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Mindanao Newsbits for September 15, 2015.

VACCINES NEEDED

Kidapawan City - The health department in Soccsksargen (DOH-12) is still short of pentavalent vaccines or five individual vaccines conjugated in one to protect children from five deadly diseases, an official from DOH-12 said. Dr. Frank Mateo, DOH-12 assistant regional director, admitted the giving of pentavalent vaccines had already stopped, in the meantime, in many parts of the region. Mateo said the problem is with the bidding process, which is not yet completed until now. The bidding is now at the DOH central office. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

IRRIGATION PROJECTS

Davao City - Completion of more irrigation projects in Soccsksargen will further expand agricultural areas devoted to rice farming, a senior official of the Department of Agriculture (DA-12) in the region recently announced. DA-12 regional director Amalia Jayag Datukan said Small Scale Irrigation Projects (SSIP) recently completed in various parts of the region is expected to open around 230 hectares of rice fields, enough to further ensure food security in the area. The expansion, Datukan added, will also provide opportunity for more farmers to augment farm production and income. Datukan graced the recently facilitated convergence of SSIP stakeholders from the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani. (Alexander D. Lopez)

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Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Sep 14, 2015
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