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"Ako'y napag-utusan ng ating mahal na pangulo at sinasabi niya, Secretary Conrad puntahan mo sila. You will assure them that we will provide them with all the support services necessary for their life better at yon ang tinatawag nating expanded support services, "he said.
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DA-10 pays tribute to the youth in the region engaged in agri-fishery enterprises with profitability potential during the YFCF Provincial Awarding. (Supplied Photo)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Some 41 individuals and 10 groups across Northern Mindanao were recognized during the Young Farmers Challenge Fund (YFCF) Provincial Awarding on August 31, 2022, held here in this city.
Organized by the Department of Agriculture - Northern Mindanao (DA-10) through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), the event honored the youth in the region engaged in agri-fishery enterprises with profitability potential, with DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga taking the lead, in the presence of Raul Alamban representing Senator Imee Marcos.
In his remarks, Larry E. Paraluman, AMAD chief of DA-10 said, “This year’s challenge is the second year of undertaking as we continue to entice our youth to participate in the challenge [YFCF]. Challenge, in the sense, that you [winners] will become the incoming and future entrepreneurs in the agriculture.”
The agribiz chief added that the YFC program is stemmed from the fact that the average age of Filipino farmers [as of 2018] is 57 years old and majority of the youth are no longer interested in agriculture.
To address such, Paraluman remarked that the [YFCF] ushers our youth [the awardees] who has interest in agriculture to have a start-up capital in the form of a competitive financial grant assistance from DA, wherein P50K is accorded to an individually managed enterprise or P100K for a group-managed enterprise at the provincial competition level.
Of which, interested and eligible youth ages 18 to 30 years old, have submitted their business model canvasses, activity and financial plans, and other documentary requirements, and were evaluated by a panel of judges based on their entrepreneurial attributes, innovativeness and potential for generating revenue stream of their presented business proposal, value addition, and social responsibility.
On top of the access of start-up capital, DA-10 RTD Madriaga assured the youth that the department will continue to pool resources and opportunities that would enable them to engage in agri-fishery enterprises on a sustained basis by providing agri-fishery business development services to further strengthen their agri-entrepreneurship capabilities.
“This is just the beginning of your journey in your agripreneurship. If you do well in your chosen agri-fishery enterprises, more government support awaits. Show us!” the DA official expressed.
Through the YFC program, DA is also set in extending business development services assistance, which includes training programs and assistance in business and product registration and certification, mentoring assistance, market linking and business networking, and monitoring and enterprise assessment.
DA-Agricultural Training Institute shall be tapped for the conduct of training activities, while DA-Agricultural Credit Policy Council shall handle the additional capital requirements of the youth for scaling up their ventures.
Rendering her message to the youth in attendance via a short video clip, DA Assistant Secretary Kristine Y. Evangelista conveyed her gratitude for all the people [DA-AMAD, local government units, private sector representatives, and the academe] behind the selection of the YFCF winners at the same time congratulated the new batch of awardees.
“DA believes in investing in the youth, investing in farming, investing in the future. Nasa kamay ng kabataan ang kinabukasan ng agikultura,” the agri official concluded.
Out from the pool of provincial awardees, they will continue to vie for the seven spots as regional awardees: four enterprise awardees for the agri-fishery production category and one awardee per each of the categories – processing, digital agriculture, and supply chain business solutions, and will be granted with P150K per awardee, while P300K is at stake once declared as one of the 12 national awardees. (PR)
Below is a complete list of the YFCF provincial awardees with their corresponding agri-enterprises by province:
1. Sherwin G. Sintaon – Win’z Native Chili Oil;
2. Johnny Rey G. Salinana – Suka Bahalinana Coconut Vinegar Production;
3. Maechel B. Daug, Von L. Andaleon and Vanessa C. Maquiso – VVM’s House of Mushroom;
4. Zyra Shine D. Gamino – Rabbit Production;
5. Shane A. Bañados – Bañados Tablea;
6. Joselito P. Llesis – Adlai Enterprise;
7. Rinalyn L. Tahil – Riyal Mushroom House;
8. Christian John C. Fernandez – Tilapia Para sa Masa;
9. Twinkle T. Antasoda – Antasoda’s Cassava Special;
10. Nikki Jace B. Mondia – Ganddz Freshwater Fish Farm;
11. Erwin M. Dahao – Spice Farm;
12. Judy Ann P. Egay – Adlai Rice Production;
13. Rey Mark U. Anggoy – Stable Adlai Production for Value Added Products (Grains/Grits);
14. Alvin G. Gutierrez – A-One Oyster Mushroom Production and Enterprise;
15. Xyrish Eve E. Fernandez – Fernera Organica;
16. Darwen D. Basarte – Basarte’s Fresh Tilapia and Homemade Tilanggit;
17. Ariel K. Benzon and Liezel E. Lllausas – Bantuan Ube Products;
18. Aiza A. Cabangbang and Angelou G. Daano – A & A Rabbitry;
19. Michael Ryan G. Gante – Pido Sayote Farm;
20. Ira Kristel M. Onahon – Bukidnon Diversified Vineyard;
21. Revie M. Limocon – Procaffeinated Coffee Processing;
22. Steve C. Cutillas – Gik’s Integrated Organic Mushroom and Aeroponics Production;
1. Aljane Mary G. Udal – Am’s Sustainable Sunrice and Silver Production;
2. Romel B. Omega – Swine Fattening Production;
3. Vergil S. Capoy – Vergil’s Fresh Lettuce;
4. Ricardo B. Apale – Sweet Corn Production;
5. Ronald Harayo and Rhemar S. Bago – Bitter Gourd Production;
6. Johnley Fred U. Sumaylo and Kathyrine G. Gerona – Hankers Odorless Pig Farm;
7. Dave Q. Arabes – Zampanemazing Native Chicken Production;
8. Destre L. Dagumo – D’Garden Hydroleaf;
9. Jelie M. Misajon – Swine Backyard Production;
10. Arnie Marie M. Galorio – Galorio A’s Piggery;
11. Ednier Duhaylungsod, Maria Ella Mae B. Aguhob, Hazel Mae Helido and Mike Jasper Ramos – Free-Range Chicken Layer Production;
1. Palcon Cres S. Padero – Backyard Swine Farming;
2. Jumil C. Lascuña – JL Integrated Farm;
3. Romejay A. Lagsic – Diversified Vegetable Production;
4. Sean Ivander L. Bade – Seanbad’s Farm;
5. Patrick P. Tomonglay – Pat’s Aquaponics;
Cagayan de Oro City
1. Ian King March P. Miyake – Production of Organic Concoction and Extracts;
2. Kathleen Claire G. Patimo, Ezekiel L. Gutay, Cyrill Ann A. Cabido and Dennis C. Baliguat – Greenovation;
3. Jay Ryan S. Rago and Shiena Marie H. Lagura – Hydrolicious Lettuce;
4. Stephine C. Pantilgan – SP Quality Rabbit Farm;
5. Rollie B. Bangcoyo – Chik ni Lie;
6. Jhongie M. Ladrada and Mars G. Muñoz – JM Production Quail Eggs;
Lanao del Norte
1. Mohammad Khalid R. Casan – Baloi Goat Farm;
2. Roselio S. Lahoylahoy – Tilapia and Vegetable Production;
3. Johavier M. Ayonan and Naifa R. Mutia – Free-Range Organic Native Chicken;
4. Nasip M. Batingolo – Palapa Ami;
5. John Vincent G. Cabrera – JVC Livestock Production;
1. Pamela Salon – Native Chicken Production;
2. Krysler John G. Agol – 7K Free Range Brown Egg
“Pagcor is earning tens of billions of pesos a year for the government and for its numerous public service programs. I am strongly against privatizing it,” he said.
He said despite the pandemic, Pagcor earned P26.7 billion in the first half of this year, P32.6 billion last year and P30 billion in 2020 when the health crisis erupted.
While expressing opposition against the privatization of Pagcor, the Mindanao lawmaker said Pagcor cannot continue being a regulator and at the same a player in the gaming industry.
Rodriguez proposed the creation of a Casino Gaming Regulatory Authority so that Pagcor could continue to be a gaming-casino operator.
He suggested that agency officials talk to former Pampanga congressman Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and former mayor Jerry Pelayo of Candaba town in Pampanga, who have written letters to newspapers pleading for the government to put an end to e-sabong.
However, e-sabong is a lot worse because it drives people to debt and death, they said.
Pelayo and Guiao said farmers and poor people sell whatever they have due to their newfound addiction to e-sabong.
“Pagcor should see the evils its online cockfighting project has brought about. It doesn’t need e-sabong. It generates enough revenues for its programs,” the Cagayan de Oro lawmaker said. (PR)
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True to its mandate to provide responsive health insurance coverage for all citizens of the Philippines, PhilHealth Regional Office 10 has recently forged a partnership with the seven (7) tribes of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the province of Bukidnon.
The partnership was highlighted by the “Pagdang-ul Panablay’’ rites, a solemn ceremony where IP leaders officially accept and welcome outsiders with good intentions into their community. As part of this cultural tradition and to show gratitude, the IP leaders ordained Regional Vice President Delio A. Aseron II and Local Health Insurance Office- Bukidnon Chief Romulo M. Lapuz Jr. as a bona fide Datus and were given lumad names: RVP Aseron as “Datu Salimbangon’’ which means an instrument connecting life; and Chief Lapuz as “Datu Kilala” recognizing his effort in bridging the seven tribal communities to the different programs of PhilHealth.
According to Datu Victorino “Migketay” Saway, one of the IP leaders, the partnership is a “big opportunity” for the lumad communities, noting that a lot of the lumads in the province are not aware of the various programs of PhilHealth and still rely on traditional methods in treating diseases instead of availing their readily available benefits, be preventive or curative medical intervention.
“Dako kaayo ni nga oportunidad sa amo nga mga lumad kay hangtud karon naa pa gyud mga igsoon namo nga wala pa nasayod kung unsa ang mga benepisyo gikan sa PhilHealth nga makatabang kaayo sa panahon nga naay ma-hospital. Sinugdanan pa lamang kini atong PhilHealth-tribal partnership (This is a big opportunity for us lumads because even now we still have members who do not know about PhilHealth and what are the benefits when we are hospitalized. This is only the beginning of the PhilHealth-Tribal partnership),” Datu Migketay said.
Under this newly forged partnership, PhilHealth, particularly LHIO-Bukidnon, commits to provide a priority lane for lumad clients, to conduct orientation in every municipality in Bukidnon.
RVP Aseron stressed that the main purpose of the partnership is to improve access to quality health care services in unserved and underserved communities and to ensure that lumad communities have an active participation in the implementation of the Universal Health Care.
Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, one of the principal authors of the law in Congress, said that Republic Act 11989 mandates companies to establish Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) programs in their recovery, recycling, cleanup, and transportation of plastic waste for disposal.
“With the EPR, Manufacturers must take note of the reusability, retrievability and recyclability of their plastic products. Hence, we are expecting that plastic wastes will be substantially reduced in due course of time,” Rodriguez stressed.
The new law also mandates the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to develop a national framework on all types of waste to guide companies’ EPR programs.
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, in Asia, the Philippines is the world's third-largest polluter with around 2.7 million metric tons of plastic trash generated each year, only next to Indonesia and China. (PR)
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In its PhilHealth Circular 2022- 0017 published today and takes effect immediately, PhilHealth members and their dependents with chronic kidney disease stage 5 (CKD) who are registered in the PhilHealth Dialysis Database are allowed to avail of the maximum 144 hemodialysis sessions until December 31, 2022, provided that the dialysis sessions are prescribed by their attending physicians.
The state insurer also emphasized that the 91st to 144th sessions shall be exclusively used for outpatient dialysis only and any unused sessions will not be carried over to calendar year 2023.
Moreover, qualified CKD patients who already used their 91st to 144th dialysis sessions and were not able to avail of the automatic deductions of the benefits from their medical bills can still directly file their claims with any PhilHealth Regional/Branch Office or Local Health Insurance Offices per existing guidelines.
Also reiterated in the guidelines is the application of the No Balance Billing (NBB) Policy wherein no other fees or expenses shall be charged or be paid for by qualified patients above and beyond the packaged rates as per PhilHealth Circular No. 2017- 0017.
Further, in case of delay of filing of claims
due to natural calamities or other fortuitous
events, PhilHealth shall likewise extend the
filing period of claims from 60 to 120 days
provided that the area where the patient is
located or being treated is under a state of
Rodriguez said the amount necessary for the initial implementation of the law will be charged to the current appropriations of the DSWD and its continued implementation in the coming years will be sourced out from the General Appropriations Act. PR
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former members of the New People's Army (NPA)
received P20,000 cash from T'boli Mayor Keo Dayle Tuan.
The two have surrendered through the efforts of the 6th Civil Military Operations Battalion, 7th Infantry Battalion, 11th Special Forces Company, 5th Special Forces Battalion (5SFBN) and the police.
From October 2021, series of combat encounters transpired in Lake Sebu and T'boli which resulted in the neutralization of alias "Jenrose", the deputy secretary of Guerilla Front MUSA and other three NPA fighters. Influx of surrenders of NPA rebels ensued.
The pandemic crippled the country’s economy in many ways, especially constricting the earning capacity of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs).
To help jumpstart their road to economic recovery, PLDT partnered with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), to provide the women of Manobo Simuwawnon in Linging, Surigao del Sur, with two sets of sewing machines, materials, and supplemental sewing training from TESDA. PEF also formally organized the Rajah Cabungsuan Manobo Simuwawnon Sewmates for Environment Conservation Association (RCMS-SECA) to strengthen the program and foster partnerships among the community.
Hard work in action with one of the sewing machines donated by PLDT
Finished products include reusable and washable cloth face masks and hand sewn bags that integrate and showcase the culture and heritage of the Manobo Simuwawnon into the design. These are bought back by PLDT and included in the hygiene kits they distribute to their partners or sold by the ICC as souvenirs within their communities.
"PLDT and Smart prioritize livelihood programs that promote not just sustainability but also inclusivity. Part of this is making sure that everyone, including ICCs and their women members have access to the same opportunities," said Kristine Joyce Magadia, Stakeholder Management Lead for Livelihood of PLDT and Smart.
The Manobo Simuwawnon women are part of a group of volunteer forest guards who protect and conserve the wildlife in the community, including the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.
“Indigenous women in the uplands do not only care for their families. They are also competent and compassionate guardians of Philippine eagles and forests. Our PLDT-supported Conservation Sewmates program is our way of giving back and supporting their aspirations for livelihood support,” said Jayson C. Ibañez, PhD., PEF Director of Research and Conservation.
“I am delighted to be a female forest guard. I was able to join the monitoring of the eagle and I saw hope not only for its protection but also for our development as IP (Indigenous Peoples) women. Through PEF and PLDT’s support during the CoVID 19 pandemic, our women's association RCMS-SECA has been able to start our face masks and bags livelihood. We can now have extra income to send our children to school,” said Bebelinda Gay-od Cotic of RCMS-SECA.
RCMS-SECA, with the help of PLDT and PEF, already plans to expand its customer base and eventually offer its products online.
By supporting this program, PLDT emphasizes its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UNSDG 1 No Poverty, UNSDG 5 Gender Equality and UNSDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Impactful Stories of Digitization, Sustainability from VisMin Storytellers triumphant in 9th Globe Media Excellence Awards
Thirty journalists, bloggers, and content creators from Visayas and Mindanao were honored at the 9th Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA)—the longest-running media awards covering Visayas and Mindanao. They were recognized for their outstanding and impactful works that inspired and uplifted lives using digital technology.
These storytellers showed tenacity as they pivot with the times to be a driving force in making a difference. They produced stories and advocacies that best represent the theme for this year’s GMEA #PadayonDigital: Uplifting Lives through Digital Technology and Globe’s sustainability pillars – digital nation, care for people, care for the environment, and positive societal impact.
“I salute all of you for embracing the digital space to overcome today’s challenges and continue to deliver stories to our fellow Filipinos. With GMEA we are one with you in sharing inspiring stories to uplift the lives of our kababayans,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer, during the virtual awarding ceremonies.
“Sifting through hundreds of entries, we realize how much good news there still is out there. The uplifting community stories we awarded this evening are testament of how news has evolved, but what remains is the universal truth of our humanity–our ability to rise above any challenge, share knowledge, and inspire others to be better. We look forward to your continued support as we mark our 10th year. Together, let us continue to create stories of hope that will propel our nation to a real digital life,” Crisanto added.
Besting over 500 entries, here are the 15 winners from Visayas and 15 from Mindanao:
NEWS REPORT OF THE YEAR - Leo Udtohan (Bohol/Philippine Daily Inquirer-Visayas) and Grace Cantal-Albasin (Bukidnon/Rappler Mindanao)
EXPLANATORY/INVESTIGATIVE STORY OF THE YEAR - Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay (Iloilo/ANCX) and Ace June Rell Perez (Davao/Sunstar Davao)
EXPLANATORY/ INVESTIGATIVE VIDEO STORY OF THE YEAR - Erwin Nicavera (Bacolod/Sunstar Bacolod) and Rodrigo Bolivar II (Bukidnon/DXBU 104.5 Fm)
BREAKING NEWS OF THE YEAR FOR DIGITAL - Morexette Marie Erram (Cebu/CDN Digital) and Ralph Lawrence Llemit (Davao/Sunstar Davao)
PHOTO OF THE YEAR FOR DIGITAL - Amper Campaña (Cebu/Sunstar Cebu) and Erwin Mascariñas (Butuan/Associated Press)
COLUMN OF THE YEAR - Maria Lourdes "Nini" B. Cabaero (Cebu/Sunstar Cebu) and Henrylito Tacio (Davao/Edge Davao)
SOCIAL MEDIA ADVOCACY OF THE YEAR FOR DIGITAL - Mark Kavin Salomon, Dianne Savillo, James Amistad, Dominic Ylagan, Rhobie Ruaya (Cebu/CDN Digital) and Angelie Collera (CDO/University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines)
DIGITAL STORYTELLING: BEST SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO - John Dale Salazar (Bacolod/Aksyon Radyo Bacolod) and Ace June Rell Perez (Davao/Sunstar Davao)
NEWS REPORT OF THE YEAR FOR RADIO- Romeo Subaldo Jr. (Bacolod/Digicast Negros) and Ricky Banggat (Davao/GMA Super Radyo)
NEWS REPORT OF THE YEAR FOR TV - Patricia Andrea Matheu (Cebu/MYTV Cebu) and Big Jay Lagang (Davao) PTV News Mindanao
#KWENTONGTAGUMPAY (COMMUNITY) - Patricia Andrea Matheu (Cebu/MYTV Cebu) and Lina Reyes (CDO/Rappler and Bukidnon News)
#KWENTONGTAGUMPAY (INDIVIDUAL) - Ime Sornito-Sorial (Iloilo/Panay News) and Noemi Beth Macario (CDO/www.ati.da.gov.ph)
NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR - Jeony A. Bigay, DPA (Bacolod/RMN Bacolod) and Dr. Manuel V. Jaudian (CDO/MDN Digital Network)
EDITOR OF THE YEAR - Connie Fernandez-Brojan (Cebu/Philippine Daily
Inquirer-Visayas Bureau) and Reuel John F. Lumawag (Davao/Sunstar Davao)
The winners took home a trophy and up to P40,000 in cash prizes.
As it gears up for its 10th year, the Globe Media Excellence Awards celebrates innovations that uplift everyday lives. Anchored on compassion, care, and kindness, [email protected] will deliver a message of hope and affirmation on the Philippines’ journey towards a One Digital Nation.
The past couple of years have been life-changing, but the Filipino spirit has prevailed. As GMEA prepares for another milestone, it looks forward to more content that initiates change and forges a positive impact on an integral, more dynamic, digital space.
To learn more about Globe Media Excellence Awards, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/globe-media-excellence-awards
Pilipinas Rotaract MDIO Chair Manuel Joseph Franco, Past Pilipinas Rotaract MDIO Chair Alvin Lagumbay, DRR Al Rean Nuenay, RAC-Carmen Valley President Ladylene Almanzor and other club members during the awarding ceremony at Heritage Hotel, Pasay City last May 1, 2022.
The club received the award during a ceremony held on May 1, 2022 at the Heritage Hotel, Pasay City.
Not only that, the club was also recognized for having the Most Outstanding Rotaract Club Project in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for its Project Flush and a finalist in the Maternal and Child Health for its #SaveSAM Year 2 Project and Economic Community Development for its Operation RUGalo Project.
RAC-Carmen Valley garnered a total of 4 awards, including the most prestigious PLATINUM Award under the Exemplary Club Category during the awarding ceremony.
The Project Flush: A Toiletbowl Donation Project for households in Brgy. Mambuaya, CDO. This project supports the government’s Zero Open Defecation Campaign as a way to promote sanitation and hygiene and is tantamount to helping the world eradicate polio.
Project #SaveSAM: A 120 days Egg-Feeding program at Brgy. Lapasan and Mambuaya, advances the Rotary’s Maternal and Child Health Campaign as the club extends assistance such as feeding program, providing basic essentials, to children who are under 5 years of age and identified as children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Most Outstanding Rotaract Club Project in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Nominees of the Most Outstanding Rotaract Club Project in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Category
The Operation RUGalo: A Livelihood Project for Rug Weavers in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, meanwhile supports the government’s anti-insurgency program as the project helps in the reintegration of former rebels to the mainstream society. The club turned over used clothes for the rebels to use in their Rug Making Livelihood.
For RAC President LadyLene Almanzor, more than the awards, the projects’ impact to the lives of the people is what matters most.
RAC-Carmen Valley President Ladylene Almanzor
“These awards inspire us to continue our advocacies and give back to our communities. We are grateful for Pilipinas Rotaract MultiDistrict Information Organization for recognizing our hardwork,” Almanzor said.
Moving forward, the Rotaract Club of Carmen Valley hopes to initiate more projects, inspire the youth, and make an impact to the lives of the people they will continue to serve.