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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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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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DOF: Strong economy backs PH efforts against COVID-19

August 7, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA)—“The strengths of our economy allowed us to quickly put together the four-pillar strategy to shield the Filipino people against the adverse effects of the pandemic.” Citing the initial achievements of the country during the Security Bank Economic Forum 2020, August 6, Department of Finance (DOF) Sec. Carlos Sonny Garcia Dominguez III stressed that before COVID-19, all indicators showed economic strength. "We were among the fastest growing economies in Asia with an average GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth of 6.6 percent from 2016-2019. We have managed to bring down our debt to GDP ratio with a historic low of 39.6 percent. Our revenues were robust after the passage of both tax reform measures and improved tax administration," the secretary added. In 2019, the nation's revenue is at 16.1 percent of GDP; the country's best performance in 22 years. Inflation remains stable and under control. For July, the country has 2.7 percent inflation rate, which is still below the midpoint target range of 3-4 percent.  "The Philippine peso remains one of the most stable Asian currencies amid rising risks. The Philippine peso has appreciated 3.2 percent against the US dollars," Dominguez said.  Noting such feats, the secretary said the government has provided immediate aid to struggling Filipino families and displaced workers through the Social Amelioration Program where P205 billion was disbursed to 18 million low income families for two months, and P51 billion wage subsidy to 3 million workers of small businesses for two months as well.  The four-pillar strategy of the national government has a combined value of P1.7 trillion or 9.1 percent of the country's GDP.  Moreover, wide range initiatives to help struggling families and enterprises were also conducted and these include credit facilities and services by financial institutions, study now pay later program, online training programs to up skill and retool displaced workers, and other measures to help businesses operate in new normal. "The Philippines was the first country in ASEAN to enforce strong lockdown measures beginning March 17 to save lives and protect communities. We responded with everything we have," Dominguez said. (RTP/PIA10)

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DA-10 supports DepEd's planting program for psychosocial dev't

August 7, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA)--Aiming to enrich the students' mental and social adequacy amid the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 health threat, more public schools here obtained vegetable seeds from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10, July 27 at the agency compound. A total of 1,800 packets of assorted vegetable seeds were given to four schools, namely, Gusa Regional Science High School (GRSHS); Gusa National High School (GNHS); Bugo Central School (BCS) and Puerto Elementary School (PES). The Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of CDO City will conduct mental health and psychosocial support activities to promote school learners, parents and personnel's well-being. Through their "My Pet Plant Project", the students will learn how to grow and appreciate the nature of plants while documenting from planting of the seeds up to its harvest. According to GRSHS Teacher Shoji-an D. Daradal, all stages in the plants' growth will relate to the subjects being taught to the students. Meantime, BCS Teacher Elsa Ylanan said, the students will be provided with seeds along with answer sheets, for them to record their observations in the nature of growing vegetables in their respective homes. Moreover, GNHS Administrative Staff Pio Jaime A. Amigo conveyed, such school activity will uplift the morale and provide psychosocial support for the students and the parents amid the ongoing health crisis. Overall, more than 5,000 students from these schools are targeted to benefit from the free veggie seeds of DA. (DA10/PIA10)

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DOH: Time-based approach now used in COVID-19 handling

August 6, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA)—Emphasizing that reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing should not be the sole basis in handling returning individuals, the Department of Health (DOH) said they are currently using the time-based approach for COVID-19 cases. During the daily Laging Handa Network Briefing, August 5, Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said, “Hindi dapat basehan ang test para makauwi ang tao. Ang isang tao ‘pag nagkaroon ng COVID, on the tenth day of his illness, hindi na siya infectious.” (The test should not be the basis for an individual to be allowed to go home. On the tenth day of his illness, a person who is infected with COVID will no longer be infectious) The undersecretary also added that there is no need to repeat testing as the RT-PCR machine is very sensitive. “It can detect the remnants of a virus.” Based on evidence, the World Health Organization stated that it is safe to release patients from isolation based on clinical criteria that require a minimum time in isolation of 13 days, rather than strictly dwelling on repeated PCR results. As for the duration of RT-PCR testing, Vergeire said such depends on the laboratory. It usually takes 48-72 hours to obtain results.  Noting various concerns on the amount of testing, Vergeire said, “Ang RT-PCR test ay covered ng (The RT-PCR test is covered by) PhilHealth package. All Filipinos are automatic members of PhilHealth. Hindi po sila dapat magbabayad ng (They should not pay for the) total amount because PhilHealth should pay for that.”  For PhilHealth’s benefit package for COVID-19 testing, P3,409 is provided for all services for testing, which are procured and provided by the testing laboratory; P2,077 if test kits are donated to the testing laboratory; and P901 if test kits are donated to the testing laboratory.  As of August 4, there are 616 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Region 10 of which 7 are still admitted, 227 are outpatients, 301 have recovered, and 1 have expired. The 10 new confirmed cases recorded are from Misamis Oriental (3), Bukidnon (3), and Cagayan de Oro City (4). (RTP/PIA10)

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