Thursday, May 5, 2016



AFP:  No “intel report” on planned election violence by rebel groups in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 5 (PIA) – Col. Isidro Purisima, commander of the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) here, said that, so far, there had been no confirmed intelligence report gathered by their operatives about any planned violence or terror attacks coming from the New People’s Army (NPA) aimed at sabotaging the May 9, 2016 polls.

The highest ranking army official in the province stressed however that they had remained always on the alert and ready to respond to any eventualities.

Col. Isidro also indicated that good peace and order situation had continued to prevail province-wide.

Meanwhile, the army brigade chief said that, for quite some time now, they had been busy together with COMELEC and other stakeholders in carrying out their mandate for a secure and fair election (SAFE).

Citing the 16th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Special Forces Battalion, 36th Infantry Battalion; Scout Rangers, and other Special Forces, Col. Isidro likewise underscored that all units under him had been under instruction to be prepared at all times.

He said that normal security operations had continued to be undertaken by conducting patrols.

Col. Isidro had also called on the general public to continue to be vigilant. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


70 AgSur ARBs participate in fundamentals of cooperative training

By Cyrene Tajonera and Hazel Hope V. Bautista

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 5 (PIA) - Seventy (70) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) from the three Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) - assisted organizations have recently availed the free training on fundamentals of cooperative held in this province.

The event was conducted simultaneously in barangay Johnson and San Isidro, both considered far-flung barangays of the municipality of Loreto, Agusan del Sur (ADS).

Aiming to instill a much deeper knowledge on the Implementing Rules and Regulations on Cooperative Management in accordance with RA 9520 or the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008, the said activity was conducted to old and new members of Johnson Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers’ Cooperative (JOFACO), Tambo Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers’ Association (TARBFA) and San Mariano Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers’ Association (SMARBFA).

“Salamat sa inyong pagpakabanasa among kasamtangang kahimtang (Thank you for attending to our present situation),” said Ronnie Encallado, an ARB and member of TARBFA, when asked about his feelings after attending the training. He added that, it is overwhelming that the DAR Provincial Office took time to visit barangay San Isidro to conduct the training despite the distance and the issue on security.

A lecture-discussion has been the primary method of imparting facts to the farmer beneficiaries. An open forum was also conducted every after topic to clarify statements and solicit additional inputs from the participants. Various issues on basic cooperative guidelines were also tackled, correcting misconceptions and emphasizing cooperativism as a way to alleviate poverty thru active participation of united members. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DAR AgNor conducts financial management seminar to farmer-groups

By Gil E. Miranda

RTR, Agusan del Norte, May 5 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte conducted a two-day seminar on financial management to two farmer-organizations in the province last April 25-26 at Philrice Training Center, here.

Thirty board of directors and officers from Avancena Beneficiaries and Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ABFMPC) and Taguibo Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TIMPCO) attended the seminar.

ABFMPC is now operating a grain center project while the TIMPCO is managing a communal irrigation system project and production and marketing of organic rice and fertilizer as businesses.

The said farmer-groups are fast growing organizations in the province that need to be trained on finances to ensure the success of their agribusiness enterprise operations.

The activity was aimed to enhance the skills of the participants in basic accounting, bookkeeping and preparation of financial statement through presentation and financial exercises.

Participants were challenged to understand critical role in handling organizational financial problems through the use of proven tools.

 “We’ve learned useful technique on business financial management to improve our organization’s financial condition,” Constancio Dalanon, ABFMPC Vice-Chairperson said.

Meanwhile, Preciosa A. Espirito, TIMCO Board of Director, said that the inputs from the training is really a great help in improving their financial system. "We will use it as a tool to make our organization productive," Espirito added.

DAR is mandated to provide necessary technical assistance to strengthen the capabilities of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations through the provision of institutional capability building. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DAR AgSur hosts FDA-LTO regional writeshop

By Cyrene Flor Tajonera

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 5 (PIA) - “This is just the beginning.”

This was the statement of Arlen H. Labitad, Regional Information Marketing Assistance Officer (RIMAO) in her closing message during the three-day Regional Writeshop on Food and Drug Administration - License to Operate (FDA-LTO) held recently at Sarnimian, Inland Resort, Rosario, this province.

The participants were composed of the following: Veruela Volunteer Health Workers Federation Inc. from Agusan del Sur (VVHWFI, ADS), Tagbina REC Producers Cooperative from Surigao del Sur (TAGRICCO, SDS), Trinidad Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative from Surigao del Norte (TRIFAMCO, SDN), Garcia Fish folks and farmers Credit Cooperative, Surigao del Norte (GAFFARCRECO, SDN) and RAM Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi Purpose Cooperative, Agusan del Sur (RARBEMCO, ADS).

The three-day activity was aimed to analyze and give recommendations to the outputs of the participants on sketch maping, master plan and floor plan with Global Positioning System (GPS) Plotting and other documents needed for the FDA-LTO.

Jason Balacuit, the resource speaker, shared about good manufacturing practices (GMP) agendas such as Contamination, General Employee Hygiene and Food Handling Practices in the hopes that the ARBOs will be knowledgeable about the appropriate practices. These practices were required to conform to guidelines recommended by agencies that control authorization and licensing for manufacturing and sale of food, drug products and active pharmaceutical products. The attendees were also taught how to prepare the technical and documentary requirements needed in the licensing.

“Kami sa RARBEMCO gapasalamat gayud sa departamento sa Agrarian Reform kay kini daku kaayo nga tabang para sa amoang kooperatiba. Salamat sa DAR sa permi nila nga pag giya sa amoa sa mga angay namong pangbuhaton para mopasar mi sa FDA licensing ug molambo ang amoang organisayon (We in RARBEMCO is thankful to the Department of Agrarian Reform for the huge support given to our cooperative. We thanked DAR for guiding us always to be able to pass the FDA licensing for our organization to prosper),” said RARBEMCO chairman Juel Jayuma. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)