RO9 QuesoDeBolaQueso de Bola is the Filipino term, from Spanish, for Edam cheese. This literally means a “ball of cheese”. A brief background on this semi-hard cheese treat is that it originated from the Netherlands and is traditionally sold in rounded cylinders with a pale-yellow interior and a coat, or rind, of red paraffin wax. It ages and travels well, and does not spoil; it only hardens, making it the world’s most popular cheese between the 14th and 18th centuries.

Especially during holidays, people tend to give queso de bola to their relatives and friends. However, with its big size, it is usually hard to think what to do with those leftover queso de bola from Christmas dinner.

RO9 RiceSeeds#DA9RICEPROGRAM - RED Rad Donn L. Cedeño was represented by RTD Ferdinand D. Gamorot in the Rice Seeds Turnover ceremony in Zamboanga City on Wednesday.

A total of 650 bags of hybrid and inbred rice seeds were turned over to the City Agriculture office, intended for the rice farmers in District 1 in Zamboanga City.

Present during the turnover were DA9 Rice Program Regional Coordinator Evelyn P. Academia, 1st District Representative Cesar JAWO Jimenez, Jr., Agriculture Committee Chair Atty Al-Jihan Edding, Councilor Bong Atilano, City Agriculturist Carmencita Sanchez, and the agricultural districts' Field Officers, and farmer leaders.

The government, through the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), is set to further develop the country’s aquaculture industry through the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2’s stimulus package.

The stimulus package worth Php 500 million, which will fund culture of certain fish and aquatic species with good market potential such as glass eels, sea urchins, and seaweeds; and establish multi-species hatcheries across the country, among others, is projected to boost aquaculture production by 9.6 thousand metric tons. This will augment and open up more livelihood opportunities for fisherfolk, particularly fish farmers.

RO9 TortaIt is undeniably cheaper to cook at home. Especially during this pandemic, it is safer to cook your favorite meals at home and serve it to your family. However, there will be times when one will run out of ideas to cook and your family wants to try something new. This Eggplant and Sardine Omelet is a budget-friendly yet delicious that you can cook for your family anytime.

RO9 ZampenHolidayAs we are nearly leaping to another year, the fight against the prominent coronavirus disease in Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) is not yet over, rather 'overwhelming’ increase of cases is being expected if people remains reprimanded and take the public health protocols for granted this holiday.

"There is still continuous growth of COVID-19 cases seen in different areas, signaling the start of a surge,” said by Dr. Mary Rose Rendon of Department of Health (DOH)-9 during the Joint Regional Inter-Agency Task Force – Regional Task Force (RIATF-RTF) COVID-19 meeting held recently.

"If not mitigated, this will lead to a sharp spike of cases during and after the holiday,” she added.

RO9 LakewoodRealizing the importance of maternal nutrition as part of the First 1000 Days (F1KD) of life, the municipality of Lakewood conducted a month-long supplemental feeding to the 135 pregnant mothers of their 14 barangays during this month of December. This initiative of Lakewood aims to guarantee that pregnant women, especially those who are nutritionally at-risk, will receive adequate nutrition to ensure safe and healthy delivery of the baby and to prevent early onset of malnutrition and its consequences.