Cebuano News: 20th dairy congress, expo ipahigayon sa Camiguin


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 17 (PIA) – Aron muhatag ug higayon sa mga mag-uuma sa gatasanan nga hisgutan ang mga interes nga gaapekto sa sektor, ang Dairy Confederation of the Philippines magpahigayon sa 20th Dairy Congress and Expo karong Mayo 3-5 sa Provincial Convention Center, diri.

Ang maong kalihokan paluyohan sa Mindanao Alliance of Dairy Industry Stakeholders (MAIDS) inabagan sa Provincial Government of Camiguin, National Dairy Authority (NDA) ug Philippine Carabao Center (PCC).

Si Debbie De San Miguel, planning officer sa NDA-10, miingon nga ang DairyCon mipili sa probinsiya isip benyu sa congress ngalan nga ang dairy farming sa maong lugar nilambo sa mga katuigan ug ang kagamhanang lokal nagpakita ug kadasig sa pagpalambo sa industriya.

shutterstock_72883003.jpgAng congress magsilbing porum sa pagbaylo ug impormasyon sa kasinatian labi na sa mga kabag-ohan ug kakaplagan sa mga erya sa produksyon, pagproseso ug pagpamaligya apil na usab ang pagpalambo sa kooperatiba sa gatasanang sektor.

Karong tuig, ang kalihokan gi-engranahe alang sa pagpasaka sa produksyon ug pangita sa mga mag-uuma sa gatasan, pagdugang sa kahayopan, paghimo ug bag-ong istratehiya sa pagpamaligya, ug pagpaspas sa pagpatuman sa self-reliant nga kabaryohan.

Para sa mga miyembro na sa DairyCon, ang bayrunon sa registration kay P2,000 kada tao ug P2,500 sa mga dili miyembro. Ang registration naglakip na sa congress kit ug identification card, souvenir program, snacks ug paniudto. Ang board ug lodging wala pa’y apil sa registration.

Ang mga interesadong partisipante pwede usab mu-register online pinaagi sa o mubisita sa pinakaduol nga NDA regional office.(RTP/PIA10)

Technical schools in Camiguin to participate in TWSP


CAMIGUIN, April 19 (PIA)— To build and strengthen the capacity of the Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in expanding and improving the delivery of quality and relevant training programs to meet job requirements, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has succeeded in tapping the three training schools here in its Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

The Camiguin School of Arts and Trades, Camiguin Polytechnic State College, and Fatima College of Camiguin recently responded to the invitation of the agency to offer automotive servicing NC I, electrical installation and maintenance NC II, computer systems services NC II, and plumbing NC I and II.

tesda.JPGTESDA-Camiguin currently offers 16 slots for automotive services, 15 for electrical installation and maintenance, 15 for computer systems services, 14 and 15 for plumbing NC I and II respectively. It will provide for the training cost, assessment fee and per capita cost of the courses that amounts to P510,200.

The schools have submitted their tender to TESDA-Camiguin on April 10 and were selected in accordance with the procedures set forth by the agency.

Since the technical education is multi-entry and exit, various proposed dates on the commencement of every course have been set. The earliest date is on May 5 and the latest is on October 14.(RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin Dairy Farm: Nourishing lives, expanding livelihoods


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 17 (PIA) — The country’s dairy industry has generated sales of about 1 billion dollars.

In the island, the local government has seen this potential and gone beyond this number by strengthening their dairy farm to address malnutrition and providing livelihood to various sectors.

How the dairy farm started

The Camiguin Dairy Farm started with the initiative of the late Rep. Pedro P. Romualdo but was not favorably acted upon not until March 12, 2012 when the National Dairy Authority (NDA) considered the project application.

DSC05550.JPGThe project was then approved under the animal distribution program of NDA dubbed as “Dairy Multiplier Farm (DMF)” operation. The Memorandum of Agreement was then signed through Resolution No. 121, Series of 2012.

It was on Sept.18, 2013 when the 25 pregnant dairy cows were transported from Del Monte Philippines to Camiguin.

“At first I was hesitant to have that 25 heads; maybe we just have to accept 15,” Dr. Louis Bollozos of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) said as he thought that they do not have the equipment and facility to house the allocated cows to the province.

However, Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo assured support to the project and has even helped in developing Pasteur areas, building, barn and even the road going to the area.

The dairy farm is now located at Campana, Pandan, Mambajao, Camiguin which has a very rough road but is currently addressed through the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Konkreto at Ayos na LanSAngan ang DAan tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA) project.

“As of today, we have about 92 heads for females,” Bollozos shared.

From this number, they get about 200 liters of milk every day. “We spare about 60-80 liters to feed the cubs and the 120 liters are used for feeding and livelihood programs.

Addressing malnutrition, economic problems

The primary aim of putting up the dairy farm is to address the problem on malnutrition among school-aged children.

Since December 2013, the province has started the milk feeding program in schools with high record of severely wasted malnourished children.

“Before our malnutrition incidence was at 7 percent and today it goes down to only 3 percent,” Bollozos said. Adding that they have already provided about 23,440 liters of milk in their feeding program.

Moreover, Governor Ma. Luisa Romualdo suggested that aside from fresh milk, they could shift to making other products such as pastillas, milk bar, ice cream and even cheese.

“The KALIPI (Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina) made the white cheese but since the constituents are not used to eating such, the product was not viable to us,” Bollozos stressed.

However, with the aid of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) the PAO has come up with other job and economic opportunities for the locals.

“The DOST has extended financial assistance to the project amounting to P1.780M for the procurement of equipment for the milk processing plant while the DTI offered skills training to the women particularly on ice cream making,” Bollozos said.

The doctor also added that a lot of locals and professionals also seek to work in the farm for experience and skills training that they can use in applying for jobs in New Zealand, Australia and other dairy-farming countries.17553622_1576143095732520_8816710720845179393_n.jpg

Dairy farm direction

“Our plan is to have this milk all over Camiguin,” Bollozos expressed.

He also added that aside from feeding the children, they are also teaching the young ones to appreciate the milk as it is. “We do not go into flavored milk. It is because somebody told me that if you want to teach your children to drink milk, do not give flavored milk,” he said.

The dairy farm also gives a source of income to its 27 farm workers and Bollozos shared that they are planning to expand the industry so they can give more job opportunities to their constituents.

At present, the fresh milk per one-liter bottle is sold at P50 and it lasts for about 5-7 days since there are no preservatives and added flavors in it.

“The 20th Dairy Congress and Expo will also be held in the island on May. Hence, we are hopeful that we could boost the industry and be properly equipped in developing such for the benefit of all,” Bollozos said.(RTP/PIA10)

20th dairy congress, expo set in Camiguin


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 17 (PIA) – To provide a venue for dairy farmers to discuss common interests affecting the sector, the Dairy Confederation of the Philippines will hold its 20th Dairy Congress and Expo on May 3-5 at the Provincial Convention Center, here.

The event will be hosted by the Mindanao Alliance of Dairy Industry Stakeholders (MAIDS) with the support of the Provincial Government of Camiguin, National Dairy Authority (NDA) and Philippine Carabao Center (PCC).

Debbie De San Miguel, planning officer of NDA, said that the DairyCon has chosen the province as the venue for this year’s congress since the dairy farming in the area has flourished through the years and the local government unit has shown enthusiasm in developing the industry.

Infographic_20170411_PaculbaR.jpgThe congress will serve as a forum for exchange of information on experiences particularly innovations and breakthroughs in the areas of production, processing and marketing as well as cooperative development in the dairy sector.

For this year, the event is geared towards substantially raising the productivity and incomes of dairy farmers, augment the base herd, create new market niches, and accelerate the realization of a self-reliant countryside.

For members, the registration fee is P2,000 per person and P2,500 for non-members. The registration already includes the congress kit and identification card, souvenir program, snacks and lunch. Board and lodging are not included in the registration.

Interested participants could also register online via or visit the nearest NDA regional office.(RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin holds 4th ultra marathon


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 10 (PIA) – To boost the sports tourism in the province, the local government here in partnership with Promote Camiguin Inc., held the 4th Camiguin 360 Ultra Marathon on April 9 at Mambajao Municipal Hall Ground.


Gilbert Grado, event head, said that about 105 runners from various areas including Zamboanga, Bukidnon, Davao del Sur, Jolo and more participated in the 64KM UltraRun solo category and 10 runners joined in the relay event.


Bayani Alvarez from Cebu emerged as the overall champion for the male category and has finished the race at 5:20:50 hours. Tailing him is Desiderio Ingbino from Cebu who completed the marathon at 5:21:07 hours and Ramil Escolano from Camiguin bagged the second place who finished the race at 6:12:01 hours.


For the female category, Jennifer Red Sabela from Cagayan de Oro City (CDOC) was named as the overall champion who finished the race at 6:46:23 hours. Two other females from the said city bagged the first and second place namely Janice Shugar Somcio who finished at 7:05:28 hours and Gilda Velarde who completed the race at 7:19:12 hours.


17800262_1332827366796737_4322970629916323567_nMeanwhile, the mixed relay championship was earned by Mai Chung and Randie Briones from Cagayan de Oro City who completed the event at 5:49:44 hours. Irish Laurenciana and John Rey Tumanda (CDOC) who finished the relay event at 6:08:16 got the first place while Kenn Baja and Johanns Cordita (CDOC) garnered the second place after completing the race in 7:15:37 hours.


To ensure safety during the event, racers were required to bring flash light or head lamp, blinkers and hydration pack. The race started at 12:01 AM and winners were awarded at 11:30AM.


From Mambajao Ground, racers took a counterclockwise route to Nasaag Covered Court, Panghiawan Elementary School, Holy Rosary High School, Guinsiliban Elementary School, Kilometro 21, San Roque, Tupsan Pequino and Creekside, Anito.(RTP/PIA10)17155687_1301332606612880_5050523119087043741_n

DTI rolls out ‘Kapatid Mentor Me’ project, scales up Camiguin enterprises


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 8 — With the aim to boost local enterprises, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) launched the “Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME)” program on March 27 at the Camiguin Convention Center here.

The activity, which also showcased the renowned products of the Camiguin mentees, was attended by almost 300 participants comprising the existing and potential Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), academe and the government sector.

17554192_636398303218723_425136527065524700_n.jpgAside from improving the business operations, the products in the province will also be scaled up under the KMME program.

DTI Assistant Secretary Blesila A. Lantayona said that the MSMEs comprised 99.6 percent of the total enterprises in the country or about 946,000 MSMEs comprising 89 percent for the micro-enterprises; 9.2 percent for small enterprises and 0.4 percent for the medium enterprises.

17499433_636425646549322_4357729077290049878_nMoreover, Modules 1 and 2, Entrepreneurial Mind-setting and Marketing, of the KMME program were tackled in the event.

Success stories of Vjandep Bakeshop, Maestrado Tablea and Pasalubong sa Camiguin were also highlighted in the Kapihan or the Inspirational Forum aside from the business consultations facilitated by the certified local mentors.

Following the kick-off rites will be the mentoring sessions of the 20 mentees on April to June 2017 at the Mambajao Negosyo Center, Mambajao Municipal Building.

“Mentor Me is one of the components of the Project KAPATID—an initiative of the DTI and the PCE to help the country’s micro and small enterprises.

The program brings together experts and industry leaders who will provide a series of free mentoring sessions on incorporating innovation in products, services, operation processes, business models and other aspects of entrepreneurship for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. (Zita M. Abellare/PIA10


DTI- Camiguin celebrates International Consumer Rights Day


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, March 22 — With the theme  “Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust,” the Department of Trade and Industry- Camiguin Provincial Office celebrated the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on March 15 through holding information and education campaign.


The Consumer Information and Education Campaign (IEC) Forum was held for the students in both public and private schools in the province of Camiguin.

During the forum, WCRD is emphasized as an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and a chance to protest against the market abuses and social injustices which undermine those rights.


Personnel from DTI-Camiguin also shared that the celebration was inspired by President John F. Kennedy, who gave an address to the US congress on 15 March 1962, in which he formally addressed the issue of consumer rights and he was the first world leader to do so, and the consumer movement now marks that date every year as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights.


Informing consumers is one of the initial steps in making sure that consumers are well protected and informed about their rights and responsibilities since a well- informed and empowered consumer is a happy and satisfied consumer.


Hence, DTI always emphasizes that WCRD should be observed and advocated until everyone is aware of their rights as consumers.(Zita M. Abellare with reports from Varry Labial/PIA10)

DTI-Camiguin conducts bamboo machine operators training


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, March 22 – The Department Trade and Industry (DTI)-Camiguin conducted the Bamboo Machine Operators Training on March 8-10 at Camiguin School of Arts and Trades (CSAT) Campus in Lumad, Mambajao, Camiguin to further improve the operators’ bamboo handling skills.

The Bamboo Shared Service Facility, which is introduced to the operators, is one of the venues in which engineered bamboos are to be produced.

These equipment, provided to the operators, are targeted fill the gap on the problems of production in the bamboo industry.


Eight individuals were trained to operate mechanized bamboo cutter, splitter, planer and other equipments.

The participants were also trained on the proper use of table saw and arm saw.

The activity is among the series of trainings conducted by the DTI to ensure bamboo processors will be equipped in machine operations and bamboo processing and eventually teach the operators to produce engineered bamboo planks.(Zita M. Abellare/PIA10)

Camiguin gov’t ensures change work for women


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, March 28 (PIA) – To culminate the Women’s Month celebration and honor the crucial role of women in nation building, the provincial government here held the civic parade, Binisayang Awit ug Sayaw contest and Search for Most Outstanding Woman 2017 on March 28 at the Provincial Capitol grounds.


Local and national line government agencies, civil society organizations and various women’s group converged at the Mambajao Public Plaza for the civic parade. The parade ended at the Provincial Capitol Grounds where the Binisayang Awit ug Sayaw was held.


In her message, Provincial Governor Ma. Luisa Romualdo urged the residents of Camiguin to help maintain the cleanliness and being plastic-free of the province. For her, taking care of the environment is a way to show love for women and their children.


Also, to provide better opportunities for the women in the province, Romualdo highlighted the ice cream making skills training that the local government in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided recently.


The primary ingredient used in the ice cream is the fresh milk obtained from the Camiguin Dairy Farm and Romualdo stressed that the project was first intended to combat malnutrition among school-aged children but later on, they found out that such produce could also help women in becoming effective entrepreneurs.


The provincial government is also positive that with their initiatives, change that would work for women is slowly taking place.(RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin gears up for Panaad 2017


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, March 31 (PIA) — As part of the preparation for the Panaad 2017 (a vow in exchange for a good life), the provincial government collaborated with the local government of Balingoan to facilitate the transportation needs of the commuters and tourists and conducted various meetings to provide better service during the Holy Week.


Candice Naome Dael, Camiguin provincial tourism officer said that this is an initiative of both local government units (LGUs) to control the expected congestion of people during the event and avoid traffic in the said area.


She also added that they have been conducting series of meetings with the task force for Panaad 2017 to make sure that the safety and enjoyment of the tourists and religious believers is secured.


In their preliminary agreements, Dael said that the ferry ticketing would be held in Balingoan Terminal so as to avoid traffic and people congestion on the streets.

“Unlike the previous years, people would have to get their ticket in the small area of Balingoan Port. And we received a lot of complaints about it that is why we looked for options to refrain such inconvenience,” Dael said.


The Camiguin Provincial Tourism Officer also works on the improvement and accessibility of various tourist destinations and resorts since a lot of participants of Panaad prefer to stay longer in the area for relaxation.(RTP/PIA10)