Dinagat Islands employees coop conducts bloodletting activity
By Ma. Jane Mayola
SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Aug. 24 (PIA) - The Dinagat Islands Capitol Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DICEMPC) in partnership with the Provincial Health Office conducted a bloodletting activity held recently at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, this province.
According to Cherilyn Benitez of the Provincial Health Office, there are four patients from Dinagat Islands now confined at the Caraga Regional Hospital who need around eight bags of blood every week.
“So the activity is very helpful and timely in saving lives of the Dinagatnons who are in need,” Benitez said.
Around 50 individuals from different offices of the province donated blood.
The activity served as the highlight of the 6th anniversary celebration of the DICEMPC. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)
DA Caraga propels toward farm mechanization
By Aurell P. Arais
TRENTO, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 24 (PIA) - The AgriPinoy Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga is on full swing to further push for farm mechanization in the region.
Farm mechanization makes the farm more productive, thus, DA has lined –up an array of farm machineries including farm tractor, which an interested cooperator can avail of through an easy counter parting scheme.
Since 2013, farmer-cooperators can avail of the farm tractor through an 85:15 counterparting scheme.
Based on inventory, DA Regional Field Office had distributed a total of 21 farm tractors since 2009 funded under the AgriPinoy Corn Program.
Recipients of the said farm tractors were local government units and farmer cooperatives in five provinces of Caraga region.
To fully optimize the advantages of the said farm machineries, DA RFO 13 conducted Farm Tractor Operators Training recently in Trento, Agusan del Sur.
On the said activity, farm tractor operators were trained the proper methods of the operation and maintenance especially on trouble shooting in case of technical problems that may arise in their respective service areas.
One of the participants, Ronelo Quiñonez of Bayugan City said that the training greatly enhanced his skills as farm tractor operator and thankful to DA for giving them an opportunity to meet each other for the first time.
“Nalipay gyud kaayo ko kay first time pa gyud ni nagkatapok-tapok ming mga operator, talagsaon ra kaayo ni nga higayon ug unta masundan pa ni (I am overwhelmed because this is the very first time that we operators were converged and hopefully more engagement to come)," he said during the closing program.
Corn program is looking on the possibility that farm tractor operators will be given a certificate possibly through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) certification programs. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)