Friday, March 31, 2023

3 nakorner sa drug buy-bust sa Manolo Fortich

Nakorner sa kapolisan ang tulo ka lalaki sa gipahigayon nga drug buy-bustr operation sa Purok 16A-Menzi Village, Brgy. Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon niadtong Marso 18, 2023

Ang tulo naila nga sila John Abella y Pechay aka “Loloy” (Watch Listed), 34, ulitawo, ug residente sa Purok 2, Brgy. Laturan, Libona, Bukidnon; Ar-Dell Torillo y Adanza (newly identified), 25, ulitawo ug residente sa Taguiban, Brgy. Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; ug Jomar Sumbal y Acop (newly identified), 27, ulitawo, driver, ug residente sa Purok 16A-Menzi Village, Brgy. Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Gisulti ni Police Maj. Harvey A. Sanchez, OIC sa Manolo Fortich Municipal Police Station, sa iyang report nga 11.64 gramos sa gidudahang shabu ang nakuha gikan sa mga suspek ug kini gibanabana nga mokantidad og Php79,152.00.

Kasong paglapas sa RA 9165 ang giandam na batok sa mga suspek. (MG Mayumi B. Madera)

Manolo Fortich team wins provincial football race

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon – In preparation for the highly anticipated Department of Education (DepEd) sports meet, the Manolo Fortich football team secured first place in the recently concluded provincial meet, March 4

The Municipality of Manolo Fortich hosted the football tournament, which included both elementary and high school categories, and was played at the soccer field in Camp Philips.

Two teams, Manolo Fortich, and Maramag, participated in the elementary category, while four teams, Manolo Fortich, Libona, Maramag, and Quezon, competed for first place in the high school category.

Manolo Fortich won the elementary division by beating Maramag 14-1. This made sure that they would be able to represent the Province of Bukidnon at the regional meet. In the high school category, Libona defeated Maramag with a score of 1-0 in the elimination round, while Manolo Fortich defeated Quezon 4-0 in the second game.

In the high school finals, Quezon won third place by beating Maramag 5-1, while Manolo Fortich won the title by beating Libona 7-0. As a champion in both categories, Manolo Fortich earned the right to represent Bukidnon in the upcoming regional meet.

The team will now prepare for the regional meet, where different provinces and highly urbanized cities will compete. Champions from the area will go to the national meet in April to represent northern Mindanao. (JAKA/PIA-10/Bukidnon)

IPLAN holds workshop on PCIP updating in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – In order to identify the prioritization of interventions of commodities in Bukidnon, the IPLAN component together with the Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU) of Bukidnon conducts a workshop on the updating of the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) on March 2, 2023

The interventions are based on the identified gaps, constraints, and challenges of each commodity with value chain analysis from the municipalities while considering climate risks and mitigation measures.

Commodities to be updated are abaca, banana (cardava and lakatan), cacao, cassava, coffee, dairy cattle, oil palm, organic rice, rubber, and swine carcass.

Further, coming in is the coconut that will sum up the 12 commodities for the province.

The updated Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) was presented to the Provincial Development Council (PDC) last March 7, 2023.

Moreover, DA 10 OIC-Regional Executive Director and RPCO-10 Project Director Carlene C. Collado calls for the LGUs to fast-track the PCIP enhancement.

“In order to be included in the prioritization run, the updating of your PCIP is vital. This is one of the requirements for the approval of your project proposals,” said Director Collado.

The workshop is participated by the Municipal Agriculturists (MA) and Municipal Planning & Development Coordinators (MPDC) from Baungon, Cabanglasan, Damulog, Dangcagan, Don Carlos, Impasug-ong, Kadingilan, Kalilangan, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Lantapan, Libona, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, Maramag, Pangantucan, Quezon, San Fernando, Sumilao, Talakag, and the City Local Government Units (CLGUs) of Malaybalay and Valencia. (DA RFO-10)

DOST boosts local food processor’s production

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon – Nestled in Upper Calanawan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, a thriving food processing facility is providing local farmers with a stable source of income

V&C Agrifarm is considered a business pioneer in the food processing industry with innovative solutions that cater to bulk supplies of processed products through a “B2B” or business-to-business approach.

V&C Agrifarm supplies a pickled mix of ground vegetables and spices soaked in a vinegar-salt solution to NutriAsia Inc. (NAI).

V&C Agrifarm’s innovations earned them the Husay Award: Innovation Trailblazer from Nutri-Asia Inc. in 2022 as they continued to provide a positive impact for the Philippines’ leading producer and distributor of sauces and condiments in the Philippines, NutriAsia Inc. (NAI).

This gave its owners, Virgil, and Cleofe Abejuela, more energy. They are both retired chemical engineers who started the business in 2018 after seeing a rise in demand for pickled products on the market and wanting to supply more of them.

Recently, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Regional Operations Sancho A. Mabborang visited the facility as the agency provided equipment and technical consulting services to V&C Agrifarm.

Through the DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), the agency provided the processors with automatic vegetable washers, dryers, and grinders for bell pepper, garlic, chili, and onion.

V&C no longer has to wash and dry tons of bell peppers by hand because they have machines that do it for them. This makes them more efficient and productive.

Cleofe Abejuela, co-owner of V&C Agrifarm, said, “The washer and the dryer, the equipment, it really helped us from “mano-mano” (manual washing) to semi-mechanized process. We were given FDA [LTO] last year.”

The processors were given technical advice on food safety, which helped the company get a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) License to Operate (LTO).

The processors were also given technical advice on standardizing pickled vegetables by applying food safety standards from the time they got the raw materials to the time they delivered them.

“There is a collaboration between us, DOST, and USTP. USTP provides training for our staff on food safety. I had the chance to join the forum of SETUP; there were already plenty of beneficiaries; we had a meeting in Malaybalay; I was one of the speakers; it was a common sentiment among those who availed [the program] that it changes your outlook towards the government,” said Virgil Abejuela, co-owner of V&C Agrifarm.

One of the flagship programs of the DOST, the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, or SETUP, is a nationwide strategy that encourages and assists micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in adopting the utilization of technological innovations.

This is meant to improve operational efficiency, increase productivity, and make businesses more competitive, with a big focus on finding solutions based on local conditions and production problems.

DOST Undersecretary Mabborang said, “DOST is cross-cutting, multi-dimensional, sometimes in agriculture, sometimes in engineering, sometimes we are into the laboratories, as long as there is an area that has science and technology.”

Mabborang also encourages other government agencies to also help MSMEs achieve business growth and success, saying, “Para makatulong din sila, ayaw naman namin na kami lang ang bida (so that they may also help, as we also don’t want all the credit).”

Now with automation, V&C Agrifarm’s production increased from the usual monthly average of 381 bags to 826 bags, which means an average increase of 445 (20 kg per bag) bags monthly or 117%.

MSME owners may inquire about and avail themselves of SETUP from a regional DOST office near them. In northern Mindanao, one may call 0917 857 9117 or visit the DOST-10 website at (SAYU | PIA-10)

CHR calls on authorities to look into alleged abduction of NDFP consultant in Bukidnon

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) called on authorities to take action on the alleged abduction of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Ariel Badiang in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon on February 6

In a statement, the CHR said Badiang, 64 years old, was allegedly taken by soldiers.

“As we conduct a parallel independent probe, CHR calls for urgent action from the local police and other concerned agencies to uncover the full truth on this latest report of the alleged abduction of another NDFP consultant,” said the commission.

According to the CHR, its Region 10 office had deployed a Quick Response Operation to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, Police Region Office 10 public information office spokesperson Police Major Joann Navarro told GMA News Online there were no abductions reported on the said date.

“Based po sa record natin, walang nakatala na any information o report na merong nag-abduct o kidnapping na nangyari,” she said.

Navarro added that PRO10 asked the Bukidnon Police, 52nd Engineer Brigade, and 1st Special Forces Battalion if they received such information. They also denied receiving reports about the incident.

Navarro encouraged the family of Badiang to report the incident to the police so that authorities can take action and launch an investigation.

Asked for comment, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Colonel Medel Aguilar said the AFP promoted and protected human rights.

“The AFP respects human rights. It is part of our constitutional mandate. All we do at the AFP is in adherence to the promotion and protection of human rights which is translated into education, training, and policies,” he told GMA News Online.

“To strengthen its implementation, the AFP has established the AFP Human Rights Office, now the AFP Center for Law of Armed Conflict (AFP CLOAC),” he added. (GMA News)

Php125k kantidad sa shabu nasakmit sa Manolo Fortich

Isa ka lalaki ang nakuhaan sa kapin Php125k nga kantidad sa gidudahang shabu sa gipahigayon nga drug buy-bust operation sa hiniusang pwersa sa kapolisan kaniadtong Enero 31, 2023 sa Purok 1, Brgy. Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

Gibutyag ni Police Maj. Harvey A. Sanchez, oic sa Manolo Fortich Municipal Police Station nga ang suspek giila nga si Joristy Casiño y Olave a.k.a Jor Escape, 49, ulitawo ug residente sa maong dapit.

Nakuha gikan sa posesyon sa suspek ang 18.4 gramo sa gidudahang shabu nga adunay estimated market value nga Php 125,120.00.

Ang maong suspek kasamtangang anaa sa ubos sa kustodiya sa Manolo Fortich MPS.

Kasong paglapas sa RA 9165 ug RA 10591 ang giandam batok kaniya. (Omar Rashid Z. Abdullah)

DA, LGU Manolo Fortich leads turnover of P5.2-M Solar-Powered Irrigation System to Brgy. Lingion

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon (04 May 2021) – The agriculture department in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) and the local government of Manolo Fortich led the joint turnover ceremony of the first Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) project established in the town, to the barangay local government of Lingion.

The P5.2 million SPIS equipped with 48 pieces solar array and a 15-horsepower irrigation pump, can irrigate around 15-20 hectares and has a potential area for expansion up to 50 hectares if additional pipes are installed.

Said project is mainly intended to irrigate rainfed corn areas and other upland crops, directly benefitting 20-30 farmers near the project location at Sitio Gaboc.

“We wish to achieve the twin goals of the department: “Mataas na Ani, Mataas na Kita” for our farmers and fishers. With the ready water source, it [SPIS] will enable the farmers in the locality to plant even during drought with much more ease, resulting in increased productivity and income,” DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said.

Out of the 22 municipalities and cities of Bukidnon province, the director also commended LGU Manolo Fortich thru its agriculture and engineering offices for their prompt response in accepting and implementing said project.

She noted that Lingion SPIS is funded from DA-10’s pooled savings in 2018, following the completion of solar-powered irrigation technology projects on corn, in its research stations in Malaybalay City and Dangcagan town.

Meanwhile, Manolo Fortich Mayor Clive D. Quiño urged the beneficiaries to look after the completed project with the barangay council taking the lead.

“This is just not a simple project, as it is worth P5.2-M and is funded by the people’s taxes. It can be implemented in any other municipality, but we have been chosen as the recipient for this assistance. With this big project comes great responsibility, so we should take care of this project to sustain in reaping its gains for many,” Mayor Quiño said.

The local chief executive sought the provision of technical assistance to update local farmers, and push them to also engage in high-value crop production in the future.

This, as he recognizes the African Swine Fever (ASF) threat, which could have an impact on the demand for corn.

With this, he went on to pin his hope for Manolo Fortich is also becoming a vegetable basket, similar to that of the towns of Talakag and Lantapan.

“This is a big favor accorded to our barangay. We are very grateful for DA-10, LGU Manolo Fortich, especially the Municipal Agriculture’s Office headed by Gema G. Cania and all others involved, who have been instrumental in the completion of the project,” Elbern Onahon, Lingion barangay captain relayed.

Moving forward, he assured his interest and usual cooperation to help ensure the sustainability of the SPIS project, to attract more development projects towards realizing progress in the locality.

Bed capacity sa BPH Manolo Fortich uswagan

Ang bed capacity sa Bukidnon Provincial Hospital sa Manolo Fortich ang pagauswagan gikan sa 24 ngadto sa 60.

Pinaagi sa isa ka resolusyon, giuyonan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) sa Bukidnon niadtong Enero 28 ang sulat hangyo ni Gobernador Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. kabahin sa maong katuyoan.

Ang resolusyon gikinahanglan alang sa aplikasyon sa maong hospital ngadto sa Department of Health aron pauswagan ang bed capacity niini.

Tumong niini nga matubag ang panginahanglan sa pagpataas sa occupancy rate matag tuig sa maong hospital.

Ang Provincial Government sa Bukidnon mipasalig nga muhatag sa dugang empleyado, dugang medical equipment ug mga suplay alang sa operation ug maintenance sa hospital. (Mel B. Madera)