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Family Welfare Federations to hold 1st Mindanao Summit in CDO
- Monday, May 25, 2015
- By Glenford C. Labial (DOLE-10)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 25 - In an effort to strengthen the Family Welfare Program (FWP) by providing new mechanisms to effectively function collective leadership and corporate social responsibility as keys to workplace productivity and improved worker-management relations, the Department of Labor and Employment -10 (DOLE-10) and the Northern Mindanao Federation of Family Welfare Committees (NMFFWC) will be hosting the 1st Mindanao summit on 27 July 2015 at the Grand Caprice Ballroom, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City.
After the meeting among the Mindanao FWP regional focal persons along with their respective federation chairpersons convened at CEPALCO Green Building on 12 May 2015, the summit was finalized.
DOLE Secretary, Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz will be invited as the guest of honor and keynote speaker during the summit which is expected to be participated in by no less than 310 active FWP practitioners representing labor and management sectors from an estimated 295 companies in the Mindanao regions.
Topics on human resource, rediscovering and exploring the FWP towards the improvement of the work values, and quality services for private companies will be discussed.
A series of best practices including open forum will also form part of the summit.
In a statement during the launching, NMFFWC Chairman Florita B. Quijano of Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation, Iligan City, encouraged the management with organized and non-organized family welfare committees in Mindanao regions to allow the participation of their FWC members and safety officers to enhance their knowledge and skills and some inputs from different speakers and co-participants to effectively and efficiently implement the FWP.
In full support, DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante expressed, “This serves as an effective forum for labor and management representatives of companies and institutions implementing the FWP to thresh out common issues and concerns relative to the implementation of the program at the company level and to benchmark good practices to increase productivity at the workplaces.”
The island-wide event is driven with the theme, “Family Welfare Committees in Mindanao: Bridging Connections.”
Misamis Oriental electric coop distributes GenSets
- Sunday, May 24, 2015
- (Sun.Star Cagayan)
MISAMIS Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative-1 (Moresco 1) celebrated its 47th anniversary by powering up two-megawatt Modular Generation Sets last week.
The portable generators were acquired through the National Electrification Administration (NEA)-Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) of the Department of Energy (DOE).
The SEP was launched by the Aquino administration in 2011 to provide electricity in far-flung communities through the installation of gensets.
Three years after it was launched, the number of sitios completely energized in Misamis Oriental under Moresco 1 increased from 94 in 2011 to 132 at the end of 2014.
About 4,000 households are expected to benefit from the modular gensets.
The gensets were distributed in the 10 franchise areas of MORESCO: the towns of Alubijid, lnitao, Opel, Lugait, Laguindingan, Manticao, Gitagum, Libertad, Naawan, El Salvador City in Misamis Oriental, the 15 baranggays in Cagayan de Oro City, the 17 baranggays in the Municipality of Talakag, a barangay in Baungon in the Province of Bukidnon, and a barangay in Iligan City.
In his speech during the Moresco anniversary, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla reminded members of the cooperative: "It is your duty to help the directors of our electric companies if we are aware of, for example, electric jumpers in the community, because it is not only the directors who will experience the loss but also you."
Living right with NutriFit CGY
- Saturday, May 23, 2015
- By Patricia Ysabel Tabian (AdMU intern)
WE ALL know that in living a healthy life, proper diet and proper exercise are essential. However, our diet is 35 percent more influential on our health and fitness compared to just exercising. ‘Eating unhealthy is okay as long as you workout’ is a myth, and a bad one too. Exercising means sweating out the food you ate, and in order to have a genuine healthy lifestyle, both must come hand in hand.
Recently, more and more locals decide on switching sides and are going for a healthy lifestyle. More and more businesses open up with the goal of helping out people to eat healthy, offering different diets.
Now the city has NutriFit CGY, a home-service business that offers Paleo diet to those who want to live healthy and fit.
But wait, ‘what kind of diet is that?’ you may ask.
Part-owner Melodi Tan answers that: “Paleo is short for ‘Paleolithic’ which means eating healthy, real and whole foods.” The diet is basically engaging to low-carb and high-fat foods. The former means half a cup of rice, as well as substitution of other foods with quinoa seeds, and any food rich in grains except for wheat bread. The latter refers to eating proteins like chicken and grass-fed beef bought from our local meat shops. The Paleo diet is also similar to the diet of our ancestors as they too were used to eating organic and clean food. The diet is very strict as there is a daily meal plan to be followed, thus, making this diet a healthier option compared to others.
The Paleo diet has already been in the Philippines for some time now, especially in Metro Manila. Now, NutriFit CGY offers the same compact diet to the locals of Cagayan de Oro at a very affordable price. It is managed by Chef Angelo Reyes who is an expert when it comes to European cuisine, Chef Melodi Tan who is a pastry chef, and Ciara Mae Cansino who is a registered nurse. With a team like theirs, good health and proper nutrition can easily be paired up with gourmet food prepared in a flash!
Their menu is composed of their own pre-planned recipes and these are different every day to avoid boring the customers who are courageous enough to start living a healthy life. Their food is freshly prepared from scratch every day, and they avoid processed food as this can cause cancer. With this diet, results are visible within three months!
The Paleo diet eating basis includes the usual meat, seafood, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds (like almonds, walnuts, chia seeds).
Their Pan Fried Fish with Almond Powder has a soft texture which makes it easy to eat. The fish was cooked flawlessly with the right amount of spices that bring out the fish’s meat taste.
It was paired with a side order of mashed sweet potato and broccoli, both perfectly seasoned. The two dishes complemented each other impeccably. Their other bestsellers are the Fish En Papillote, Rosemary Chicken and Roasted Vegetables, all with a certain touch of European cooking. This gluten-free and grain-free whole meal only costs P150, a very affordable price for something that can cause so much goodness in our lives.
Their Paleo diet also serves sweets, but these are served in small portions. These paleo sweets that are quickly sold out include their Flour-less Bacon Brownies, Paleo Almond Cookies and Meringue Pie.
Aside from the regular Paleo diet, they also offer post-workout athletic meals which is composed of 300-500 grams of protein usually through chicken or beef.
The owners themselves are very supportive when it comes to their clients’ health and taste.
Every day, they update their customers on the meal plan to make sure that they will be enjoying their healthy meals. Their meal schedules are very considerate on their cheat days on the weekend. Usually, every Monday includes low-carb diets to detoxify their customers from the weekend, and as the week continues their meals become more relaxed.
According to Melodi, their diet does not count calories because they are serve fresh and made from scratch, being healthy is already an assurance. This diet does not only help a person lose weight but it also ensures proper digestion and maintains the blood sugar regulation.
- Avoiding processed foods
“The Paleo lifestyle is simply about avoiding processed, nutrient-poor factory foods. It may be an adjustment at first, but it is simply a matter of eliminating foods that don’t promote health on your body,” said Melodi.
What is a small adjustment for something that will bring us great results?
Our body and health has been serving us ever since, making sure that we were feeling well in the adventures that we wanted to pursue. It’s now time to return the favor and treat them properly. It may take time to adapt but all has a winning situation when it comes to eating clean.
Distribution of 50K Philhealth ID cards starts
- Friday, May 22, 2015
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 22 (PIA) -- The City Health Insurance Office (CHIO) will distribute 50,000 Philhealth identification cards cards for the 80 barangays of Cagayan de Oro starting May 20.
City Health Insurance Officer-In-Charge Dr. Ma. Lourdes S. Gaane said the Philhealth ID cards distribution on May 20 will cover four barangays, with the following schedule:
Bayabas (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.); Bonbon (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon); Kauswagan (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.); and Patag (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
On May 21, the same activity was conducted at FS Catanico (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.); Gusa (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon); Cugman (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.); and Tablon (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
Dr. Gaane added that the Philhealth ID cards distribution will continue from May 27 until June 11, 2015.
Philhealth Sponsored Program is one of the priority programs of Mayor Oscar Moreno to ensure that card holders and their qualified family members will not be burdened paying high-cost of medicines and expenses upon hospital confinement.
DOH urges mothers to adapt Pinggang Pinoy
- Thursday, May 21, 2015
- (JCV/PIA 10)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 21 (PIA) – Department of Health (DOH) reiterates its call on mothers to prepare a healthy food plate for the family despite money and time constraint.
Nutritionist Telesfora G. Madelo of DOH region 10 said it is high time to start now, considering the increasing rate of persons suffering from chronic energy deficiency and obesity.
She recommended the ‘Pinggang Pinoy’ concept developed by the Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), a daily nutritional guide especially designed for Filipinos that complements with the food guide pyramid.
It’s a simple and easy to understand visual tool that uses a familiar food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis.
The model suggested that each healthy meal should compose of 33 percent rice, 33 percent vegetables, 17 percent meat, and 17 percent fruit.
Madelo suggest to buy fruits in season so it won’t be costly as well as to opt for variety in vegetables served.
She drummed up the call during the media health advocates quarterly media forum on May 20 held in the city.
She said while ensuring that children as well-fed and healthy, this would also help build good healthy food habits for the children.
Solon pushes for ‘permaculture farming’ (Agriculture)
- Wednesday, May 20, 2015
- (PNA), FPV/RCK/CD/MARK FRANCISCO/CD
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 20 (PNA) – A Solon on Wednesday pushed for “permaculture” as a scientific approach to develop sustainable agriculture and self-maintained habitat in the agricultural system.
Speaking to about 600 government agriculturists during the national convention of city and municipal agriculturists here last Monday, Senator Cynthia Villar lauded the thrust of the government agriculturists in the propagation of the permaculture mindset in the country.
“Permaculture” is a scientific approach to develop sustainable agriculture and a self-maintained habitat of agricultural systems around the country modeled from existing natural ecosystems.
The government agriculturist through the League of Municipal Agricultural Officers and Municipal/City Agriculturists of the Philippines (LeMMCAP) have submitted papers on various approaches about “permaculture” farming from the Ilocos Region through the Mindanao Regions during the convention expected to wind up Thursday here.
Villar said that one of the examples of permaculture currently employed by farmers nationwide is crop rotation especially in areas planted with coconut.
“The cash crops, mostly coffee and cacao, which are grown in between coconuts, are good sources of organic fertilizers,” Villar said.
The LeMMCAP’s ultimate goal is to bridge national line agencies such as the Department of Agriculture and LGUs in crafting permaculture and agro-ecology policies to help bring about a sustained growth in agricultural production throughout the country without compromising the environment, Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson Palad said.
Palad also welcomed the proposal by Villar to require the local government units (LGUs) to set aside a compulsory an annual budget for agriculture.
Villar said that some LGUs, especially in urbanized areas, do not set aside funds for agriculture. “Without funds to develop agriculture, the city agriculturist’s main job is to inject anti-rabies vaccine. This is preposterous,” Villar said. (PNA) CTB/CD/MARK FRANCISCO
Mindanao regions gear to implement “dual training system”
- Tuesday, May 19, 2015
- (PNA), FPV/RCK/CD/MARK FRANCISCO/CD
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 19 (PNA) – The regions in Mindanao would be the first outside Metro Manila to implement the “Dual Training System Act of 1994,” a technical education official said Tuesday.
Kotie R. Bax, regional director in Northern Mindanao, of the Technical Education, Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), said that the “dual training system” is an innovative approach where companies have an option to allow workers to spend half of the working week day to enroll in a vocational course.
The company pays for the tuition while the worker would receive compensation only according to the actual number of days having worked for, Bax said.
Bax said that the “Dual Training System Act of 1994” is provided for under Republic Act No. 7686 designed to strengthen the man power education and training in the country to provide the workers with the appropriate skills in order to improve productivity in the workplace.
He said that system has been successful in other countries. “It is time that the program is adopted in the region through the duly accredited vocational and technical schools in cooperation with accredited agricultural, industrial and business establishments.
Under the system, a taxable income amounting to 50 percent of the tuition paid by the company to the vocational school would be tax exempt.
According to Bax, about 40 members of the chamber of commerce and representatives of 150 vocational schools in Mindanao would converge in Cagayan De Oro City on May 26, 2015 to signal the start of the implementation of the dual training system in Mindanao.
New Child Development Center soon to rise in Tignapoloan
- Monday, May 18, 2015
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 18 (PIA) -- The parents in Barangay Tignapoloan in Cagayan de Oro City are happy to know that, not long from now, a new Child Development Center will be built in their area.
The construction is estimated to cost P766,366.00 and will be funded by the Special Education Fund managed by the Local School Board.
The construction of Child Development Centers, together with the construction of many classrooms for elementary and secondary education, is one of the priorities of Mayor Oscar Moreno’s administration.
Data shows there is an increase in the number of students aged 3-4 years in Day Care Centers in 2014. In the previous year, the number of enrolees reached more than 10 thousand in the entire city, in nearly 200 Child Development Centers.
Enrolling the children in Day Care Centers is free and there is also a feeding program from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) to provide good nutrition to the children.
Moreno is focused on sharpening the intellect of small children in their early years and strengthening them in their formative years to prepare them for the bright futures waiting for them.
'Brigada Eskwela' highlights K to 12
- Sunday, May 17, 2015
- By Pamela Jay F. Orias
PUBLIC schools in the country are holding the "Brigada Eskwela," which is the annual preparation activities of government schools prior to opening of classes on June 1.
Dr. Noe D. Simene, chief of the Educational Support Services Division (ESSD) of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Northern Mindanao, said Friday that the region is ready for the May 18 Brigada Eskwela.
“We had a meeting yesterday (May 14) about capacitating Brigada coordinators. We informed them about the upcoming activities and requested them to furnish us their plans,” Simene said.
Simene said the highlight of this year’s event is not just the maintenance of the schools but also prioritizing the information dissemination of K to 12 program to parents, making it a different Brigada Eskwela this year.
Simene said DepEd-Northern Mindanao would provide parents information on the possible courses for their children to take as they enter the Senior High School.
Vevian Tuason, senior education program specialist in Social Mobilization and Networking of Misamis Oriental Division, said the goal of their office is to have a province-wide and simultaneous Brigada, citing it will be like a fiesta celebration.
Simene clarified that participating in Brigada Eskwela is not mandatory. He said that parents and students are not required to participate for enrolment compliance.
Simene added that Brigada is held to prepare the schools for the opening of classes and if parents and students are not willing to participate.
But Simene said that the teachers are required to be present in schools before class starts, “Naa gyud sila to assist whatever the school lacks.”
The theme for this year’s Brigada is “Tayo para sa Kalinisan, Kaligtasan, at Kahandaan ng ating mga Paaralan.”
Oro police office airs radio program to reach out to communities
- Saturday, May 16, 2015
- By Lynyrd Alexsei N. Corrales
IN ORDER to reach out the community especially the youth, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) established a radio program in a local FM radio outlet just last Friday, May 15, according to the chief of Cocpo community relation branch.
Police Superintendent Henry Cay-as, Cocpo community relations chief, said this radio program can help the police effectively disseminate information on activities and accomplishments of the police to the public, especially the younger audience.
The radio program’s main purpose is change the perception of the younger generation of the police, “dati kasi, ginapanghinadlok sa mga inahan ang police sa mga bata, example, ‘sige di ka magpuyo? naa raba police.’” Cay-as said. So, through this radio program, the police can address this misconception, he added.
According to Cay-as, most of the radio stations share the “bad news such as mga tulis, droga ug uban pa,” he said adding that it leaves a bad impression to the community. Through this venue, the radio program, Cocpo will share the lighter side of the police.
“The other purpose of this is the share to the public the activities and accomplishments of the police,” Cay-as said. Moreover, “people can send their complaints, issues, concerns and problems,” he added.
Usually, most of the people’s complaints are “walay police visibility ani nga area, wala’y tao sa outpost, illegal drugs,” Cay-as said.
Through a call or text, the people can also send their complaints and which the police must answer coupled with appropriate action, he added.
“Then and there, ma-actionan siya,” Cay-as said adding that all of the 10 police stations are monitoring the radio program and when a participant would address a complaint at their place, the police station that is responsible in that area will take answer or take action.
The process is simple: call or text 09354426947, the official hotline of Cocpo’s radio program and type one’s complaint or concerns and send it to this number, then the police will do the rest.
Last Friday, May 15, Cocpo aired its radio program called “Ang Kapulisan sa Dakbayan,” at Mellow Touch 95.7 FM. Cay-as said their segment will be aired every Friday at 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Anti-helmet ordinance in CDO’s downtown areas pushed
- Saturday, May 15, 2015
- (PNA), LAP/RCK/CD/CD
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 15 (PNA) –- The local legislators here are pushing for the approval of a City Ordinance that would prohibit motorcycle riding men from using their “helmet” in the city’s downtown areas.
City Councilor Roger Abaday, chair of the committee on public affairs, said on Friday that the proposed Ordinance is part of the measure to counter the commission of criminal activities by motorcycle riding criminals here.
“We have observed that most crimes here were perpetrated by motorcycle riding suspects using protective helmets and masks,” Abaday said.
He cited the number of unsolved hold-up and robbery cases here because the police and witnesses could not make an appropriate description of the suspects who were wearing helmets.
City Councilor Candy Darimbang said that a technical committee is now working on about the possible implementation of the anti-helmet law here that would not be in conflict with the national laws.
She said that while there is an existing law requiring the use of protective helmet for motorcycle riding men, the city council could possibly work out to approve a law that would be for the greater interest and security of the local residents here.
DOST opens application for third year college scholarship
- Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2611431583223/dost-opens-application-for-third-year-college-scholarship
- Thursday, May 14, 2015
- BY Teresita S. Baluyos (DOST10)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 14 -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announces the availability of scholarship slots for regular third year college students who are enrolled in priority science and technology (S&T) courses and are willing to teach in secondary schools in the Philippines.
To qualify for this scholarship one should be a Filipino citizen, regular third college student in identified priority science and technology courses in any state university or college or private university, has a general weighted average of at least 83% (or its equivalent) in his/her first and second years in college, qualify in the JLSS written examination, agree to teach in the secondary level of basic education in public or private high school as their return of service (ROS), agree to any of the approved ROS, agree to pay the amounts disbursed with applicable interest in case of failure to comply with the terms of Return of Service (ROS).
Applicants should be enrolled in the following Commission on Higher Education (CHED) - compliant science and technology priority courses: agriculture, agricultural biotechnology, agricultural chemistry, agricultural engineering, agricultural biosystems engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, biochemistry, biology, ceramics engineering, chemistry with applied computer system, chemistry with materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronics and communications engineering, environmental science, fisheries, food technology, forestry, geology, geodetic engineering, geothermal engineering, industrial engineering, industrial management engineering-information-technology, information technology, instrumentation and control engineering, manufacturing engineering management-biomedical engineering, manufacturing engineering management-mechatronics and robotics, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mathematics, mathematics teaching, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, mining engineering, molecular biology and biotechnology, physics, applied physics with applied computer system, applied physics with materials science engineering, science teaching (biology, chemistry, physics, physical science), and statistics.
Required documents to submit are accomplished JLSS information sheet (Form A), accomplished certification regarding course and year level (Form B), accomplished to Return of Service (ROS) Conditions (Form C), Birth Certificate and Official Transcript of Records or Certified True Copy Grades ( of first year and second year).
The application form can be obtained at the DOST regional and provincial offices and can be downloaded at this website: www.science-scholarships.ph. Accomplished application forms and the required documents should be submitted at the DOST regional and provincial offices, too.
Qualifiers of the JLSS will enjoy the following privileges: tuition and other school fees not to exceed P10,00/semester or P8,000/trimester/term; P5,000 book allowance/semester; monthly allowance of P5,000 (P5,000 for those who take BS-Physics, Applied Physics, Physics Teaching, Geology, Mining Engineering, Agriculture, and Fisheries); Transportation allowance for one economy-class round trip fare (for those studying outside of their home province); and group insurance coverage of P200,000.
After graduation, when the DOST scholar-graduate has been hired by the Department of Education (DEPED) or private school, he/she will be employed with a position equivalent to Special Science Teacher I in the Philippine Science High School. He/she will be given priority for job placement in high school in the country and will also receive a one-time relocation allowance should he/she be assigned in a place other than his/her permanent residence. He/she will be provided scholarship in identified teacher education institutes for Science and education Courses and be allowed to teach even without Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) eligibility but to pass the LET within five years from date of hiring.
Deadline of filling the application is on June 15, 2015. Date of examination is on July 12, 2015.
In Region 10, call 858-67-90 or visit the Regional Office located at J.V. Seriña St.(near JR Borja General Hospital) Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City or the nearest DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center in your area.
The JLSS is governed by Republic Act 10612, dubbed as “Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013” which aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education by fast-tracking graduates in Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering who shall teach science and mathematics in secondary schools throughout country.
DPWH completes PHP176-M widening road of airport access road in Misamis Oriental
- Source: http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?nid=1&rid=761445
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015
- (PNA), FFC/EDS
MANILA, May 13 (PNA) -- Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said his department on Northern Mindanao has completed the PHP176 million widening of Opol to Laguindingan Section of Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro City-Iligan City Road (BCIR) which covers the 3.7 kilometer access road leading to Misamis Oriental’s main airport - the Laguindingan International Airport.
The project includes the widening of the highway from two lanes to four lanes, with some vital sections widened into six lanes.
The widening and reconstruction of three bridges namely: Alubijid, Igpit and Opot Bridges along BCIR were also part of the accomplishment under the Department of Tourism-DPWH Convergence Program.
The road is not only servicing Laguindingan International Airport but also providing better access to neighboring tourism sites like Loguilo Beach in the town of Alibijid and Opol Beach in Opol, Misamis Oriental.
“We continue to commit building better national road network, as we recognize its importance in maximizing the potential of our country’s world-class tourism destinations. This much improved road will benefit both the local residents and tourists, allowing better and safer transport of people, goods and services,” said Secretary Singson.
Malaysian, MisOr firms sign deal on 1M oil palm seeds for farmers
- Source: http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2015/05/12/malaysian-misor-firms-sign-deal-on-1b-oil-palm-seeds-for-farmers/
- Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:33 pm
- By Froilan Gallardo (MindaNews)
CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/12 May) — A leading Malaysian agribusiness firm entered into an agreement with a Misamis Oriental-based agricultural company on Monday to distribute one million of high quality oil palm seeds to farmers in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.
Felda Global Ventures (FGV) Vice President S. Palaniappan hailed the signing of the business partnership with Bali Oil Produce Corporation of Misamis Oriental as “a milestone.”
Palaniappan said the oil palm seeds they intend to distribute to farmers in the two provinces are assured of quality as these are backed by extensive research and development by their firm.
“This is a milestone in collaboration. The quality of our seeds is supported with extensive research and development by our company,” Palaniappan said.
He said they plan to distribute one million oil palm seedlings to farmers in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental through the help of Bali Oil Produce Corporation.
FGV is a leading agribusiness firm in Malaysia which uses its cutting edge technology from its research and development department to boost production of palm oil.
Manuel Boniao, chair of Bali Oil, said they will distribute the seedlings to farmers in the towns of Kalilangan , Maramag in Bukidnon and Tagoloan and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental.
He said they intend to cover 50,000 hectares in the first year of the arrival of seedlings.
“One major thing that is different here is that the farmers still own and till their lands unlike other agricultural companies that produce pineapple and bananas,” Boniao said.
“We are just adding more value and profitability to the farmers,” he added.
Boniao said they have tied up with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Cooperative Development Authority to provide soft loans to the farmers.
He said DBP has already agreed to provide loans to 1,750 farmers in the towns of Kalilangan, Pangantukan and Talakag towns in Bukidnon.
The distribution agreement between FGV and Bali Oil also included technology training for the farmers and nursery operations.
BFAR allots PHP57M for fish landings in Northern Mindanao
- Source: http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?nid=2&rid=760611
- Monday, May 11, 2015
- (PNA), FFC/CD/ERCEL MAANDIG
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 11 (PNA) -– The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has allocated PHP57 million for the construction of fish landings in Northern Mindanao, a fisheries official said Monday.
Visa Tan Dimeren, BFAR regional director in Northern Mindanao, said that the BFAR has identified 20 towns as the site of the Fish Landing Center in the region.
She said that the BFAR would construct a fish landing in each of these towns worth PHP2.85 million under the supervision of the National Anti-Poverty Commission.
Dimeren said that the anti-poverty commission would assign a “coach” that would assist the poor fishermen in the maintenance of the fish landing centers.
“Aside from teaching the anglers in the proper handling of fish catch, the primary responsibility of the 'coach' is to make sure that the fish landing centers are maintained properly,” Dimeren said.
She said that in Misamis Oriental, the fish landing centers would be in 13 towns, two towns in Misamis Occidental, three towns in Lanao Del Norte, and two in the towns of Camiguin.
Dimeren also cited Panguil Bay in Misamis Occidental and Lanao Del Norte as among the richest provinces in Northern Mindanao in terms of marine resources because of the abundance of shrimps, squids, crabs in the area.
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