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DILG-10 ensures apt training for brgy frontliners

January 4, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA)--"We check, including local government units sa pagpadayon sa paghatag ug kaangayan nga (in continuously providing necessary training on) knowledge and skills."    During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 29, Agabe said aside from providing facility or equipment for COVID-19 response, the government also continuously monitor the skills training needed by LGUs down to the barangay level.    He added that they have coordinated and partnered with the Department of Health (DOH)-10 so barangay frontliners will be given necessary training to further assist DILG, DOH and other concerned government agencies.    "We have directed the provincial and city directors to conduct a survey for the need to conduct additional training. We have the DOH on top especially on COVID-19 response," Agabe added.    On community quarantine classification   For services and interventions of the government provided in a certain area, Agabe said they are also based on the community quarantine classification.   On the other hand, the regional director said the escalation and de-escalation of risk classifications were based on the health care utilization rate of dedicated beds and equipment for COVID-19, daily attack rate, barangay with new cases in the past 14 days, surveillance;   Contact tracing and isolation efficiency, no local transmission from locally stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) index case for two weeks, establishments closed or workers affected, and clusters in workplace, food security and social indicators, and adherence to minimum public health standards.   As of December 29, there are a total of 7,581 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Mindanao, wherein 6,138 have recovered, 222 have expired, and 5,916 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10)

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Bukidnon cacao farmers receive DTI INREMP equipment

January 4, 2021

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Dec. 29 (PIA)—Cacao farmers in Bukidnon will now be able to grow Cacao more efficiently with new equipment that can boost Cacao beans’ quality through proper fermentation and drying. Composed of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), and local government units (LGUs) officials, the group recently turned over a Cacao All-weather Solar Tunnel Dryer with fermentation boxes for each of the three People’s Organizations (POs) in Bukidnon. Three groups will then manage these government’s agricultural support: One is the Buyot Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (BUFA) in Don Carlos town; Basyawon-Kisolop Small Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (BKSUFA) in Kibawe; and the Alliance of Integrated Farmers in San Isidro, Inc. (AIFSI) in Damulog municipality. The Solar Tunnel Dryer is used to improve the quality of Cacao beans through fermentation and drying thereby preserving the rich aroma and taste of cocoa beans. DTI Bukidnon Provincial Director Eriberto Taban-ud Jr, urged the beneficiaries to eventually improve the food chain with the use of the new equipment. “Di nato limtan nga atong sunod nga step niini kung ma-master na nato ang fermentation kay ang atong pag-level up —gikan sa tablea, chocolate, hot cocoa, ug uban pa. (Let’s not forget that the next step after mastering the fermentation is to level-up [the value chain]—from tablea, chocolate, and hot cocoa, among other cocoa foodstuffs),” Taban-ud said. BUFA President Gregorio Perater thanked the DTI and PENRO for the efforts in ensuring that the government’s assistance through Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management-Livelihood Enhancement Support (INREMP-LES 2) Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project will be definitely delivered. “Dako kaayo among kalipay ug nagpasalamat kaayo mi ani nga proyekto tungod kay maayo na man ang ang among pag-proseso panahon sa ting-harvest sa sa among Cacao. Tungod ini, mas mo-taas na pud unya ang presyo sa among pagbaligya sa produkto. (We are so grateful to the government for this grant. With this postharvest equipment that boosts the beans’ quality, Cacao beans can be sold at a premium price),” he said. BKSUFA President Norma Adem, meanwhile, was close to tears upon knowing that BKSUFA was one of the recipients.   “Salamat gyud kaayo sa DTI nga inyo gyud mi gitagaan ug pagtagad. Wala ko nagdahom nga sa krisis nga nahitabo karon sa tibuok kalibutan, maingon nako nga pag-asa gyud ni para sa amoa nga mga mag-uuma kay lu-ag pud among uma sa Cacao dinhi. (Thanks to DTI for helping us. We also have vast Cacao fields here. With the crisis that the world is facing due to the pandemic, you gave us [farmers] high hopes),” Adem said. Kibawe town boasts 54 hectares of Cacao that is expected to bear fruit this year and 57 hectares that will bear fruit next year, while Damulog has 211 hectares of Cacao that is expected to bear fruit this year. Acknowledging the farmers gratefulness, DTI Regional Director Linda Boniao urged farmers to be persevering and steadfast in their goals to earn more. “More DTI programs are coming to help farmers flourish. Ang among tuyo sa pagbisita sa lagyo nga mga lugar mao ang pagtabang nga madugangan ang kita sa atong mga mag-uuma. Busa kung ang DENR nagtabang sa inyong mga pananom, nia pud nisulod ang DTI para madugangan ang inyong kita niining inyong pananom. (In partnership with DENR, we visit far-flung areas to lift people—especially farmers—out of poverty),” Boniao said. (Julie A. Nieva, DTI 10/PIA Bukidnon)

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9 NPA rebels in Bukidnon surrender as CPP marks 52nd anniversary

January 4, 2021

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, Dec. 30 (PIA)—Nine members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered December 26 on the occasion of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) 52nd founding anniversary. The rebels who turned over six high-powered firearms and various ammunition operate under Guerilla Front 68 (GF68). They yielded to the Philippine Army's 1st Special Forces Battalion (1SFBn) based in Mampayag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon under 403rd Infantry Brigade (403Bde) of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID). LtCol. Vercisio San Jose, 1SFBn commander in a statement said two of the nine surrenderers—Arnie Capin alias Lee, 24 years old and Etchel Litan alias Langlang, 21—is a couple who both served as mass organizers of GF68. He bared that Arnie served as CPP-NPA's political instructor, while Etchel as a medical officer. "The couple shared how they were manipulated and exploited by their top leaders. They have come to a realization that the meaningless guerrilla fighting and deceptive communist recruitment in the mountainous communities have only brought intimidation, violence, and socio-economic despair to the people. With the AFP's peace, development, and security operations in partnership with the government agencies and local government units, we are now starting to reap the fruits of our collective efforts to finally end insurgency," LtCol. San Jose said. The 1SFBn commander disclosed that during the initial debriefing, the NPA rebel surrenderers narrated their hardships—along with their exploited comrades in the communist underground movement. They openly admitted that the unbearable physical and psychological exhaustion, extreme emotional depression, rampant financial abuse, involvement in extortion, and other illegal activities eventually made them decide to abandon the communist armed struggle and go back to the folds of the true and legitimate government of the Philippines. Emphasizing the government’s whole-of-nation approach to end insurgency, San Jose urged the remaining NPA rebels in Bukidnon and in all other parts of the country to peacefully surrender. “For those CPP-NPA terrorists who remain entangled in their twisted violent ideology and terroristic ways; to those who prefer not to heed the government’s call for peaceful surrender, the 1st Special Forces Battalion will be relentless in its operations and we will hunt down the enemy until the last communist terrorist element is prevented from waging violence and intimidation to our peace-loving people,” he said. BGen. Ferdinand Barandon, meanwhile, said in an interview aired over 13 KBP-accredited radio stations that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) cascaded down to the provincial, city, municipal, and barangay level with the military and police units as components, facilitated the responsive delivery of government services in the remotest communities and this helped a lot in encouraging the disgruntled communist rebels to abandon their violent armed struggle. “What we see now is the irreversible collapse of the CPP-NPA terror groups in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental and I think this is also happening in other insurgency-affected areas of the country. As the communists celebrate its 52nd founding anniversary of lies, violence, corruption, and exploitation on 26 December 2020, their guerrilla units are breaking down to their ultimate defeat as manifested by the continuous influx of surrenderers in the past years and recent months. These NPA rebels may have finally reached their breaking point as they realize the meaningless fighting and exploitation of their CPP-NPA leaders,” Barandon said. (Inf PA/PIA Bukidnon)

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USAID O2 presents OSY potentials to industries

January 4, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 31 (PIA)--To acquaint industries with the potentials of out-of-school youth, a hub-wide forum gathered USAID Opportunity 2.0’s (USAID O2) partners from the private establishments based in Mindanao. The event tagged as “Upskilled and Ready: An Agile Workforce for the Economic Reboot” is conducted to inform the private establishments that out-of-school youth are upskilled and ready workers. They are trained in various interventions through Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System and skills training under Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and thus, they are helpful for businesses as economy opens and starts rebuilding and revitalizing. Moreover, the forum also brought out-of-school youth closer to the actual scene of employment. USAID O2 is partnering with private sector in implementing their plans, programs and projects. The forum featured a session flow that opened series of topics in relation to the importance of having technically competent and highly adaptable workforce as the country bounces back from the effects of COVID-19 health crisis. Speaker and Integrated Communications Strategist Eugene Claravall explained the values and common truths of the current young generation or Generation Z, where the out-of-school youth belong. 2.9M of Philippines’ total population is out-of-school youth. This population is a group of young dreamers and are striving for a better future. They want to be always present and be connected and desired their parents to respect their voices. They also believe that happiness is a personal design, a choice and happy life is a fulfilling life. Thus, one should choose to be happy. Gen Zs believe in the mantra,  “Kaya ko ‘to! G lang nang G with all negativities around.” Gen Zs are also resilient, the kind of attitude that will not easily surrender. Generation Z people also cling to the idea that family is eternal. For them, optimism is fueled by faith, hope and salvation “Diskarte, lakas ng loob, sipag at sakripisyo are means to realize dreams… and Generation Z are also known for “Malasakit” (Strategies, courage and sacrifices are means to realize dreams. Generation Z are also known for Malasakit, the feeling of treating others as their family),” Claravall shared, implying that businesses could take advantage of these admirable traits of youth by training and eventually employing them. On the other hand, another event speaker, Dr. Carl Balita of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry discussed that the youth and even the general public is experiencing the challenges of a “VUCA World.” VUCA is a modern term and abbreviation that means volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. He said that people are in the time and place of “Volatility” where things change rapidly. There is “Uncertainty” and everyone are already unclear about the present. The world is as well bombarded with “Complexity,” where people are faced with multiple key decision factors. Finally, in a VUCA World, there is “Ambiguity.” There is a lack of clarity about meanings. Piling to these are difficulties brought about by the pandemic like closure of businesses, unemployment, overwhelmed economics and virus scare, among others. People are pressed down, he said. Balita suggested that in order for a person to manage every difficulty, he must turn around meaning of VUCA which is having a vision, achieving understanding, clarity and being agile. He said that having agility is a key factor of an individual for him to be a good contributor to a business in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. Being agile is the ability to adapt quickly with change, grow aligned with the vision, innovate customer-centrism, learn to learn and execute collaboratively. The forum also featured success stories of Filipino youth under USAID, presentation of Opportunity 2.0 interventions and a panel discussion. Opportunity 2.0 is a P1.9 billion program, funded by United States Agency for International Development that will improve education, employment and livelihood outcomes for out-of-school youth across 12 cities in the country until 2025. (IJBD/PIA10)

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Villanueva mayor seeks to balance agri, industrial dev't in 2021

January 4, 2021

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Jan. 4 (PIA)--"There are two sides to the Villanueva economy: one where large locators of the Phividec Industrial Estates are situated; while the other depends on agriculture." Mayor Jennie Rosalie Uy-Mendez, guest in the first episode of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar’s Network Briefing News, January 4, shared there needs to be a balance between the industrial and agricultural sector. The choice to become industrial, she said, was not from the local government unit but in the 1970s and 1980s when Villanueva and Tagoloan was chosen to become Phividec areas now known as Phividec Industrial Authority. Meanwhile, since then many industries have existed, Mendez said, “It has such a positive influence in our community in terms of giving employment opportunities to our people, but I also want to develop our agricultural sector together with the industrial sector. Our products are rice, corn, banana, mangoes, cacao, and these products i believe can also be used in food processing.” The mayor added that they have two public markets that are in the works for 2021. One is the existing public market in Barangay Katipunan. It’s undergoing a major renovation right now with a terminal for tricycles, trisikads and habal-habal, for easier access to the markets, and has its parking space. She said they are also developing a new market near the national highway, municipal hall complex, and to a public terminal soon to rise in 2021. The whole town is 100 percent electrified, Mendez said. The upgrading of power sub-station in Villanueva as a project of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Mindanao backbone was installed in the last sitio of Villanueva town that had no electricity. Since putting up the substation, investments will expand, businesses will boom even the rural areas, said Mendez, because as she related, few years ago, the roads have been concretized, but electricity was the missing piece of the puzzle. "Now that it has power, I know investment and developments will expand beyond the Phividec Industrial Authority," she added. Meanwhile, the Villanueva Food Market has been one of the programs the Municipal Government of Villanueva has done amid the pandemic. With the use of social media, the LGU’s Food Market is able to sell online using social media with local goods such as processed fish, bagoong, kakanin, handicrafts like lampshade paper, rugs, etc. "This time, the town’s products are known. They have seen our products because of social media when we go live. These are products of fishermen’s wives," Mendez said. The year 2020 has been full of ironies, said the mayor, because they were forced to slow down, not because of choice but of circumstance. Before the pandemic they wanted to make use of social media but people wanted to see in person the activities and products, but during the pandemic, they were able to push social media marketing. The mayor said, "Life has its ups and downs and its seasons, but in every season, there is wisdom and that it is important to always be positive to receive even more blessings." (JMOR/PIA10)

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DICT MC3 commends DigitalJobsPh online freelancers from Marawi

January 4, 2021

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 30 -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology Mindanao Cluster 3 (DICT MC3) commended 20 Maranao graduates for completing the DigitalJobsPH Technical Training during their graduation ceremony video conference on December 21, Monday at College of Information Technology, Mindanao State University (MSU) Marawi.   Aligned with the livelihood program under Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery program, the technical training aims to equip internally displaced and disadvantaged talents with information-and-communications technology (ICT) skills for the online freelancing industry.     It is also one of DICT's interventions under the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa government program to provide a sustainable livelihood for those who returned to their home province from cities in response to the declining country's socioeconomic status due to COVID-19 that resulted in unemployment and business closures.   11 of the graduates who persistently completed the training in rigorous seven-week blended learning from November to December of this year were able to receive financial income after securing local and foreign clients outsourcing online tasks and jobs.    “To be online Filipino workers or OFWs, you are not required to travel in big cities locally and abroad in order to have jobs but instead in the comfort of one’s home with just computer equipment and internet connection," said DICT MC3 Regional Director Alimbzar P. Asum.   He also stressed the importance of applying ICT skills learned from the training to improve the consumer reach of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).   “I would like to congratulate each and every one of you who bring success to DigitalJobsPH Technical Training in Marawi City now that this adds and enhances your skills in ICT to increase your job qualifications and you might even help fellow Maranao businessmen in advertising and marketing their products and services using social media platforms or build up your own business," he said to the graduates.   Asum further noted that DICT shall establish digital hubs and deploy more free public Wi-Fi access points in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur province as a whole to accommodate the people with free ICT resources in performing online jobs and transactions as this will eliminate their burden from having limited computer devices and unstable internet connectivity.   Graduates and trainers poured their appreciation to DICT MC3’s effort in offering technical training in their community and shared their experience of learning the ICT skills set they used to acquire online jobs through which overall hard work resulted in a positive effect on their lives.   DigitalJobsPH Technical Training for this year was made possible in partnership with MSU Marawi.   Dean of College of Information Technology Professor Maimona Marohomsalic-Asum expressed her congratulatory message to the graduates and ensured continuous support in implementing extension project similar to the mandate of the academic institution such as collaboration with DICT in providing technical skills to individuals belonging to the community where maintaining peace and development is the core objective. (DICT Lanao del Sur)

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