Tag Archives: Northern Mindanao

Added value pushed in Northern Mindanao research congress

BusinessWorld Online
Mark D. Francisco
April 1, 2016

Small-scale farmers in Northern Mindanao continue to expand into value-added products as they recognize the need to diversify income sources.

The farmers and agriculture officers of 16 local government units (LGUs) in the region took part in a two-day congress this week on Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR).

Under CPAR, crops and technology packages for making value-added products are introduced to farming communities by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The program was introduced to the farmers in 2005.

At the congress that opened on March 28, the LGUs exhibited their existing processed products from rice, corn, soybean, different potato varieties, and vegetables.

Their goods include food crisps, native cakes, milk, and soap.

There was also a demonstration of potato-based farming systems and an introduction of alternative crop varieties.

DA — Region 10 Director Lealyn A. Ramos said she was elated to see how the communities have developed their own value-added food and non-food products.

“We are backing our farmers up through trainings and support in production, post-harvest, technologies, [and] market linkages, among others,” Ms. Ramos said.

The outstanding farmers groups, agriculture workers, and LGUs were given recognition during the event.

Employment in Northern Mindanao’s agriculture sector, which makes up about 23% of the regional economy, has been declining due to the dry weather brought about by El Niño, according to the National Economic and Development Authority in Region 10 (NEDA-10).

In NEDA-10’s latest quarterly report released this week, the number of agriculture workers dropped to 725,000 as of October 2015, fewer by 13% than the year before.

The agriculture sector covers agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing.

Cecilio Y. Clarete, NEDA-10 chief economic development specialist, said the decline could be attributed to the erratic weather phenomenon.

The country’s weather bureau started logging a significant sea surface temperature anomaly in April 2014, and the prevailing El Ninõ is expected to last until the middle of this year.

DENR ties up with LGUs to fast-track land titling in Mindanao

14 August 2013
Jonathan L. Mayuga

DENR Northern Mindanao Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said partnerships were forged with the municipalities of Lala, Kolambugan, Kauswagan and Tubod, all of Lanao del Norte; and Gitagum town of Misamis Oriental recently.

In her report to Environment Secretary Ramon JP Paje, Tawantawan said the new partnerships bring to 15 the number of LGUs that have responded positively to the call of the DENR for a joint effort to bring land services to communities through memoranda of partnership agreements (MOPA).

The LGUs that earlier signed MOPAs with the DENR North Mindanao office included five in Bukidnon, namely the towns of Maramag, Don Carlos, Quezon, Sumilao and Impasug-ong; three in Lanao del Norte such as Kapatagan, Linamon and Bacolog; one in Camiguin which is Mambajao; and Cagayan de Oro City.

Tawantawan said the signing of the agreements was in consonance with DENR Administrative Order No. 2011-06 which seeks to facilitate the implementation of public land titling in partnership with local government.

Under the order, the LGU shall assign necessary officials and personnel required to undertake land-titling activities, including a liaison officer between the municipality and the DENR.

The DENR shall provide technical assistance to the LGU personnel, as well as materials, equipment and personnel needed to undertake agreed activities. It is also expected to provide monitoring and quick-response assistance to the municipality in all phases of titling activities.

She said a series of orientation on DAO 2011-06, as well as training on land laws and policies, land surveys and disposition, community mobilization and land adjudication were conducted with personnel of LGUs, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

Tawantawan said the DENR field personnel from the Land Management Service will also be mobilized to assist the LGUs.

The partnership, according to Tawantawan, will benefit both the landowners and concerned LGUs in terms of revenue generation.

Also mandated to provide support to the land-titling activities are land personnel from the DENR’s provincial and community environment and natural resources offices, according to Tawantawan.

Rodriguez backs renaming of Laguindingan airport to Cagayan-MisOr airport

Businessweek Mindanao
04 November 2011

REPRESENTATIVE Rufus B. Rodriguez of the 2nd District, this city supports the idea of renaming the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) into the “Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Airport” to attain global impact.

The suggestion to rename the airport came from Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), when he was here for the inauguration of the newly-renovated Radio Ng Bayan-DXIM of the Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS) along San Agustin-Velez Sts., this city, recently.

“Renaming LIA to CDO-MisOr Airport would give way for ‘easy recall’ to the foreign tourists and can ride on the popularity of CDO, which has already carved a niche in the world tourist map,” the PCOO Secretary said.

A former Undersecretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the government agency that implements the construction of the LADP, the PCOO Secretary said the airport, should lure more foreign tourists into Northern Mindanao.

Once operational, the airport would now truly become the “Gateway to Northern Mindanao,” which is a very good destination for tourists.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez said he is looking into projects that would improve the tourism industry in the region, because of its many potentials to improve the livelihood of the residents, not only of those living near the LADP, but also in the neighboring areas.

He said tourism has many downside industries that can benefit the residents, because tourists would need transportation in going from one destination to another.

They need food to eat. They need places or hotels to stay. They need souvenirs to bring home. They need tourist guides. They need people to do their laundry and they are willing to spend their money to make their visit worthwhile.

So far, the region has many destinations which can be reached in just a single day from the LADP, so that government projects leading towards these areas must be put in place before the it operates, he said.

“In fact, I demanded that the Department of Tourism (DOT) Budget for 2012 be revised, during the recent budget hearing, when I saw that the road improvement leading to the White Water River Rafting and F.S. Catanico Falls in the city, were not included in their budget proposal,” Rodriguez said.

He said DOT now have allocated Php20 million, each, for the improvement of the roads leading to these areas, next year.

Among others, the Congressman mentioned the following destinations, which are accesiblen to the tourists:

Eco Gardens of Malasag in Cagayan de Oro City and the Nature’s Adventure Park in Initao, this province.

Dahilayan Zip Line, Transfiguration Church, Del Monte Pineapple Plantation and the Flower Farms in Bukidnon.

Maria Cristina Falls, Timoga Cold Springs and Macapagal Ancestral Home in Iligan City and Tinago Falls in Linamon, Lanao del Norte. (pia-10)By: Richie Cabahug-Aguhob

Endangered flowers, plant species found in Camiguin

BusinessWeek Mindanao
December 16 2010

THE volcanic pear shaped island in Northern Mindanao is not only a treasure trove of endangered fauna but of flora as well.
A team of Singaporean scientists recently visited Camiguin and confirmed some interesting flower and plant species found in its rain-forest.

The study of Dr. Lesley C. Lubos on the diversity of bryophytes plants in Camiguin, which won international
recognition this year, has led to the discovery of these plants.

Most of the plants identified are endemic in the island, the list includes the red and yellow colored rhododendron orchid, begonia, nepenthes pitcher plant, spathoglottis orchid, aeschymanthus, balanophora plant, lopidium moss and the coral fugus.

Bryophytes are chiefly terrestrial, nonvascular plants, like the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.

In a press release, Dr. Lubos said it took him a month to finish the study under the mentorship of Singaporean Bryologist and a herbarium keeper Dr. Benito C. Tan. The study poses the importance of bryophytes in preserving the forest ecosystem.

To date, the provincial government, in cooperation with the Office of Lady McNiece in Singapore, Philippine Association of Institutions for Research and the Liceo the Cagayan University have been actively campaigning for the protection of the endangered plant and flower species.

They have already launched a poster showing the images of the flowers and plant bearing the slogan “Discover, Enjoy and Conserve the richness of the plant diversity in Camiguin Island.”