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CamSur boosts chocolate prod'n amid pandemic, calamities

December 22, 2020

CAMIGUIN, (PIA)--Even with the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic and onslaught of the recent typhoons, Camarines Sur targets to create a 'chocolate region' by boosting their cacao production. Camarines Sur Mayor Fermin Mabulo said during the Network Briefing News with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, December 16, that they have seen the resiliency of cacao after experiencing several typhoons this year.   "Halos lahat ng agri products ay bagsak nung bagyo. Ang cacao natanggal ang mga dahon pero nahihinog pa rin ang mga bunga niya. Two weeks after ng bagyo, full grown na naman ang mga dahon nila," Mabulo said. (Almost all of the agri products have low production during the recent typhoons. The leaves of cacao have fallen but the fruits still have ripened. Two weeks after the typhoon, the leaves have full grown again) To make a good start, Mabulo said his daughter made a 4-hectare model farm with the help of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Department of Tourism (DOT). They are aiming for a boost in agri-farm tourism. Mabulo also boasts their premium lobsters and fish. However, due to the pandemic, the locals are unable to export their products to Japan. Thus, the LGU seeks ways to aid the fisher folk and help them market their products.  Eels, crabs and other products can also be bought in the area. Aside from their COVID-19 response, Camarines Sur backs their agricultural sector so they can slowly bounce back after experiencing several challenges this year. (RTP/PIA10) Photo release: Camarines Sur Mayor Fermin Mabulo says during the Network Briefing News with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, December 16, that they have seen the resiliency of cacao after experiencing several typhoons this year. (Network Briefing News)

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Camiguin holds tree growing activity with 3,250 seedlings

December 21, 2020

CAMIGUIN, Dec. 16 (PIA)--Targeting to plant 3,250 seedlings, the provincial government here has already enlisted 65 participants for the province-wide simultaneous tree growing activity, December 18.   The province is set to plant 900 seedlings in Mambajao, Catarman (750), Sagay (500), Guinsiliban (400), and Mahinog (700).    The five towns of the province have already identified the areas where the seedlings will be planted. Barangays without areas determined yet are subject for identification on the ground. Personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have already coordinated with each barangay and town to assist them for the said activity. Prior to the province-wide tree growing activity, various local government units in Camiguin have already planted seedlings in their areas. On December 5, the provincial government here held the tree growing activity at Mantigue Island. The Philippine National Police also held the same activity, December 11 within the five hectares of the National Greening Program site at Sitio Pamahawan, Campana, Pandan, Mambajao. (RTP/PIA10)    

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Camiguin named as 3rd Most Competitive Province in PH

December 18, 2020

CAMIGUIN --Improving performance and attractiveness for investments, Camiguin emerged as the Third Most Competitive Province during the 8th Regional Competitiveness Summit, December 16.    Mambajao was named the Most Competitive Municipality for the 3rd-4th class municipalities as well as it bagged the first spot on government efficiency. The town also landed the second spot for economic dynamism and infrastructure.  Sagay town is named the 16th Most Competitive Municipality for the 5th-6th class municipalities, 15th in government efficiency, and 12th in infrastructure.      Guinsiliban on the other hand spotted the 13th place in infrastructure for the 5th-6th class municipalities. Also during the 8th Regional Competitiveness Summit, Mahinog was named the Third Most Competitive Municipality for the 5th-6th class municipalities as well as it bagged the first spot on government efficiency, 6th on infrastructure and 7th on resilience.    Meanwhile, Catarman is named the 7th Most Competitive Municipality for 5th-6th class municipalities, 12th in government efficiency, 7th in infrastructure, and 9th in resilience.   Rankings of cities and municipalities are based on the sum of their scores on four pillars that include Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.    Provincial rankings are based on population and income weighted average of the overall scores of cities and municipalities under a province.   The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) is developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs).    In 2019, Camiguin was named the fourth Most Competitive Province throughout the country. (RTP/PIA10)

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DA-10 strengthens agri sector thru clustering, consolidation program

December 18, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon --The Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 has selected five pilot commodity clusters in the region as beneficiaries of its farm and fisheries clustering and consolidation program (F2C2). In a Consultative Meeting and Action Planning on F2C2 program, December 9, in Malaybalay City, the pioneering beneficiaries were facilitated in drafting their project proposals to address their needs and key concerns. Each cluster represents the commodities for rice, corn, cassava, high-value crops, and livestock. These beneficiaries include the Maramag Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MACO-MPC) of Maramag, Bukidnon; Mantibugao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmer’s Cooperative of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; and Miarayon Highland Farmers Association of Talakag, Bukidnon; Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives of El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental; and San Isidro Lower Women's Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Lala, Lanao del Norte. According to DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the F2C2program aims to consolidate the farmers, fishers, and agripreneurs in clusters to attain economies of scale, where they can produce and earn more. He added, through Administrative Order 27 signed by DA Secretary William D. Dar, F2C2 will also aid the beneficiaries in accessing its credit programs, advance training, farm mechanization, processing facilities, among others.  DA-RFO 10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga emphasized, the program targets to organize the farmers and other stakeholders in the agri sector to consolidate their produce and come up with a unified buying price to their advantage. She urged stakeholders not to focus on a single-based commodity, but to include other crops and livestock-based commodity. Meanwhile, MACO-MPC Chair Calixto DS. Daquiado remarked, “Ang programang F2C2 sa DA dakong tabang sa mga kooperatiba kay dinhi makita ang panaghiusa sa mga mag-uuma dili lamang sa production apan apil ang marketing. Pinaagi sa coop clustering and consolidation, ang mga miyembro madasig sa pagpang-uma gumikan sa mga suportang kalakip sa programa, sama sa financing, agricultural facilities, machineries ug uban pa.” (DA’s F2C2 Program is a big help to cooperatives, where farmer-members will be unified not only for production, but including marketing. Through coop clustering and consolidation, the members will be motivated to farm with the support and programs which includes financing, agricultural facilities, machineries and, others). (DA10/PIA10)

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Aboitiz joins gov’t bring COVID-19 vaccine to nearly 3M Filipinos

December 15, 2020

The Aboitiz Group, along with over 30 private companies, has partnered with the Philippine government and British drugmaker AstraZeneca to procure 2.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as part of the government’s ongoing pandemic response. “The Aboitiz Group was among the first conglomerates to extend help and support to the government at the start of the pandemic, especially for Cebu and Davao City. We thank the Aboitiz Group, led by its president Sabin M. Aboitiz, as we strongly believe dealing with COVID-19 needs close cooperation between the government and the private sector,” said vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. Aboitiz Foundation President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth L. Marasigan and 30 other company heads and representatives signed the deal in a virtual ceremony last November 27 led by Sec. Galvez—joined by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey A. Concepcion, and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Inc. president Lotis Ramin. “The Aboitiz Group believes that a strong collaboration between the public and private sectors is critical to our battle against COVID-19. Through these vaccines, we will be able to help ensure people’s safety and protection from the virus while keeping our economy moving. We are committed to supporting all response efforts as we help drive change for a better world, and toward a better normal,” said Sabin M. Aboitiz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aboitiz Group. The vaccines will be donated to the Department of Health (DOH) which will handle the deployment. Half of the donations will be for government frontline workers, while the other half will be for private sector employees—both regular and contractual—provided they follow the government’s priority sectors for distribution. “With all these announcements, our Filipino people can be assured that we will not be left behind. With the efforts of Sec. Galvez in bringing the vaccine to this country, we will soon see this pandemic disappear,” said Concepcion, adding that he expects the vaccines to arrive by May or June 2021. "We are working closely with regulatory authorities across the globe, and we really hope to be able to bring a solution here to end the COVID-19 pandemic," said Ramin. AstraZeneca has a zero-profit program in 2021, which means the vaccines are priced as low as possible. The vaccine is expected to cost around P500 ($10) for two doses. To date, the Aboitiz Group’s total contribution to the national COVID-19 response effort has reached over P2.2 billion (excluding various payments waived, reduced, extended, or restructured to help customers cope with the impact of COVID-19), underscoring the group’s sustained campaign to help address the urgent needs of frontliners and affected communities nationwide. Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) is the public holding company of the Aboitiz Group with major investments in power, banking and financial services, food, infrastructure, and land. Today, AEV is recognized as one of the best-managed companies in the Philippines and in the region, consistently cited for its commitment to good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. With five generations of Aboitiz Group business success behind it, AEV continues to drive change for a better world by advancing business and communities. (Aboitiz Equity Ventures/PIA Bukidnon)

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BFP Ozamiz campaigns for fire-free yuletide season

December 15, 2020

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Ozamiz City targets to keep families safe in celebrating Christmas and New Year. BFP reminds the public to avoid buying low-quality Christmas lights sold at very cheap prices. BFP City fire marshal Senior Inspector Wilfredo Dagatan said Christmas lights should be approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and should contain the required Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker. "We would like to remind the public to be extra careful in buying Christmas lights that might turn out to be substandard," he said. Christmas lights should likewise not be placed near highly combustible objects such as curtains and paper and must also be kept out of children’s reach, he added. BFP Ozamiz wants to conduct inspections of all business establishments in the city to make sure that the Christmas lights being sold complied with the safety standards of DTI. "Don’t leave a fire unattended, put the fire out before going to bed, make sure candles are in stable and secure holders, and keep them away from combustible materials and small children. Never leave candles unattended, check holiday lights and replace cracked or broken bulbs. Don’t use lights that are not safe, and in case of fire and other emergencies," Dagatan said citing ways to prevent fire during the holidays.  BFP Ozamiz also warned against using firecrackers during New Year festivities. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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