PIA News Service - Tuesday, January 24, 2012

DA evaluates top performing rice-producing LGU

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 24 (PIA)
-- The National Search Committee from the Department of Agriculture (DA) visited Agusan del Sur today, Tuesday, to evaluate the provincial government in the national competition of the top performing rice producing LGU - provincial category, in the DA’s Best Agri Pinoy Rice Achievers Award.

“Although we were badly hit by the floods that occur on the first month of 2011, we are lucky enough to be given much attention and assistance by the Department of Agriculture with Sec. Proceso Alcala himself visiting the province right after the floods,” Deanna Fudalan, acting chief of the Provincial Agiriculture Office said.

Aside from awarding the best provincial rice-producing LGU, commendation will also be given to top performing municipal LGUs, top performer agricultural extension workers and irrigators association.

Agusan del Sur, who grabbed the regional award will vie for the national level, together with the municipality of Trento in the municipal level, Alfredo Gimang, also from Trento, for the Agricultural Extension Worker category, and the Boan Barangay Irrigation Development Association, Inc. Of the municipality of Rosario in the irrigators association.

Ten provinces, who will be chosen, will receive P4 million project grant each, while 50 municipalities in the municipal level will receive P1 million project grant each. On the other hand, the ten irrigators associations will also receive P1 Million project grant each while 500 Agricultural Extension Workers will receive P20,000 each cash awards.

Winners for the contest will be announced before the end of the first quarter of 2012. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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SP endorses Las Nieves’ request to Regional Development Council in Caraga

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Jan. 24 (PIA)
-- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan unanimously endorsed a municipal resolution from the Sangguniang Bayan of Las Nieves of this province to the chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) for the conversion of Mat-i, Ambacon, Pinan-an – Communal Irrigation Project (MAP-CIP) into a National Irrigation System under the National Irrigation Administration.

This is in support of the desire of Las Nieves officials to ensure the annual financial condition of the project.

MAP-CIP is an irrigation project in the municipality under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and was already turned-over to the People’s Organization, purposely to the agrarian reform beneficiaries.



The project intends to boost the agricultural activities in this part of the region but the current status of its maintenance and operation is not so well-executed due to lack of financial capability.

“The fluctuating yield of the farmers due to unpredictable weather condition caused by the climate change occurrence need intervention of the national government,” SB Member Timoteo U. Largo, author of said resolution stressed.

He also said that conversion will bring in good harvest to thefarmers amid the unpredictable weather condition caused by the climate change. (FRJayoma/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cabadbaran City gov't to implement swine re-stocking

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Jan. 24 (PIA)
-- In support to the Swine Re-stocking Program, the Cabadbaran City government of this province recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit 13 (DA-RFU 13) as way of giving authority to the City Agriculture’s Office (CAO) to sell pigs.

The City Agriculture’s Office already received one boar/male swine and two female swine. These are expected to produce more local swine stocks that will also help the city’s funds increase.

The city government of Cabadbaran called on the public who are interested to put up a business like this to visit the secretariat of CAO to assist them and learn more about how to start this kind of business.

It was also learned that a 45-day piglet can be sold at P1,800.00; 46-50 days piglet at P2,000.00; and 51 days old piglet at P120.00 per kilo.

With this, it will help the program be more efficient to the farmers and backyard swine raisers because of easier access of its resources and it also ensures additional income.

The City Ordinance No. 2011-035 authored by SP Raykito M. Kittilstvedt was approved by the Sanggunaing Panlalawigan through the Sanggunian Resolution No. 299-2011 by BM Ernie M. Ceniza. (MSMonoy/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Water Discoloration sa Tago river, gikabalak-an sa mga katawhan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Enero 24 (PIA)
-- Nabalaka pag-ayo ang mga mag-uuma sa lungsod sa San Miguel ug Tago sa Surigao del Sur nga apektado sa pagkalubog sa maong suba nga nagsubay sa duha ka lungsod.



Nahibaloan nga ang nasangpit nga suba mao usab ang source sa Irrigation nga muhatag og igong patubig sa mga basakan.

Gikatingad-an og maayo kay sahi sa naandang kolor brown nga pagkalubog, karon mura og krema.

Sa usa ka local radio interview kang San Miguel Mayor Alfeo Perez, gikabutyag nga ang landslide nga 3-4 hectares sa upper barangay sa maong lungsod maoy hinungdan sa maong pagkalubog. Sumala pa sa Mayor, nga ang portion sa maong bukid nga na-landslide wala na kini mga kahoy.Nahibaloan nga sakop sa Barangay Bitaugan, San Miguel ang gikabutyag nga nag-landslide, sa milabayng pag-ulan-ulan.

Sa pagkakaron padayon ang mga masusing imbistigasyon nga gihimo sa mga ahensiya sa gobyerno kung unsa ang hinungdan niini kay kini dili ti-aw nga problema nga nakaapekto sa mga katawhan sa mga nasangpit nga mga lungsod. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


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Eco-friendly nickel plant to rise in Surigao

by Eugenio Lira, Jr.

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA)
-- An eco-friendly $2.5-billion nickel processing plant will soon rise in Nonoc Island after rehabilitation works of the mothballed nickel refinery will be completed following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between two giant corporations witnessed by local executives recently.

“The old nickel refinery owned by Philnico Mining Corporation will be rehabilitated by San Miguel Corporation, this year, which committed to replace it with a modern nickel plant using the electro-magnetic processing technology in extracting nickel ores. It’s eco-friendly for it does not use chemicals unlike decades ago,” City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said.

He said that on Jan. 4, San Miguel Corporation, represented by Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang, entered an MOU with Philnico President Evaristo Narvaez where it promised to undertake payment of $300 million in back taxes which the latter had owed to the Philippine government. The same was reached following an earlier buyout agreement for the nickel plant with the approval of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, he added.

Matugas said Surigao City will soon become one of the top earning local government units with an estimated USD 25 million in annual realty taxes, or approximately P1.075 billion, derived from one percent of the $2.5 billion refinery cost. The processing plant would operate on a 106-hectare property owned by the city government, he said.

“Once fully operational, the nickel refinery will employ about 6,000 skilled and non-skilled workers wherein, not less than 2,000 of which will be Surigaonons. Businesses in food, transportation and the like will definitely sprout in Nonoc Island and will also add employment opportunities for our people,” Matugas said.

The mayor said Ang committed to give $1.162 million, or approximately P50million, for the construction of an additional 800-meter runway at the Surigao City Airport to accommodate large aircrafts and the same will be deductible from the company’s tax obligation with the city government.

Aside from Ang and Narvaez, the MOU signing was also attended by Mayor Matugas and Rep. Francisco Matugas of Surigao del Norte’s first district. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Aquino, mideklara sa Enero matag tuig isip ‘Philippine Tropical Fabrics Month’

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 24 (PIA)
-- Gideklara ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang bulan sa Enero matag tuig isip “Philippine Tropical Fabrics Month.”


Sa Proklamasyon No. 313 nga gipirmahan ni Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. niadtong Enero 12, 2012, si Pangulong Aquino mipagawas sa maong deklarasyon aron pagdasig sa publiko ug paggamit sa nitibo nga panapton sa nasod.

Ubos sa Akta Republika 9242 o nailhan nga Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law of 2004, ang tropical nga panapton nalatid isip kadtong nagbaton sa natural nga produktong tela, tinuyok, sinawalo o ginansilyo, ug ginama sa Pilipinas. Kini nga mga panapton maoy sagad gamiton alang sa mga uniporme sa mga opisyales sa gobyerno ug mga trabahante.


"The implementation of RA No. 9242 shall raise awareness on the utilization of natural fibers like pineapple, banana, abaca and Philippine silk for textile and allied products and bring about the revival and upgrading of the local textile and garments industries, thus redounding to the creation of livelihood in the agricultural and industrial sectors," matud sa Pangulo.

Ang Pangulo mitumbok nga ang Proklamasyon No. 86 (s. 2010) nagdeklara sa Enero 24, 2011 isip “Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day” ubos sa pagpanalipod sa Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) sa Department of Science and Technology (DOST) nga nakapadugang sa interes sa tropical fabrics sa mga local nga mga industriya.

Sa pagpagawas sa Proklamasyon No. 313, ang Pangulo mipasabot “the need to sustain the gains from the celebration of the first Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day and to engage a more active participation of government institutions and local industries on the use of Philippine Tropical Fabrics, as well as local natural fibers.” Gimandoan na ni Pangulong Aquino ang PTRI-DOST sa pagpanubay og mga pundo aron dumalahon ang selebrasyon.

Gimandoan usab niya ang PTRI-DOST sa pagseguro nga kinatibuk-ang pagtoon sa maayong paggamit sa local nga natural fibers magpadayon.

“All fabric producers, textile manufacturers, garments and geotextile industries, including the private sector, associations, institutions and the academe, are hereby enjoined to actively participate in the proper observance of the “Philippine Tropical Fabrics Month” and to partner with the government in bringing about an evolution of the Philippine textile industry as an emerging leader in the global textile market," matud pa ni Pangulong Aquino. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)