Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SurSur agri-office cites gains in 2015 rice industry report

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 29 (PIA) – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) here has cited 99.47 percent accomplishment in total area planted with rice for the period September 16, 2014 to March 15, 2015 or the “1st Cropping Season” despite the effect of mild El Niño.

Marcos Quico, chief provincial agriculturist, attributed the success to the support—logistical or otherwise—by the provincial officials headed by Governor Johnny Pimentel under the umbrella of Agri-Pinoy Banner Programs-Local Interventions.

Taking the cue from the overall land area targeted to be planted at 22,613 hectares, he claimed that for irrigated—12,192 out of 12,193 hectares; rainfed—9,924.70 out of 9,820 hectares; and, upland—377.20 out of 600 hectares have been planted with the staple crop, respectively, citing a total of 22,494.40 hectares.

Quico has likewise presented the rice industry situation for the 2nd Cropping starting from March 16, 2015 up to September 15, 2015.

So far, the OPAg chief admitted that only 28.43 percent of the targeted 12,591 hectares or equivalent to 3,579 hectares has been planted.  Target for second planting season has always been relatively low due to climatic factors, it was learned.  In fact, no upland area has yet been planted with rice as of June 2015.

For two cropping seasons, meaning—from September 2014-2015—the OPAg  here is aiming to accomplish planting with rice 35,204 hectares with the breakdown as follows:  23,264 hectares for irrigated; 11,340 hectares for rainfed; and, 600 hectares for upland, respectively. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Caraga PSA to hold news conference on 2014 Economic Performance

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 29 (PIA) – The Regional Statistical Service Office under the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Caraga Region is set to hold a news conference on July 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Big Daddy Hotel and Convention Center in Butuan City.

According to Rosalinda Celeste-Apura, PSA interim regional director, the 2014 Economic Performance of Caraga Region is going to be the subject matter.

In her invitation letter to Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel dated July 13, 2015, she requested confirmation on the attendance of the party concerned or the representative.

The PSA regional chief pointed out that their agency is tasked to gather information and prepare the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) estimates of each region, citing that GRDP serves as an input in the formulation of annual regional development plans and in the preparation of annual socio-economic development reports.

Moreover, Apura explained that GRDP is likewise used as “basis in the identification of sectors/industries in terms of investment promotion and support services as well as in the monitoring of the performance of the regional economy.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


AgSur farmer beneficiaries undergo parliamentary procedure training

By David M. Suyao/Hazel Hope V. Bautista

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, July 29 (PIA) - Some 43 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and four non-ARBs were lucky enough to acquire knowledge on how to effectively conduct meetings and efficiently take down the minutes of meetings by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office in Agusan del Sur thru the Program Beneficiaries Development Division. 

The training participants also enjoyed sharing of knowledge and experiences from lectures, discussions and open forum thar could impart knowledge and assess common understanding as well as correcting misconception regarding procedures.

Return demonstration was also conducted allowing the participants to apply their learning based on actual circumstances.

Among the participants that benefitted the training were the board of directors and secretaries from the nine cooperatives in Agusan del Sur namely, Kaagap Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KAAGAPMUCO), Bong Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BARB-MPC), Sto. Tomas Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (STARBFAMCO), Tudela Damsite Tribal Development Cooperative (TUDATRIDEVCO), Agusan Plantation Incorporated Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (API-ARB-MPC), Borbon Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BARBEMUCO), Buenasuerte Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BUENASAMCO), Magaud Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (MARBCO) and Panagangan Women’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PWMPC).

Presentation of workshop outputs to assess the participants’ acquired knowledge and skills were based on Cooperative Development Authority’s (CDA) guidelines by the resource speakers from the Propegemus Foundation Incorporated representatives as resource persons.

The two-day training is required by the CDA from every cooperative as part of their requirement for re-registration as a cooperative. (Program Beneficiaries Development Division/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Agencies commit to hasten RE project applications in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, July 29 (PIA) - In a bid to push for cleaner and greener energy sources in Mindanao, key regional government agencies involved in the permitting process of renewable energy (RE) projects have expressed commitment to accelerate processing and updating of RE project applications in the regions.

This commitment was obtained during a recent regional rounds made by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to provide operational updates on the implementation of the One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center (OSFMC), a web-based portal for tracking RE applications in Mindanao.

Desktop computer sets with built-in software that will allow for effective monitoring of all pending RE project applications in Mindanao were turned over to the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Regions X and XII, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Regions IX, X and XII in simple ceremonies from July 14 to 23 at their respective offices.

“Through these computer units provided by the USAID B-LEADERS Project for this initial batch of regional agencies, there would be a dedicated facility with access to the OSFMC web portal that consolidates the data of all RE applications in Mindanao,” said Romeo Montenegro, director of the investment promotions and public affairs office of MinDA.

Launched in October last year, the OSFMC web portal was designed to effectively monitor and update the status as well as facilitate the speedy processing of the pending RE project applications in Mindanao. As part of the government response to the 2012 Mindanao Power Summit recommendations, the portal was established through MinDA in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s B-LEADERS or Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability Project.

“OSFMC’s web portal will help track the RE project applications though a monitoring system that includes real-time status updates for partner government agencies and project stakeholders,” explained Montenegro.

Created through the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC), the OSFMC was a mechanism established to speed up the approval of application permits for RE power projects in Mindanao. Its operations hub was opened to public in May this year and is currently housed at the MinDA office.

Last year, MinDA, DOE, DENR, NCIP, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform and the National Water Resources Board entered into an agreement for the implementation of the OSFMC.

The MPCMC on the other hand was created in July 2012 through Executive Order 81, as a committee tasked to coordinate the efforts of the national, regional, and local governments and power industry stakeholders to improve Mindanao’s power industry.

MinDA and DOE co-chair the MPMC composed of the Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Electrification Adminstration, the National Power Corporation, the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities  Management Corporation, the Mindanao Electric Power Alliance, the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, National Transmission Corporation and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Currently, there are 290 pending RE power project applications in Mindanao with a potential combined capacity of 2,998.09 megawatts (MW). Out of the total power project applications are 242 hydropower projects with a combined potential capacity of 2,147.71 MW. Also in the pipeline are 28 solar energy projects with a combined potential capacity of 427.25 MW; 12 biomass energy power projects with a combined potential capacity of 144.65 MW; and eight geothermal energy power projects with a combined potential capacity of 278.48 MW.

“Once these projects are completed and start generating power, we can expect a more diversified and balanced energy mix in Mindanao in the coming years,” Montenegro said. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


Agencies commit to hasten RE project applications in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, July 29 (PIA) - In a bid to push for cleaner and greener energy sources in Mindanao, key regional government agencies involved in the permitting process of renewable energy (RE) projects have expressed commitment to accelerate processing and updating of RE project applications in the regions.

This commitment was obtained during a recent regional rounds made by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to provide operational updates on the implementation of the One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center (OSFMC), a web-based portal for tracking RE applications in Mindanao.

Desktop computer sets with built-in software that will allow for effective monitoring of all pending RE project applications in Mindanao were turned over to the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Regions X and XII, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Regions IX, X and XII in simple ceremonies from July 14 to 23 at their respective offices.

“Through these computer units provided by the USAID B-LEADERS Project for this initial batch of regional agencies, there would be a dedicated facility with access to the OSFMC web portal that consolidates the data of all RE applications in Mindanao,” said Romeo Montenegro, director of the investment promotions and public affairs office of MinDA.

Launched in October last year, the OSFMC web portal was designed to effectively monitor and update the status as well as facilitate the speedy processing of the pending RE project applications in Mindanao. As part of the government response to the 2012 Mindanao Power Summit recommendations, the portal was established through MinDA in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s B-LEADERS or Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability Project.

“OSFMC’s web portal will help track the RE project applications though a monitoring system that includes real-time status updates for partner government agencies and project stakeholders,” explained Montenegro.

Created through the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC), the OSFMC was a mechanism established to speed up the approval of application permits for RE power projects in Mindanao. Its operations hub was opened to public in May this year and is currently housed at the MinDA office.

Last year, MinDA, DOE, DENR, NCIP, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform and the National Water Resources Board entered into an agreement for the implementation of the OSFMC.

The MPCMC on the other hand was created in July 2012 through Executive Order 81, as a committee tasked to coordinate the efforts of the national, regional, and local governments and power industry stakeholders to improve Mindanao’s power industry.

MinDA and DOE co-chair the MPMC composed of the Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Electrification Adminstration, the National Power Corporation, the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation, the Mindanao Electric Power Alliance, the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, National Transmission Corporation and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Currently, there are 290 pending RE power project applications in Mindanao with a potential combined capacity of 2,998.09 megawatts (MW). Out of the total power project applications are 242 hydropower projects with a combined potential capacity of 2,147.71 MW. Also in the pipeline are 28 solar energy projects with a combined potential capacity of 427.25 MW; 12 biomass energy power projects with a combined potential capacity of 144.65 MW; and eight geothermal energy power projects with a combined potential capacity of 278.48 MW.

“Once these projects are completed and start generating power, we can expect a more diversified and balanced energy mix in Mindanao in the coming years,” Montenegro said. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)