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Russia claims developing "first" coronavirus vaccine

August 12, 2020

RUSSIA (MDN International News Service) - No less than Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that his country developed the 'first vaccine' against the deadly coronavirus disease. The new development is considered by President Putin as a proof of its excellence in scientific reseach. Russia is said to be the first to grant regulatory approval to the new vaccine after several months of human testing. The recent discovery of this covid-19 vaccine, the president said, highlights the country's strong determination to win aginst hundreds of countries of the world that join the race to developed a safe and fit for human vaccine. Putin announced the new vaccine was developed by Gamaleya Institute "was safe and his daughter was even among the first to have tested the vaccine. “I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” confirms Putin, adding his daughter was among those who was tested of the vaccine. The discovery and confirmation of the vaccine to be effective paves the way for the injection of the vaccine to all Russians. This, even if the final stage of the clinical trials to test for safety and effectiveness is still ongoing.    Putin said that he is hoping the country would start mass production of the vaccine and distributed right away to all Russians. But the approval of the Health Ministry, clearly signals the president's strong support of the vaccine. This, even as there are other vaccines being developed in Russia.

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DA’s Agri 4Ps to boost CDO’s food adequacy

August 12, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA)--With its thrust to increase food sufficiency across the region, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 dispensed a total of 585 packets of assorted vegetable seeds to the different offices within the city. DA-RFO 10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, who handed over the seed interventions, said each packet of the veggie seeds, weighing 36 grams can cover up to 1,000 square meter area. Said intervention is part of DA Secretary William Dar’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program, also known as Agri 4Ps. It targets to increase the country’s food adequacy level, especially amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients include Tamboboan and Kauswagan barangay councils; Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP); Philippine National Police–Regional Maritime Unit (PNP-RMU)-10; and the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO). They received the Pinakbet variant (5-in-1) of veggie seeds, consisting of ampalaya, okra, string beans, squash and eggplant. Aside from the Pinakbet variant, PCUP has also availed the Sinigang 5-in-1 packet, which consists of kangkong, radish, tomato, string beans and okra. Barangays Tamboboan and Kauswagan will hold an urban gardening contest in their respective barangays to showcase the produce of the vegetable seeds obtained from DA. “Through this activity, the locals will be encouraged to start their own vegetable gardens, where they can get nutritious food during the health crisis,” the barangay representative said. PCUP-Fields Operations Division for Mindanao Assistant Regional Director Cynthia B. Rosales said the seeds will be used for their Urban Container Gardening Project in collaboration with the Agricultural Productivity Office (APO). APO will assist in the provision of technical expertise during training in select barangays to pilot the project. Rosales said the seeds will be given as start-up seeds to the participants of the training, while PCUP will monitor the commitments of involved barangays who will be engaging the gardening activity. Meanwhile, PNP-RMU 10 will share the seeds to all its stations for backyard gardening to benefit its personnel and locals nearby. Further, CLENRO will also distribute the packets of seeds to their beneficiaries in the hinterland barangays of the city, who have their own communal gardens. (DA10/PIA10)

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DA’s backyard gardening gets boost with DepEd CDO’s pet plant project

August 12, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--Schools in Cagayan de oro City, including Pagatpat National High School (PNHS), strengthen DA’s advocacy to engage in backyard gardening amid the ongoing pandemic thru the ‘My Pet Plant’ project. The initiative of the Department of Education (DepEd)-CDO is seen as a psychosocial activity that students can productively and safely do while integrating it to their school subjects, as they adopt a modular mode of learning triggered by the COVID-19 health crisis. In support, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 thru Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga turned over 150 packets of Sinigang composed of Radish, Kangkong, Tomato, Pole Sitaw and Okra seeds to Jovel P. Flores, Teacher I of PNHS. The granted request is in time for the distribution of said provisions during the parents’ orientation of the said project.  “With the given seeds, children can nurture and monitor the growth and development of plants,” Flores said. He added that DA has extended a great help with the provision of free seeds. Aligned with DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program (Agri 4Ps), the ‘My Pet Plant’ project is on track towards contributing to sustained food production, accessibility, and affordability, especially during this trying time. As of August 3, a total of 3,608 vegetable seed packets were distributed to various city schools for the said project. (DA10/PIA10)

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Bayanihan—AFP’s inspiring way of building makeshift schools for IPs

August 12, 2020

SAN FERNANDO, Bukidnon, Aug. 10 (PIA)--In far Sitio Laburon, Matupe village in San Fernando town, teams of soldiers and parent volunteers who did the carpentry and masonry works of the makeshift schools recently witnessed the turnover of seven school buildings to the Department of Education (DepEd).   In a simple turnover ceremony, 89th Infantry Battalion (89IB) commander Lt. Col. Silas Trasmontero shared that they were sent on a very challenging mission of building schools for the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the hinterlands and fulfilled it through “Bayanihan (unity and cooperation).” He explained that Bayanihan’s new example in the conduct of operations is ‘winning the peace’ by giving weight to the long-term and equally important effects of military operations on the people’s way of life and their well-being. "It pains us to see grade school children walking more than three kilometers from home to school, more so during rainy days because they need to cross creeks and streams. These structures could help lighten our IP children's daily struggle just to be schooled. We want to send a stark message that the government is here for them,” Trasmontero said. He also announced that five of these seven makeshift schools were built in Sitio Balao, Sitio Malungon, and Sitio Lugawon in barangay Kalagangan; Sitio Binasalan in barangay Cabuling; and Sitio Laburon in barangay Matupe, all in far-off areas of San Fernando town. The other two are in Kitaotao municipality situated at Salumayag and Kalinawan sub-villages of barangay Digongan that border the two adjoining towns. Trasmontero also pointed out the help of local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations, private sector, and even communities, which is vital in working smoothly on the project in the hinterlands where insurgency thrives. While describing that in the past, fine soldiery meant firing the guns of war and making a body count of enemies who fell in combat, 89IB civil-military operations officer Capt. Milbert Bonzato said the Philippine Army’s “Bayanihan spirit” measures a soldier’s success based on peacekeeping and peacebuilding works being done on the ground. "There are real needs here and we are doing our best to try to meet them. There are vulnerable people here," Bonzato said. Brigadier General Nolasco Mempin, commander of the 1003rd Brigade in his keynote message clarified that the newly established IP schools are made of wood and cement, with galvanized iron roofs and aggregate footings. Each structure has two classrooms big enough to accommodate 25 to 30 learners per classroom, he indicated. “Things will change, and change again. But we must try to remember that no matter how substandard the facilities and resources of the location are, this is what the locals have and they are doing their best with what they have. And we must keep in mind that they [IPs] will continue to do the Bayanihan after we, as missionaries, leave because they got by before we showed up. Peace cannot be kept by force. It can be achieved by understanding,” Mempin said. He disclosed that these schools will replace those built by some left-leaning groups that have already been closed. Consequently, tribal chieftain Datu Lito Gambay lauded the government for putting up the said tribal schools. “We are very happy with the construction of these custom-tailored Lumad schools because our children will no longer have to hurdle the day-to-day hardships especially when it rains. Besides, we don’t want our children to be deceived by the NPA’s ‘fake’ schools. We want our children to have a bright future with the government under President Duterte,” the tribal chief said in dialect. Similarly, Vice-mayor Edwin Abucayan who represented the mayor of Kitaotao town commendably thanked the 89IB soldiers and the parents who worked with no pay just to build the IP schools. Bukidnon Schools Division Superintendent Randolph Tortola, meanwhile, reported that DepEd has registered more than 400 IP learners from the said far-flung areas. “Though classroom learning is yet to resume due to COVID-19, still, students will have something to look forward to, especially that these children are more than eager and ready to attend classes,” he shared. San Fernando mayor Levi Edma, for his part, thanked the Philippine Army for the inspiring triumph of the troops and the residents who volunteered to build such schools. Edma urged the beneficiaries in each community to give their full support to the government because in return, he said “the local government commits to take care of the schoolchildren’s needs, including the salaries of teachers as schools open on August 24.” (RLRB/PIA Bukidnon)

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Guinsiliban SK celebrates Linggo ng Kabataan

August 12, 2020

GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, Aug. 11 (PIA)—With the theme, “Youth Engagement for Global Action,” the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Guinsiliban celebrates the Linggo ng Kabataan and International Youth Day with various lined-up activities. On August 12, Guinsiliban SK will conduct the Inter-Barangay SK Tiktok Challenge, and the Oplan Linis Kabataan at Baywalk, Liong, August 14. Another clean-up drive will be held at Cabuan Coastal Village and Mt. Cardo, North Poblacion, August 21 and 22, respectively. To strengthen the SK’s anti-child labor campaign, the SK will conduct the inspection and spot check of establishments at Barangays Liong and Maac, August 26.  On the same day, the SK will also hold the Operation Baklas-Tobacco Control at North and South Poblacion. An outreach program, Serbisyo Caravan, will be held at Barangay Butay, August 28.  Strictly observing the minimum public health standards and further urge engagement of the youth in the midst of COVID-19 crisis, Guinsiliban SK will also hold the Quaran Selfie Video Challenge, Musikabataan Singing-Songwriting Competition, Poster Making Contest, and the National Heroes Look-a-Like Challenge.  The Linggo ng Kabataan Awarding Ceremony 2020 will be held at the Municipal Hall, August 31. (RTP/PIA10) Cebuano News: Guisiliban SK gasaulog sa Linggo ng Kabataan GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, Aug. 11 (PIA)--Nakaangkla sa temang, "Youth Engagement for Global Action," ang Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) sa Guinsiliban magsaulog sa Linggo ng Kabataan ug International Youth Day pinaagi sa nagkalain-laing kalihokan. Sa Agosto 12, ang Guinsiliban SK magpahigayon sa Inter-Barangay SK Tiktok Challenge, ug Oplan Linis Kabataan sa Baywalk, Liong, Agosto 14.  Lain pang pagpanghinlo nga kalihokan ang buhaton sa Cabuan Coastal Village ug Mt. Cardo, North Poblacion, Agosto 21 ug 22. Aron mapahingusgan ang ilang kampanya batok child labor, ang SK magpahigayon ug inspection ug spot check sa mga establisemento sa Barangay Liong ug Maac, Agosto 26.  Sa susamang adlaw, ipahigayon usab ang Operation Baklas-Tobacco Control sa North ug South Poblacion. Usa ka outreach program, Serbisyo Caravan, ang buhaton sa Barangay Butay, Agosto 28. Aron ma-awhag ang mga kabatan-onan nga makiglambigit sa mga kalihokan bisan pa man sa krisis panglawas nga gi-atubang tungod sa COVID-19, magpahigayon ang Guinsiliban SK sa Quaran Selfie Video Challenge, Musikabataan Singing-Song Writing Competition, Poster Making Contest, ug National Heroes Look-a-Like Challenge.  Ang Linggo ng Kabataan Awarding Ceremony 2020 ipahigayon sa Municipal Hall, Agosto 31. (RTP/PIA10)

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9,672 firms applied for DOLE-10 assistance

August 12, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA)—Recording 9,672 establishments that applied for assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10 Regional Director Mylah Faye Cariño said such only constitutes 25.8 percent of the 37,412 businesses in the region. During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, August 11, Cariño said only 36 establishments have closed in the region and 205 firms have reduced their workforce.  “Naa pa’y 74 percent nga wala naapektuhan (There is still 74 percent, which were not affected). This means that 74 percent of the businesses here are thriving or doing well,” Cariño added. In terms of imposing tax moratoriums, Cariño said only the national government has the power to do such. The national government has talked out several mechanisms to keep the balance on health and economy.  “We support all interventions that would sustain all operations of our businesses,” Cariño said.  As for the power generating and distributing companies in the region, the regional director said these companies, which are providing essential services, still continue their operations and Region 10 still supplies 50 percent of the power in Mindanao. On the status of new businesses in the region, Cariño said there are 79 newly registered corporations based on the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) data.  These include businesses on trading, manufacturing, construction, and selling of personal protective equipment (PPEs). Also, data from DTI shows that the existing businesses on handicrafts now shifted to the production of PPEs and face masks.  Meanwhile, for tourism-related businesses, the Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 provided certificates of authority to operate to 17 businesses of which 4 are from CDO, Misamis Oriental (2), Bukidnon (9), Lanao del Norte (2).  Prior to operation, Cariño said businesses should comply with certain requirements including the business permit, DTI registration, and the health standard protocols should be embedded in their operations.  As of August 11, there are a total of 763 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, wherein 401 have recovered, 12 have expired, and 350 have recovered. (RTP/PIA10)

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