6.09.2012

PIA News Service - Saturday, June 9, 2012

CDA, Ating Koop Party to hold power forum in Surigao City

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, June 8 (PIA) -- The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Ating Koop Party List will hold a Power Forum on Monday, June 11, at the City Cultural Center, City Hall Compound, this city.

CDA Caraga Director Manuel Pelaez said the one-day event seeks to address the looming privatization of the government-owned Agus-Pulangi Hydropower Complex and power shortage in Mindanao.

Pelaez also said the occasion will be attended by millionaire cooperatives, with speakers from the Department of Energy, National Association of Electric Consumers for Reforms, Ating Koop Partylist representative, Cong. Isidro Q. Lico, and CDA officials from Manila.

A press conference with the members of the local media will then follow right after the conduct of the said forum. It was learned that a similar event will also be conducted on June 19 in Butuan City. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Province-wide soil and land use survey set in Agusan del Sur

By Jasmin J. Reyes and David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 9 (PIA) -- A multidisciplinary team of experts in soil-climatic and water resources, soil conservation, land use, geographic information systems from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Quezon City, with some project-hired staff, will be moving around the province for soil survey and classification and land use assessment for agri-investment in Agusan del Sur.

The project is a joint undertaking between and among the provincial government of Agusan del Sur, the Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), with a total fund of P2.4 million; this will last for five months, to start this June.

According to Dr. Joriz Elevazo, OIC Provincial Officer, the survey comes in three phases. First is the pre-survey, which includes consultation and negotiation with stakeholders and preparation of base maps and materials; second is the field survey which comprise of activities such as delineation and mapping of soil, land use and climate and water resources and collection of soil samples. Third is the post-survey, which involves laboratory analysis of soil samples, finalization, and reproduction of maps and presentation of report output.

“Ultimately, the project aimed to generate a comprehensive set of soil-based resources information as basis for agricultural development planning and agri-development potentials for sustainable development. Specifically, with these soil and land resources data, farmers and planners will be guided in planning, identification and choosing the appropriate investments in the province or a specific municipality/city/barangay or a certain farm area. It will also assess the productivity potential of utilized lands and formulation of recommended crops to a classified soil unit. The project outputs include the production of the following: maps of soil, slope, erosion, land capability, fertility, suitability maps for major crops and agri-investment, and relief model (scale 1:150,000) or any appropriate scale,” Dr. Elevazo said.

The Provincial Agriculture Office believes that land is an important and critical factor in crop production. In order for crops of any kind to yield the desired level of production, the land and its soil must be suitable for its growth and development. Farmers, planners and implementers of development programs/projects could also maximize their investments having know-how of their lands and soils.

The provincial government under the administration of Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza has been resolute in its plight to alleviate poverty in the province by ensuring that investments beget productivity and income for every Agusanon. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog news: DENR-Caraga patuloy sa malawakang implementasyon ng Nat’l Greening Program

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 9 (PIA) –- Alinsunod sa inilunsad na Executive Order No. 26 ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na nagdedeklara sa implementasyon ng National Greening Program (NGP) bilang prayoridad ng pamahalaan, ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga ay nagsagawa ng malawakang implementasyon sa nasabing programa sa rehiyong Caraga.

Inulit ni Regional Technical Director Virgilio Dela Cruz ng DENR’s Ecosystem Research Development Service na ang NGP ay nangangailangan sa kakayahan ng pagpapanatili sa kaunlaran ng mga tao, at seguridad para sa ekonomiko at ekologikal. Bilang estratehiya, ito ay naghahangad ng makapagtanim ng 1.5 bilyon na puno sa mahigit na 1.5 milyon na ektarya na publikong lupa sa loob ng anim na taon, na magsisimula 2011 hanggang 2016.

“Sa taong 2012, tinatarget po namin ang 1.3 milyones na katutubong klasi ng tanim sa rehiyong Caraga. Maliban pa dito, kami din ay naglalabas ng mga puno ng prutas… ang produksyon ng buto ay umabot na sa 45 porsyento sa target nito,” ayon kay Dela Cruz.

Sinabi din ni Dela Cruz na sa loob ng 25 na taon mula ngayon ang rehiyong Caraga ay may umaasa na magsusuplay sa pangangailangan ng kahoy sa pilipinas at maaari din na mag-import ng kahoy sa ibang bansa.

“Ang lahat ng mga Pilipino ay hinihikayat na magtanim na 10 puno kada taon. Para sa mga nagplaplanong magsagawa ng planting activity ay maaaring sumangguni sa tanggapan at ang tanggapan ay masisiyahan na tulong sila,” ani Dela Cruz.

Dahil sa programang ito, lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno at institusyon, kasama ng lokal na pamahalaan ay magbibigay ng buong suporta sa programa, hindi lang sa termino ng pagtatanim pero pati narin ang produksyon ng dekalidad na buto. Ang hakbang ng lahat ng mga manggagawa ng gobyerno pati na ang mga estudyante ay magtanim ng kahit sa 10 na buto ang bawat isa sa kanila.

Ang pribadong sektor ay hinihimok din na sumali sa programa. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)