3.17.2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Women’s Congress in Butuan inspires various sectors

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 16 (PIA) – The invited speakers during the recently concluded 1st Women’s Congress here spearheaded by the city government thru Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Committee on Women, Children, Youth and Family Concerns had inspired participating various sectors through their messages and updates.

Third District Camarines Sur representative Atty. Maria Leonor G. Robredo and model/businesswoman Wilma Doesnt are the guest speakers during the said event.

SP Committee on Women, Children, Youth and Family Concerns chairperson Atty. Rema Burdeos, in coordination with the Regional Development Council-Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) chaired by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor invited some 200 participants coming from the different sectors in the city.

“We have been celebrating Women’s Month every year, but this is actually the first time that we are conducting this kind of activity where women organizations gather and have a dialogue. The city government would like to help the marginalized sector and plenty of women who need our assistance. We also would like our women to be empowered that’s why we would like to give them the opportunity to enhance their skills through different trainings, as well as livelihood,” bared Burdeos.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, who was celebrating his birthday that same day also graced said activity and expressed his appreciation and recognition to all the women organizations in the city who continuously participate in community activities.

“We are calling on women who want to impart their knowledge and skills to join politics and be heard. We are optimistic that more women will be empowered in many possible ways,” stressed Amante. 

Also, Atty. Robredo shared her experiences in the government service and how she dealt with different people who approached her for assistance, especially the women who need legal counsel.

“We, in the government service need to create or come up with local policies that will ensure women to be economically-empowered,” she bared. 

Robredo further revealed that she has passed a bill in congress amending the law on concubinage and adultery.

Wilma Doesnt also delivered her inspirational message to all the men and women participants. As a mother of three, she also recalled her hardships that she was able to surpass," she stressed.

Doesnt encouraged women to be strong and continue to strive for life despite many challenges. “I am empowered wherever I am in the world. I am confident that I will survive wherever I am. My parents have raised me well, and I always apply the values that they have inculcated in me,” she said.

“Whatever problems that we are facing in life, never give up! If you get tired, just take a rest but never, never give up. If you will give up easily, you will never know what could be better for you, and what’s there ahead of you,” articulated Doesnt.  

Doesn’t further emphasized to accept failures. “If we fail, let’s not deny it. Instead, let’s acknowledge it, embrace the feelings, and accept it so we can move on and be a better person,” she said.

Meanwhile, in time with the said activity, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was also signed between the city government thru Mayor Amante and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga thru regional director Lilibeth Famacion. The MOA contained the needed funds for the Farm-to-Market Road project in the conflict-stricken areas in the city. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: Soybean: A Rising Industry in Caraga Region

By Aurelius P. Arais

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 16 (PIA) – Caraga Region particularly the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur is still one of the major producing soybean areas of the country.

To keep up the momentum, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga conducted the Workshop on Updating the Region’s Soybean Roadmap held in this city last March 4-6.

Farmers and agricultural extension workers as well as nutrition action officers from the soybean producing municipalities in the said provinces participated the activity to gain valuable inputs.

Spearheaded by DA Caraga Research Division chief Wilfreda Manos, the group came up with clearer direction to strengthen and increase the enthusiasm of soybean farmers as well as investors engaged in the soybean industry.

“I am so thankful for all the stakeholders who are attending here because we are looking for more efficient and attainable plans to further boost Caraga’s soybean production,” Manos said.

However, Manos emphasized that soybean in Caraga should be treated first as food for human especially in solving the malnutrition problem since it is an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Soybeans today is considered as one of the food sources used in the programs of various local government units in the region to curb malnutrition.

Soybean has the potential to help solve the problem of hunger and malnutrition. The seed contain approximately 40-45% protein, 20-25% edible vegetable oil and a significant amount of vitamin A and E as well as minerals and micronutrients making it a valuable component in many food items both for human and animals thus it is also an important ingredient for livestock feeds.

Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico urged soybean growers in Caraga to organize the members to establish an aggressive marketing linkage to big buyers or processors.

As of 2014, Caraga region have more or less 600 hectares planted with soybeans mostly in San Miguel and Tago, Surigao del Sur and in Trento, Agusan del Sur.

DA Caraga has its vision to further expand the areas to be planted with soybeans this year to keep Caraga in the forefront of soybean industry in the country. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DTI Dinagat Islands conduct cooperators consultation workshop

By Mardel Allen G. Delanto

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Mar. 16 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Dinagat Islands recently conducted the Shared Service Facility (SSF) Cooperators Consultation Meeting cum Workshop at the 4 Groups Function Hall, this municipality.

The activity aims to revisit the SSF guidelines as well as provide the status of the memorandum of agreement and other documentary compliances and help the SSF cooperators in drafting their manual of operations and business plans.

The SSF project of DTI is one of the agency’s flagship project that will aid to spur the growth of micro, small, and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) through improving the competitiveness of entrepreneurs by addressing the gaps and bottlenecks in the productivity of MSMEs through provision of common service facilities.

Under the said project, 11 out of the 23 SSF beneficiaries have already received various equipment, tools and machineries.

The eleven beneficiaries are Dinagat Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DiPPCI), Aurelio Holy Trinity Chapter, Poblacion San Jose Women’s Organization, Mary Sampaguita Farmers Association, A & M Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Cayetano Agra Consumers Cooperative, Justiniana Edera Agra Producers Cooperative (JEDAPCO), San Jose Ring Makers Association, Justiniana Women’s Association, Chapter Economic Development Management Office (CEDMO)-Ken Michael Chapter and DTI-Dinagat Islands for Business Resource Center.

The said activity was attended by SSF beneficiaries across the province. (SDR/DTI-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DA to implement P673M BuB, PAMANA projects in 2015

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 16 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office XIII is set to implement a total of 155 projects under the Bottom-up-Budgeting (BuB) and 10 projects under Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) this year.

For PAMANA, five livelihood projects amounting P6.5 million and five Farm-to-Market Roads (FMRs) amounting P464 million will be implemented.

As for the BuB, project total amount is P202,614,073 distributed as follows:

            Projects                               No. of Projects                 Amount

·      Surigao del Sur                                48                   P         39,641,800

·      Agusan del Sur                                47                               81,954,173

·      Surigao del Norte                            28                               44,262,200 

·      Agusan del Norte                            20                               21,121,900

·      Province of Dinagat Islands           12                               15,634,000

In support to the participating local government units, DA recently conducted two batches of Project Proposal Writeshop attended by the municipalities with BUB and PAMANA projects from the five provinces of the region.

The participants were taught how to prepare a good project proposal and were given time to refine their current proposals. Samples of their output were then presented for critiquing and recommendations.

Edelmira R. Luminarias, the Regional Focal Person for BuB and PAMANA, said that they purposely conducted the writeshop to put in place the project implementation under BuB and PAMANA for 2015.

“The municipalities and project beneficiaries should be at the same phase for faster implementation because we are obliged to implement the projects for 2015 within the year only. Replacement of projects is no longer allowed at this time and any realignment of funds should have the approval of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Luminarias said.

BuB is a poverty reduction program of the government while PAMANA is the national government’s peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace building, reconstruction, and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs). (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)