2.03.2013

PIA News Service - Friday, February 1, 2013


DA-13 holds ‘Usapang Palay’ Forum for Surigao farmers, stakeholders

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Feb 1 (PIA) --The Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Unit 13 (DA-13) in coordination with the Surigao del Norte Provincial Agriculture Office and partner agencies conducted a Forum dubbed “Usapang Palay” on January 31, 2013 at Mount Bagarabon Beach and Mountain Resort, Brgy. Mabua, this city.

The activity is line with the Proclamation No. 494 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III declaring the year 2013 as the National Year of Rice, said Rebecca Atega, officer-in-charge of Regional Information and Agriculture Information Division.

She also said the activity aims to disseminate information on the rice program of the Department of Agriculture, including technology updates to farmers to keep them abreast of the government's effort and to boost their enthusiasm to learn the best farming practices in order to achieve higher yield on rice production that would drive towards the attainment of goals and objectives under the department’s flagship program- Food Staple Sufficiency Program.

Meanwhile, Asst. Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Rebecca Bagnol and Surigao City Agriculturist Isaias Elumba gave their welcome remarks, while Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Training Specialist Samuel Calonzo discussed ATI updates and PHILRICE Science Research Specialist Dr. Gerardo Estoy discussed the overview of PHILRICE and its latest technology on rice production.

Among the issues raised by the farmers during the forum were the problem on land conversion, irrigation, rice seed subsidy/financial support, and post-harvest market. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PS Mark on Motorcycle Helmets

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 1 (PIA) – The Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has certified seven brands of motorcycle helmets bearing the PS Mark.

Philippine Standard Mark or PS Mark is a mark of conformity appearing on a product. A helmet which bears a PS Mark signifies proof of certification of conforming to quality and safety standards.

As of December 27, 2012, BPS issued an updated list of DTI-Certified Brands of Motorcycle Helmets including HNJ, GDR, CARTING, and ZEBRA bear PS Marks if it came from Foshan City Nanhai Yonghang Helmet Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

However, these brands bear ICC Marks if it came from Reachable Enterprises (GDR) or Richflow Trading (ZEBRA, Carting, GDR, HNJ). So these brands can bear either an ICC or PS mark. The brand SPEED was not issued an ICC Mark as of December 27, 2012. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


100 high school studes join peace symposium

By 1LT. Stephen Basco

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 1 -- Around 100 junior and sophomore high school students participated in the peace symposium conducted recently in Payapag National High School, Barangay Payapag, Bacuag, this province.

The peace symposium was spearheaded by members of the speakers bureau of the 30th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

The symposium focused on the responsibilities of the youth in carrying out the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP), “Bayanihan,” and youth development of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Members of the speaker's bureau invited the sophomores and juniors interested to become cadets of the Philippine Military Acedemy in Baguio City to take the Philippine Military Academy’s Entrance Examination scheduled on August 25 at designated testing sites in Butuan City. (SDR/30IB-PA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Butuan LGU to sign MOA for the protection of watershed

By Junesther Jean S. Iway and Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- To implement the Butuan City Watershed Code, the Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved a resolution authorizing the Butuan City Watershed Management Council to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the EnterpriseWorks Worldwide/Philippines Inc. (EWW/P) to prepare the operational framework for the Code. The agreement will put emphasis on biodiversity conservation and enterprise development activities of local communities within the watershed areas.

EnterpriseWorks Worldwide/Philippines Inc. (EWW/P) is a registered Non-Government Organization that implements the project “Biodiversity Conservation through Management of Natural Resources (BCMNR)” whose overall goal is to develop natural resource-based enterprises in order to combat poverty and at the same time conserve and protect natural resources and biodiversity. As stated in the MOA, it will harmonize the biodiversity conservation and natural resource management approaches thereby avoiding redundancy in project implementation and increases beneficial impacts to the environment and the communities.

In this agreement, the Government, for their part, undertakes to allocate funds for the implementation of activities such as activities on the preparation of the Integrated Watershed Ecosystem Management Plan, skills training, enterprise development and other watershed rehabilitation and development activities.

The government shall also provide assistance in obtaining information necessary for the effective implementation of the Code and will provide assistance in the formulation of rules and regulations and applicable natural resources and environmental management laws. And lastly, it shall ensure the engagement and effective participation of the local stakeholders.

On the other hand, the EnterpriseWorks Worldwide/Philippines Inc., will develop training design, instructional manual appropriate for LGU, the people’s organization, identified by the City Government, and shall conduct training needs assessment for those who will be involved in the accomplishment of this agreement as well as hands-on training, workshops, seminars and consultative meetings for the improved management of the watershed areas.

The EEW/P shall also provide technical assistance will extend reasonable financial support for the said activities.

According to Vice Mayor Law Fortun with the upcoming signing of the MOA it will be a positive move to jumpstart the implementation of the Watershed code which was recently launched. “With the technical expertise and assistance of the private sector stakeholders in protecting our Watershed, this will definitely hasten the crafting of the Comprehensive Framework Plan for the management, conservation, protection and rehabilitation of our environment particularly our sub-watersheds,” Fortun said. (NCLM/Butuan City Vice Mayor’s Office/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano news: Pangulong Aquino giila ang kontribusyon sa NEDA ngadto sa kalamboan sa nasod

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Feb 1 (PIA) -- Giila ni Pangulong Aquino ang mga kontribusyon sa National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) sa paglambo sa nasod kagahapon atol sa selebrasyon niini sa ilang ika-40th nga anibersaryo.

Ang Pangulo namahayag nga ang ekonomiya sa Pilipinas nagadako ug samtang kini gadako, ang NEDA kinahanglan usab nga maningkamot pa og dugang aron makab-ot ang sustenableng pagdako alang sa katawhang Filipino.

Ug aron kini makab-ot iyang giawhag ang NEDA uban ang gobyerno nga kinahanglan ipadayon niini ang mga paningkamot nga mahimong patas ang tanan, tangtangon ang korupsyon, patas-an ang kalidad sa nasod ngadto sa global market.

Matud pa niya nga ang gobyerno usab magpadayon pagsuporta sa human capital pinaagi sa edukasyon, maayong panglawas, ug social services nga maoy makatabang paglambo.

Iya usab gipasalamatan si kanhi Secretary Cayetano Paderanga ug kasamtangang Secretary Arsenio Balisacan tungod sa dedikasyon niini aron ang NEDA mahimong maayo. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)