Saturday, October 25, 2014

PDI intensifies greening program

By Ma. Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE-Dinagat Islands, Oct. 25 (PIA) – The provincial government of Dinagat Islands and  the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) has intensified its greening program through greening project dubbed “1M Trees in 3 Years” in the islands to combat against climate change and global warming.

According to PENRO Officer Zacarias N. Vales said that around 3,000 seedlings have already distributed to farmers, local government units, national line agencies, and other organizations.

Vales said they will continue to propagate thousands of tree seedlings under the project dubbed “1M Trees in 3 Years.”

He further said that the project also promotes reforestation and campaign against illegal logging, and greening Dinagat to mitigate the effects of climate change and global warming. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DTI-Surigao Norte, PTCC conduct seminar on Phil. Traceability System

By Ma. Theresa Calang

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office in cooperation with the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) recently conducted a seminar on Philippine Traceability System (PTRACE) held at Parkway Function Hall, this city.

It aims to raise awareness of MSMEs on the importance of traceability system in the manufacture of safety and quality products, and provide understanding on tracking and tracing food products along the food chain using the traceability system.

The seminar is intended for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), food manufacturers, producers and other related sectors, national and local government officers and business counsellors, non-government organizations (NGOs), academe and student, and food service providers among others.

Topics discussed during the seminar include fundamental and importance of P-Traceability as well as introduction to Philippine Food Safety law.

Food industry experts and government practitioners also graced the event to share their experiences on implementation of the traceability system. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao City SWDO joins National Children’s Month celebration

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) – The Surigao City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) joined this year's celebration of National Children’s Month in October. 

According to CSWDO Gloria Salvador, one of the highlights of the celebration was the search for Little Mr. and Ms. Universe 2014 participated by Day Care pupils from different Day Care Centers of the city held recently at the Surigao City Gymnasium.

Declared Little Ms. Universe 2014 is Kisha Nicole Mamac and Little Mr. Universe 2014 is Revilo Maceren Villar, both from Barangay Lumaban Day Care Center.

The CSWD office will also conduct a series of educational games for the Day Care pupils of the different city day care centers.

This year’s National Children’s Month celebration is anchored on the theme “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ang Mahalaga.” (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


OPAG- SurSur & PCA collaborates in controlling Coconut Scale Insects

By Japhet C. Sugian

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) in Surigao del Sur  in collaboration with Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has recently conducted a Level Technical Awareness on Coconut Scale Insects also known as “Cocolisap” to the three batches of farmers in Marihatag town, Bislig and Tandag Cities.

Technical information of the capability of pest and the extent of damage it brings and some possible control measures were presented.

Coconut scale insect (Aspidiotus destructor, Signoret) accordingly is endemic in the province of Surigao del Sur.  Though PCA- Surigao del Sur has released a statement suggesting a “no show” of scale insects in the province, they still encouraged farmers to be very vigilant and be observant in such cases.

On his presentation, provincial seed coordinator and entomologist Daniel C. Lequillo said scale insects are small insects and considered as plant parasites. He showed to the participants the morphological characteristic of this pest and its level of damage to coconuts.

On the other hand, provincial IPM coordinator Floresita Pante also explained how to combat this pest. “Mechanical control is found to be more appropriate in this stage of damage which includes pruning and spraying with the use of soapy water and it is also applicable to use natural enemies, insects against insects," she said.

“The knowledge imparted by the speakers will help us especially in early detection. It is very important to know the pest by heart so that we will be able to establish immediate control to prevent its infestation," said Rex Fernandez, CAFC chair of Tandag City.
       
Surigao del Sur chief provincial agriculturist  Marcos Quico also shared the importance of farmers in every agricultural endeavor of the provincial government. He said, “the farmer will serve as channel of information and act as an extension worker to their area or barangay”.


Meanwhile, Governor Johnny Pimentel already ordered the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, together with the PCA, to continue their initiatives in controlling possible pest occurrence, restore coconut planted areas with senile trees and re-establish a rehabilitation campaign to improve coconut industry in Surigao del Sur. He also pointed out that concept for coconut optimization program in the 2nd district of Surigao del Sur must be drafted the soonest for the inclusion of funds to the Department of Agriculture- Philippine Rural Development Project (DA- PRDP). (NGBT/OPAG-SDS Information Officer/PIA-Surigao del Sur)