Implementation of 4Ps “difficult to monitor” in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s conditional cash transfer program dubbed Pantawid Pamilyang
Pilipino Program (4Ps) is difficult to monitor, Christopher Capinpin,
the program’s provincial coordinator, admitted to the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan Wednesday.

Capinpin spoke in an inquiry by provincial board members on the status
of the program’s implementation in the province. There have been
previous reports that some recipients are not qualified, and some
qualified ones did not use the fund assistance to address the
conditions required in the program. Continue reading

[PHOTO] Rope Challenges in Forest Park

A local tourist tries one of the rope challenges in the Forest Park in Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. The park is located beside the well-known Zip Zone, which owners promote to have Asia's longest dual cable zip line.

Bukidnon opens P2.2 million goat breeder farm

MALAYBALAY CITY – Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan opened the provincial government’s P2.2 million first goat breeder farm in Dicklum, Manolo Fortich town in northern Bukidnon in time for the launching of his administration’s Assistance to Low Income Communities and Settlers (ALICS) Program.

Calingasan said the 53-head breeder farm project is intended for livelihood assistance for the province’s poor families and communities.

An initial 13-heads, 10 does (female) and three bucks (male) were delivered to the farm in time for the launch on August 17.

Calingasan vowed in his inaugural speech last year to prioritize agriculture in his administration and in recent interviews to develop the defunct Bukidnon Resources Company Inc.40-hectare compound in
Manolo Fortich into an agricultural support haven.

The Provincial Veterinary Office is managing the farm while distribution of the goats will be coursed through the Provincial Livelihood Program.

But there is still no fix scheme how the project will be distributed, Dr. Kharinine Escarinas, project coordinator from the Provincial Veterinary Office, said.

She said they are yet to finalize how this will be done.

She cited that they have already initially distributed 30 does and three bucks in three barangays prior to the launch of the farm. But she said those were goats purchased from breeder farms owned by
private entities.

She added that the provincial government intends to breed the goats it will be distribute as part of their aim to encourage livelihood among the low income earners of the province. Escarinas told Bukidnon News they preferred goat because the people can just graze it in back yards or grass lands and they don’t need to buy feeds, like in hog, which could possible compete with the raisers consumption needs.

She added that they are using cross bred goat for the project, a mix of Boer and Anglo breeds.

The ALICS program, which Calingasan said uses initial P10 million, covers operations of a goat breeder farm, lowland and upland rice production, corn production, vermin production, nursery, Tilapia fish pond, mango production, orchards and ornamentals, large animal production like cattle, honeybee production, and a demo production of Adlai or Job’s tears, a grass that bears grains that is seen as an alternative to rice.

Calingasan said they want to use the idle land in the former Bukidnon Industrial and Economic Zone, where BRCI is located, in the meantime for agricultural production to support the province’s livelihood program.

“But this will be distributed only to those who are willing to be helped, too,” he added.

He said to ensure  that those who will receive the project will not put to waste the opportunity he will require that they have to be enrolled in the provincial government Provincial Indigency Health Project, which sources said means the indigents were at least willing to submit to requirements. (Walter I. Balane)

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Bukidnon seeks WHO help on schistosomiasis

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Bukidnon Provincial Board passed a resolution Wednesday urging and requesting the World Health Organization to intervene and provide financial assistance for the rehabilitation of the Matin-ao Spring Resort in Bangcud, Malaybalay City.

In a resolution sponsored by lawyer Nemesio Beltran Jr, the province board is asking the WHO to declare the spring as a pilot area where they can pour scientific, medical, and financial resources to contain and eliminate schistosomiasis. Continue reading

Bukidnon mulls relocating Alae quarantine station

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Provincial Veterinary Office have been asked to study the relocation of its animal quarantine station in Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon amid talks it falls within the territorial boundary of Cagayan de Oro, not Bukidnon.

Provincial board majority floor leader Nemesio Beltran filed a resolution recommending to Gov. Alex Calingasan to order the relocation of the present health quarantine.

“It is now time for the provincial government of Bukidnon to commission a task force that would study and recommend in what site within the territorial boundary of Bukidnon  the present Alae Health Quarantine be relocated,” the board member said in his resolution unanimously approved by his colleagues.

He added that the relocation of the quarantine would pave the way to a modern quarantine complex. The province’s animal health quarantine in Lorega, Kitaotao, Bukidnon for vehicles coming from Davao City have been renovated. He added that the relocation would also cause improvement of the highway portion that would be vacated by the Alae station.

Dr. Nancy Diez, provincial veterinarian, in her appearance at the provincial board on April 27, told the provincial board that personnel at the quarantines are tasked to monitor incoming and outgoing livestock and poultry movement and to inspect vehicles carrying meat and meat products. She said the quarantines should also check the veterinary health certificate of the animals passing through the station.

The quarantine staff should stop vehicles and request passengers of all public utility vehicles to step down and step on foot baths to protect Bukidnon from foot and mouth diseases.

But a major concern in the Alae station, based on previous appearances of PVO officials at the provincial board is that many drivers evade the health check, some of them citing the station sets on a site where Bukidnon has no jurisdiction. (Walter I. Balane)