4.10.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DSWD releases P22-M to Caraga Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

By Stella Maris V. Barcelon

BUTUAN CITY, April 10 (PIA)
-- The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recently released cash grants to some 10,619 beneficiaries of set 5 areas for the month of January and February 2012, amounting to P22,011,400.00.

These areas include the municipalities and cities of Nasipit, Magallanes, Santiago, Tubay, San Jose, Alegria, Burgos, Sta. Monica, Cortes, San Agustin, Bislig City and Tandag City, all in Caraga Region.

The beneficiaries received their cash grants through over-the-counter (OTC) payments in their respective Landbank branches. During cash grant releases, the latest beneficiaries were advised to make use of money for the educational and nutritional needs of the family especially the children.

“Pinaagi sa tabang sa Pantawid Pamilya ma abag-abagan ang among panginahanglanon, labi na karon nga ting sira na sa klase makabayad na kami sa mga amutan sa eskuylahan (Through the help of Pantawid Pamilya, some of our needs can now be addressed especially that classes are about to end, we can already pay our school dues),” Lindy M. Amoguis, 36, from Bislig City said.

The program offers cash grants to the beneficiaries as long as beneficiaries comply with the conditions. These conditions include (1) children enrolled in pre-school and elementary must have at least 85 percent of the school attendance, (2) monthly health check-ups of children and pregnant mothers, and (3) attendance to the monthly Family Development Session (FDS). Each household will receive P500 cash grant for health, and P300 for education maximum of 3 children.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is one of the flagship programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in poverty reduction. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/DSWD-13)
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Multi-sectoral electrification advisory council organized in Agusan del Sur

By William U. Andres

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 10 (PIA)
-- Responding to the call of the National Electrification Administration (NEA), the Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative (ASELCO) convened leader-members of the cooperative to organize the multi-sectoral electrification advisory council (MSEAC).

This was to give space for the member-consumers to participate in addressing the power crises that Mindanao is now facing.

In order to realize the creation of the council, a one-day congress was called.

It was participated by selected sector representatives from the business, local government units, association of barangay captains, women’s organization, youth, media and other stakeholder-sectors, and discussed issues and concerns that could possibly help the different sectors to improve ASELCO’s operation and services.

“The National Electrification Administration has lay down its intention that every electric cooperative in the country must organize the MSEAC whose members will be coming from the different sectors of the society in order to represent their sector in formulizing policies and suggest programs that can help the cooperative in the discharge of its duties, responsibilities and services,” Dir. Benjie Peralta of NEA said.

“While the services rendered by ASELCO to its member-consumers are good, it will become better this time because of the creation of the MSEAC. ASELCO can now monitor where they failed in extending their services because of this advisory council, while policies may now be polished in order that they become relevant to the needs,” Vice Gov. Santiago Cane, who was the guest of honor and speaker said.

According to Board of Directors Pres. Joel Jumonong, one of the moves of the MSEAC was the passing of a resolution creating satellite offices in the municipal level so that payment of electric bills are made easier.

In time with the conduct of the congress, three new members of the Board of Directors took their oath of office. They are Dir. Cora Cullantes of District IV, Prosperidad area, Dir. Benedict Chee of District I, Sibagat and Esperanza and Dir. Narciso Cellan Sr. of District V, Rosario and Bunawan area. (DMS/WUA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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DSWD Caraga puts new framework to KALAHI-CIDSS

By Keneath John O. Bolisay

BUTUAN CITY, April 10 (PIA)
-- With the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) scale-up in full swing this year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has mainstreamed three new “lenses” to the project’s implementation.

Meant to answer emerging issues, the DSWD has integrated three new lenses or frameworks in KALAHI-CIDSS. These are on gender lens, peace lens and integration of disaster risk reduction into climate change adaptation (CCA) in planning and decision-making.

In line with the continuous systems enhancement, the KALAHI-CIDSS shall promote active participation of both men and women in decision-making within the opportunities provided by project activities, and to ensure that both have equal access to and enjoy the benefits of project implementation.

Likewise, peace lens will be adopted to look for opportunities for building peace, peace trends, zones of conflict, and how peace is construed when talking about security and the potential impact of policies.

Lastly, the community-based disaster risk reduction into climate change adaptation framework will be adopted for full participation and contribution of volunteers for stronger, more resilient and more sustainable community.

“These ‘lenses’ are part of the scaling-up implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS throughout the country until 2015,” said Assistant Regional Director Mita G. Lim.

She said, “These will help greatly in the holistic approach we employ in community-driven development projects such as Kalahi-CIDSS in response to prevalent social and environmental conditions in far-flung areas who are very susceptible to such problems.”
Recently, new members of Area Coordinating Teams underwent a basic orientation on Kalahi-CIDSS and skills training, which also included the discussion on these new lenses. (RER/NCLM/KJB/PIA-Caraga/DSWD-13)

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Liga Ng Mga Barangay chapter assembly set in Surigao del Sur

By Greg Tataro

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 10 (PIA)
-- The 11th Provincial Assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas-Surigao del Sur Chapter is set on April 18 – 21 at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel, this city

According to Mr. Tony Campos, chief of staff of Liga President Vicente Pimentel III, the four-day affair with the theme “Current Trends In Barangay Development,” aims to update barangay leaders on how to fully develop their respective communities through the application of current trends in socio-economic development.”

Campos added, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian are expected to grace the occasion. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Feature: Grazing your way to health

By Celeste C. Tanchoco

MANILA, April 10 (PIA)
-- We are a nation of snackers – taking snacks when skipping breakfast or lunch, while watching television or surfing through the net, in response to stress or boredom, or while chatting with friends.

Snacking for some is important in meeting calorie and nutrient needs while others may need to modify snacking habits to less fat, sugar, and calorie intake. What is important to consider is that snacking should be part of a healthy diet.

As our lifestyles become more hectic, many lack the time and consistent schedule to sit down and eat three meals a day as meals may be grabbed on the run. This eating pattern of munching and crunching throughout the day is often referred to as “grazing.”

Grazers eat on the run, eat small amounts more often, and often eat independently of other family members.

While grazing can be an effective way of filling-in extra calories and nutrients otherwise missing from inadequate or skipped meals, it can also be a source of extra calories, fat and salt. If snacks are considered mini-meals which are part of a healthy diet, grazing can be a healthy style of eating, and may be a more convenient way to eat.

Taking several mini-meals a day can help to:


• Optimize your energy and mental power. Mor
e than four hours without eating deprives you of the fuel needs to concentrate and function at your best.
• Control your weight. Eating small frequent meals prevent you from becoming too hungry, which in turn make it easier to keep you from overeating, and thus becoming overweight.
• Reduce the load on your heart. After you eat, your heart pumps extra blood to your stomach and intestine to digest the meal – the larger the meal, the more work for your heart.
• Prevent heartburn. Large meals are more likely to cause stomach acids to reflux into the esophagus causing heartburn.

Make snacking a healthy part of your lifestyle. Develop snacking habits for healthy living by:


• Making snack food choices as part of a puzzle that makes up a healthy eating pattern.
•All foods can fit. There are no right or wrong snack foods. For as long as taken in moderation and balanced over one or more days, all foods can be part of a healthy eating style.
• Moderation is the key. All foods fit. Moderate how often and how much food containing high levels of calories, fat, salt and sugar you eat.
• Variety is a must. Select snack foods from a variety of food groups to meet nutritional needs. Besides, variety gives pleasure and interest to eating.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; Trunkline: 837-2071 local 2296; Telephone/Fax No.: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI S & T MEDIA SERVICE/PIA-Caraga)

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TESDA presents Siargao Island’s first batch of graduates

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Apr. 10 (PIA)
-- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Surigao del Norte presented recently its first batch of graduates in Siargao Island in a simple commencement rites held at the Women’s Center in Gen. Luna, this province.

The first batch include 24 for security services, 12 for housekeeping, 24 for healthcare, 10 for massage, and six for bartending with First District Congressman Francisco Matugas as the keynote speaker.

The event carries the theme, “Your gift of learning our tool for nation building.”

Governor Sol Matugas, TESDA Provincial Director Rodrigo de Villa and Gen. Luna Mayor Jaime Rusillon, have also graced the graduation ceremony. (Provincial Information Center/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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MinDA, ARMM ink MoA to boost investments in Muslim Mindanao

COTABATO CITY, April 10 (PIA)
-- Local and foreign investments in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are seen to grow this year following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the ARMM-regional government.

Signed during the 1st ARMM Economic Summit held here recently, the MOA is aimed at boosting local and foreign direct investments in the ARMM, which is among the three-pillar thrusts of the new ARMM government, along with reforming its bureaucracy and upholding peace and security.

With the MOA, MinDA and the ARMM regional government shall establish a one-stop-shop that would facilitate business transactions faster, easier and more convenient for prospective investors.

The partnership shall also embark on a strengthened campaign to promote and facilitate investments ranging from small and medium enterprises to agro-industrial ventures.

The ARRM-Regional Board of Investments (RBOI), in coordination with MinDA, is currently facilitating the entry of two companies which are planning to expand their banana plantations in ARMM.

"Said investments are valued at P1.5-billion,” said Larzon Santos, ARMM-BOI research division chief.

In his keynote speech during the summit, Gov. Mujiv Hataman said that uplifting the social and economic conditions of ARMM following years of downturn entails aggressive measures on enterprise development, harnessing existing industries, and drawing more businessmen to invest in the region.

In a study commissioned by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), it was found out that like the rest of Mindanao, ARMM has an excellent agro-climatic conditions which is conducive to producing a wide range of high value agricultural crops.

The study also revealed that ARMM’s fertile soils yield crops like cassava, white corn and coffee that are superior to those grown elsewhere in Mindanao.

Unlike neighboring regions whose lands are now extensively farmed, there remain large tracts of land available for farming in ARMM.

The study also boasts of the region’s competitive labor cost which is 20 percent lower than in Davao, 26 percent lower compared to Central Luzon and about 43 percent lower than in Metro Manila.

“It is useful to note that there are a number of companies that have dared to invest in ARMM and have actually done well,” said Dr. Ciel Habito of the Brain Trust Incorporated, economic advisor of Hataman.

Habito said that La Frutera, a banana export venture in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao of the multinational firm Unifrutti and Agumil, a Malaysian-owned palm oil processing company in Buluan, has shown the way.

He added that Matling Industrial and Commercial Corporation has been processing cassava into flour in Malabang, Lanao del Sur, since 1928 and is the largest cassava processor in Mindanao.

“Lamsan Incorporated has been manufacturing cornstarch and other products from corn in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, for four decades now. Philippine Trade Center Incorporated is another cornstarch manufacturer in the same municipality,” he said.

Moreover, Habito said that EA Trilink Corporation registered a P1.5 billion investment in ARMM last year to upgrade the region’s information and communications technology capabilities to world standards.

In spite of these seeming advantages, the study showed that ARMM has not only failed to attract the investments it needs to bring more jobs and incomes to its people; it has also sunk into deeper poverty.

Hataman said that the keys to achieving economic growth in ARMM are transparency in governance and the active participation of private sector.

“Kaya nating baguhin ang takbo ng pamamahala sa ARMM (We can change the way ARMM is being governed)”, he said adding that his administration is keen on following the “tuwid na landas” (straight path), President Benigno Aquino’s platform in governance.

He emphasized that “all efforts towards pump-priming ARMM’s economy will be put into waste if its people are not cooperating”.

He said that the new ARMM government needs as much cooperation from its people as it can get.

For its part, MinDA believes that a strengthened and empowered local government unit (LGU) and communities are the prime-movers of a bottom-up development as embodied under the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework Plan (Mindanao 2020), Mindanao’s peace and development blueprint for the period 2011-2030.

The Mindanao 2020 envisions a stable, autonomous, self-reliant and effective governance mechanism for the Bangsamoro people that is widely acceptable and finds active support from its citizenry. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/MinDA)

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Lathalain: Food-borne diseases iwasan, ligtas at malinis na pagkain tiyakin

Ni Marilou R. Galang

MANILA, Abril 10 (PIA)
-- Ang Gabay sa Wastong Nutrisyon para sa Plipino o Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos na binalangkas sa pamumuno ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) ay binubuo ng sampung pangunahing rekomendasyon ng naglalayong itaguyod ang mabuting kalusugan at wastong nutrisyon ng mga Pilipino.

Ang ikasiyam na gabay ay nagsasaad na “Kumain ng malinis at ligtas na pagkain." Layunin ng mensahe na ito na ipabatid ang mga paraan kung paano maiiwasan ang mga sakit na nakukuha sa pagkain at ang iba’t-ibang pinanggagalingan ng kontaminasyon ng pagkain.

Ang food-borne disease o mga sakit na nakukuha sa pagkain ay resulta ng pagkomsumo ng mga pagkain na galing sa hayop na may sakit bago pa ito katayin, kontaminado ng mga organismo dala ng mga insekto, langaw, ipis o daga, kontaminado dahil sa hindi ligtas at maayos na pamamaraan ng mga taong may kinalaman sa paghahanda at paghahain ng mga pagkain, nagtataglay ng mga nakalalasong mga sangkap galing sa pagkain mismo o naidagdag nang hindi sinasadya.

Ang impormasyong ito ay hatid sa inyo ng FNRI-DOST, ang pangunahing ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pananaliksik sa pagkain at nutrisyon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at kaalaman sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, FNRI-DOST sa kanyang email address: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph o mar_v_c@yahoo.com o sa telepono bilang 837-2934/837-3164. Maaari ding bisitahin ang FNRI website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)

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Cebuano news: PR elektado usab sa UN information body

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 10 (PIA)
-- Ang Pilipinas napili pag usab sa laing duha ka katuigan nga termino sa United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – usa ka ahensya nga nagabuhat aron masiguro ang kabus nga mag tao sa katibuk-an nga mahatagan ug access sa komunikasyon ug teknolohiya nga makatabang sa ilang kalisud.

Ang Manila pagapangulohan ni Secretary Herminio Coloma gikan sa Presidential Communications Operations Office nga mu-serbisyo sa dugang duha ka tuig nga termino nga magsugod sa tuig 2012 hangtud 2013 isip Vice President sa UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP) Council uban sa Austria ug Grenada representatives.

Ang IFAP member-states gilangkuban sa Austria, Belgium, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Grenada, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Niger, Oman, Peru, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania and Urunguay.

Napili usab sa IFAP Bureau ang Russian Federation isip Pangulo, Latvia, Oman, ug Tanzania nga miyembro ug ingon man ang Colombia isip mu-imbestigar ug maghatag ug report. (RER/NCLM/Danilo S. Makiling/PIA-CARAGA)

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Cebuano news: Pangulong Aquino gipangunahan ang paghandom sa ika-70th Araw ng Kagitingan didto sa Bataan

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 10 (PIA)
-– Gibutyag ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang walay puas nga suporta sa gobyerno ngadto sa mga beteranong Filipino nga nakig-away alang sa kagawasan ug soberensya sa nasod sa milabay nga pipila ka mga dekada.

Sa iyang mensahe atol sa paghandom sa ika- 70th Araw ng Kagitingan kagahapon Lunes, ang Pangulo miingon nga ang mga beterano ug ang ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga benipisyaryo sayon na karon makapahimulos sa mga tabang medikal gikan sa dugang mokabat 600 ka mga hospital libot sa nasod nga akreditado sa Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).

“Kung hindi pa po ninyo nababalitaan, hayaan ninyo na ako na ang maghatid ng good news para sa inyo… ito pong ika-31 ng Marso mas madali nang makatatanggap ng benepisyong pangkalusugan ang ating mga beterano. Limangdaan siyamnapu’t siyam (599) na ospital po sa buong bansa ang na-accredit ng Veterans Memorial Medical Center bilang regional o provincial extensions,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“Lumawak na rin po ang mga serbisyong maaaring i-subsidize ng VMMC… pati po operasyon sa katarata, coronary andiogram at cardiac bypass kasali na,” siya midugang.

“Dahil rin po sa ipinapatupad na direct remittance pension servicing system, mas mabilis at mas husto nang matatanggap ng mga beterano ang kanilang pensiyon, nilinis na rin po ang mga talaan ng mga pensiyonado nating kababayan upang masigurong ang pera ay nakararating sa dapat nitong hantungan… iyan po ang ilan sa mga paraan upang kilalanin natin ang kagitingan ng ating mga beterano na ginugunita natin sa araw na ito,” gipasidunggan sa Pangulo ang dili malimod nga mga benipisyo sa kahiusahan ug kooperasyon sa tagsa-tagsa ka mga nasod.

“Ngayon nabubuhay na tayo ng mapayapa at natutuhan ang aral ng kasaysayan... walang maidudulot ang karahasan, hindi matatamo ang kaunlaran kung hindi makikipag-ugnayan sa mga karatig bansa, nasa interes ng lahat ang pakikipagtulungan,” siya midugang.

Human sa paghatag og pasidungog sa iyang pag-abot, si Pangulong Aquino mideretso ngadto sa Colonade Area alang sa Wreath Laying Ceremony diin siya mihalad ug mga bulak ngadto sa mga namatay’ng mga sundalo nga mihimo ug dakong sakripisyo alang sa nasod ug katawhan, pito ka mga dekada na ang milabay.

Mitambong usab sa maong kalihukan nga nagdala sa tema nga: “ Beterano Tagasulong ng Tunay at Walang Humpay na Pagbabago,” sila kanhi pangulong Fidel V. Ramos, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie Bassett ug lain pang lokal nga mga opisyales.

Didto usab sila Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Jesse Dellosa, Philippine Airforce Commanding General Maj. Gen. Lauro dela Cruz, Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, Philippine National Police Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome ug Navy Flag Officer In Command Rear Admiral Alexander Pama.

Ang tema karong tuiga mipasigarbo sa papel sa mga beterano, kinsa, bisan pa og nakahatag na og dakong kontribusyon sa nakab-ot nga kagawasan, kalinaw ug demokrasya, nagpadayon pa gihapon pagbuhat og maayo alang sa nasod.

Una siya mihatag sa iyang mensahe, gipangunahan sa Pangulo ang paghatag og award sa mga mingdaog sa Oratorical, Painting ug Essay Writing Contest nga gipahigayon subay sa selebrasyon karong tuiga. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Cebuano news: CDA 2012 Gawad Parangal, gilusad

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 10 (PIA)
-- Gilusad sa Cooperative Development Autority (CDA) ang “CDA Gawad Parangal’ sa katibuk-ang nasud karong tuig 2012, isip paghatag og pasidungog sa mga kooperatibang naghatag usab og kalambuan sa mga indibidwal nga miyembro niini.

Ang Gawad Parangal usa ka banderang programa sa CDA nga nagahatag og pasidungog sa mga kooperatiba ug sa ma lider sa mga kooperatiba ug ingon man sa mga kauban nga mga organisasyon aron mamahimong sulundunon sa ubang mga kooperatiba ug mahatagan og kusog ang ilang mga kapasidad sa opersyonal nga pamaagi niini.

Ang programa nagsugod niaging tuig human nga ang taga rehiyon sa Caraga nahimong Outsanding Cooperative (Large Category). Sa Agusan del Norte, ang Agusan del Norte Teachers, Retirees, Employees and Community Cooperative (ANTRECCO) nakakuha sa ika-tulo nga puwesto sa Mindanao area.

Ang pasidungog gihatag sa micro, small, medium, ug large scale nga kateguriya kung diin ang nidaug sa tagsa-tagsa nga mga katiguriya sa rehyional nga hut-ong makig-harong sa nasyonal na nga hut-ong.

Ang musonud maoy ang mga kwalipikasyon sa Outstanding Cooperatives: kinahanglan rehistrado sa CDA ug maayo sa iyang kahimtang sa sulod sa tulo ka katuigan.

Ang kooperatiba usab kinahanglan nga nanimuyo sa sulod sa lima ka katuigan ug kinahanglan nga maganansiyahon sa sulod sa duha ka tuig.

Kinahanglan nga sila napili sa mga mosunod nga mahisgot: cooperative federation or union, government organization, local government units, ug lain nga mga non-government organizations.

Samtang, ang kwalipikasyon sa outstanding LGU’s-Cooperative Development office lakip na niini ang musunod: kinahanglan nga gikan sa probinsyal o chartered o independent nga lungsod; formally organized, established o designated nga opisina; adunay trabahante ug pundo ug adunay angay nga kooperasyon sa pag ugmad sa ilang mga programa.

Sama sa niaging kategurya, ang mga piliunon kinahanglan nga gi-indorso sa CDA Cooperative Development Specialist ug bisan usa ka kooperatiba sa ilang lugar.

Para sa mga Outstanding Cooperative Leaders, ang mga mapili kinahanglan nga maayo sa ilang kahimtang isip miyembro sa kooperatiba sulod sa lima ka katuigan nga nilabay.

Kinahanglan nga sila usab napili nga opisyales sa ilang kooperatiba sa bisan usa ka termino, ug walay minus nga naka rehistro, ug adunay kontribusyon sa kooperatiba nga kaugmaran.

Dugang niini, ang nga mapili kinahanglan nga adunay upat ka mga nipili ug erdorser nga gikan sa mga musunod: cooperative, government organization, local government units, private sector, ug lain pang institusyon.

Ang mga mu-qualify nga mga kooperatiba mahukman sa mga musunod nga criteria: 40 percent sa organization, leadership and management (COOP indicators, membership, leadership ug management); 35 percent for financial management ug business operation (volume of business, ug financial soundness); 20 percent for social relevance (provident services & other support programs, community programs); ug 5 percent sa awards ug recognition (recognition/citation received-local international). (RER/PIA-Caraga)