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DA-10 backs adlay farming as 'fresh start' livelihood for former rebels

December 15, 2020

As a support agency to the implementation of Executive Order 70, an order calling for a whole-of-nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 advocates adlay farming as potential livelihood projects for former rebels (FRs). The DA reaffirms its support of the government’s pursuit of inclusive and sustainable peace during the Adlai Ceremonial Harvest and turnover of 10 NHA-built housing units and P4.8 million worth of financial assistance to 20 FRs at 403rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Osito Bahian in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, December 8. “DA will back up the government’s support to people who have returned to the calls of the law. All of us are working together in a whole-of-nation approach,” DA Undersecretary for Regulations, Engr. Zamzamin L. Ampatuan said. “It is a good thing that our FRs are safe, and now will stand for the same ideology to fight for our people, but this time in a productive way,” he added.  Ampatuan commends the Philippine Army’s effort in hosting the FRs and engaging them in adlay production and processing - a highly viable livelihood program, as the DA will be pushing adlay production in the ensuing years. “Adlai will be a big thing. This will make the Philippine famous. No other Asian Countries produce adlay in massive scale,” Ampatuan said. Adlai is a tropical plant bearing tear-shaped grains slightly bigger than that of corn and rice. It is popularly used in diet owing to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also good for diabetes since it has a low glycemic index and is rich in fiber, making it in demand to consumers who's into healthy food. Due to growing demand, recently, adlay has been commercially produced as a healthier alternative for rice and corn.  “The DA has set aside a seed fund to promote adlay production. The agribusiness service of DA will be allocating P10 million to fund adlay research and support some enterprises that are developing adlay products,” Ampatuan said. DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said currently the DA RFO-10’s Research Division has produced various value-added adlay products such as adlay wine, cookies and cereal. The division also developed adlay processing and packaging technologies that can be benchmarked by interested agripreneurs in the region. The DA executive also assured the FRs of the agency’s support for their vegetable production project. “We in the government embrace you back. You are our balikbayans. The President emphasized this will end. There will be no more rebels as people will open up their minds. We do not need war within and among us,” he said. (DA10/PIA10)  

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NorMin eyes P36 billion investment plan for reg’l dev’t

December 15, 2020

The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC)-10 and the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Committee eyed P36 billion total investment requirement to set the action plan in motion and ensure balanced regional development, December 7. The action plan also targets to ensure equitable distribution of wealth, resources, and opportunities through policies and programs that boost countryside development and inclusive growth, provide adequate social services, and promote full employment, industrialization, and improved quality of life in rural areas.   It will focus on the attainment of four key result areas (KRAs): (1) Empowerment of local industries, (2) Food security and agricultural productivity, (3) Housing, social welfare, health, employment, and human resource development, and (4) Infrastructure development. Also endorsed are the Updated Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2017-2022 and Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Annual Investment Program for the Security Sector as inputs to the respective FY 2022 budget proposals of concerned agencies. The priority programs, projects, and activities of the security sector found in the two investment programs are generally responsive to the strategies and outcomes laid out in the RDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update, particularly in Chapter 17: Attaining Just and Lasting Peace and Chapter 18: Ensuring Public Order and Safety. Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-10 and Communications Sec. Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar presided over the joint meeting.  Other highlights include the turn-over of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program benefits, presentation of proposed regional FY 2021 Barangay Development Program, and updates of community development projects for the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development Areas under the FY 2020 Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program. MGen. Andres C Centino, RTF-ELCAC-10 TWG chair, presented the highlights of the major accomplishments of the task force for the period January to November 2020 that resulted in the surrender of 2,100 Communist NPA Terrorist personalities and supporters.  These include 262 regular communist New People’s Army, 222 Militia ng Bayan, 83 Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad, and 1,533 underground mass organizations’ members and sympathizers. (NEDA10/PIA10)

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DTI Bukidnon to launch Christmas bazaar

December 15, 2020

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon is set to launch the Bukidnon Christmas Bazaar in Robinsons Place Valencia, December 13-20, to encourage customers to patronize local products and help entrepreneurs recover from the pandemic this Christmas season. The marketing event aims to help local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province gain access to the market through physical and online platforms. Fifty exhibitors are expected to display their locally produced food and non-food products. Featured products include the award-winning coffee and chocolate products of the province, handwoven mats and bags handcrafted by the lumads, and other non-food and processed food products.  The seven-day bazaar will also include a series of activities such as live online selling with Knights of Online Marketers on December 14, 16, and 19; Packaging and Labeling and Digital Marketing webinar, December 15; Young Entrepreneur’s Day, December 16; Food Safety and Content Marketing Webinar, December 17; A Sip of Bukidnon Coffee and Market Matching/Financial Consultation, December 18; and A Taste of Bukidnon’s Bounty, December 19. Details are also posted at Facebook.com/BukidnonChristmasBazaar. (DTI Bukidnon/PIA Bukidnon)

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DTI MisOcc's Love Lokal features local fashion creations

December 15, 2020

The Department Trade Industry (DTI) Misamis Occidental and Otop Philippines Hub Ozamiz in partnership with Victor Tusing of Boyboy Tusing Fashion House and Cielo Cervantes of Senina Fashion, Subanen Weavers Association, Bucarco, and Coco Coir has officially launched its LoveLokal virtual fashion show showcasing the products and creations of Misamis Occidental. LoveLokal fashion show is a video promotional campaign to “buy local” as part of efforts to revive the local economy and show that the pandemic could not stop Filipinos from celebrating Christmas.   “This is the first in the region and I understand that this is not just the usual pabonggahan (show off) trade or pabonggahan fashion show but this is for a cause,” DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao said. Boniao encouraged the locals of the province to support and to inspire local designers, props men and tailors, or even tailoring shops so the latter can upscale their product. The designers are also urged to join DTI’s product promotion campaign and product development. For her part, DTI Provincial Director Jane Marie Tabucan said, "Despite the pandemic our DTI Office and Otop Philippines is continuously adding value to every known local product in the province both food and non-food. Tabucan also thanked local MSMEs for their dedication in keeping the economy moving by constantly creative products that they can call 'Buhat sa Misamis Occidental.' Meanwhile, Otop Hub MisOcc General Manager Jeffklein Glodove said the entire concept revolves around highlighting the local industry in Misamis Occidental. “This includes the development for the local textile industry, the waving communities as well as the collaboration of our local designers who will in term maximize the output. The bounties of Misamis Occidental is evident in our unlimited supply of bangus sardines, ginisang alamang, ginamos and even our processed fruits and nuts,” he said. DTI-MisOcc has also been in constant engagement with the Abaca weavers in Tudela and has conducted training for Bamboo shared facilities in Clarin and Subanen weavers of Gala in Ozamiz City and even with the Coco coir facility in Panaon. The virtual fashion show is also supported by Johann’s Cuisine, Johann's Crossing, Johann's Dragon Fruit Ice Cream, Geisha Studio Productions, Watazu, and Bryant MIlling and Marketing.(SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)  

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DTI MisOcc seeks support for #LoveLokal Christmas basket campaign

December 15, 2020

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Occidental urges the residents of the province to support local entrepreneurs through #LoveLokal: A Christmas Basket Campaign. The Christmas basket project features products of local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Misamis Occidental. The basket is crafted from local materials such wood, coco coir, romblon, tikog, etc., by local craftsmen and women and is designed by local designers who successfully graduated from the recently concluded Modernong Obra, Disenyong Atin (MODA) Manlilikha Designer Course of DTI’s One Town, One Product (OTOP) program. Handcrafted baskets are filled with processed condiments such as vinegar, coco sauce, sugar, coconut oil, and honey products; processed food such as bagoong, alamang, and bangus; as well as fresh processed food and other farm produce. The baskets are priced from P300 to P1,000. Customers can also have a customized Christmas basket depending on their own budget. Interested customers may visit OTOP-Hub Misamis Occidental in Bañadero Highway, Ozamiz City, or virtually visit www.otophubozamiz.com or Facebook.com/ otophubozamiz for online orders and payment with delivery. The local products are also available in the Christmas Village in Tangub City. (DTI-10/PIA Misamis Occidental)  

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DTI MisOcc seeks support for #LoveLokal Christmas basket campaign

December 15, 2020

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Occidental urges the residents of the province to support local entrepreneurs through #LoveLokal: A Christmas Basket Campaign. The Christmas basket project features products of local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Misamis Occidental. The basket is crafted from local materials such wood, coco coir, romblon, tikog, etc., by local craftsmen and women and is designed by local designers who successfully graduated from the recently concluded Modernong Obra, Disenyong Atin (MODA) Manlilikha Designer Course of DTI’s One Town, One Product (OTOP) program. Handcrafted baskets are filled with processed condiments such as vinegar, coco sauce, sugar, coconut oil, and honey products; processed food such as bagoong, alamang, and bangus; as well as fresh processed food and other farm produce. The baskets are priced from P300 to P1,000. Customers can also have a customized Christmas basket depending on their own budget. Interested customers may visit OTOP-Hub Misamis Occidental in Bañadero Highway, Ozamiz City, or virtually visit www.otophubozamiz.com or Facebook.com/ otophubozamiz for online orders and payment with delivery. The local products are also available in the Christmas Village in Tangub City. (DTI-10/PIA Misamis Occidental)  

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