DOLE, Gingoog foundation distribute school supplies to 796 Claveria students

Northern Mindanao Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with the Zabdiel Foundation distributed school supplies under the Project Angel Tree to 796 Mat-i, Luna and Lanise elementary schools in Claveria town.


DOLE-Eastern Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office Chief Errol A. Natividad said that the department’s Angel Tree Project gives school supplies to elementary students as an aid to their basic needs per grade level. 

“This project is one of the activities by the DOLE-X and this provincial office as support to poor but deserving parents to ease the burden of equipping their children to be school-ready, since we in the department prioritizes education and at the same time prevent these children to become child laborers,” said Natividad.


Supporting the distribution were Mayor Redentor Salvaleon, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Ellaine Edio, and Zabdiel Foundation Benedict O. Moreno.

Aside from school supplies, the Project Angel Tree, a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors through Zabdiel Foundation (as ‘angels’) to child laborers and their families. It aims to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase the number of allies and advocates of child labor prevention and elimination. (Dundee Daing/DOLE-X EMO PFO)

CDO, Belgian univs, coops join forces for local sustainable water mng’t

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, University of Namur, Universite Catholique de Louvaine (UCL), and Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur (ARES) are working together for a project called “Building up an Integrated Methodology for Water Resources Assessment and Management in Urban Coastal Area (BIMWAM)” to empower Philippine universities and communities in the field of water sciences. 


The project aims to use their capacities and expertise in water sciences to collaborate with the country’s water stakeholders and leaders. It is intended to assess water resources, evaluate public water policies, and help water stakeholders to build their own vision of local sustainable development. 


The XU-BIMWAM project team is composed of project coordinator (for the south) Dr. Guadalupe D. Calalang, McKeough Marine Center (MMC) director Fr. Mars P. Tan SJ, Southeast Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN) director Fr. Roberto E.N. Rivera SJ, Office of International Cooperation and Networking (OICN) director Elisabeth B. Enerio, MMC administrative officer Friday G. Atilano, and SEARSOLIN program officer Xyla Mercedita E. Gualberto.

The project stakeholders, including the Belgian partners Prof Vincent Hallet (University of Namur), project coordinator for the north, Prof Ignace Adant (UCL), Prof David Cammaerts (ARES), met representatives from the partner water cooperatives in Misamis Oriental, namely the Medina Rural Water and Sanitation Cooperative and Lugait Water Service Cooperative in an intensive four-day assessment and plan formulation, held on from July 5 to 8 at SEARSOLIN. 

The participants underwent a rigorous process of extracting the root causes of water-related issues, needs, and challenges. 

A participatory methodology was employed to ensure the project’s relevance and efficiency in its target communities. 

BIMWAM aims to investigate the socioeconomic impacts of changes in water operations in Medina and Lugait towns. This project is set to roll out this September. (Tat Gualberto/XU)

1st DOLE clinic launched in Bukidnon

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (Buk PFO) in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the local government unit (LGU) of Dangcagan launched its first “one-stop service” or DOLE Clinic in June 2017.


“DOLE Clinic is in line with the mandate of Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to establish the one-stop service in the PESO under the LGUs nationwide,” DOLE-X Buk PFO Chief Raul L. Valmores said. 


DOLE Clinic is a mechanism to bring the DOLE closer to the community by providing pre-employment facilitation service, labor standards advisory service, dispute resolution service, and livelihood assistance. 

The activity facilitated the immediate and effective delivery of DOLE services to the workers in the province and an avenue for the delivery of the Department’s public assistance on its advocacy, services, and referral of concerns to appropriate agencies on matters such as local and overseas employment, entitlements under general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards, labor relations, and livelihood assistance.

Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) region 10 in attendance during the launching were representatives from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB); Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC); Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC); National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB); and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Valmores further said that some 120 participants were from Organisasyon sa Gagmay ug Yanong Obrerong Nagkahiusa (OGYON); various chapters of Bukidnon; sugarcane field workers; Sumifru Phils., Inc. plantation workers; field workers of the District Tripartite Council (DTC) Bukidnon Mill District among others.


“We are happy that the services of the government are made available to the public conveniently through the DOLE Clinic. This activity greatly helped our constituents through immediate action on their labor and employments issues and concerns varying from wages, legal disputes, overseas, livelihood assistance, maternity/death benefits, occupation safety and health standards, and other skills training,” said Dangcagan PESO Manager Olive D. Lepiten. (Jessamie M. Aliño, and Devina R. Guhiling, DOLE-X/Bukidnon Provincial Field Office)

ADVISORY: AFP-Smart activates Text Hotline 7444-1678

The Armed Forces of the Philippines [AFP] in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. [Smart] has activated a text hotline: 7444-1678, where the public can directly interact with the AFP.

According to Maj. Alwin Maneja: “The service is initially available for Smart, Sun & Talk N’ Text subscribers in Central Mindanao, the strategy is to eventually have a text hotline for all mobile phone users all over the country.  We prioritized Mindanao due to the ongoing conflict in Marawi City.  Still, we are extremely grateful to PLDT & Smart for acting very quickly to provide the AFP with this capability.  We are continually working and consulting with PLDT & Smart as we further enhance this capability.”

The AFP is encouraging Filipinos in Central Mindanao to provide the text hotline with actionable information and at the same time sign-up for the service so that they may be updated of the events and activities of the AFP.

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The AFP assured the public that they will reply promptly, and act appropriately particularly on reports that pertain to national peace and security.

To use the service, Smart, Sun & Talk N’ Text subscribers in:
-Misamis Oriental
-Agusan Provinces
-Surigao Provinces
-Davao Provinces
-North Cotabato
need to type: EMC (ang inyong lugar/address at impormasyon) and send to: 7444-1678.

For subscribers in:
-Misamis Occidental
-Zamboanga Provinces
-Lanao Provinces
-Sultan Kudarat except Columbia
Type: WMC (ang inyong lugar/address at impormasyon) and send to 7444-1678.

Maj. Maneja added: “The value of using the keywords EMC & WMC will guarantee that the messages are sent directly to the AFP’s Eastern or Western Regional Commands for quicker response and action”. (Smart Inc. COmm)

CDO farmers benefit from season-long training on selected vegetable agribusiness

Around 30 farmers from Cagayan de Oro city graduated from the season-long training on selected vegetables agribusiness held on 7 July 2017.


The season-long training ran from March to July 2017 and was spearheaded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Landcare Foundation Philippines, in partnership with Normin Veggies Marketing Cooperative, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cagayan de Oro City, and private stakeholders and supported by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10).

With the theme, “Ang panguma isip usa ka negosyo, makauswag sa kinabuhi (farming as a business could improve life condition),” the training was participated by the members of the Canitoan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (CAFAMCO) and the Pagatpat Cagayan de Oro Farmers Association Incorporated (PACAFAI), in which they were taught on land preparation, soil sampling, and strategies on planting vegetables such as eggplant, tomato, string beans and ampalaya.


Retailers from Bulua and Cogon market are invited to visit the CAFAMCO learning site on July 12, 2017 to encourage them to buy vegetables from the farmers.

Regional Technical Director Carmelita T. Bajarla, representing DA-RFO 10 chief Carlene C. Collado, thanked the LGU, headed by city councilor and committee on agriculture chair Annie YDaba and city agriculturist Dr. Hector R. San Juan, as well as the private sector that they were able to unite for agriculture as well as agribusiness. (AMBManto, DA-RFO 10)

Richness of Mindanao Culture to be showcased at 1st Budayaw Festival

The rich culture, heritage and artistry of Mindanao and Palawan will be in the spotlight as the Philippines will host the first-ever Budayaw: The BIMP-EAGA Festival of Culture and the Arts, from 20 to 24 September 2017, in General Santos City.


A collaboration among different agencies and institutions including the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Mindanao Development Authority, Department of Tourism Region XII, the city government of General Santos, the provincial government of Sarangani, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Budayaw will showcase the diversity of creative expressions of cultural masters and artists in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) as well as raise awareness and foster appreciation on the landscapes, life-scapes and aspirations of peoples of the region.


The festival will feature different lectures, workshops, performances, shows, exhibit and other activities and events, which will foster understanding and solidarity among the multi-cultural populations of the BIMP-EAGA.

During the five-day festival, visitors can view iconic landscapes and cultural markers of the BIMP-EAGA in an interactive exhibit, which will be accompanied by lectures and fora to discuss the tensions of tradition and modernity embedded in the images.


A specially designed pavilion will be put up, serving as the shared domain of invited master weavers, who will show visitors how context shapes mastery of techniques over our natural resources.

Visitors will also experience the beauty of indigenous musics with performances using native musical instruments such as gongs, bamboo instruments, lutes and plucked-string instruments. Moreover, they can witness performing groups showcase the best of contemporary theatre, dance and music highlighting the threats and triumphs of communities on the road to peace, development, and resilience.


Visual artists will display outdoor installations as well as other works.

To make the Budayaw experience more immersive, there will be special tour packages for the visiting guests and tourists to explore the richness of Mindanao culture as well as its touristic destinations.


Aside from showcasing the diversity of cultures of countries of the region, the Budayaw festival will train the spotlight on the beauty of Mindanao, affirming and safeguarding its being wellspring of creativity and resilience.

To know more about Budayaw, contact Adelina M. Suemith, chief of the NCCA Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division, through telephone number 527-2192 local 601 or email

For more information, please contact Rene Napeñas, head of the Public Affairs and Information Office, through 0928-5081057, 527-2192 loc 208 or through email address (NCCA)

NNC urges shift to healthy lifestyle to avoid non-communicable diseases

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 through Talakayan sa PIA on 12 July 2017 urged the young ones and even adults to change from fast food habits to healthy home-cooked meals diet.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, root crops, fat-free or low fat milk, lean meats, poultry, fish, egg, beans and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

Based on the national nutrition survey of FNRI-DOST, there has been a shift in the dietary pattern of Filipinos in terms of quality and quantity over the years. The typical diet consists mainly of cereals which are sources of carbohydrates. The consumption of meats, vegetables, milk and milk products and eggs has increased. However, there has been a decline in the consumption of starchy roots and tubers and fruits. Further, WHO recommends consumption of 400 grams of of fruits and vegetables per day. However, Filipinos only consume maximum of 249 grams of fruits and vegetables a day.


Meanwhile, in schools, Department of Education has issued Department Order No. 13 series of 2017 Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in schools and DepEd offices. This policy aims to make available healthier food and beverage choices among the learners and DepEd personnel and their stakeholders; provide guidance in evaluating and categorizing foods and drinks and provide guidance in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in schools.


Sheila Rose Balbanida, nutrition dietitian of Department of Education (DepEd) region 10 said that they are currently holding trainings for health officers, canteen managers and public school personnel to identify which food or food groups to be sold in school cafeterias. Right now, they have identified foods that are categorized as healthy and unhealthy for consumption.

According to Marissa Navales, regional nutrition coordinator that they are campaigning to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets which protect against both under and over nutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer.


Unhealthy diet is composed of foods that are energy-dense yet nutrient poor and are high in saturated fats, trans-fats, refined carbohydrates or sodium. A diet low in fruits and vegetables or fiber is also characteristic of unhealthy diet. Meanwhile, this leads to poor nutrition and is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity.

NNC also encourages everyone to check the National Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), Pinggang Pinoy and Nutritional Guide Pyramid to get a list of what to eat to become healthy through their website

The theme this year for national nutrition month is “Healthy diet, gawing habit – FOR LIFE!” (JMOR/PIA10)