7.19.2013

PIA News Service - Saturday, July 20, 2013

DOST-Caraga chief encourages PWDs to learn skills for small-scale business

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) -- As part of the week-long activities for the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration from July 17-23, 2013, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga spearheaded on Friday the Training on Buko/Coconut Juice Processing and Food Safety Awareness held at Butuan City School of Arts and Trade (BCSAT).

In her message, Regional Director Dominga Mallonga encouraged the persons with disabilities (PWDs) to learn more about Buko/Coconut Juice Processing and Food Safety Awareness and put up their own small-scale business.

“Buko/Coconut trees are abundant in Caraga region that is why this is a good start for our PWDs to utilize for their business as their livelihood,” said Mallonga.

She also emphasized that the department provides assistance to the PWDs be it technical or financial. “We can provide assistance to those PWDs in the region especially those who have their cooperatives, and provide them technology training for their business,” she said.

Mallonga further stressed that when selling foods, good manufacturing and sanitation practices must be observed to ensure a safe and quality food production.

“For us to have a successful business, be it small-scale or large scale, we have to make sure that foods we sell in the market are clean, safe and worth the price. If we can establish a good business, we can make it grow and expand,” said Mallonga.

With this, the DOST director expressed confidence that with enough knowledge, skills and trainings, PWDs can achieve their goals in life. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD-Caraga to launch LEaDGov project in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga will be launching its new project called “Local Empowerment and Development towards Good Governance” or LEaDGov on July 23 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Minda Brigoli said the project is funded by the Spanish government through the Agencia EspaƱola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (EACID).

“The project aims to achieve full institutionalization of the buttom-up planning at both the local government unit and national government agency levels,” Brigoli said.

It also aims to strengthen the capacities of local government units to facilitate inclusive and participatory processes that capture and integrate the priority needs of poor communities into local government poverty reduction plans.

Also, on the same day, the DSWD and its partners will be signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the implementation of the 2013 Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) and Planning. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)