Thursday, December 07, 2023

NorMin public warns of ‘bumblefoot’ contamination in poultry products

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (November 22, 2023, 8:09 pm) – The National Meat Inspection Service Regional Technical Operation Center in Northern Mindanao region (NMIS RTOC-10) has warned the public against buying poultry meat products infected with bumblefoot disease.
In a statement on Wednesday, the NMIS RTOC-10 said meat inspectors seized at least 459 kilograms of chicken infected with bumblefoot and were disposed of properly

NMIS has advised the public not to patronize chicken feet with bumblefoot to avoid any health issues.

Bumblefoot, or ulcerative pododermatitis, is a common bacterial infection and inflammatory reaction that occurs on the feet of chickens and other birds. Rodents and rabbits can also get infected with the illness.

In time with the holiday season, the agency also told the public to always ensure the meat they purchased is safe.

Dr. Neonette Agreda, NMIS RTOC-10n chief, said consumers need to look for meat inspection certificates (MICs) for fresh meat or the certificate of meat inspection (COMI) for imported meat.

“MICs and COMIs are ways to assume that the meat you purchased was well inspected and passed for human consumption,” she said.

Agreda called on the public to be vigilant against food safety handling issues because contamination may occur during transportation, display, storage, and food preparation. Contamination of meat can also cause foodborne illnesses, such as diarrhea, dehydration, and even death, she added. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

DA-10 pushes for reliable, responsive Bantay Presyo Monitoring System in NorMin

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon — To improve its price monitoring in the region, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) held its year-end assessment for data contributors to the Bantay Presyo Monitoring System (BPMS) on November 16 in this city led by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado

The assessment, spearheaded by the DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, served as a venue for data contributors from Region 10 to report on their provinces, price data submissions and share best practices for increased responsiveness to concerns resolution and
improved data collection and reporting.

Jenny D. Alcobilla, section chief of Agribusiness and Industry Support Services (AISS), stressed in her message that the knowledge and information exchanged during the event will lead BPMS
administrators to ensure a more reliable and responsive implementation of the program in Northern Mindanao.

In response to the issues and concerns reported by data contributors concerning 11 public markets in the provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, and Misamis Oriental, the AMAD-AISS provided recommendations and suggestions to effectively address the same.

Moreover, three top-performing data contributors of the BPMS were also recognized, such as from the local government units of Ozamis City in Misamis Occidental, San Fernando in Bukidnon, and Gingoog City, in Misamis Oriental.

The event was supported by the Provincial Operations Center – Bukidnon represented by Engr. Arlene Almo, and AMAD staff. (GDA)

Valencia City receives award for pop, dev’t program

In a ceremony held at Chali Beach Resort in Cagayan de Oro City on November 16, 2023, the City of Valencia was honored with the 2023 Regional Kaunlarang Pantao Award for their exceptional efforts in advancing the Philippine Population and Development Program (PPDP)

The award, formerly known as the Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Award, is a recognition program organized by the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) to acknowledge the significant contributions of partners in achieving the goals and objectives of the PPDP.

Valencia City, known for its commitment to improving the lives of its residents, secured First Place in the City Level category.

The city was presented with a plaque of recognition and a cash prize of P40,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Furthermore, the Population and Development Division of the City Social Welfare and Development Office was also acknowledged for its efforts in implementing a functional Information and Service Delivery Network for the Adolescent Health and Development Program.

Population Program Officer III, Ms. Ruby A. Revilla, and Social Welfare Assistant, Ms. Hanilyn M. Canato, were individually recognized and awarded plaques for their dedication and commitment to the implementation of the PPDP and Adolescent Health Program in Valencia City.

This remarkable achievement serves as a testament to the unwavering support of the City Government, led by City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas, in empowering the Filipino people, particularly the Valencianos. (PR)

DA-PRDP, World Bank, EU visit IREAP enterprise in Damulog for 16th ISM

DAMULOG, Bukidnon – The Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project, together with the World Bank (WB) and the European Union (EU) visited the Crumb Rubber Processing and Marketing Enterprise subproject of the Migcawayan Tribal Agricultural
Cooperative (MTAC) on November 16, 2023, as part of the 16th Implementation Support Mission (ISM)

Bukidnon Governor Rogelio Neil Roque welcomed the WB and the EU team to the province of Bukidnon and thanked them for their assistance to MTAC and the province.

Mio Takada, WB Task Team Leader to PRDP said that the main objective of the mission is to hear from the proponent group on their preparation for the implementation of the given subproject, which includes addressing their apprehensions and constraints and providing direction to the group.

Further, the apprehensive about constraints that they are facing so they can address and provide direction for them.

Meanwhile, Mojca Krisper-Figueroa, EU Programme Manager, is glad that the EU was able to join the ISM for the first time and visit the subproject site.

“It’s great that the existing facilities are running, and there is enhanced workforce labor and enhanced price increase in the production, which is actually good. We are happy to be here, learn from you and exchange ideas with you, and of course, if there is something that we can do for
the cooperative, we are happy to assist,” Figueroa added.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations and DA-PRDP Deputy Project Director (DPD) Carlota S. Madriaga affirmed the department’s commitment after noticing the perseverance, dedication, and drive of MTAC towards the success of the subproject.

Funded under DA-PRDP’s second additional financing (AF2) and European Union Co-Financing Grant, the medium enterprise proposed by MTAC has a subproject cost of Php 80,971,551.00 and will benefit greatly from the cooperative members, including a huge number of women, indigenous people, and rubber farmers in the barangay and nearby areas as it provides livelihood for them once the operation starts.

Gracing the activity are the WB team composed of Ning Bondoc, Shubham Singh, Mario Orilla, Cora Dankers, Tomas Sta. Maria, Gomer Tumbali, and Maya Villaluz, with representatives from the PRDP National Project Coordinating Office.

Also present in the activity are the Project Support Office Mindanao team led by DPD Noel Provido, the LGU of Damulog headed by Mayor Melino Buro, the Regional Project Coordinating Office 10 team, Migcawayan barangay officials, and MTAC members. (pr)

Bukidnon banana farmers trained on insect pests, disease management

MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) of the Department of Agriculture RFO – 10 has trained Bukidnon farmers on Banana Insect Pests and Diseases Management on November 14-15 in this city

Eighteen Bukidnon banana farmers finished the two-day training at the Northern Mindanao Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City that immersed them in the field to properly identify friendly and non-friendly insect pests and diseases.

Further, they observed the various Biological Control Agents or Biocon in RCPC to demonstrate the management and production of the technology.

Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations, Cora A. Dumayaca highlighted the need for banana farmers to be part of associations and cooperatives to access and benefit various DA programs and projects.

Importantly, she added that it will diversify and be certified through Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) certification, which will potentially be greenlit to market security.

Speakers from DA-RFO 10 focused the discussion on the banana industry roadmap; potential products and market trade and value chain; and, the importance of good agricultural practices, including farmer certification through PhilGap.

Center Chief, Lucille T. Minguez hopes to instill a resilient mindset and commitment among farmers, empowering them to seize every learning opportunity for prosperity and reach their full potential.

RCPC is the arm of DA dedicated to the production and promotion of Biological Control Agents (Biocon) in the region, which are friendly organisms that feed (Earwig, Lacewing, Eocanthecona furcellata) parasitizes (Trichogramma) and infect diseases (Metarhizium anisopliaea, Trichoderma harzianum, Beauvaria bassiana) to insect pest enemies.

The training was made possible through the effort of DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado. (PR)

Students from 23 schools in Bukidnon receive bags, school supplies

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon-Selected students from 23 schools in the landlocked province of Bukidnon were recently given backpacks and school supplies

The 403rd Brigade in a press release said that the program was spearheaded by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) Davao Satellite Office through its special project called PagbaBAGo program.
Peoples Organizations (POs) and schoolchildren are the program’s intended beneficiaries.
A series of activities were held in conjunction with the planting of 2,000 Narra trees in Brgy. Kalasungay on November 8, 2023, which was followed by the distribution of backpacks containing school supplies for Bukidnon’s identified underprivileged schoolchildren from November 8-10, 2023.
A total of 4,019 school bags were provided to students from various schools in Malaybalay City (2,890 beneficiaries), Impasugong (973 beneficiaries), and Cabanglasan (156 beneficiaries).
Furthermore, the aforementioned operations were carried out in collaboration with the Office of the Provincial Governor, the 403rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade, Bukas Kalinaw, 8th Infantry
Infantry Battalion, 88th Infantry Battalion, and 16th Infantry Battalion under 402nd Infantry Brigade.
Ms. Regina Rose D. Tecson, the OVP Officer-in-Charge of the Davao-based satellite office noted that the Tree planting and distribution of bags are the flagship program of the Vice President Sara Duterte that are shown to be beneficial to the community even during her term as Mayor of Davao City.
The OVP is optimistic that the bag distribution will encourage pupils to work hard despite their poverty and to harvest what they sow in the future.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Michele B Anayron Jr, commander of the 403rd Brigade, expressed gratitude to the Vice President for selecting Bukidnon, primarily in the Area of Responsibility of the 403rd Brigade, to be the beneficiary of the PagbaBAGo program.
“We in the Philippine Army in collaboration with the Bukas Kalinaw and other stakeholders and government agencies will continue to support in extending social services to the community for the sustainable peace and development effort in order to finally end the insurgency,” Anayron said. (melbmadera)

FIRST PERSON: In Honor of Datu Makapukaw, Bukidnon’s “Bantay hu Buntod, hu Batasan daw hu Banuwa” (guardian of the forests, Talaandig culture and society)

By Mary Ann Manahan

GHENT, Belgium ( November 2023) “Ang Kalambuan maisip nga tawhanon nga pag-uswag. Ang kalambuan alang sa tribu mao ang padayun pagtuman sa balaod sa kinaiyahan (law of nature). Ang pag-uswag ngadtu sa pagkamahadlokon sa Labaw Makagagahom. Mao kini ang gikahiusahan sa katigulangan ug mga tumanod”. (Development is human progress, a Western term. But the tribe’s ‘development’ has to do with implementing our own culture (and good values). It is progress for the Supreme Being. It is about an agreement with the elders and the spirits.)

That was emphatically mentioned by Datu Makapukaw during our last conversation on February 17, 2023, in Brgy. Songco, Lantapan. We were talking about the foreign concept of ‘development’ and how Talaandig’s vision of a ‘good life’ had to do with what he calls “total harmonization between humans, Nature, and spirits”. He was referring to the spirits, the kadiwatahan that inhabit their sacred mountain, Mt. Kitanglad.

Little did I know that it would be my last conversation with Datu Makapukaw. On November 11, he passed away due to lung failure. Datu Makapukaw, which translates to the one who awakens the conscience and imparts wisdom, was one of the well-beloved and well-known datus in Bukidnon. As the eldest son of the late Datu Kinulintang Saway and Bae Pilar Linsahay, Datu Makapukaw Adolino Saway, was born in the forest of Maagnaw in 1949. His birth is as enchanted as the messages and stories he often shares in various gatherings.

From our last kwentuhan, he told me the origins of Mt. Kitanglad, that before there used to be abundant tanglad or lemongrass that grew in the mountains. That Mt. Kitanglad is sacred because it does not only encompass their yutang kabilin (ancestral domains), but equally important, it is the home of various diwatas, the mountains’ guardian spirits. His narrative around the sacredness of the mountain is deeply connected to his understanding of the self-determination of the Talaandig tribe and how they derive their identity, knowledge, and practices to the lands and forests. Sacredness is about achieving balance and embodied relations with the forests and the more-than-human.

Datu Makapukaw also often spoke about the centrality of Kilalaha ha Batasan (mutual recognition), of following the cultural protocols or batasan of their indigenous community and doing actions that will not anger the spirits and plunder the mountains. His life’s work revolved around advocating for indigenous peoples’ knowledge, culture, and belief system— how intimately woven and central these are in the protection of Mt. Kitanglad. He was a local historian who can give a full lecture on the history of the Spanish colonization and forced slavery of the indigenous peoples. For someone who never graduated from high school, Datu Makapukaw’s knowledge about his people’s history stemmed from decades of self-study, community dialogues, intense debates, and collective reflection.

This is, perhaps, why I saw him as a man of navigation. He navigated the halls of power, critically engaging with the state, while asserting their right to self-determination. In his many roles, as a former barangay captain, elected president of the municipal association of barangay councils, and hereditary chieftain of his tribe, Datu Makapukaw’s leadership was about fostering dialogue, harmony, and finding common grounds. Such navigation entailed building horizontal alliance, linking multiple datus from different indigenous communities as in the case of the Mt. Kitanglad Council of Elders, a grassroots collegial body of different datus and baes advocating for indigenous cultural conservation and forest protection.

Datu Makapukaw’s critical engagement and collaboration with state institutions bring with it a set of contradictions that one has to grapple with: his aspiration to make the government understand the life and culture of indigenous peoples, especially their role in forest protection and biodiversity conservation meant that they had to accept and support the protected area management program of the government, for fear that they may lose their rights and connections to the Kitanglad mountain ranges: “Ang maong bukid sa nahimo na nga usa ka national park, nagkaproblima ug nabalaka kami na basin mawad-an na kami og katungod niini. Lakip na unya mawala ang among kaalam, patakaran sa kultura, pagtulun-an, ug tinu-ohan.

(When the mountain became a national park, at the beginning we worried that we will lose our rights there. We will lose our wisdom, the rules, and the beliefs that we follow, practice, and teach.)

When I met Datu Makapukaw two years ago at the 59th Protected Area Management Board-Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park en banc meeting, he took a stance that indigenous peoples must be at the front and center of the protected area governance. That accepting the idea of a national park should not exclude and displace indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands. Co-existence, is perhaps, Datu Makapukaw’s subtler message.

I have only known him for a short period, but I knew that in his passing, Bukidnon’s indigenous communities lost a great man.

As a cultural expert and wisdom keeper, I will fondly remember Datu Makapukaw’s wit, humor, never-ending stories, and love for his tribe. Perhaps, one can never measure the full extent, depth, and vitality of one’s legacy and footprints on this earth. After all, death for the Talaandig is not the end. The departed join their ancestors in the spiritual world, in their sacred forests, praying for, guiding, and watching the people and the world they left behind.

Datu Makapukaw’s hope for his tribe still reverberates in my head: “Ang amo lang sa tribu- nga makabaton sa kinabuhing’dayun. Ang among kaliwat nga mokayab sa langit nga buhi, dili mo-agi sa kamatayon. (My aspiration for the tribe— eternal life. The descendants of the tribe [have access] to a heaven full of life.)

Padayon, Datu! Your memory and legacy will live on.

The author is a Filipina feminist, activist, researcher, and teacher. She is currently connected with the Ghent University’s Department of Conflict and Development Studies in Belgium.

FIRST PERSON is a sub-section of BUKIDNON VIEWS, the opinion section of the BukidnonNews.Net website dedicated to select statements, speeches, tributes, comments, and other views on public matters. If you want to contribute to FIRST PERSON, email your piece, contact details, and bio profile to (BukidnonNews.Net)

5 NorMin radio stations face closure over expired franchise

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (November 28, 2023, 8:55 pm) – Five radio stations in Northern Mindanao are subject to a cease and desist order (CDO) after their franchises were not renewed

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) – Region 10 Director Teodoro Buenavista Jr. said their recent decision called for the closure of the five radio stations under the Fairwaves Broadcasting Network here.
“Fairwaves applied for renewal in 2018, but the House of Representatives did not move it from the committee level,” Buenavista said in an interview on Tuesday.
Fairwaves first obtained its 25-year franchise in 1995 under Republic Act 8113.
An earlier NTC decision this year recommended the recall of the frequencies assigned to Fairwaves.
The decision listed 30 stations under Fairwaves all over the country, including in this city, Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon.
Most station names under Fairwaves carry the station name Radyo Bandera.
On Nov. 24, Radyo Bandera Iligan was among the 14 business establishments locked down by the local government for allegedly operating without business permits.
Jeoffrey Baconga, manager at DXFI FM Radyo Bandera in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, said their operations will not be affected by the CDO because the network is now under an agreement with a new franchise operator, Palawan Broadcasting.
He said the chief executive officer of the Radyo Bandera network, Sultan Lope, is aware of the NTC decision.
Baconga added that all Bandera stations are expected to operate under Palawan Broadcasting and no longer under Fairwaves. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

DPWH project shields Bukidnon communities from heavy flooding

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of the flood control structure that will protect the public in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon against the overflowing river during heavy rains of long duration

Completed along the Bobonawan River in Barangay Cabulohan in Bukidnon, the P57.2-million project involves the construction of a dike reinforced concrete, which has a length of 340 meters and a height of six meters, “will protect people’s lives and property, and areas close to the river will be better shielded from potential flooding during severe rainfall.’’

“We hope that this project will no longer cause the displacement of locals in the occurrence of typhoons and heavy rains and help increase economic activities in the area to further promote local industries and tourism in the Province of Bukidnon,” the DPWH Region 10 Office Director
Zenaida Tan noted.

The project is implemented by DPWH Bukidnon 1st District Engineering Office headed by District Engineer Flordelis C. Enriquez and Assistant District Engineer Jan Paulo C. Lisondra funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2023. (Trixee Rosel/MANILA BULLETIN-Nov
22, 2023 03:47 PM)

DBP lends P1.4-B for 8.4MW Mindanao hydropower plant

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Nov. 26, 2023/PIA) — State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has extended a P1.4 billion loan to a top renewable energy firm as partial funding to construct an 8.4-megawatt hydroelectric power plant in Bukidnon in line with the national government’s efforts to expand new and sustainable energy sources, a top official said

DBP President and Chief Executive Officer Michael O. de Jesus said the bank approved the loan to INVESTCO BHPI, Inc. under its Financing Utilities for Sustainable Energy Development (FUSED) Program, which seeks to help increase access to electricity services, particularly in the countryside.

“We are honored to be a part of this worthy endeavor. The construction of the 8.4MW Maladugao River hydroelectric power plant bodes well for the people of Bukidnon and is a tangible manifestation of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s vision of an energy-sufficient Philippines,” de Jesus said.

DBP is the ninth largest bank in the country in terms of assets and provides credit support to four strategic sectors of the economy – infrastructure and logistics; micro, small, and medium enterprises; the environment; and social services and community development.

INVESTCO BHPI, Inc. is a stock corporation established in 2013 mainly involved in developing, operating, and managing renewable energy with its proposed 8.4MW Maladugao River hydroelectric power plant expected to be on stream by 2025.

De Jesus said that under the FUSED program, DBP has approved a total of P81.5 billion in loans to 95 borrowers, while total loan releases have reached P57.2 billion as of the end of September this year.

He said the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative contracted the 8.4MW Maladugao River hydroelectric power plant to supply an initial 5.5MW of electricity to southern Bukidnon, including Valencia City. This move aims to mitigate the impact of a looming energy shortage in the province by 2028 based on data from the Department of Energy.

“More importantly, this project is seen to stimulate the growth of local industries and small businesses, fostering increased economic opportunities for the people of Bukidnon,” de Jesus said. (DBP/PIA-10)