“As of November 19, our policy and planning unit recorded that we are already at 93 percent enrollment rate from kindergarten to Grade 12 despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” DepEd-10 Legal Officer IV Lawyer Candice Zennia Razon said.
Changes in education setting
Due to the suspension of face-to-face classes in adherence to health safety protocols, DepEd-10 opted for a modular and online approach in which she admitted has made some parents apprehensive especially in far-flung areas.
“I think the reason why we haven’t reached 100 percent is because we also respect the decision of the parents that are apprehensive or have challenges in getting modules, we acknowledge that our students here in the Philippines are really used to face to face classes,” Razon added.
Acknowledging that the confinement may have perhaps created an impact in children’s social development, DepEd-10 has also provided mental health support through the provision of psychosocial activities such as online webinars for parents, teachers, and learners in addition to their modules and other activities related to education to help children adapt to the new learning landscape.
“Here in the region, the fact that we are at 93 percent in our enrollment would affirm that it’s not only the DepEd-10 but also our parents and guardians who see the importance of education for our children. They are one with us in believing that education must continue amid this pandemic,” she said.
Espousing children's rights
For DSWD-10’s part, SWAD Team Leader and Children Focal Cristituta Omoyon-Eurese and Early Childhood Care and Development Focal Marylou Aniñon said in light of Children's Month, their department is focusing on children's "Right of Survival and Development" due to the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, especially for parents who have lost their jobs.
“Amidst the pandemic, we are trying to protect the children in any form of violence, so considering our children now are always in their homes and have restricted movement, it’s making them more vulnerable to violence and exploitation, it’s not just DSWD but also other inter-agencies are also looking into that,” Aniñon said.
In addition to coordinated efforts with other line agencies, DSWD-10 also has partnerships with the local government units (LGUs) in their Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Committee to aid children in conflict with the law and survivors to enact proper intervention and rehabilitation.
Eurese also said alongside different agencies of the government, they are continuing rescue operations from human trafficking and online sexual exploitation cases as a significant initiative to the imposed lockdowns and stay-at-home protocols brought by the pandemic.
Furthermore, they are also aiding households in recognizing and preventing online sexual exploitation especially in the age of digitalization amid the new normal aside from handling human trafficking and domestic abuse interventions.
"Have an open communication with your children and know the signs, think before you click and educate yourselves, there are a lot of pedophiles and predators online," Eurese says.
Emphasizing communication as a key factor when it comes to protecting children in the digital age, she also encourages parents to have a proper conversation with their children to the social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid disconnection and lessen anxiety with their children.
DepEd-10 Legal Officer IV Lawyer Candice Zennia Razon shares their department's firm commitment in giving the children of Northern Mindanao proper educational services despite the global health crisis. (JAKA/PIA10)
The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO-10) confirmed Wednesday, November 18, that serum specimen samples taken from hog livestock from Barangay Pugaan, this city, were tested and turned up positive for the African swine fever (ASF) viral DNA.
In Talakayan sa PIA, DA-RFO-10 Executive Director Carlene Collado said coordination and ground activities to contain the disease were conducted with the Regional ASF Task Force and the Local Government of Iligan City isolating the affected area, eliminating the infected animals and compensating the affected farmers.
"NorMinHog voluntarily compensated the affected hog farmers at P2,000 per culled hog. The Department of Agriculture will provide an indemnity fund at P5,000 per culled hog, and the City Government of Iligan will allocate a certain amount too," he said.
According to him, the P5,000 from the DA will be released upon submission of complete documents to the DA Central Office.
Collado gave an assurance that the Regional ASF Task Force, concerned LGUs, hog industry, and other stakeholders are doing their best to isolate, eliminate and compensate (IEC), as well as manage, contain, and control the viral disease.
He called for support in disseminating to the public that ASF is a deadly viral disease to hogs with no vaccine and could greatly affect the swine industry of Region 10, if not contained.
"We are appealing to the public to respect and step on the footbath on the respective Animal Quarantine Stations and to refrain from bringing in from ASF affected areas any pork and its by-products.," he further said.
He also urged online sellers of siomai, kekiam, longganisa and other pork by-products to ensure the origin of their products and secure business permits from their LGUs. Backyard raisers and all concerned are also advised to refrain from swill feeding.
Earlier, Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia ordered the City Veterinarian's Office and the Iligan City Police Office to restrict animal movement in all parts of the city, especially in Pugaan, including entry to Mandulog, Pala-o, Abuno, and Tipanoy. He also ordered stricter surveillance and monitoring of transport of live pigs as well as pork products entered in the city.
The Iligan City Information Office, on the other hand, disclosed that Mayor Regencia initially allocated P1.5 million from the Disaster Fund for financial assistance for backyard raisers in Barangay Pugaan. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
During the NorMin COVID-19 Repons Task Force press conference, November 17, Department of Health (DOH)-10 Regional Director Adriano Suba-an says in terms of mortality, the hospitals and local government units are mandated to monitor such and submit reports to DOH-10 quarterly. (VPSB/PIA10)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, —Emphasizing strength in supporting local farmers to attain rice security through buying and eating local products, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 kicked off the National Rice Awareness Month, November 11.
“We do not only highlight the marketing and consumption aspect but also the production of local rice, encouraging various stakeholders to support our Filipino farmers,” DA-10 Regional Director Carlene Collado said.
He added that the celebration is in support of the Filipino rice farmers and their efforts in producing the most important staple crop in the country with an aim to urge Filipinos to take pride in local products and support the country’s rice industry.
For her part, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga shared positive results for the third quarter of the year despite the COVID-19 health crisis saying, “We are on the right track in terms of the implementation of our projects, based on a recent data by PSA, our growth rate is 0.7 percent.”
To further help the farmers, Collado said the department along with the National Food Authority (NFA)-10 is pushing for competitive palay buying price after noting a dip of farmgate prices.
“NFA can absorb 8-10 percent of the region’s palay production, which is equivalent to 560,000-700,000 bags considering the region is producing 7 million bags of palay per production cycle,” the regional director added.
Local government units (LGUs) such as the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte also take part in extending help to the local farmers through buying their palay at a standard of P1-2 higher than local palay traders’ price.
In Camiguin, Mambajao Municipal Agriculture Office together with Mayor Yñigo Jesus Romualdo held the Rice Organic Technical Demonstration Activity, November 6 at Boloc-Boloc, Poblacion, Mambajao.
The activity, which strictly observed health protocols, aims to equip local rice farmers with the skill on cultivating rice using organic methods and processes targeted to also increase their yields.
In boosting such initiatives of the LGUs, DA-10 provided farm machineries and farm equipment to different farmer cooperatives and associations.
DA-10 also distributed 11,598 bags of hybrid rice seeds to local farmers, and disbursed P76.2 million to 15,240 farmers at P5,000 each for its Rice Farmers Financial Aid, P46.9 million for its Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers and P62.3 million for the Survival and Recovery Assistance Program for Rice Farmers (SURE Aid Program).
“We will strengthen our partnership in effecting change and sustaining the rice industry that will ensure us for an equitable food for every Fillipino household,” Collado said. (RTP/PIA10)
The Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 alongside its attached agencies kicks its National Rice Awareness Month Celebration to further bolster its 'Grow Local, Buy Local, Eat Local' initiatives in support of rice farmers in the region, November 11 at Cagayan de Oro City. (VPSB/PIA10)
Regional Director Arnel Agabe says during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force Press Conference, November 10, that contact tracers with complete documents such as the signed contract, daily time record (DTR), bank account, tax identification number (TIN), accomplishment report and others will be able to receive their salary. (DILG 10)
The 4th Infantry Division kicks-off the first of its two-day 2020 Public Affairs seminar workshop for Visayas, EastMinCom, and WestMinCom leg at Camp Evangelista to further improve military communication capabilities and information dissemination in relation to ending local communist armed conflict, COVID-19 pandemic initiatives, and civic military operations in the country.
In the first day of the workshop, Public Affairs Branch Chief CPT Gizelle G Lim shared an overview of the action taken on issues and concerns they have received and an update of their addendum in their social media policy.
Lim also presented tips in news writing as she emphasized the importance of sharing stories that “promote a culture of peace founded on respect for human rights, unity, and reconciliation” while underscoring the huge role civil society groups play in contributing to inclusivity and engaging communities in conflict prevention and proactive support of army narratives.
To discuss Social Media Content Creation ‘in telling army stories,’ Information Officer Jasper Marie Rucat of Philippine Information Agency (PIA)–10 presented the intricacies and strategic maneuvers in using the virtual platform in reaching the digitally-inclined demographic of 73 million social media users in the country.
“Gone are the days na didto ta mag (that we use to) rely on newspaper, ang pinaka-hit karon kay (what’s relevant now is) social media, we need to get with the times, so we want to make sure our government agencies especially the army must be able to penetrate social media,” she said.
Emphasizing the strong impact that social media brings in swinging public perception and how the platform is open for everyone, she adds that its accessibility bridges a more personal touch in communication efforts, “Social media is the fastest way and the cheapest way for us to inform the public on what we are doing, through social media there is personal connection and exchange between two parties due to its ability to exchange ideas.”
Rucat also cautioned social media's double-edged sword if one fails to properly use its two-way story telling platform.
For his part, Vice Chairman of Marketing Jay Eusebio of UNTV, gave advice in online radio broadcasting and how to be become an efficient broadcaster in the age of social media.
“In effective broadcasting, we would need to look at the appropriate platform, content, audience, personalities, branding, and supporting organizations. In the 110 million population of our nation, who are we doing the broadcast for?” he said, noting the importance of establishing branding, having the right identity for the initiative, and a strong support network.
Eusebio also added that aside from the technical aspect, to become effective in broadcasting one must cultivate credibility through meticulous research and being constantly informed.
“Influence is key, people listen when one with influence talks, there is a certain credibility one must develop, kailangan mayroon credibility ang nagsasalita (the speaker must be credible),” he said.
Echoing the sentiments of the two presenters, Lim called on her comrades to take note of the topics discussed in the workshop and bring effective communication to the masses when it comes to sharing army narratives that promote peace and nation building. |VPSB/PIA10
The 4th Infantry Division conducts the first of its 2-day 2020 Public Affairs seminar workshop for its Visayas, EastMinCom, and WestMinCom leg at Camp Evangelista to strengthen military communication capabilities and information dissemination.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--Escalating efforts in the pooling of resources for enterprise development, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA)-10 is urging farmers and fisherfolk to register in the Farmers and Fisherfolk Enterprise Development Information System (FFEDIS).
As provided in Republic Act 11321 or otherwise known as the Sagip Saka Act and DA Memorandum Circular 25 series of 2020, FFEDIS is a web-based information system that contains a list of possible and implemented programs and projects, a registry of agricultural and fisheries enterprises, and a roster of private companies engaged in such enterprises.
Its scope includes farmers and fisherfolk enterprises and other enterprises engaged in agriculture and fishery related economic activities.
“This [FFEDIS] will assist the government in formulating plans and programs on enterprise development,” DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said.
He further noted this will also empower producer groups, the private sector, the local governments, and potential donors to respond to the needs of the markets.
Two modes of registration are being employed, either via the FFEDIS Registration Desk at the agency’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) or through web-based registration using the link: ffedis.da.gov.ph.
Documentary requirements include accomplished FFEDIS enrolment form, valid business permit, and applicable certificate of registration (SEC/CDA/DTI).
Upon completed validation of said documents, the registration officer of DA-10 thru AMAD shall prepare and endorse the FFEDIS Certificate of Registration to the agency head for approval.
Once approved, the data on the Enrolment Form shall be encoded in the DA FFEDIS database.
“With the inclusion of our farmers and fisherfolk in the enterprise registry system, the agriculture department targets to improve their production, productivity and access to financing; and provide business support and development services and access to improved technologies,” Collado added.
For further queries, the Registration Desk of AMAD Region 10 may be reached thru mobile number 0906-505-5442. (DA10/PIA10)
Photo by PRO-10
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY-The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)–Revenue Region No. 16 (RR-16) Cagayan de Oro City destroyed a total of 7,219 master cases and 232 reams of seized cigarette products with aggregate unpaid Excise Tax of about P1.2 billion from five separate joint enforcement operations done by the BIR RR-16 Cagayan De Oro City.
Led by its Regional Investigation Division, in cooperation with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) North Eastern Mindanao Regional Office, the disposal was done at the DiGaMa Waste Management Facility in Barangay Bayabas, here.
“We are gathered here today for the destruction and disposal of counterfeit and untaxed cigarette products with the help of the DiGaMa Waste Management Facility,” said BIR Revenue Region No. 16 Chief Legal Division Lawyer Johaira B Said-Badron.
As to cases filed, Badron said criminal cases have been filed against all perpetrators involved in the manufacturing or selling of the seized cigarettes without BIR Stamps or with counterfeit stamps.
“As of press time, we are awaiting resolution from the Department of Justice (DOJ),” she added.
A total of 7,219 master cases and 232 reams of cigarette products were confiscated and in accordance with the government pursuant Revenue Regulation No. 7-2014, with an aggregate unpaid Excise Tax of about P1.2 Billion.
“We are strictly enforcing the seizure of cigarette products without the BIR stamps and with counterfeit BIR Stamps because, outside from the foregone revenue for the government, we are also trying to protect the businesses of legitimate manufacturers who are paying their taxes dutifully,” Badron added.
Appropriate criminal charges have been filed against the perpetrators for the violations of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.
In the event, BIR-RR 16 Regional Director Florante Aninag, Assistant Regional Director Emir Abutazil, BIR RR-16 officials, Commission on Audit (COA) representatives, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) and Intellectual Property officials of Philip Morris Philippine Manufacturing Inc (PMPMI), TriMedia and NBI operatives witnessed the destruction of the illicit products while adhering to minimum health standards.|VPSB/PIA10
A total of 7,219 master cases and 232 reams of cigarette products were confiscated and in accordance with the government pursuant Revenue Regulation No. 7-2014, with an aggregate unpaid Excise Tax of about P1.2 Billion. (VPSB/PIA10)
"Ang BJMP-10 sa tanan jail facilities niini, gideklarar nga total lockdown. Wala’y bisita nga gi-allow (All of the jail facilities of BJMP-10 have been declared under total lockdown. No visitors are allowed)," Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, October 27.
Jail personnel shall be temporarily prevented from entering or leaving the jail and its premises as well as changing of jail guards will be handled carefully to intensify measures in containing the spread of COVID-19.
All medical practitioners of the jail facilities should also be on duty 24/7 to attend to medical emergencies.
For his part, Department of Health (DOH)-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Suba-an said since jail facilities fall under the three big C's of possible places of COVID-19 transmission or the closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings, they are closely coordinating with BJMP-10 to come up with a plan to protect the people in the facilities.
He however stressed that there is still a need to manage the cases in the facilities appropriately since the number of cases in these areas just like the home for the aged or boy's town could still contribute to the number of cases in the region.
Initao District Jail holds chess games in observance of the National Correctional Consciousness Week, October 25-31 with the theme, “Seguridad ay Paigtingin, Manatiling Ligtas sa COVID-19.” (BJMP 10)
Photo courtesy: LDN-PPO
Photo courtesy: BOC-10
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