PIA News Service - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DENR-13 encourages more volunteers to join in the NGP implementation

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga announced that the agency is open for partnership with other partner stakeholders from different sectors for the continued implementation of the country’s National Greening Program.

DENR-Caraga Regional Executive Director Nonito Tamayo, encouraged other stakeholders, sectoral groups to join them in the implementation of the National Greening Program in Caraga region.

"We are always open to having partnerships with other sectors in our reforestation activities. Every barangay is also encouraged to put up its own nursery, non-government organizations to submit proposal for this purpose and DENR will help provide the funds," he said.

Tamayo also said that there is no better place to plant trees but in Caraga. “We continue to plant cacao, coffee, rubber, fruit trees, and including mangroves,” he added.

Tamayo further emphasized that this kind of activity will solve the poverty in the uplands and revive the wood industry, to which Caraga is known for it. This also shows support to President Benigno S. Aquino's initiative.

“For those sectors who are interested to join us, the DENR will provide you the area where to plant, the seedlings, and monetary requirements for this purpose. We need volunteers who have the heart and love for our environment. Surely, the 100,000 hectares target until 2016 will be achieved and even more if we all coordinate and work together,” stressed Tamayo.

Recently, the DENR has signed a Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) with Agusan National High School (ANHS) Class 1990 for the Mangrove Planting for a cause activity set on November 16, 2013 in Barangay Lumbocan, this city. It is the first MOP signed by DENR with other partner stakeholders. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)  


Surigao City joins celebration of National Tourism Week, World Tourism Day

By Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) - The Local Government of Surigao City through the City Tourism Office joined the celebration of the National Tourism Week on September 23-30 and World Tourism Day on September  27, 2013.

This year’s celebration with the theme, “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future” started with a grand motorcade around the city participated by representatives of different schools, government offices and tourism stakeholders.

Lined-up activities include a testimonial luncheon for the Bonok-Bonok  2013 sponsors and festival working committees on September 27  at the Surigao City Cultural Center, then on September 28 a coastal clean-up will be held at the coastal areas of Sabang, Lipata, Ipil, Mabua Pebble Beach and the City Boulevard.

In her message during the opening celebration, City Tourism Operations Chief Roselyn Armida B. Merlin thanked the city government for the constant and full support of all the activities conducted by the tourism office to promote Surigao City as a world-class tourist destination. (SDR/City Media Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Caraga producers join national fairs in Manila and Davao City

By Ramil J. Leongas

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) - Ten (10) producers from the region joined two (2) national fairs held last month in Davao City and Manila.

Six (6) producers participated in the Mindanao Trade Expo during the Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2013 last August 10-15, 2013  bringing with them innovative renditions of footwear, gifts, housewares and decors (GHDs), and food products and supplements.  Ivory.07 Arts and Crafts had brisk sales of its water hyacinth footwear with its interesting and colorful designs, with one of its creations that drew attention during the expo’s fashion show.  Two malls of Davao City have also expressed interest in distributing the said company’s footwear line.

San Francisco Agsamcraft Weavers Association and San Isidro Farmers Association (of Las Nieves, ADN) brought out their best baskets, trays and other crafts made from indigenous agsam, rattan and nito.  Ever Lasting Golden Flower, Inc., with its lemongrass or “tanglad” products had the biggest cash sales among the region’s producers while food producers from Agusan del Sur also made considerable sales of their pastillas and pasalubong items.  Mercado’s Sudlanan Atbp showcased its boxes made of paper board and accented by abaca and water hyacinth.

Bad weather brought about by the “habagat” could not prevent the region’s four (4) participants to the National Food Fair 2013 from making substantial sales in the said event.  RIC-Dapdap Food Producers’ (of Barobo, Surigao del Sur) dried “danggit” and Magkiangkang MPC’s (of Bayugan City) “tableya” attracted a lot of attention from walk-in clients that they have sold out all their inventories.  Sunrise Corn Coffee’s 3-in-1 coffee fascinated buyers with its unique taste.  Institutional buyers looking for semi-processed materials also expressed interest with the Taguibo Organic Farmers Association’s turmeric (luyang dilaw) as well as with its salabat, wild honey and, corn and rice coffee.

Held in SM Megamall on August 21-25, 2013, the National Food Fair 2013 was organized by DTI’s Bureau of Domestic Trade in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture as part of its Sikat Pinoy Program.  With the theme “Piling-Piling Pagkaing Pilipino”, the activity aimed at showcasing Filipino delicacies from across the country.

Overall, the regional participants have sold more than 200,000 worth of products, booked almost 300,000 pesos worth of bulk orders and are following up orders under negotiation from different buyers worth more than 2 million pesos. (NCLM/DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)