91st ASEAN info kiosk launched in Ozamiz City

Ozamiz City airport in Misamis Occidental hosted the 91st Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) Information Kiosk launching on 23 August 2017 spearheaded by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) region 10.

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The kiosk located in the pre-departure area of the airport will strengthen ASEAN awareness in the province and at the same time learn new programs and projects of the government. It holds IEC materials where passengers can read while waiting for their flight.

In his welcome message, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Ozamiz City Manager Engr. Edwin Luching expressed his full support to ASEAN campaign of the government. He said that the airport is always open for these kinds of activities and campaign of the government.

PIA Central Office Director Olive Tiu meanwhile shared that the aim for this info kiosk is to raise awareness and deepen understanding of ASEAN especially that Philippines is host for this year’s 50th anniversary. Tiu explained that we are not only a citizen of the Philippines but of a bigger community and that is ASEAN. She also mentioned that this is a nationwide campaign of PIA wherein Ozamiz City is the recipient of the 91st ASEAN info kiosk.

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Further, she said that the kiosk does not only include ASEAN IEC materials but also government programs and projects that people need to know.

In his message, Vice Mayor Mike Tagal shared that the local government of Ozamiz is always in full support of the programs and projects of the national government. Despite the recent events in Ozamiz City, he assured that Ozamiz is ready to move forward and one with ASEAN.

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The event highlighted with a cultural presentation from the Subanen Festival champion in Ozamiz City and ribbon cutting led by PIA central office and region 10 and local government unit of Ozamiz City through its city council and province of Misamis Occidental and CAAP Ozamiz. (JMOR/PIA10)

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EU delegates secure slot in MinBizCon 2017

Delegation from European Union (EU) confirmed its participation by securing its slot in the 26th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) 2017 in Xavier Estates Sports and Country Club in Cagayan de Oro City on 7-9 September 2017.

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In Talakayan sa Limketkai Luxe, Ruben Vegafria, president of MinBizCon 2017 and member of Oro Chamber Inc. said that they are well on their way in the preparation of this big event. Admittedly, he said that an American group cancelled their reservation in the conference but this was easily saved by the EU delegation who are committed to participate in the event.

He said we have to be positive and move forward despite what is happening.  The theme this year is “Emerging Opportunities, ONE-MINDANAO,” where it emphasizes unity in Mindanao.

With the recent events in Marawi City, one of the discussions during the conference is how to help the situation and in its recovery and rehabilitation in the area.

According to Vegafria, about 1,000 participants are expected in the event including local and international business leaders.

Further, various topics will be discussed during the three-day event among them are Mindanao Development Corridor Updates by Secretary Datu Abul Alonto, chairman Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa), Fueling Mindanao Economy Through International Linkages by European Union, Science for Change by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, Building a Disaster Resilient Economy in Mindanao, Mindanao Agri- Business: Key to positioning Mindanao in ASEAN and Other Emerging Markets by Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Development Bank of the Philippines’ (DBPs) Max-Infra in the Dutertenomics, Legislative agenda for Mindanao SME Development, Mindanao Products Access and Connectivity: Challenges and Opportunities by Secretary Ramon Lopez Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Russia: Exploring the Potentials of Mindanao, and Mindanao Industrial Eco- Zone Development and Opportunities.

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Meanwhile, keynote speech will be given by Carlos “Sonny” G. Dominguez lll, Secretary of Finance.

Vegafria explained that the Oro Chamber has been one of the leading chambers in Mindanao. In fact, Oro Chamber was the first to host MinBizCon several years ago and has been active in the city and the region on certain issues and concerns.

He also said that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary has been supportive in the event by sending memo circular to local government units to support MinBizCon 2017.

Vegafria explained that MinBizCon is an annual gathering of business leaders in Mindanao to discuss opportunities and economic updates at the same time take a look at issues and concerns and make necessary resolutions for action. (JMOR/PIA10)

DOST 10 set for Technology Transfer Day in CDO

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 10 is all set for Technology Transfer Day in Cagayan de Oro City on 8 September 2017 at Xavier Sports and Country Club as part of the 26th Mindanao Business Conference 2017 organized by Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (Oro Chamber).

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During a discussion in Talakayan sa Limketkai Luxe, DOST regional director Alfonso Alamban said a total of 30 technologies from DOST assisted institutions and inventors all over the Philippines will be displayed and showcased.

He explained that these technologies were selected according to the needs of current market in the region. So far, he said that many of the technologies selected was for the food industry such as in food processing, among others. Further, these technologies are already patent ready and have gone through Intellectual Property Policy.

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He said DOST – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) from central office will also be in the event to assist and explain the technologies to be displayed. They will also assist in inquiries session with investors.

Alamban said this event of DOST is one way of supporting and promoting Filipino inventors and inventions. Instead of companies and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) looking for technologies outside the country, technologies made by our own inventors are brought in the city for easy access. He said, this is cheaper and more practical because inventors are based here and can be easily called upon for questions about its operations.

Although there are no technologies coming from Northern Mindanao during this Technology Transfer Day in Cagayan de Oro City, Alamban said they are urging inventors from the academe and even professionals to get their inventions patented. This is one way, one requirement of making the product market ready.

Among the Innovation Centers that DOST 10 is supporting is the one at University of Science and Technology (USTP) in Cagayan de Oro City called Food Innovation Center. This center houses technologies for food processing. Not only that, students conduct research in the center by innovating food and coming up with new food products for the market. So far there are ready for patent food innovation products in the center.

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Through Republic Act (RA) 10055 or the “Philippine Technology Transfer Act”, DOST has been pushing for an enabling ecosystem that could facilitate smoother and faster transfer of local technologies into the mainstream market. (JMOR/PIA10)

DA 10 intensifies quarantine points against Bird Flu

The Department of Agriculture region 10 has conducted several proactive measures to prevent spread of Bird Flu in the region.

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During a press conference in Cagayan de Oro City, OIC Regional Director Carlene Collado, CPA explained the kind of virus that has broken out in Pampanga was an Avian influenza (Bird Flu), type A Sub-Type H5 which has caused deaths of about 37,000 poultry chickens in San Luis, Pampanga.

Although the virus is said to be non-transferrable from chicken to humans, Collado said to be vigilant.

Northern Mindanao ranks 3rd for the National Ranking with a total of 11% or 19,596,441 heads contribution to the National Inventory. Meanwhile, the region also ranks No. 8 for the Duck Inventory with a total of 4% or 444,064 heads contribution.

Collado assured that DA region 10 is doing all it can to prevent spread of this virus. Particularly, they have intensified quarantine points in the region, identified areas of concern, strengthened regional task force, distributed drugs, consulted with poultry stakeholders and local government units and disseminated Information and Education Communication materials.

However, Collado also shared Do’s and Dont’s to avoid Bird Flu. One is to cook poultry and meat thoroughly. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after exposure to or contact with birds. Among the dont’s include not eating raw poultry meat or egg. Don’t buy or eat smuggled poultry meat. Don’t come in contact with resident, wild or migratory birds. More importantly, report any unusual deaths or sickness of birds to the nearest agriculture or veterinary office.

The department is urging the public to help report any Bird Flu suspicions in the region or ask questions about it. For Quarantine Concern, you may call Dr. Dale Franco Llentic 09174815193, for Mass Media Concern, Grace Sta. Elena 09278276840 and for Disease Reporting, Dr. Oryza Kristy Baylo 09363155226. (JMOR/PIA10)

ASEAN: An artistic powerhouse with diverse, unique, colorful stories to tell

Diverse, unique and colorful are some of the words to describe art culture in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. 

In an interview with Dr. Erlinda Burton, anthropologist and Museum curator at Xavier University Cagayan de Oro City, one of the interesting characteristics of art and culture in the region is its similarity more than its differences. 

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For one, we have the same linguistic stock which is Austronesian. Countries like the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hawaii and even natives of Taiwan have the same root language.

Further, among our commonalities include the use of vibrant colors and images we select that although we are separated, we have commonalities because we have the same ancestral groups. 

In the Philippines we have various kinds of arts from our ancestors, Burton said. These include indigenous or traditional art such as from Maranao weaving, Tinalac, T’boli, Mandaya and Manobo among many others.

She said that through art whether, in the performing arts, traditional and contemporary arts, we can show solidarity of culture. Art is a medium to solidarity and peace, living together in harmony among ASEAN countries.

Meanwhile, Rhyan Casiño of Dire Husi, an initiative on youth collective of visual and performing arts based in Cagayan de Oro City explained the importance to support local artists in the region through education and avenues for art expression. 

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He said that to sustain artists and continue expression of culture through art, community must learn to appreciate and patronage local art. He added that there must also be a venue to express art. 

Art is who you are, your passion. It’s a gift, a calling and advocacy. Theater arts and performing arts and even visual arts are tools to interpret issues, Casiño shared.

In Mindanao alone are 300 tribes with diverse stories to tell and share. He also urged to make use of social media to make ASEAN art viral all over the world.

David James Yañez, a local choreographer in Cagayan de Oro City shares that they are fighting mainstream. The kind of music and dance today are those from the west. He said that culture evolves and although it’s fine to know and appreciate new music but it is equally important to know your roots. (JMOR/PIA10)

Exclusive breastfeeding campaign continues in CDO

In an episode of Talakayan sa PIA on 15 August 2017, Department of Health (DOH) region 10 explained the importance of mothers giving exclusive breastfeeding to their newborn up to six months.

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This is a crucial stage wherein a mother’s milk is what the baby needs and nothing else. Apart from that, this is where the baby gets all the nutrients and immunity to survive the world outside the womb.

Gilda Ajoc, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Program Coordinator of DOH region 10 shared that some mothers might think that they don’t have the milk or that the baby doesn’t like the mother’s milk but in fact all mothers are capable of providing for their baby just fine without the prejudice of taste whatsoever.

She explained that breastfeeding is like supply and demand. Because the mother knows she has to feed an infant, automatically the milk will flow. With the right positioning and mindset, the mother can produce milk.

Meanwhile, Jacqueline Roa, nutrition dietitian of Provincial Health Office Misamis Oriental said that based on their observation, most of the young mothers today are not exclusively breastfeeding their infants from zero to six months. That is why this campaign is crucial to involve every mother and would-be mother in the country.

Statistics shows that exclusive breastfeeding from zero to six months old is decreasing in region 10 for the past years. In 2016, only 70.78 percent mothers have breastfed their child from zero to six months. According to Telesfora Madelo, nutritionist-dietitian of DO- 10 that this is because the women now are working. Although, women should work but they should also continue to breastfeed their children.

In fact, working mothers are given time off by companies to pump milk in a designated area in the office and have a storage facility to keep safe for the baby upon arriving home. DOH is also leading an Infant and Young Child Feeding Task Force wherein they monitor breastfeeding areas in malls, offices and public areas.

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Further, Madelo also reiterated about Overview of the Philippine Milk Code (EO51) and its revised Rules and Regulations wherein breastmilk substitutes are not allowed to be marketed for replacement of breastmilk and will not be tolerated for donation. For those violating the code, anyone can report to DOH.

DOH reiterated the breastmilk is the only milk that is complete with all the nutrients a child needs, poor or rich, the content of breastmilk is still the same. Further, no company has yet produced anything close to breastmilk, DOH stressed. (JMOR/PIA10)

PIA to launch ASEAN Info Kiosk in Camiguin Island seaport

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) is set to launch on August 25 its ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Information Kiosk inside Benoni Seaport in Mahinog, Camiguin province. 

“The information kiosk would go a long way by providing people the opportunity to receive and share information as well as updates on developmental issues on ASEAN,” PIA Northern Mindanao Regional Director Franklin Gumapon said. 

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The kiosk shall contain materials on the organization’s history, thrusts, and the implications and benefits for the Philippines’ hosting of ASEAN 2017 summit and related meetings. It will also contain Information, Education, and Communication materials from other national government agencies and local government units (LGUs). 

Gumapon said these partnership efforts of LGUs, national government agencies, non-government organizations and PIA pushed the government’s move to encourage greater collaboration to stir the country’s ASEAN 2017 awareness-raising campaign anchored on the theme “Partnering for change, Engaging the world.” 

Philippine Ports Authority-Camiguin Terminal Management Office Manager Priscilla Curilan, likewise, said this undertaking will help in spreading good news and reaching more people to get to know more about ASEAN. She said setting up the Info Kiosk within Camiguin Island’s port would mean more local and foreign tourists can gain access mainly because it is located within the seaport’s lounge frequented by hundreds of daily sea travellers. 

PIA has already launched scores of information kiosks nationwide strategically located in colleges and universities, airports, seaports, and malls, which is also part in hyping ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary celebration. 

ASEAN is a group formed on 8th August 1967. It is presently composed of ten Southeast Asian member countries namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, which aim is to speed up economic growth, social progress, cultural development, peace and stability, and provide opportunities for member states to discuss differences peacefully. (RLRB/PIA10, Bukidnon)