PIA News Service - Friday, October 11, 2013

DTI-13 awards shared service facilities

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Caraga Region has granted Shared Service Facilities (SSF) to the two beneficiaries, Ivory .07 Arts and Crafts and Butuan-Agusan del Norte Handicraft Developers, Inc. (BAHanDI) to provide the needed facilities that will aid in entrepreneurial activities.

SSF, a new development program of DTI, is aimed at addressing gaps in the supply and value chain of priority industry clusters through the provision of processing machines and equipment for common use of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

DTI-Agusan del Norte officer-in-charge Gay A.Tidalgo said that under SSF project, MSMEs can avail an increase in production capacities, improvement of product quality, and a reduction of processing costs.

DTI extends a total of 1M worth of machines to both beneficiaries.

“SSF beneficiaries were given the opportunity to access to expensive but specialized equipment. Appropriate production processes and manufacturing technologies will be introduced to them. SSF sets conformity to standards that will help marketability so it’s a good venue to attract consumers and enhance competitiveness in the market,” said Tidalgo. 

Brielgo O. Pagaran, DTI Caraga Regional Director, said that SFF project will pave the way to job generation by maximizing other livelihood projects.

The shared service facility is the DTI’s program to promote inclusive growth by providing equitable allocation of resources to benefiting members. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


138 farmers graduate from 'University-on-the-Air' in Surigao Sur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) - A total of 138 farmers graduated from the University-on-the-Air (UOA) on White Corn Production in Surigao del Sur.

The graduation rites held at the Provincial Social Hall in Tandag City on Thursday, Oct. 10 was joined by farmer students of San Miguel (63), Tago (49), Bayabas (11) and Tandag City (15).

The UOA on White Corn Production was a radio program lesson based on the course module that was discussed on the air. It was anchored by Japhet Sugian with David Naungayan, the Provincial Corn Coordinator, as a resource speaker and was aired thru Sure FM every Tuesday morning from June to August, 2013.

It can be recalled that early this year, a mass briefing and enrollment was conducted in the provinces of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and in Butuan City.

The Department of Agriculture thru its AgriPinoy corn program recognized the power of radio in communication and information dissemination direct to the beneficiaries on the ground. (NGB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Rotary clubs to launch Dengue Free Movement

By Edgar Guerra

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) - The Rotary clubs of Zone 3C1, District 3860 consisting of four Rotary clubs of Surigao will launch a Dengue Free Surigao Movement in partnership with the city government of Surigao on Oct. 12, 2013 at the Surigao City Cultural Center, this city.

The program will be highlighted by a motorcade at 9:00 a.m. (assembly place, infront of city hall) to be followed by the launching and unveiling of Dengue Free Surigao Movement. All partner agencies are encouraged to join the motorcade.

Dr. Wyben Briones of Cebu Medical Society will be the resource speaker on how to wipe out larvae of dengue carrier mosquito using an insecticide called “temphos” from Canada donated by the Rotary District of Canada.

The Dengue Free Philippines Movement was first launched in Cebu then, Bohol, Leyte and other areas under District 3860. The project was found to be effective and recorded a reduction of dengue cases. (SDR/Zone Assistant Governor, Rotary Club of Metro Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Health care in remote barangay for indigenous women, children launched

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 11 (PIA) - Three birthing clinics/ Barangay Health Centers are set to be constructed in Barangay Binicalan, San Luis, this province to address the health needs of the lumads (indigenous people), specially women and children.

The program, according to Dr. Joel Espallardo, Senior Reproductive Health Specialist of the Department of Health (DOH), is funded by the European Union thru the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and is aimed to address the health and nutrition program of pregnant women, newly born babies and children.

“Our aim here is to give enough attention to the health needs of women, their new born babies and the children in Barangay Binicalan and other neighboring barangays, where our lumads like the Tagbuligan, Banwaon, Manobo, Talaandig and Adgawan live. That is why, this program called Indigenous Peoples Maternal Neonatal, Children Health and Nutrition (IP-MNCHN) project will be implemented,” said Dr. Espallardo.

According to data from San Luis Rural Health Unit, most of the pregnant women deliver their children at home, which causes high mortality among them, which were supposedly can be prevented. Aside from that, records also show that only 35 percent of the children were immunized in the area.

In order to address the issue, Atty. Elsie Alejandro of the NCIP said, three birthing clinics/ rural health units with complete facilities will be constructed in Barangay Binikalan to be manned by midwives so that the problem on the birth delivery of pregnant women, enough health care for the new born babies and the nutrition needs of children will be given enough attention and mortality during delivery will be eradicated.

“The IP-MNCHN will last until 2016 and funds will be coming from the European Union. Since this program is Mindanao-wide, together with Barangay Binikalan, the program will also start in Zamboanga del Sur, North Cotabato, Bukidnon and Compostela Valley province. The total fund set aside for this program for the five municipalities is P400 million, and we are lucky enough to be one of the recipients,” Atty. Alejandro said.

Since this program is one of the priorities of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur and the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III, a ceremonial signing of manifesto of commitment were done between all the stakeholders spearheaded by Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza of Agusan del Sur, facilitated by Gilbert Pacificar, the provincial project coordinator. (DMS/PIO-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)