Thursday, December 07, 2023

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 to 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)

Gov’t expands cash, rice aid to Bukidnon

The government has expanded its cash and rice aid program to cover Bukidnon province following its successful implementation in Metro Manila and Laguna last week

Speaker Martin Romualdez said the activity coincided with the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair being held in Bukidnon.

The Cash and Rice Distribution (CARD) program was rolled out in response to a call by President Marcos for the government to create a system meant to give the “poor and vulnerable” families opportunities to enjoy a better quality of life through the legislative districts.

Romualdez, the chief proponent of the CARD program, said some 3,000 beneficiaries were given aid in Bukidnon, in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Speaker was assisted for the Bukidnon leg of the CARD program by congressional Reps. Jonathan Keith Flores and Laarni Lavin Roque, Gov. Neil Roque, and Davao de Oro Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora.

The CARD Program was earlier launched in Metro Manila, covering all of its 33 legislative districts, with each having 10,000 beneficiaries for a total of 330,000 residents.

At least 5,000 residents in Biñan City and Sta. Rosa in Laguna were likewise assisted by the CARD program.

The beneficiaries, notably senior citizens, persons with disability, solo parents, and indigenous people, received at least P2,000 worth of cash and rice assistance, consisting of a 25-kilo sack of rice and P1,000 cash to buy other food essentials.

Romualdez said the CARD program would cover the whole country to serve constituents of the 250 congressional districts, reaching out to at least 10,000 beneficiaries per district.

This would translate to 2.5 million indigent and vulnerable Filipinos benefitting from the CARD program. (Manila Standard)

Pagpreserbar sa kultura makab-ot pinaagi sa panaghiusa – Mayor Abucayan

Pagpreserbar sa kultura ang punto nga gipadangat ni Kitaotao Municipal Mayor Edwin Abucayan, pinaagi sa panaghiusa sa katawhan, atol sa 2023 Indigenous Peoples Month Celebration and 26th IPRA Commemoration niadtong Oktubre 31, 2023 sa Covered Court sa Barangay Sinuda, Kitaotao, Bukidnon

Sumala ni Mayor Abucayan nga ang kultura sa tribu angayang ikinabuhi ug ipreserbar gumikan kay pinaagi niini, dali ang pagsulbad sa mga problema nga moabot, ngalan nga kini ang kalag, prinsipyo ug baruganan sa katawhan sa lungsod, pinaagi sa panaghiusa.

Bisita sa kasaulogan sa tribu si Chairperson Jennifer Pia ‘Limpayen’ Sibug-Las sa National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), diin gipahinumduman niini ang 4 bundles of rights diha sa IPRA Law ug 11 building blocks sa ICCs/IPs. Sa iyang pakigpolong, gipalawman niini ang kabahin sa customary law, nga angayang respituhon ug pakisayran sa lumadnong katawhan ang balaod sa tribu. Nga ang komunidad kinahanglang magkahiusa diha sa pagrespito sa katigulangan.

Sa report ni Datu Cosme Lambayon, municipal IPMR gisiguro niini nga sa mga planong kalambuan sulod sa ancestral domain, moagi gayud sa Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). Gipasabot usab niini nga ang ancestral domain – pribado apan gipanag-iyahan sa komunidad nga iya sa Federation of Matigsalug Manobo Tribal Council Inc., buot ipasabot iya sa tanang henerasyon, busa dili mamahimong mabaligya.

Anaa usab sa maong kalihukan sa tribu sila Atty. Pinky Grace Pareja, NCIP Commissioner from Northern and Western Ethnographic Region for Mindanao, ug ang mga kadagkoan gikan sa regional and provincial offices sa maong ahensya, kauban ang mga opisyales sa lungsod sa Kitaotao, Bukidnon. (LGU Bukidnon)

San Fernando town in Bukidnon to receive FMR

The Concreting of Mahayag, Namnam – Iglugsad – Kibongkog Farm-to-Market Road in San Fernando, Bukidnon, was officially launched as part of the 20 pioneer subprojects under the PRDP Scale-Up on November 6, 2023, in Cubao, Quezon City

Being the first approved PRDP Scale-Up subproject in Northern Mindanao, the said FMR is 8.56 kilometers in length, with an estimated project cost of Php 260,000,000.00.

The FMR covers 2,185 hectares of influence area, which will be enjoyed by 1,503 farming households, especially abaca farmers and thousands of indigenous people.

Newly appointed DA Secretary Francisco T. Laurel, Jr. leads the awarding of the certificate with the World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, Dr. Ndiamé Diop, together with DA Senior Undersecretary Domingo F. Panganiban, DA Assistant Secretary for Operations and DA-PRDP National Project Director Arnel V. De Mesa and DA-PRDP National Deputy Project Director Shandy M. Hubilla.

DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado received the certificate of award with Bukidnon Governor Rogelio Neil P. Roque, San Fernando Mayor Rogelio C. Yeke, San Fernando Association of Barangay Captains President Flordeliza M. Yeke and San Fernando Municipal Agriculturist Coleen Alva C. Ambos.

The PRDP Scale-Up is a flagship program of the DA designed to address the gaps in the commodity value chains by improving the efficiency of the food supply chain towards greater connectivity, mobility, accessibility, availability, and affordability of food in the market through the scientific-based implementation of infrastructure and enterprise subprojects. (DA RFO-10)

4 Mindanao bishops to Marcos Jr.: void FTAA of Tampakan project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—Four Catholic bishops in Mindanao have asked President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to void the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) granted to Sagittarius Mines, Inc., developer of the controversial Tampakan project, the largest untapped copper-gold minefield in Southeast Asia

Set to expire on March 21, 2020, the 25-year FTAA awarded to the Tampakan project had been extended for 12 years—or until March 21, 2032—in an order issued June 8, 2016.

MindaNews reported about this development in January 2020.

FTAA No. 002-95-XI was originally granted to Australian Firm Western Mining Corp. (WMC) on March 22, 1995. SMI acquired the FTAA from WMC in 2001 with the approval of Environment Secretary Heherson Alvarez.

The FTAA is subject to renewal for another 25 years, but long before its expiry, SMI sought and was granted a 12-year extension of the original FTAA, citing “force majeure,” a copy of the order obtained by MindaNews then showed.

Leo Jasareno, then national director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), an agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), approved the extension on June 8, 2016, “by authority of the secretary.” The environment secretary at the time was Ramon Paje.

A copy of the bishops’ petition to declare illegal SMI’s FTAA extension was filed with Malacañang on Wednesday. It was signed by Bishop Cerilo Casicas, Diocese of Marbel; Archbishop Angelito Lampon, Archdiocese of Cotabato; Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, Diocese of Kidapawan; and Bishop Guillermo Afable, Diocese of Digos.

The prelates represent the communities that will be affected by the Tampakan project, which the company earlier estimated to cost an investment of at least $5.9 billion.

Their petition was subsequently submitted to the DENR, headed by Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga.

Together with their legal counsels from the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC), the church leaders argued that the extension of the FTAA by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in 2020 was unconstitutional.

“We respectfully reiterate our demand to cancel the illegal extension of FTAA – 002 in favor of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. We respectfully believe that the extension of the FTAA (is) beyond the powers of the MGB, and the same must be declared void, especially as the mining operations will impact critical environmental areas,” Casicas said in a statement.

Atty. Rolly Peoro, Direct Legal Services Coordinator of LRC, said the Tampakan FTAA “has definitively lapsed, and SMI should have thus undergone consultations, environmental impact assessment, and other regulatory compliances for renewal.”


“These safeguards are there to ensure that the utilization of our natural resources is held accountable to the highest office and therefore highest regulatory scrutiny,” Peoro said.

The petitioners elaborated that SMI’s claim of force majeure as the basis for requiring extension was unfounded.

The acts cited as constituting force majeure, such as legal and tenurial conflicts, the open pit mine ban, and civil disturbances, among others, are all forms of assertions of rights that can be duly exercised vis-a-vis the course of the project, the petition said.

Addressing Marcos, Casicas said, “This constitutional power was exclusively lodged to your office, as the President, being the father of the nation, is entrusted to represent the best interests of the Filipino people. May your guidance and leadership of our country be blessed upon by our shared faith to protect the environment.”

MindaNews sought an SMI official for comments but have yet to respond as of posting.

On its website, SMI reposted a BusinessWorld report that it targets to go full-swing operations in 2026. Several other national media outlets came out with a similar report.

In an SMI study, the mining company noted that the most viable method to extract the shallow mineral deposits is through open-pit mining, which has been banned by the South Cotabato provincial government since 2010.

SMI revealed that the Tampakan project has the potential to yield an average of 375,000 metric tons of copper and 360,000 ounces of gold per annum in the expected 17-year life of the mine.

Once developed, it has the potential to be a key driver of national and regional growth as well as socio-economic development for its host communities, the firm said on its website.

In a mining forum at the Notre Dame of Marbel University in Koronadal City in September 2019, Casicas urged the national government to refrain from renewing the FTAA of SMI for another 25 years.

In that forum, Casicas pledged to sustain the opposition spearheaded by his predecessor, the late Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, against SMI.

Casicas deplored the Tampakan project, a venture which, according to him, “even God will not approve,” considering its impact on the environment, Indigenous Peoples, and other residents who will be affected.

Vowing to sustain the local Catholic church’s resistance against open-pit mining, Casicas stressed: “God created humans to protect the environment.” (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews)

Ritwal sa pangampo sa IPMR, gipahigayon

Gipahigayon ang isa ka ritwal sa pangampo alang sa bag-ong napili nga Provincial Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) niadtong Agosto 30, 2023

Base sa pahibalo sa Provincial Government of Bukidnon, ang ritwal gipahigayon sa opisina sa IPMR sa National ug Provincial Government Offices Building ning dakbayan.

Ang maong ritwal gipahigayon pinaagi ni Atty. Arbie “Bagani” Saway Llesis.

Gipanalangin ang maayong pagdumala sa bag-ong IPMR nga dili mapasagdan ang iyang katungdanan sa kinatibok-ang IP sa lalawigan, ug ilikay ang tibook probinsya sa Bukidnon sa gyera ug sa tanang katalagman.

Ang ritwal sa pangampo gipangunahan ni Bae Adelina “Inatlawan” Tarino sa tribung Bukidnon, uban sa mga City/Municipal IPMRs ning probinsya ug mga personahe sa PGO-Indigenous Affairs Division. (Diego M. Hidalgo)

PYAP Malaybalay Chapter conducts outreach program for IP Children

In celebration of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) 49th Regional Founding Anniversary and 35th of PYAP Malaybalay Chapter, an outreach program was successfully conducted by PYAP Malaybalay Chapter Federation in Sitio Canada at Barangay Bangcud last July 21, 2023

A Fun Run – Fundraising took place last July 1, 2023, where the proceeds was used for the outreach program and benefited Seventy (70) Indigenous Peoples (IP) children.

School supplies, health kits, and slippers were given which they could use in the coming school days.

PYAP Malaybalay Chapter Federation was grateful to all the individuals who joined and helped during the fundraising activity and is also thankful to the City Government of Malaybalay, the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and all the PYAP local chapters and sponsors for all the support extended.

The outreach program is part of the 3-year plan project of PYAP Malaybalay for 2022-2024 which is now moving forward towards a more sustainable outreach activity.

Proyekto sa PMNP gidawat sa Bukidnon

Gidawat sa Probinsya sa Bukidnon, pinaagi ni Provincial Governor Rogelio Neil P. Roque, ang Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project (PMNP) gikan sa national agencies, diin upat ka lungsod sa probinsya ang nahimong grantees, sama sa: Cabanglasan, San Fernando, Talakag ug Kalilangan gikan nila Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr. Undersecretary of Health, Field Implementation and Coordination Team-Mindanao (FICT), ug DILG-10 Dir. Wilhelm M. Suyko kauban ang uban pang sector sa gobyerno, niadtong Hulyo 21, 2023, Loizas Pavilion, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Ang maong proyekto muhatag sa teknikal nga suporta nga gipangunahan sa Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) ug National Nutrition Council (NNC), sa pakigtimbayayong Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Commission on Muslim Filipinos ug Provincial Government of Bukidnon, alang sa multisectoral nutrition approach aron sa paghatud sa usa ka coordinated package sa nutrition-specific ug nutrition-sensitive nga mga interbensyon sa nagkalain-laing plataporma sa LGU uban sa usa ka harmonized social behavior change ug communication strategy.

Kini nga proyekto naglangkob sa tulo ka major component nga mao ang musunod: una nagtutok sa pagpalig-on sa paghatod sa mga interbensyon nga direktang motubag sa importanteng mga problema sa nutrisyon sa mga bata nga direktang apektado sa stunting ug livelihood interventions para sa ilang mga pamilya; ikaduha sa pagsuporta sa mga LGU ug komunidad sa pag-andam sa mga plano sa aksyon sa lokal nga nutrisyon ug pag-institutionalize sa mga kabalaka sa nutrisyon sa proseso ug pagplano sa lokal nga kalamboan ug pagpahigayon og mga kalihokan sa Social Behavior and Change Communications; ug ang ikatulo mao ang paghatag sa suporta sa mga kawani aron masiguro ang paghatud sa mga target ug kalihokan sa proyekto lakip ang pagmonitor ug pag-evaluate. (LGU Bukidnon)

Mindanao IPs join growing PH bamboo industry

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A bamboo processing firm based in this city has partnered with the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Mindanao to help with their livelihood

During the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) on Tuesday, Russel Smith, president and chief executive officer of Rizome Bamboo, said the company has so far signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with 15 IP organizations in Mindanao since 2021.

In the MOU, IP communities are tasked with growing giant bamboo species, with Rizome as the exclusive buyer of the harvested trunks.

Smith said most of their partner IP communities are located in Bukidnon.

“We went to get a Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) with these IPs, for them to decide what kind of business they would do together with Rizome,” he said.

FPIC is a specific right granted to IPs recognized in the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which aligns with their universal right to self-determination. This was adopted in the Philippines under the Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997.

Smith said they are planning to plant an additional 1.5 million “bamboo stands” throughout Mindanao, which they will also buy back from farmers and growers to meet the production demands.

Rizome has been providing bamboo supplies to clients across the country since 2021. The bamboo trunks it gets from IP communities are processed to become construction materials as an alternative to wood by-products.

Russel said he supports the passage of House Bill 7941, which aims to promote the development of bamboo industry in the country. The bill was unanimously approved on the third and final reading in May this year.

Once signed into law, the country’s bamboo industry is positioned to become competitive in foreign markets, enabling it to become a major revenue and employment generator by strengthening the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council. (PNA)

DOST, MSU-IIT innovation help Bukidnon IPs get clean water

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — A joint project between the Department of Science and Technology in Northern Mindanao (DOST-10) and Mindanao State University–Iligan Institute has helped an indigenous community in Talakag, Bukidnon, have access to potable water

In a statement on June 22, 2023, the DOST-10 and the MSU-IIT’s Ceramic Training Center said it had provided 140 ceramic water filters to the Higaonon community in Barangay San Rafael.
Barangay chairperson Puyat Sagayan said that before the project, their community had to boil the water for it to become potable.
The area suffered diarrhea cases in 2019 and 2020, he added.
“I hope more will still be given so that everyone in the households will have one,” he said.
The DOST-10 microbiological analysis found coliform in the water source in Barangay San Rafael, and residents had to travel 2 kilometers to collect water from a spring, posing challenges to its potability due to source and handling.
Municipal administrator Alberto Bigcas said the project has helped address the drinking water problem in the Indigenous people’s community and the area’s state of health as a whole.
The ceramic water filters are part of the DOST-10 “Project Wahig: Water and Hygiene Improvement in Geographically Isolated Areas,” in which Talakag is the second recipient of the agency’s ceramic water filter technology under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology Program.
NorMin women winners
Meanwhile, the DOST-10 announced that five women entrepreneurs will be given PHP50,000 seed grant each after their success in a regional pitch competition for micro, small and medium enterprises.
The winners were identified as Nenita M. Tan of Best Friend Goodies, Nadine Angelica Gadia-Casiño of Alima Mother Support Center, and Melody G. Paurillo of Kahero Apps Inc, all entrepreneurs based in this city.
Winners from Bukidnon province are Anna Paula S. Chiong of Mama Nene’s Homemade Delights from Malaybalay City and Irene Mae L. Sinhayan of ISY Handicrafts from Talakag.
DOST-10 Director Romela Ratilla said pitches made by women entrepreneurs have the spirit of collaboration, compassion and innovation.
The pitching competition forms part of DOST-10’s “Women-Helping-Women: Innovating Social Enterprises (WHWise) Initiative.”
Ratilla said the regional winners will compete against qualifiers from other regions for the National Innovation Challenge for a chance to win a grant of up to PHP2 million. (Nef Luczon/PNA)