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RO9 GulayanProjectPagadian City - Thirty-five school teachers and personnel participated in the Department of Agriculture 9 High Value Crops Development Program (#DA9HVCDP) the Vegetable Production Training for the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

The training which aimed to equip teachers with agriculture knowledge, promotes the institution of sustainable, organic agriculture and responsible vegetable consumption among educators, students, including their families. It was held at Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City on November 10 and 11, 2020.

“We are very grateful to be part of this training, the knowledge they impart to us will help us in addressing the status of malnutrition in our assigned communities, especially in using the harvests in our feeding program to our pupils. We will really do our best to pass on the information to others so that they can also learn from what we learn from this training,” said Mr. Roel Yuzon, Head Teacher at Regla Elementary School.

RO9 CounterfeitFake medicines have always been a problem in the Philippines as the country is geographically near to leading fraudulent manufacturers such as China, Pakistan, and India. That’s why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines advised consumers to maintain a high level of awareness about counterfeit drugs and to buy medicines from drugstores duly-licensed by the FDA. Consumers should also think twice if the price is lower than usual, especially those found online or in the black market.

Counterfeit drugs are fake medicines. They are products that maybe contaminated or contain the wrong or no active ingredients. They could have right active ingredients but at the wrong dose and may be harmful to your health. During this time of pandemic there are a lot of counterfeiters taking advantage of the growing demands of medicines and vitamins in the market. Thus, Presidential Proclamation No. 8052 dated 15 June 2010, declares every third week of November of every year as the National Consciousness Week against Counterfeit Medicine. This year’s theme is “Sa Gitna ng Pandemya, Magtulungan Laban sa Pekeng Medisina.”

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Beneficiaries of the DOLE-assisted Project HOPE (Helping Others Prosper Economically) Agricultural Cooperative (PHAC) showcased various “Chilicious” Chili products at the Kadiwa on Wheels Mobile Market and Cosechas de Zamboanga from September 4 to October 23, 2020.

Both activities were joint initiatives of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Local Government Unit of Zamboanga City through the Office of the City Agriculturist which aims to help local growers and farmers showcase and market their products to the buying public.

Regional Director Atty Roy L. Buenafe shared that encouraging PHAC to join such product expositions widen the beneficiaries’ understanding of how to market their products and gain more sales.

During both exhibits, the Project HOPE booth sold Chilicious Products such as the Chili Garlic Crunch, Chili Sauce, Chili Paste, Vinagre Special (Sukang Pinakurat) and various fast crops such as Pechay Tanglad, Kangkong, Malunggay, Mustasa, Sili Labuyo and F1.

RO9 ChayoteJamMark Ezekiel E. Adona, scholar under RA 7687 of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), nabbed 1st place during the first ever Innovative Food Technology Contest with his Eggplant-Chayote Jam recipe – a unique vegetable-based blend of various natural ingredients with Eggplant and Chayote as the star components.

Adona’s “Eggplant-Chayote Jam” bested other food technology contenders, and won him a ten thousand (₱10,000.00) cash prize, along with a certificate of participation.

The contest is the first of its kind in the Region, with the objective of encouraging the pursuit of innovative business ideas into viable business ventures in Agriculture and Fisheries.

Conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) IX – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) in partnership with the Western Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium IX (WESMARRDEC), the event took place on October 28, 2020, at the DA office lobby at Gen. Vicente Alvarez Street, Zamboanga City.

RO9 World Diabetes DayIn 1991, the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) created the World Diabetes Day (WDD) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. WDD is marked every year on November 14, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1992. This year’s theme “The Nurse and Diabetes” aims to raise awareness around the crucial role nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.

Diabetes is about the body’s ability (or lack of it) to produce the required amount of a hormone called insulin to control glucose levels in the blood. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. The former type of diabetes requires daily administration of artificial insulin by means of injection or insulin pump. The other type of diabetes is more generally managed by a combination of dietary control and medication in the form of tablets.

RO9 HANSOAThe Local Government Unit (LGU) of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte conducted their first Health and Nutrition School on the Air (HANSOA) program graduation ceremony last November 5, 2020 at Siayan Sports Complex. Spearheaded by Mayor Josecor S. Gepolongca with Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Ms. Judalyn C. Dompales and Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Dr. Raymund P. Nadela, a total of 169 individuals were given recognition as graduates during the occasion with proper observance of COVID-19 protocols.

HANSOA was first launched in the municipality on 6 July 2020 with initially 120 enrollees. It is the LGU’s own version of the original Nutrition School on the Air (NSOA) of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) that aims to promote and provide correct information on the importance of good nutrition and healthy lifestyle through radio broadcast. The HANSOA was aired with the discussion of the 10-Kumainments as well as sessions on health programs and services every week in the Nutriskwela Community Radio Station-Radyo Kahupayan which was established in May 2015.