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266 CDO moms join in Hakab Na simultaneous breastfeeding amid COVID-19 contagion

August 29, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA)--Bringing 266 breastfeeding mothers, here, together in a 'big latch on' annual event to underscore the importance of breastfeeding to children's nutrition and development especially during the COVID-19 contagion, the Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM) held the first-ever virtual Hakab Na 2020, August 29.   Emphasizing the need to provide breast milk to children 0-6 months old, MNM Founder Nadine Casiño said mothers need not worry on milk suply. "Mu-flow gihapon ang milk bisag unsa ka kakapoy or stressed. Naa mo’y gatas tungod sa hormones ninyo tungod kay babae mo, makabreastfeed gyud mo."   (The milk will still flow no matter how tired or stressed you are. You will really have milk [to feed your baby] because you are women, you can really practice breastfeeding)   Giving tips on promoting mother and child care during a contagion, Dr. Maria Asuncion Silvestre, member of the Independent Review Group for the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) in Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC), said, "Ugaliin ang paghuhugas ng kamay gamit ang tubig at sabon, panatilihing malinis ang kapaligiran ng ina at ng sanggol, umiwas sa mga matataong lugar, at panatilihin ang isang metrong layo sa mga taong nagpapakita ng sintomas ng COVID-19."   (Make washing of hands with soap and water a habit, maintain cleanliness in the mother and child's environment, refrain from going in crowded areas, and maintain distance from people who manifest COVID-19 symptoms)   For pregnant women, Silvestre urges mothers to monitor their diet, eat nutritious food and refrain from smoking as these can affect the total development of the baby inside their wombs.   She also reminded pregnant mothers not to miss or postponse their prenatal check-ups even with the declaration of community quarantine.   "It’s going to be a different normal; hopefully a better normal for our children. Let’s not make the preditions come true that malnutrition will go up by 14 percent. Let’s not allow that to happen. Be your child's frontliner," Silvestre added.   For working mothers, Registered Nutritionist Shiella Balbanida said mothers should "build their milk stash one month before going back to work and learn how to hand express breastmilk."   Balbanida added that family support and joining mothers' support group can help working mothers continue their breastfeeding journey noting the pressure it takes to be one.   Hakab Na is an annual event slated every month of August and held in various parts of the country to support and promote the Breastfeeding Month celebration.

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42 NorMin frontliners to undergo contact tracing, link analysis training

August 20, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA)--In boosting capacity to handle contact tracing, link analysis and other measures to combat coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, 42 frontliners in the region will undergo a training with National Inter Agency Task Force Contact Tracing Czar Benjamin Magalong, August 19, here. During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, August 18, Department of Health (DOH)-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Suba-an said the training will include cognitive interviewing skills involving personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and health workers. Suba-an added that Magalong prefers those who can articulate well and those with leadership qualities to join the said training. Thus, participants for such were carefully selected from the five provinces and two highly urbanized cities in the region. Cognitive interviewing is similar to the questioning technique observed by PNP to retrieve information about a crime from eyewitnesses and victims. This technique can be used effectively to gather information about COVID-19 patients and the people they interacted with. On the same day, analytical tools will be taught to PNP-10 and information and communications technology (ICT) staff of local government units (LGUs). In the analytical tool training, the participants will be taught on using a domain where the LGUs can set up their own COVID-19 database using their data collection tool. The information, when inputted to the link analysis software being used by the police, will generate links and data useful in contact tracing.  Aside from allowing them to utilize the domain and help them develop their own websites, Magalong's team will also teach the frontliner on how to use both the data collection tool to build their own database and the link analysis software for their contact tracing.   Suba-an said the training aims to beef up the LGUs' capacity in responding to COVID-19 cases in their areas thus, they carefully picked the participants and made sure that every province is well represented.  As of August 18, the region has 953 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 513 have recovered, 14 have expired, and 426 have recovered. (RTP/PIA10)

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DA allocates P15-B for 947 rice-growing towns

August 20, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA)--To boost agricultural production and ensure efficiency of farming activities of the 947 rice-growing towns in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) allocates P15 billion for farm mechanization program. During the daily Laging Handa Network Briefing with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, August 19, DA Sec. William Dar said farm mechanization aims to further increase the productivity and income of the farmers while helping them become agri-preneurs and less dependent on intensive labor in crop production. Dar also urged the local government units (LGUs) and local chief executives (LCEs) to continue supporting the department in ensuring food security in the country and to increase rice sufficiency level.  He added that DA has already provided numerous relief operations to farmers and he is hoping that the LGUs could implement the programs of DA so that Fillipinos will have enough food supply during this year and beyond.  “We believe we can better fight the pandemic kung meron tayong sapat at nutritious na pagkain (if we have enough and nutritious food),” Dar said. Among the machines recommended to boost rice production include farm tractors,  combine harvester, mobile rice threshers, and mechanical rice transplanter. DA provides technical and capability training for farmer associations that qualifies to avail themselves of  farm machineries and equipment from the agency. Interventions in NorMin In increasing farm efficiency and attain rice sufficiency through the use of hybrid rice and farm mechanization in Region 10, DA-10 in partnership with Central Mindanao University (CMU) pushes the ceremonial planting for hybrid rice derby. DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and CMU President Jesus Antonio G. Derije showcased the ceremonial planting using mechanical rice transplanter (riding type) and mechanical direct seeder (riding type), August 17, with the seven participating seed companies. The 50-hectare rice area will boost rice productivity to attain rice sufficiency through intensified use of quality seeds, appropriate inputs, modern technologies and mechanization to ensure food productivity. (RTP with reports from DA-10/PIA10)

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DILG-10 to BLGUs: Tap town, prov'l aid on handling returning individuals

August 18, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA)--Noting the difficulties in handling the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning oversease Filipinos (ROFs) in the barangay level, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 urges barangay local government units (BLGUs) to seek assistance from the municipal and provincial leaders since the former are not included in the provision of the Bayanihan Grant. "Magtinabangay nalang karon kay galisud gyapon ang mga barangay sa ilang pundo. Gipanawagan ang mga punong barangays to coordinate with the municipal government mayors and provincial governors to assist the barangay sa ilang pag-quarantine o isolate sa mga repatriated individuals," DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, August 14. (We should help one another in this time of crisis because the barangays also have difficulties with their funds. We ask our punong barangays to coordinate with the municipal government mayors and provincial governors to assist the barangay in conducting the quarantine or isolation of the repatriated individuals) Agabe said such is part of the national government's 'Oplan Kalinga' where all local chief executives (LCEs) are enjoined to immediately perform the identification and transfer of COVID-19 positive individuals to identified quarantine/isolation and medical facilities in their respective area of jurisdiction. Based on reports, DILG-10 has also noted difficulties on food provision in barangay isolation units.  "Gikuha nga responsibilidad sa mga local government units ang nibalik nga locally stranded individuals o returning overseas Filipinos. Pag-abot nila, nagproblema ang barangay kay gusto usab nila ang makahatag ug pagkaon," Agabe said. (The local government units took the responsibility in handling the locally stranded individuals or returning overseas Filipinos. Upon their return, the barangay had a problem since they also want to provide food) Aside from tapping the LCEs, DILG-10 also encouraged families of LSIs/ROFs to also provide food to their isolated member/s of the family to also help the government especially the barangays.  Currently, the number of isolation units per province are as follows: Bukidnon (391), Camiguin (68), Lanao del Norte (515), Misamis Occidental (651), Misamis Oriental (384), CDO (126), and Iligan (3). (RTP/PIA10)

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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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