DPWH on passable areas in Bukidnon








• Jct. SH. Impasug-ong – Patulangan BY-Pass Road

PASSABLE to light vehicles only

BRM (road slip reported)

Released travel advisory

• Kapalong – Talaingon – Valencia Road

NOT PASSABLE to all vehicles

Soil slope collapsed

Deployed Manpower and Equipment


All roads PASSABLE


• Misamis oriental – Bukidnon – Agusan Road (Patpat, Malitbog, Bukidnon)


30 m Portion of Calawag River Dike collapsed

Structure under warranty

• Misamis oriental – Bukidnon – Agusan Road (

• Sta. Inez, Malitbog, Bukidnon K1429+400)

One Lane Passable

15 cu.m Soil Collapse

Ongoing Manual Clearing

• Misamis oriental – Bukidnon – Agusan Road (Sta. Inez, Malitbog, Bukidnon K1429+400)

One Lane Passable

12 cu.m Soil Collapse

Ongoing Manual Clearing

• Misamis oriental – Bukidnon – Agusan Road (Sta. Inez, Malitbog, Bukidnon K1432+700)

One Lane Passable

30 cu.m Soil Collapsed

Ongoing Manual Clearing

• S.H Alae – Kisolon Road ( • Maluko, Manolo

Fortich, Bukidnon)


20 cu.m Soil Collapsed

Ongoing Manual Clearing

• Jct. S.H. Aglayan – Alanib Ticala-an Road (ticalaan- Paganan) Ticalaan, Talakag, Bukidnon

Road not yet passable

70 cu.m Soil Collapsed

Ongoing clearing operation


• CDO – Airport – Bukidnon Road

• K1456+000 (Bayanga) Street)

NOT PASSABLE to light vehicles

Fallen uprooted tree and electrical post

Deployed Manpower and Equipment


• BCIR Road (Cugman Section) • K1430+000 – K1431+200

NOT PASSABLE to light vehicles

Area is currently flooded

Deployed dump trucks, loader, and all laborers in support services


• Brgy. Malibud to Brgy. Kamanikan spillways


Damaged spillway

via Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) region 10


Vinta Bukidnon

photo by Jay Liguayan thru http://bit.ly/2zeRtig


DTI Northern Mindanao launches 14 coffee brands

As part of strengthening the brands of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the Department of Trade and Industry in Northern Mindanao launched 14 coffee brands from Bukidnon province on Thursday, December 7.


DTI Bukidnon Provincial Director Ermedio J. Abang said the brands were developed under the Brand Equity Development Program (BEDP) of the Department which targets to develop strong homegrown Philippine brands in both local and foreign markets.


“The launching is part of the promotions and marketing enhancement strategy of the BEDP which aims to enhance business opportunities and marketability of coffee products through effective brands and sustained income,” Abang said.


The 14 coffee brands are Café Corazon, Highland Robusta, Señor Rogelio, Arabica Filipina, Café Mabuhay, Twin Creek Coffee, Kapeyapaan, Hineleban Coffee, Monk’s Blend, Café Hermano, Cincona Coffee, 7 Tribes Coffee, Café Rico, and Kitanglad Brew.

During the launching, Adelina “Bae Inatlawan” Tarino, president of the Inhandig Tribal Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC), expressed gratitude to DTI for helping them market their coffee beans.


“Dako akong pasalamat nga nakaadto ako sa US tungod sa among kape” (I am thankful that I was able to go to the US because of our coffee), she cited.

The coffee beans of the Inhandig Tribal MPC won in the Green Coffee Quality Competition held in Cavite State University early this year for the Arabica category.

It was the first national coffee competition that determines who produces the highest quality of coffee in the country.

Another brand from Bukidnon, the Kape Maramag, also won in the competition for the Robusta category.


Robusta and Arabica are the dominant coffee varieties grown in Bukidnon.

Abang noted that there are more than a hundred coffee farmers, mostly indigenous people, in Bukidnon nurturing almost 2,000 hectares of highly productive coffee farms.

The DTI considered the coffee industry as one of its priority clusters.

Abang said the DTI is implementing several strategies to increase the profitability of all players in the coffee industry value chain and to make the Philippine coffee industry sufficient and globally competitive.


The strategies include plantation and post-harvest development, processing improvement, promotion and marketing enhancement, and creation of a sustainable enabling business environment through business development, investment promotion, financial access, and research and development. (APB/PIA-10)

NPA rebels in Bukidnon surrender

Four disgruntled members of New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Bukidnon surrendered as the 403rd Infantry Brigade of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division intensifies its operations against banditry and terrorism.


At early morning of 01 November 2017, around 6:00 a.m., a NPA rebel surrendered to the 1st Special Forces Battalion, giving up his Garand Rifle with rounds of ammunition.

Firearms and ammunition surrendered in November 2017

The next day, 02 November, around 6:00 p.m., another three NPA rebels surrendered to the 8th Infantry Battalion who also surrendered their one M16, one Garand, and one M1 Cal. 30 Carbine rifles with rounds of ammunition.


These events brought in four surrenders in the first two days this November.


All of them (surrenderers) are now undergoing custodial debriefing at the armed forces camp, where they related their ordeals while in the bandits’ group.


They even revealed the group’s deceits while recalling the rebel leaders’ promises to support their families once they join the rebel forces.

Firearms and ammunition surrendered in 8th IB on 02 November 2017.jpg

Brigadier General Eric C. Vinoya, Army’s 403rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade commander, welcomed the four former rebels, citing that ideological differences can be resolved through peaceful means without resorting to violence.


“I congratulate the 1st Special Forces Battalion and the 8th Infantry Battalion for facilitating the surrender of our four misguided brothers who finally decided to go back to the folds of law after being given false promises by the NPA and its leaders,” said General Vinoya.


He also reiterated his appeal for other NPA rebels to end the fighting by peacefully laying down their arms.


“Once again, I call upon other NPA members to go down now and surrender. I know that you are tired and that you miss your family and your loved ones. We are here to help you start anew through our government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program wherein you will get the benefits of livelihood, cash assistance, housing, and employment,” he said. (Norman M. Tagros, 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4ID, PA)

Village chair arrested, 5 firearms confiscated on ML-SAG operation in Bukidnon

A team from Martial Law-Special Action Group composed of soldiers from 4th Infantry Division (4ID) and Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel from Police Regional Office (PRO) region 10 arrested Eliazar Ebona, chairman of Barangay Gango, Libona town of Bukidnon for illegal possession of firearms at around 7:00 a.m. on October 6, 2017 at his own resident in the said barangay.
The operation was launched after the court has approved the search warrant for alleged illegal possession of firearms that are used by Ebona to threaten his constituents asking them not to interfere on his alleged illegal mining activities in the area.
Recovered from his possession are one M16 rifle with ammunition,
one AK47 rifle with ammunition, three m22 rifle with ammunition, one cal 45 pistol with ammo, one 9mm pistol with ammo, one kevlar, one vest and an estimated five kilograms of suspected amonium nitrate.
Ebona is now in the custody of Crime Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) region 10 for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 and Search Warrant 181-2017 for violation of RA 9516.
Major General Ronald Villanueva, 4ID commander said, “It has been more four months since the implementation of Martial Law here in Mindanao and all our operations here in 4ID AOR has been very successful. Thanks to the government troops who have always displayed a strong sense of professionalism. We also give strong credit to everyone who have been very cooperative in giving timely and relevant information that has helped us in the execution of all our operations very swiftly and successfully.”
This successful ML-SAG operation is part of the Martial Law implementation, anti-criminality campaign, and to stop the proliferation of loose firearms within the 4ID Area.(4ID/PA)

NFA simplifies passbook requirements; farmers get it at no cost

The National Food Authority (NFA) urged farmers here to avail of the simplified requirements in applying for a farmer’s passbook.

NFA PIO MSSM radio program guests_NFA 10 RD Fernando Nunez live on phone-patch

This is one of NFA’s efforts in a bid to help farmers earn enough as the agency intensifies its “Palay (unhusked grains)” buying operations this rainy season.


In an interview over KBP Bukidnon radio program, NFA 10 Regional Director Fernando S. Nunez said passbook applicants are being issued “farmer’s passbook” free of charge in order to serve Palay farmers more efficiently.


He said individual farmers will simply submit a certification from Barangay Captain, Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), or Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) indicating the number of hectares planted with Palay and the yield per hectare—indicating whether the farm is irrigated or not.


Likewise, farmers’ cooperatives, associations or organizations only need to submit registration certificates from Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or any registration certificate from concerned government agencies. Passbook applicants should also submit a list of farmer-members certified by LGU-MAO, whichever is applicable, indicating the number of hectares whether irrigated or not and the yield per hectare.


“The NFA-issued passbook will hasten buying-selling transactions between NFA and Palay farmers because the passbook will serve as the agency’s basis in determining NFA’s procurement allocation,” Nunez said.


Farmers can go directly to the nearest NFA provincial offices or NFA satellite buying stations for more details. They may also call or send text messages to hotline numbers 09173124524 and 09265646090.  (Maria Socorro S. Mellomida-PIO NFA Bukidnon / RLRB, PIA Bukidnon)

NFA Bukidnon urges farmers to sell palay produce to the government

The National Food Authority (NFA) is encouraging farmers in the province to sell their “Palay (unhusked rice)” to NFA either dried or freshly threshed.

NFA PIO MSSM radio program guests_NFA 10 RD Fernando Nunez live on phone-patch

Gil G. Tabor, NFA provincial manager said they are now buying clean and dry Palay at P17.00 to P18.00 per kilogram inclusive of drying, delivery, and cooperative development incentive fees.


He said NFA also buys wet (newly threshed) Palay with price ranging from P14.00 to P17.00 per kilogram depending on the moisture content, which is determined using NFA’s equivalent net weight factor matrix.


In an interview during KBP Interaction radio program, NFA Bukidnon spokesperson Maria Socorro Mellomida said they have teams deployed in selected areas to pick up Palay of farmers who could not afford to transport their produce to NFA buying stations.


“NFA also provides post-harvest facilities and equipment as vital components of agricultural production such as mechanical dryers, testing device to determine grains quality on purity, truck scales, and buying stations with 1.1 million bags capacity, among others,” Mellomida said.


For further detail queries and information, farmers may contact the National Food Authority Bukidnon provincial office through hotline numbers 09173124524 and 09265646090. (RLRBalistoy/PIA-10, Bukidnon)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)