Friday, July 10, 2015

SurSur premier city all set to spearhead ‘double celebration’ for July

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 10 (PIA) – The city government here headed by Mayor Roxanne Pimentel is all set to spearhead the holding of simultaneous program for both Nutrition and Disaster Consciousness Month celebration at 7:30 a.m. on July 14 at the city gymnasium.

With the themes, “Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo!” and “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa,” respectively, the lady chief executive said a parade will mark the opening of the event.

Mayor Pimentel likewise enjoined all member-agencies of the City Nutrition Committee (CNC), which she chairs, to actively participate, requesting them to hang the prescribed Nutrition Month Streamer at the facade of their respective offices to stir more public awareness.

A formal program has already been sent out for the guidance of all concerned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


GenSan’s Aerotropolis to position Region 12 as major Mindanao gateway

KORONADAL CITY, July 10 (PIA)  – A top official from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said the proposed P959 million General Santos City Airport Industrial Complex or Aerotropolis will position Region 12 as a major international gateway in Mindanao.

MinDA Undersecretary Janet Lopoz said the Aerotropolis, a major infrastructure project being pushed under the Mindanao Development Corridors will boost the competitiveness of Region 12, located in the South-Central Mindanao Development Corridor.

“The project will integrate the different points of entry in Region 12, particularly General Santos’ international airport, fishport complex, and Makar Wharf,” said Lopoz at the 50th Regular Meeting of the Regional Development Council XII at Villa Amor Hotel, held here recently.

Region 12 is composed of the four provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani Province, and Sultan Kudarat, and the five cities of Koronadal, Tacurong, General Santos, Kidapawan, and Cotabato.

The proposed Aerotropolis will develop some 200 hectares of property surrounding the General Santos airport to an integrated complex that will include business parks, amusement parks, hotels, integrated food terminal, food processing and manufacturing activities, and shopping malls.

“General Santos City has the potential to be a hub for the consolidation of products and services due to its proximity to major economic centers of Mindanao and the BIMP-EAGA,” she added.

BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, an economic sub-grouping aimed to accelerate social and economic development of less developed areas in participating countries.

On top of the General Santos City Airport Industrial Complex, other projects being pushed under the Mindanao Development Corridors are the Mindanao Railway System, the Davao South Marina and Industrial Park, the Davao International Airport Operations, Maintenance, and Development Project, the Davao City Sasa Port Modernization Project, and a number of major road projects connecting the South-Central Mindanao Corridor to other development corridors.

The Mindanao Development Corridors is a key spatial strategy of MinDA that will help pave the way for a connected and globally competitive Mindanao. Cited under Chapter 10 of the updated Philippine Development Plan, this strategy captures the Aquino government's accelerated infra development agenda for Mindanao.

We need to interconnect Mindanao for it to be efficient,” said Lopoz while adding “the corridors strategy will accelerate development and ensure aligning of infrastructure projects in Mindanao to facilitate better economic activity and a much attractive investment climate.”

The Mindanao corridors will also help position the island-region as a single, integrated economy that is able to leverage and actively participate in the BIMP-EAGA and the rest of the world.

In the past several years, Mindanao has been experiencing an economic growth of six to seven percent, but this increase must also translate into higher incomes and more jobs,” she said.

The corridors strategy will allow for the improvement of infrastructure, establishment of connectivity, and spur the development of growth clusters within Mindanao, to achieve a balanced and inclusive growth among its regions.

We need to improve further Mindanao’s connectivity and infrastructure in order for businesses to experience huge reduction of transaction costs and divert savings to expansion, which will provide employment to the region’s constituents,” she added.

Lopoz said one of the key components for a competitive region is having good connectivity that will allow a smooth flow of trade within and outside of the region.

 “With the corridors strategy, we can expect Mindanao’s growth to go into full swing and at the same time boost its competitiveness in the global economic stage,” she said. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


2015 Disaster Consciousness Month celebration in SurSur makes headway

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 10 (PIA) – The activities for the National Disaster Consciousness Month celebration in Surigao del Sur are underway with the theme “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”

Earlier, Abel De Guzman, PDRRMO chief bared the schedule of various events that have started to take place mostly in the second district of the province.

It can be recalled that the PDRRMO chief said that the month-long activities include the 2nd Local DRRMO’s Quarterly Conference on July 8-9; Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Training in LGU-Lingig on July 8-12;  Contingency Planning Enhancement Workshop in LGU-Tago on July 14-15; WASAR in MarcVentures Mining Development Corporation (MMDC) on July 19-21; 1st Rescuers Summit in Bislig City on July 24; and 2nd Johnny T. Pimentel (JTP) Rescuelympic in Bislig City on July 25-26.

Meanwhile, De Guzman reiterated that public advisories on possible floods, landslides, and other disaster-related occurrences are going to be part of their routine when appropriate and necessary, citing the onset of rainy season and sometimes inclement weather. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI Surigao Norte intensifies consumer education advocacy campaign

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 10 (PIA) – To help ordinary consumers get best value for money, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office intensifies its Consumer Education Advocacy activities at the grassroots level.

Since January of this year, a total of 35 consumer advocacy activities were already conducted ranging from the distribution of consumer education flyers up to the conduct of consumer briefings and seminars.

A total of over 700 individuals and households were being reached in the process in various communities throughout the province.

According to DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan, this effort has to be done consistently to educate the consumers on the rights and responsibilities more so with the inflow of numerous products in the local market.

Locally produced as well as imported products are expected to flood the local market as economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will come into full effect, and wholesalers and retailers continue to import consumer goods from other countries in the world like the U.S., China, Japan and Korea among others.

Although it is expected that there could be possibility that volume of consumer complaints might increase with more people now being aware and fully understand their rights, various agencies having official mandates to protect consumers had undertaken parallel efforts to address and facilitate resolution of various government agencies to make appropriate purchasing decision.

The agency encourages consumers to be watchful and vigilant in choosing and using products to ensure their safety and well-being. Quality has to be given due consideration first while at the same time trying to have it at affordable cost.

As producers and manufacturers are using different media to advertise and sell their products, consumers should not rely on one source, and if possible must verify and validate the overall quality, functionality, efficiency or efficacy of certain items.

One has to be wise consumer to be able to get the best value for money every time we make a purchase, said Negapatan. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


News Feature: Soybeans Gains Fame through SELAP Project

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

Hitting two birds with one stone.

This is how the Patong-patong Rural Improvement Club (RIC) of Brgy. Patong-patong, Madrid, Surigao del Sur sees their Soya Milk Production project because they do not only earn a living but at the same time they are also contributing to the improvement of the nutrition of the people.

The Patong-patong RIC, composed of 42 members, availed of the livelihood project under the Support to Emergency and Livelihood Assistance Program (SELAP) of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office XIII (DA-RFO XIII) in 2014. The group chose the said project because they saw the potential of the soybean industry.

Jocel Crizaldo, President of the Patong-patong RIC, said that they were given P300,000 for the implementation of the project. They used the amount as start-up capital and bought the needed equipment in processing soya milk. They were also able to put up a small “sari-sari” store.

The group attended trainings on soybean processing as part of the project package. They started their operation in October 2014 selling their product at the association’s sari-sari store. They have also tied with the schools located nearby so can also display and sell their product at the schools’ canteens. Bulk orders are also accepted. A bottle of soya milk is sold for P15.

In February of this year, the group expanded their project and started making a coffee drink from soybeans. Soya coffee is slowly recognized and preferred by residents because of its natural ingredients. A kilo of soya coffee sells for P200.

Crizaldo said that soya milk offers many health benefits that is why it is good for children and even adults. In fact, among their frequent buyers are the senior citizens of the area including Jesucita Bringen who swears that when she started drinking soya milk and soya coffee she felt invigorated.

“I used to suffer from arthritis but drinking soya milk and soya coffee relieves me of my arthritis pains. I feel I have gained some of my old strength back,” Bringen said.

On the other hand, Jocel Palomar, a member of the Patong-patong RIC, said that she noticed some changes in her son EJ since he started drinking soya milk. He gained weight and is more energetic and alert.

In support to the project, the local government unit of Madrid through the Municipal Agriculture Office initiated a soybean production project. Municipal Agriculturist Ilogon said they initiated planting of soybeans in the municipality so that the RIC will have ready access to soybeans, the raw material of their product.


Crizaldo said that their project has been a big help to them because it has been an avenue for them to earn extra income. Further, she said their time is now used on productive activities and it is also a bonus that they get to help improve the health of the people who patronize their products. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)