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DA-10's 'Kadiwa' earns P1.9M in CDO

April 28, 2020

THE Department of Agriculture in Region 10 (DA-10), through its "Kadiwa on Wheels" program, has so far earned some P1.9 million in Cagayan de Oro City alone this month.     With support from the city government's Agricultural Productivity Office (APO), the income was generated from consumers coming from Barangays Agusan, Lumbia, Iponan, Kauswagan, Carmen, Puntod, Bulua, Kauswagan, Canitoan, Indahag, Macasandig, Balulang, 29 and 23, for almost a month of operation.     Carlota S. Madriaga, DA-10 technical director for operations, said over the weekend that the initiative directly links farmer-producers and suppliers to the market, eliminating trading layers, thus translating to the affordability of products.     “Through our Kadiwa, urban dwellers were able to buy fresh, healthy and nutritious produce and other food products, mostly from our farmer-groups, including the private sector at very reasonable prices,” she said.     Standing by its name “Katuwang sa Diwa at Gawa para sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita”, commonly known as the Kadiwa on Wheels and Express, DA-10 said the program is gaining ground as it opens market opportunities for both farmer-producers and consumers amid the prevailing health crisis.     Arlene Bautista, one of the exhibitors during the Kadiwa held in Barangay Indahag, said “this [Kadiwa] is a big help for us. Products from our barangay, ranging from root crops, fruits, and vegetables were brought and were sold here in CdeO, which allows our local farmers to earn income amid the pandemic.”     Recognizing the gains and seeing that there are still many villages that are yet to be served by the mobile market, DA-10 in partnership with APO has agreed to have this Kadiwa on a regular basis.     “As movement restrictions are being imposed during this time of community quarantine, it is targeted to be conducted from Tuesdays to Fridays to select barangays by the city government," Madriaga said.     Aside from assuring markets for the food security front-liners, she said DA-10 and APO are eyeing more seamless conduct of the Kadiwa in the city's barangays.     “With the current health threat, we are looking to further decongest the number of people coming into our Kadiwa, as we will open three outlets in a barangay, to allow more room for physical distancing while enforcing a ‘no mask and no exit pass, no entry’ policy while consumers are doing their marketing,” she said.     Meanwhile, DA's  Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division is tapping more farmer-producers and suppliers to put more varied agricultural products for display during the Kadiwa.     Elson Jalapong, a sari-sari store owner in Barangay 23, is thankful to DA-10 as it brought the Kadiwa market to their place.     Since the city-wide implementation of the community quarantine, he said his family has been having difficulty in making ends meet.     "I am thankful that DA brought the Kadiwa market to our barangay. The products sold are cheaper and affordable that helps us save, especially that our daily earning is much lesser now during the quarantine. I am looking forward to another round of Kadiwa market in our place," he said.     For the Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (NMFDC), which is behind the Highland Fresh Dairy Products, the Kadiwa market has helped their group get steady sales.     "Our production has been affected since the implementation of the quarantine period. Our sales have dropped significantly. So, one of our strategies is to continue joining DA's Kadiwa. Somehow, this helps us to maintain our daily sales," Jhuryvie Sardovia, Highland Fresh's, accounting staff-turned-saleslady, said.     Barangay 23 chair Mario Balsarza said his constituents have not only saved some money because of the Kadiwa market but it also prevented them from going to congested places like the public market, a precautionary, and safe measure against Covid-19. "I will look into inviting the Kadiwa market some other time to our barangay. This is very helpful to our people during this time. I am very thankful that DA has considered our barangay as one of its display areas," Balsarza said. He also disclosed that the Kadiwa market also enabled barangay residents to display their homemade products. Meanwhile, DA-10 executive director Carlene C. Collado, led the distribution on April 24 of fresh farm eggs and assorted vegetable seeds in cans and in packets in the town of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, which was received by Mayor Leoncio C. Bagol and Maj. Randy A. Pontanes, who represented Col. Rene P. Solidarious, officer-in-charge of Lanao del Norte Police Provincial Office. The eggs, which were donated by San Miguel Foods, Corp., will be distributed to the town's health workers and other front-liners of the Covid-19 crisis. The assorted vegetable seeds in packets (40 at 20 grams, 2 at 250grams) and in cans (8 at 50 grams each) will also be due for distribution to farmers and municipal residents, who want to grow their own vegetables for consumption, especially during this quarantine period. Eggs and vegetable seeds will also be given to uniformed police personnel manning the different quarantine checkpoints in the municipality. (PNA)  

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Gov’t starts handing out cash aid to poor families

April 26, 2020

THE Cagayan de Oro City’s social welfare department has already started the distribution of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to qualified beneficiaries which has been released in four phases, City Social Welfare and Development officer Michael Christopher Fabello said over the weekend.     The first phase started Thursday (April 23) which prioritized the hinterland barangays of the city.     Fabello explained that due to the volume of family beneficiaries (113,206 families in total), the department has not been able to deliver the payouts door to door. The distribution is being done in public school campuses in their respective barangays. Fabello clarified that they are still enforcing social distancing during the payouts and only those with barangay exit passes are allowed to proceed. He also clarified that beneficiaries during this first phase are those who qualify under the conditional cash transfer but are not yet 4Ps beneficiaries yet i.e. poor and near poor. They will fill out the SAP forms on the spot and receive the payouts in return, totaling P6,000 for each beneficiary-family. On April 24, Friday, the CSWD team covered the first district downtown barangays and last Saturday, they proceeded to complete barangays in the second district. The second batch of the amelioration will be for those under the Listahanan 2015 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Fabello also clarified that although this Listahanan was conducted in 2015 and validated in 2018, it has already been updated and endorsed by the city government to DSWD for cross-checking and listing. The third wave will be for the beneficiaries of DAFAC or the disaster assistance family access card. Qualified under DAFAC are the vulnerable poorest of the poor, irregular earners (indigents), porters, scavengers, (habal-habal, trisikad and motorela drivers) and ambulant vendors. The fourth batch are for those who have applied for the COVID-19 intake card under DSWD’s appeal system. Qualified to apply under this scheme are those who have not been included in the earlier batches but who deem themselves as qualified to receive social amelioration in this crisis.  

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Davao derby-goers from AgSur negative of virus in rapid test

April 26, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur -- All 32 cockfighting aficionados here who went to the six-cock derby in New Davao Matina Gallera last month tested negative of coronavirus based on the results of the rapid testing by the Provincial Health Office.     The derby-goers voluntarily submitted themselves on Friday to a blood sample rapid testing procedure at the Rural Health Unit (RHU) to determine if they have been infected with the virus.     Of the 32, eight were newcomers whose addresses during their 28-day quarantine were not listed by the barangay health workers. Dr. Eddie Cabanban, municipal health officer of San Francisco, said there is no more need for a reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction for confirmatory result since the blood samples did not show any reaction during the lab tests. He said it is mandatory for the Davao derby-goers to surrender and submit to tests after the appeal by Gov. Santiago Cane Jr. over social media that the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force offered free testing especially intended for them. The task force received on Wednesday 225 testing kits donated by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri which were distributed to the five provinces of Caraga region. Cane has assured the identities of those who will avail of the blood sample testing will be treated with confidentiality. Cabanban said the derby-goers personally went to the RHU for the testing by medical technologists wearing proper personal protective equipment to ensure that the performance of the blood sample collection would be safe. He earlier asked the derby-goers to go on a 28-day quarantine pending the arrival of COVID testing kits. The derby attracted thousands of cockfighters, breeders and handlers from all over the country vying for the 26-million peso prize pot, 17 million pesos of that for the champion.  The cockpit became the epicenter of COVID-19 cases not only in Davao but also in Mindanao as several confirmed cases had been traced to the Matina Gallera cluster. Caraga’s second confirmed COVID-19 case, a  65-year old male from Butuan City had no pre-existing medical condition and no history of travel but had close contact with his son and his driver who went to the Davao derby. (Chris V. Panganiban/MindaNews)  

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UP Mindanao eyes opening of COVID-19 test lab by June

April 26, 2020

MALAYBALAY City – Mindanao will have its second COVID-19 testing laboratory by June this year, University of the Philippines Mindanao said in a press release Friday.     “We are looking at a time frame for the COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory to be operational by June,” said Dr. Lyre Anni Murao, a professor of virology at the university and director of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao. The testing laboratory will be built at the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City. It will supplement the testing being done at the Southern Philippines Medical Center, currently the only recognized subnational referral center for the disease in Mindanao, UP Mindanao said. “The initial staff for the said lab will include the laboratory personnel from PGC Mindanao and DRMC, as well as trained volunteers,” it added. “We already have the go signal of DOH (Department of Health) to proceed with the project, and engineers are making the plans that will be submitted to DOH for review and approval. When the plans are approved, construction can proceed,” she said. She said that once the DOH grants the accreditation there will be no need to send swab samples to Manila for testing. “The lab can produce results for priority patients, such as probable cases, within twenty-four hours. When fully operational, it is projected that the laboratory can handle 110 tests per day or 550 tests in a week [10 personnel per shift]. If DOH will approve mass testing, we can do that. The accreditation will also allow the laboratory to accept samples from any requesting hospital,” she added. Murao said the project will need P15 to 16 million for initial setup cost and an additional P8 million for monthly operation cost. “DRMC will shoulder the monthly operation cost. For the set-up cost, we have funding from the Davao del Norte LGU and the private sector.” Since March, university officials have been meeting with local government units, DOH-11 and the private sector to tackle the proposal to build another testing laboratory in the Davao Region. The parties are yet to sign a memorandum of agreement on the project. (MindaNews)  

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY JAIL NAKADAWAT OG TABANG GIKAN SA KAPITOLYO PROBINSYAL

April 26, 2020

WALAY duha-duha nga gidawat sa mga personahe sa Cagayan de Oro City Jail ang lima ka mga Personal Protective Equipments kon PPE’s, 500 ka facemask, 30 ka face shields, ug lima ka sako sa commercial nga bugas gikan sa Kapitolyo Probinsyal ubos sa liderato ni Governor Bambi Emano.      Gilantaw sa amahan sa lalawigan nga gikinahanglan kini og maayo sa mga frontliners diha sa City Jail niining dili tiaw ang dala sa Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) dili lang tibouk nasud apan tibouk kalibutan hinungdan nakahuna-huna kini nga maabtan kini sila deretso og tabang.     Abril 24, 2020 sulod sa Provincial Governor's Office personal kining gitunol ni Dr. Jerie Calingasan, ang Chief sa Misamis Oriental Provincial Task Force for Covid 19 kauban ang Vice Chairman sa Commitee on Peace and Order sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan nga si Board Member Dexter Yasay, Provincial Jail Warden Dominador Tagarda, Provincial Veterinary Office Head Dr. Benjamin Resma ug gisaksihan ni Governor Bambi Emano pinaagi sa zoom video conferencing.      Malipayon nga gidawat ang maong mga ekipo nila ni SJO4 Gener Galamban- Security and Control Officer/ Team Leader Outside quick response team ug ni SJO3 Joel Tan- Investigator ug Assistant Team Leader sa outside quick response team sa CdeO City Jail.      Panagana ang gisiguro ni SJO3 Joel Tan sa kahadlok nga ang siyudad sa Cagayan de Oro masusama sa Cebu City nga nasudlan og Covid ang prisohan ug aduna nay mga natalang piniriso nga nataptan. Ngani mapasigarbuhon kining miingon nga pabiling covid free ang City Jail.      Dugang sab niini nga sa pagkakarun wala sa gayud politika sa kalisod nga gi-atubang sa katawhan hilabina ang mga piniriso ug frontliners nga naningkamot nga batukan kining virus.      Gipasalamatan og maayo niini ang kagamhanan sa lalawigan labina si Governor Bambi nga tungod niini mahimong komportable ang ilang adlaw-adlaw nga panikay-sikay sulod sa prisuhan kay aduna na silay protective gear nga magamit aron mas ma protektahan ang mga piniriso sa sulod sa bilanggoan.      Gitanyag ug gisugyot sab ni Governor Bambi ang E-Dalaw alang sa mga piniriso sa City Jail aron makita nila ilang minahal sa kinabuhi pinaagi sa internet ug sila makasiguro nga anaa sa luwas nga kahimtang ang ilang tagsa tagsa ka pamilya nga anaa sa gawas.      Bag-ohay lang gilusad sa Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail (MOPJ) ang E-dalaw ug napasayon ang komunikasyon sa mga priso ngadto sa ilang pamilya ning panahon nga gidili usa ang pisikal nga pagbisita kanila.      Sa iyang bahin ni Dr. Jerie Calingasan iyang gipaabot nga niining krisis sa panglawas nga nasinati daghan ang nagsalig sa administrasyong Emano tungod sa mga lakang nga gihimo niini ug pag siguro nga ang katawhan sa Misamis Oriental luwas sa makamatay nga virus.  

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Lanao Norte agri chief pushes for backyard farming

April 26, 2020

THE chief of Lanao del Norte's provincial agriculture office has encouraged residents to do backyard farming while on community quarantine to ensure sufficient food supply and save expenses.     Letecia Ditucalan, Lanao del Norte Provincial Agricultural Officer, said Friday her office has been distributing various vegetable seeds to the different municipalities in coordination with the Department of Agriculture Region 10 (DA-10).     The move, she said, is part of the provincial government's strategy to mitigate the impact of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis on poor families.     "We encourage the people in the province to plant even in their backyard. Their vegetable garden can be essential food source in case the quarantine or lockdown will last longer," Ditucalan said. She also acknowledged the help provided by the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) of DA-10, saying it has provided significant agricultural assistance for rice farmers in the province. "We are thankful to DA-10 for this financial assistance, which is a big help for our rice farmers. Through this, our farmers can buy fertilizers and spend it for farm labor since it is almost planting season," Ditucalan said. "The farmers can now buy their daily needs with this assistance while they are under quarantine or lockdown," she added. Audy G. Maagad, Meanwhile, DA-10 officer-in-charge, said he hopes the RFFA initiative would encourage Lanao del Norte's farmers to "continue with their farm works" amid the Covid-19 crisis. Maagad led the distribution of DA-10 RFFA to 3,719 rice farmers in the 12 municipalities of Lanao del Norte on from April 20-23, 2020. 'Kadiwa on Wheels' continues Meanwhile, farmers and consumers continue to benefit from the Kadiwa on Wheels program by DA-10 in two barangays in Cagayan de Oro City this week. Spearheaded by the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), DA-10 continues its collaboration with the City Agriculture Office and farmer-associations in bringing agri-fishery products directly to the consumers in barangay Balulang and Gusa, this city. Johanie Buawaya of the Canitoan Farmer’s Association Multi-Purpose Cooperative is thankful that they were able to dispose their produce. “Before, our eggplants rotted since we have difficulty in disposing them. Through DA’s Kadiwa on Wheels, we earned around PHP40,000 a day.” The same response was also shared by True Chef Sales Representative Regel Capuyan, who said that Kadiwa on Wheels helped them with their sales when they had an oversupply of goods. "We sought DA’s assistance for possible market and Kadiwa was the answer," he said. (PNA)  

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