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DPWH distributes hygiene packs to local schools

August 13, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Aug. 7 – Four schools here recently received hygiene packs from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office as support to the annual Brigada Eskwela activity of the Department of Education (DepEd). The schools that received the hygiene packs were Marie Cristina National High School, Angelico Medina Memorial School, Tambacan Elementary School, and Del Carmen Integrated School. “This is our humble assistance to our local schools. Especially during this time of the pandemic, our teachers are also taking great risks just to give our children quality education," expressed District Engineer Alykhan Ali. Each hygiene pack contains face shields, face masks, and four gallons of ethyl alcohol. Brigada Eskwela is the National Schools Maintenance Week which aims to bring together all education stakeholders to help prepare public school facilities for the opening of classes.  The Brigada Eskwela taps on the Filipino spirit of Bayanihan wherein private institutions and individuals, government agencies, local government units, and other organizations contribute to DepEd’s campaign of providing Filipino children access to quality basic education.  “Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we should continue to ensure that our children’s future is promising and safe," Engr. Ali added. In addition to hygiene packs, DPWH maintenance personnel also assisted in the school’s clean-up activity by mowing the open grounds of these campuses. (VNL/DPWH)

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TUPAD beneficiaries thankful to PGLDN, DOLE

August 13, 2020

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 11 – Twenty-two (22) beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are thankful to the Department and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program. They received their wages for the 10-day work of disinfecting and sanitizing their own houses through the “Bahay Ko, Barangay Ko” initiative. The beneficiaries composed of Pumpboat Operators, Motorcycle Drivers, Carpenters, Household Workers, Fishermen, Baby Sitters, Laundrywoman, Contract Workers,  Beauticians, and Farm Laborers.  Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo personally met the beneficiaries from the Municipalities of Tubod and Baroy and asked for their help in informing their friends, neighbors, and family members on the importance of observing the health protocols of the Department of Health and following the guidelines established by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). “What we only asked from you is your total cooperation. Strict observance of DOH health protocols and the guidelines established by the IATF will be your great contribution for us to win against this COVID-19 pandemic,” she said. The Governor reminded them to regularly wash their hands, wear a face mask, face shield, and observe physical or social distancing when in public places to curtail local transmission.  “This is not only for your safety but also for the safety of the people around you, especially your loved ones,” she added. Governor Dimaporo also informed the beneficiaries that the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Incident Management Team proactively initiate measures to protect the safety and security of the residents by installing quarantine checkpoints at the borders in partnership with the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police, as well as, the establishment of additional isolation facilities like the two buildings in Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital in Baroy, the Infirmary and Annex Buildings in new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, Kolambugan Provincial Hospital converted into an isolation facility, more rooms created in Mindanao Civic Center Stadium to house the Locally Stranded Individuals and Returning Overseas Filipinos for their 14-day quarantine period, and the creation of the Provincial COVID-19 Testing Laboratory in Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, the only COVID-19 Testing Laboratory spearheaded by a provincial government in Region 10. Further, the Provincial Chief Executive requested them to include in their prayer the safety and health of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for tirelessly leading the country’s fight against COVID-19, and for continuously finding ways to extend all kinds of assistance to Filipinos in these trying times, such as the TUPAD Program of the DOLE. The payment of their wages was facilitated by PESO Manager Designate Evelyn A. Lopes on August 11, 2020 at Macapagal Training Center, Governor Arsenio A. Provincial Government Center compound, Pigcarangan, municipality of Tubod. (PIO-LDN)

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Survival garden, mental health program SouthCot’s response to COVID-19 crisis

August 13, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA)—In fighting the adverse effects of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, Tampakan town in South Cotabato initiated the Survival Garden for food security, and the ‘You Matter Program’ to care for the mental health of the local government’s employees. During the daily Network Briefing with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, August 12, Tampakan Mayor Leonard Escobillo said their Survival Garden, which is also used on Agricultural Research Facility for High Valued Crops, originated in the initial phase of COVID-19 where purchase of food was difficult.  The local farmers were tapped but their produce is still not enough. Escobillo said they prompted the LGUs to convert five areas in the municipality for vegetable production to augment their produce. Through the Survival Garden, the mayor said they were able to augment the income of their farmers as well as they were able to find ways on acquiring pest control means.  Aside from the said garden, Tampakan is named to be one of the earliest municipalities that have established prevention protocols against COVID-19 and isolation units.  Escobillo said the LGU sees to it that everybody will take part in the disease prevention through having the sectoral approach where actions are not only centered on the government.  The church, business and other sectors were tapped to help in enforcing protocols, “Mas efficient kasi sila mismo (this is more efficient since they) are investing their own resources,” the mayor added.  To care for their employees’ mental health, Escobillo said they implemented the ‘You Matter Program’ to help not only the frontliners but also their ordinary employees cope with the challenges at work and in their homes amid COVID-19 contagion.  This, after noting that more people are now coming out of their houses, risking their lives just to make both ends meet in this time of crisis. Gardening programs in R10 In region 10, various interventions are also implemented by the LGUs to respond to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and these include the Urban Container Household Gardening program of CDO LGU, which now aids over 900 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. The Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 also continuously provides vegetable seeds to companies, schools and government offices to enforce their Plant, Plant, Plant Program.  To date, the agency has already utilized P3.3 million for the provision of vegetable seeds of which 877.092 kgs or 23,508 packets have been provided to clients. (RTP/PIA10)

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PCOO eyes TV, radio program to aid MSMEs

August 13, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA)--Meeting with the media workers from Northern Mindanao through 'Tambayayong,' August 12, Presidential Communications Sec. Martin Andanar suggested a program, which will be aired on Tv and radio, to alleviate the challenges that are faced by the farmers, fisherfolks, and other micro and small enterprises.  “The idea is to be able to help growers, mga negosyante ug trabahante sa (entrepreneurs and workers in) Region 10. With the cooperation of the private media, ang mga network ninyo (your networks), I’m sure this will become a success,” Andanar said. The secretary cited a program from Thailand where a TV and radio show is produced to help augment the income of their farmers. "It was headed by their minister tapos gi-ubanan sila’g mga artista sa ilang (they were joined by artists in their) online selling and they were able to raise so much. They were able to sell products that were produced by their local farmers," Andanar added.   Together with Philippine Information Agency Director General Ramon Cualoping, Andanar hopes to improve on the idea and urges the local and national media to collaborate on the said program.  Aid to media  As for the assistance for the media who were greatly affected with the implementation of community quarantine in the region, Andanar said he is in close coordination with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Silvestre Bello to provide immediate assistance to displaced workers through the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act 2.  He also cited livelihood and loan assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) particularly the newspaper owners.  Furthermore, Andanar said they are prioritizing the passage of the Media Workers’ Welfare Act to ensure availment of livelihood, housing programs, regular employment, security of tenure, and health benefits for the media workers.  'Tambayayong' is one of the first virtual meetings with the media facilitated by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to obtain updates on the events in the region amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (RTP/PIA10)

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DA’s Agri 4Ps to boost CDO’s food adequacy

August 12, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA)--With its thrust to increase food sufficiency across the region, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 dispensed a total of 585 packets of assorted vegetable seeds to the different offices within the city. DA-RFO 10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, who handed over the seed interventions, said each packet of the veggie seeds, weighing 36 grams can cover up to 1,000 square meter area. Said intervention is part of DA Secretary William Dar’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program, also known as Agri 4Ps. It targets to increase the country’s food adequacy level, especially amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients include Tamboboan and Kauswagan barangay councils; Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP); Philippine National Police–Regional Maritime Unit (PNP-RMU)-10; and the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO). They received the Pinakbet variant (5-in-1) of veggie seeds, consisting of ampalaya, okra, string beans, squash and eggplant. Aside from the Pinakbet variant, PCUP has also availed the Sinigang 5-in-1 packet, which consists of kangkong, radish, tomato, string beans and okra. Barangays Tamboboan and Kauswagan will hold an urban gardening contest in their respective barangays to showcase the produce of the vegetable seeds obtained from DA. “Through this activity, the locals will be encouraged to start their own vegetable gardens, where they can get nutritious food during the health crisis,” the barangay representative said. PCUP-Fields Operations Division for Mindanao Assistant Regional Director Cynthia B. Rosales said the seeds will be used for their Urban Container Gardening Project in collaboration with the Agricultural Productivity Office (APO). APO will assist in the provision of technical expertise during training in select barangays to pilot the project. Rosales said the seeds will be given as start-up seeds to the participants of the training, while PCUP will monitor the commitments of involved barangays who will be engaging the gardening activity. Meanwhile, PNP-RMU 10 will share the seeds to all its stations for backyard gardening to benefit its personnel and locals nearby. Further, CLENRO will also distribute the packets of seeds to their beneficiaries in the hinterland barangays of the city, who have their own communal gardens. (DA10/PIA10)

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DA’s backyard gardening gets boost with DepEd CDO’s pet plant project

August 12, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--Schools in Cagayan de oro City, including Pagatpat National High School (PNHS), strengthen DA’s advocacy to engage in backyard gardening amid the ongoing pandemic thru the ‘My Pet Plant’ project. The initiative of the Department of Education (DepEd)-CDO is seen as a psychosocial activity that students can productively and safely do while integrating it to their school subjects, as they adopt a modular mode of learning triggered by the COVID-19 health crisis. In support, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 thru Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga turned over 150 packets of Sinigang composed of Radish, Kangkong, Tomato, Pole Sitaw and Okra seeds to Jovel P. Flores, Teacher I of PNHS. The granted request is in time for the distribution of said provisions during the parents’ orientation of the said project.  “With the given seeds, children can nurture and monitor the growth and development of plants,” Flores said. He added that DA has extended a great help with the provision of free seeds. Aligned with DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program (Agri 4Ps), the ‘My Pet Plant’ project is on track towards contributing to sustained food production, accessibility, and affordability, especially during this trying time. As of August 3, a total of 3,608 vegetable seed packets were distributed to various city schools for the said project. (DA10/PIA10)

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