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Agri-dept releases P2.5M for livelihood projects in Guinsiliban town


GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, May 18 — To increase the income among farmers and rural women, the Department of Agriculture (DA)– Regional Field Office 10 through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) Program releases P2.5 million to implement livelihood projects such as native chicken production, duck raising and organic feed production in Guinsiliban, Camiguin.

DA-10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA recently turned over the check to Municipal Accountant Emmalinda G. Parian in behalf of the local government unit (LGU).

RTP20180521b.jpgThe total project cost is approximately P2.7  million, of which Php249,999 is the LGU’s counterpart.

Aside from providing assistance to the marginalized farmers, the LGU looks forward in helping increase the supply of poultry products in the municipality and even its adjacent towns.

The projects will be managed by different associations in Barangay Butay with the support of the municipal agriculture office include the native chicken production by the South Poblacion Rural Improvement Club Association, duck raising by Liong Rice Farmers Association and organic feed production by Butay Farmer’s Association.(DA10/RTP/PIA10)


Regional council for MSMEs widens biz horizons with exhibits, mentoring program


CAMIGUIN, April 20 (PIA) – To support and even encourage more entrepreneurs to take part in nation building, the Regional Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (RMSMEDC)-10 strengthens its core programs particularly on mentoring, holding exhibits and providing shared service facilities (SSF).

During the Talakayan sa PIA on April 17 at Mambajao Negosyo Center, here, Ruben Vegafria, RMSMEDC member from Misamis Oriental, said that various public-private partnerships are now aiding the business sector such as the provision of SSF which encourages involvement of people in the community through a certain livelihood suited in their area.

The Department of Trade and Industry also continuously conduct the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program that aims to help the country’s MSEs through coaching and mentoring, and linking MSMEs to large companies’ value chains.


Key MSME programs, events

In the recent KMME in the region, about 218 participants were coached on entrepreneurial mind setting and values formation, and marketing mindset. The participants came from Bukidnon (40), Camiguin (34), Lanao del Norte (39), Misamis Occidental (37), Misamis Oriental (49) and Regional Office (19).

As for the ProPak (Processing and Packaging) Asia, the biggest and most prestigious international food, drink, pharmaceutical processing and packaging event, a total of 146 delegates from the region are qualified to participate and witness how successful companies process their products on June 13-16 at Bangkok, Thailand.

The SSF implementation on the other hand, now has 92 percent or 146 out of 159 SSFs that are operational. From this number, Bukidnon has implemented 33 SSF, Camiguin with 17, Lanao del Norte with 36, Misamis Occidental with 29 and Misamis Oriental with 44.

Engaging the MSMEs to such events is important since “they are very significant in nation building that is why DTI today is focusing so much programs on MSMEs for their development because without the MSMEs the large businessmen or businesses will not be able to exist,” said Mike Amores, RMSMEDC member from Misamis Occidental.


Engaging NGAs

When it comes to other government agencies’ intervention, Miriam dela Plaza of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said that they are introducing the Small and Medium Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) that aims to help businesses particularly those engaged in manufacturing. It is where the department aids on upgrading the businesses’ technology to help in the productivity of MSMEs.

They also have the Grants-In-Aid (GIA) Program that aims to harness the country’s scientific and technological capabilities to spur and attain sustainable economic growth and development.

As for the manpower or skills training, Elwin Barquez of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)- Camiguin Provincial Office shared that TESDA introduced new services on what they are currently providing.

“So being the supplier of manpower, we also advocated through our curriculum on how our graduates, being world class, could contribute on how to preserve our world,” Barquez said.

The National Youth Comission (NYC) also provides opportunities to youth entrepreneurs by allowing youth organizations to register online and enjoy benefits and assistance from NYC. Once registered, the youth organization can request a training from NYC such as activities or programs that foster economic empowerment.

For food-related business, the Food Innovation Center now accommodates MSMEs and students who want to develop and promote their food technology or product. The center also assists those who want to pursue or boost their business from the technology they’ve innovated.

Training and introducing more business strategies to entrepreneurs is essential in today’s local and global market is no longer a difficult task since “most of the MSMEs are getting younger and they are more knowledgeable, aggressive and educated on business,” said Shirley Cutab, RMSMEDC member from Camiguin.

Thus, the RMSMEDC-10 now calls out to all MSMEs who haven’t considered any intervention outside their comfort zones to grab the opportunities provided by the government and even the private sector to enhance their business and further improve their standards or mind sets in doing their business.(Recthie T. Paculba/PIA10)

DOLE highlights successful livelihood stories in Camiguin


CAMIGUIN, April 11 (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment in Region 10 (DOLE-X) underscored the successful livelihood stories of the province in a recent meeting with Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo.

Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao of DOLE-X presented the video documents of successful stories of the livelihood projects from Camiguin as nominees of the 2018 DOLE Search for Best Livelihood-Assisted Projects for individual and group categories.

The eight and ten-minute video presentations encapsulated the humble beginnings of the beneficiaries and showcased how their businesses flourished and served as motivation to fellow aspirants especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers in the informal and formal economies to start individual or group livelihood undertakings, and enable existing livelihood undertakings to grow into viable and sustainable businesses that provide income at least at par with those of the minimum wage earners in the province.
For the individual category, Suyao shared the story of Axel M. Salise’s Piso Net Project with pocket WiFi package.

Salise, a person with disability (PWD) from Barangay Baylao, Mambajao, received P20,000 worth of financial assistance from DOLE in 2014 to fund his arcade-style computer used as internet or gaming vending machine.

From one good opportunity, greater things happened to Salise as he was elected in 2012 as the president of Persons with Exceptional Reserved Skills Association (PWERSA).

Leading the organization, Salise was able to help his fellow PWDs by employing them in his computer business.

Furthermore, Axel improved his business by incorporating various marketing strategies as well as offering proofreading or editing documents for a fee.

Such strategy gave him an edge over the other computer service providers nearby even if the latter have more units to offer.

To date, Axel intends to expand his business by selling customized T-shirts, event giveaways/tokens, and souvenir items.

He believes that his Piso-Net livelihood will be dispersed to other individual PWDs for them to be successful entrepreneurs like him.

For the group category, Suyao highlighted the Kahugpungan sa mga Masilakong Mananagat (KASAMMA) organization of Barangay Lagapak, Poblacion, Sagay with their Tingco Tingco Boat and Net Fishing Project which started in January 2000.

Association Chairman Fernando Ocaba received the initial DOLE-X financial assistance worth P400,000 which enabled them to employ 70 worker-beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were then living below the poverty line with varying concerns on medical care, education, and food.

Suyao explained to Romualdo how the business diversified and flourished from merely catching/selling fish to acquiring the means in squid and fish drying, salted fish production, and production of bottled sardines.

The organization now employs 15 fishermen, 3 women brokers to market outlets to the other municipalities, 15 slicers, and 5 packers.

The group made use of mechanical drying for their produce in response to the unfavorable weather condition besetting the province being in a typhoon belt area.

This paved the way for another assistance in the amount of P300,000 in December 2016 as a reformation project on Rehabilitation of Boat Engine and Panamaw Fishing from DOLE.

The group has also obtained an additional livelihood income for their members through micro-financing, bigasan (rice selling), hog fattening, and egg laying.

Governor Romualdo expressed enthusiasm to advocate and support the entries of her constituents who proved that starting small in business has magnanimous impact in pursuing one’s dreams to be successful in life.

She assured that the documentation will be presented in every barangay or municipal events or meetings in the province to encourage the Camiguingnons to support the local livelihood projects in the area.(Mildred Dablio/RTP/PIA10)

Coco coir SSF augments family income in Catarman


CAMIGUIN, April 19 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 through its Camiguin Provincial Office empowers women in the province by providing various projects and programs that would enable the sector to earn on their own and among these is the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for Coco Coir Processing.

Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) President Lizcel Cutab shared during the Regional Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (RMSMEDC)-10 project visit on April 16 that the SSF for Coco Coir Processing helped not only the women in Barangay Mainit, Catarman, Camiguin as their husbands and children play a big role in keeping the business running.


“Sauna ang mga kababayenhan pa gyud ang galihok niini pero nakita sa ilang mga bana ang gikinahanglang kusog aron mapaspas ang pagtrabaho niini. Ni-apil na usab ang ilang mga anak pinaagi sa pagkolekta sa bunot ug pagtunol sa materyales ngadto sa tig-operate sa makina,” Cutab shared.

(Before, only the women are involved in the project but their husbands volunteered to help when they saw the need to augment the manpower to hasten up the workload. The children also took part in the project by collecting the coconut husks and placing the materials to the machine operator)


The facility is operated by the Agoho KALIPI in cooperation with Nagpakabana Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The DTI allocated around P1.9 million for the diesel-engine powered decorticating with winnowing/peat screening machine.

Now, women from the area earns P3 for every 11-meter-long coco coir twine which is usually used in making decorations for special occasions, rugs, doormats, bio rolls and more. The remaining materials are then use for fertilizers so nothing will really go into waste.

“Ang problema lang gyud namo karon kung unsaon pagpadaghan sa produksyon sa coco coir labina nga daghan ang demand niini. Dili man gud pirmi daghan ang makuhang bunot kay gadepende ra pud mi kung unsa’y makuha nga materyales sa nagkalain-laing gatanom ug lubi sa lugar,” Cutab said.


(The problem now is on how we can increase the coco coir production since there are a lot of demands of it. It is not all the time that we get a lot of coco husks and we only depend on the number of husks that we can get from various coco planters in the area)

DTI Camiguin Provincial Director Joselito Enot said that they are looking for ways to address such concern and are tapping coco planters in the area who can possibly aid in boosting the production of coco coir for the women’s group.

Coco coir is a durable fiber extracted from discarded coconut husks which is preferred over concrete bricks and peat moss because it is cheaper, renewable, and completely organic. (RTP/PIA10)

Cebuano News: DOLE-X gahatag ug P1M alang sa panginabuhiang proyekto sa Camiguin


GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, December 1 — Ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X)- Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) bag-ohay lang mihatag sa Kabuhayan Program financial grants nga mukabat sa P1,102,755 alang sa unom ka mga benepisyaryong organisasyon sa Cantaan Centennial Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CCMPC).

Si DOLE-Cam PFO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo miingon nga ang pinansyal nga hinabang gihatag alang sa mga proyekto sa motor parts (P250,000), agricultural business (P200,000), backyard piggery livelihood (P130,000), deep sea fishing (P250,000), fish vending (P110,000), and amakan making and consumer store project (P162,755).


Si Lourdes D. Navida, usa sa mga benepisyaryo sa fish vending livelihood project miingon, “Salamat kaayo sa DOLE kay niabot na gyud and among hinabang sa gobyerno aron makatabang sa among panginabuhian.”

Gasalig lamang sa iyang retirement pension, si Navida miingon nga kinahanglan kaayo niyang mapadako pa ang iyang pangita aron makasuporta sa panginahanglanon sa iyang pamilya labi na sa ilang pangkaon adlaw-adlaw, mga sukaranong bayrunon ug bahog sa mga binuhing hayop.

Maski pa nga kini ang unang higayon nga nakadawat ug pinansyal nga hinabang sa gikan DOLE, si Navida naglaum nga ang ilang asosasyon makasugakod gayod sa proyekto aron makatabang usab sila sa katilingban sa umaabot nga panahon.

Gipasabot ni Toledo nga ang proyekto gipundohan sa DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) nga gadasig ug self-employment aron makahatag ug pangitang oportunidad sa angayang benepisyaryo.

Ang CCMPC usa ka aktibong Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) sa DOLE nga nakaimplementar na ug nwebe ka mga proyektong panginabuhian sa nagkalain-laing asosasyon ug usa usab kini ka regional winner para sa Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood Group Project alang sa CY 2016.(Jovelyn V. Perez/RTP/PIA10)

DOLE-X orients 620 Camiguin TUPAD employment workers

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, September 12 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-X Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) conducted an orientation on the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) to the 200 beneficiaries of the local government unit (LGU) of Mambajao on September 1 at the Municipal Hall and to the 420 beneficiaries of Movement for Better Camiguin.
DOLE-X Cam PFO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo explained that TUPAD is an Emergency Employment Program under Department Order No. 173, Series of 2017, also known as the Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
The beneficiaries availed the minimum 10 day employment period with the minimum wage rate of the area as salary/wage per day. Most of the beneficiaries were self-employed, underemployed and seasonal workers.
Toledo reported that the project was implemented by the LGU-Mambajao as one of the Accredited Co-Partners of the Department of Labor and Employment.
Meanwhile, the Movement for Better Camiguin had four venues for the orientation including Tupsan Pequeño, Mambajao, Panghiawan Catarman, Bugang, Sagay and Poblacion, Guinsiliban, Camiguin.
The implementation of the TUPAD is also under direct administration or monitoring conducted by DOLE-X with release of the wages through M. Lhuiller branches nationwide.(Jovelyn V. Perez/RTP/PIA10)

TESDA-Camiguin to conduct Training for Work Scholarship Program


CAMIGUIN, September 13 (PIA) – With the aim to address equity and access by providing direct financial assistance to deserving Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) enrollees in the province, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)- Camiguin Provincial Office will conduct the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) with various courses on October 2017.


Proposals from public and private Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) to participate in the TWSP were due on September 7, 2017.


The qualification titles/courses include Computer Systems Servicing NC II with 30 slots, Cookery NC II with 20 slots, Driving NC II with 21 slots, Plumbing NC I with 15 slots and Trainers Methodology Level I with 15 slots.


TESDA-10 has allocated P749,700 budget for the training cost, assessment fee and per capita cost for the five qualification titles/courses.


The training provider shall be selected in accordance with the procedures set forth by TESDA and the tender document shall be downloaded from


The TWSP scholars shall be entitled to free training and assessment and the approved TWSP standard costing for training and assessment shall be applied strictly.(RTP/PIA10)

NEDA underscores Camiguin’s economic dev’t, track in ASEAN forum


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 30 (PIA)— To lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust society and a globally competitive knowledge economy in the province, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-10 presented the AmBisyon Natin 2040 during the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum on August 25 at the Provincial Convention Center.


Peleta Abejo, senior economic development specialist of NEDA-10, shared that such long-term vision for the country highlights “Malasakit” or enhancing the social fabric, “Pagbabago” or the inequality-reducing transformation and “Patuloy na Pag-Unlad” or the increasing growth potential.


In the province, Abejo said that the average gross domestic product is 6.3 percent and out of three, there is only one poor Camiguingnon with less than P1,000 monthly income.

Support to SGDs

To become non-poor, each household in Camiguin should at least earn P21,678 per annum.


NEDA-10 also reported that there was a 22-23 percent decrease in poverty incidence and 24.9 percent to less than 20 percent reduce in unemployment.


As to encouraging the Camiguingnons on fostering a better life, Abejo cited the 17 sustainable development goals which include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure.


She also added sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, justice and strong institutions, and partnerships for the goals.


With AmBisyon Natin 2040, NEDA envisions the country that “By 2040, the Philippines shall be a prosperous predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor. Our peoples will enjoy long and healthy lives, are smart and innovative, and will live in a high-trust society.”(RTP/PIA10)

Cebuano News: NEDA gapatugbaw sa Camiguingnon ekonomikong kalambuan, direksyon sa ASEAN forum


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 30 (PIA)—Aron ilatad ang pudasyon para sa inklusibong tubo, taas nga kompiyansa sa katilingban ug dili palupig nga kahibalo sa ekonomiya sa probinsiya, ang National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-10 midalit sa AmBisyon Natin 2040 sa ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum niadtong Agosto 25 sa Provincial Convention Center.


Si Peleta Abejo, senior economic development specialist sa NEDA-10, miambit nga ang maong dugay nga panglantaw para sa nasud nagpatugbaw sa “Malasakit” o pagpaayo sa katilingbanong panapton, “Pagbabago” o inequality-reducing transformation ug ang “PAtuloy na Pag-Unlad” o ang pag-umento sa growth potential.


Sa probinsiya, miingon si Abejo nga ang kasarangang gross domestic product muabot sa 6.3 nga porsyento ang gikan sa tulo, usa lamang ang matawag nga Camiguingnong kabos nga aduna’y ubos sa P1,000 ang binulan nga pangita.


Aron mamahimong dili kabos, matag bubong kinahanglang mukita ug P21,678 kada tuig.


Ang NEDA-10 mi-asoy nga aduna’y 22-23 nga porsyentong pagkunhod sa kapobrehon ug 24.9 nga porsyento padulong sa muminus pa sa 20 nga porsyentong pagkunhod sa kawala’y trabaho sa Camiguin.

Support to SGDs

Kung hisgutan ang pagdasig sa mga Camiguingnon sa pag-alima ug maayong kinabuhi, gihisgot ni Abejo ang 17 ka mga tuyo para sa malahutayong kalambuan nga naglakip sa wala’y kapobrehon, wala’y kagutom, maayong panglawas ug well-being, kalidad nga edukasyon, gender equality, limpyong tubig ug sanitasyon, maapord ug limpyong enerhiya, desenteng trabaho ug ekonomikong pagtubo, industriya, inobasyon ug imprastraktura.


Iya usab gidugang ang malahutayong lungsod ug komunidad, responsableng konsumo ug produksyon, aksyon sa klima, kinabuhi ilalum sa tubig, kinabuhi sa yuta, kalinaw, hustisya ug kusgang institusyon, ug panag-uban para sa mga tuyo.


Sa AmBisyon Natin 2040, gilantaw sa NEDA ang nasud sa umaabot nga 2040, mamahimong mauswagon nga gilangkuban sa middle-class nga katilingban diin wala ni usa kay kabos. Ang mga katawhan magpahimulos sa taas ug baskog nga kinabuhi, utokan ug adelantado, ug mupuyo sa usa ka taas nga pagsalig nga katilingban.”(RTP/PIA10)


Cebuano News: Camiguin gahisgot sa ASEAN nga kahigayonan, gaani sa unang tubo


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 30 (PIA) – Pagsaka sa turismo taman 11 ka porsyento, pag-abot sa fast craft karong Nobyembre ug pagdaghan sa mga flights gikan Cebu padulong Camiguin karong Disyembre mao ang mga kinalabwan nga kalambuan nga giila sa kagamhanang probinsiyal isip positibong mga epekto sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) sa probinsiya.


Si Mambajao Municipal Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo miambit niadtong ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum, Agosto 25 nga ang probinsiya, isip giila nga 10th most competitive province sa nasud, malatngonong nagpakita ug ekonomikong kabisog.


“Economic dynamism means that we are ready in ASEAN and all the country to receive investors in our LGU (local government unit) (Ang ekonomikong kabisog nagpasabot nga kita andam na sa ASEAN ug sa tibuok nasud nga mudawat ug tigpamuhunan sa atong kagamhanang lokal),” gisaysay sa mayor.


Iya usab giingon nga kung dili magpalupig ang nasud sa ASEAN, iyang ikonsiderar ang bukas nga ekonomiya kay kini mu-abri sa mga ganghaan sa wala’y limit nga kahigayonan labi na sa paggama ug mga trabaho.

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Kalambuang probinsiyal


Kung hisgutan ang ekonomikong kahigayonan, ang mayor miambit nga gidahom na nila ang pagdaghan sa mga tigpamuhunan sa probinsiya lakip na ang pagtukod sa duha ka mga hotel, supermarket, drug store ug uban pa.


Ila usab nga gaayuhon ang runway sa airport aron mapahiluna ang gadaghang lokal ug langyaw nga mga turista sa lugar.


Si Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Provincial Manager Napoleon Bael miingon nga aduna’y kasarangang 78 ka mga pasahero kada flight sa airport ug ang maong gidaghanon wala miubos maski pa nga nahuman na ang peak season.


Ang kagamhanang probinsiyal gaplano usab sa pagtrabaho sa wireless local area networking aron mapadali ang tanang matang sa komunikasyon sa probinsiya.

ASEAN Opportunities.jpgPrograma sa kabataan


Alang sa kahanas sa pinulongan, giingon ni Romualdo nga mag-abri sila ug usa ka speech laboratory karong Setyembre “to give exact pronunciation and diction; to prepare for ASEAN (aron matudluan sa tukmang linitokan ug diksiyon; aron makaandam para sa ASEAN).”


Ang maong nga laboratoryo sugdan sa mga central nga mga tunghaan ug sa sunod tuig, ang kagamhanang probinsiyal nagtumong nga mabutangan sa maong pasilidad ang tanang tunghaan sa Camiguin lakip na usab sa mga barangay.


Aduna usab mga programa sa panglawas nga iimplementar aron mas mapaubos pa sa 4 porsiyento ang malnutrisyon sa mga kabataan sa probinsiya ngadto na sa 1 porsiyento.


“We have plenty of things to do in Camiguin, so many things to do that every life of the Camiguingnon will be worth for (Aduna kita’y daghang buhaton sa Camiguin, daghan pang mga buhaton nga bililhon sa matag usa ka kinabuhi sa Camiguingnon,” gipahimug-at ni Romualdo.(RTP/PIA10)