PIA News Service - Tuesday, April 21, 2010-A

YESC conducts second batch summer camp
By Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - The 30th Infantry Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division of Philippine Army conducted the 3-day seminar for the second batch of Youth Empowerment Summer Camp (YESC), held at the Sanchez Gymnasium of the Caraga State University in Brgy. Ampayon, this city from April 19-21, 2010. 

The seminar was participated by Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials of the different barangays of this city.

In his welcome address, Lt Col Roberto Valencia, Battalion Commander of the 30IB, 4ID stressed that the summer camp will bring the youth to discover, develop and dedicate their talents to be responsible leader in the future.

Also, Lt Col Michele Anayron, Commanding Officer of the Civil Military Operations of the Philippine Army said the summer camp will mold the young people to response to the call of changes in government and institutions.

Meanwhile, Butuan City Councilor Randolph Doy Plaza pointed out that the summer camp is the place of new hope and training grounds of the young leaders.

“These are the perfect skills of developing talents and discover ideas here in Butuan, in Mindanao and even in the country,” Plaza added.

Valencia also said, YESC is a joint-project of the 30th Infantry (Phyton Battalion), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), City Government of Butuan and the SK Federation.

The Philippine Army’s summer camp is anchored on the theme: “Shaping the youth through Leadership and Advocacy”. (PIA-Caraga)


Palm oil growers benefit gov’t P15-M development project in Agusan del Sur 

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur – Palm oil growers in this far-flung southern town of Agusan del Sur province have all the reason to enjoy after the government poured in at least P18-million fund to help improve their production in the years ahead. 

With the help of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Farming Unit 13 (DA-RFU 13), the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) recently approved budget of P15 million. 

In a separate funding, a two-kilometer farm-to-market road amounting to almost P3 million from the DA’s Caraga Integrated Development Program (CIDP) which extends from Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte to a remote barangay of Tagbuaya in Jabonga town has also been availed by the tribal community composed of Mamanwas. 

The 265-hectare Antoquia Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ADEMCO) land at Kaisahan area, Barangay Poblacion here became a strong partner of the DA-RFU-13 in pursuing the Goal I program of the government here. ADEMCO has 167 members. 

The staff of the DA-RFU 13 headed by Lynn A. Parenas, chief of crops division, is closely supervising the goal Program of the government here. 

“The aim of the DA’s Goal 1 Program is to expand agribusiness lands to generate employment and uplift productivity in the countryside," said Parenas. 

As planned, the oil palm plantation will be intercropped with cassava which is of great demand for food and feeds. 

Under the program, the department will extend necessary assistance and trainings to the beneficiaries. The said undertaking was supported with a marketing agreement between Filipinas Palm Oil Plantation Inc. and ADEMCO. 

Agusan del Sur solon Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza and his younger sister Gov. Ma. Valentina Plaza for the DA’s effort in making Veruela town more productive. 

The DA’s program also added employment generation in the area. (muc/PIA-Caraga)

 
$ 5.4-M USDA projects set in Southern and Western Mindanao regions 

BUTUAN CITY  – In their continuing commitment to help the Philippines’ “food security” program, the Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is set to release US$ 5.4 million to smallholder farmers in Southern and Western Mindanao provinces. 

The project is aiming more than 25,000 farmers to be benefited by the USDA funding agriculture assistance. 

The three-year program also intends to improve and increase the production capacity of the farmers. 

This project follows the concept diversified rice and corn-based farming linked to a value chain approach. 

Project named is called CoCoPal after the Cocoa, Coconut and Palayamanan. 

Along with local partners CocoaPhil, PhilRice, ACDI, VOCA and Southern Mindanao University are chosen to implement the project. 

The CoCoPal program, which derives from cocoa, coconut and the palayamanan, will improve post-harvest processing facilities and practices. 

It will also review the existing value chains for those crops at the outset of the program to ensure that activities focus on the opportunities and constraints within each value chain, resulting in increased farmer participation and benefits. 

The program will help the farmers produce food and income sustainability and thereby increase food security for their households. 

This will be achieved through value chain growth and integration linked to a farming systems approach called palayamanan that derives its name from palay (rice) and kayamanan (wealth). 

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) promotes palayamanan, which combines rice with other high-value crops through the efficient use of farm resources, to ensure that farmers can produce more while also retaining soil fertility. 

The formal launching of the project was held Wednesday at Ballroom B of a downtown hotel and restaurant in Southern Mindanao Frontier city of Davao on Wednesday. 

USDA officials along with the Philippine agriculture officials attended the formal launching. (muc/PIA-Caraga)


2 Caraga region governors extend P2.3 M counterpart for expanded KALAHI-CIDSS

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur – With a positive result extended to the poor far-flung villages of the government’s poverty alleviation program, the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Community Integrated Development Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), the provincial governments of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur poured P1 million and P1.3 million, respectively, to the expanded program being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). 

Surigao del Sur Gov. Vicente Pimentel and Agusan del Sur Gov. Ma. Valentina Plaza released the amount from their respective Provincial Assistance Development Fund (PDAF). 

The expanded KALAHI-CIDSS program is a flagship anti-poverty project of the national government. 

“We are very much elated of this pro-poor program, that’s why we are also sending our counterpart,” said Gov. Pimentel. 

The KALAHI-CIDSS program in the said province in being focused in Cagwait town. 

“We can assure our efficient and effective implementation of the KALAHI-CIDSS project in our town,” also said Mayor Bonifacio Ondona. 

On the other hand, Veruela town in Agusan del Sur is the second far-flung municipality in the Caraga region to be included in the 16 towns KALAHI-CIDSS expansion program in the country. 

“With KALAHI-CIDSS’ Community-Driven Development processes, the old attitude of the people will be gradually changed as development calls for moral revolution,” said Mayor Salimar T. Mondejar. 

The two towns were chosen as project site of the KALAHI-CIDSS expanded program after they passed the criteria and selection process and expressed their willingness to avail the project, said Region 13 DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat. (muc/PIA-Caraga)



10,000 farm households benefit from US$ 549,080 irrigation system

BUTUAN CITY - At least 10,000 farm households are enjoying the irrigation system implemented by the Southern Philippines Irrigation Sector Project (SPISP), officials said Tuesday. 

SPISP officials said the irrigation system also reduced the incidence of poverty in rural areas through increased agricultural production. 

“Crop diversification brought about by investments in irrigation infrastructure increased user participation in project development or improvement and subsequent system management,” said SPISP project manager Ma. Cristina Mascardo. 

This US$ 549,080 new irrigation system funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) under funding client/funding agency: National Irrigation Administration (NIA), started in August 2000 and was only completed on December 2009. 

The project includes four mutually supportive components, based on extensive consultations with beneficiaries and other stakeholders. 

These components are: -- participation and transfer, which involves the development, field-testing, documentation, and implementation of a process to involve users in decision-making, organize irrigators’ associations (IAs), build their capacity for sustained operation and maintenance (O&M), and transfer irrigation systems to self-reliant IAs to improve performance and realize their production potential; -- physical infrastructure, involving the rehabilitation, improvement, and construction of communal irrigation systems, national irrigation systems, small reservoirs, and farm-to-market roads; Environmental and Social Measures, including reforestation and management of degraded watersheds, resettlement of populations displaced by reservoir impoundment, control of schistosomiasis, and implementation of an indigenous peoples development plan; and -- project management support, including consulting services and equipment procurement. 

The project is implemented by NIA, as the executing agency, in close coordination and collaboration with concerned local government units (LGUs) and other national government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Health (DOH). 

The farm households that already benefited from the newly-constructed irrigation system are in Agusan del Norte including Butuan City, Agusan del Sur including Bayugan City, Surigao del Norte and Lanao del Sur. 

The other provinces that also benefited from the irrigation systems are Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and Cebu. (muc/PIA-Caraga)