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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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DTI Bukidnon to launch Christmas bazaar

December 23, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, (PIA)--The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon is set to launch the Bukidnon Christmas Bazaar in Robinsons Place Valencia, December 13-20, to encourage customers to patronize local products and help entrepreneurs recover from the pandemic this Christmas season. The marketing event aims to help local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province gain access to the market through physical and online platforms. Fifty exhibitors are expected to display their locally produced food and non-food products. Featured products include the award-winning coffee and chocolate products of the province, handwoven mats and bags handcrafted by the lumads, and other non-food and processed food products.  The seven-day bazaar will also include a series of activities such as live online selling with Knights of Online Marketers on December 14, 16, and 19; Packaging and Labeling and Digital Marketing webinar, December 15; Young Entrepreneur’s Day, December 16; Food Safety and Content Marketing Webinar, December 17; A Sip of Bukidnon Coffee and Market Matching/Financial Consultation, December 18; and A Taste of Bukidnon’s Bounty, December 19. Details are also posted at Facebook.com/BukidnonChristmasBazaar. (DTI Bukidnon/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: DTI Bukidnon officially opens the seven-day Bukidnon Christmas Bazaar in Robinsons Place Valencia this December 13-20. Details are also posted at Facebook.com/BukidnonChristmasBazaar. (DTI Bukidnon)

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Camiguin posts 13% drop in crime rate for 4Q

December 23, 2020

  CAMIGUIN, (PIA)--The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camiguin has recorded a 13 percent decrease of crimes or three crimes from October 1 to December 11 as compared to the previous period with 23 crimes. During the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Joint Meeting, December 14, PLtCol Gwen Cinco said they have recorded 10 non-index crimes, 3 index crimes, and 5 public safety index for the said period.  On the eight focus crimes, Camiguin has recorded three cases of rape and three cases of theft. Furthermore, the province has recorded only three focus crimes as opposed to the six cases in 2019. PNP-Camiguin has also cleared three crimes this year while it handled six cases last year.  As for wanted persons, PNP-Camiguin has arrested 11 most wanted persons and 67 other wanted persons from the five towns of the province. On their campaign against illegal drugs, five operations were conducted and about P86,769.90 worth of illegal drugs were seized.  As for implementation of local ordinances particularly on health safety protocols, PNP-Camiguin arrested/fined 7,096 persons. They have recorded 326 violations on curfew, no back ride policy/allowing back rider without a barrier (287), mandatory use of face shield (2,002), mandatory use of face mask (3,161), social distancing (357), liquor ban (39), and other municipal ordinance related to the implementation of MGCQ (642). Cinco said with the strict implementation of municipal ordinances and enforcement of laws, Camiguin remains to be one of the most peaceful places in the region amid the pandemic. (RTP/PIA10)

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Bukidnon cacao farmers receive equipment from DTI INREMP project

December 22, 2020

Cacao farmers in Bukidnon will now have a more efficient production of cacao beans with a new equipment that can improve the quality of cacao through proper fermentation and drying. Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management-Livelihood Enhancement Support (INREMP-LES 2) Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon turned over one cacao all-weather solar tunnel dryer with fermentation boxes for each of the three people’s organizations in the province—Buyot Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (BUFA), Basyawon-Kisolop Small Upland Farmers Associations, Inc. (BKSUFA), and Alliance of Integrated Farmers in San Isidro, Inc. (AIFSI). The equipment was officially turned over to BUFA on December 9, 2020 and to BKSUFA on December 10, 2020 in the morning, followed by the turnover to AIFSI in the afternoon of the same day. The solar tunnel dryer is used to improve the quality of cacao beans through fermentation and drying as fermentation provides the rich aroma and taste of the beans. If properly fermented and dried, the cacao beans can be sold at a premium price. Kibawe boasts of 54 hectares of cacao expected to bear fruit this year and 57 hectares to bear fruit next year while Damulog has 211 hectares of cacao expected to bear fruit this year. BUFA President Gregorio Perater expressed his gratitude to the INREMP project for the new equipment received. “Dako kaayo akong kalipay ug nagpasalamat kaayo mi ani nga proyekto (I am very happy and very grateful for this project).” he said. DTI Bukidnon Provincial Director Eriberto Taban-ud Jr. reminded the beneficiaries to eventually improve the food chain with the use of the new equipment. “Di nato limtan nga atong sunod nga step niini kung ma-master na nato ang fermentation kay ang atong pag-level up [sa value chain]—gikan sa tablea, chocolate, hot cocoa, etc. (Let’s not forget that the next step after mastering the fermentation is to level-up [the value chain]—from tablea, chocolate, hot cocoa, etc.)” he said. DTI Regional Director Linda Boniao, who was present on the second day of the turnover ceremony, said that more programs from DTI are coming to help the farmers flourish as long as they properly manage the project with INREMP-LES 2. “Amoa gyung goal sa among pagbisita niining mga lagyo nga lugar kay ang pag-alleviate sa poverty ug pag-augment sa inyong income. Kung ang DENR nagtabang sa inyong pananom, nisulod ang DTI para naa moy other source of income ining inyong gipananom (Our goal in visiting the outskirts is to alleviate poverty and augment your income. DENR helped in terms of planting, while DTI is here so that you can have other source of income aside from farming.)” RD Boniao added during the turnover of the equipment to AISFA.  BKSUFA President Norma Adem was near to tears upon knowing that BKSUFA was one of the three people’s organizations who will received the SSF project.   “Salamat gyud kaayo sa DTI nga inyo gyud mi gitagaan ug pagtagad. Wala ko nagdahom nga sa krisis nga nahitabo karon sa tibuok kalibutan, maingon nako nga pag-asa gyud ni para sa amoa nga mga mag-uuma (Thank you to DTI for providing us with assistance. I did not expect that despite the crisis the world is experiencing right now, hope is given to us farmers).”  

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NTF-ELCAC sets development footprints in Surigao Del Sur conflict-affected areas

December 22, 2020

Lianga, Surigao Del Sur--- The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lianga led by Mayor Novelita M. Sarmen bagged the Retooled Community Support Program Best Practices (RCSP) Award in the CARAGA Regional Level while the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion’s 9th Special Forces and 8th Special Forces Companies were Regional Awardees for Best RCSP Implementing Partner for Non-Government Agency Category (NGA) for exemplifying the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict  in the conflict affected-areas of Lianga, Surigao Sur and Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur respectively during the RCSP Awarding Ceremony held on Dec. 21, at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Butuan City by the Department of Interior and Local Government 13. “Even prior to the approval of the National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) budget, local ELCAC task force in our Municipality already started and initiated to implement the Whole-of-Nation Approach to address the root causes of NPA terrorism in the conflict-affected IP communities of Andap Valley Range in Surigao del Sur,” Datu Constancio Duhac, Lianga Tribal Chieftain, said on his statement today. “Sitio Simowao in barangay Diatagon, Lianga was a former NPA terrorist stronghold where NPAs can freely roam and use the tribe to do some supply and logistic errands to sustain their forces. But with the tangible effect of the NTF-ELCAC through the RCSP and CSP, our IP community became free from NPA Terrorist influence,” Duhac, added. The  establishment of the DepEd IP schools of living tradition (DepEd-SLT) through the aid of the Surigao del Sur Provincial government,  local chief executives who chaired their respective ELCAC Local Task Forces countered NPA recruitment of NPA –linked schools of Tribal Filipino Program in Surigao del Sur  (TRIFPSS) and Alternative Learning Center for Livelihood and Development (ALCADEV). The active involvement of the Poverty Reduction Livelihood Development Cluster (PRLEC) of ELCAC chaired by TESDA provided livelihood, leadership skills training to empower the IP peoples’ organizations. The Basic Services Cluster to include DSWD provided IPs various basic needs and numerous LGU Serbisyo Caravans have flooded the IP communities because of the rehabilitated farm-to-market roads which increased the IP communities’ accessibility and economic activities. Other development includes the electrification of selected sitios and the establishment of Patrol Bases to secure the IP communities from NPA attacks on IP leaders and the neutralization of most wanted CPP-NPA target personalities by the Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support Cluster where AFP and PNP belong. Mayor Novelita M. Sarmen expressed her gratitude for the award and for the development brought by the NTF-ELCAC programs and initiatives particularly in the affected barangays. “NTF-ELCAC programs exemplified in RCSP are rays of hope for our continuing quest towards a genuinely peaceful and developed municipality of Lianga,” Mayor Sarmen, said. Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer also thanked the support of LGU partners who have fully recognized their roles in ending NPA terrorism in the region. “We thank the civilian bureaucracy, particularly the active members of the Local ELCC Task Forces in CARAGA region. They are actually the “main effort” in eradicating NPA terrorism because the delivery of basic and social services will address the issues in the conflict-affected areas often exploited by the NPA cadres to recruit,” Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan, 3rd Special Forces Battalion Commander, said. Surigao Del Sur Government led by Governor Alexander T. Pimentel, who is also the CARAGA Peace and Order Council Chairman, with the local chief executives from various municipalities and barangays and the Regional Development Council Social Development Committee led by Bayugan City Mayor Kirk A. Asis have been very vocal and active in their support to NTF-ELCAC and have courageously declared the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona-non-grata in the whole Surigao Sur province. Meanwhile, NTF-ELCAC has 12 clusters line of efforts where all government peace and development programs are anchored to address the root causes of insurgency. DILGs’ RCSP and AFPs’ CSP are some of the mechanisms to implement NTF-ELCAC programs in the conflict-affected areas.

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