Jagna egg-noodles, now Hatch into ‘nutri-pancit’

CANJULAO, Jagna, Bohol, October 18 (PIA)—It comes out in rather weird colors: malunggay (horseradish) green, squash yellow, camote top purple, but for all these, it is basically dried pancit (noodle) similar to your regular canton.
From there, all the similarities end. And then comes the big difference.
Yaning’s Pancit used to be your ordinary neighborhood egg noodles.
Produced from a kitchen backroom in this bustling town, the egg noodles industry now has its own common service facility, but that is getting ahead of the story.
Its manufacturers: a family toiled through years to earn and send their kids through college. And to make both ends meet. When the going gets tough, they produce a little bit more to get enough for the spending needs after the matriculation.
For extra hands, this family hires their jobless neighbors.
And as quickly did the neighbors learn egg-noodling the hard way, the faster they were also dipped into the groove in the food production job.
That started a little livelihood that would soon grow and attract more and more Jagna residents who see the healthy promise getting money for food and other needs.
All of that, thanks to a lady named Yaning.
Living from making egg-noodles, Yaning and her husband got into the business, as loyal as clockwork. The neighbors, then two or three, pitched in for the extra hands. Through the years.
With all Yaning’s kids finishing college, all from the egg-noodles that they are selling, it was not hard for the neighbors to get into the production.
Before Yaning died, she left the business to the neighbors.
Not any longer, from the basic egg noodles hatched to greatness of the new nutri-pancit, through the introduction of innovation.
“You know pancit has a certain come-on to the kids. We see that, as an opportunity to put in the blend some nutritious ingredients. These are usually the ones parents would find it hard to make their kids eat,” says Dominiciana Jamora, the animated operations manager as she is in her high stool perch, hands gesturing loosely, details the hardships they have to surmount to get where they are now.
“It is more of providing alternatives to parents who have a hard time convincing their kids to eat nutritious food,” Jamora added, information spilling from her in a steady stream of words and hand gestures.
Data from the Provincial Nutrition Council showed that Bohol kids are still threatened by malnutrition.
“The witty blending of naturally nutritious ingredients to the noodles could be a good start in solving some problems,” although slowly, PNC members admit.
“They are eating, not really caring about what they are getting as long as it is pancit,” Jamora said triumph in her voice.
A resident of Tubod Monte, Jamora, 57 manages the noodle production from their Common Service Facility (CSF) built by Jagna for the use of the association of local noodle makers.
She, along with women leaders of small, micro and medium enterprises under the Jagna Sustainable Micro Enterprises Development (JaSMED) met at a newly constructed Common Service Facility (CSF) for tableya, the native chocolates which the town also produces after their world renowned calamay, here in a hilltop plant overlooking the barangay and the town center with the blue Mindanao Sea in the distance.
“Among the JaSMED-assisted products is Yaning’s Pancit,” discloses JaSMED Unit head Marilou Naldoza, who has kept close tabs on the 16 micro, small and medium enterprises that the local government unit of Jagna and with the assistance of government agencies, have been producing mostly food products.
Two members of the JaSMED however chose to be in candle and in rags products development.
As to the nutria-pancit, Jamora, who has since led the egg-noodle-now-nutri-pancit business is on to more innovations to make their product a channel for income to her 76 members.
We are now tryiong to help solve at least three problems: malnutrition, family incomes and sending our members to school.
One of their members, Jamora shared, used to work on the calamay industry, as a cardboard box to keep her clothes.
Now, she said she has a good cabinet for her to keep her clothes in her room.
“Most of our members are out of school youth and students by day, noodle factory workers at night, she pointed out,” as she squirms and twists on the high stool she was perched during the causal talk.
Her excitement betrayed her as much as her animated responses to the questions showed.
“We have to continue with the noodles [factory], this has become livelihood for our people and in turn serves the town,” she shared.
The business has also helped not just for making sure people have money, it has also helped their young members finish their studies.
“From this, four of our members have finished college: a seaman, a police man and two teachers,” Jamora, grinning from ear to ear, revealed.
“We thought there’s more to just being egg-noodles, so with the help of the Department of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Agrarian Reform, Trade and Industry and the LGU, we blended squash, malunggay, camote tops and just anything nutritious that can be put in, anything that mothers can use to give their kids the proper nutrition they would need at their ages,” she said in Cebuano.
The green noodles are malunggay, the golden yellow is squash and the purple-violet is camote tops, Jamora illustrated.
And since egg-noodling has become a livelihood to some community members, the LGU and several government agencies pooled resources to put up a CSF, to make sure that there is an established standard for the way things have to be made to keep the Jagna brand, Naldoza explained.
Of all Bohol towns, not many have set up their MSMEs like Jagna, Naldoza added.
For the nutri-pancit, the coop manager said they are now producing 144 packs of 250 grams daily, this would be sold at P45.00, and the sales is starting to increase.
The increase is even noted despite the fact that Jamora’s group is still processing their Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) registration.
We are getting many orders, some as far as Davao, but until we can get the FDA certification, we might just keep the production, she said.
Jagna nutri-noodles rank among the leading products of the town; the biggest being calamay, tablea, cookies, and noodles. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Jagnanutri-noodles are among the products on display by members of Jagna Sustainable Micro Enterprises Development (JaSMED). The noodles, which uses nutritious food as among its additives are either from malunggay, squash, carrots and camote tops.

Gov. Edgar Chatto, Department of Agriculture Assist Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico Garzon Jr., Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Bing Lapiz

Gov. Edgar Chatto, Department of Agriculture Assist Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico Garzon Jr., Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Bing Lapiz lead turnover of milk machines and raincoats to dairy cooperatives and barangay livestock aides across municipalities during opening of the 4th Bohol Milk Festival held simultaneous with 1st Livestock Technology Expo and the 4th National Carabao Conference at the Bohol Cultural Center on Monday. (EDCOM)

Turnover of Shelter Projects

SHELTER ASSISTANCE IN TUBIGON – Gov. Edgar Chatto leads the Ceremonial Blessing and Turnover of 357 units of the Modified Core Shelter Assistance Project in Tubigon. The housing project was a joint effort of the DSWD, HABITAT for Humanity, the Provincial Government of Bohol and in cooperation with LGU-Tubigon. HABITAT admitted that the project was indeed delayed due to some concerns. With majority already done, focus is now on the 98 units on going construction and 10 about to be started units. With Gov. Edgar Chatto are Tubigon Vice-Mayor Billy Fortich, Executive Assistant for External Affairs “Tatay” Billy Tongco, DSWD-7 ARD Shalaine Marie S. Lucero, and representatives from partner agencies.

SAP Go opens Bohol’s first Malasakit Center

Poor Boholano patients who have refused to go for treatment in a hospital for the confinement payments and medicine, may now find they have a government that helps them in their bills.

To realize a campaign promise to make health facilities accessible to the poor, no less than Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence Go led the opening of the country’s 11th one-stop-shop for Filipinos who need medical, financial assistance from various agencies.

Another one center would be opened in Ubay soon.

Called the Malasakit Centers, Bohol’s one-stop-shop opens inside the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) in Tagbilaran October 12, 2018 with SAP Go leading hospital authorities and heads of government agencies pooling their resources to prop up the facility for the poor here.

“Every time we fall sick, we do not know where to run. Now, we can go to this Malasakit Center and get help,” SAP Go said.

Malasakit Center is the office that directs us, SAP Go, who had been entrusted by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the opening of these centers, one that the president lodged in his office.

At times, when relatives of patients need the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, of the Department of Health, or the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) or the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), they use up all the day running through these offices.

The Malasakit Center puts them all in one place, Go was quoted in news reports.

To acknowledge the help of these agencies, Go said, “Salamat kayo sa inyong tabang kay without you, imposible [nga makabarug] ‘ning atong malasakit center.”

This is the people’s money, we gave it back to you, the trusted aide of the president and the pambansang photo bomber during Dueterte’s campaign sorties turned selfie king when Duterte won.

“Malasakit Center is the project of the office of the President and is implemented under the office of the Special Assistant to the President and without the support and cooperation of the different government agencies, this public service office would not come into existence,” Go, who is the president’s go-to-guy, stressed.

Earlier, SAP Go, turned over to hospital deputy chief Dr. Nonaluz Pizzaras a P5 million checque as initial cash aid for the hospital to jumpstart the operations of the Malasakit Center.

Putting the Malasakit Center in Tagbilaran is a decision that came about because Tagbilaran City is strategic, and patients need not cross the sea [to Cebu] to get treatment.

Malasakit Centers have also opened in Cebu, Dumaguete, Maasin, Bacolod, Iloilo, Tacloban, Palawan, Manila, Davao and Pampanga.

Another Malasakit Center would be opened in Ubay, at the Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay, according to sources close to SAP Go. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

PCG rescues 64 passengers, crew from MV South Pacific

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bohol scored plus points when all they rescued 64 passengers and 19 crew from a boat that ran aground early morning of October 9, 2019, in the vicinity seawaters off Danajon Bank.

PCG search and rescue team dispatched to the site also assured that aside from the slight dents in the boat’s hull, the grounding boat did not damage the area, had no damaged propellers and noted no oil spills.

The boat: MV South Pacific operated by Southern Pacific Transport Corporation is a 230.99 gross ton passenger ship and cargo vessel with a capacity of 204 passengers and has Cebu as home port.

MV South Pacific accordingly left Bato, Leyte at 9:00 PM October 8 with 59 passengers and 19 crew members, according to the captain of the ill-fated ship, Arturo Sullano.

While cruising off to Cebu, the boat strayed into the shallow waters and accidentally ran aground at about 1:00 AM, the skipper said in his report.

Good the incident happened in calm seas, otherwise it could be a major problem, observers who learned of the incident commented.

It was about 3:55 AM on October 9 that PCG PO1 Uy relayed to Coast Guard Tagbilaran the information and the exact coordinates of the grounding incident, for proper action.

Coast Guard Station (CGS) Tagbilaran then immediately called CGS Talibon to verify and report.

By about 4:15 of October 9, CGS Talibon established contact with the ill-fated boat captain, who confirmed the incident.

CGS Talibon then dispatched a search and rescue (SAR) team to do visual and surface inspection.

By early morning, the PCG SAR team boarded the boat and conducted an inspection in the engine room and steering room, accompanied by the ship’s crew.

The team also found no water seepage or spillage and noted that the passengers were all in good physical condition and no one was injured during the incident.

To facilitate the extraction of the stuck boat, the PCG them proceeded to transfer the passengers to PCG’s Multi Role Response Vessel (MRRV) and used a rubber boat to ferry the passengers to the PCG boat.

At about 9:00 AM, the PCG MRRV then left the stranded MV South Pacific and carried the 64 passengers and 3 crew members, to their actual destination, which is Cebu. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

The Ill-fated MV South Pacific got too close to the shallow waters of Danajon Bank that it ran aground early morning of October 9. No one was hurt in the incident, according to the PCG. Passengers and crew were all rescued and brought to Cebu City on board PCG’s Multi-Role-Response Vessel 4404. (Photo grabbed from Anthony Aniscal’s facebook)

Aris offers free medical exam at DEDVMH for new hires


APPLICANTS who will be hired in the jobs fair set next week in Ubay town will get free medical examination at the Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital (DEDVMH).

Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) said this will be his counterpart to the jobs fair arranged by the Young Initiative for the Progress of Ubay (YIPU) headed by Richie Ibale.

Aumentado said new hires are required by their prospective employers to submit results of their physical examination. The results will determine if he or she is indeed in good health.

He said a healthy body is home to a sound mind, hence, the future employees would be highly trainable.

A complete physical examination, however, costs money. To ensure that the new hires will be able to submit promptly their requirements, medical certificate included, Aumentado broached the idea to Ibale.

For the jobs fair, Aumentado said YIPU is still awaiting word from the rest of the invited companies, the jobs available and other information.

This early, the solon hinted that some prospective employers are based outside of the country. They have had good experiences with Filipino employees so that they are looking for more. Others are at it for the first time.