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    RCPC-10 bares best practices in promoting culture, values in Normin

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Northern Mindanao Regional Committee on the Promotion of Culture (RCPC) held its first semester meeting, June 14, via video conferencing where they showcased initiatives and best practices of government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and academe in promoting culture and values in the region.  

    RCPC-10 Chairperson and presiding officer, Regional Director Arturo B. Bayocot of the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 highlighted the important roles culture and values play in attaining inclusive, sustainable, and people-centered development. “Shared culture and values cultivate greater cohesion in our society,” he said, adding that unity in diversity is the guiding principle that will help inform policies and programs for the people. 

    The Provincial Tourism Office of Lanao del Norte, in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), presented the cultural mapping activities they conducted in the province to identify, document, conserve, develop, and promote the natural and cultural heritage of Lanao del Norte. The Culture and Arts Office of Capitol University highlighted their Culture of Care webinars and Therapeutic Art Sessions promoting mental health.   

    Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) – Xavier University delved on Museo de Oro, the region’s first museum founded in 1967 by Fr. Fransisco R. Demetrio, SJ. 

    Also, Undersecretary Mary Liza A. Diño, chairperson of the Film Development Council (FDCP), discussed the organization’s programs and projects to conserve the country’s cinematic heritage. 

    The meeting also validated the assessment of Chapter 7 (Promoting the Philippine Culture and Values) of the RDP Midterm Update as part of the 2021 Regional Development Report and endorsed to the RDC its priority action areas for 2022 and beyond. 

    Bayocot commended the committee members for their steadfast efforts to promote and mainstream culture and values in the localities and in the region, which helped the sector withstand the seismic hits from the COVID-19 pandemic. (NEDA-10/PIA-10) 

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    The Northern Mindanao Regional Committee on the Promotion of Culture (RCPC) holds its first semester meeting, June 14, via video conferencing where the member agencies and organizations showcased initiatives and best practices. (NEDA-10)

    DTI-10 RAPID Project establishes farm-to-market road in Lantapan, Bukidnon 

    Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony of the 3.4 kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Barangay Kaatuan, Lantapan, Bukidnon last June 17, 2022.  

    RAPID Growth Project is a value chain based development program which seeks to establish strategic partnership among key players of the focused value chain to achieve the goal of increasing income of small farmers and unemployed rural women and men by providing enabling conditions for the sustained growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and establish strong backward linkages with farmers in the coffee, cacao, coconut and processed fruits and nuts sectors. 

    The groundbreaking event was graced by by RAPID National Project Coordinating Office (NPCO)- Project Director Maria Belenda Ambi, DTI Knowledge Management and Information Service (KMIS) Director Patricia May Abejo, DTI Resource Generation and Management Service (RGMS) representative John Lucero, DTI-10 Regional Director Ermedio Abang, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cluster Head Ms. Geneva Hope Beley, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Vic Gaviola, Lantapan Mayor Ernie Devibar, Datu Mapukaw (Talaandig Chieftain), and Datu Migketay (Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative). 

    Providing coffee farmers with an easier access to the market, the FMR will benefit 1,442 farmers; 627 farmer households; and 3 farmer organizations—Paglambu Landcare Kaatuan Cluster, Palambuon Farmers Association, and Capitan Juan Farmers Association.  

    In his inspirational message, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez expressed that the groundbreaking will also open more opportunities to the community with 5,785 residents “through other DTI programs including the Shared Service Facilities or SSF where we provide equipment to increase their production capacities and improve quality, resulting in increased markets, increased sales, and increased job generation.” 

    “In addition, they can access more markets through trade fairs and product development under the One Town, One Product NextGen or OTOP NextGen Program.” 

    The 3.4 kilometer farm-to-market road is the first FMR to be established by the RAPID Growth Project in Region 10. 

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    Two overseas Filipino beneficiaries happily received the Pangkabuhayan Package Promo

    Pangkabuhayan Package Promo Winners. Two overseas Filipino beneficiaries happily received the pangkabuhayan package of Grainsmart rice retail business franchise that they won in the Remit 2 Win promo of BDO Remit and WorldRemit. The promo was launched to help the beneficiaries affected by the pandemic. Both BDO Remit and WorldRemit are very much committed in supporting the OFWs and their families in challenging times, apart from providing a safe, fast and reliable remittance service. Together with WorldRemit Country Director Earl Melivo (far left) and BDO Remit SAVP Business Development Head for Europe Cesca Policarpio (far right) are the winners Ellane Gueco of Pampanga (2nd from left) and Joshebern Bonnevie of Quezon City (2nd from right).

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    CDO CDRRMD acquires latest equipment for improved services

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Emphasizing the need to provide better service to the people, especially during emergencies or disasters, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD) OIC Nick Jabagat said in CORDS-X Podcast, June 18, that the equipment used in their office are of national standards.

    “Kung inyong makita gikan sa atong mga extrication devices, pati ang kanang mga gamit sa atong mga medical services and apil na diha ang atong 911 system, monitoring sa atong weather tanan kana nag-invest ang atong local government para gyud mahatag, ma-maximize ug ma-update unsa’y mga latest in the market,” he said. 

    (You can see that from our extrication devices, including our equipment for medical services as well as our 911 system, weather monitoring, the local government really invested on these to provide, maximize, and be updated with the latest equipment in the market)

    Jabagat added that these equipment are also friendly-users so the personnel of the office will not find it hard to operate them. In 2013, CDRRMD only used patient transport vehicles for emergencies but today, the office now has 15 units of ambulance, which they use for medical services. 

    Aside from acquiring the best equipment for disaster response or medical service, they also capacitate the 80 barangays of the city on DRRM along with providing correct information to barangay disaster focal persons. 

    “Unique kining atong ginahimo sa Cagayan de Oro City when it comes to information dissemination, especially on weather monitoring. So kita dili lang kita gasalig anang ginahatag ni PAGASA nga iyang weather forecast advisory. Kita galantaw gyud ta unsa’y epekto niani dinhi sa Cagayan de Oro City, naa ta’y local nga forecasting dinhi,” Jabagat said. 

    (When it comes to information dissemination, what we do here in Cagayan de Oro City is very unique, especially on weather monitoring. We do not just solely rely on the weather forecast advisory from PAGASA. We also look on the possible effects of it in Cagayan de Oro City as we have our local forecasting)

    To further boost their services, Jabagat said they are planning to put up a satellite office in District 1, particularly at Barangay Lumbia, and another in Barangay Agusan—considering the traffic challenges in the area. They are also eyeing to transfer to a bigger area where they can place their equipment and where they can conduct the training of their personnel and emergency responders. 

    For emergencies, Jabagat said people in the city would just have to dial 911, which is free for all networks. (RTP/PIA-10)

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    City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD) OIC Nick Jabagat says in CORDS-X Podcast, June 18, that the equipment used in their office are of national standards and they are also providing training to barangay disaster focal persons. (CORDS-X)

    PHL, ADB mark 56 years partnership with single largest infra financing of US$4.3-B for South Commuter Railway Project

    The Philippines and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have marked their 56 years of productive partnership with the signing of the first tranche  of the  multilateral institution’s  largest single infrastructure loan package—the US$4.3-billion funding support  for the South Commuter Railway Project (SCRP), which is one of the flagship ventures under President Rodrigo Duterte’s centerpiece infrastructure development program   “Build, Build, Build.”

    President Duterte witnessed the signing by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa of the agreement for the first tranche of the loan amounting to US$1.75 billion in ceremonies held at Malacañan Palace Thursday night (June 16). 

    Dominguez said ADB’s high level of approved  financing to the Philippines–totaling over US$30 billion since 1969 and of which more than half was released under the Duterte administration–is “a vote of confidence for President Duterte’s economic development agenda and fiscal management.” 

    This vote of confidence is also reinforced by the fact that in the last six years,  other ADB-supported projects in the country have attracted from various partner institutions a total of US$8.7 billion in co-financing, which represents  74 percent of the total sovereign co-financing from 1972 to 2022, Dominguez said. 

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),  which has extended US$4.5 billion to ADB’s projects in the Philippines since 2017,  has been the largest of these co-financing partners. 

    Under the Duterte administration, the Philippines-ADB portfolio has also been rebalanced to closely align with the priorities set by the Philippine government, such as President Duterte’s  “Build, Build, Build”  program and his ambitious climate action agenda, which led the Bank to extend its first-ever climate change policy-based loan to the country, Dominguez said.   

    The Bank has also provided technical assistance to the government for the design of various projects, Dominguez noted. 

    “At every turn, it was the Duterte administration’s priorities that drove the ADB’s development assistance agenda for the Philippines,” Dominguez said during the event. 

    Dominguez reminded the ADB that being the region’s largest and most experienced development institution, “it needs to step up again to assist its members” and become a “more agile and flexible”  instrument in responding to their needs, now that the recovery efforts of the Philippines and other pandemic-battered Asia Pacific economies are being weighed down by the impact of the conflict in Ukraine. 

    He thanked the institution  for being the Philippines’ most reliable multilateral development partner, and expressed confidence “that our successors will continue the same close collaboration with the ADB–a longstanding partnership that has been mutually beneficial to the Filipino people and to the institution.” 

    The ADB will extend the US$4.3-billion financing package for the SCRP, which has a total estimated project cost of US$8.07 billion,  through a multi-tranche facility.   

    JICA is co-financing the SCRP through a US$1.67 billion loan, with the Philippine government covering the rest of the balance of the project cost. 

    Another US$1.75 billion loan is expected to be provided by the ADB in 2024, representing the second tranche of the financing package. 

    The final tranche of US$800 million for this project is scheduled to be given in 2026. 

    The SCRP will bring much-needed relief to thousands of Filipinos traveling between Manila and Calamba along with several nearby towns in Laguna as this is expected to cut travel time between the two points  from about two hours by bus to less than an hour by rail.

    On top of reducing traffic congestion and offering an affordable, safe and reliable means of transportation for commuters, the SCRP will also contribute to the Philippines’ climate action agenda through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions once the project is complete. 

    The 54.6-kilometer (km) SCRP is part of the larger 163-km North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) system, which is expected to create more than 35,500 jobs during the construction stage and over 3,000 permanent jobs during its operation. 

    With 18 stations, the SCRP is also expected to improve connectivity in the public transport network by connecting with all existing rail-based public transport lines in Metro Manila. It includes a connecting line to the planned Metro Manila Subway, which will improve connectivity by operation of direct trains for passengers traveling from Calamba to Bonifacio Global City, Ortigas and Quezon City along the Metro Manila Subway.

    Dominguez cited the ADB strong support  to the Philippines, which, in  return, provided the institution “with a good home.”

    “Because of the ADB’s excellent financial management and its decision to establish its headquarters in the Philippines, it has the lowest and most cost-effective and efficient operations among all multilateral finance institutions.  This benefits the entire Asia and Pacific region. This is, in effect, our contribution to the ADB in fulfilling its commitments to its members,” Dominguez said. 

    Dominguez said the Philippines also treats the ADB staff as family as he recalled the time when Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, and the government provided asylum to many of the Bank’s staff members from Afghanistan and their families who had left the country with no travel documents. 

    “This provided safe passage to ensure the continuity of the ADB’s program of support to Afghanistan,” Dominguez said. 

    On top of infrastructure and climate change-related financing, the ADB has been one of the Philippines’ reliable partners in accessing support for its COVID-19 response. 

    The ADB has also extended loans, grants, and technical assistance to the Philippines to assist local government units (LGUs) in improving social services, revenue mobilization, and job generation; expand social protection to vulnerable groups; strengthen the quality of secondary education in the country; sustain financing for universal health care (UHC); expand economic opportunities in agriculture; deepen the capital markets and widen financial inclusion through digitalization; and support tax reform, among others. 

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    DTI Lanao Norte gives training to calamansi concentrate producers 

    Department of Trade and Industry Lanao del Norte (DTI LDN) emphasizes the priority for safe and quality produce by providing capability building trainings and seminars to develop and equip the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) with the right mindset and knowledge to help them become more effective and efficient in scaling up their business ventures. 

    DTI LDN through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) successfully conducted current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Food Safety Training on May 31, 2022 at Barangay Pinuyak, Lala, Lanao del Norte to 13 existing and new member-processors of  Pinuyak Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative engaged in calamansi concentrate processing. 

    The initiative promotes productivity in the workplace and helps MSMEs improve the quality of their work and their produce. 

    Moreover, the training and seminar in producing safe and quality calamansi concentrate for the consumers were relevant and timely as the cooperative experienced an increase in demand for calamansi concentrate, as it served as good source of Vitamin C, during the height of the pandemic. 

    Through the collaborative efforts of DTI CARP, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Department of Agriarian Reform (DAR), the cooperative has begun securing the renewal of its FDA-License to Operate Certification.  

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    Teamwork, harmony lead Oro’s feats, Moreno says

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–As City Mayor Oscar Moreno delivers his last City Mayor Address during the 72nd Charter Day celebration, June 15, he emphasized that the accomplishments and recognitions received by the city government was a result of teamwork and harmony within the City Council and his office.

    “Katong pag-abag sa City Council sukad 2016 has really pushed Cagayan de Oro to greater heights. Never before reached in Cagayan de Oro’s long history, grabe ang atoang growth tungod kana sa teamwork and harmony sa City Vouncil ug sa Executive branch,” says Moreno  

    (The support of the City Council since 2016 has really pushed Cagayan de Oro to greater heights. Never before reached in Cagayan de Oro’s long history and our growth has been tremendous. This is because of teamwork and harmony of the City Council and the Executive branch)

    Moreno thanked all the city councilors who had been instrumental for the growth, success, and awards obtained by the city.  He mentioned that the city will not be where it is today if not for them.

    “It is my prayer that the teamwork and harmony will endure,” he added.

    With upcoming transition of new administration, Moreno urged the Kagay-anons to support and trust the administration of incoming Mayor Klarex Uy so that the said administration may perform much better than the current administration. 

    He also hopes that teamwork and harmony will be the new norm of the new administration.

    “We pray nga malampuson siya [Uy] (that he will succeed) because we are also stakeholders niini (of his endeavors),” Moreno said. (JAKA/PIA-10)

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    During the Cagayan de Oro City 72nd Charter Day Celebration, June 15, 2022, Mayor Oscar Moreno says teamwork and harmony were the key for the city to thrive during his administration and he also thanked the City Council for their support, especially in his current term. (JAKA/PIA-10) 

    59 Normin entrepreneurs graduate from DTI-10’s mentoring program 

    Fifty-nine micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) officially graduated last June 9, 2022 from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10’s first multi-sectoral batch of its Kapatid Mentor ME-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) program. 

    The program is an initiative of DTI and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE). It optimizes weekly face-to-face interactions between the mentors and the mentees with the key goal of boosting the entrepreneurial capacity through improved access to Mentorship, Money & Market (i.e., the 3Ms). 

    Entrepreneurs from the youth, online, women, tourism, and other sectors in Northern Mindanao were preselected to join the free 10-module program conducted virtually for 12 weeks.  

    In his message for the graduates, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez assured the public of DTI’s commitment to help the entrepreneurs.  

    “Despite the new normal the Department of Trade and Industry remains committed in implementing the KMME program to help current and aspiring entrepreneurs to improve sa inyong mga business models, to improve access and mentorship sa money or micro financing, pati rin sa access to market.” Secretary Lopez said.  

    “While having passion to do business is good, it is not enough without training. That is why dito po sa DTI, and even ine-emphasize po ng ating Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, gusto po naming lahat na mabigyan, lahat po kayo na gustong pumasok ng negosyo, to have a proper entrepreneurial knowledge, mindset, and training.” 

    “DTI is always with you every step of your entrepreneurial journey.”  

    DTI-10 Regional Director Ermedio J. Abang applauded the graduates for completing the modules and passing their business improvement plans (BIPs) during his welcome address. 

    “We continue to look forward to what the KMME-MME online program can do to our MSMEs especially in navigating the reformed business operations in these extraordinary times.” RD Abang said.  

    “We hope to continue capacitating our MSMEs and help them make better decisions for their businesses.”  

    Another batch of the KMME-MME Online Program for the youth sector is set to be launched on July 2022. 

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    SEC maintains highest COA mark for 4 straight years

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has received an “unmodified opinion” from the Commission on Audit (COA) for the fourth consecutive year, a testament to the Commission’s transparent and sound management of public funds.

    In an independent auditor’s report dated May 31, State Auditor Concepcion C. Reyes rendered an “unmodified opinion,” also known as an “unqualified opinion,” on the fairness of the presentation of the Commission’s 2021 financial statements.

    “In our opinion, the accompanying financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the SEC as at December 31, 2021, and its financial performance, changes in net assets/equity, cash flows, comparison of budget and actual amounts for the year then ended, and notes to financial statements, in accordance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS),” the report read.

    The audit was conducted in accordance with the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions, and in order to ascertain the level of assurance that may be placed on the management’s assertion on the financial statements; determine the propriety of transactions; recommend improvement opportunities; and determine the extent of the implementation of prior years’ audit recommendations.

    An unqualified or unmodified opinion is given when auditors conclude that the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatements, which could arise from either error or fraud, according to the IPSAS.

    The SEC also received an unqualified opinion on the fairness of presentation of its financial statements for 2018, 2019, and 2020, making this the longest streak of unqualified opinions the Commission has received over the past decade.

    “We take pride in the four-year streak of unqualified opinions we have obtained from COA, which serves as a concrete proof of our adherence to transparency, accountability, and good governance,” SEC Chairperson Emilio B. Aquino said.

    “This testament to the honest, sound, and prudent use of public funds, is especially important for the SEC, which is mandated to oversee the country’s corporate sector and should thereby serve as a model for the highest standards of transparency and accountability in the industry.”

    The SEC has continuously advocated for good governance and for the improvement of ease of doing business in the country by eliminating red tape and other opportunities for graft and corruption.

    Last month, the Commission was named the recipient of the Global Good Governance (3G) Advocacy and Commitment to Corporate Governance Award by London-based Cambridge International Financial Advisory for the second consecutive year. The award is given to individuals and institutions who treat governance and sustainability as a strategic opportunity.

    The SEC was also recognized as the 3G Transparency Awardee by the same financial advisory house, in recognition of its rigorous and transparent reporting on financials, governance, and strategy.

    For championing sustainability and good governance in the corporate sector, SEC Director Rachel Esther Gumtang-Remalante of the Corporate Governance and Finance Department was hailed as one of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen for 2021 by Singapore-based consultancy CSRWorks International.

    In March, the Commission received the ISO 9001:2015 Certification anew for its quality management system covering all core services across its main and extension offices.

    The certification covers procedures related to the provision of registration of partnerships and corporations in the SEC Extension Offices in Baguio, Tarlac, Legazpi, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga.

    The Commission first obtained ISO 9001:2015 Certification in 2018, then successfully expanded the scope of its ISO-certified quality management system to 122 document procedures in 2020 from an initial 59. (SEC CDOEO/PIA-10)

    Mindanao-wide stakeholders meeting for soybean, sorghum held

    BUKIDNON (PIA)–In order to develop and implement industry plans for soybean and sorghum, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the national Corn Program, conducted a Mindanao-wide stakeholders’ meeting, June 8-10, 2022 at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC), Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

    Rodolfo N. Panganiban, national focal person for soybean, said the meeting is conducted in view of DA memorandum 15 providing the inclusion of soybean and sorghum under the national Corn program since both crops are well-adapted to the country’s condition and are being used as ingredients in animal feeds and processed into value-added food products.

    “This meeting is also done to assess the situation of soybean and sorghum production in Mindanao, consult with the stakeholders on their demand in the island, and draft a multi-year road map for the development of the mentioned crops.”

    He added that to identify the existing varieties of soybeans in Mindanao, particularly in Bukidnon.

    Further discussed is the creation of a Technical Working Group for soybean and sorghum at the regional levels.

    Meanwhile, Cora A. Dumayaca, DA-10 Research Division chief said the meeting is a way forward for developing the soybean and sorghum industry in Mindanao. 

    “It is a stepping stone, especially that both crops have great roles in achieving food security and sustainability in the country.”

    On behalf of DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, she expressed her gratitude for the presence of multi-stakeholders at the event.

    Gracing said meeting are focal persons of corn, soybean, and sorghum from regions 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, processors, and feed milling companies, which include Anakciano, Global Agro Milling Industry, CJ Feeds, San Miguel Food, Inc., and Gama Foods. (DA-10/PIA-10/Bukidnon)

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    The Department of Agriculture-10 hosts the Mindanao-wide stakeholders meeting for soybean and sorghum. (DA-10)