Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SurSur Human Resource office bares 2015 in-house training plan

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 21 (PIA) – The Human Resource (HR) office in Surigao del Sur bared on Monday its plan to implement “in-house training” for 2015.

Theresa Burgos, HR chief here, said the “Human Resource Development Program” has already been “included in the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of this year but is still unfunded.”

With the plan still hanging in the balance, she appealed to Governor Johnny Pimentel for “financial support,” citing the need for a complete set of training equipment such as LCD projector, laptop, and sound system for acquisition.”

In addition, Burgos also requested for a training room where HR activities can be held.

However, she claimed that concerned employees of the provincial government have sufficient live-out training in human resource development, indicating a joint undertaking, especially with the Civil Service Commission (CSC), or purely as participant/s. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


News Feature: The truth behind 'Angelica' rice

By Ginalyn V. Arbutante

As the country’s leading institution for rice research, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) develops technologies that will make rice farming truly reviving and rewarding. With its goal of achieving rice self-sufficiency through research and development in rice industry, the Institute keeps on studying and discovering new technologies and breeding new rice varieties that would cater farmers’ needs with concern to climate change. One of the excellent varieties discovered and approved is the gorgeous NSIC Rc122.

NSIC Rc122, popularly known as 'Angelica' rice whom was named after the stunning beauty of the governor of Agusan del Norte, Ma. Angelica Rosedell M.  Amante-Matba was finally approved in 2003 by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) from the line designation IR61979-138-1-3-2-3.

In terms of agronomic characteristics, “Angelica” rice has an average yield of 4.7t/ha and a maximum yield of 8.9t/ha.  It matures within 121 days after seeding (DAS), can attain a height of 106 cm, and can produce up to 14 tillers.

NSIC Rc122 “Angelica” rice is resistant to the attacks of blast and stem borer and has an intermediate reaction to bacterial leaf blight (BLB),  tungro, brown plant hopper (BPH) and to green leafhopper (GLH). This variety has long grain and has a milling recovery of up to 65.4%.

When it comes to eating quality it rates medium that means quite good or even excellent that passed the standards considering the Filipino taste and other criteria before it became a variety.

It started to attract attention in the field after it was released in the year 2003.

Seeds of these varieties, along with other cultivars, were requested by and distributed in the dry season of 2005 to members of the Rice Seed Production Network (SeedNet) situated in the provinces of at least ten different regions.

For NSIC Rc122 alone, more than 800 kilos of breeder seeds were disposed by PhilRice-CES between January and September of 2004.

The National Seed Quality Control Services  (NSQCS), released the status of NSIC Rc122 (Angelica) rice seed production in the year 2013 dry season covering the whole Caraga region. As of March 26, 2014  data shows that in terms of area there were 0.08ha planted with NSIC Rc122  breeder seeds,  6.5ha planted with foundatio  and 8ha planted with registered seeds.

In previous year’s first cropping season, it is noted that there are seven hectares of land planted with NSIC Rc122 (Angelica) registered seeds and it doubled to 14 hectares in the cropping season in that same year 2013.

Meanwhile, the beauty and popularity of “Angelica” rice still linger in the heart, mind and field of the rice farmers especially in Caraga because to them it’s not an ordinary rice variety as it is but the persona behind is worthy to be named and remembered as such. (PhilRice Agusan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


CAO-Bislig promotes vermi-culture for sustainable agriculture

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) 13 through its organic agriculture (OA) Program poured in P30 million fund allocation for this year in which P9.6 million is allocated for extension support, education and training services, to equip practitioners with sufficient tools to firm up stakeholders’ knowledge and skills on OA.

“We made sure that we are funding the eligible partners with qualified project proposals to further promote, propagate, develop and implement the program,” regional organic griculture Focal Person Rebecca R. Atega said.

Bislig City, as one of the local government units (LGUs) who participated in the program to encourage the farmers discover for themselves the benefits of organic farming, has initiated the establishment of Vermi-culture Center with OA funding of P221,776 from the DA, with labor and land as LGU's counterpart.

The funding was used to construct for additional vermi beds to expand their existing vermiculture area which also include bio-fertilizer processing.

Bislig City OA Focal Person Lolit P. Sayman said that the project has twin goals for sustainability. “First is to contribute in attaining sustainable farming locally and serve as a techno-demo for farmers who want to emulate the organic technology; Second, is that vermi- composting and bio-fertilizer production should sustain itself as an income generating activity,” Sayman said.

To attain these goals, City Agriculturist Office (CAO) Bislig conducted hands-on trainings to 300 organic farmer practitioners who were receptive of the said change for their farming endeavor. To emphasize the importance of organic farming, farmers were encouraged to engage in vermi-culture and produce their own organic fertilizers from identified leguminous plants rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium like madre the agua, madre de cacao, ipil-ipil, flamengia and the like. Vermi-compost and NFTS concoctions made by individual farmers are then used for fruit trees, cereal crops and vegetables. Such endeavors eventually produces positive results.

“Despite of heavy nutrient extraction by repeated harvests, I have been able to sustain my production of cucumber (pipino) since last year. In fact, I can harvest 360 kilos of organically grown pipino every month and can sell my produce at P15 per kilo in the local market.  As I have observed, the fertility of the soil was gradually improving because of the continuous application of vermicompost and organic fertilizers,” Vicente Macapili, one of the famers, said.

Vermi-composting and bio-fertilizer processing of CAO Bislig has become an income-generating activity for the past two years.

Presently, the total vermin-cast production has increased to 3000 kg/cycle compared to the 300 kg/cycle in 2012.

On the other hand, the bio-fertilizer processing also produces 5,000 kg/cycle and they were able to sell it at P500/sack of 50 kilos. Proceeds from the sale of the bio-fertilizer will be deposited in the LGU Organic Agriculture Trust Fund. As of June 2014, they were able to save up an amount of P122,745.

City Agriculturist Primacar Subibi said that the trust fund will be used for the next in line project and activities for the organic agriculture program. They will be also training youths, housewives and other stakeholders on organic farming technologies, for those who are willing to learn and be an advocate of organic agriculture practices, she added. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Caraga chief commends PNP for partnership in children protection

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) - Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli commended the regional Philippine National Police (PNP) for the partnership in promoting children’s welfare and protection.

Brigoli was the guest of honor and speaker during the Monday flag raising-rites at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Brgy. Libertad, this city.

According to Brigoli, as the country celebrates October being the “Children’s Month,” it is also timely that she was given the chance to be invited for the occasion, as her agency was among those which were tasked to promote and implement children welfare and protection.

Brigoli was greatful that they have strong allies such as the PNP in the implementation of their mandated task. She then called the PNP as “one of the greatest pillars and duty bearers in the promotion of children’s welfare and the protector of children’s rights.”

“I’m sure that the Philippine National Police is not doing this only in October because it is the month for the children. Our police are doing it all the days of every year as part of their mandated duty,” Brigoli added.

This year's theme is “Bata, Kasali Ka, Ikaw Ay Mahalaga.” She pointed out that the program of the police on helping build or repair school buildings and classrooms, feeding programs, medical and dental outreach programs aside from children protection are part of the tangible expressions of the theme.

Brigoli also pointed out during her message that though children poverty remains to be among the top problems of the region, the various government poverty alleviation programs and interventions however, were properly implemented and in place. She also said that the crime against children such as child-trafficking, child-abuse, child-labor, bullying and others were appropriately addressed and prevented by the law enforcement and concerned government agencies. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


Police Officers 1 in PRO 13 to receive new guns

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) - Police Regional Office 13 may soon achieve the “one-firearm-per-police-personnel” ratio as far as their Police Officers 1 will be concerned.

Sources from the PRO 13 regional headquarters said that the regional police leadership here will prioritize the new police personnel in the issuance of service firearms, as most of them were assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion, the Regional Public Safety Companies and on combat or patrol assignments.

Recently, some 338 Glock 17 Generation 4, 9mm pistols were ceremonially turned-over to the regional headquarters personnel, Regional Public Safety Battalion, 131st ,132nd and 133rd Regional Public Safety Companies during the first week of this month.

On Saturday, the chief PNP police director-general Alan LM Purisima was supposed to turned over more than a thousand similar firearms to regional director CSupt. Dominador E. Aquino, Jr. but due to some developments in Zamboanga, the Chief PNP’s visit was deferred to some future date.


The same source said that this is in line with the program of the Philippine National Police to attain the 1:1 police to pistol ratio in every police units here in the region. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)