PopCom Caraga conducts info caravan on wheels for teens
By May Ann O. Escobal
BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 13 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga spearheaded a series of Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) caravans in the cities of Surigao and Butuan for the religious organizations on March 22 and 28, respectively.
Some 300 youth coming from the 25 different faith-based organizations of said cities were actively interacting with enthusiasm in the caravan facilitated by the trained youth and population officers.
Viewing of the short film produced by PopCom entitled #Desisyon, starring the writers-actors and students of Caraga Regional High School; U4U Teen Trail Facilitators’ Workshop and U4U Teen Trail were among the activities conducted during the caravan.
In U4U session, young participants journeyed through the exhibit to learn about puberty, self-image, relationships, preventing pregnancy and gender-based violence, and youth advocacy. Through structured learning exercises and workshops, participants also learned about myths and misconceptions on sex and sexuality.
PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano stressed the importance of the activity for it aimed to educate the young people with appropriate information and assistance needed by them for developing positive, healthy and responsible lifestyle choices and behaviors, including their capability to realize their potentials. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
OWWA, DTI conduct entrep development training to SurSur OFC
By Jean Pearl I. Millones
BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 13 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) facilitated a two-day Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) to the 30 members of Carmen OFW Family Circle, Carmen, Surigao del Sur on April 6-7, 2015.
The training is intended to provide technical assistance to members, as well as the OFW organization, in developing a livelihood project or business enterprise from identifying entrepreneurial knowledge and competencies to the making of business plans and training on basic bookkeeping.
The session started with leveling of expectations and discussion on business awareness. DTI Trade and Industry Specialist Rhosallee V. Espinoza handled workshops on financial management skills to evaluate and determine the capacity of the participants in a business undertaking.
Moreover, concepts and importance of making project proposals as well as basic operations involved in business were tackled on the second day by Senior Trade and Industry Specialist Jonathan V. Lagang.
To further facilitate an in-depth understanding of the activity, the participants were grouped to create their own business plan related to the organization’s proposed bakery business. The workshop’s output were likewise critiqued and consolidated to come up with a draft of their bakery’s business plan.
In response, OFW president,Analyn O. Josol, tearfully expressed her gratitude to the agency for the training privilege they were provided with and, likewise, to the DTI for the knowledge they imparted.
The lined-up trainings for United OFW and Dependents of Carmen, Surigao del Sur include a seminar on Bookkeeping and training on Baking to prepare them for the eventual consummation of the organization’s business venture. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
DTI Surigao Norte conducts packaging, labelling training for seaweed-based food products in Taganaan
TAGANA-AN, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 13 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office conducted a one-day training on Packaging and Labelling for seaweed-based food products to Taganaan Women Federated Association (TAWFA) on April 5, 2016 held at the Municipal Function Room, here.
TAWFA has availed an approved project fund amounting to P500,000 under the 2014 Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Program through DTI as participating agency and the local government unit of Taganaan, as implementing office.
The business project of the said association would give income and job opportunities especially to women in the said municipality.
The training activity provides the association a ready design of different product labels and packaging suitable to the types of food product they are producing.
It also aims to make the product ready for competitive market and eventually boost sales and income generation. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Feature: DA-Rice Processing Center: A profitable agriculture enterprise
By Rhea C. Abao
Sto. Niño Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SNMPC) in Butuan City is now reaping the profit of Department of Agriculture’s (DA's) agricultural modernization projects.
The cooperative was organized in 1991 with only 25 members composed of rice farmers. They started their operation on rice milling business from a bank loan. But over the years, the equipment and facility procured were already inefficient. This causes for their operation to be less productive.
“For almost 20 years of our rice milling operation the equipment and facility that we have, were already depreciated and less efficient. This became a hindrance for our customers tried to find another miller which can provide them a better quality output. But thanks to DA’s intervention through Agri-Pinoy Rice Program, the department provided us the Rice Processing Center (RPC) a facility that we need to upgrade our operation,” said Marilyn Aranas, Chairperson of SNMPC.
In 2013 the cooperative was a recipient of RPC worth ₱4.5 million in which 15% of the total amount was the cooperative’s counterpart. The center has a two-ton-per-hour multi-pass rice mill that gives the farmers 65% rate of recovery of their produce compared to small rice millers that only gives 50%.
RPC is a facility that showcases efficient rice postharvest operation through mechanization and automation. It ensures savings in labor cost, lesser losses, enhanced quality, improved distribution system and maximized use of buy-products.
“The facility is cost and energy efficient and makes our operation more productive. Before, the milling capacity was only 10 sacks per hour but today through the RPC it doubled to 20 sacks per hour. This time, we can accept customers thru market linkages who need order by volume every month,” said Aranas.
Aside from their walk-in clienteles, SNMPC has established a marketing agreement with Mangagoy Fishermen Cooperative (MAFISCO) and San Roque Farmers and Displaced Workers Cooperative from Bislig City. They also have market linkages to Sto. Niño Consumers Cooperative from Magallanes, Agusan del Norte and Gingoog Rice Retailer from Gingoog, Misamis Oriental.
According to Aranas, an average of 2,430 sacks of rice (50 kilos per sack) valued at ₱ 4,700,900 were sold every month to their identified buyers. DA-Marketing Assistance Division assisted the cooperative to make market linkages for potential buyers, she added.
The cooperative is now capable to produce premium milled rice. The enhanced rice quality through the use of the multi-pass rice mill serves an avenue for the National Food Authority (NFA) to link partnership with the cooperative through a milling contract.
Furthermore, DA also provided pre and post-harvest facilities with a total worth of ₱ 2.2 million. Over the years, the following equipment were granted to SNMPC: three units of flat- bed dryer, four units of multi-purpose drying pavement, one unit hand tractor and one unit rice transplanter.
Based on the cooperative’s financial statement, the total sale for the year 2011 was ₱17.7 million. While in 2012 it has a total sale of ₱ 21.4 million, or an equivalent of 17% increase. In 2013 a drastic increase of sales was recorded amounting to ₱ 33.2 million, or an equivalent of 35% increase was achieved.
This shows that the establishment of RPC is not only a service facility but an enterprising venture for farmers to do and learn how to run an agri-business operation to the best of their ability.
“Today we have 360 active members of the cooperative. SNMPC members are now receiving their dividend, before the coop is incapable to give the dividend because the operation is not profitable. We are very thankful for the Department of Agriculture in restoring back our profitable operation. Now, we saw the great advantage on our part if we have our rice produced milled at the RPC,” said Aranas.
For the past five years (2011-2015), SNMPC has a yearly total asset worth of ₱10.2M, ₱11.6M, ₱16.4M, ₱20.4M, and ₱21.6M respectively.
For years, DA continues to provide the needed support to empower the farmers in Caraga and increase productivity. Through its Rice Program, mechanization is placed as one of its top priority. (DA-13 Information Section/PIA-Caraga)