2.26.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, February 26, 2013


CoFFEE Project to launch in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur



By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan



SURIGAO DEL SUR, Feb. 26 (PIA) – Nescafe Philippines is set to launch in Tagbina town here on Wednesday, February 27, the Coffee Technologies and Funds to Fuel Economic Empowerment (CoFFEE) project, one of the company's latest programs thru Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

The program aims to address the challenges facing smallholder coffee farmer in Mindanao provinces and serve as a viable development model for other important stakeholders to replicate, adapt, and scale up, according to a statement by Nescafe Philippines.

The Philippines has been identified as one of the eight (8) coffee growing markets within Nestle, with an annual local demand of 64,000 metric tons of coffee beans with an estimated value of Php 6 billion.

A Public-Private Partnership, CoFFEE project was made possible through the efforts of Deutsche Investigation-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), a finance group and Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), a non-stock, non-profit international capacity building organization.

Expected guests to attend the launching are official representatives from Nestle, Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, Tagbina Mayor Donnel Polizon, DA Regional Director Edna Mabeza, 2nd District Congressman Florencio Garay and ASSIST Program manager, Michael Saycon. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Poverty reduction team reviews anti-poverty projects in Caraga



By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) -- Together with the 12 implementing regional line agencies in Caraga, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is preparing to review and validate anti-poverty projects to be implemented in 2014 and to monitor projects being implemented this year.

Undersecretary Marie Labajo of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) attended the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) meeting on February 22 where she emphasized the need to promote evidence-based plans to let the community themselves realize the impact of the projects.

The purpose of her visit was to cascade the relevant information framed by the national government for the implementation, as well as for the review and validation of the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) for the implementation of anti-poverty projects.

“The very aim of the BuB is to make the government agencies more responsive to the needs of the community. This is to address the demands of the grassroots and to let the people decide what they need to address their destitute situation,” USec Labajo said.

The BuB is an approach of formulating the budget proposal of agencies, taking into consideration the development needs of poor cities/municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans that will be formulated with strong participation of basic sector organizations and other civil society organizations. The programs and projects identified by LGUs through the BuB process will be funded through the national budget.

Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion and USec Labajo, tackled issues such as the manner of reviewing the project proposals for the 2014 implementation.

USec Labajon clarified that the implementing agencies cannot outright reject a project once proposed by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), composed of local government unit (LGU) representatives and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the municipality.

She said that once the proposed project falls within the regular program of the agency, then this can be funded. For proposed projects that cannot be sufficiently funded because it has already exceeded the budget cap, this can be substituted by another project that is within the budget limit.

The RPRAT is expected to meet again on February 27 to finalize the review of the proposed projects.

The implementing agencies of the BuB for 2014 are the department of Agrarian Reform,Agriculture, Education, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, Labor and Employment, Social Welfare and Development,Tourism, Trade and Industry, Interior and Local Government and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

For coordination and oversight, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) worked hand in hand in setting the policy direction for the RPRAT.

As the Chair and secretariat of RPRAT, the DILG will consolidate the revised list of priority poverty reduction projects reviewed by the implementing agencies for submission to NAPC. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


 DAR, coffee co-op sign P2.9-M economic support services


By Myra Q. Yu



SURIGAO DEL SUR, Feb. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here and the Mabuhay Kahayagan Coffee Growers Cooperative (MKCGC) signed a memorandum Of agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the P2.9 million Agrarian Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) held recently at Barangay Kahayagan, Tagbina.

The service facilities include 4WD tractor, huller, grass cutter, power sprayer, and flat bed dryer.

The event was participated by DAR officials and staff headed by PARO Hernane Apacible and the officers and members of MKCGC. On the said occasion, the duties and responsibilities of the organization were presented.

Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Esteban Dumagan said in his message that the secret of the grant of the project is the sincere participation and cooperation among officers and members of the coop and most importantly the community as a whole.

MKCGC Chair Leonardo Evangelista expressed his strong commitment that they will take good care of the project and grateful to DAR for extending support to their organization. (NGBT/DAR/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano news: Malakanyang mibutyag sa mga miyembro sa Transition Commission nga gitasahan aron mohimo sa Bangsamoro Basic Law



Ni Susil D. Ragas



SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 26 (PIA) -- Kinse ka mga miyenbro sa Transition Commission ang gitudlo ni Presidente Aquino aron maoy mohimo sa Bangsamoro Basic Law, matud ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda kagahapon didto sa Malakanyang.

Sumala ni Lacierda sa habig sa gobyerno sa Pilipinas, pito ang natudlo nga mao sila Hon. Akmad A. Sakkam, Hon. Johaira C. Wahab, Hon. Talib A. Benito, Hon. Asani S. Tammang, Hon. Pedrito A. Eisma, Hon. Froilyn T. Mendoza, ug Hon. Fatmawati T. Salapuddin.

Samtang ang sa gipili sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) mao sila Hon. Mohagher Iqbal, diin maoy chairman sa Transition Commission; Hon. Robert M. Alonto, Hon. Abdulla U. Camlian, Hon. Ibrahim D. Ali, Hon. Raissa H. Jajurie, Hon. Melanio U. Ulama, Hon. Hussein P. Munoz ug Hon. Said M. Shiek.

Ang maong pagpili nahisubay sa Executive Order 120 series of 2013, diin ang Transition Commission pagalangkoban sa 15 ka mga miyembro, diin pito ka mamahimong miyembro ang pillion sa Presidente ug otso lakip na ang chairman, ang pagapilion sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Matud pa ni Lacierda nga usa sa kwalipikasyon sa pagpili mao nga kinahanglan usa siya ka Bangsamoro, adunay track record nga siya misuporta sa mga peace process, ug walay bahid korupsyon ug pang-abuso sa gahum.

Dugang pa niya nga ang maong transition commission adunay pasiunang badyet alokasyon nga nagkantidad P100 milyon. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)