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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)


DTI strengthens establishment monitoring


MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN , February 20 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Camiguin shows no let up in its monitoring activities even after the holiday season to ensure continued compliance  of Fair Trade Laws (FTLs).

Some 110 business establishments in the province were monitored and inspected. Half of these were inspected for basic necessities and prime commodities, while the other establishment submitted inspection for mandatory products set by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS).

DTI said the biggest number of establishments is concentrated in the capital town, Mambajao.

On the other hand, Product Standard (PS) monitoring and enforcement which entails proper marking were likewise monitored. The most common among these markings are the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) for imported products and Philippine Standard (PS) for locally manufactured products, commonly used in hardware and specialty stores.

DTI carry out monthly visits to prompt store owners and managers to follow consumer related laws and avoid unscrupulous undertakings. (Zita M. Abellare with reports from Varry Labial –DTI Camiguin/PIA 10)


Camiguin launches ‘bulawanon’ program to boost local governance


MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, January 11 (PIA) -All Provincial, Municipal, Barangay Officials, national agencies and the private sector officially launched the Bulawanong Camiguin (Golden Camiguin) Program on January 09, 2017 at the Camiguin Convention Center, Mambajao, Camiguin.

The launching was highlighted with the declaration and signing of the Pledge of Commitment led by the Governor of Camiguin Maria Luisa Romualdo after her State of the Province Address during the 49th Camiguin Day celebration.



Bulawanong Camiguin Program is a priority thrust and development agenda pursuing the productivity and competitiveness in government service, especially among local government units (LGUs) by propelling economic growth, creating friendly environment for attractiveness of investments and excellent performance in all areas of the four pillars of competiveness namely economic governance, government efficiency, infrastructure and disaster resiliency

Mayor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo of the capital town of Mambajao led all Local Chief Executives in the commitment pledge of support also by reading in details the roles of the Mayors and vowed to align all programs and projects for the success of the Bulawanong Camiguin of the province.

Meanwhile, DTI-Camiguin Provincial Director Joselito S. Enot led all the national agencies in the pledge of commitment and read in details the roles of DTI and all national agencies for the Bulawanong Camiguin program.



In the year 2015 the Municipality of Mambajao in Camiguin was the National Champion as the Most Competitive Municipality amongst the 980 municipalities in the country with all other municipalities namely Mahinog, Sagay, Guinsiliban and Catarman also faring high in the ranking that contributed to the Provincial Government of Camiguin awarded as top 10 Most Competitive provinces in the country.

All the government officials and heads of agencies of Camiguin vowed to support the vision of competitive Philippines and instill a culture of excellence through public-private sector collaboration as a means to reduce poverty through inclusive growth. (Zita M. Abellare,DTI-Camigui/PIA-10)




Investments grew by 23% in Camiguin


MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, January 9 (PIA) – A total of P62million investments were poured in Camiguin last year, boosting its annual investment growth to 23 percent.

The service sector absorbs 68 percent of the investments generated for the year followed by agricultural based investments at 20 percent, trading at 11 percent and manufacturing at 1 percent.


The Department of Trade and Industry said these generated a total of 1,533 employments, also higher by 15 percent when compared to the preceding year.

Top 15 investments involve construction of commercial buildings, warehouses, restaurants and cottages as well as establishments of businesses like drug store, plant, showroom and commercial center among others. (JCV/PIA-10)


DTI launches ‘e-Presyo’ access



MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, December 28 (PIA) – Shoppers can now access the list of prevailing prices on basic necessities and prime commodities through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ‘e-Presyo’ portals available via android applications or web.

e-Presyo serves as guide to consumers while doing their grocery shopping to enjoy best value for money.

When the data gathering fully takes-off, the system will reflect comparative prevailing prices for a preferred period.

DTI Camiguin Provincial Director Joselito S. Enot said compared to the conventional manner of reporting, this allows real time entry during monitoring on the part of DTI.

As a newly developed system, e-Presyo will contain price data from 2016 onwards, price data from previous years can be requested from the DTI.

As for Camiguin, there about 110 establishments monitored by DTI monthly and covers only basic necessities, prime commodities, construction materials and other mandatory products.

Special monitoring is likewise conducted for school supplies in the months of May to June and Noche Buena Items starting October to December. (JCV/PIA10)


Camiguin DTI undergoes writing workshop to improve client reach


MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, December 21 (PIA) – To enhance The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) services in the province by reaching more clients through improved information delivery, DTI personnel in Camiguin undergoes a 1-day basic newswriting and photography seminar-workshop on 20 December 2016.

The activity was held here and attended by some 15 DTI personnel along with the office on-the-job trainees (OJTs).

Provincial Director Joselito S. Inot said releasing updates through news reports is part of their agency’s organization objective in hope to reinforce how they can relate to their client better, perform, and improve their services as public servants.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) was tapped to provide the technical assistance.

PIA Northern Mindanao Officer In-Charge Franklin P. Gumapon reiterated during the training the importance of disseminating programs, projects, and accomplishments to get publics support, as well as, understanding in government regulations and policies.

He also added the importance in tapping the media as key partners in pushing acceptance for programs and projects in government. (JCV/PIA 10)


Camiguin dried squid project bags Best SSF Award


solardrying_driedsquidssf-1MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, August 31 (PIA) – The Kahugpungan sa Masilakong Mananagat (KASAMMA) received the Best Shared Service Facility (SSF) Award during the Negosyo, Konsyumer Atbp. (NKA) event held in Cagayan de Oro City on 17-19 August 2016.

The NKA is just one of the series of “One DTI Services” national caravan which aims to heighten the awareness of the public, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and consumers about the services offered by DTI.

DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya, DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno handed the award of recognition to the association’s manager Teresita Ocaba together with other awardees in Northern Mindanao.

KASAMMA is a recipient of DTI Camiguin’s SSF project in 2014. It was chosen as the Best SSF awardee besting other 20 SSF recipients in Camiguin on the basis of criteria set more particularly on the full utilization of the equipment provided to them leading to the outcomes like increase in production volume, market development, growth in sales, jobs generated and number of beneficiaries that has been benefitted of the SSF project.

It is an association located in Sagay town, Camiguin, registered in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on January 2000 with a total of 70 members, mostly composed of fisher folks and their wives. 

DTI noted on the success of their products, the sun dried fish and squid, to the local market, tourists and even to traders from outside the province like Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon.

Through the SSF project, KASAMMA was able to procure good manufacturing practices (GMP) compliant drying and vacuum packaging equipment to enhance the quality of their food products by eliminating the foul odour, increasing its shelf life, standardizing the weights/measures and mechanizing the drying process to be able to cope with market demand even during rainy season. 

Now these products are positioned as pasalubong items, to be able to capture institutional market outside Camiguin.  (Zita M. Abellare, DTI-Camiguin, PIA Cam iNet)


DTI orients newly installed officials on opportunities for investment


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 25 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial Office kick-off its Information and Education Campaign (IEC) series on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Build-Operate Transfer (BOT) in Guinsiliban town on 22 August.

DTI pooled the Sangguniang Bayan Members and discussed PPP and BOT as a strategy and an advocacy to promote private investments in government owned lots to increase employment especially in the countryside.

Part of the IEC was showcasing some of the successful PPP/BOT projects in Luzon and other parts of the country that started specifically in the big cities like Metro Manila and Cagayan de Oro areas.

DTI promotes investments for vibrant and sustainable local economies to generate more jobs and ultimately make living conditions better for the majority of the population and further complements the local government units (LGUs) in providing systematic approaches and formulating strategies for an investor friendly and business enabling environment. (Zita Maestrado-Abellare with reports from Eric L. Aranas, DTI-Camiguin/ PIA-Cam i-Net)


DTI launches second Negosyo Center in Camiguin


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, July 28 (PIA)  The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched its second Negosyo Center (NC) in the province on 26 July 2016.

 The center, a facility that aims to promote ease of doing business and facilitate access to services for Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) within the area,is housed inside the Mahinog Municipal Hall.

The formal launching ceremony was firmed up with the signing of  the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and  a  ribbon cutting  led by the Mahinog Mayor Rogerio Acle and Vice-Mayor Rey Lawrence K. Tan. 

 DTI said the project affirms the strong partnership between their office and the local government units. (Zita Maestrado-Abellare, DTI-Camiguin, PIA-Cam Inet)

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Mahinog local govt gets Timbangan ng Bayan from DTI


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MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, July 28 (PIA) — DTI turned over two weighing scales to the local government unit (LGU) of Mahinog. This is under the weighing scale of the people project dubbed “Timbangan ng Bayan.”

The ceremonial turnover was done in time for the grand launch of the Mahinog Negosyo Center on 26 July 2016. It is the first set turned-over by DTI to LGU-Mahinog.  

DTI-Camiguin Provincial Director Joselito S. Enot formally turned-over the weighing scales to Mahinog Mayor Rogerio C. Acle, witnessed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Member of Camiguin Nerio Galochino and Christy Gabia of DTI-Regional Office 10.

Timbangan ng Bayan is a project of DTI to promote consumer welfare and healthy business environment.  It carries the slogan “Tamang Timbang, Tamang Presyo at De-Kalidad na Produkto” to provide best quality and value for consumers. (Zita M. Abellare, DTI-Camiguin, PIA Cam iNet)