Wednesday, November 29, 2023

2 coops in Manolo Fortich honored

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – In Manolo Fortich town, two of the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10)’s assisted farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs) were recognized after winning the 2023 Corn and Cassava Cluster Management Excellence Awards

The awarding ceremony was held at the Salvador H. Escudero Hall, National Meat Inspection Service, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City on November 17.

The awarded coops are Mantibugao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers’ Cooperative (MARBFC) and Bliss Lingion Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BLMPC).

According to a news statement from the DA, BLMPC won the Cassava cluster and MARBFC took home the Corn Management Excellence Awards.

MARBFC manager Evangeline P. Frasco expressed her gratitude in her acceptance speech for their FCA’s hard work being acknowledged and rewarded.

“Thank you, DA for the cash award where we can expand our inputs provision to our corn farmers where more funds mean more farms to be assisted, and an increase in the volume of production to satisfy our markets,” stated Frasco.

On the other hand, Dante M. Dosayco, BLMPC chairperson said, “We assure you (DA) that our future deeds will only get better. This is a token for our past efforts and also a push for our future endeavors.”

In the race for the corn excellence awards, Samahang Gumagawa Tungong Tagumpay MPC from Occidental Mindoro and Maningalao-Lingayao Agriculture Cooperative from Agusan del Norte are the first and second runners-up, respectively, behind MARBFC.

Meanwhile, the first and second runners-up in the cassava awards, respectively, are Villa Luna MPC of Isabela and Zamboanga del Norte Cassava Growers and Processors, Inc. of Zamboanga del Norte, behind BLMPC.

The DA stated that the two coops are their partners in the production of safe and quality corn and cassava, the promotion of the value chain approach, the growth of the corn and cassava sectors, and the provision of various services to their members by the cluster organizations

During the awarding ceremony, U-Nichols A. Manalo, national corn coordinator and OIC-Director of DA-Field Operations Service, read a message on behalf of Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform, about how innovation, convergent efforts, and the adoption of farm clustering approaches play a critical role in advancing the corn and cassava sectors.

“We come together to celebrate the synergy between innovation, dedication, and collaboration among groups, individuals, and agencies,” she said.

The senator is also a strong supporter of farm clustering, claiming that it boosts output and ensures a steady supply of safe, high-quality agricultural products, as well as creating an enabling atmosphere for farmers to become more productive, innovative, and competitive.

Sen. Villar stated that she lauded farm clusters’ achievements, even describing them as drivers of economic growth and social development.

“Rest assured, I will continue to pursue legislative mechanisms and policies that will solidify the linkage of production and market access across our country’s rich and diverse commodities,” Sen. Villar says as she concludes her speech.

In addition to the honored farming clusters, the various technical working groups for corn and cassava clusters at the national and regional levels were acknowledged and awarded certificates.

Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado leads the DA-10 delegation, which includes Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, Corn focal person Richan D. Lacanaria, and Science Research Specialist II Mischelle F. Egama, who is also the former Cassava focal person, DA-Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) – Regional Training Center Dir. Ma. Lydia Echavez, and Gemma G. Cania, Manolo Fortich’s municipal agriculturist.

Other national agricultural executives in attendance included Engr. Remelyn R. Recoter, the newly appointed DA-ATI director, and Engr. Roger V. Navarro, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Undersecretary for Operations. (melbmadera)

Mt. Kitanglad gipanghingusgan nga maprotektahan

β€œπ΄π‘›π‘” π‘Žπ‘˜π‘œπ‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘šπ‘’π‘›π‘ π‘Žβ„Žπ‘– π‘ π‘Ž π‘‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘˜π‘Žπ‘‘π‘Žπ‘€β„Žπ‘Žπ‘› π‘ π‘Ž π΅π‘’π‘˜π‘–π‘‘π‘›π‘œπ‘›, π‘›π‘”π‘Ž π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘Ž π‘šπ‘Žπ‘ π‘Žπ‘π‘‘π‘Žπ‘› π‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘˜π‘’π‘™π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘›β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘›π‘”π‘Ž π‘˜π‘Žπ‘Žπ‘™π‘Žπ‘š π‘›π‘”π‘Ž π‘›π‘’π‘šπ‘π‘’π‘Ÿ π‘œπ‘›π‘’ π‘›π‘Žπ‘”-π‘π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘‘π‘’π‘˜π‘‘π‘Žπ‘Ÿ π‘ π‘Ž π‘˜π‘–π‘›π‘Žπ‘–π‘¦π‘Žβ„Žπ‘Žπ‘› π‘π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘Ž π‘ π‘Ž π‘‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘˜π‘Žπ‘‘π‘Žπ‘€β„Žπ‘Žπ‘›β€, kini ang mensahi ni Bae Adelina β€˜Inatlawan’ Tarino, usa sa mga Mt. Kitanglad Council of Elders

Nasulti niya kini atol sa gipahigayon nga 27th Aldaw Ta Kitangalad, Nobyembre 7-9, 2023, Barangay Capehan, lungsod sa Libona, Bukidnon, sa tema nga β€œPreserving Water: Sustaining Life, Honoring Heritage”.

Gipasabot ni Bae Inatlawan nga ang Mt. Kitanglad unang gitawag nga β€œBuntod Ta Lumuluyaw”, nga buot ipasabot, usa ka sagrado nga lugar nga kung maalimahan, anaa diha ang kaluwasan.

Ang maong kabukiran binilin sa katigulangan nga adunay balaod, nga ginganlan ug Palayaga Ha Batasan, Pagunguta Ha Batasan, Kaub ha Binalingan Ha Batasan, Makapundog Lumabunog Ha Batasan, Ug Minamaun Ha Batasan, nga kung dili matuman ug masunod, moagi ang mga katalagman.

β€œπ΄π‘›π‘” π‘Žπ‘˜π‘œπ‘›π‘” π‘‘π‘Žπ‘˜π‘œπ‘›π‘” π‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘”π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘π‘œπ‘¦ π‘›π‘”π‘Ž π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘Ž π‘ π‘Ž π‘˜π‘Žπ‘›π‘’π‘›π‘Žπ‘¦ π‘šπ‘Žπ‘”π‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘Žπ‘¦π‘œπ‘› π‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘Žπ‘‘π‘œπ‘›π‘” π‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘Žπ‘”-π‘’π‘π‘Žπ‘› π‘‘π‘–β„Žπ‘Ž π‘ π‘Ž π‘π‘Žπ‘”π‘π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘‘π‘’π‘˜π‘‘π‘Žπ‘Ÿ 𝑒𝑔 π‘π‘Žπ‘”π‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘ π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘π‘Žπ‘Ÿ π‘ π‘Ž 𝑀𝑑. πΎπ‘–π‘‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘”π‘™π‘Žπ‘‘ π‘…π‘Žπ‘›π‘”π‘’, 𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑝 π‘–π‘›π‘¦π‘œπ‘›π‘” 𝑏𝑖𝑠𝑒 π‘”π‘œπ‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘›π‘Žπ‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘Žπ‘˜π‘œ π‘šπ‘’π‘–π‘›π‘”π‘œπ‘› π‘›π‘”π‘Ž π‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘˜π‘Žπ‘™π‘Žπ‘šπ‘π‘’π‘ π‘Žπ‘› π‘ π‘Ž π‘Žπ‘‘π‘œπ‘›π‘” π‘”π‘–π‘‘π‘–π‘›π‘”π‘’β„Žπ‘Ž π‘šπ‘Žπ‘˜π‘Žπ‘-π‘œπ‘‘ π‘™π‘Žπ‘šπ‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘π‘–π‘›π‘Žπ‘Žπ‘”π‘– π‘ π‘Ž π‘Žπ‘‘π‘œπ‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘π‘Žπ‘”π‘‘π‘–π‘›π‘Žπ‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘”π‘Žπ‘¦, π‘Žπ‘˜π‘œ π‘›π‘Žπ‘˜π‘Žπ‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘”β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘Žπ‘œπ‘‘ π‘›π‘”π‘Ž π‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘‘π‘–π‘€π‘Ž π‘ π‘Ž π‘π‘Žπ‘”-π‘–π‘›π‘–π‘”π‘ π‘’π‘œπ‘›π‘Žπ‘¦, π‘Žπ‘›π‘Žπ‘Ž π‘˜π‘Žπ‘›π‘Žπ‘‘π‘œ π‘ π‘Ž π‘˜π‘Žπ‘›π‘’π‘›π‘Žπ‘¦ π‘‘π‘’π‘¦π‘’π‘”π‘Žπ‘› π‘ π‘Ž π‘”π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘ π‘¦π‘Ž π‘ π‘Ž π‘Žπ‘‘π‘œπ‘›π‘” πΏπ‘Žπ‘π‘Žπ‘€β€™π‘›π‘” π‘€π‘Žπ‘˜π‘Žπ‘”π‘Žπ‘”π‘Žβ„Žπ‘’π‘š π‘œ π‘€π‘Žπ‘”π‘π‘Žπ‘π‘Žπ‘¦π‘Žβ€, mao kini ang gipaabot nga mga panghinaot ni Vice Governor Clive D. QuiΓ±o.

Gidugang ni Vice-Governor QuiΓ±o kinahangalan hingusgan ang mga programa sa Protected Areas Management Board (PAMB) nga mao ang pagpanalipod sa Kitanglad, pagpadayon pagpa-edukar sa katawhan, padayon nga pag-monitor sa kalasangan ingon man pagdugang sa mohon o demarcation sa protected areas, diin gipanghinaot nga mamahimo kining nominado alang sa United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) nga naila isip ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP).

Mipaabot usab sa mensahe si Benjamin M. Maputi. Sr, ang Kitanglad Guard Volunteer (KGV) Federation President,β€œSalamat kaayo nga nakasabot na ang tanan ilabi na sa atong mga LGU, sa Province, sa Munisipyo, sa Barangay kay nakasabot na ang tanan nga angayan nga ato gayud protektaran ang Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park kay maoy tinubdan sa hangin, sa maayong panahon sa kabugnaw ilabi na sa 28 ka barangay nga nagpalibot niini, salamat usab sa Ginoo, ang Ginoo ra ang nasayod, kay sa pagsugod sa Kitanglad, naa nako dira gwardiya sa kinaiyahan nga ma-protektran og mapadayonon”.

Ang Mt. Kitanglad Range adunay 380 ka guard volunteers diin gilangkuban sa mga lungsod sa Lantapan, Impasugong, Sumilao, Talakag, Baungon, Manolo Fortich, Libona og syudad sa Malaybalay diin maoy naglibot sa Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park.

Gikoronahan isip Laga ta Kitanglad si Ms. Michelle P. Calupe gikan sa lungsod sa Lantapan ug Maama KGV si Mr. Peter John Paul Ganiahan gikan sa lungsod sa Talakag. (LGU Bukidnon)

DA 10 turns over P1.5-M Enhanced Kadiwa Grant to Manolo Fortich

The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA 10), through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (Amad) program of Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita, turned over P1.5 million financial grant to the local government unit of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

According to DA-Northern Mindanao Executive Director Carlene Collado, the Enhanced Kadiwa program allows farmers’ cooperatives and associations to participate in the accessible food supply distribution system to ensure price stability for food and essential goods in areas with high consumer demand.

“We are indeed pleased to accept this project, as it will enhance the marketing system of our farmers in Manolo Fortich, and we hope for more collaborations and partnerships with DA,” Manolo Fortich municipal agriculturist Gemma Cania said.

Amad Chief Larry Paraluman said the P1.5 million Kadiwa assistance fund was used to procure a hauling vehicle worth P1,693,500.

The additional P193,500 was provided by Manolo Fortich as its counterpart.

The local government unit also extended P106,500 as equipment equity for the town’s food terminal.

Collado also urged them to maintain the vehicle responsibly and to train the assigned driver, who should possess a National Certificate II. (DA RFO 10)

28 ka mag-uuma sa mais, mi-gradwar sa FFS sa Manolo

Mi-gradwar ang 28 ka mga mag-uuma sa mais ubos Farmers’ Field School (FFS) niadtong Oktubre 4, 2023 sa Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

Base sa pahibalo sa LGU Manolo Fortich, ang maong programa gipasiugdahan sa Lokal nga Pangagamhanan sa lungsod agi sa Municipal Agriculture Office kaabag ang Department of Agriculture Region 10.

Ang Graduation Ceremony gipahigayon sulod sa covered court sa Barangay Minsuro, sa Manolo Fortich.

Tinguha sa maong programa nga madungagan ang kahibalo ug kahanas sa mga mag-uuma sa barangay aron mas mapalambo ang ilang panginabuhian agi sa corn farming. (MG Mayumi B. Madera)

Sen. Go visits projects in Damulog, Bukidnon

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go visited five key infrastructure projects in Damulog, Bukidnon, on September 16, 2023

Go visit the five completed projects, namely: the trading post/bagsakan center, which is worth Php1 million; the concreted streets and access roads, worth Php8 million; the solar street lights, worth Php5 million; the evacuation center (e-center), worth Php15 million; and the five-story multi-purpose building, worth Php40 million.

After the groundbreaking of the Super Health Center in Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon, Senator Bong Go went straight to the town of Damulog to visit and inspect the projects he supported for funding as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.

He first visited the Bagsakan Center, a public market established to provide a centralized location for local farmers and vendors to sell their produce. The senator said that this is a step towards a more stable economy in Damulog. He added that he wants the public market to become a center of trade and opportunity for everyone.

After the market visit, Go then examined a road concreting project that aims to improve the transportation of goods and services and boost economic growth. He also went to the recently built evacuation center (e-center), where he led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The senator then went throughout the municipality, inspecting the solar street lights that had been installed. It is an initiative of the local government of Damulog in Bukidnon to promote renewable energy and public safety.

For his last stop, Go inspected the five-story multi-purpose building that will serve as a community center and the offices of various government offices.

Damulog Mayor Mel Buro thanked Go for his effort to make these key infrastructure projects possible. Go also met with some local mayors from Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon while he was in Damulog.

In his speech, Go also advised those with health concerns to visit the Malasakit Center located at Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag and the nearby centers at Northern Mindanao Medical Center and J.R. Borja General Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City.

To date, 159 Malasakit Centers are operational across the country to assist with patients’ medical expenses. He said that of the 40 Malasakit centers in Mindanao, seven are in Northern Mindanao. When asked how many super health centers are planned to be built in Bukidnon, he answered 11.

Sen. Go said that for the years 2022–2023, they plan to build 600 Malasakit centers throughout the country. The super health center is a medium-sized polyclinic that offers a wide range of services, including giving birth, laboratory testing, x-rays, dental care, and minor surgical procedures. (MG Mayumi B. Madera)

Bukidnon solon pushes for bamboo as cash crop

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The bamboo industry in Northern Mindanao region is a rich untapped source of raw materials for the construction industry, Bukidnon 1st District Rep. Jose Manuel Alba has said

In an interview on June 13, 2023, Alba said he and other bamboo industry leaders in Mindanao are engaged in ongoing information dissemination to make bamboo a source of livelihood for building materials.

He earlier filed House of Representatives Bill 7105, or the proposed Philippine Bamboo Industry Act.

“Shifting to bamboo as building material instead of wood will also help the environment in the long run, as it will lessen the cutting of more trees,” he said.

Bukidnon alone has about 2 million β€œbamboo stands,” which are ready for harvest to become raw materials, he said.

A supporter of Alba’s bill is Robert Palomares, the proprietor of Homebiz Crafts based in Iligan City, who has been using bamboo materials for making furniture and plywood for clients since 2014.

He said he has been sourcing bamboo materials from Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

“Bamboo can become a good source of additional income for farmers and even residents who have a backyard space for growing bamboo,” Palomares said.

Because bamboo is a grass species, it can sprout new trunks after cutting the old ones for production.

Palomares said the variety currently used in production is the giant bamboo species.

In this city, the bamboo processing firm, Rizome Bamboo, has been providing bamboo supplies to clients across the country since 2021.

Russel Smith, the firm’s president and chief executive officer, said they are planning to plant an additional 1.5 million β€œbamboo stands” throughout Mindanao, which they will also buy back from farmers and growers to meet the production demands. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

Miss Philippines Earth dazzles in Bukidnon preliminary events

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – People in four Bukidnon towns were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle as the Miss Philippines Earth 2023 preliminary competitions came to Mindanao’s food basket for the first time

Twenty-nine Miss Philippines Earth candidates showcased their poise and physique, donning Bukidnon native dresses and swimsuits, during a summer-themed preliminary event before a jam-packed crowd in Talakag town, Bukidnon, on Wednesday night, April 19.

The national beauty pageant is held yearly to crown β€œthe most beautiful and environmentally-conscious and aware woman” in the country and send her to compete in the international competition Miss Earth.

Before the town center event, the candidates went to the upland village of Miarayon, also in Talakag town, the vegetable center of Northern Mindanao, to see the agricultural fields.

The candidates were also in Manolo Fortich town earlier, where they rubbed elbows with local government officials in Bukidnon.

β€œThis is a coming of age for these towns. For so long, these towns have been in the backwaters. Now, the world is looking at us,” Bukidnon 1st District Representative Jose Manuel Alba told Rappler.

Alba brought the entire production of the Miss Philippines Earth 2023 to Bukidnon.

After the preliminary events of the pageant in the towns of Manolo Fortich, Talakag, Sumilao, and Baungon until the weekend, the candidates will travel for the coronation night in Toledo City, Cebu, in the Visayas.

He said it was the first time the Bukidnon towns saw a big production and prestigious national beauty pageant.

β€œOur market is the nation, eventually. We want the country to see the potential of these towns,” Alba said.

He said Manolo Fortich town alone was transformed into a first-class municipality from its humble origin as a place for herds of cows that were brought to Cagayan de Oro City to be shipped to Manila many years ago.

β€œHundreds of cows were driven along the rolling plains of Manolo Fortich every month. The town was the watering hole for the cows and cowboys to drink and rest before continuing the journey to Cagayan de Oro,” said Manuel Fortich, the US-based son of the late former Bukidnon governor Carlos β€œTotoy” Fortich.

He said the town was transformed after World War II when the government granted homestead lands to fleeing residents who escaped the Japanese occupation.

Alba said the same is true in the case of Talakag town, which was founded by homestead lands granted to residents who fled the war.

β€œNow, Talakag is another first-class municipality, the vegetable center of Northern Mindanao. We are promoting its agro-tourism program,” Alba said.

Cagayan de Oro Councilor Malvern Esparcia said he was impressed with how the contestants, in Bukidnon native dresses, ramped up the stage in Talakag to the ethnic music of a local band.

β€œThis itself is a message that these towns are not about to dump their traditions while they embrace modern inroads to their communities,” Esparcia said. (Froilan Gallardo/Rappler)

Pinaka-unang Traditional Indigenous Cooking Show sa Bukidnon, gipahigayon

Gipakita pinaagi sa pinaka-unang Traditional Indigenous Cooking Show ang pinasahi nga mga kulturanhong sud-an sa pitu ka tribu dinhi sa probinsya sa Bukidnon, niadtong Abril 13, 2023 sa Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City

Gipakita sa cooking show ang mga indigenous menu sa Cabanglasan Umayamnon Tribe, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon Tribe, Maramag Manobo Tribe, San Fernando Tigwahanon Tribe, Malaybalay City Bukidnon Tribe, ug Lantapan Talaandig Tribe. Kini base sa kasayuran nga nakuha sa Provincial Government sa Bukidnon.

Tumong sa maong cooking show nga mapakita ngadto sa katawhan ang klase-klaseng mga putahi ug ang mga karaan nga pamaagi sa pagluto aron mapreserbar kini. (MG Mayumi B. Madera)


Kapin Php77k nga shabu nasakmit sa Manolo Fortich

Mikabat sa Php77,616.00 nga kantidad sa gidudahang shabu ang nasakmit sa drug buy bust operation nga gipahigayon sa Purok 9, Brgy. Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon kaniadtong Abril 7, 2023

Giila sa kapolisan ang nasikop nga si Marlon Salvaleon y Soliano, 42, new identified, minyo, ug residente sa maong dapit. Nasakmit gikan sa suspek ang onse ka pakete sa gidudahang shabu nga adunay gibug-aton nga 11.12 gramos. Ang arestado kasamtangang gidala sa Manolo Fortich Municipal Police Station.

Kasong paglapas sa RA 9165 ang giandam na batok sa suspek. (Diego M. Hidalgo)

Catumbalon, St. Peter midaog sa 2023 Kaamulan Drum and Lyre Competition

Nidaog ang Catumbalon Elementary School ug St. Peter National High School sa drum and lyre competition nga gipahigayon alayon sa pagsaulog sa Kaamulan 2023

Ang kompetisyon gipahigayon niadtong Marso 25, sa samang adlaw sa formal opening sa Kaamulan 2023.

Ang kometisyon adunay duha ka category mao ang elementary level ug secondary level.

Sa elementary level, ang champion mao ang Catumbalon Elementary School sa Valencia City nga nakakuha sa special awards nga Best in Choreography, Most Disciplined Group, Best in Costume, Best Band Majorette.

Nisunod mao ang Alae Central Elementary School sa Manolo Fortich nga nakakuha sa special awards nga Best in Musicality ug Best Band Major.

Sa secondary level, champion ang St. Peter National High School sa Malaybalay nga nidaog isip Best in Musicality, Best in Choreography, Most Discipline Group, Best in Costume, Best Band Major; gisundan sa Valencia National High School isip 2nd place nga nakuha ang Best Band Majorette award; Bukidnon National High School sa 3rd place; Kibawe National High School isip 4th placer; 5th place mao ang St. Joseph National High School; ug ang 6th placer mao ang Catumbalon National High School. (MG Mayumi B. Madera)