(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 23 June 2021) Localized Thunderstorms affecting Mindanao. LOCATION: 1,780 KM EAST OF SOUTHERN LUZON (14.8N, 140.7E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 55 KPH GUSTINESS: UP TO 70 KPH MOVEMENT: NORTHWEST AT 15 KPH Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from southeast to southwest with slight to moderate seas.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Sadow festival gipahigayon sa Agusan Norte

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Hunyo 23 -- Subay sa gipahigayon nga 54th Araw ng Agusan del Norte, selebrasyon usab kini sa ika pito nga Sadow Festival diin adunay gipahigayon nga presentasyon pinaagi sa video sa nagkalain-laing tribu sa Manobo, Mamanwa ug Higaonon sa nagkalain laing lungsod nga nagpakita sa ilang kultura pinaagi sa usa ka sayaw o ritwal, community dancing ug uban pa. 

Gihimo ug gitawag kini nga Kulturang Agusanon, Ipasigarbo ko! 


Matod pa ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera sa iyang gipaabot nga mensahe, “Mga minahal kung Agusanon niining pagsaulog nato sa 54th Founding Anniversary sa Agusan del Norte gidapit ta ang tanan nga apil sa atong dayan dayan ang kultura nga nahimong gipasikaran kung unsa man ang nahimo tang mga buhat karon ihamtang ning mga taknaa ang mga sayaw ug awit nga himuan sa mga kaigsuonan tang Mamanwa, Manobo ug Higaonon ang tulo ka tribu sa probinsiya nga maoy kagikan nga kaliwat sa daghang mga Agusanon.” 


Dugang pa sa gobernador nga gikan sa ilang mga awit ug sayaw mabasa unta sa mga katawhan ang gipadayag nilang nga mensahe, "ang hunahuna, baroganan ug mga hagit ug gikan niining tanan mahimo untang uban kita kanila sa mga pangadoy ug hiniusang paglihok pagkab-ot sa paninguha isip usa ka katilingban.” 

Tungod sa pandemya karon adunay gipaabot ang mga tagsa tagsa ka mga tribu nga mga mensahe. Matod pa sa usa ka lider sa mga Higaonon, “Bulawanong hiyas sa tribong Higaonon kinaiya nga angay huptan sa matag isa bisan unsa pa ang atong kagikan kultura ug tradisyon sanglit ang pagpasalamat usa ka matang sa pagpadayag sa lunsay natong pagkatawo. Sa bisan unsang okasyon di makalimtan sa mga kaigsoonan natong Higaonon ang pagpasalamat sa paghalad og sayaw agi’g pagpasalamat ngadto sa Ginoo."


Ug matod pa usab sa mensahe ni Bae Nene Caples Rebollo, usa ka Manobo, nga pabiling mapasigarbohon nga ipaabot didto sa presentasyon nga tinuod pa nga buhi ang kultura sa mga tribong komunidad sa puting bato. 


“Ang amo nga panggamhanan, awhag namo nga kini among kultura nga dili kini mawala tungod kay sinunod kini namong kultura hangtod sa mga sumosunod sa among mamanwa mao gyod ni among mabuhat tradisyon nga kini dili mawala ang pagka mamanwa sa tribo diring dapita,” matud pa usab sa tribong Mamanwa sa ilang mensahe.


Nahimong masadya pa ang kalihokan tungod sa daghan pang mga aktibidadis. (Jessica O. Mellejor, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

DAR, LGU ink MOA for LinkSFarMM project in AgSur town

By DAR-Agusan del Sur


PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 22 – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Agusan del Sur, together with the local government unit (LGU) of Prosperidad, and Ago Magsaysay Agrarian Reform Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AMARBEMCO) - a recipient Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) Organization of LinkSFarMM project, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for rubber production on June 16, 2021, at the Conference Hall, Prosperidad, this province.

Linking Smallholder Farmers to Market with Microfinance (LinkSFarMM) project is a partnership project that links Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries to better market connections, integrates the supply chain and utilizes the eight steps in agro-enterprise clustering approach to increase the production and income of ARBs and their household through agricultural extension, marketing assistance, and capacity building. Also, it will help in transforming the farmers into entrepreneurs by developing their products.


In his message, Prosperidad Municipal Mayor Frederick Mark Mellana, challenged the farmers to dream big. 


“Take advantage of the opportunity and implement the project to its full potential. We are just here to support you as you venture into another milestone,” he said.


In his response, AMARBEMCO Chairperson Bebylyn Villarta thanked DAR for helping rubber farmers like them to have a better market for their produce.

“Salamat sa DAR sa pagsalig ug tabang para kanamo nga mga mag uuma sa rubber. Amo gayud paningkamotan nga kami molambo pinaagi sa inyong mga tabang (Thanks to DAR for the trust and the help extended to us, rubber farmers. We will work hard to improve our lives through your help),” she said.


“Farmers are the true heroes especially at this time of pandemic and the department had continuously find avenues to help them in becoming self-reliant. I am hoping that the farmers in Prosperidad will emulate us by taking the government’s assistance seriously,” underscored PARPO II Jamil Amatonding, Jr. (Rechel D. Besonia, DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur) 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Surigao Norte Agrarian organizations to supply farm produce to jails, hospitals

By DAR-Surigao del Norte


SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 23 -- Three agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Surigao del Norte have forged marketing contracts with government institutions under the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) project through the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DTI) in Surigao del Norte.

The San Pedro Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (SPARBECO) of Alegria town has recently renewed its marketing contract with the Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH).


Under the said contract SPARBECO will supply the hospital with 10 sacks of well-milled rice every week for one year.


Dionesia M. Gonzales of SPARBECO said that they are happy that CRH has renewed agreement and continued its patronage of their well-milled rice and it meant that they will have a sure additional income for their farmer-members and the cooperative as a whole.


Meanwhile, the Mabini Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (MABARBECO) of Surigao City forged a deal with the provincial office of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the province for the former to provide the latter assorted vegetables for its detainees for a period of one year. 


MABARBECO chairperson Resituto B. Tenazas, Jr. was delighted and said the agreement came at the right time, they do not have to worry anymore about where to sell their farm produce because they have a ready market.


The Villaflor Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (VARBA) of Gigaquit town has also signed a one-year contract with the BJMP in Surigao City to source food from farmer-beneficiaries and supply their facility with assorted vegetables also. 


Jenita P. Larong, chairperson of VARBA, thanked the management of DAR Surigao Norte for providing them the said opportunity even if their organization is still very young.

“This contract served as a challenge for us to apply all the skills and learnings that we have acquired from our Farm Business School,” Larong said.


On her part, DAR-Surigao del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Maria Elizabeth L. de Guzman said the marketing agreements with the ARBOS and the institutional buyers will definitely help the agrarian farmers by boosting their household incomes while at the same time improving the provision of food in their detention centers and hospital.


Under EPAHP project, the DAR aimed to partner with different government agencies to provide assistance to its assisted agrarian organizations and farmer-beneficiaries through direct market linkages and access to programs and funding. (Daryll M. Tumbaga, DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

18 PDI food producers undergo OTOP ACT session on food packaging 

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, June 23 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Dinagat Islands has recently conducted the 2021 One Town, One Product (OTOP) Next Gen Assessment, Consultation and Triage (ACT) Session on Food Packaging.


According to DTI Dinagat Islands Provincial Director Elmer M. Natad, the assessment consultation triage session on food packaging will enable the local food producers in the province to achieve new packaging and label designs.


He said that OTOP NextGen program of DTI aims to provide assistance and capacitate the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by scaling up their products in the areas of design, quality, volume, and among others.


Around 18 food producers from various business establishments in Dinagat Islands participated in the said session.


The two-day activity was conducted via Zoom platform and one-on-one consultations were made online with the resource speaker Mr. Raynor Zuleta of Raynor of Design Concepts from Manila. (DTI-PDI/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

DTI distributes livelihood kits to MSMEs in Surigao Norte town

By DTI-Surigao del Norte


SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 23 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Surigao del Norte through the Livelihood Seeding Program-Negosyo Serbisyo Sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) has recently distributed Sari-Sari Store livelihood kits in San Francisco (Anao-aon) town, this province.

DTI Surigao del Norte Provincial Director Arnold Faelnar said the LSP-NSB is a program of the DTI that allows a wider reach of business development assistance by bringing government services closer to the people through partnerships between relevant local government units and the agency.


He said it is designed to provide livelihood opportunities and support the existing micro-enterprises affected by natural and human-induced calamities including health disasters arising from epidemics and pandemics.


Director Faelnar further said that it provides aid to the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in order to cope and bounce back from the negative effects of the pandemic on the economy and the program also aims to develop awareness about the agency’s programs and services and expand reach to the business sector.


A total of five existing MSMEs from Barangay Macopa are the beneficiaries of the kits being distributed by the Negosyo Center - San Francisco. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)