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DTI Bukidnon to launch Christmas bazaar

December 23, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, (PIA)--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) Photo release: DTI Bukidnon officially opens the seven-day Bukidnon Christmas Bazaar in Robinsons Place Valencia this December 13-20. Details are also posted at Facebook.com/BukidnonChristmasBazaar. (DTI Bukidnon)

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Camiguin posts 13% drop in crime rate for 4Q

December 23, 2020

  CAMIGUIN, (PIA)--The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camiguin has recorded a 13 percent decrease of crimes or three crimes from October 1 to December 11 as compared to the previous period with 23 crimes. During the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Joint Meeting, December 14, PLtCol Gwen Cinco said they have recorded 10 non-index crimes, 3 index crimes, and 5 public safety index for the said period.  On the eight focus crimes, Camiguin has recorded three cases of rape and three cases of theft. Furthermore, the province has recorded only three focus crimes as opposed to the six cases in 2019. PNP-Camiguin has also cleared three crimes this year while it handled six cases last year.  As for wanted persons, PNP-Camiguin has arrested 11 most wanted persons and 67 other wanted persons from the five towns of the province. On their campaign against illegal drugs, five operations were conducted and about P86,769.90 worth of illegal drugs were seized.  As for implementation of local ordinances particularly on health safety protocols, PNP-Camiguin arrested/fined 7,096 persons. They have recorded 326 violations on curfew, no back ride policy/allowing back rider without a barrier (287), mandatory use of face shield (2,002), mandatory use of face mask (3,161), social distancing (357), liquor ban (39), and other municipal ordinance related to the implementation of MGCQ (642). Cinco said with the strict implementation of municipal ordinances and enforcement of laws, Camiguin remains to be one of the most peaceful places in the region amid the pandemic. (RTP/PIA10)

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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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NTF-ELCAC sets development footprints in Surigao Del Sur conflict-affected areas

December 22, 2020

Lianga, Surigao Del Sur--- The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lianga led by Mayor Novelita M. Sarmen bagged the Retooled Community Support Program Best Practices (RCSP) Award in the CARAGA Regional Level while the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion’s 9th Special Forces and 8th Special Forces Companies were Regional Awardees for Best RCSP Implementing Partner for Non-Government Agency Category (NGA) for exemplifying the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict  in the conflict affected-areas of Lianga, Surigao Sur and Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur respectively during the RCSP Awarding Ceremony held on Dec. 21, at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Butuan City by the Department of Interior and Local Government 13. “Even prior to the approval of the National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) budget, local ELCAC task force in our Municipality already started and initiated to implement the Whole-of-Nation Approach to address the root causes of NPA terrorism in the conflict-affected IP communities of Andap Valley Range in Surigao del Sur,” Datu Constancio Duhac, Lianga Tribal Chieftain, said on his statement today. “Sitio Simowao in barangay Diatagon, Lianga was a former NPA terrorist stronghold where NPAs can freely roam and use the tribe to do some supply and logistic errands to sustain their forces. But with the tangible effect of the NTF-ELCAC through the RCSP and CSP, our IP community became free from NPA Terrorist influence,” Duhac, added. The  establishment of the DepEd IP schools of living tradition (DepEd-SLT) through the aid of the Surigao del Sur Provincial government,  local chief executives who chaired their respective ELCAC Local Task Forces countered NPA recruitment of NPA –linked schools of Tribal Filipino Program in Surigao del Sur  (TRIFPSS) and Alternative Learning Center for Livelihood and Development (ALCADEV). The active involvement of the Poverty Reduction Livelihood Development Cluster (PRLEC) of ELCAC chaired by TESDA provided livelihood, leadership skills training to empower the IP peoples’ organizations. The Basic Services Cluster to include DSWD provided IPs various basic needs and numerous LGU Serbisyo Caravans have flooded the IP communities because of the rehabilitated farm-to-market roads which increased the IP communities’ accessibility and economic activities. Other development includes the electrification of selected sitios and the establishment of Patrol Bases to secure the IP communities from NPA attacks on IP leaders and the neutralization of most wanted CPP-NPA target personalities by the Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support Cluster where AFP and PNP belong. Mayor Novelita M. Sarmen expressed her gratitude for the award and for the development brought by the NTF-ELCAC programs and initiatives particularly in the affected barangays. “NTF-ELCAC programs exemplified in RCSP are rays of hope for our continuing quest towards a genuinely peaceful and developed municipality of Lianga,” Mayor Sarmen, said. Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer also thanked the support of LGU partners who have fully recognized their roles in ending NPA terrorism in the region. “We thank the civilian bureaucracy, particularly the active members of the Local ELCC Task Forces in CARAGA region. They are actually the “main effort” in eradicating NPA terrorism because the delivery of basic and social services will address the issues in the conflict-affected areas often exploited by the NPA cadres to recruit,” Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan, 3rd Special Forces Battalion Commander, said. Surigao Del Sur Government led by Governor Alexander T. Pimentel, who is also the CARAGA Peace and Order Council Chairman, with the local chief executives from various municipalities and barangays and the Regional Development Council Social Development Committee led by Bayugan City Mayor Kirk A. Asis have been very vocal and active in their support to NTF-ELCAC and have courageously declared the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona-non-grata in the whole Surigao Sur province. Meanwhile, NTF-ELCAC has 12 clusters line of efforts where all government peace and development programs are anchored to address the root causes of insurgency. DILGs’ RCSP and AFPs’ CSP are some of the mechanisms to implement NTF-ELCAC programs in the conflict-affected areas.

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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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