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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, November 27, 2019

ORGANIC FARMERS FESTIVAL
The Cream of the Crop

Farmers from various parts of the province shared top honors in the Search for the Best Organic Farmers in the province. The search was a highlight of the 14th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival held at the Capitol Grounds in Bacolod City on Nov. 20-23.

The San Carlos City Government was recognized for having the Best LGU Support to organic farming initiatives.

Also taking honors for San Carlos City is Elpidio Dayuday Jr., who was named Best Organic Farming Focal Person.

Chato Genton of Gen. Malvar in Pontevedra was named Best Organic Rice Producer.

Taking the Best Farm In-Conversion prize were Gerry Barreto of XIV in Victorias City and Mansalanao Coffee Growers Association of Barangay Mansalanao in La Castellana for individual and group categories, respectively.

Sarah Villaflor of La Castellana was the winner of the Best Organic Agriculture Integrated Project competition with the Bantilans of Barangay Cabadiangan of Himamaylan City as the Best Organic Farming Family.

Gina De la Rosa of Barangay Malingin, Bago City was selected as Best Organic Agriculture Entrepreneur and Jenel Patricio of Barangay Villacin of Cadiz City as Best Banana Grower.

Luis Martin of Sibucao in San Enrique took the prize for the Best Livestock Project – Beef Cattle Category and Reena Pena of Tanza in E. B. Magalona winning in the Dairy Cattle Category.

The other winners:

Butz Buerom of Barangay Bacong in Bago City, Free Range Chicken Category; Eddie Villaruz of Barangay Ara-al in La Carlota City, Black/Native Pig; and Mark Ezzer Ligan of Blumentritt, Murcia, Goat Category.

Andres Bonifacio Central School in Barangay 5, San Carlos City and Quirico G. Manzanio National HS in Candoni topped the two levels in the Best Gulayan sa Paaralan competition.

Azer Gelido Sr. of Cabacungan in La Castellana was awarded as Best Farmer Inland Aquaculture.

Cacao grower Rodolfo Villarenia of Barangay Patag, Silay City and coffee grower Maria Cayab of Barangay Bunga in Don Salvador Benedicto were also given recognition for their crops.

The Best Organic Agro Forestry Project prize went to Emmanuel Nisol of Barangay Gawahon, Victorias City.

A poster-making contest was also held among students to promote the consumption of organic farm produce among young people.

The winners were Zane Dean Paderna of Bato Central Elementary School in Sagay City and Mikylla Regondola of Victorias National HS.

Declared the Best Booth were the Sibato Bukidnon Tribal Community Association in Barangay Guimbalaon, Silay City (Fresh Organic Product Category) and Negros Island Organic Producers Association of Barangay Taloc, Bago City (Processed Food).

Almost 100 exhibitors displayed their organic farm product during the four-day celebration.

The festival reaffirmed Negros’ claim as the Organic Farming Capital of the country.*

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Simple Steps To
Protect against Flu

The most common symptoms of influenza include fever, a dry cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, a sore throat and a runny nose.

Each year, millions of people come down with flu. Most recover within a week, but for an unlucky few, flu can be deadly.

Seasonal flu epidemics typically occur during cold or rainy season so people can anticipate them and prepare accordingly.

In tropical regions, influenza can occur throughout the year, causing outbreaks more irregularly, but prevention is still important.

Here’s how you can protect yourself, and those around you.

1 Get vaccinated

Annual vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself against flu, and serious complications.

Vaccination is especially important for pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy.

It’s also crucial for children aged 6 months to 5 years, elderly people, those suffering with chronic medical conditions, and for health care workers.

Remember: A flu vaccine cannot give you flu. To feel achy or feverish after vaccination is a completely normal and natural reaction and generally lasts only a day or two.

2 Wash your hands regularly

Clean hands protect against many infections, including flu. Keeping your hands clean is an easy way to keep yourself and your family healthy.
Wash your hands with soap and running water regularly and dry them thoroughly with a single-use towel. You can also use an alcohol-based hand-rub if you can’t get to soap and water.

Remember: Washing your hands properly takes about as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice.

3 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Germs are most likely to enter your body through the eyes, nose and mouth.

You can’t control everything you inhale, but you can reduce the risk of infection by keeping your hands away from your face.

If you do have to touch your eyes, nose or mouth, do it with a clean tissue, or wash your hands first.

4 Avoid being around sick people

Flu is contagious. It spreads easily in crowded spaces, such as on public transport, in schools and nursing homes and during public events.
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets containing the virus can spread as far as one meter, and infect others who breathe them in.

5 If you don’t feel well, stay home

If you’re ill with flu, being around others puts them at risk.

This is especially true for people with chronic medical conditions like cancer, heart disease and HIV.

Quickly isolating yourself can prevent the spread of flu and save lives.*WHO

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