Thursday, June 18, 2015

DOST Sec Montejo visits CEST, other assisted projects in Siargao Islands

By Mary Grace Sabuero

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) - Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo recently visited the department’s project granted to the local government unit (LGU) of Burgos in Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte under the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST).

Joining him were Dr. Carol M. Yorobe, DOST undersecretary for Regional Operations, and Regional Directors of 13 regions (CAR, I, II III, 1V -CALABARZON, IV-MIMAROPA, V, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, Caraga). Also with them are the provincial and local officials represented by Governor Sol F. Matugas together with Mayor Alfredo M. Coro II of Del Carmen, and Mayor Emmanuel N. Arcena of Burgos, Siargao Islands.

Sec. Montejo and party paid visit as well to Surigao State College of Technology – Surigao del Norte College of Science and Technology (SSCT-SNCST) - Del Carmen Campus. He inspected the P617,980.00 worth of laboratory equipment: digital hotplate with stirrer; drying oven with forced convection; rotary evaporator system; and vertical autoclave sterilizer granted thru DOST-Caraga’s Grant in Aid (GIA) Fund, supporting the development of biodiversity program in the municipality. Said intervention was specifically intended to enhance researcher’s competency in scientific research for the management of the island’s ecosystem utilization and conservation.

The team also observed mudcrab culture and fattening of Del Carmen Mangroves Association (DELCAMBASS), where DOST granted P229,000.00 to provide alternative livelihood project.

Sec Montejo and his entourage also witnessed the processing of meat products of Burgos Rural Improvement Club (RIC), beneficiary of the meat processing equipment as the first livelihood project of the CEST program in Burgos. Among their products which are now available in local markets were tocino, longganisa, chorizo and siomai.

DOST-Caraga in collaboration with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte hosted the one-day visitation. (DOST-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Sports academy to rise in Siargao

By John Glenn A.Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 18 (PIA) – Representative Francisco T. Matugas of the first district revealed recently that a sports academy will now be established in Siargao Island, this province.

House Bill 4307, otherwise known as “An Act Establishing the Siargao Island Sports Academy and Training Center in the municipality of Dapa, and Appropriating Funds Thereof” is authored by Rep. Matugas, himself.

He said that the bill is now on its second reading in the Senate and on June 10, this year it was sent back to the House of Representatievs for appropriate action and consolidation of proposed amendments.

As revealed by Rep. Matugas, Senate President Franklin Drilon said that the measure is a very important piece of their legislative function to “widen the magnitude and range of the Surigaonon athletic curriculum, and improve the global competitiveness in giant sporting events such as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

According to Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, the academy in Siargao would be the primary sports development and training center for the province of Surigao del Norte and neighboring towns.

He said the promising talents of young athletes, especially those from the island, have stayed untouched and intact.

“We have so much potential, but we are still short of the guiding principles, modern amenities and determined workers necessary to harness the potential and develop the inherent skills of those isolated and secluded from the great training facilities in the metropolis and other inner-city hubs,” explained Angara.

“I believe that by building sports academies like this shall eventually institute concrete reforms in the grassroots sports growth all over the country. With these facilities, many young athletes could adequately prepare for a genuine career in sports, and eventually improve their chances in the local and international arena,” he added. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Agri-trade fair reels off in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 18 (PIA) – The agri-trade fair spearheaded by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) reeled off at around 9:00 a.m., Wednesday at the Vicente L. Pimentel, Sr. Boulevard as part of the highlights of the 55th Araw Ng Surigao del Sur celebration here, this year.

Governor Johnny Pimentel led the ribbon-cutting joined in by Marcos Quico, chief provincial agriculturist, Col. Isidro Purisima, commander of 402nd Brigade, P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, PNP provincial director, and other prominent personalities from various sectors.

After which, Pimentel proceeded for the booth hopping in all participating 19 local government units (LGUs) whose bunch of caretakers eagerly posed for picture-taking.

A lot of displays, ready for sale, ranging from agriculture products, fisheries, and handicrafts abound.

During the early goings, people from all walks of life jammed the entire venue; among them were first couple City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel and husband City Administrator Alexander Pimentel.

P/Supt. Jeffrey Lawrence Mauricio, Tandag City police chief, assured security is in place for the duration not only of the said fair but the whole five-day celebration. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)