PHILIPPINES- Sept 6 2021, the question that was asked to the 10 laureates to the upcoming Award for Promoting Philippine China Understanding (APPCU) from since it is geared toward stabilizing the bilateral relationship between China and the Philippines amid the tensions at the West Philippine Sea.

China and the Chinese people has long been a part of the Filipino culture way before the European colonizers stepped into the soil of the islands. It is evident in the long tradition of trade and friendship between Filipinos and Chinese whi gave birth to Chinese-Filipinos whom were Filipinos of Chinese descent.

Unfortunately the relationship has slightly been tarnished by indifference and misunderstanding in minor things that seasoned diplomats can easily pacify hence the long history of friendship and cannot be broken by politics and ideologies.

The award aim to strengthen the ties that bind the Filipino and Chinese together, our shared culture friendship and the fact that China is an emerging economic powerhouse with humble beginnings much like that of the Philippines.

The awards has three categories namely: 1. Hall of Fame, by which two people will be awarded which includes Former First Lady  Imelda Romualdez Marcos and  Ambassador Francis Chua;

2. Outstanding Contributions, including in this category are: Mr. Herman Tiu Laurel, Ms. Teresita Ang-See,  Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno and Dr. Rommel C. Banlaoi while the 3. Major Contributions category has: Prof. Jaime Florcruz,  Mr. Adolfo Paglinawan, Dr. and Atty. Mario Leonardo Emilio Aportadera and Mr. John Fernandez.

At the said virtual media forum the Laureates answered questions from the Press. Included in the attendees were former President and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,  Mr. Peter T. Lavina, Deputy Secretary General ng APCU, Mr. Yonghui Xie Councellor ng Chinese Embassy sa Maynila.

The awarding proper will commence this Sept. 10, 2021 and will be aired live at  PTV 4 and streamed at their official facebook page.///Mj Olvina-Balaguer, +639053611058, at DZMJ Online “Makabuluhang Jornalismo, Your Happiness Channel”


DA-12 distributes sentinel pigs in Makilala and Kidapawan City

The Department of Agriculture (DA) 12 through the leadership of Regional Executive Director Arlan Mangelen distributed “sentinel” pigs from the Livestock Program Quick Response Fund as prelude to repopulation in Makilala and Kidapawan City yesterday, September 2.

Each hog raisers received three head of pigs and ten bags of feeds. A total of 90 sentinel pigs and 180 bags of hog grower feeds, various vet drugs and disinfectant were given to 30 small hog raisers in the area.

“The DA 12 hopes to regain a “pink zone ASF status” in your area…We will continuously provide assistance to the hog industry,” Director Mangelen said.

Further, BABay ASF technical team will conduct at least two PCR tests on the said municipalities. When found negative, the farms and the whole barangay are “released” from ASF quarantine status.

Present in the said distribution were North Cotabato Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Rufino Sorupia together with the Local Government Unit of Kidapawan City and Municipality of Makilala officials. # # # (DA-RFO XII, RAFIS)

DA Programs uphold Indigenous People’s Inclusivity

BUTUAN CITY  –  A community of Indigenous People (IP) in Sitio Malihao, Barangay Bonbon, Butuan City, is now undertaking food and income-generating ventures through organic farming technologies.

The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga through its Banner Programs is conducting a Training on Crops and Livestock Production on September 2-3.

Around 20 Manobo-Higaonon members of Mt. Mayapay Tribal Council participated in the training designed to promote sustainable farming and create livelihood opportunities while conserving the indigenous ecosystem and promoting biodiversity.

Topics on upland rice, OPV white corn, and vegetable and poultry production are part of the technologies shared.  Integrated and diversified organic farming systems and Natural Farming Technology systems are also included.

“Educating the IPs with the appropriate technologies is a tool to encourage them to maximize the use of the ancestral agricultural lands and turn it into productive, profitable, self-sustained, and developed resilient agricultural enterprises,” said Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo.

 Thus, innovations, skills, and appropriate agricultural technologies are significant to uphold one of the important allies of the government to achieve food security and sufficiency.

Aside from the training, DA-Caraga provided the Tribal Council with rice-certified seeds, OPV white corn seeds, vegetable seeds, and garden tools.

Director Monteagudo said that the DA-Caraga continues to build its partnership with the IP sector through regular and special programs like the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng KababayangKatutubo (4Ks) Program and Special Areas for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program.

He also encouraged the group to be registered as a farmers’ organization to receive more interventions from the government.

“Inclusivity is something that the Department promotes and ensures to implement by providing equal opportunities for everybody regardless of age, gender, religion or political belief, and ethnicity,” said Director Monteagudo. # # # (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS)