Hundreds benefit from army, LGU ‘Hatud Serbisyo’ in Bukidnon hinterlands

As part of the Armed Forces commitment and dedication to be of service to the nation,  the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion (8th IB) helped the local government unit (LGU) of Impasugong in its recent two-day “Hatud Serbisyo (delivery of basic services) program in Kalabugao and Hagpa barangays, both in Impasugong town.

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“The 8th IB Dependable Troopers, along with dental team from 4th Infantry Division, augmented the efforts of Impasugong town Mayor Anthony A. Uy in bringing government services to communities,” 8th IB Commander Col. Antonio I. Bautista Jr. said.

Records showed that more than 1,000 people—mostly children—in said two villages benefited from the Philippine Army’s dental services; free haircut; schoolchildren feeding; as well as other services offered by private individuals and key government organizations.

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The AFP now is taking the leap by carrying out tasks beyond their bounds.

For so long, the Armed Forces have been defending and protecting people despite the risks just to attain peace. Soldiers extend their helping hand to reach the ‘unreached’ through its Community Support Program where the military performs tasks other than protecting the nation.

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In a statement, 8th IB Commander said the activity aims to deliver basic services to uplift lives in the neighborhood that could help attain peace in communities. (Erwin P. Bugarin/8IB, 4ID, PA)

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PH Mango growers seek to increase productivity as demand grows

The Mango Industry in the country represented by its president Virginia dela Fuente of Philippine Mango Industry Foundation Inc. (PMIF) explained during a press conference in the 19th Mango Congress in Cagayan de Oro City that mango growers need to prune and fertilize to boost their productivity in the next years as demand is still very high.

During the Mango Congress from 27-29 November 2017, growers from all over the country tackled issues such as low productivity and the need to use new technologies to increase shelf life of mango especially for export.

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Other countries such as Vietnam have adopted a technology of producing frozen food through OctoFrost, dela Fuente said.

She shared that there was a serious drop of mango output for the whole country in 2016. Two main reasons include mango growers have not done pruning and fertilization for several years.

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Meanwhile, Hazel Pontilan, president of Cagayan Misamis Oriental Bukidnon Mango Growers Association (CMBMANGA) shared that there is also less productivity due to climate change. She explained that mangoes are tropical fruit and they grow under the heat of the sun, however, as typhoons have come in Northern Mindanao, this affected output of their mangoes.

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Although, in terms of help from the government, she said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) region 10 has helped them a lot in terms of training and provision of seedlings.

On the other hand, dela Fuente mentioned that since mango has high perishability, their group has established fruit production insurance program. Among the projects they are also looking forward to is the establishment of demo farm for those who want to get into the mango business, they can have two weeks’ seminar and training.

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The Mango Industry is a big industry in the country. Dela Fuente said that in 2007 alone, the country has produced one million metric tons equivalent to P50 billion worth in sales. Although in 2016, only 400,000 metric tons were produced. In five years’ time, they aim to produce three million metric tons or three billion kilos worth of mangoes.

Meanwhile, 70% of the sales come from dried mangoes. In the entire country, Luzon produces 2/3 of the mangoes while Visayas and Mindanao produce 1/3. (JMOR/PIA10)

Organic products showcased in CDO trade fair

 CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 21 – To broaden the market reach of organic products grown and produced in Northern Mindanao, a Regional Organic Trade Fair (ROTF) was staged on 17-19 November 2017 at the SM City Mall, Pueblo de Oro, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

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A total of 28 exhibitors participated, coming from the city, municipal and provincial local government units (LGUs) and the private sector, who showcased their certified organic and naturally-grown products and other value-adding and product innovations locally produced in region 10.

This activity was also in line with Proclamation No. 1030, s. 2015, declaring the month of November of every year as the ‘Organic Agriculture (OA) Month’.

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“Annually, we conduct this trade fair to focus our attention on the importance of Organic Agriculture as a viable farming system for development, environmental conservation, and health protection of farmers, consumers, and the public,” Carlene C. Collado, officer-in-charge regional director of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) said.

He added that it serves as a mechanism for agricultural producers and processors to change their mindset on farming as merely subsistence to a sustainable business enterprise.

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“Once they will reap the fair returns for their products, the only option that they have is to drive themselves towards producing and growing in order to meet the demands of the market,” Collado explained.

The local government unit (LGU) exhibitors comprise the provincial LGUs of Misamis Oriental, who promoted and sold turmeric powder and duck eggs; Lanao del Norte – assorted varieties of rice; Bukidnon – vegetables and rice; and Misamis Occidental – kakanin and bottled processed fishery products; and the city LGU of Cagayan de Oro – fresh vegetables and fishery products.

Adding to the roster of LGU exhibitors are the barangay and municipal food terminals of Highland Fresh – flavored milk and vegetables and LGU Salay – fruits and vegetables, respectively. Further, the Organic Trading Post of Kauswagan – fruits and vegetables also displayed.

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Meanwhile, the private sector also featured their respective agri-fishery products, namely: Quadro Onse – cranberry juice and planting materials; Engallado’s Nature Farm and Natural Food Products – assorted processed rice by-products; Agay-Ayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative – coconut sugar; Miel de Oro – honey and dragon fruit; Limonero Fruit Drinks – lemon juice; Gats Garden – fruit juice and cheese; NAS AgriCom – turmeric, salabat and ginger; VOPPTA – black rice; Queensland Farm – fruits and herbs; Kape Napalit – ground coffee; and GreenMinds Inc. – peanuts.

Completing the list of exhibitors are Venida Farm – herbs and dragon fruit; Buhian Diversified Farm – virgin coconut oil, coco sugar, fruit tree seedlings and duck eggs; Binahon Agro Farm – fruit tree seedlings and processed vegetables; Kape Maramag – ground coffee; NM Foods – banana chips; Firestar Dream Concoctions – condiments and honey; Gran Molucas – bottled palapa and processed meat; Alomah’s Garden – herbs and vegetables and Marvelous Organic Resources – farm inputs and sweet corn.

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“With the participation of our different exhibitors, the visiting public will not only have the opportunity to patronize the organic products of the region, but they will also serve as our advocates for the further promotion and development of OA,” the regional director further remarked.

Now on its fourth year, the ROTF is spearheaded by the DA-RFO 10 through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division and Organic Agriculture Program. (DA-10)

MinDA holds ‘DNH’ workshop for media practitioners

With the crucial role played by the press in disseminating pieces of information to the public, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has conducted here a workshop on “Do No Harm” (DNH) and conflict sensitivity for some 20 government and private media practitioners.

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The training, which was held last Nov. 9-10 in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft  für Internationale Zusammenarbeit- Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (GIZ-COSERAM), has provided the media with holistic understanding of peace, conflict and violence as well as conflict sensitivity.

Walter Alquiza of GIZ-COSERAM discussed the conflicts on different social levels such as intra-personal, inter-personal, intra-group, inter-group, and inter-state.

The participants were also made to conduct conflict mapping or actors mapping of the Marawi siege, identifying the individuals and groups involved in the war, which forced thousands of families to flee their homes.

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DNH is said to be an important principle of conflict sensitivity that lays a solid foundation for peace building to take place.

After the training, MinDA believed the media practitioners could help minimize “the unintended negative impacts and maximize positive impacts” in their reporting. (FPG/PIA-10)

CHR-10 cites land rights, gender equality as major IPs issues

In the last leg of the National Inquiry on the Situation of Filipino Indigenous Peoples (IPs) on October 27 at Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-10 reported that land rights, gender equality, migration, government service accessibility and employment are among the major issues of the IPs in Mindanao.

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CHR Focal Commissioner on IP Rights Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana said that the inquiry includes three thematic areas which are the protection and promotion of the IPs’ land and cultural rights, effectiveness of the current government process to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of IPs, and the state of economic and social development of IPs in the Philippines.

 

“Layunin ng National Inquiry na alamin ang kasalukuyang kalagayan ng ating mga kapatid na katutubo sa buong Pilipinas at ilarawan kung ano ang antas ngayon ng pagkilala at pagtupad sa inyong karapatang pantao,” Gana stressed.

 

(It is the aim of the National Inquiry to know the current situation of the IPs in the Philippines and describe the level of recognition and fulfillment of your human rights)

 

IP communities in regions 9, 10, CARAGA and BaSulTa (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi provinces of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) participated in the national inquiry.

 

Community leaders and members from Bangigi, Subano, Manobo, Bajau, Kolibugan, Sama Bangigi, Sama Dilaut, Sama, Tausug, Bukidnon, Manubo Pulangyon, Yakan and Talaandig shared some of their experiences in their area which hindered them to establish their cultural identity and further brace development.

 

Representatives from BaSulTa said that one of their primary concerns is the treatment of women in their area especially in Jolo noting that most women are not prioritized in accessing education since they will just be confined in homes as housewives.

 

Aside from gender equality, illegal employment of Badjaos in Malaysia was also reported where the group’s representative stated that they are still seeking for a bilateral agreement of the two governments (the Philippines and Malaysia) to lessen undocumented employment in the neighboring country.

 

When it comes to health concerns, most of the IPs mentioned that the government still lacks medical service and provision of medicines in their areas. They stressed that the proximity of their areas and the cultural practices of some groups may cause such health service gap.

 

The Badjaos also cited less to no employment opportunities for their graduates.

 

These concerns and more were tackled carefully by the CHR as these outputs of the National Inquiry will comprise the Indigenous Peoples’ Right Observatory (IPRO). The CHR also said that such issues will be raised to the national government agency concerned for appropriate actions.

 

 

“Ang lahat ng mga kaalaman at datos na lilitaw sa National Inquiry ay gagamiting batayan upang magpadaloy ng kaukulang serbisyo at tulong para sa mga katutubo sa Pilipinas (All of the information and data that will emerge in the National Inquiry will be used as basis to provide appropriate service and aid to the Indigenous People in the Philippines),” Gana said.(RTP/PIA10)

Duterte: Liberation of Marawi marks beginning of rehab

Following the day after the top terrorist leaders of Marawi siege, Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute were killed in a military assault, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte(PRRD), declared the liberation of Marawi from the control of terrorists.

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“I hereby declare Marawi city liberated from the terrorist influence… that marks the beginning of rehabilitation,” said Duterte.

The president also commended the valor of the troops as they braved the dangers posed by gun fires and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in fighting against the terrorists and in rescuing hostages.

Symbolizing the achievement of victory against the terrorists, the President led the raising of the Philippine flag held at the Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamia campus, located at the main battle area.

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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año  said in a press conference on Monday that “the Marawi crisis will be over–sooner than later. The resistance of–or what is left of it— the terrorists will crumble.”

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Meanwhile, Col Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Force Ranao,  said that the death of terrorist leaders led to the declaration of Marawi’s liberation as they are the “center of gravity, they are the ones who are binding Maute-ISIS together.”

“It [the declaration] is a strategic message to tell the world na tapos na itong problema sa Maute-ISIS [that the problem with Maute-ISIS is over], na they cannot be victorious anymore. Patapos na po [This is about to end.],” said Brawner.

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Brawner also asked the residents of the Marawi City to be patient as clearing operations of the area are being conducted.

“We will rescue remaining hostages and make sure na wala ng stragglers na naiiwan at mga IEDs [that there will be no longer stragglers and IEDs in the area].. tuloy na pa tayo [we are ready for]  sa next phase which is the rehabilitation,” Brawner said.

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Brawner also shared that the cleanup drive ‘Brigada Marawi’ has began last week.

The  Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams will also check and remove remained IEDs.

Meanwhile, Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) teams composed of various national and local government agencies had begun their assessment on the damages in 24 barangays in Marawi City.

The results of the data analysis, consolidation, and report development of the assessment is to be completed before October ends.(LEAntonio-PIA ILIGAN/LDN)

‘Market of shabu is poor communities,’ says Duterte

In refuting media reports that only poor drug suspects were hunted down in drug operation, President Rodrigo Duterte said the market of shabu is the poor communities.

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Speaking during the launch of the Cebu Pacific’s seventh domestic hub at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, Pres. Duterte said “Bakit mga mahirap…Bakit marami ang patay, hindi ‘yung mga mayaman?…sinasabi ko na sa inyo, ang market ng shabu are ‘yung mahihirap na community.”

 

(Why the poor? Why are not the rich among those killed? I’m telling you. The market of shabu is the poor community.)

 

Duterte also said that the rich do shabu in yachts or go to the airport, they do cocaine or heroine. But heroine and cocaine are derivatives of a product called the poppy. It’s not damaging to the brain.

 

He said, “Marijuana, tapos ‘yung extract niya, ‘yun ang maging cocaine, then refine it to heroin. Hindi masyadong nakakasira ng utak. Huwag mo lang haluan, dried ganun, marijuana.”

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(Marijuana, then the extracts, that makes cocaine, then refined it to heroine. It does not damaging to the brain. Just don’t mixed it, like dried, marijuana.)

 

The president further said, “Kaya kayo ang tinamaan. A, B, C, D, E — D, E ang pinakamatindi. Doon ang labanan ng pulis.”

 

(That is why you are the most affected. Among the economic classes, D and E are the most prevalent. That’s where the police operation happen.)

 

Duterte also revealed the country has lost an estimated 128 police and 200 soldiers in connection to drugs.

 

In Mindanao in particular, the president said the police can’t penetrate the laboratory. When they enter the premise, they would be facing M-60 machine gun, bazooka. They have to call in soldiers, that is why there are many killed soldiers.

 

He, likewise, said that drugs are always an organized crime. These drugs has to be cooked. Then there has to be lieutenants or trusted men who will distribute it to you, to the peddlers or they call it “basura.” Without basura selling it, shabu cannot prosper. It will remain in the bodega or in the place where they are hidden, but it could not be prosperous trade. So all this, they work in tandem.

 

However, Duterte assured he will still abide by his sworn duty to protect the people and preserve this country, the Republic. Also, he will go against all criminals without fear or favor and enforce it equally.

 

Meanwhile, Pres.Duterte urged the press to carefully listen to his message saying “If the ship is listing and overwhelmed by forces of the enemies of the state–terrorism, rebellion and so many fronts, I will not hesitate to declare Martial Law.” (EOR/PIA10)