Saturday, January 28, 2023

DA-10 continues rollout of financial aid to Bukidnon rice farmers

Kibawe, Bukidnon – A total of 3,472 rice farmers in the towns of Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kadingilan, Don Carlos, and Pangantucan in Bukidnon received P5,000 in cash aid on January 11-13, as the Department of Agriculture – Region 10 (DA-10) continue rolling out the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) in said localities, for the 2022-2023 dry cropping season

The RFFA is given to smallholder rice farmers tilling rice areas not exceeding two hectares and registered to the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), the DA’s official registry of farmers, fisherfolk, and farm laborers.

According to DA-10 OIC- Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the agency is fast-tracking the RFFA distribution to the rice farmers in Northern Mindanao in the aftermath of shear line to agricultural areas in the region late last year, and the continuing weather disturbance early in 2023.

“We intend to roll out the RFFA in the fastest way we can. We assure our RFFA beneficiaries they will receive their aid as soon as we have ironed out our coordination with the LGUs,” Collado said.

For the 2022-2023 Dry Cropping Season, the DA-10 has allocated Php237-M funds for the RFFA to benefit 46,161 eligible rice farmers across the region.

The RFFA is funded under the Rice Competitiveness Enhance Fund (RCEF) by virtue of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) and is intended to compensate for the increasing farm inputs prices and fluctuating palay buying prices.

With the RFFA, it is hoped that the rice farmers will be able to sustain their farm production and augment their earnings. (DA RFO-10)

DA-10 stages workshop to bolster coffee industry in Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON — In an effort to strengthen support for the coffee farmers and industry in Mindanao, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA RFO-10) headed by OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, in partnership with Nestlé Philippines, Inc., held a workshop on January 16-20, 2023 to finalize the Mindanao Coffee Project (MCP), this city

Through the MCP, the agency aims to establish a globally competitive, sustainable, and product-diversified coffee industry in Mindanao to benefit local farmers, traders, manufacturers, and exporters.

In her welcome message, DA-10 OIC-Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Cora A. Dumayaca thanked the agency’s partners from the public and private sectors for the support they continuously extend to coffee farmers in Mindanao.

High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) and National Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (NUPAP) Director Gerald Glenn F. Panganiban, Ph.D enjoined the participants to actively participate in said event, as the workshop’s inputs contribute to the impactful work the agency does for coffee farmers in the country.

Meanwhile, Nestlé Philippines, Inc. Senior Vice President and Corporate Affairs Head Jose Uy III reaffirmed their company’s commitment to empowering coffee farmers in Mindanao, particularly those from the provinces of Bukidnon and Sultan Kudarat – two of the country’s leading coffee producers.

The five-day workshop highlighted proposed projects by the University of Southern Mindanao and Nestlé Philippines, Inc., which tackled the productivity of Robusta coffee to organic and inorganic fertilizers, fertilizer support for coffee farmers, and the establishment and improvement of integrated coffee centers in Sultan Kudarat and Bukidnon, respectively.

During the said event, representatives from DA regional offices 9 to 13 also presented their plans and upcoming projects for FY 2023 and 2024. They underscored the Philippine Coffee Industry Roadmap 2021-2025 and the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan.

As a showcase of its ‘regenerative’ agricultural farming practices, Nestlé Philippines, led by its SVP Uy, also facilitated a tour of the Bukidnon Integrated Coffee Center (BICC) and its model coffee farms in Maramag town.

Also supporting the activity were DA-10 RTD for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, Ph.D., Agribusiness, and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) Supervising Agriculturist Ferdinand F. Caraballe, and HVCDP focal person Kersten S. Pagalan. (GDAndres/DA-10)

Medical mission for flood victims held at Brgy Sinanglanan

The City Health Office, headed by Dr. Dennis P. Sangalang, recently conducted a medical mission for flood victims in Barangay Sinanglanan on Jan. 19, 2023. The team consisted of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who volunteered their time to provide much-needed care to those affected by the floods

The medical mission was set up in the covered court, where the health workers were able to provide a range of services, including medical consultations, laboratory tests, and vaccinations. They also distributed essential medicines and provided information on proper nutrition, disease prevention, and hygiene to help prevent the spread of illness.

The team worked determinedly to help as many people as possible, seeing over 188 patients in just one day. Many patients had been temporarily displaced from their homes and without access to medical care for some time. The health workers provided much-needed relief to those suffering from various health issues, including respiratory infections and skin diseases sustained during the floods.

The medical mission was a huge success, with many patients expressing gratitude for their care. The health workers were able to provide a lifeline to those affected by the floods, and both the local community praised their efforts.

The health workers were not only providing medical care but also inviting resource speakers from different sections in the City Health Office to provide education on how to keep healthy, and well-nourished, and prevent leptospirosis, which Nurse Fiona Dapigran, Jenny Jumamoy from Sanitation, Jezza Nina Marie Vega, and El Jene Lopena from Nutrition rendered. The opening program was also graced by Dr. Kim T. Luardo, our city’s medical physician. (CHO-NADA)

Bukidnon rep vows more inclusion of IP welfare in programs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The newly-appointed Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in Bukidnon has vowed more participation in the province’s legislative agenda and programs, particularly those concerning the IPs’ welfare

In a statement on Jan. 19, Arbie Saway Llesis, the new ex-officio IPMR board member in the province, vowed to abide by the mandates under Republic Act 8371, or the Indigenous Peoples Right Act of 1997.

“As the voice of the Indigenous People, I hope and request my fellow board members to give special attention and care to our IPs in Bukidnon,” he said.

Llesis noted that at least 60% of Bukidnon’s population are IPs and that 60% of the province’s lands are considered ancestral domains.

Llesis was appointed as IPMR by Administrative Order No. 1 series of 2021 of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, which formed the revised guidelines for mandatory representation of IPs on local legislative councils and policymaking bodies.

As IPMR, Llesis will head the provincial board’s committee on indigenous cultural communities.

He will also be a member of the committees on laws; barangay and local government; appropriations; agriculture and cooperatives; engineering and public works; and special investigation. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

4 NorMin cops who tested positive for drug use face dismissal

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The chief of the Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) on January 18, vowed to dismiss police officers who tested positive for illegal drug use.

Brig. Gen. Lawrence Coop PRO-10 director, said four police officers are set to be dismissed for illegal drug use, the latest of whom is assigned to Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental.

“We recorded this in 2022, and they will also face administrative charges,” he said during a media forum here, referring to the erring police officers.

Coop said most of the administrative cases in the region are related to the use of illegal drugs following the series of random and unannounced drug testing.

Drug testing will continue for this year, he said, noting that it has always been part of the internal operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The community wants to see a truly transformed PNP; a police service that is highly capable, effective, and credible; and a police force that can always be counted on at all times,” Coop said.

Coop also urged all key officers to exert more effort in the fight against all forms of criminality, especially illegal drugs and terrorism. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

5 NorMin, Lanao Sur execs among ‘top performers’ in 2022

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Five public officials in the Northern Mindanao region and Lanao del Sur province were named among the “Top Performers” in local governance during the second half of 2022 after the national and local elections.

A statement from the data analytics firm RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD) on Jan. 15, said they are Misamis Occidental 2nd District Rep. Sancho Fernando Oaminal, Lanao del Sur 1st District Rep. Ziaur-Rahman Alonto-Adiong, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental Mayor Henry Oaminal Jr., Misamis Oriental Gov. Peter Unabia and Misamis Occidental Gov. Henry Oaminal Sr.

Rep. Oaminal placed fifth among top performers in the House of Representatives with a 90 percent rating, while Adiong placed 10th with a 78 percent rating.

“Para na sa inyoha, mga pinalangga namong Misamisnons! Padayon ang atong pagpaningkamot para sa #AsensoOzamiz (This is for you, our beloved Misamisnons! We continue to strive hard for the #AsensoOzamiz development agenda),” he said in his Facebook post, reacting to the results.

Oaminal Jr. placed in the 9th spot for top-performing city mayors with 80 percent, and both Unabia and Oaminal Sr. placed sixth in the governor’s category with an 85 percent rating.

Dr. Paul Martinez, the focal person of RPMD, said these public officials who excelled in “constituent service” and service to the nation should be congratulated for their exceptional performance.

The independent and non-commissioned “Boses ng Bayan” national performance evaluation survey for the year 2022 was done from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2, 2022.

Among the 65.75 million registered voters between 18 and 70, a total of 10,000 respondents were selected. The sample employed a plus-or-minus 1 percent margin of error and a degree of confidence of 95 percent.

Martinez said respondents were chosen randomly, and the number of respondents was distributed proportionally based on the number of registered voters in each area. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

LPA leaves 7 dead, P22-M worth of damage in NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The two-week rains caused by a low-pressure area (LPA) in Northern Mindanao affected 59,000 individuals, left seven dead, and damaged more than PHP22 million worth of properties.


In the initial report by the Region 10 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-10) on January 15, 15,812 families experienced flooding.

In evacuation centers throughout the region, only 4,432 individuals or 1,227 families have remained as of Sunday out of the 31,353 individuals or 8,621 families who sought shelter within the two weeks period.

The seven dead were from the provinces of Lanao del Norte, four; Misamis Oriental, two; and Misamis Occidental, one.

RDRRMC-10 also recorded five injured and two missing persons.

The initial estimate of damaged houses reached PHP2.1 million, damage to infrastructures PHP20.8 million, and damage to agriculture PHP63.7 million.

Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) will provide PHP5,000 in financial assistance to rice farmers in February, to be sourced from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.

“We will (also) be distributing the fertilizer discount vouchers for the whole region, which total around PHP192 million. And for the RFFA (Rice Farmers Financial Assistance), we have PHP96 million to be disbursed and the funds are already deposited with the DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines) account,” DA-10 executive director Carlene Collado said during the visit of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Jan. 11.

Marcos directed the Department of Public Works and Highways to review flood control measures.


Heavily affected Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental experienced a repeat of nature’s wrath that submerged parts of the provinces on Christmas Eve last year.

Victims of the twin calamities were relieved to receive government aid.

“I am glad about the help extended to us, especially since we almost had nothing (salvaged from the flood),” Erminia Bernaldes said in the vernacular during the distribution of PHP5,000 in cash assistance and food packs in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, led by President Marcos.

Rolly Egoc of Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental, said his house in Barangay Talic was washed away on Dec. 26, 2022.

“We don’t have a house anymore, so we went to the barangay for refuge. I am now 55 years old and it is only now that I experienced this flood,” he said.

Given a chance to talk to the President, he said he would request assistance to rebuild his house. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

Portion of Davao del Norte-Bukidnon highway collapses

DAVAO CITY – Drivers of public utility vans, buses, cargo trucks, and multi-axle trucks bound for Bukidnon from Davao del Norte or bound for Davao del Norte from Bukidnon are advised to take the Davao City-Bukidnon route instead as a portion of the highway in San Fernando town in Bukidnon collapsed due to continuous heavy rains.

The travel advisory was issued last January 14 by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Davao region.

It said a portion of Talaingod (Davao Del Norte)-Valencia (Bukidnon) road, particularly in Sitio Balacayo in Barangay Kalagangan, “is currently one-lane passable to LIGHT VEHICLES only due to road collapse.”

“Motorists are advised to take necessary precautions while traveling due to the prevailing weather conditions,” it said.

In San Fernando, Bukidnon, the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO) on its Facebook page said the DPWH in Bukidnon and the local government unit are working on the repair. The LDRRMO called on the public not to pass this way “kay dilikado pa gihapon” (because it is still dangerous).

Travel time between Davao del Norte and Bukidnon is shorter via this route compared with the Davao City to Bukidnon route. (MindaNews)

Army Reservist from Bukidnon wins Miss Star Continental International 2023 in Vietnam

Ms. Meriam Campong, an Army Reservist from the small town of Kibawe in Bukidnon, Philippines, was crowned Miss Star Continental International 2023 on January 7th, 2023.

The pageant, held in Vietnam, saw 35 contestants from 20 countries vying for the crown.

Contestants competed in a series of challenges; including talent and formal wear competitions, as well as interviews with the judges.

Ms. Campong, who has been a reservist of the 1003rd Community Defense Center, 10th Regional Community Defense Group, Reserve Command, Philippine Army, was elated to be crowned, saying, “This experience has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I was surrounded by amazing contestants from all over the world, and to be chosen as the winner is truly an honor.”

Ms. Campong’s victory was especially meaningful as it marks the first time that a Philippine Army Reservist has ever won the title. Her win is being celebrated across the Philippines and beyond, as it is a testament to the strength and determination of those serving in the military.

Ms. Campong’s win is also a sign of hope for the future of the pageant world, as she hopes to use her newfound platform to inspire other young women to pursue their dreams, no matter their background or circumstance. (10th RCDG)

Pabillaran, Sangalang selected to adhere Health Leadership, Governance Program

Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran with CHO Dr. Dennis Sangalang is one of the 12 LGUs in Northern Mindanao selected to participate in the Health Leadership and Governance Program. They attended the Virtual final selection on January 5, 2023.

Mayor Pabillaran presented the Health Profile of Malaybalay City to the DOH and UP Panelist. A ceremonial learning contract was signed by Mayor Pabillaran and CHO Dr. Sangalang during the activity.

The HLGP is a joint project of the Department of Health (DOH) and Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) with the UP College of Public Health as the academic partner.

The 18-month training program consists of three four-day modules and is anchored on the Bridging Leadership Framework with focus on developing practical leadership and management skills and Primary Health Care.

The purpose of the program is to have better health outcomes by improving local health systems.

The health outcomes referred to are lowering Infant Mortality Rates (IMR), Maternal Mortality Rates (MMR), Malnutrition Rates, and incidences of Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases by enhancing leadership and governance capabilities of local chief executives and local health officers. (PR)