Agrarian Reform coops ink cacao production pact
By Gil E. Miranda
BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 27 (PIA) - A tripartite agreement among the Federation of Agrarian Reform Community Cooperatives (FEDARCCO) in Agusan del Norte, Avancena Beneficiaries Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ABFMPC), and Cacao Nursery Management Group inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the establishment of Cacao Nursery Project in Sanghan Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) recently.
FEDARCCO Chairperson Leonila Alindogan said that the FEDARCCO is committed to establish a three hectares cacao nursery in the communal farm owned by ABFMPC at Sanghan ARC.
“Through a series of consultation meetings, the FEDARCCO decided to establish a nursery to supply the demand of cacao seedlings in the province of Agusan del Norte as well as in other neighboring provinces in Caraga region,” Alindogan added.
As stipulated in the MOA, FEDARCCO addressed the demand for cacao seedlings of the local governments and national agencies in support to the cacao program campaign.
Kennemer Foods International, Incorporated (KFI) trained consultants will manage the project and provide the technology to produce cacao seedlings.
For funding, FEDARCCO will borrow a loan from Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) under the Department of Agrarian Reform Agrarian Production Credit Program (DAR-APCP), in the amount of P20 Million to finance of the cacao nursery, if subsidy from the national government cannot be availed of.
This latest developmental initiative of the DAR-DA-LBP in this province to plant cacao in over 5,000 hectares targeted between 2014-2016 will benefit thousands of farmer-beneficiaries.
Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega said that this initiative will contribute to the income growth of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and will maximize production in awarded coconut lands through intercropping with cacao. (NCLM/DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
DPWH Caraga echoes order for “Undas”
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Oct. 27 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga Regional Office, headed by Regional Director Danilo Versola, has echoed the order of Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to set up Motorists Assistance Centers during “the forthcoming observance of All Saints’ Day on Novermber 1, 2014.”
Wenceslao Leaño, DPWH assistant regional director, in his subsequent memorandum on October 20, 2014 to all district engineers Caraga-wide, while also calling up the attention of the respective chiefs of maintenance section, stated that all concerned “are directed to fully effect all the instructions covered under paragraphs 2 and 3 of the said Memorandum,” referring to the October 15, 2014 memo of the DPWH secretary himself.
“For and in the absence of the Regional Director,” Leaño cited in his order “the activation of a composite team, including an anchorman, who will aid the travelling public on strategic locations within your jurisdiction and the setting-up of Motorists Assistance Center under the ‘Lakbay Alalay’ Program.”
Confirming to have received the instruction, both District Engineers Joseph Calderon and Eulogio Milla of the DPWH First and Second Engineering District Offices in Surigao del Sur, respectively, have assured the implementation of such program, which “will start at 5:00 P.M. on October 30, 2014 until 12:00 noon of November 3, 2014,” based on the memo of Sec. Singson. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)