9.18.2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PopCom Caraga reveals YAFS survey results

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) – The Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga disclosed the data interpretation and findings of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey (YAFSS 4)  conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation among  Filipino youth aged 15 to 24 years old.

YAFSS 4 covered a wide range of topics such as education trajectories, labor force participation, relationships and roles in society, values and attitudes. It is also one of the primary sources of information on sexual and non-sexual risk behaviors of young people at the regional and national levels in which findings have been widely used in education and health and have provided the basis fo health programs by government and non-government organizations nationwide.

According to PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander Makinano, the percentage of youth in Caraga region who ever used drugs declined in the past decade but it is still the third highest in the country following after Region XI (9.2%) and Region X (8.0%).

“Between years 2002 to 2013, the proportion of youth who ever thought of committing suicide did not change in Caraga. The region registers the highest percentage (9.2%) of youth who ever thought of committing suicide,” said Makinano.

For the same period, the percentage who attempted to commit suicide increased substantially, contradicting the declining national trajectory.

On relationships, Makinano bared that “far more youth are in a live-in arrangement comprising the 16.7 percent than in a formal union of four percent, a pattern consistent with the national picture. “Caraga has the second lowest percentage of formally married youth but has the third highest proportion of youth who are in live-in arrangements,” he added.

Based on the survey results, it was learned that the youth’s sexual debut is getting younger as indicated by the mean age at first sex which declined from 18.2 years in 2002 to 17.5 years in 2013 for both males and females.

“Most of the premarital sexual encounters are unprotected against unintended pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in which 85.5 percent of the first premarital sex encounters are unprotected as well. Withdrawal is the most common method used among those who applied some methods of contraception,” relayed Makinano.

The survey also showed that one in three youth has read pornographic materials, 38.1 percent among males and 27.1 percent among females. The proportion of youth who have read pornographic materials has declined from 34.6 percent in 2002 to 32.6 percent in 2013.

“Two in five youth in Caraga ages 15 to 24 have sexual experience, about the same level as for the Philippines overall. More than three in five youth felt ‘invincible’ to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and others. They think there is no chance of them getting the disease,” bared Makinano.

The YAFSS 4 survey contains the same basic data gathered in previous rounds. It expanded its range of topics as well as added new questions to previously existing topics. It has the new topic on health and lifestyle including a shot depression scale. The topic on media has been expanded to include the new forms of communication technologies that were not yet well-developed in 2002 such as social media, cellular phone use and cyber bullying.

The survey is conducted in five provinces and three cities for Caraga region among 2,200 respondents covering a period of one to two hours to complete the 80 pages survey material, declared Makinano. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Group holds 1st run for a cause in Mainit

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Sep. 17 (PIA) - Online Facebook group Mainitnon Gihapon (MG), over the weekend held its first ever Fun Run dubbed  “2014 Dayagan para sa Parokya ni Sr. San Nicolas de Tolentino (Run for Senior San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish)” -- a run to a healthy and fit lifestyle at Mainit town, this province.

Aside from being a friendly race, the event was also driven by a more noble cause – fund raised during the fun run will be used to help and support the parish church and the upcoming town fiesta on Sep 20, it was learned.

As early as 5:00 a.m., health enthusiasts including the running clubs from the neighboring towns jogged their way to the town center to participate in a friendly race along the town proper.

More than 500 participants joined the run. Race categories include the 1-kilometer, 2 kilometer, 3 kilometer and 5 kilometer with prices and medals for the first to third finishers. Special awards were also given.

Created as a Facebook group in August 2011 by Mary Lincuna "Daday" dela Costa Castro and Wilhaida "Haidz" Mondano Elsisura, MG rapidly grew into a throng of Mainitnons around the world. It went viral after the pioneering member-subscribers added fellow Mainitnons (or those with Mainitnon roots) into the group where exchanges about anything and everything Mainitnon were rapidly posted online. (with a report from Zimmbodilion Mosende/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur budget office bares update

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) – The Provincial Budget Office in Surigao del Sur bared on Monday its accomplishment for the period between March up to September 12, 2014.

According to Delia Abelardo, assistant provincial budget officer, their office has undertaken budget preparation, review, and execution.

Prior to this, she made sure to impart the major functions as well as the objectives of their office to be well way understood.

Under budget preparation,  Abelardo cited five specific tasks that they have done  while on review—its assistance given to Local Finance Committee (LFC) in regard to preliminaries of both annual and supplemental budgets of municipalities of the province; then, on execution—the preparation of a total of 632 “Advice of Allotments of the different provincial offices as well as subsidized National Offices,” which amounted to P707,773,416.93 for a seven-month period.

Moreover, the budget office reported to have processed a total of 8,155 obligation requests (OBRs) amounting to P641,338,176.23.

Meanwhile, Abelardo reminded all offices concerned regarding the submission of the 4th Quarter Request for Allotment.

For fiscal year 2014, the approved annual budget for the province amounts to P873,878,165, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DA Caraga chief leads regional mgmt committee meeting

By Melody Guimary

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) - Aimed at strengthening the collaboration between and among the Department of Agriculture (DA) and its line bureaus and attached agencies, the DA Regional Field Office XIII, through the leadership of Acting Director IV Edna M. Mabeza, spearheaded the conduct of meeting of the Regional Management Committee (RMC) last September 11-12, 2014 hosted by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) at Musuan, Bukidnon.

Among the important matters discussed during the meeting were the submission of monthly reports to the congressmen of Caraga, creation of a composite team to monitor the prevalence of pests and diseases, updates and concerns of the agencies, conduct of Agriculture and Fishery Council (AFC) and Agricultural Extension Workers’ (AEWs) congresses on November 5 and 6, respectively. The meeting also provided a venue to harmonize and collaborate undertakings such as the registration of farmers and fisherfolks to avoid duplication of interventions.

An expository tour of PCC’s facilities was also conducted on the second day to give the members basic information on the agency’s mandate and services.

The RMC is a policy making body composed of the executives of the DA-RFO, PCC, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM), Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Quedan and Rural Credit Corporation (QUEDANCOR) and the Chairman of the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC). 

Other concerned agencies invited to sit in during meetings are Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The FPA, NIA, NFA and PCA are now under the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAPSAM) while the PSA is under the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tandag City Executive Building set for inauguration

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 17 (PIA) – The multi-million peso Executive Building of this city, which is also known as the newly-built city hall, located at Barangay Awasian is set for inauguration on September 18, 2014.

Based on the official program, the occasion is split into three parts:  Thanksgiving Mass; Ceremonial Cutting of Ribbon; and Lunch.

After the ceremonial ribbon-cutting to be led  by city mayor Roxanne Pimentel together with vice-mayor Ruel Momo and former mayor, now city administrator Alexander Pimentel, a blessing by Rev. Msgr. Isidro Irizari, Tandag Parish Rector, is going to follow, then the messages of both the former mayor and the mayor herself.

It was learned that the said event likewise signals the official transfer of the seat of city government to the new workplace. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


GBP regionwide assembly draws LCEs, CSOs

By Bryan F. Edulzura

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 convened local chief executives (LCEs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to a regionwide assembly last September 15 here, to finalize the proposed projects to be funded under GPB 2015. This is in response to the reduction of the budget cap allotted to local government units (LGUs) for 2015.

Under the new guidelines, the budget ceiling is pegged at P30M. LGUs with less than P30M allocation will be deducted with P2.5M; while LGUs with more than P30M allocation such as Butuan City, will only receive the budget ceiling.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said that the reduction of the 2015 budget cap is pursuant to national government’s funding of other equally important national projects.   However, even if the budget cap is reduced for next year, the allocation for GPB has generally increased by P1B due to increase number of beneficiary cities and municipalities.

The reduction of budget would entail axing some projects; hence, the need to come up with a new list and allocation. DILG 13 regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion said that the bringing together of LCEs and CSOs in one forum promotes transparency in project selection.  “We wanted to maintain the integrity of the Local Poverty Reduction Projects (LPRAPs) by lodging the decision (project selection and allocation) to the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) members,” said Famacion.

 “We don’t want to be accused of manipulating the project list nor deciding for LPRAT’s behalf on that matter,” she added.

The LGUs and CSOs submitted their final LPRAPs to the GPB secretariat for inclusion in the 2015 General Appropriation Act (GAA) come October 2014.  Caraga region has a total budget allocation of  P1.004B under GPB 2015. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: AAMPC, the modern day farm service provider

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) - They call it Cabecillas at Luzon and Pakyaw Groups in the Kabisayaan regions. Today, they are known as the modern day Farm Service Provider (FSP).

The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office XIII through the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program aims to transform modern day farm laborers into an effective agent for the improvement of the farming system. This is a practical response to the demand and scarcity of farm workers parallel to the agro-economic condition in the rural areas.

In the region, Antongalon Agusan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AAMPC) was accredited to become an FSP. “The primary objective of the cooperative as FSP is to facilitate efficient land preparation, improve crop stand by introducing new technologies, increase yield, lower cost of production, reduce post harvest losses and most importantly satisfy the farmers availing the services,” said AAMPC chairman, Gerardo M. Mag-isa.

To capacitate AAMPC and become effective agent in providing farm services, the DA armed them with the necessary skills and knowledge through trainings, assisting in the institutional build-up of the cooperative, and provided modern farm equipment and machineries. Improvements in pre and post harvest technologies and the adoption of climate-smart technologies were introduced and shared to the members of the cooperative.

AAMPC members are seasonal farm laborers, majority of them gain farming skills thru experience and actual involvement in the field. Mag-isa said that through capability building activities members of their cooperative are now more willing to learn more about new farming technologies. This opportunity gave new ideas for improvement for the 340 active members of the cooperative in their respective farms.

“My fellow farmers were afraid to try farm mechanization because they were concerned about labor displacement. But actually, the displaced workers were now trained to become farm technicians and operators,” said Mag-isa.

According to DA-13 regional technical director for operations and LGU support Edgardo D. Dahino, the Department had given the following equipment to AAMPC: one rice combine harvester, three farm tractors, two rice planters, two water pumps, one rice reaper, one power tiller, one rice thresher, two flatbed mechanical dryer and two-seeder (direct). The Farm Mechanization Program implements the 15:85 counter-parting scheme in which only 15 percent will be paid by the association provided that all requirements are complied.

“A total of P12 million worth of farm equipment, machineries, financing assistance and including the renovation of our office, all of these were given by the Department of Agriculture.  With this, we are more than grateful to the DA and as a way of giving back to the people, we also commit ourselves to provide efficient service to our farmers,” Mag-isa added.

FSP offers their services starting from land and seedling preparation, care and maintenance up to harvesting. With the services offered many farmers were able to breathe a sigh of relief from the usual tiresome farming and time consuming practice while reducing labor cost.

The mode of payment depends on the kind of service the farmer needs. In harvesting, if a hectare of rice land yields 100 bags the cooperative will have a share of 14 bags and from that share 20 percent will be given to the workers and the machine operator.

AAMPC is now an active partner of the DA as it continues to provide the needed support to empower the farmers in Caraga and increase productivity. The DA through the Rice Program places farm mechanization as one of its top priority concerns which supports food security and self-sufficiency. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)
Lathalain: PhilRice inihahanda ang mga magsasaka ng palay para sa pagdating ng El Nino

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Setyembre 17 (PIA) - Tutulungan ang mga magsasaka ng palay na makaya ang maaring pinsala na dala ng El Nino sa pamamagitan ng tamang impormasyon.

Ang Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), ang nangungunang ahensiya ng bansa sa siyensya at pag-aaral ng palay, ay nakapagpalabas at namudmod ng mga materyales hinggil sa El Nino para bigyan ng kasangkapan ang mga magsasaka ng mas mabuting pagkakataon na iakma sa mas mainit kaysa normal na sitwasyon dala ng phenomena.

Sinabi ni Jaime A. Manalo IV, hepe ng Development Communication Division ng PhilRice na nakapag upload na ng mga babasahin, modules, audio at video sa website ng ahensiya at ipinamudmod sa mga information officers ng Department of Agriculture sa buong bansa.

Sinabi ni Manalo na ang mga brochures at leaflets ng El Nino at ang siyensya ng phenomenon na ipinaliliwanag sa simple, hindi teknikal na pamaraan ay pinamudmod din.

“Alam namin ang kapangyarihan ng impormasyon. Gawin nating nakahanda ang mga magsasaka. Paki-download ang mga babasahin mula sa  http://www.philrice.gov.ph/index.php?page=resources&page3=elnino at ibahagi ito sa social media,” sabi niya.

Ang mga magsasaka na nasa madaling maapektohang lugar ay nabigyan na rin ng impormasyon sa pamamagitan ng pulong-pulong. Sa Isabela, ang mga magsasaka ay tinuruan ng pamamaraan ng Alternate Wetting and Drying, isang teknolohiya ng pagtitipid ng tubig kung saan ang mga palayan ay halinhinang pinatutubigan at pinatuyuan.


Hinihikayat din ni Manalo ang mga nagbubungkal ng palayan na makipag-ugnayan sa text center ng mga magsasaka (0920-911-1398) kung kailangan pa nilang malaman ang tungkol sa El Nino at sa mga teknolohiya para maibsan ang mga mawawala na dala ng phenomenon. (PhilRice Development Communication Division/PIA-Agusan del Sur)