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Hedcor, AFI boost livelihood of partner associations in Mindanao

December 24, 2020

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, (PIA)—The pandemic that caused restrictions in mobility, limited transport of goods, and closing of markets has greatly affected livelihood of communities.  As such, Hedcor—the run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower, finds value in helping its partner communities recover through livelihood assistance. In partnership with Aboitiz Foundation (AFI), Hedcor will aid in the implementation of the P450,000-worth livelihood recovery program by providing Egg Machines to four different associations in Bukidnon and Davao del Sur. This initiative is part of “Restart: Aboitiz Foundation Recovery Program for Partner Cooperatives,” a bigger program of AFI that involves provision of in-kind donations (Re-Starter kits) and/or training to select cooperatives nationwide. These egg machines are complete with ready-to-lay hens, as well as rearing cages with built-in feeding through a waterer. As such, it is named egg machine because it is able to produce eggs regularly within a period of 16 months. Hedcor and AFI have also carved an add-on to said livelihood assistance by covering a month’s supply of Pilmico’s poultry feeds and necessary training to be conducted by Pilmico’s Animal Production Specialists to help recipient associations take better care of their poultry and maximize their yield. All these efforts are for the purpose of improving income through poultry and boosting small-scale poultry farming in the area. The partner associations in Bukidnon which will be receiving such assistance include Dalirig Women’s Organization, Guihean Women’s Organization, and Lingion Power Association Rural Improvement Club. In Davao del Sur, the Tibolo Tribal Women’s Association will receive the livelihood aid. In the signing of Memorandum of Agreement, partner cooperatives extended their gratitude for the collaboration. “We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Hedcor and Aboitiz Foundation for granting us this livelihood project. This will greatly help our organization grow and develop. More so, this will be a source of income for our organization. Thank you so much!” Guihean Women’s Organization president Jocelyn Litohon said. Hedcor has been in constant collaboration with associations in their partner communities since it started its hydro operations in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and Santa Cruz, Dava del Sur. These collaborations include capacity-building training on Leadership and Values Enhancement training and Business Continuity Planning. Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower. It specializes in generating renewable energy from run-of-river hydropower systems. Today, Hedcor manages and operates 22 hydropower plants located in Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Benguet, Davao, and Bukidnon. It continues to supply the country with 278 MW of clean and renewable energy. (Hedcor-AboitizPower/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: THE PARTNERSHIP. Hedcor and AFI sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Barangay Local Government Units and representatives of the associations involved. (Hedcor-AboitizPower)

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PNP Oroquieta welcomes new prov'l director

December 24, 2020

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, (PIA)--PCol. Rolindo Macahilos Suguilon was installed as acting provincial director of Misamis Occidental, replacing P/Col. Danildo B. Tumanda, who was promoted as the new Regional Chief of Staff of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 under the command of PBGen Rolando B. Anduyan. Chief of Regional Personnel and Records Management Division PCol. Wilbur Salaguste presided over the turnover of command ceremony at Camp Lt. Lucas Naranjo, Lower Lamac, Oroquieta City. Suguilon expressed his gratitude to outgoing Provincial Director Tumanda for "showing laudable efforts by ensuring the peace and security that indeed this province is worth to reckon with." "In my assumption of office, I bring along with me the standing orders from the chief of the Philippine National Police, Police Director General Debold Sinas to continue our war against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, to strengthen our internal security operation, enhanced inter-agency collaboration and to maintain a stronger police and community partnership,” Suguilon said. Suguilon assured that he will continue the program thrust that was crafted by the outgoing provincial director. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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DTI, BFP enforce fire safety initiatives for holiday season by Vincent Philip S. Bautista

December 24, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY,  (PIA)--To ensure a safe and fire-free celebration this yuletide season in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 alongside the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-10 has intensified its crackdown on substandard Christmas paraphernalia, illegal firecrackers, and combustible materials in the city. “The Department of Trade and Industry fully supports the Iwas Paputok campaign of the DOH together with our partner agencies, especially now in the time of the pandemic, The DTI’s main role is to regulate and inspect the manufacturers of fire crackers,” says DTI-10 Information Officer Julie Nieva during Talakayan sa PIA. Despite having no firecracker manufacturers in northern Mindanao and having bulk of firecrackers suppliers coming from Bulacan, Cebu, and Iloilo, DTI-10 still pursues its duties through advocating responsible selling and educating consumers about their quality inspection stickers. “The best way for our consumers to know the integrity and quality of their firecrackers and Christmas lights is to check if these products have Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers or Philippine Standards (PS) mark in them,” she said. Products with these stickers mean they have passed quality inspection from the bureau of quality standards of DTI and are safe to use according to the instructions. One way to ensure that the stickers are not fake is through the ICC verification system which can be downloaded on the app store at any Android device. “As consumers, we should not just focus on the stickers of the products, we should also be mindful of their proper billing such as their voltage, manufacturer, and instructions,” Nieva said noting that some fire incidents are caused by consumers not following proper product specifications. As for illegal firework policing, Nieva said they have found an improvement in terms of illegal fireworks policing compared to last year, which she attributes to the strong information drive campaigns from various government agencies. Fire-free celebrations through education In partnership with the DTI-10, PNP-10 and other line agencies in the region, BFP-10 also advocates for a regulated and fire-free 2020 yuletide celebrations. “Through our OPLAN Paalala, we remind our stakeholders to adhere to the BFP guidelines and enforce firework organizers to get clearances in different municipalities when conducting fire-work displays,” BFP-10 SInsp Arnold P Lagbas said. In their annual Fire Safety Oplan Paalala: Iwas Paputok/Electrical Safety for Christmas Decorations which will run through December 1-31, the BFP targets to intensify information dissemination regarding holiday fire-safety best practices such as educating the general public of low quality Christmas lights and inspection of potential electrical fire-prone establishments and objects while adhering health safety protocols. In addition to information initiatives for households and establishments, the BFP also enforces strict regulatory protocols for pyrotechnic/fireworks show organizers, which Lagbas mentioned has become a new tradition in the city especially for LGUs and private establishments.  “To all our stakeholders, we should always have the right clearances when conducting pyrotechnics or any kind, our enforcers are ready to assist; this is a collaboration between all agencies,” Lagbas said. (VPSB/PIA10) Photo release: Photo 1 DTI-10 Information Officer Julie Nieva shares during Talakayan sa PIA that the DTI’s main role is to regulate and inspect the manufacturers of fire crackers and other related products to ensure fire-safety and integrity for consumers in the region. (VPSB/PIA10)  

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LGUs urged to create 'Brgy Disiplina Brigade'

December 24, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 urges local government units (LGUs) to further enforce the implementation of the minimum public health standards by creating the 'Barangay Disiplina Brigade.' The brigades are volunteers and will be under the supervision of the barangay chairman. They will receive no compensation for their public service.  The brigades together with the barangay tanods should be going around the community and calling the attention of quarantine violators. "Kini nga kampanya para ni sa tanan nga mga lumulupyo aron ilang mahiw-an o masabtan nga ang solusyon sa COVID-19 mao ang pagsiguro nga kada indibidwal na'y responsibilidad ug disiplina para mapugngan ang pagdaghan sa COVID-19," DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 18. (This is a campaign for everybody so they will know or understand that the solution for COVID-19 lies in ensuring that every individual has the responsibility and discipline to contain the spread of COVID-19) He also reiterated the mandatory wearing of face shields on top of wearing face masks when an individual goes out of his or her residence as required by the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF). The regional director added that residents must remain in their homes and should only consider going out for essential purposes or emergency cases.  "Pwede kitang mahimo nga 'homeliners' aron malikayan ang tsansa nga matakdan sa COVID-19 at the same time matabangan ang frontliners pinaagi sa pagdisiplina sa ilang kaugalingon," Agabe said. (We can become 'homeliners' so we can prevent chances of getting COVID-19 at the same time help our frontliners through having self-discipline) As for celebrating the holidays, Agabe reminded the public to only celebrate with the members of the same household and to refrain from inviting family members or neighbors from other places or residence.  Enforcing health protocols on face-to-face classes On the implementation of face-to-face classes, Agabe said there are 227 pilot schools in the region, which are determined by the Department of Education (DepEd) to implement such setup.  He added that they are still waiting for the guidelines for the conduct of the face-to-face classes from DepEd. The selection of schools was also based on the community quarantine classification of the areas. As of December 18, there are a total of 7,194 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Mindanao, wherein 5,907 have recovered, 210 have expired, and 1,077 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10) Photo release: DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe urges local government units (LGUs) to further enforce the implementation of the minimum public health standards by creating the 'Barangay Disiplina Brigade' during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 18. (DILG 10)

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DOH-10 champions ‘Healthy Pilipinas’ for 2021

December 23, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic plaguing northern Mindanao, the Department of Health (DOH)–10 highlights its ‘Healthy Pilipinas’ initiatives alongside their 'BIDA Solusyon' and 'Tuloy ang Paskong Pinoy' campaigns to further boost lifestyle initiatives for the upcoming year and stress the importance to the general public of holistically pursuing improved health standards despite the pandemic. “Healthy Pilipinas encompasses the wide range of health benefits such as positive impacts in our health, including our nutrition, economy, and environment, we are just not limiting it to people’s healthy eating habits but are also focusing on the bigger picture and are emphasizing that, and other factors that tie in with it,” DOH-10 Non-communicable Diseases Cluster Head Dr. Tristan Labitad shared during Talakayan sa PIA. Implemented since pre-pandemic, ‘Healthy Pilipinas’ aims to holistically encourage and correct the general public’s way of life in the country by not only advocating proper lifestyle choices but also empower communities through education and lobbying other advocacies that fall in line with their initiatives. “From the trends we see in our statistics on the causes of death in the whole Philippines and Region 10, it’s over 8 out of 10 non-communicable diseases, when healthy lifestyle is not practiced, that is when we develop these non-communicable diseases,” Labitad said, noting that it is a trend that usually rises during the yuletide season. Non-communicable or chronic diseases are diseases of long duration and generally slow progression, with four main types such as cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke), cancer, chronic respiratory diseases (chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. “These non-communicable diseases are silent epidemics, these are all deadly but preventable," Labitad said.  He also emphasized the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits as key factors in the prevention of non-communicable diseases saying, "According to the World Health Organziation (WHO) people who are 18-60 years old need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week." In addition to their individual approach, the DOH-10 works alongside local government units (LGUs) in the implementation and pursuance healthy lifestyle choices in their areas of responsibility.   "LGUs are really powerful in implementing healthy lifestyle in their own areas as long as there is legislation, budget, and support, I encourage LGUs to give attention to non-communicable diseases, as it does not only make your community live longer but also improve your economy and environment,” Labitad said.  Despite the challenges the DOH-10 have faced brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in the pursuance of their campaigns, Labitad remains optimistic and committed in their campaign to rise northern Mindanao up for a better and healthier way of life. "The Department of Health remains steadfast in our advocacy to educate our general public and our community on why we should adopt and implement this healthy lifestyle, us as Filipinos, as citizens of region 10 should change the way we live our lives not on for ourselves but also for a more Healthy Pilipinas," he said. (VPSB/PIA10) Photo release: Photo 1  Dr. Tristan Labitad says their 'Healthy Pilipinas' campaign advocates the wide range of health benefits such as positive impacts in our health, including our nutrition, economy, and environment in the pursuance of a healthier way of life during Talakayan sa PIA . (VPSB/PIA10)

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DILG-10 to LGUs: Ensure 'distancing' during holiday activities, displays

December 23, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--"Local chief executives should make sure that they have the proper mechanism to ensure that there will be social distancing or a one meter distance between those individuals attending or gathering especially in public places." Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe reminds the local government units (LGUs) to still enforce the minimum public health standards in holding activities during the holidays. During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 15, Agabe said LCEs should also coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and their respective barangay officials to ensure that there is a BIDA Bastunero or a person who will remind individuals on the proper usage of face masks or face shield, observance of social distancing, and other health safety protocols. "Christmas should not be the reason nganong mudaghan ang kaso sa COVID sa atong tagsa-tagsa nga mga lugar (why there will be an increase of COVID cases in our respective areas)," Agabe added. If the LGU could not control crowds, the regional director urged them to avoid holding activities or putting up Christmas displays that could invite or gather people.  He reminded the LCEs that as the head of the local task force, the latter have the obligation and responsibility to ensure that the residents should adhere to the minimum public health standards.  As for celebrating the holidays safely, Agabe said the public should refrain from traveling unless it is essential. He also advised residents to limit celebrations to members of the households only and to avoid inviting family members from other places or residence.  If activities can’t be avoided, it should be held in open spaces, Agabe added.  As of December 14, there are a total of 7,039 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Mindanao, 5,853 of whom have recovered, 209 have expired, and 977 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10) Photo release: Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe reminds the local government units (LGUs) to still enforce the minimum public health standards in holding activities during the holidays, December 15. (DILG 10)

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