Aggie secretary to turnover P140M worth of projects in Caraga provinces
By Fretcher Magatao
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala schedules a turnover activity of farm facilities and projects amounting to P140 Million on February 19 to fulfill the Department’s commitments to the farmers in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte.
Alcala will turnover around P66 Million to Agusan del Norte and P74 Million worth of projects to Surigao del Norte on the same day.
More than 10 farmers and irrigators’ associations will benefit from the said provinces in the activity. Around 5,000 individuals are also expected to attend from the different municipalities.
Items such as mini 4WD tractor, rice reaper, floating tillers, pump and engine sets, hand tractors and composting facilities are among the farm facilities to be turned over.
Ongoing construction of Farm-to-Market Roads (FMR) under the regular program of the Department at Kitcharao, Tubay and RTR, Agusan del Norte will be given certificates of fund transfer for its second tranche. Three FMR projects at Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte will also be given certificates of fund transfer for its first tranche which gives a kick-off for the construction of the project.
DA-Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) will also issue certificates of No Objection Letter (NOL) or notice to proceed for the FMR projects located at Nasipit and Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte and Sison and Malimono, Surigao del Norte.
A number of items for raffle are also prepared such as hand tractors, floating tillers, garden tools, Carabaos, pack bags, fertilizers, soil ameliorants, molasses, certified rice seeds, assorted vegetable seeds and planting materials that would amount to P1.8 Million.
The ceremony in the morning will take place in Surigao del Norte Convention Center where farmers and fisherfolk’s forum follows after the turnover activity. A raffle of various farm inputs will also happen during the activity. The same line of activities are expected in the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) RTR, Agusan del Norte in the afternoon. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)
DAR AgNor intensifies campaign against graft
By Gil E. Miranda
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) - In line with the nationwide campaign of President Benigno S. Aquino III for good governance and fight against graft practices among public servants, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte recently conducted a two-day Public Accountability and Values Enhancement Seminar (PAVES) held in one of the convention centers here.
The activity was aimed to identify the goals of public accountability and to challenge every participant to understand the doctrine of professional conduct and ethical standards of every government official and employee. The activity also recognized and discussed the importance of Filipino values to remind the participants regarding respect for authority, love of Almighty God, selfless love, stewardship, wisdom of truthfulness and sanctity of marriage.
Topics discussed are the laws on Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices, Anti-Red Tape Act, Anti-Sexual Harassment, and the Revised Schedule of Penalties for Administrative Offenses Committed by Government Employees.
During the activity, the participants were challenged to live exemplary lives and be a partner in the campaign to fight the temptation of graft.
In his message, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega said that the seminar is a two-day break from expediency and opportunism or the usual style in performing public service. "This seminar will bring closer to our true worth as public servant," he said. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)