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Mindanao Newsbits for September 22, 2013

Organic Farming

DUJALI, Davao del Norte – This municipality and the province of Davao del Norte won in the recent regional level awards in the search for Organic Agriculture-Local Government Unit (OA-LGU) for their in promoting organic farming. The search aims to recognize the achievements of top performing LGUs and individuals in advancing organic farming in the country, and it also intends to strengthen the partnership of the Department of Agriculture and the LGUs in producing OA products, while gearing towards the conversion of at least five percent of the agricultural lands in the country to organic. (Cherry Mae Palicte)


COTABATO CITY – Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) shifted their ghost-busting operation from spurious teachers and schools to ARMM farmers’ cooperatives suspected of infiltration by inactive or inefficient elements. The two ARMM agencies – the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) – have adopted a validation aimed at ridding more than a thousand fisherfolk groups of bad eggs, according to CDA Regional Administrator Abdulrashid Ladayo Sr. “We will be conducting regular validation of cooperatives in the region. (Ali Macabalang)


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Region-10 office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-10) is holding a series of competency assessment and certification across the region that started August 19 up to December 15, 2013, TESDA-10 Director Edgar Sales said. He said the National Competency Assessment and Certification is a synchronized conduct of competency assessment and certification in identified key qualifications. “This is certainly an avenue that provides opportunity to those who wanted to upgrade their level of skills competency,” Sales said. (Camcer Ordoñez Imam)


COTABATO CITY – Organized Sama and Bajau residents appealed yesterday to higher authorities including Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman to ensure a “just rationing” of relief food and goods among more than 70,000 people displaced in the Zamboanga City crisis. “Please restore the relief supply (rationing) to the DSWD regional operations center because we found difficulty in coordinating with city social welfare office workers,” Philippine Council for Sama and Badjau, Inc. president Hussayin Arpa said. The DSWD listed more than 70,000 displaced residents in the Zamoboanga crisis, some 6,000 of which belong to the Sama and Badjau tribes that Arpa is representing. (Ali Macabalang)


KIDAPAWAN CITY – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman sent additional workers for its Humanitarian Emergency Assistance Response Team (HEART) in Zamboanga City. Hataman said the ARMM’s mission is working closely with the government of Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco to respond to the needs of thousands of villagers displaced by the armed fighting in the area and nearby Basilan province. At least 20 nurses and doctors, which comprise the medical group from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Lanao del Sur, were sent to war-torn villages in Zamboanga City, the governor said. (Ali Macabalang)