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Villar's plastics recycling plant serving schools all over Mindanao

January 27, 2021

MORE than 2,000 classroom chairs made out of recycled plastic have been donated by the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG) in schools all over Mindanao. Since 2017, Villar SIPAG has operated a waste plastic recycling factory in Cagayan de Oro City, producing 200 chairs a month to be distributed in public schools. This is part of Sen. Cynthia Villar's plastic recycling program as part of her initiative as chairperson of the Senate committee on the environment. Only three such plants exist - one is in Las Piñas and the other in Iloilo - and the one here in Cagayan de Oro services the whole Mindanao. According to Cagayan de Oro operations in charge Suzette Townend-Gomera, they constantly receive requests for chair donations from the Department of Education and the local government units (LGUs). Thus, they need to distribute at least 50 pieces a week where the team goes as far as Mati, Zamboanga, Surigao and Marawi, among others. "On some occasions, the requesting parting will be the ones to pick up the items from our facility but if they don't have the means of transport, we can deliver the chairs to them," Gomera said. Each unit is made of 20 kilos of recyclable plastic which the facility generates from the its partner-provider, the provincial government of Misamis Oriental. The wastes are fed into a crusher, washed in a tub, dried, melted, molded into individual chair parts, pressed, assembled and painted before they roll out. “In turning plastic wastes into useful furniture like school chairs, we are not only reducing the amount of plastic garbage that goes into our water resources, which harms the environment. We are also able to provide livelihood sources to the poor, because the jobless, the non-skilled and even the physically disabled are employed by the factories,” Villar said. Villar has sounded the alarm on the country’s worsening problem on plastic wastes. She authored Senate Bill No. 1331 or the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2020 which seeks to institutionalize the practice of EPR in waste management. The senator also authored Senate Bill 333 or the Single-Use Plastic Product Regulation Act, which seeks to regulate the manufacturing, importation and single-use of plastic products.

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Provincial vet eyes hike in prices of meat

January 27, 2021

MISAMIS Oriental--A provincial veterinarian yesterday said that prices of meat products have increased especially in areas hardly hit by African Swine Fever (ASF). Dr. Benjamine Resma, veterinarian of the province of Misamis Oriental, said that prices of pork started to increase in the region. Resma said that one of the reasons for the increase is the lack of supply of pork "as we supply 16-20,000 heads of pork products in Luzon." He said that the daily requirement of the National Capital Region (NCR) is pegged at 3,000 heads per day "and we supply them." He said the local governments in the province have also strictly implemented the entry of pork products especially comming from areas hardy hit by ASF. As of today, Resma said that no ASF-reported cases in Misamis Oriental "that is why we are strict when it comes to the entry of pork products."

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Villanueva district hospital soon to rise

January 27, 2021

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oiental--If plans dont miscarry, the much-awaited groundbreaking of the P450-million worth Mindanao District Hospital is happening soon, said Mayor Jennie Uy-Mendez. Mendez said the hospital which will be constructed in one hectare land "and we will do the groundbreaking with Senator Bong Go soon." She said the construction of Mindanao District Hospital in this town was the legacy of the Uy family. Her father, Atty. Julio Uy is a former town mayor of Villanueva and former Vice Governor of the province of Misamis Oriental; her mother, a former town mayor of Villanueva and now a three-termer member of the House of the Representives representing the second district of Misamis Oriental; and mayor Jennie Uy-Mendez herself. Advocacy She said the idea of constructing a hospital in the town was conceptualized in 2014, at a time when she was working as congressional staff of her mother. "It was the time when everything was just our advocacy and now we will soon hold the groundbreaking. The fulfillment of our or our dream" she added. "Sa una, sa among nakita kulang gyud kaayo ang support sa atong healthcare especially ob public health," said Mendez. She emphasized: "Kining sa hospital, dili man gud ni siya bounded by any territorial or jurisdiction, its a universal need." Mendez said the hospital will be constructed under the funding of the Department of Health (DOH). It will be a 4-5 storey public hospital,said the mayor adding,"kani nga project dako kaayo ug ikatabang sa mga tawo." "Si mama, morag batang gamay nga mihilak sa kalipay nga ma put-up na gayud ang Mindanao District sa Villanueva," said Mendez. She emphasized that the hospital ws not constructed to compete with other public hospitals and to decongest the already crowded Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), also known as provincial hospital. Likewise, Mendez thanked her parents for inspiring her "because they seek to improve the quality of life of people through education, health, eave and order, employment, livelihood, and housing. House Bill 3462 Rep. Uy filed House Bill 3462 at the House of Representatives. Uy said HB 3462 seeks to establish the Northern Mindanao District Hospital of Villanueva, which will be under the supervision of the Department of Health (DOH). In her explanatory note, Uy said that the town of Villanueva is widely consideredas the growing industrial hub in the province of Misamis Oriental. Not only in Misamis Oriental, she pointed out, but even in Northern Mindanao as it has 16 medium to large scale industries. With its growing local economy and the influx of industrial plants, Uy said there is a steady increase in the population of Villanueva. "In line with this, there is a need to establish a hospital in the area to ensure that the population is given adequate health care in the quickest possible time especially during emergencies," said the lady lawmaker adding, "this is essential considering that Villanueva is 26 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City where the nearest hospitals are located."

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Piñol supports extension of 3 – year BARMM transition

January 26, 2021

TARAKA, LANAO DEL SUR – Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol expressed support on Thursday (January 21) on the extension of the transition period of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to another three years.   The announcement was made during his official visit in Taraka, Lanao del Sur as he leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Solar - Powered Irrigation Water Supply Project and Mahal Center Livelihood on -site inspection in the said town.   “This President has worked for a peace agreement that gives us stability in Mindanao. We have to give the leaders of BARMM today enough elbow room, enough time to prove their worth,” Piñol emphasized.   He also stressed that the “peace agreement with the MILF is the greatest achievement of this Administration and it cannot be let go – it has to sustain.”   “Let us not instantly hope that after three years there will be dramatic changes. You have to understand these are rebels. For the first time, we are giving them the opportunity to run a government. Let’s give them enough time to prove their worth,” the MinDA chief explained.   Despite the challenges BARMM government is facing, he said that he is optimistic about the new political entity.   “I would like to congratulate Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim. I think the BARMM is doing well,” Piñol further added.   BARMM officially replaced the former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in January 2019 after the ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), which aimed at attaining peace and development in this part of the country.

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foodpanda expands shops service in Mindanao with Fit Mart

January 24, 2021

foodpanda Philippines receives a huge boost to its grocery delivery service in Mindanao as it partners with Fit Mart, one of the biggest grocery chains in the southern part of the country.   With foodpanda shops, grocery items are conveniently categorized, orderly presented, and are just a few taps away from being delivered in the comfort and convenience of your home. The Fit Mart and foodpanda partnership serve as a major addition to the broad offerings of the on-demand food and goods delivery service. Now, foodpanda will be able to meet the grocery delivery needs of even more online shoppers.   “foodpanda is delighted that Fit Mart is now in foodpanda shops,” says Ezra Espina, foodpanda Mindanao Cluster Head. “The partnership strengthens the shared mission of foodpanda, the country’s on-demand food delivery service, and Fit Mart, one of the biggest grocery chains in the region, to deliver everyone’s needs with quality service and offerings.”   Fit Mart was introduced in 1980 as a simple shoe store, named after the everyday lingo “Fit” was coined for every customer who deserved satisfaction. Since then, the business has grown to become a General Santos staple in grocery shopping, carrying a wide variety of everyday essentials and other items.               The partnership between foodpanda and Fit Mart reflects the commitment of foodpanda to having food and more delivered right in the safety and comfort of your doorsteps at home and workplaces. The tie-up also makes Fit Mart Gensan the first supermarket branch to be launched in foodpanda shops in Mindanao, with its many offerings now available on the user-friendly platform.             “We are hoping that this partnership will serve more people in General Santos City who rely on accessibility in terms of getting their essential needs,” says Retchie Santiago, FitMart Gensan Operations Manager.               As foodpanda continues to grow and develop its offerings, say goodbye to the inconvenience of physical shopping, and welcome the many rewarding experiences of grocery delivery with just a few taps and clicks.   To shop at Fit Mart through foodpanda, and to enjoy all the unmatched food and grocery delivery deals and promos of the on-demand food delivery service, 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.

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Bambi leads in Misamis Oriental Agriculture Development Complex inauguration; Villar sends congratulations

January 22, 2021

ANE-I, Claveria, Misamis Oriental – Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano led in the blessing and pledge of support ceremonial signing for the seven-hectare Misamis Oriental Agriculture Development Complex located here. This, as Sen. Cynthia Villar – the chair of the Senate committee on agriculture – hailed the new development, saying it is timely for the usage of the facility due to the recent passage of the Coco Levy Act in Congress, waiting for signature by President Duterte into law. Villar assured her full support of the project which was mainly courtesy of cigarette giant Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation. Atty. Cancio Nicanor Guibone, PMFTC Inc. head of corporate affairs for Mindanao, said the company granted the provincial government of Misamis Oriental last October a deed of grant of usufructuary rights to use the seven-hectare facility for agricultural purposes and even build minimal structures therein. Also on hand gracing the event last Friday (January 22) and expressing his full support to the project was Misamis Oriental first district Rep. Christian Unabia who said that usage of the facility will complement his many agricultural outreaches in his district. According to Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on agriculture chair Fredrick Khu, the complex – strategically located at the agricultural heartland of Misamis Oriental – will primarily be a venue for the processing of various agricultural produce in the province. “This will address value-adding needs by farmers, fisherfolk and agri-entrepreneurs and most especially, address the rampant issue of post-harvest loss,” Khu said. Provincial agriculturist Jose Apollo Pacamalan said that the complex will be a state-of-the-art facility which would cater various food processing technologies such as drying, bottling and preservation, among others. Moreover, a post-harvest laboratory will be present for research and development on the lengthening of shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Waxing, application of edible coating and modified atmosphere are among the processes that will be done, ensuring preservation of both pre-finished and finished products. A nursery for the production of lettuce, bulb onion, cabbage, cacao, coffee, mulberry and different varieties of coconut will be established. To diversify the options of farmers, the creation of an inland fish hatchery is already ongoing that when in full operational capacity could produce 500,000 fingerlings for the benefit of 300 backyard farmers. And lastly, the most important service the complex and its facilities will give is research. On top of Pacamalan’s list are hydrophonics, expansion of the tissue culture laboratory, study on the black soldier fly, bioethanol production from cassava and face mask production using abaca. “In this facility, let us teach farmers how to innovate so they will prosper more,” Emano said.

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