP-NTHC) and the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau. It is linked to the Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (FASSSTER) – a web-based disease modeling and surveillance platform for COVID19, which aims to gather and present data on the country’s battle against COVID-19.     Local residents experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, breathing difficulties, and/or diarrhea, are encouraged to inform health officials of their condition by texting their LGU’s verified number. Reports sent through the platform are handled immediately with locals receiving calls from health officials to verify the report, request for additional information, and provide guidelines on the next steps to receive treatment. Verified reports from TanodCOVID may be used to detect clustering of suspected cases that can be indicative of possible outbreak in an area.     Globe will be providing LGU partners and their constituents access and use of TanodCOVID free of any mobile charges to enable them to maximize the use of the platform, and assure the effective and real-time reporting across participating communities. The service is currently available in select areas such as Malabon City and Mandaluyong City in Luzon, the municipality of Maigo in Lanao del Norte, municipalities of Puerto Galera and Bongabong in Oriental Mindoro, municipality of San Jose in Romblon, municipality of Jabonga in Agusan del Norte, and Valencia City in Bukidnon.       “Through TanodCOVID, we aim to add more value to our services by enabling our customers and their communities safeguard their health and safety especially during present circumstances, where access to immediate testing and healthcare prove to be more difficult,” said Albert de Larrazabal, Chief Commercial Officer at Globe.     Apart from enabling locals to report cases, TanodCOVID also provides LGUs access to data on reported symptoms to better serve their communities – as well as to isolate cases and prevent further spread.     To stay updated on the latest COVID-19 developments, Globe mobile and broadband customers are also given free access to the official websites of the Department of Health (DOH) and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).     Globe stands with the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to assist frontliners, organizations, and communities through its products and services.  Learn more how you can join the fight via https://www.globe.com.ph/stay-safe-at-home.html.

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LANDBANK continues cash aid distribution to rice farmers amid COVID-19

May 9, 2020

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has paid out over P308 million to over 60,000 farmer-beneficiaries listed under the Department of Agriculture’s Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) initiative.      LANDBANK said that as of April 22, a total of 61,564 rice farmers across 26 provinces have received financial assistance from this program. These farmers were largely affected by quarantine measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.      Small rice farmers tilling farms with an area of one hectare or less received P5,000 each through the existing LANDBANK SURE Aid (Expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance Program for Rice Farmers) and RFFA (Rice Farmer Financial Assistance) Cash Cards.       LANDBANK is also preparing to release cash grants to more rice farmers covering 34 provinces nationwide pending the list of additional beneficiaries from DA. Farmer-beneficiaries will claim the cash subsidy over-the-counter from designated LANDBANK Branches.      “We are in close coordination with the DA to supplement the income of our small rice farmers and their families the soonest possible time. This forms part of LANDBANK’s intensified support to the agriculture sector, which belongs to the most vulnerable sectors during this COVID-19 crisis,” said LANDBANK President Cecilia C. Borromeo.       LANDBANK’s financial aid distribution is in support of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government for the implementation of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”      For more updates, please refer to the official LANDBANK social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram (@landbankofficial) and on Twitter (@LBP_Official) or via the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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