Tuesday, May 31, 2016




Corn output in AgNor up in Q1

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) – The corn production in the province of Agusan del Norte has increased in the first quarter of 2016, said PSA chief.

Reynelo S. Magno, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Agusan del Norte, said the province has increased by 1.1 percent in its corn production for the first quarter of 2016 with an estimated 577 metric tons (MT) higher than the January 2016 standing crop forecasts of 571 MT.

“Harvest area based on standing crop forecasts were all realized since there were no damages in area being monitored,” said Magno.

Magno also said that the increment in production was attributed to the increase in yield. “Yield grew by 1.1 percent from 2.55 MT per hectare in 2015 to 2.58 per hectare in 2016," Magno added.

Magno further said that compared to last year’s level, the total corn production registered an increase of 135.6 percent from 245 MT to 577 MT. The increase in production was attributed to the increase in area and yield. "Harvest area has expanded by 89.8 percent from 118 hectares in 2015 to 224 hectares this year,” he said.

More farmers were encouraged to plant white corn for consumption and due to availability of seeds from the Department of Agriculture-Local Government Unit (DA-LGU), it was learned.

Magno likewise said that more plantings of yellow corn were observed due to higher demand resulting from good price and yield per hectare increased from 2.08 MT in 2015 to 2.58 MT this year, or by 24.1 percent owing to more usage of high quality seeds.

Also, corn production forecast for the second quarter of 2016 may reach 7,232 MT, 64.7 percent above the last quarter’s forecast of 4,391 MT and the increase in production forecast was attributed to the increase in area and yield.  Corn area was forecasted at 2,119 hectares from 1,965 hectares based on planting intentions, Magno said. (PSA-Agusan del Norte/NCLM, PIA-Agusan del Norte)


OWWA Caraga to celebrate 2016 Migrant Workers Day

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) - As tribute to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga is set to celebrate the 2016 Migrant Workers Day or ‘Araw ng Pasasalamat’ on June 11 at the Municipal Gymnasium, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

With this year’s theme, “Salamat OFW, Saludo Kami sa Inyo,” the agency has laid down fun-filled activities such as parlor games, raffle draws and surprises to promote camaraderie and give importance to spending quality time and togetherness amongst OFW families.

OWWA Caraga regional director Samuel Madrid extends his invitation to all Caraganon OFWs (vacationing and returnees) including their families, especially those from nearby towns of Agusan del Sur, to participate in this celebration dedicated for them.

More than 600 active and inactive OFWs, their beneficiaries and families are expected to gather from all over the region to join in this celebration of merriment and thanksgiving.

One of the highlights in the event is the conduct of the Regional Stakeholders’ Forum, a convention of the Provincial Federation of OFW Family Circles with other stakeholders in the region, geared towards the enhancement of OWWA’s programs and services by engaging the OFW Family Circles and their families in addressing their pressing concerns particularly on overseas employment.

Interested members are encouraged to pre-register at the nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or make contact with OWWA Regional Welfare Office-13 with telephone numbers (085) 342-6178/815-1894 and mobile numbers 09399259895/09173150590. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


PNP AgSur joins Brigada Eskwela 2016

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Norte, May 31 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in this province has joined this year’s conduct of Brigada Eskwela with the theme: "Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School."

The PNP is committed to support said activity to strengthen the partnership between teachers, parents and pupils in promoting healthy and secure premises in relation to the opening of classes this school year 2016-2017.

In the municipality of San Francisco, the Municipal Police Station provided road security during the conduct of a motorcade and attended Brigada Eskwela's kick-off ceremony held at Teodoro B. Ong Yiu Memorial School in Barangay Hubang.

In Sibagat, the PNP has also provided security measures to all the participating individuals at Sibagat National High School of Home Industries and Sibagat Central Elementary School.

Meanwhile, the PNP personnel in Rosario provided road security assistance together with the force multipliers during the caravan and kick-off ceremony of Brigada Eskwela 2016 at Datu Lipus National High School and Wasian Elementary School. Said activity was followed by a short program spearheaded by the school principal and was attended by the different Bayanihan Volunteers from private sector, national agencies, local government unit, parents, teachers and students.

Also, in Bayugan City, the PNP provided same support to all the participating groups during said activity held at Noli National High School.  (With a report from PNP-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DOLE awards livelihood grant to Surigao dockworkers labor union

By Xriel Bravo & Olga Virginia A. Demata

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 31 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recently awarded the Surigao Dockworkers Labor Union (SDLU) a livelihood grant under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) as a jumpstart to their existing rice retailing project.

The grant includes 400 sacks of rice and two weighing scales with plastic cellophanes. The said livelihood grant gives priority assistance to the employees’ union with programs engaged in livelihood activities that need capitalization to spur their economic initiatives.

“This livelihood assistance will not only earn income for the union but will also serve as assistance to the beneficiaries by way of promoting their rice requirements through credit schemes,” said union president Arcisco Artiquio Jr. (DOLE-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Army troopers conduct Bayanihan Job Fair in AgSur

By Rizza Marie S. Obedoza & Olga Virginia A. Demata

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, May 31 (PIA) - The 401st Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army under the supervision of Col. Alexander Macario sponsored the recently concluded Bayanihan Job Fair in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga and Agusan del Sur Field Office, and Philippine Employment Service Office (PESO) Provincial Office held at Gaisano Mall, San Francisco Branch, this province.

This is in celebration of the 119th Philippine Army Anniversary with the theme “Asenso sa Katawhan,” giving the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) the opportunity to showcase their recruitment processes.

Out of the 57 qualified applicants, nine were hired on the Spot (HOTS) and 10 were pre-qualified for further screening for the 401st Infantry Brigade Philippine Army. A total of 1,868 local job vacancies were opened during the said fair.

Private companies that participated in the said Job Fair were Sweetsation, Inc., Gaisano Grand Mall, Filipinas Palm Oil Plantation, Inc., Philsaga Mining Corp., Taytay sa Kauswagan Microfinance Corp., Timberland Security Agency, Rose Bakeshop, and E-Performax. Also, the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur joined with 95 job vacancies offered. (DOLE-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)