by Steph Berganio
SILK INDUSTRY in Misamis Oriental is expected to create enormous opportunities in the future market as DOST-10- Philippine Textile Research and Institute (PTRI) located in Villanueva Misamis Oriental after so many years now acquired a P10 million worth of Silk Filature Facility from the National Government under Duterte Administration.
The fully equipped machineries purchased from India is the only one in Misamis Oriental that can produce 7 kilos of silk everyday.
The Presidential fashion consultant and well known Kagayanon fashion designer, Ms. Mimi Pimentel recalls that she visit once at PTRI and wanted to help weavers especially that silk is very in demand to clients in national and international fashion industry.
‘Nung malaman ko na medyo kulang sila ng support, yung mga weavers kulang ng mga machineries. Luckily, nakalapit ako kay Presidente prenisent ko yung project sa kanya. Sabi ko, gusto ko tulungan yong mga weavers, yung weaving industry. Good thing, tumulong naman si Presidente sa atin, with the help of RD May of DOT-10 and PTRI, narealized naman yung request ko to purchase a machine,” Pimentel said.
She told NM Daily Source that one kilo of silk produce from cocoons can made one barong tagalog that is worth P10,000 to P15,000.
Pimentel also design the ‘barong tagalog’ wore by President Duterte during his recent State of the Nation Address (SONA).
On the other hand, Department of Tourism Region 10 Regional Director Elaine May Unchuan said that they considered PTRI as one of tourism circuit in Northern Mindanao.
She encouraged farmers especially in high elevated area or hinterland to plant mulberry to continuously feed the silkworm.
“PTRI has been working hard to produce that, medyo mahal man gud ni nga machine unya kinahanglan pod nga naa tay ipaproduce nga silk sa ilaha so dugangan pa pod nato ang farm sa mulberry, we are encouraging farmers through DA nga ma-encourage og tanom sa mulberry.,” said Unchuan.
She wants also to coordinate with PTRI so that anyone can visit soon the facility including the 8 hectare mulberry farm through educational and farm tour.
Jona May G. Basit, Science Research Specialist I of PTRI also shares that they are expecting more produced silk from their facility because it was aged that this fully equipped machineries now came into reality and vey timely since this year is the celebration of their 55th Anniversary of PTRI and 3rd Philippine Silk summit 2022 .
Giving capital to farmers and training to weavers are one of those plans and promise of former Chief of Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during his presence yesterday’s launching of Silk Filature Facility.
Photos by Steph Berganio
The Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 ensures tourism destinations in northern Mindanao adhere to the safety protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID 19 (IATF).
Abigail Viguella, information officer of DOT-10, during Talakayan sa PIA, December 14 at SM City Cagayan de Oro shared that as the economy opens, the department is also continuously monitoring tourism establishments in implementation of minimum public health standards.
Aside from accreditation, DOT has released 48 safety seals to tourist establishments. “Our accreditation and standards division is very strict on destinations who follow safety protocols,” she said.
DOT-10 is focused to develop dive tourism in the region. Viguella shared that as of now, just like farm tourism which is so popular, dive tourism also allows social distancing. DOT is also developing mountain tourism, with the latest on bird watching in the region.
Aside from promotions and perks, one of the advantages of being DOT accredited is that tourism establishments are entitled for manpower training such as Filipino brand of service excellence specifically on how to treat guests properly during their stay.
“The tourism sector was really badly hit by the pandemic because of the restrictions that were necessary to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Tourist arrivals were low and some tourist establishments had to close. It was really a hard time for the tourism industry,” said Viguella.
One of the lessons learned during the pandemic is really to utilize the internet and social media for promotions.
“We saw that our social media and the web is one of the biggest tools to utilize to sustain tourism interest,” she said.
As to adhering to guidelines in tourism sites and heritage sites, DOT is one with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the strict compliance to the requirements of Mountain Tourism, said Viguella.
“We always welcome tourists but it is also important that our tourists comply with the health and safety protocols and the restrictions or requirements of the local government unit (LGU) and the people who are responsible for a particular area especially in Mt. Kitanglad which is an ASEAN heritage site,” she said. (JMOR/PIA-10)
Abigail Viguella, information officer of Department of Tourism-10, shares during Talakayan sa PIA, media forum, efforts to sustain enthusiasm of the tourism industry despite COVID-19 pandemic and its travel restrictions. (ZRD/PIA-10)
The Department of Tourism Regional
Office 10 (DOT 10), in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Sports and
Scuba Diving (PCSSD), the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental,
municipalities of the Gingoog Bay Alliance, and local dive stakeholders of
Misamis Oriental, officially launches the first Misamis Oriental Dive Festival,
The Misamis Oriental Dive Festival is a component of DOT 10’s DIVE NORTHMIN Campaign which aims to promote Northern Mindanao as a premier diving destination of the country.
Running from November 25, 2021 to January
2022, the MisOr Dive Festival will gather dive professionals, underwater photographers
and marine life enthusiasts from various points of
Mindanao and the country to join its key events such as the Underwater Photography Webinar
and Competition, the Dive Spotters’
Training, the Dive Tourism Awareness Seminar, and the Scubasurero & Coastal Clean-up.
“We welcome the Misamis Oriental Dive festival to the Philippine dive industry circuit of events contributing to the growth and development of the industry, and sustaining the country’s position as a world-class diving destination,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
is the first time that Dive Tourism is launched in the Province [Misamis
Oriental]. Without this initiative, we would not have been able to start the
promotion of our dive potentials. This event is indeed paving the way to make
Misamis Oriental included in the main dive tourism events in the future,” Atty.
Jeffrey C. Saclot, the Misamis Oriental Provintial Tourism Officer added.
On the other hand, Rowena M. Sorioso the Head of the DOT Office of Product and Market Development for Dive and OIC Executive Director of PCSSD expressed her excitement for the Dive industry in Misamis Oriental. “A lot of DOT 10’s initiatives have been very supportive of our programs especially in conducting their own dive-centric activities. We see that there is potential as an emerging destination because we see the unique attractions both underwater, topside, hospitality, and infrastructures,” she said.
“I would like to commend our Dive Tourism Stakeholders who have shown immense passion, appreciation, and concern for our dive sites here in Region 10. Your love for diving equates to its sustainability and the preservation of our treasured dive sites will forever be a source of honor and pride for all of us. For the past two years, we have been carefully exploring the pristine waters of Misamis Oriental and have discovered beautiful dive sites and underwater treasures that we would like to share with the world. And now, that day has finally come,” DOT 10 Regional Director Marie Elaine S. Unchuan said.
When asked about what he sees in the near future for Dive Tourism in Misamis Oriental, world renowned underwater photographer Bo Mancao said “I expect good things! This is what I consider an incubator for a lot more events and hopefully will get more people interested in the underwater world. So I’m hoping that this will spark the interest of a lot more Filipinos to go diving and eventually, we can promote this around the world.”
Top underwater photographer and writer Ram Yoro, who is also the trainer for the dive spotters training, expressed his anticipation for more divers and dive photographers in Misamis Oriental with the launching of the Misamis Oriental Dive Festival. “From what I’ve seen in the dives that I have done here, the dive sites are world class not only for macro but also for spectacular wide angle dives. They also have unique dive offerings which will surely draw diver enthusiasts from all over the world. So Misamis Oriental, I say, be ready for the onslaught of divers and underwater photographers after the pandemic,” he said.
The online culmination program and awarding ceremony for the Misamis Oriental Dive Festival will be in January as part of the 9th Kuyamis Festival of the Province of Misamis Oriental.
Mambajao, province of Camiguin is geared up for the re-opening of Tourism in the province.
Mayor Yggy Romualdo said the preparation started last month for the re-opening of all tourist spots located in the municipality.
“For months now we have preparing for the reopening of our tourist spots here in Mambajao, as a major source of income it will greatly help in equlibriting our finances,” he said during the vaccination roll-out for all tourism industry workers in the province, Monday, October 18.
“We revisited the carrying capacity and other plans of local government unit and prepared the safety seal requirements for all their offices and the touris spots.,” he added.
The municipality created an information guide for all the guest who will be coming in the province.
“We have hired more personnel to guarantee all the minimum health protocols and standards are followed and we have ensured that all of them already have their complete dose of the vaccination.” Mayor Romualdo said.
He also encouraged all of the employees of all tourism related establishments to be vaccinated and to further strengthen the vaccination roll-out by conducting mobile vaccination.
“We receieved positive responses to this and we thank that efforts of our Camiguin Tourism Association Officers and members for the full support and cooperation.”
As of the moment there are 12, 000 residents got their first dose and 9,586 completed their second dose.
“Hopefully we will be able to achieve immunity soon. As a local chief executive I can say that Mambajao is ready for the reopening of Tourism on October 25,” Mayor Romualdo said.
“Hopeful kami, ready kami to all who are planning to visit camiguin in our beloved municipality of Mambajao. See you the soonest here in the island born of fire the paradise island Camiguin.”
Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat expressed her gratitude towards the officials of Camiguin LGU and other partners for their support in the Department's efforts to protect tourism frontliners.
"I would like to thank National Task Force against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. and Deputy Chief Implementer Vince Dizon, the local government of Camiguin under the leadership of Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo, as well as our tourism stakeholders and workers in the province for their full support of this vaccination drive," Puyat said during the ceremonial vaccination for the province’s tourism workers on 18 October 2021.
"With a healthy and 100 percent protected workforce, we are optimistic that we can provide greater focus on the task of recovery, and bring the fun back to tourism in Camiguin," she added.
According to her, tourism workers from A1 classification across Region 10 were already vaccinated in full. Including those from the A4 category, the province of Camiguin has administered vaccines to a total of 3,071 tourism workers or 67 percent of its identified 4,591 active workers from the said segment.
Among the 3,071 workers vaccinated in Camiguin are 745 employed in hotels and resorts, 446 in restaurants and bakeshops, 39 in dive shops, 42 in souvenir shops and vendors, 36 pump boat operators and boatmen, 727 in transport groups, 47 in salons, 132 in government frontline service, 28 tour guides, 829 workers in supermarkets and financial establishments.
With the vaccination roll-out led by the DOT and the Camiguin Provincial Government, the agency targets to vaccinate the remaining 1,543 to achieve a 100 percent inoculation rate for tourism workers in the province by the end of October.
Still, the Tourism chief commended Camiguin's efforts in keeping its COVID-19 cases the lowest among others in Region 10.
"I congratulate everyone in Camiguin for doing their best to keep the pandemic under control, and vaccination programs, such as this one, aim to further reduce the number, as well as the severity of cases," Puyat stressed.
While at it, the Cabinet official hailed the province's issuance to three accommodation entities of the Philippine Safety Seal--which provides guests and customers the assurance of the establishment's compliance to minimum health standards.
"I am hopeful that many more of Camiguin's resorts will earn and proudly display this standard of global excellence very soon," Puyat said.
Through the DOT Region 10 Office, various initiatives were implemented to support tourism in Camiguin including the production of promotional and safety materials, the Tourism in the New Normal Series highlighting Camiguin's accredited tourism establishments, the Travelogue Series promoting the beautiful spots of Camiguin, and the Mindanao Tourism Circuit development to promote intraregional and interregional travel in Mindanao.
Despite being a small province, Camiguin boasts a wide array of tourist attractions including the ASEAN Heritage Park Mt. Timpoong-Hibok-Hibok mountain range, unspoiled white island beaches such as the Mantigue Island , pristine diving spots, natural hot and cold springs, waterfalls, and the yearly celebration in thanksgiving for the harvest of the island's most famous “Lanzones” fruit, are popular to both foreign and locals alike.
“Food is an important part of a tourism experience. It gives us a glimpse of a place’s culture and heritage. Through the development of Halal Culinary Tourism, we are encouraging the discovery and familiarity with the traditions of our Muslim brothers and sisters,” said Puyat.
The Secretary explained that Halal, which means ‘permissible’, is something that is clean and good for the health. “Halal is not exclusive to Muslims, it is for everybody. This is what we want to introduce through this project,” she added.
The Mindanao Halal Culinary Tourism is a project of the DOT with the Brunei Darussalam–Indonesia–Malaysia–
Aside from promoting the culinary heritage of Mindanao and familiarity to its culture, the project also aims to document culinary practices of the area; create experiences and attractions by local government units (LGUs) and private enterprises for tourists; and promote Halal Tourism industry in the regions of Mindanao through culinary and heritage mapping.
Featured in the launching video of the campaign are Halal-certified and Muslim-friendly establishments across Mindanao Regions. These include: Black Seed Burger in Davao City, which features “black seed” on burger, a traditional herb among western Asian culture that is believed to have medicinal values; SpiChef in Davao City, which offers the Mango Pineapple hot sauce, an innovation of fresh and natural herbs and spices; Bay Tal Mal in Zamboanga City, which offers traditional Moro cuisines like Tiyulah Itum that is usually served during special occasions; and Hashy’s Cuisine in Cotabato City in BARMM, one of the pioneering Halal-certified sites in the region. Its culinary highlight is Sinina Kambing, a traditional Maguindanaon dish.
Also featured are: Babu Kwan and Torogan Kape in Cagayan de Oro City, Pater al-Kuwait House of Palapa in Iligan City, Dennis Coffee Garden in Zamboanga City, Mama Ping in Cotabato City, Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant in General Santos City, and Radin’s Guinamos in Agusan del Sur.
The Halal food tourism program promises to provide tourists with a unique and flavorful experience.
Aside from waterfalls and lake, Kapatagan is also notable for its majestic mountain peak views.
WALA gidahom ni Perlin Antonette Cabiladas nga ang ilang lugar nga bukid nga kaniadto wala gyod halos makaila ang karon gadumogon na sa mga daghang turista, nature lovers ug mga mahilig sa roadtrip ug labaw sa tanan food trips.
Mapasalamaton si Pearl kay dako kaayo og tabang ang social media gumikan sa kalapad sa coverage niini, kadaghan sa katawhan nga maabot nganong naila og maayo ang ilang gipanag-iyahan nga Cafe sa Bukid nga nahimutang sa Barangay Kibangay, lungsod sa Lantapan, Bukidnon
Isip migradwar sa Business Entrepreneurship sa usa ka prestihiyosong tunghaan sa Manila iyang gisugdan ang pagama og Cassava Chips nga maoy iyang gipasa nga requirement sa tunghaan nga sila ipagama og kaugalingong business plan.
"Before pa nagstart ang cafe sa bukid, naa nami products daan mao ning cassava chips kay business plan nako ni way back college ko. Pag graduate nako nag work ko og two years then nag stop ug akong gi-focus ang cassava chips," matud niini.
Tumong lang unta niya nga mahimo kining pasalubong center hilabina nga ang iyang igsuong si Francois nagsugod usab sa pagpanghimo og mga strawberry jam, pineapple jam ug uban pang produkto nga gikan mismo sa ilang umahan sa strawberry.
Dinhi nagsugod na usab sila og luto og mga putahe nga gapangunay mismo sa kusina ang iyang igsuon kung diin silang duha apil iyang hinigugma nga si Raymund Vallente ang maoy nagpokos niini nga business.
Sa una gikahadlokan niini nga basin maghinay ilang negosyo gumikan sa pagbuto sa pandemya apan adunay positibo nga nahimo si Covid-19 pandemic gumikan ang katawhan gusto magpabukid ug ilang na-appreciate og maayo ang kaanindot sa dapit.
"Daghan pami og menu nga idevelop sama sa Adlai gikan sa Talandig Community, atong pako gikan sa lasang ang wild mushroom soup nga lokal product since ang Kibangay giila nga vegetable basket sa Lantapan so mag-offer pod mi og vegetable salad ug ang native nga baki amo ning buhion," butyag niini.
Usa ka conference area nga pwede ireserved ang mga parties sama sa birthdays, wedding ug uban pa ang ilang kasamtangan gitukod nga siyempre mag-atubang gihapon sa nindot ug tsada nga view. Sa mga plantita nga feel magtsika pwede sab sa ilang garden.
Gipasabot ni Pearl ang rason nganong kinahanglan nga huboun ang mga sapatos ug tsinelas aron ang mga mobisita 'feel at home"
Sa kasikat sa Cafe sa Bukid karon panahona naghatag sab kini og panginabuhian sa mga residente sa dapit gumikan ang mga local products sa dapit, gipadisplay ni Pearl sa ilang cafe.
"Ang atong mga trabahante dinhi kasagaran gyod mga taga Kibangay lang gyod. Naa pod tay mga estudyante nga atong gisuportahan sa ilang bamboo straw nga gigamit namo sa among mga cold drinks so mga estudyante ang gahimo ana and then ang mga out of school youth nga mga boys nga maoy mokuha sa mga materials. Aside sa mga crew diri pag-abot sa production naa tay mga nanay, mga batan-on," sey pa niini.
Gawas nga imong maenjoy ang perfect view ug bugnaw nga dapit sa kaudtohon dili sab kamahayan ang ilang mga lami nga mga pagkaon.
Gihangyo lang niini ang katawhan nga mobisita nga samtang wala pa natapos ang pandemya kinahanglan lamang nga sundon ang tanang gabayan sa pakigbatok sa Covid-19.
MISAMIS ORIENTAL- The
Department of Tourism Region 10 supports the launching of the Misamis Oriental
Provincial Agriculture Development Complex (MOPADC) which is anticipated as a potential
Agritourism site in the Province of Misamis Oriental.
MOPADC is a seven-hectare facility with a total of 12 greenhouses dedicated to the research and development of the coconut industry in the province. In his speech, Gov. Emano said "teach a man how to farm and you will feed that man for a lifetime" as he lays out the plans for the said facility which includes a research/admin building, training center, receiving and processing center for fruits and vegetable produce, coconut processing center, area for packaging and processing of products, seedling production, a nursery for fruit and vegetables, and Macapuno Embryo Facility.
The opening of this facility anticipates a potential Agritourism site that would attract more visitors and would provide more employment opportunities beneficial to the people of Claveria.
This agriculture facility is one of Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano's initiatives in securing a long-term source of income for the local farmers in Misamis Oriental especially as agriculture plays a huge role in the goal to provide long-term livelihood to the farmers, most especially in the middle of this global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Cynthia A. Villar, gave her utmost support through an online Zoom Conference video.
Source: DOT 10
Photo Courtesy Miss Kuyamis