DAR conducts basic cooperative training to AgNor ARBs
By Gil E. Miranda
BUTUAN CITY, May 7 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte conducted a two-day seminar on Basic Cooperative Course 34 Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) members of farmers’ cooperatives and associations held recently at Barangay Dulag, here.
The seminar was held through the effort of the DAR Agusan del Norte led by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega, CESO V, in partnership with Propegemus Foundation, Inc. (PFI).
Among the participants who attended the training are members of the DAR assisted organizations that includes Manila De Bugabus Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MDBMPC); Dulag Organic Farmers (DOF); Dulag Dairy Cow Farmers Association (DDCFA); Dulag Women’s Association and Barangay Dulag Organic Farmers Association Inc (BDOFAI).
The activity was aimed to capacitate the ARBs on the fundamental of cooperativism, identify the importance of legal underpinnings of a cooperative and explain the plans, programs and policies of the cooperative.
According to BDOFAI Chairman Lorenzo Salar, Jr., majority of the participants are satisfied with the results of the topic discussed during the training.
“Na challenge ko sa kabag-ohan sa mga topiko. Nagpasalamat ko sa facilitator nga ilang napasabot sa amo ang topiko hinungdang nga nadugangan ang among kahibalo sa kooperatiba (I was challenged from the new kind of topics. I am thankful to the facilitator for we learned something from this training)," Salar said.
During the seminar, Arnold L. Tapere, PFI Executive Director and one of the speakers discussed to the participants the history of the cooperative and its principles.
“The DAR and in partnership with the PFI intend to empower the ARBs and strengthen their organizations,” he said. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
DAR AgSur launches project, gives financial assistance
By Cyrene Tajonera and Rechel Besonia
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 7 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform recently launched the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP) and signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) held at DAR Conference Hall, San Francisco, this province for the RAM Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (RARBEMPCO) as the project beneficiary.
Said project was designed to enhance the existing processing center with development support initiative for ARB cooperatives, improve their capability to produce quality processed products including services to its members. Further, it helps develop market- competitive Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBO) products and enrich enterprise and livelihood activities at the community level in the selected agrarian reform areas.
The RARBEMPCO at Barangay Sta. Cruz, Rosario, Agusan del Sur is fortunate to be able to avail the said project. The coop engages in kaong vinegar production because of its wide production of sweet palms. Though they have an existing processing center, their financial capability is not sufficient to cover the expenses to enhance the building and acquire the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) License to operate which is necessary in promoting the reliability of the product’s safety for the consumers. Hence, the department provides technical and financial assistance amounting to P500, 000.00. 70 % which will be used to cover the expenses of the processing center enhancement while 30% will be used in the processing of FDA- LTO and trainings.
The said launching was attended by Department of Trade and Industry OIC Provincial Director Brenda Corvera; OIC Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I (PARPO I) Allan N. Mundala; Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Evita R. Puerin; Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (ARPO II) Corine Munion; RAM Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (RARBEMPCO) Manager Juel Jayuma and other representatives from line agencies.
“Ako nagpasalamt ug dako sa atong ahensya sa DAR nga pinaagi ani nga proyekto kami matabangan aron molambo ang among produkto. Dako kaayo nga garbo sa among kooperatiba nga maila ang among produkto dili lang sa among probinsya kundi lakip sa ubang mga lugar. Among paningkamotan nga mamahimong successful kining mao nga proyekto pinaagi sa among kakugi (I am thankful to the DAR for giving us this rare opportunity to enhance our processing center and eventually improve our product. It is our pride to be known for the quality of our product not just in our province but hopefully to other places as well. We will give our full commitment in making the project successful through hard work),” said Jayuma on his message of commitment. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
News Feature: More Pinoy babies breastfed in an hour after birth
By Mildred O. Guirindola
Early initiation of breastfeeding is one of the core indicators of optimal feeding practices. It is the proportion of children aged 0-24 months who are breastfed immediately or within one hour after delivery over the total number of 0-24 months old children born on the same period.
Breastfeeding within one hour after birth establishes breastfeeding and ensures that the child will receive its first “protection” from the immunoglobulins found in “colostrum”- the first form of milk produced by the mother’s breast.
It also protects the child from infectious and chronic diseases and promotes cognitive development. It also establishes mother-baby bonding and boosts the confidence of the mother to breastfeed.
A significant increase in the proportion of timely breastfeeding initiation was noted from 51.9% in 2011 to 77.1% in 2013, according to nutrition surveys by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).
This may be partly due to the strengthened implementation of the Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiatives (MBFHI) in both public and private hospitals and clinics. The MBFHI facilities follow the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Statements published by the World Health Organization as follows:
Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
- Practise rooming-in - that is, allow mothers and infants to remain together - 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
How the child was taken cared of at birth and how the baby was fed in particular, ultimately impact on health and survival.
Let us make breastfeeding the default feeding among infants and young children by ensuring that all newborn infants are initiated to breastfeeding within one hour of life.
For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)