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DA: Farmers, fishers to get amelioration

April 28, 2020

THE Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that qualified farmers and fishers will also receive social amelioration program (SAP) cash aid from the government during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).     This is on top of the one-time COVID-19 cash assistance being distributed by the DA, Agriculture. Secretary William D. Dar said.     Dar clarified that the DA, under the Financial Subsidy for Rice Farmers (FSRF), will continue to distribute P5,000 each to rice farmers, who till one hectare and below and are listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).     “This is a one-time payment, hence the recipients of FSRF can still receive cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during its second tranche of distribution,” Dar said.     He added that only rice farmers in selected provinces are included based on the criteria originally set under the RCEF program. Thus, those who are not FSRF beneficiaries must receive the regular social amelioration program (SAP) from the DSWD. “We do not want to discriminate other farmers, and also fishers, from the financial assistance being given by the government to the marginalized sector of our society. It just so happened that the fund and implementing guidelines of the FSRF has already been finalized and approved early this year, even before the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dar said. The FSRF is an existing SAP of the DA, funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2020, to help rice farmers mostly affected by the sudden drop of palay price in 34 rice producing provinces. “The DA’s SAP focuses on the affected agricultural sector of the country. We are trying to maximize our re¬sources, while ensuring the no one is left behind. We have been continuously coordinating with the DSWD to ensure that those not covered under the FSRF will still be given assistance,” Dar said. Since the rolling out of the FSRF early April, the DA has confirmed 234,586 beneficiaries for payout. It is expected to cater to more than 591,000 beneficiaries after completion. To claim, qualified farmers may coordinate with their municipal/city agriculture office to know the schedule and mechanics of distribution in their locality. (PNA)  

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Oro, Misor LGUs defy advisory on disinfection

April 28, 2020

THE local government units (LGUs) of Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City have opted to skip the Department of Health (DOH) advisory on disinfection for the protection of their own constituents. It can be recalled that the DOH stated in an April 10 memorandum that "everyone should NOT spray or mist disinfectants at this time. Soak objects completely or disinfect surfaces directly to kill the virus." DOH added that doing so may even cause harm and additional health concerns, as it can cause pathogens to be dispersed further during spraying, result in skin irritation and inhalation of chemicals, and cause environmental pollution Prior to the DOH advisory, the Misamis Oriental provincial government has installed misting tents in key areas of the province, including three at the capitol. The city government of Cagayan de Oro has likewise started massive disinfection in public places such as markets and sidewalks in major thoroughfares. Both have opted to continue such activities even after the issuance of DOH's advìsory. Initially, Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano wanted to heed the DOH's call. But provincial health officer Jerie Calingasan advised him that misting is necessary not just to stamp out COVID-19 but similar viruses and other bacteria as well. In Cagayan de Oro City, Dr. William Bernardo of the city health department said their disinfection could not be a skin irritant to the public because it is done during curfew. Bernardo also said the disinfection team are wearing chemical PPEs during their shift.  

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Bukidnon province reverts to 'general community quarantine'

April 28, 2020

MORE than a week after placing Bukidnon province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Gov. Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. has reverted the area's status to general community quarantine (GCQ) effective Monday (April 27).     Zubiri declared the entire Bukidnon under ECQ following the confirmation that a local barangay official in Valencia City tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after attending a cockfight derby in Davao City on March 13.     The barangay official was Bukidnon’s first Covid-19 case.     With the lifting of the ECQ, Zubiri also issued an executive order setting new guidelines for the opening of certain businesses beginning Monday. In a statement, the governor said the move was in compliance with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's April 24 order classifying Bukidnon as a low-risk area that must adopt the GCQ. However, Zubiri said precautionary measures are still in effect under the new quarantine level, although the general public is allowed to go out to purchase basic goods. Those not allowed to go out are the high-risk population, ages 0 to 20 and 60 and up. “All persons are enjoined to wear face masks in all places outside their residence. Strict social distancing shall be observed at all times for the duration of the general community quarantine, in accordance with national guidelines and health advisories," the executive order reads. Likewise, mass gatherings and religious activities are still prohibited. Under Zubiri's EO 21, certain essential business establishments, offices, and activities are allowed to reopen. Zubiri said other business and industries, such as production, manufacturing, construction, quarrying, e-commerce, delivery, repair services, maintenance, and housing may resume operations, provided that they observe the minimum prescribed standards on social distancing and other precautionary measures. Those in the finance, business process outsourcing, non-leisure trade, and other similar services can, however, operate on reduced capacity. Prohibited from resuming operations are barbershops and beauty parlors and salons, massage clinics and spas, cinemas and movie houses, bars and KTVs, leisure and gaming, indoor and outdoor sports facilities and playground, resorts, swimming pools, parks, tourism sites and other recreational facilities and cockpits, billiard halls, and gyms. Zubiri said he leaves it to the local government units “the authority to decide which non-essential establishments and offices shall not be allowed to resume operation and I asked the LGUs to issue advisory.” (PNA)  

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PWD receives P5K SAP subsidy but gone awry moments later

April 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur---Primitivo Payod, 46, a resident of Barangay 4 here, was delighted to hold at the palm of his hands five crisp P1,000 bills from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) last Saturday, April 25, at the municipal gym where 399 others who were also beneficiaries waited in queue.     Payod, who raised three children and a polio victim since he was three, was listed at number 304 that he waited until early afternoon to take his turn to sign the document from a staff of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office to receive the P5,000 cash from SAP, an emergency subsidy program for 18 million Filipino families whose lives are greatly affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “ I would not go there if my neighbors did not told me that they saw my wife’s name on the list and we even received a note confirming we are beneficiaries,” Payod said. He was the one who went to the gym since his wife was looking after their children in their dilapidated home. Edendita Batiao, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of San Francisco, said Payod is part of Set 9 of the new members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) approved in 2020. His happiness clutching the cold cash had gone awry in just a few moments when Barangay 4 Kagawad Concepcion dela Fuerte called him while he was about to leave telling him to return the money to the MSWDO table after a staff found out in another document that he is already a 4Ps member. He returned the money feeling disappointed and went home empty-handed. Dela Fuente, who is chairman of persons with disabilities (PWD) at the barangay council, explained that he should return the money or he will lose the privilege of being a lifetime 4Ps member. He further said that 4Ps are not included in the P5,000 per beneficiary of SAP distributed to at least 9,000 families in this town. But Payod said he had been applying as 4Ps member since 2010 but was just recently approved since he could not present legal documents in the past including their marriage certificate and birth certificates of their three children having difficulties of processing these documents. It was only last year when dela Fuente helped Payod family processed their documents. She assured Payod will be included among the 4Ps beneficiaries who will receive the P5,000  SAP subsidy this week when he will be given with cash card that can be withdrawn at the Automatic Teller Machine of the Land Bank of the Philippines branch in this town. But contrary to dela Fuente’s assurance, Gretchin Bautista, municipal link of the local government unit with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said the fund for the 4Ps SAP is already available at the bank only that they still await the schedule of the release of the ATM cash card. Batiao said apart from P5,000 subsidy, Payod as a new 4Ps member will also get his first P2,600 cash card. Bautista however added that the voluminous processing could delay the release that she feared that it is likely the money can be withdrawn after the COVID-19 crisis. “There is a need to fast tract the subsidy release of the Set 9 4ps members to let them be also relieved of the hardships in these times of crisis,” Batiao said. The effect of the ECQ had made it hard for Payod to feed his family that he struggled to sell vegetables around the neighborhood and at times selling face masks using his bike which he could not pedal but only used his right normal feet to push it to the ground to keep it moving. He said it would be lucky if he could sell at least P400 a day to earn P200 for their daily subsistence. Before the crisis, Payod was a canvasser of PP Bus Line, a passenger bus with a Davao City to Pasay City route where he earned P50 per passenger with an average six passengers he could canvass a day.  

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Kapitolyo probinsyal miturn-over og sakyanan alang sa DA-10

April 28, 2020

ARON mapasayon ug mapadali ang paghatag serbisyo nga gikinahanglan alang sa mga mag-uuma ug mga mangingisda sa Misamis Oriental nagtunol ang lokal nga pangagamhan sa lalawigan ubos ni Governor Bambi Emano ug usa ka KIA L300 Vehicle ngadto sa buhatan sa Department of Agriculture-Region 10. Si Gobernador Bambi isip usa ka agriculturist dako kaayo og pagbati sa mga panginahanglanon sa mga mag-uuma ug mga mangingisda hinungdan nga nagtunol niining maong sakyanan nga mobalor P1.2 milyon aron masakyan sa ilang mga abot ug kuha. Gidawat kini ni Director Carlota Madriaga ang Regional Technical Director for Operation sa DA-10 kauban si Ms. Nilda Salas ang Center Chief, Poc. MisOr ug si Ms. Angilillah Cabig ang Information Officer sa DA-10. “The intention of the vehicle is to have an effective and efficient implementation of the programs and projects aron ato gyud matabangan ang mga mag uuma ug mangingisda dinhi sa Misamis Oriental,” sulti ni Dir. Carlota Madriaga. Pasabot niini nga kung paspas ang agrikultura sa lalawigan posibleng mabuhi ang katawhan sa Misamis Oriental kon ugaling moabot ang panahon nga mag lockdown ang probinsya tungod sa hulga sa COVID-19. Dugang ni Madriaga nga daku ang ilang pagpasalamat kang Gov. Bambi sa walay pu-as nga pagsuporta niini labina hisgutanan ang pagpalambo sa agrikultura dinhi sa rehiyon. “Dako kayo mi ug pasalamat kang Governor Bambi sa makanunayon nga pagsuporta sa programa sa Department of Agriculture," dugang niini. Gipaabot sab niini nga wala gihikaw sa amahan sa lalawigan ang paghatag sa sakyanan aron mapasayon ang implementasyon sa mga programa.  “Kami mapasalamaton kay wala gyud nimo gihikaw ang pag turn over niining sakyanan aron atong mapalambo ug maayo atong probinsya sa Misamis Oriental," matud ni Madriaga. Gitagaan og dakong pagtagad ni Gov Bambi kining mga mag-uuma ug mangingisda nga kung dili tungod kanila walay ibutang nga mga gulay ug lagutmon ug kuhang isda diha sa lamesa. Isip balos si Director Madriaga mihatag  usab og laing mga pakete sa mga binhi nga gulay ug gitunol ngadto mismo kang Provincial Agriculture Office Head Apollo Pacamalan nga hangtod karon panahona padayon sa pagpang-apod apod ug binhi sa Misamisnon aron sila makapananom.

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‘Pawikan’ rescued by fisherman in Surigao Norte town

April 28, 2020

BUTUAN City – A hawksbill marine turtle locally known as "pawikan" was rescued by a local fisherman in Barangay Poblacion, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, the Bacuag Municipal Police Office (BMPO) in Bacuag, Surigao del Norte posted in its Facebook account Monday (April 26).     Police said the turtle was rescued at around 7 a.m. Sunday (April 26) while the fisherman whom the report did not identify was checking his net upon his return to shore from an early morning fishing. “The fisherman immediately informed the local police station about the "pawikan" trapped inside his fishing net,” BMPO said. Police S/Sgt. Ceasar N. Cagas and Roel I. Rivamonte of the Bacuag Coastal Resource Management (CRM) immediately proceeded to the area to check the condition of the hawksbill turtle. Rivamonte said the rescued turtle is 40-centimeter in length from fore to tail and has 34-centimeter carapace length with a weight of five kilos. BMPO said the local police are regularly conducting information drive on Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act with the support of the local government and the CRM. The hawksbill turtle, a critically endangered species, was immediately released after the conduct of measurement and tagging, the report said. (PNA)  

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