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MAFAR distributes machineries to improve farmers’ income, productivity

October 23, 2020

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) started Oct. 21 the initial mass distribution of the 72 units farming machineries allotted for farmers’ cooperatives in the five provinces of the Bangsamoro region. First to receive was the province of Maguindanao with 32 farming equipment worth Php9, 588,460.00. Included in the machineries are corn sheller (3 units), farm tractor (1), vacuum pack sealer (2), generator (1), hand tractor (1), floating tiller (1), thresher (2), rice combine harvester (1), rice mill (2 units), and an open-source pump irrigation system (18 units). MAFAR Minister Dr. Mohammad Yacob led the turnover ceremony held at the ministry’s compound inside the Bangsamoro Government Centerin Cotabato City. He also signed a memorandum of agreement with the 36 agricultural and business cooperatives, farmers association, and Agrarian Reform beneficiaries from the province. Yacob said agricultural mechanization aims to improve the farmers’ income and productivity, and thus ensure food security and poverty alleviation in the region. The minister also said the turnover ceremony was supposed to be a region-wide event wherein beneficiaries from the other four provinces were expected to come. “Due to the threats of Covid-19, the island provinces beneficiaries, including those from Lanao del Sur, were not able to attend. But in the coming weeks we will provide their share as the restrictions ease by,” Yacob said. “We need to strive further especially in the midst of (pandemic), and that’s the reason why Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim advocates bringing the Bangsamoro Government closer to the communities,” Yacob added. One of the beneficiaries Hamdan Abdullah, coop president of Al-Mustaqbal for Sustainable Livelihood Marketing Cooperative in Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao, said he was thankful that assistance from the Bangsamoro Government continues to flow. “Kaya pinili ng BARMM na matulungan ang cooperative dahil para mas maraming miyembro pa ang matutulungan nito. Nagpapasalamat tayo lalo na’t mas dumarami pa ang blessings mula sa gobyerno natin,” (BARMM chose to help the cooperative because it can help more members. We are grateful that more blessings are coming from our government)," Abdullah said (BPI/PIA-ICIC)  

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BARMM Health Ministry steps up fight against measles, rubella, polio, COVID-19

October 23, 2020

Health officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are strengthening its effort to prevent a possible outbreak of measles-rubella, including polio, in the region, and to encourage Moro people to take an active role in the fight against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). BARMM’s Ministry of Health (MOH) announced in a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 21 that it will start its supplemental immunization against measles-rubella and polio across the region on October 26. OIC Minister Amirel Usman said 506,448 children under five years old are set to receive free and safe vaccination. Measles campaigns were conducted in 1998, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, and recently in 2019 when the country had more than 40,000 measles cases and 615 deaths owing to the rising number of unimmunized children. In the Philippines, more than two million children under the age of five are susceptible to measles. Measles or tigdas is one of the most contagious diseases in the world. About 9 out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed to the measles virus will contract the disease. It can cause high-grade fever, rashes, cough, eye infection, and can lead to complications such as pneumonia, ear infection, blindness, severe diarrhea, and swelling of the brain. Deputy Minister Zul Qarneyn Abas said threats of impending outbreaks, such as those of the measles-rubella, should be prevented and given serious and urgent attention as the country is still fighting the COVID-19. Polio, on the other hand, is a potentially debilitating disease that causes fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness and can eventually lead to lifelong paralysis. A total of 803,516 children were vaccinated against the polio virus, reaching its 95 percent target all over the region during the two-week long polio immunization campaign ‘Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio’ (SPKP) from July 20 to August 9. Presently, there are no new recorded cases of polio in the region. The campaign shall continue until the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the Philippines as polio-free. Assistant Secretary Abdulhalik Kasim assured that community-based public health practitioners assigned for the polio-vaccination will strictly observe health and safety measures during the entire conduct of the campaign in response to the health crisis brought about by COVID-19 The BARMM’s “BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19”, a nationwide behavior change campaign that centers on mandating masks, ensuring sanitation, practicing physical distancing, and fighting fake news was also launched. Sadaila Rakiin, MOH’s technical division chief, said despite information campaign about COVID-19, many Filipinos still do not comply with minimum public health standards set in order to prevent the virus from spreading in the community. As of Oct. 20, the Bangsamoro region recorded a total of 391 active cases and 1,030 recoveries from its 1,477 total cases. (BPI/PIA-ICIC)

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BIDa - Officials of the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Bangsamoro Government announces in a press conference that it will start its supplemental immunization against measles-rubella, including polio, across the Bangsamoro region on October 26.

October 23, 2020

Following the recent spike of coronavirus disease 2019 ()COVID-19 cases in Lanao del Sur that prompted national government to place Lanao del Sur and its component city, Marawi, under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through its Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office (LDN2 DEO) turned-over a 60-bed capacity Isolation Facility located at Brgy. Matapoli, Marantao town in Lanao del Sur. The simple turn-over rites was held at the open grounds of Marantao Municipal Hall on October 20, 2020.   Lanao del Sur and Marawi City are now the only areas in the country under the strictest level of community quarantine from October 1 to 31 while neighboring Iligan City has been downgraded to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for the same period.   According to Assistant District Engineer Maria David, the new isolation facility can accommodate 60 COVID-19 patients who are symptomatic or with mild symptoms. Each cubicle in the facility has its own hospital bed, electric fan, and convenience outlet.  There are also four restrooms and four shower rooms for the confined male and female patients. “We hope that this facility will be put to good use as we strive to prevent another surge of COVID-19 cases and aim to lower local transmission here in Lanao del Sur," said David. Project Manager Yacob Mambuay who represented Undersecretary Emil Sadain of DPWH Task Force to Augment Local and National Healthcare Facilities stressed the importance of the isolation facility in ‘flattening the curve’ during this pandemic. Primarily, the isolation facility will slow the rate of infection within the community and it will help prevent the local healthcare system from being overwhelmed. “Hindi po ito madaling laban (This is not an easy fight). Wag na nating hintayin na mahirapan na tayo (Let’s not wait until we will be overwhelmed)," Mambuay urged. DPWH Project Engineer Norodin Batabor who was tasked by District Engineer Alykhan Ali to complete the COVID-19 facility within 10-days was burning the midnight oil to successfully beat the deadline by two days. For his part, Marantao Mayor Akira Alonto expressed his gratitude to DPWH for fast-tracking the construction of the isolation facility. “In behalf of all the good people of Marantao, taos puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga ahensyang bumubuo ng programang ito para mapuksa ang banta ng COVID-19 (we are wholeheartedly expressing our gratitude to all the agencies working against the threat of COVID-19," Mayor Alonto said. Among those who witnessed the ceremony were PNP Provincial Director Police Colonel Rex Ordono Derilo, MILG Provincial Director McMillan Lucman, 1Lt. Chris Anthony Cayaba of 82ndInfantry Batallion, IPHO Chief Alinader Minalang, heads of various national line agencies, and department chiefs of Marantao LGU. (VNL/DPWH-PIO/PIA-ICIC)    

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Andanar supports restart of domestic tourism to aid displaced workers

October 23, 2020

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-X, is looking forward to the gradual reopening of leisure travel and tourism in Northern Mindanao. “As we all know, our tourism industry is one of the leading contributors to our economic development nationwide. So, I am looking forward to the safe and gradual reopening of the tourism destinations here in Region 10,” he said in one of his site visitation activities in Bukidnon with the regional Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 on Wednesday. According to Secretary Andanar, this will help displaced workers to finally return to their work and source of income. “The landscape of our leisure travel experiences has been adversely affected because of this COVID-19 pandemic. But with our continuous efforts, I also hope to finally witness our displaced workers in the tourism sector return to working and earning again and be able to provide for their families,” he said. “I hope the people of Bukidnon and the rest of Region 10 can have the confidence to visit the beautiful places in Northern Mindanao,” he added. He reminded the public to be vigilant in order to protect themselves from infection and everyone around them, while commending the strict quarantine implementation in Bukidnon. He said that while cases of COVID-19 are still reported locally, people should do their part in ensuring that the key strategies of the government in prevention, detection, isolation, treatment, and reintegration are enforced. The PCOO chief visited the Monastery of the Transfiguration, the home of Benedictine monks in the province. He also went to the Impasug-ong Municipal Communal Ranch, a 640-hectare government-owned land often visited by tourists because of its panoramic view of Bukidnon mountain ridges. The DOT-10 is preparing for a tourism bubble by replicating Baguio City’s current strategies for the gradual and safe revival of the sector to tourists from nearby provinces this year. The DOT-10 have partnered with PCOO for the promotional video of some of the leisure travel destinations in Bukidnon, apart from its "Tourism in the New Normal" series featuring the preparation and compliance with the “new normal” health and safety guidelines by local accommodation establishments. (PCOO)  

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DILG MisOcc distributes PPEs, supplies to contact tracers

October 23, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Misamis Occidental handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to include face shields, face masks, alcohol, thermal scanners and vitamins for the newly hired contact tracers in the province. In distributing such supplies, DILG also considers the number of local government units (LGUs) which have been subjected to granular/localized lockdown and focused containment to prevent, contain and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 contagion. DILG MisOcc Provincial Director, Pablio Benitez said, "The PPEs and supplies are vital in stepping up the safety and protection of contact tracers in the face of actual risks associated with the demands of their functions." The deployment of the contact tracers is aimed at augmenting and further strengthening the contact tracing teams of LGUs. DILG ensures that this becomes significant and well-timed. (DILG MisOcc/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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Agri NorMin aids in fight vs insurgency thru livelihood assistance

October 23, 2020

Twenty individuals from Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon availed the free range chicken livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 worth P742,500 starting September, this year. Said efforts is the department’s bid to provide livelihood support to conflict-affected areas through the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC). DA-10 Livestock Program Coordinator, Ma. Lourdes M. Sypiecco said the distribution of chicken heads to individual recipients (with a ratio of 1 male to 10 female) is being implemented through a roll-over scheme. Each recipient will return the same number of chicken heads granted, which will then be distributed to another set of beneficiaries. Local governments through its municipal agricultural offices will facilitate and monitor said scheme. Being one of the receiving towns of said assistance, Albert M. Gabutan, OIC-municipal agriculturist of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, shared, “We will do our part by monitoring the project to ensure its sustainability and have more individuals benefit from it.” Under Executive Order 70, the government seeks a whole-of-nation approach in addressing insurgencies by prioritizing the delivery of basic services to ensure peace and development. (DA10/PIA10)

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