Friday, February 26, 2016

RDC-GADCC Caraga encourages women to be politically active

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) – In a press conference on the 2016 Women’s Month celebration held recently here, the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga encouraged women to be more active in the political arena.

RDC-GADCC co-chair Edna Hontiveros said that women who are qualified and has the capacity and willingness to join the politics should be given full support especially that only few among women have been elected during elections.

“As per data from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in their preliminary report as of September 2013, the May 2013 automated national and local elections showed that around 19,97 percent (3,503) of elected posts, including ARMM elections, are won by women candidates higher than the 18.4 percent turnout in 2010,” remaked Hontiveros.

Hontiveros also bared that the number of women who filed candidacy for the election period in 2013 was only 7,925 or 17.83 percent of the total number of candidates. There were eight women who ran out of 33 senatorial candidates (24.2%), of which four entered the top 12 winning senators (33.3%).

“Women participation in 2010 senatorial election was slightly lower at 23.0 percent (14 out of 61 senatorial candidates) with two women elected (16.7%). There are also 60 women Representatives (party-list not included) elected in the 16th Congress (2013 national and local elections). They accounted for 25.6 percent of the total 234 Representatives as members of the Lower House. During the 15th Congress, 65 women (22.5%) has secured memberships in the House of Representatives,” Hontiveros reiterated.

It was also learned that there are 18 (22.5%) women Provincial Governors and 11 (13.8%) women Vice Governors as well as 332 (20.9%) women City/Municipal Mayors and 265 (16.7%) women Vice Mayors. 

“Three out of five provinces in Caraga region are governed by women as governors and are recognized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). We really hope the number of our women officials will increase in number especially this May 2016 elections. We will support those women we know who are qualified and can best serve the majority through its programs that will cater to the welfare of the women sector,” expressed Hontiveros.

Meanwhile, COMELEC Agusan del Norte Provincial Election supervisor Atty. Ernie Palanan stressed that their provincial offices are continuously conducting orientation-seminar to the different sectors in order for them to be well-aware of the election and its significance, and their political rights.

“In Butuan City as of reporting time, 19 to 20 percent of women are involved or have joined in politics to be elected this May 2016 elections, which is higher compared to last elections,” added Palanan.

Palanan further revealed that the COMELEC along with other law enforcement agencies will conduct the Operation ‘Langkat/ Baklas’ at 5:00 a.m. on February 29, 2016 in the different barangays where election materials of running candidates were posted outside the authorized/designated places. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


P11M hanging foot-bridge links farm to market

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Program officially turned-over the Farm to Market Road (FMR) with 200m Hanging Foot-Bridge worth P11 million at Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Tagoyango, Sibagat Agusan del Sur last February 17.

“The farmers including the residents in our barangay are very grateful for the newly constructed hanging foot-bridge. This project will help us farmers to reduce the transportation cost of our agricultural products at least at one peso per kilo. The residents in Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Kioya were also relieved as the bridge will give us easier access in times of calamities and emergencies,” said Fe M. Sarabia, chairperson of Taguyango Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

The said project implemented by DA 13 was made possible through the partnership between the local government unit (LGU) and the civil society organization (CSO). LGU-Sibagat gave P2 Million as counterpart in establishing the project.

“BUB is a concept from bottom-to-top planning and budgeting. It aims to achieve community empowerment by encouraging citizens from grassroots to take active roles in the community by articulating their needs to the government and determining what projects are responsive to their needs,” explained Edelmira Luminarias, DA 13-BUB focal person.

The newly constructed hanging foot-bridge from Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Tagoyango is now an artery that links farmlands in the poblacion to the national highway. It is the result of the convergence of plans and priorities as projects are harmonized through DA’s program and allocated budget.

“In our personal counterpart as one of the beneficiary of this project, we are now planning to make a local ordinance in our barangay to regulate the usage and protect  the hanging foot-bridge from the abusive locals in the area. This will be our actions to ensure sustainability of government projects and show value to the intervention we have received,” said Tagoyango barangay captain Julieta A. Sotto, Brgy. Captain.

Today, DA-BUB FMR with hanging foot-bridge project serves a total of 1,560 farmers from barangays Poblacion, Tagoyango, and Kioya. The said project helps the farmers and also the constituents of the three barangays gain easier access of transporting farm produce and also provides access to more opportunities as well as the basic social services in the community. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DAR turns-over P33M irrigation project to Jabonga farmers

By Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently handed the P33-million communal irrigation systems (CIS) to Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigator’s Association (BOFIA) in Brgy. Baleguian, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

DAR Caraga regional director Julita Ragandang said the irrigation project was funded under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP-III). It included three dams  to serve 180 hectares of rice land in the area.

She said the irrigation facility is the second project of the DAR-ARISP III in the barangay.

In her message, Ragandang emphasized DARs commitment to partner with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the local government unit to bring more development in agrarian reform communities. “But it is the unity and the strong will of the farmer beneficiaries that prompt this project to be realized," Ragandang added.

BOFIA chairman Winefredo Maldo expressed thanks to DAR for the project that would benefit 118 farmers in their barangay.

Board Member Danny Moran said the DAR and NIA are vital partners in rural development especially in Agusan del Norte.

In the same occasion, DAR also handed 11 common service farm facilities to BOFIA worth P4.3 million under the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) Program. (DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)  


Sabah traders meet Mindanao counterparts to explore business deals

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) - Key business players from Lahad Datu of Tawau in Sabah recently met with business counterparts from Mindanao to explore joint-venture collaborations in agribusiness, tourism, logistics and the manufacturing sector.

The 27-business delegation from Sabah participated in the business-to-business meetings held in connection with the Strategic Planning Meeting (SPM) of the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippine East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) held at the Marco Polo Hotel in this city.

“We welcome this initiative from the business sector of Sabah, since this will greatly contribute to our efforts of enhancing trade and investments within BIMP-EAGA,” said Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Undersecretary Janet Lopoz, while adding “the visit is also a great opportunity for Mindanao to showcase our local products to our EAGA counterparts.”

More than 20 business representatives from Mindanao met with the Sabah delegation and discussed potential areas for collaboration particularly in banana production, halal restaurant, coffee shop franchising, logistics, tourism, construction, and other agri-based commodities.

A businessperson from Palawan also participated in the meetings to explore partnerships in tourism development between Palawan and Sabah.

“We expect succeeding business sessions to occur within the year to allow for the finalization of partnerships and joint ventures that were developed from these business-matching sessions,” explained Lopoz.

Mindanao and Palawan are the two focus areas of the Philippines in the BIMP-EAGA sub-regional grouping.

Datuk Roselan Johor Mohamad, BIMP-EAGA Business Council Chairman, who steered the Sabah delegation’s visit to Mindanao, encouraged more business groups from the sub-region to actively participate in inter-EAGA business ventures.  

“EAGA’s private sector play the crucial role of stirring the sub-region’s business climate and we urge them to pursue joint-venture collaborations that will expand their market reach,” he said.  

Under its Trade and Investment Facilitation Cluster, BIMP-EAGA pursues small and medium enterprises (SME) development by streamlining of trade facilitation processes within the sub-region and beyond. Business and trade missions are regularly organized to engage the private sector, specifically those representing the SMEs in enhancing the sub-region’s business climate.

Regular investment fairs and business conferences are also being conducted such as the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference to facilitate trade and investments among member countries.

“The growth and success of BIMP-EAGA is truly dependent on the commitment and active participation of our private sector, and enabling policies from the governments of the member countries,” said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Prudencio Reyes, Philippine Senior Official to the BIMP-EAGA.

Reyes added that after the huge turnout of participants from both the government and private sectors in the SPM, the sub-region is anticipating another productive year with more viable projects and business partnerships in the pipeline.(MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: P33- Milyong pisong proyektong pang-imprastraktura, pinakikinabangan na ng mga magsasaka sa Agusan del Norte

By Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Peb. 26 (PIA) - May kabuuang tatlumput-tatlong milyong pisong (P33-M) natapos ng proyektong pang-imprastraktura mula sa Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR ang pinakikinabangan na ngayon ng mga magsasaka at miyembro ng Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigator’s Association o BOFIA sa Barangay Baleguian sa bayan ng Jabonga sa Agusan del Norte.

Sa isinagawang turned-over ceremony, sinabi ni DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang na ang natapos ng communal irrigation system o CIS ang nagpapatubig na ngayon sa may isandaan at walumpung (180) ektaryang sakahan doon.

Sa kanyang mensahe, binigyang diin ni Director Ragandang ang pangako na patuloy na makikipagtulungan ang DAR sa National Irrigation Administration o NIA at sa mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pagdadala ng higit pang pag-unlad sa mga agrarian reform communities.

Nagpahayag naman ng lubos na pasasalamat si BOFIA Chairman Winefredo Maldo sa naturang proyekto ng DAR na pinakikinabangan na ng may isandaan at labingwalong (118) magsasaka sa naturang barangay.


Ang naturang mga proyekto ay mula sa Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project 3 ng DAR. (DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)