4.07.2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016



PSA to conduct April 2016 consumer expectations survey

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 6 (PIA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in order to collect a comprehensive information on the business conditions of the country in the household sector, has partnered with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to conduct a Consumer Expectations Survey (CES).

The CES is a nationwide quarterly survey of households to gather data on the demographic and economic characteristics of the consumer/respondent; economic and financial outlook; economic indicators such as unemployment, changes in prices and inflation rate, interest rate, exchange rate and income; buying conditions; and savings outlook.

This is a complementary survey to BSP’s Business Expectations Survey (BES). This is administered on a sample basis at the household level drawn through a stratified multi-stage random sampling. The survey has a total sample of about 5,000 households throughout the country and around 98 sample households for Caraga.

The April 2016 CES will be conducted from April 4 to April 16, 2016. PSA Field Staff will do a comprehensive door-to-door interview to the sample households during the enumeration period. The information collected shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of RA 10625. (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DAR launches newest agrarian reform community in SurSur town

SURIGAO DEL SUR, April 6 (PIA) - Farmer-beneficiaries can now expect the influx of agrarian support services following the recent launching of the VILOSMA Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) in Tagbina town.

According to Myra Yu, DAR-Surigao del Sur Provincial Office Information Officer, VILOSMA ARC is composed of three barangays namely, Villaverde, Osmena and Magsaysay with a total of 1,680 agrarian reform beneficiaries who are residents of the said locality.

During the launching, Municipal Mayor Generoso Naraiso bared that he personally made a follow-up to the National ARC Task Force for an immediate approval of VILOSMA ARC. He also said that he wanted all the barangays in Tagbina will have an access to various support services just like the other existing ARCs not only on livelihood but alsoin the infrastructure such as farm to market road projects including bridge construction, potable water system, communal irrigation and solar system. He also added that it is an advantage to create an ARC for faster intervention from the different national agencies, foreign funding institutions and NGOs.

On the same occasion, the signing of Memorandum of Agreement and Unveiling of Priority Projects of the three barangays were also conducted led by Mayor Naraiso witnessed by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARO) Benjamin M. Mataksil, DAR officials, local government unit and barangay officials, academe and representatives from the national government offices. (NGBT/with a report from Myra Yu, DAR/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Feature: Mitigating Climate Change through waste management

By Fretcher D. Magatao

The evident change in temperature is one of the signs of climate change. Human activities such as cutting and burning of trees contribute to increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG).

Most of the people would give seemingly acceptable reasons since energy is needed for survival. Many businesses need much of this and the demand has been increasing over time. There is a need to reduce non-renewable energy application and convert the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy for cooking and lighting.

To help mitigate its impact among farmers, particularly in the livestock sector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has introduced the utilization of wastes through the use of biogas technology using the polyethylene digester.

Biogas helps improve environmental condition by reducing application of chemical fertilizers, promoting efficient waste management and it is used as clean energy by utilizing the commonly-abandoned farming wastes.

Practicing the use of biogas not only mitigate climate change but also a means for livelihood. Targeting primarily the farming families, the practice promotes biogas not just as domestic energy but also as new income or cost reduction source.

There is Money in Waste Management

Swine raiser Romana Suan of Barobo, Surigao del Sur has proven the many benefits of biogas by utilizing the animal dung taken from her piggery.

Suan is an active member and treasurer of Barobo Swine Raisers Association and has been raising swine for more than seven years. “When I started raising pigs, many of my neighbors and passers of our vicinity complained because of the unpleasant smell from my backyard; but since I started using biogas, stinkiness subsides,” said Suan.

After learning the technology through the lectures and trainings conducted by the DA-13 and Municipal Agriculture Office of Barobo, Suan decided to build the system with the provision of facilities such as the polyethylene digester and technical assistance from the Department and the Bureau of Animal Industry.

“Ms. Suan has been an example to other swine raisers in the municipality, her adaptation from all the things she learned has been an encouragement to us,” said Agricultural Technician Cherry Diaz.

Not just in a business of selling pigs, Suan also has a cafeteria where she largely benefits the use of produced flammable gas (mostly methane) for cooking. “I do not need to buy two tanks of gas per month for my business which is equivalent to around P 1,600. This amount that I can save would allow me to buy other things for my business,” she said.

The biogas discharge or its by-product has also been utilized as organic fertilizer in her five hectares of various high value crops. These benefits from the use of biogas make her save money and gain more profit.

“I am thankful that I have personally experienced the many benefits of biogas. God has blessed me in such a way that my children are working with me for the progress of the business and they have decided to follow my footsteps; something that a mother could be proud of,” Suan said. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)