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Dad slams DA's lack of solution to ASF

February 7, 2021

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Councilor Edgar Cabanlas slammed the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the sharp rise in the price of basic commodities. "Dili unta mahitabo ang sobrang pagsaka sa presyo sa mga nag-unang palaliton kun abtik ang DA, said Cabanlas. Cabanlas issued the statement after councilor Edna Dahino reported on the observed price hike of basic foods.   He said the main function of the agency is to ensure that there is a proper supply of basic products such as rice, corn, poultry, pork and other types of food. "Trabaho kana sa DA nga dili magkulang ang mga produkto," the councilor explained. "It is sad to think that the agency has done nothing to help the people who are affected by the increase in the prices of basic commodities," Cabanlas added. The DA would have expected the supply to decrease because African Swine Fever (ASF) has been a problem for a long time but so far no solution has been found. In fact, to say that the price of goods is very low, farmers and livestock farmers are dead and if the price is high, the buyer is also dead, Cabanlas added. Unassisted growers, what did the DA do? When it comes to agriculture, nothing is done. The people are suffering because they do not know how the agency will act, Cabanlas said. (SP)

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pandaTODA riders share their stories of success amidst the pandemic

February 5, 2021

foodpanda is exciting... The delivery service is an exciting sector because it’s growing so fast. These days, it’s hard to spend a night at home where one can chill and chow without ordering from foodpanda. However, the huge impact it makes to the restaurant industry won't be possible without its fleet of riders. The men and women of foodpanda serve as the hands and feet of the consumers who simply want their food and grocery to be safely delivered straight to their homes and workplaces.   That’s why as  an on-demand food and grocery delivery service, foodpanda never stops to create programs designed to help its partners and those in need.  Embracing its impact on everyone’s lives beyond offering top-quality delivery of food and grocery needs, foodpanda rolled out the PandaTODA program. The initiative was designed to help idle tricycle drivers get back on the road with new livelihood and purpose.  Here, three tricycle drivers share their stories. Antonio Sarmiento There is palpable happiness in the voice of Antonio Sarmiento, a tricycle driver of 13 years. When asked if he was ready to accommodate a few questions, he quipped, “Ok lang po, basta wag lang tungkol sa babae.”               There is reason to believe that his tone was much different last March. Upon learning that they had to stay off the roads and stay inside their homes, he was left clueless on what to do next. He had no idea how else to make a living and had no choice but hope for the best.               A few months later, Sarmiento was informed by his local Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) that foodpanda is presenting drivers like him with a new job opportunity as a rider. Excited, he quickly enlisted his name under the program along with 18 of his friends.               “Labis na kasiyahan po talaga ang naramdaman ko n’on,” Sarmiento says.               Making the transition from transporting passengers to food orders, however, was no small task. The biggest adjustment was operating on a much larger area, as opposed to the limited routes granted to tricycle drivers. Nonetheless, Sarmiento was quick to adjust, and is now happy and settled as a foodpanda rider.               “Malaking pasasalamat po talaga sa foodpanda kasi binigyan nila ako, kami, ng bagong hanap-buhay,” he says.   Jun Sanchez Unlike the veteran Sarmiento, Jun Sanchez was just starting his career as a tricycle driver when the ECQ was imposed.               Sanchez lived in Butuan most of his life. He decided to try his luck in Manila and took the first job available to him as a tricycle driver. But just when he was making his strides, he was told that they had to stop operations.               Sanchez spent the following months sustaining his family using the small savings he was able to set aside. And just before it was depleted, he received an invite to join the PandaTODA program.               “Noong una kinabahan ako kasi hindi ko pa alam yung mga gagawin,” he says. “Nakakapanibago rin kasi hindi katulad sa tricycle na nakasakay ka lang maghapon, dito kailangan maglakad ka para maghatid-sundo ng pagkain. Pero masaya at masarap sa pakiramdam na makitang masaya ang mga customer ko.”               Aside from giving him new ways to earn money, the PandaTODA program also afforded him the work flexibility that he has never experienced in his life.   “Dahil po sa PandaTODA, nakagawa po ako ng schedule na mas maaga na po akong nakakauwi sa pamilya ko,” he says. “Bukod po sa kumikita ng extra, mas nakakasama ko pa po ‘yung mga mahal ko sa buhay. Mas maraming family time.”   John Paul Bolanos   A mix of excitement and anxiety was likewise felt by John Bolanos when he was told about the PandaTODA program.               He was ecstatic about the new opportunity, but also nervous about the prospect of starting in a new job, under a new system, after working as a tricycle driver for 8 years.   Bolanos clearly remembers to this day his main concern during his very first delivery.               “Takot na takot po ako nun kasi iniisip ko baka matapon yung pagkain,” Bolanos says, laughing.   He clears that nothing was spilled that day, and it was a successful delivery that ended with an exchange of smiles with a happy customer.               While he was anxious about entering the PandaTODA program, Bolanos quickly learned that foodpanda has set up an efficient system that helps newbies like him ease into the program.               “Madali lang po ‘yung adjustment ko kasi maganda rin po na madaling gamitin ‘yung foodpanda app. Malakas rin po talaga ang samahan ng mga rider kasi nagtutulungan po talaga kaming lahat,” Bolanos says. “Parang nakahanap din po ako ng bagong pamilya dito.”               While life has been anything but easy for anyone in these trying times, foodpanda continues to deliver solutions to help people in any way possible. Under the PandaTODA program, tricycle drivers get more than new livelihood. They also enjoy the perks and rewards that go with being part of the foodpanda family.   To know more about all the inspiring initiatives of foodpanda Philippines, as well as to enjoy its unmatched food and grocery delivery deals and promos, download and order through the foodpanda app now at www.foodpanda.ph. Follow foodpanda’s official social media pages on Facebook at facebook.com/foodpandaphilippines and Instagram at instagram.com/foodpanda_ph. foodpanda partners w: GenSan LGU for pandatoda   foodpanda rider in CDO   foodpanda rider in CDO  

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Construction of Balubal socialized housing project kicks off

February 3, 2021

CONSTRUCTION of the second phase of the Balubal socialized housing project kicked off in Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday (February 3, 2021) with a groundbreaking ceremony.   The project is a joint initiative between the Department of Housing Settlements and Urban Development, the city government of Cagayan de Oro, private developers and the Social Housing Finance Corporation which will finance the project.   The Balulang socialized housing project – which is under DHSUD’s Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive Filipino Communities (BALAI) – will be populated with 40 two-storey buildings with 24 units in each structure.   The said project is located six kilometers from the national highway traversing the Agusan barangay access road to barangay Balubal.   Covering an area of 46,000 square meters, the estate will soon be available for residency by 960 former informal settler families.   A total of approximately P420 million will be needed for the building construction that will come from the Social Housing Finance Corporation’s community mortgage program.   DHSUD and the city government of Cagayan de Oro through Mayor Oscar Moreno conceptualized the project to address the pragmatic dilemma in housing due to influx of informal settler families living in, near or along danger areas such as riverbanks, esteros, roadways, sidewalks, aqueducts, bridges, garbage dumps, shorelines and waterways here.

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Misor enhances Cebu Pacific shrine into a tourism complex

February 2, 2021

SERVING as a pleasant surprise and enticing news for tourists and Misamisnons alike, Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano leads the blessing and inauauration of Northern Mindanao's newest toust destination, the Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden. A tribute to the success of Emano's flagship program of tourism, tnis landmark project seeks to bring about hope to Misamisnons amidst the pandemic. Led by Emano and provincial tourism head Atty. Jeffrey Saclot, the inauguration of the Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden, held in unison with the commemoration of the Cebu Pacific Flight 387 crash, aims to encourage people to have a wider array of options when visiting the area by boasting of amenities and attractions previously known to be available only from neighboring provinces. Located midway between the municipality of Claveria and Gingoog City, the relaxingly cool destination in addition to the beautiful botanical landscapes, will be equipped with new facilities and amenities such as coffee shops, fruit stands, camping areas, and cottages to help promote food tourism, historical/cultural tourism and fun tourism. A milestone project that will cement Misamis Oriental into the tourism map of the Philippines, the tourism complex will also present nevw opportunities for livelihood for many Misamisnons due to the expected influx of tourists. With the continued support of Governor Bambi Emano, the one of a kind Turism Complex and Botanical Garden is envisioned to become a top tourist destination not only in the country but all over the world. VVith the successful blessing and inauquration of the Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden, Governor Bambi Emano wants tourists, locals and foreigners allke, be given more reasons why they should #ExploreMisOrMore!

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Piñol urges Mindanao LGUs to grow own food

February 2, 2021

  DAVAO CITY - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has urged Mindanao Local Government Units (LGU’s) to initiate self-reliant food production programs to feed their respective constituents as the whole country faces tight food supplies and soaring prices this year.   Among the strategies being proposed by MinDA to be adopted by the LGU’s are, Livestock Production through the establishment of LGU owned Cattle Fattening Feedlot using locally procured Cattle or Imported Steers, Hog Production Program through a Communal Hog Raising Concept where the LGU sets up facilities with sufficient biosecurity safeguards against the dreaded African Swine Fever which virtually wiped out the backyard hog industry, and Free-Range Chicken Production Program through the establishment of Provincial Breeding Centers for locally bred poultry for distribution to farming families.   Also, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that fisheries and aquaculture development through the establishment of post-harvest facilities such as ice-makers and cold storage facilities are necessary to encourage fishermen to catch more fish.   He added that an Intensified Vegetable Production Program especially in the highlands is also important to ensure sufficient local supply at affordable prices.   “In my consultations with local government executives, I emphasized that while Mindanao could sufficiently supply the needs of its population, the rising prices of goods in Metro Manila and Luzon because of short supply could destabilize the food sufficiency programs of the region,” Piñol said.   The MinDA chief said that the best example is the increased demand for live hogs from Mindanao to be shipped to Metro Manila which has resulted in a dramatic increase in the farm gate price from P90 per kilo live last year to as high as P220 per kilo now.   He added that the demand for beef, vegetables, and fish has also intensified as Metro Manila LGUs grapple with skyrocketing food prices.   “While these developments would benefit Mindanao food producers, an intensified effort to produce more should be undertaken in the region to ensure local food sufficiency.   All of these LGU food production initiatives designed by MinDA will be supported with financing from its banking partner, the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP),” he added.

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Bago graces Tau Gamma Phi leadership symposium in Opol

January 31, 2021

OPOL, Misamis Oriental Councilor Jay Bago was chosen as the keynote speaker in the leadership symposium of the Tau Gamma Phi (Opol chapter) that was held Sunday, January 31 at Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort. Bago was chosen as the speaker due to his credentials as a lawyer. In his speech, Bago spoke first about divine law, then about the Constitution, then about national laws, then about laws on corporations where Tau Gamma Phi belongs as a non-profit civic organization. Bago also took the opportunity to thank Tau Gamma Phi (Opol chapter) for their continuing civic outreaches in the communities of Opol where his constituency belongs. "They were the ones who volunteered to assist in the covid response of the barangays. On a regular basis, they also have other activities such as tree planting, coastal clean-up drive, donation of trash bins in the barangays, donation of school supplies to students, and many other philanthropic works," Bago said. Tau Gamma Phi (ΤΓΦ), also known as 'Triskelions’ Grand Fraternity', is a fraternity established in the Philippines. Its members call themselves Triskelion. Its aims are to see a Fraternity System devoid of violence in lieu of the rampant violence pervading the university campus at the time of its founding, to avoid elitism if they can, and to earnestly propagate their fraternity's principles as their way of life without political influence or pressure. Based on these goals, the Triskelions categorized their formal group as a 'protest fraternity'. The Fraternity encourages its members to strive for spiritual growth and to organize socio-civic activities for the benefit of communities. Tau Gamma Phi is now one of the largest international fraternities, with about 2,500,000 registered members worldwide. Bago, has been very active in advocating for the passage and eventual implementation of local ordinances in his hometown.

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