MARAMAG, Bukidnon,--To increase rice productivity in attaining rice sufficiency, the agriculture department in northern Mindanao (DA-10) and Central Mindanao University (CMU) conducted the hybrid rice derby harvest festival in said town.
On Friday, DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, “we are confronted with the dipping buying prices of palay, this hybrid rice derby is one of the answers to this challenge.”
Collado conveyed in his message, during the program with seven participating seed companies, SL Agritech, Bayer, Long Ping, Sygenta, Seedworks, Ramgo, and Bioseed.
Each seed company was allocated five hectares planted with their most leading varieties, using their own cultural practice protocol.
The remaining five hectares were utilized for the one common protocol for all cultural practices, which were adopted to all entry varieties.
“Through this harvest festival, we will be able to come up with the result to further recommend to our farmers the best variety to use,” Collado added.
DA-10 partnered with CMU for the 27-hectare hybrid rice derby which aims to increase national agri-fishery output through intensified use of quality seeds, appropriate inputs and modern technologies to increase levels of productivity, availability, accessibility, and affordability amidst the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We target to contribute in increasing the 87 percent rice sufficiency level of the country, including the farm mechanization rate of 2.31 horsepower per hectare,” Collado said.
Region 10 targeted for 94 percent sufficiency level, a 12 percent increase from its preceding year target with various mitigating programs implemented to boost rice production.
DA’s Rice Resiliency Project (RRP), a quick response measure that addresses food security concerns amid the pandemic, focuses to intensify the campaign for the adoption of hybrid rice technology among local farmers, which intends to produce more rice to increase rice sufficiency level.
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) bared the region’s first semester palay production at 1.11 percent, both for rainfed and irrigated.
“We are the DA's partner in the development of enhancing food production in feeding the people,” CMU President Jesus Antonio G. Derije said.
CMU will continue to improve their production and the whole area will be utilized with DA’s partnership and the seed companies.
The hybrid rice derby harvest festival is fitting for this month’s celebration of National Rice Awareness Month, focusing on being Riceponsible. Highlighting on the theme, "Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. Support our rice farmers." (DA10/PIA10)
In Maramag town, DA-10 and CMU conduct the hybrid rice derby harvest festival, to showcase the best featured rice varieties of participating seed companies. (DA 10)
Together with partner government agencies, Andanar explained the basics of the ‘BIDA’ concept by encouraging the public to regularly adopt the minimum health standards as a behavioral lifestyle as we course through the new normal.
“BIDA Solusyon is really a big help to the national government in explaining to the people on what should be done so we can prevent COVID-19. This is also important so we can continue on our activities as well as proceed with our functions in developing our town. We definitely could not let COVID-19 defeat us,” the Secretary said.
BIDA Solusyon is a social and behavior change campaign that encourages the practice of regular handwashing and facemask-wearing to lower the chances of coronavirus spread.
The PCOO chief explained that the acronym “BIDA” stands for B-Bawal ang walang mask or not wearing of a mask is prohibited; I stands for I-sanitize ang mga kamay, iwas hawak sa mga bagay or always wash or sanitize and avoid touching things; D-Dumistansya ng isang metro or maintain a distance of at least one meter; and A-Alamin ang totoong impormasyon or know the correct information and updates about the pandemic.
Likewise, Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho, Health Promotion and Communication Service chief of the Department of Health, emphasized that wearing masks and observance of physical distancing can help prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
She described the results of recent studies showing that wearing a mask reduces transmission by 96 percent for N95 masks and 67 percent for non-N95 masks, while the observance of physical distancing by one meter can reduce the chance of transmission by 82 percent with protection increasing as distance is lengthened. Dr. Ho also emphasized that face shields should not be used as substitute for face masks and should only be used in addition to masks as added protection.
Impasugong mayor Anthony Uy, meanwhile, announced that the town has just been declared COVID-free because those who were infected had recovered from the dreaded disease.
“We have been battling COVID-19 for almost eight months. We only had five COVID cases when we started receiving LSIs and ROFs, and we thanked DSWD for the never-ending support, especially during those times. Now, Impasugong town is COVID-free,” the mayor said.
Acknowledging mayor Uy’s gratitude, Assistant Secretary Rhea Peñaflor of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that the Department will soon resume its validation phase for the third-round of assessment of “Listahanan” to make sure that those unregistered poor households will be included in DSWD’s list of qualified beneficiaries for its different social protection programs and services.
Consequently, Philippine Information Agency Director-General Ramon Cualoping III who also graced Impasugong town’s IP Day celebration, said the government’s effort to #ExplainExplainExplain has been gaining momentum as it brings the government closer to the people.
“Based on the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the national government should be brought right into our doorsteps so we can also give you all the initiatives and programs of the Duterte administration,” Cualoping said.|(RLRB/PIA Bukidnon)
PHOTO: Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, together with partner government agencies, takes the 'BIDA Solusyon' with perfect timing to Impasugong town in Bukidnon, just as the town celebrates its Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday, October 23, with the shared objective of resolving COVID-19 pandemic at the barangay level. (PIA Bukidnon)
MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Oct. 21 (PIA)—Bukidnon Provincial Government presented on Tuesday its initiatives, measures, gaps, and strategies in the fight against COVID-19 during the CODE Team’s visit in Bukidnon province.
During the ‘Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team’ forum headed by Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, provincial health officer Dr. Gary Guido Tabios reported that the local health teams are doing great job keeping track of everyone who has been in contact with a test-positive case, but recent data showed that there is a significant increase in COVID cases with record-high numbers reported consecutively in the last two weeks.
Tabios said the local COVID-19 cases in Bukidnon over-exceeded the captured cases and the case doubling time is 15 days. He explained that the case doubling time determines the speed of the outbreak.
Records showed that just over 70 persons are currently quarantined in isolation facilities as a result of being in contact with someone who tested positive, and the province’s recovery rate sits at nearly 60 percent.
As of October 20, Bukidnon has recorded 601 cases of coronavirus infections but 327 of these COVID-positive cases have already recovered.
At present, 266 individuals are on the list as active cases, while 8 individuals have died due to the highly infectious disease.
With this, Tabios said, “We need to do better to prevent COVID-19 spread through the government’s Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-
For prevention, he said there is a need to widen the BIDA Solusyon’ campaign at the barangay level, including a unified protocol on strengthening law enforcement and modifying local ordinances.
BIDA Solusyon advocacy promotes the active role of individuals in the fight against COVID-19 by practicing the following behaviors simplified into 4 letters: “B-Bawal walang mask; I-I-sanitize ang mga kamay, iwas-hawak sa mga bagay; D-Dumitansya ng isang metro; and A-Alamin ang totoong impormasyon.”
Gov. Jose Maria Zubiri, meanwhile, announced during the same CODE forum that construction of the province’s Molecular Laboratory is making rapid progress in order to hit its target for real-time detection. He added that there is a need for the provincial government to increase its existing contact-tracers and temporary treatment facilities
and isolation units.
Acknowledging the issues and concerns of the provincial government, National Task Force COVID-19 chair and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Chief testing czar Secretary Vivencio Dizon of BCDA, and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri discussed the national government’s situation, action plans, strategies, interventions, and best practices to win the fight against the pandemic.
Lorenzana explained that CODE is a patient-and-community focused response system with key elements incorporated from the Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-
Together with the National Task Force COVID-19 chair Lorenzana, Undersecretary Abdullah Dumama of the Department of Health (DOH); Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya of DILG; Undersecretary and chief treatment czar Leopoldo Vega of DOH, and Congressman Manuel Zubiri also shared that the key components of CODE include community engagement activities to promote preventive behaviors; active case finding via house-to-house symptom checks; RT-PCR testing for symptomatic patients; and accommodation of applications for those needing quarantine and isolation.
Through this initiative, support from the national government is provided to local government units (LGUs) particularly those with high-risk community transmission and those with limited capabilities and resources.
The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division commander MGen. Andres Centino and Vice Governor Rogelio Quiño who graced the event also shared their action plans and interventions to win the fight against the dreaded disease.
Hosted by the provincial government of Bukidnon held at the Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater, the CODE event aims to put a curb on the rise in COVID-19 cases at the root through sharing of new technology-enriched strategies and other best practices that can be replicated. |RLRB/PIA Bukidnon
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Gary Guido Tabios shares Bukidnon’s efforts to fight coronavirus disease or COVID-19 during the CODE Team visit in the province. (PIA Bukidnon)
Photo by 4ID
Photo courtesy: Manolo Fortich MPS
Photo courtesy: 8IB
A 62-year-old farmer was shot by still unidentified gunman in Mibantang, Quezon town in Bukidnon Monday night, July 20.
Police identified the victim as Alberto Balase Jr.Investigators said prior to the incident, the victim was cultivating his vegetable garden around 250 meters away from his house when a man approached and shot him at close range hitting the upper portion of his back using an unknown caliber.
The victim was able to runaway towards his home and was then rushed to the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital.
Operatives are now pursuing the perpetrator.
Photo courtesy of Quezon town police
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