Mindanao Newsbits for September 21,2013
General Santos City — The regional offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Tourism have put their act together to boost the local tourism industry by developing Tourism Access Roads within the tourist destination areas in the region. DPWH regional director Reynaldo Tamayo said at least six major access roads leading to tourist destination areas in the region are scheduled to be implemented this year and expected to be completed by 2016. (Joseph Jubelag)
BANSALAN, Davao del Sur — Top agriculture officials and leaders in the province of Davao del Sur have gathered in a Harvest Festival Celebration in Barangay Mabuhay here on Thursday, September 19 to witness actual harvest of palay and spearhead the facilitation of training on updated farming technologies and handing of high-quality seeds and post-harvest facilities. Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala graced the celebration together with Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista, DA 11 Regional Director Remelyn Recoter, Mayors, representatives from line agencies, Municipal and Barangay officials. (Alexander D. Lopez)
KIDAPAWAN CITY — The provincial government of North Cotabato distributed lately 20 cattle for local farmers’ complement in helping sustain the province’s lead in agricultural development in Region 12. Fourteen heifer cows and three carabaos (water buffalos) were dispersed to a farmer cooperative in the village of Lacobe, Makilala town led by Toto Baclid, while six other similar cattle went to organized farm workers in Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan town led by Amdulaziz Macalipat. Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza led the joint dispersal rites alongside provincial veterinarian officer Dr. Rufino Suropia at the capitol complex here on Thursday. (Ali G. Macabalang)
ASUNCION, Davao del Norte — Being the province with a widest area of rice fields in region 11, Davao del Norte has already applied semi-organic farming technology according to top official during the 65th founding anniversary here on Wednesday.
Bony dela Cruz, national social and water area coordinator (SWAC) of the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) revealed that the province has widest area of Expanded Modified Rapid Composting (EMRC) adding that 27 towns in the Davao Region were already given funds for the farming technology. (Cheryy Mae D. Palicte)
COTABATO CITY — Line agencies and local government units (LGUs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) continued to provide relief goods and medical services to residents affected in the standoff in Zamboanga City that began 10 days ago.
Over 7,000 packs of foods and relief items have been provided by concerted teams from ARMM, reports reaching the Bulletin said. The latest of the relief interventions was staged Thursday by a medical mission of doctors and nurses backed by ambulance units sent by Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong Jr. A total of 250 residents received medical checkups and medicines from the team of 20 physicians and nurses headed by Integrated Provincial Health Office in Lanao del Sur chief Dr. Alinader Minalang, said ARMM information bureau head Amir Mawalil. (Ali G. Macabalang)
The Lanao team also distributed food packs, hygiene kits, and protection kits such as thermal blankets and mosquito nets, said Mawalil, who lauded Gov. Adiong for responding to the request of ARMM Gov. Mutij Hataman.
Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu had contemplated to send a separate medical team but his health workers desisted for fear of being caught in crossfire between warring government troops and Moro National Liberation Front combatants loyal to MNLF Founding Head Nur Misuari. (Ali Macabalang)