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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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BIDA Solusyon campaign kicks-off in Lanao del Sur

December 22, 2020

MARAWI CITY, The Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched the 'BIDA Solusyon' campaign through an orientation held at the Mamitua Saber Researcher Center, MSU-Marawi main campus converging representatives from national line agencies and the private sector. Spearheaded by the Integrated Provincial Health Office, on behalf of the Inter-agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) and in coordination with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), BIDA Solusyon Laban sa COVID-19 is a movement of the national government against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which encourages Filipinos to change and practice preventive behaviors to fight the pandemic. IPHO also translated in Maranao version the BIDA acronym which directly meant the same thing from the national campaign in Filipino version - B for Baka pliyo a da a mask ka (bawal ang walang mask), I for Importante so lalayon kapangonab sa lima (i-sanitize ang kamay, iwas hawak sa mga bagay), D for Di ka phagobay ko ped a taw sa da ma isa ka metros pageletan (dumistansya ng isang metro), and A for Aden a benar a kenalen ka (alamin and totoong impormasyon). Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief of the IPHO, shared  that the BIDA Solusyon is a 'preventive measure' in controlling the entry of fresh cases in Lanao del Sur, and a 'step closer' to the new normal. Minalang acknowledged the vital role of the communication sector in strengthening the BIDA Solusyon campaign by constantly reminding the public of the health and safety protocols through different media. He added that one way to address the 'communication gap' and to intensify information dissemination to the grassroots level is by providing constant reminders like flyers, tarpaulins, radio, and TV advertisements. "A so-called whole-of-society, whole-of-government approach can manage this pandemic. Nakita natin na without the participation of the public. No matter how and what we do dito sa level natin sa taas as managers as COVID response, we cannot succeed because 95 percent of our preventive measures is actually depending on the participation and cooperation of our public," Minalang remarked. To closely guard the gains of containing the disease, BIDA Bastonero/Bastonera is also pushed to complement the efforts of BIDA Solusyon. "If we have the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who control our checkpoints to make sure that everyone meets the minimum health standards, the BIDA Bastonero/Bastonera are our guards in our own offices, our homes," said Dr. Apasrah Mapupuno of IPHO. She suggested that every government office should have a marshall to remind everyone and ensure the minimum health and safety protocols are met inside the premises.  As such, to be an enforcer of the health standards, Mapupuno added that "discipline must start with ourselves." Meanwhile, Dr. Minalang expressed concern about the resurgence of COVID-19 and calls for cooperation from local leaders and each of its constituents in the province. "We are not here just to campaign about the BIDA Solusyon, but we are here to influence the mindset of our people as leaders, as champions. What we are doing is for the best of our constituents," urged Minalang to the sector representatives. In return, sector representatives pledged commitment to support the BIDA Solusyon Laban sa COVID-19 Campaign and BIDA Bastonero/Bastonera Program. (CLV/PIA-ICIC) Photo captions: IMG_0398:  Representatives from different sectors in Lanao del Sur pledged commitment to actively be involved in the BIDA Solusyon Laban sa COVID-19 campaign. IMG_0357 : IPHO-LDS Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Alinader Minalang discusses the aim, vision and expected outcome for the intensified campaign of BIDA Solusyon to sector representatives.

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DAR turns-over Php81.4 million MinSAAD projects to Lanao del Norte ARBs

December 22, 2020

KOLAMBUGAN, Lanao del Norte, (PIA) -- The farmers and residents of this province will now enjoy economic opportunities after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over worth Php81.4 million infrastructure projects under its Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) program. The infrastructure projects include rural water systems, Tulay ng Pangulo (bridges), and communal irrigation systems.  DAR also partnered with the Department of Public Works and Highways, National Irrigation Administration and local government units of Kolambugan, Tangcal, Tubod, Magsaysay and Munai in implementing the said projects. MinSAAD project manager Eduardo Suaybaguio thanked the partner agencies for the implementation of the projects. He also hoped that the “projects will be an instrument of development and peace in the area.” Meanwhile, DAR X Regional Director Merlita Capinpuyan called for the unity of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in taking good care of the facilities.  The Level II rural water system in Barangay Pantaon, Kolambugan will benefit 2,898 with 598 ARBs in the barangays and nearby sitios from the municipality of Tangcal. On the other hand, 640 farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Maganding in Munai municipality will benefit from another Level II rural water system. DAR also turned-over communal irrigation projects in Magsaysay municipality which will irrigate 50 hectare farmlands in barangays Lumbac and Baguiguicon while 100 hectares of farm lands will be irrigated in Barangay Lindongan.  Measuring 28 meters in length, Tulay ng Pangulo bridges worth P25 million each were also inaugurated in Barangay Palao, Kolambugan which connects nearby barangays to Tangcal municipality while the bridge in Barangay Sto-Niño in Tubod connects barangays to Baroy municipality.  Kolambugan Mayor  Lorenzo Mañigos expressed his utmost gratitude to DAR for the projects. He also reiterated his commitment in protecting the said project.  “Ug wala ang DAR, di maabot ang mga proyekto diri sa among lungsod ug uban LGU nga dako kaaayo na tabang ngadto sa mga katawhan.  Muhatag mi sa amo commitment sa proyekto na nadawat na amo ampingan na masustain,” he said. [Without DAR, projects will not reach our municipalities and other LGU which provides a huge impact to the people. We affirm our commitment in sustaining this project.] Barangay Pantaon chairperson, Saadoden Dimalog, thanked MinSAAD projects since they will now have better access to potable water supply.   “Lipay jud mi kaayo nga naa nay tubig. Grabe among pasalamat kay sa una grabe ang among kalisod,” said Dimalog. [We are really grateful that we now have access to potable water. We are thankful because we really had challenges before.] MinSAAD is a poverty alleviation project in selected marginalized areas (12 settlements) in Mindanao which aims to address poverty issues through competitive and sustainable agriculture. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)  Photo captions: WATER- Department of Agrarian Reform turns over Pantaon Level II rural water system in Barangay, Pantaon, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte. (Angelo Dologmandin/ PIA ICIC)  PALAO BRIDGE - Department of Agrarian Reform inaugurates P25 million Tulay ng Pangulo bridge in Barangay Palao, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte. (Angelo Dologmandin/ PIA ICIC) IRRIGATION - Officials from Department of Agrarian Reform, National Irrigation Administration and local government units turns-over the communal irrigation project in Lindongan in Tangcal, Lanao del Norte.  (Angelo Dologmandin/ PIA ICIC)  

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160 Bukidnon households get DTI’s PPG livelihood kits

December 22, 2020

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon, (PIA)—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Reveree Niño Contreras, along with Northern Mindanao regional director Linda Boniao and Bukidnon provincial director Eriberto Taban-ud Jr, recently delivered a variety of livelihood starter kits to 160 identified beneficiaries in Valencia City. Implemented under DTI’s “Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG)” program, the livelihood kits worth more than P545,000 include Organic Vegetable Gardening, Banana Chips Processing, and Motorcycle Shop Starter Kit. Taban-ud said the PPG program beneficiaries were those identified households from barangays Tugaya, Laligan, Guinoyuran, Banlag, Concepcion and Barobo, all in Valencia City. In appreciation of the government’s assistance, Mayor Azucena P. Huervas commended DTI for its efforts to reach out and touch lives, especially those who are most affected by the pandemic. "I am very happy today. I am grateful to DTI, to our Senator Bong Go, and to President Rodrigo Duterte. These starter kits will really help in improving our constituents’ daily living.That’s why I urge our recipients here today to harness and maximize this PPG livelihood program because if we will not use these kits properly, our government's program and vision will be wasted. So, I strongly encourage you [recipients] to make the most of these grants. The government is useless if you do not use it in the right way. I hope the next time DTI visits us, there will be a positive feedback from you," the mayor said. DTI-10 regional director Linda Boniao, likewise, urged PPG recipients to be persevering. "It is my hope, my prayer, that these “Pangkabuhayan” will really help you and make your lives easier," Boniao said. In speech, Asec. Contreras said DTI has been distributing livelihood starter kits since June this year funded by the Office of Senator Bong Go. "This program will not flourish without you—the beneficiaries. I am now here to see and ensure that government’s assistance will definitely come to you. As what Mayor Huervas said, we will be back here and see how are you faring with your project,” Asec. Contreras said. (BGE/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: One of the beneficiaries of DTI’s “Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa” (third from left) receives his share of the livelihood grant as DTI Asec. Reveree Niño Contreras (4th from left) brings in one of the fresh cargoes of the Pangkabuhayan kits for barangays Tugaya, Laligan, Guinoyuran, Banlag, Concepcion, and Barobo, all in Valencia City. (PIA Bukidnon)

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Iligan IATF reminds public to wear face shield, masks outside homes

December 22, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, (PIA) - The Iligan Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Covid-19 cautioned the public to wear both face shield and face mask at all times outside homes.  IATF Incident Commander Butch Baulete shared in a virtual presser Wednesday, Dec. 16, that the national IATF has issued a resolution requiring the compulsory wearing of face shields on top of face masks while out in public to stop the potential surge of COVID-19 during the holidays. "[The resolution] has been downloaded to Iligan IATF that wearing of face shields is mandatory whenever you step out of your residence," he said. Baulete said those who are found not wearing face shields will be subjected to penalties. According to him, the city government has already printed additional Covid citation tickets for this purpose. "This will form part as one of our countermeasures sa mga tawo nga dili gyud magpatoo ( for those people who will not follow)," he added. "Kung nay face mask pero walay face shield tikitan lang gihapon namo tungod kay it is already mandatory for everybody to wear face shields whenever they go outside from their residences," he emphasized. (We will still issue citation tickets to those with a face mask but no face shield because it is already mandatory for everybody to wear a face shield whenever they go outside from their residences.) The incident commander also stressed that the requirement is a 'full' face shield - meaning it should cover the entire face from the top of the head to the chin. Before this, the wearing of face shields was only mandatory when riding public transportation or going to government offices or commercial establishments such as malls. Meanwhile, the Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) has intensified its operations to ensure that this new health protocol will be implemented. "From time to time, ang atong kapulisan is conducting regular and random checkpoints. Naa pud tay mobile and foot patrol (our police are conducting regular and random checkpoints. We also have a mobile and foot patrol)," said Police Major Allan Abalde in the same virtual presser.   As of December 16, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 positive in the city reached  1,007 with  911 recoveries and 52 deaths. .(APB/PIA-10) Photo caption: IATF Incident Commander Butch Baulete shares in a virtual presser that wearing face shields on top of face masks is now compulsory when outside residences. (PIA-ICIC)

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Construction of Iligan's modular Covid-19 testing lab ongoing

December 22, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, (PIA) -  The city government is hoping to complete soon the installation of a modular diagnostic laboratory so it can finally start testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Dr. Belinda Lim, health cluster manager of the Emergency Operations Center, said in a virtual presser that the modular laboratory has arrived on Monday afternoon and is currently being constructed at the City Hospital. "Sa kasamtangan, kamolo pa sa pagproseso og pagpahimutang sa ekwipo ug pagtraining sa ato'ang mga Med Tech ngadto sa DOH-10 TBRC (or TB referral center)," she said. (In the meantime, we are still processing the installation of equipment and the training of our MedTechs in DOH-10 TBRC.) Lim is hopeful that they can use the modular laboratory in seven to ten days. The city government is currently sending swab samples of suspected Covid-19 cases in Cagayan de Oro. The completion of the diagnostic laboratory will speed up the testing of suspected COVID-19  in the city, as well as in the identification and treatment of confirmed cases.  As of December 16, a total of 1,007 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the city,  44 of which are active cases. Of this number, 31 are quarantined in isolation facilities while 13 are admitted in hospitals. (APB/PIA-ICIC) Photo caption: EOC Health Cluster Manager Dr. Belinda Lim shares in a virtual presser the status of the construction of a modular diagnostic laboratory. (PIA-ICIC)

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