Sikad Para sa Marawi: A bike for a cause

Northern Mindanao Police Regional Office spearheaded “Sikad Para sa Marawi 2017,” a bike for a cause in Cagayan de Oro City on August 19.

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According to PRO-10 regional director PCSupt Timoteo G. Pacleb, Sikad Para sa Marawi is a fund raising activity in cooperation with Higalaay Festival 2017 of Cagayan de Oro which start at 5:00 a.m. in Pelaez Sports Center, along Velez street of the city.

PCSupt Pacleb said the event would show sympathy and benefit for the Marawi internally displaced persons (IDPs) and support for the Philippine National Police (PNP) contingents deployed in Marawi City.

A bike ride covering a distance of 21km around the city, PRO-10 spokesperson PSupt Lemuel Gonda said hydration and medical stations are also set up for the participants. 

PSupt Gonda further said the event also advocates an active lifestyle among the participants.

He said participants register individually or as a team with a registration fee of P200.00 and will get free jersey shirt. 

Maute terrorists lay siege in Marawi city last May 23. (PRO10)

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MisOr quarantines security against Bird Flu virus intensified

Due to the possible threat of a spillover of Avian Influenza or commonly known as Bird’s Flu virus that reportedly hit the Province of Pampanga, the Misamis Oriental Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) has tightened its defense against the entry of live and frozen poultry products from Luzon areas.

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But Governor Bambi Emano said he has ordered PAO chief Dr. Benjamin Resma to double their security in the quarantines in Lugait and Magsaysay towns even before the reported virus attack in Pampanga to ensure that locally produced poultry products will reach the market safe.

Poultry products, live or frozen, from Luzon areas accordingly are already banned from reaching the local markets in Visayas and Mindanao islands.

Dr. Resma, meanwhile, is urging the public particularly those poultry raisers to be cautious and report any incident such as sick chickens for them to immediately act upon.

Resma though clarified that there is no Bird’s Flu virus infections reported yet in Misamis Oriental, “and hopefully, there will never be.”

Governor Emano, on the other hand, said the reported virus infection in Pampanga would mean a bit advantage to the local poultry producers in Misamis Oriental.

“Wala pay nadungog nga virus infection sa atong mga poultry products. Apan akong pahasubo didto sa Pampanga kay lagi naigo sila sa Bird’s Flu virus, diin nag-produce sila sa 13,000 ka itlog sa Itik matag adlaw, apan dili makagawas tungod sa infection. Mas naay sales atong local producers kung magkulang ang ilang supply (in Luzon),” Governor Emano said.

(There is no known virus infection in our poultry products yet. But my apology for Pampanga as accordingly they’ve been hit by the Bird’s Flu virus, where they produce 13,000 duck eggs daily, but couldn’t be released due to the infection. Our local producers are more likely to sell if they (Luzon) run out of supplies).

The governor encourages about 143 local poultry growers in Misamis Oriental to produce more by availing the technology he got from a friend in Pampanga that is already applied by the PAO, for them to be able to supply the demand while the Luzon province is besieged by the said virus. (PIO)

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Feature: Nene’s ‘Suman Tinambiran’ tastes like no other

“I needed extra income to help provide for my family,” Mrs. Dionesia Dela Peña recounted. 

It was in 2002 when Mrs. Dela Peña, or “Nene”, as her friends fondly call her, started selling suman in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental. At that time, selling suman was the only way she can think of to augment the family’s income.

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After years of selling the native delicacy, Mrs. Dela Peña fully hopped into the suman business by producing her own suman recipe, deciding to tweak the delicacy’s usual form. While the ordinary suman is made of white sticky rice mixed with coconut milk, sugar, and salt, Mrs. Dela Peña’s Suman comes with a black stripe. That’s how the name Suman Tinambiran was derived.

The innovation on the suman recipe received tremendous patronage from its regular customers and by a number of tourists who came to visit the province. The business then gradually gained popularity not just in the Misamis Occidental but in the neighboring provinces and cities as well.

The growing demand for Suman Tinambiran propelled Nene to continue her search for improvement. She approached the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-10 office with a hope that the manual production and operation in her business would be improved and upgraded.

With the help of DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), the production time of suman was reduced while the production volume doubled. In 2016, the enterprise was able to produce 638,993 pieces of Suman Tinambiran, and the trend continues to increase to this date.

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As of today, Nene Suman Tinambiran has reached the markets of Misamis Occidental, Dipolog City, and even some parts of Metro Manila.

Employing a total of 13 workers, Nene believes that more than gaining a profit, the firm should flourish in order respond to the call of providing employment to the locals in Oroquieta.

Nene believes that to make her success stick in the food business industry, technological innovation should be a continuous quest and a leverage to produce high-quality products. (Rogelyn C. Calago/DOST)

Feature: Guyabano puree from Bukidnon, a business success

“As you go along the process, there are trials and errors in the long run,” says Jonnamei T. Lozano, proprietor of the successful Guyabano puree business in Maramag Bukidnon.

Part of the road to success are the sweat of perseverance, the blood of determination, and the exhausting battle against self-doubt that says you will never make it.

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A good example stands out in the province of Bukidnon, particularly in Barangay Dologon, Maramag. Here, Guyabano Puree is recognized by many. But how did it become well-known? And what could be the story behind its success?

 

Rj-Sun Tropical Herbs and Fruits is the name behind this product. The enterprise started sometime in November 2013 and was managed by a couple whose aspiration is to engage in business despite numerous failures and great debts.

Since 2001, the Lozanos have been initiating business ventures one after the other: a printing press, a school canteen, a resto bar, hito-raising, slippers manufacturing, fried chicken, squash kutsinta-making, direct-selling fashion watches, liniment oil-making, polvoron-making, and siopao-making. Those eleven businesses gambled for a short time and ended unsuccessfully.

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Finally, for their 12th business venture, the Lozanos gave rise to Rj-Sun Guyabano Puree. It was initially just a product of internet research and experimentation while the owners were searching for the best natural remedy for a constipation problem. When they discovered the power of the guyabano fruit, they quickly got the idea to create guyabano puree.

The couple, guided by the management of Mrs. Jonnamei Lozano, then began the stage-by-stage process of producing Rj-Sun Guyabano Puree. Soon, the product became loved by many as it has the taste of real guyabano placed in a bottle.

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At first, the Lozanos were hesitant, thinking that Guyabano Puree may be an impossible business to do. Producing puree using guyabano takes a lot of patience since the fruit is too sensitive. The minute you leave it open or do something that exposes the fruit, it can no longer be used for the production. There was also the fact that the couple could acquire no machineries in making the said product since they still needed support in acquiring these.

Nevertheless, the Lozanos were very persistent that guyabano could really help in their business. Soon, they made it possible to market their product in Davao. Then, in 2013, Rj-Sun received the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

Before DOST’s intervention, the couple spent enormous time in their manual production. They would start early in the day and always end late at night since manufacturing took eight long hours each day. After the lengthy process, they would be able to produce 40 bottles or two cases of guyabano puree.

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With the intervention of DOST, those two cases went up to 24 cases. Aside from that, another benefit from SETUP was that the shelf life of Rj-Sun’s Guyabano Puree was made even longer – from two weeks to up to one year of the product’s expiration.

The Lozanos have clearly made the right decision in fighting for Guyabano Puree. Because of their collaboration with the DOST, they have been receiving awards for their excellence. Their recognitions include the Best Delicacies – Beverage Category in the Province of Bukidnon, DTI’s Most Outstanding MSMEs in Bukidnon – Small Category, and the Seal of Product Quality, a National Product Quality Excellence Award.

But achievements will never be valuable without sharing the plaque with those who provided the biggest contributions to the business. Rj-Sun has generated employment for fresh graduates, out-of-school youths, and even older individuals who are deprived of work because of age limits. The business encouraged these workers to plant more guyabano trees in their own backyards and even gave them free seedlings. Soon after the plants’ proper development, Rj-Sun will be buying their fresh fruits.

Success is a fitting word that describes the Lozanos’ business story. As of now, Rj-Sun Tropical Herbs and Fruits is the only manufacturer of Guyabano Puree in Northern Mindanao, with License to Operate from the Food and Drug Administration as well as a Certificate of Product Registration.

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Rj-Sun Guyabano Puree would never have made a big name in the industry without the Lozanos’ impregnable walls of determination that their product would catch the taste of the crowd. You may experience a lot of trials and errors along the process but it will be worth it in the long run. (Kate Kyle Geralla Rada CMU-BSDC3/DOSTBukidnon)

Bukidnon housewives turn entrepreneurs thru DOST program

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Bukidnon has paved the way for the housewives in Brgy. Tubigon, Maramag to sustainably earn by turning them into entrepreneurs.

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Recently, PSTC – Bukidnon in partnership with LGU – Maramag held a four-day hands-on workshop for the women in Purok 4, Brgy Tubigon, Maramag, Bukidnon as part of the Great Women Project of DOST. The Product Development Workshop was held within the community on July 24-27 and was participated by the members of Pulangi Watershed Handicraft Producers Association (PWHPA).

Equipped with the right machineries, PSTC – Bukidnon led the workshop through Ms. Remia ‘Remy’ Adedoja, proprietor of Remdavies Enterprises and her colleague Mr. Edwin C. Custodio.

Ms. Remy, as she is often called, shared her day-to-day learnings and best practices of her business based in Los Baños, Laguna, in hope of inspiring the women to pursue the water hyacinth business. She was very meticulous when it comes to evaluating the products of the participants since she wants to hone them to be one of the exporters in this industry. She believes that it is the quality that brought the international market closer to their business. She shared to the group how by simply weaving dried stems of waterlilies brought her to her success. Ms. Remy is also a recipient of the Great Women Project 2 through DOST PSTC – Laguna.Currently, she goes all over the country to train women and develop their handicrafts- making skills.

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The dedication of the participants helped them to easily learn new and better ways of leatherizing and dyeing when making different kinds of handicrafts. Within the four-day training, participants where introduced to new ways to cut, braid, and sew their materials and the different kinds of rubber cloth, essential when making placemats, bags and wallets. They learned how to use the machineries given to them as demonstrated.

According to the attendees of the training, after each day, they relay the things they have learned to the rest of their family members. At night, even their husbands help them on making the handicrafts. It was noticeable that after the mothers have engaged in handicraft making, they did not only help support their financial needs but also create a new bonding moment with the family and their neighbors bringing peace to the community.

Prior to the training, the Pulangi Watershed Weavers are recipeint of machineries such as mechanical dryer, presser, high –speed sewing machine and cylinder bed sewing machine under the Local Grants-In-Aid Project of DOST. Meanwhile, LGU – Maramag provided the building that can serve as a conducive working space and as secure storage area for their materials.

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Kagawad Merlinda Destacamento, the president of PWHPA, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to DOST and LGU – Maramag for enabling them to start a social enterprise. On her closing remarks, she mentioned that the production of water hyacinth handicrafts is their hope to alleviate their families from poverty and the lack of education. By the help of different government agencies, they hope to bridge with more market, continually develop their products to become globally – competitive and pass the advocacy of empowering more and more women, one handicraft at a time.

During the last day of the training, Mayor Obedencio signed a purchase order worth P30,000.00 of wall décor to be used on the PWD and tourism building. (Nova Belle C. Calotes/DOST Bukidnon) 

 

Farmers, residents benefit from new FMR in Lala town

Farmers and residents of Lala, Lanao del Norte are now enjoying multi-benefits of a new farm-to-market road (FMR) completed under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). 

The 4.1-kilometer concreted FMR has started to benefit rice farmers in the rice-dependent barangays of Pinuyak, Simpak, and Maranding.

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According to barangay kagawad Arturo Arceñas, farmers used to traverse a much longer route just to deliver their produce to the market. 

“Before this road (in Maranding) was concreted, it is not being used by farmers and residents due to its poor condition,” he said, adding that not only their barangay has benefited from the project but internal barangays of Pinuyak and Simpak as well. 

“This new road has brought convenience to the people here,” he said. 

Around 4,100 households along the road’s influence area will benefit from the P33-million project, which was completed last August 2016. 

“For now, there is a huge change because the buyers are the ones who get our products and we can command a higher price due to its accessibility,” farmer Diogenes Sapatos said, who used to deliver their products using horses or carabaos to reach the market. 

Before, farmers incur a hauling cost of P50 per sack. But it has been reduced significantly, according to farmer Nerissa Gantalao.

“Now, hauling only costs us P15 per sack, and when it is time to deliver our products during a rainy season, it does take us too much time because the road is easier to access unlike before,” she added.

Students have now a more convenient walk or ride to school with the new road, said Pinuyak barangay captain Myrna Pama.

“During rainy days, students would find it difficult to walk through the road without getting their uniforms soiled. But with the paved road, they can just ride motorcycles going to and from their schools,” she said. 

To maintain the good condition of the road, barangay officials like Pama said they have issued a local ordinance that will allocate a budget for maintenance and repairs. 

“This road has ushered in progress to our barangay and changed our lives for the better,” she said.

Region 10 has seven other completed FMR projects under PRDP with a total cost of P215 million. (DA10)

MSU-IIT hosts ‘Innovation Convergence’ forum

As part of its efforts to build an avenue for innovation and collaboration in this city and nearby provinces, the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) has hosted yesterday an Innovation Convergence forum for the city officials, faculty and students, and the Iligan City Information Communication Technology Council.

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Undersecretary for management operations Monchito Ibrahim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) management operations, DICT-10 Regional Director Evamay Dela Rosa, Executive Director Samhel Guevara of Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) Foundation and Alea Ladaga of QBO Philippines served as speakers in said forum.

In his message, MSU-IIT Chancellor Sukarno Tanggol said that “in the context of conflicts, creating innovative researches and products should not be the priority, but rather the improvement of business products and services for the people to help them get a better life.

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Underscoring the initiatives of MSU-IIT such as iDEYA and FABLAB Mindanao, Ibrahim said, “there is a need to create a space for things especially for students to create and enhance their ideas that will eventually solve the problems in our society.”

“Having a strong innovation is essential as it is one of the elements that will help the Philippines to be one of the global leaders of digital economy,” the undersecretary pointed out.

Prof. Darwin Manubag, who represented the ICT council, discussed the proposed plans and roadmaps such as the freelancing industry, home-grown information technology-business process outsourcing sector, information technology-business process management companies, and 3D animation or game development, among others.

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In an interview with PhiDev Executive Director Samhel Guevara, he said that with the memorandum of understanding with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technopreneurship 101 course will become requireda course in all national engineering colleges next year. 

PhilDev is a nonprofit organization working to help eradicate poverty in the country through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The forum carries the theme, “Soaring with Innovation for Resiliency.” (LEAntonio, PIA 10 – ILGN/LDN)

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