Wednesday, May 11, 2016



Siargao agrarian orgs undergo strategic planning

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 11 (PIA) - Five assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) underwent a two-day Strategic Development Planning and Workshop held at D’Islanders Pension Hauz, Dapa, Siargao Island, this province.

The officers and members of Esperanza Farmers Credit and Consumers Organization (ESFARCRECO) of Brgy. Esperanza, Del Carmen underwent the said activity on April 26-27, 2016 as the ARBO embarks on a project under the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project of DAR-SDN.

According to Levy P. Alatraca, secretary of ESFARCRECO, “the strategic planning really helped our organization because we were able to identify the weaknesses and gaps of ESFARCRECO that we need to work out for it to grow.”

Meanwhile, the officers and members of both Don Paulino United Farmers and Fisherfolks Credit Organization (DOPUFAFICO) of Brgy. Don Paulino, Dapa; Osmeña Small Farmers Credit Cooperative (OSFACO) of Brgy. Osmeña, Dapa; Corazon Farmers Credit Association (COFARCA) of Brgy. Corazon, Gen. Luna; and Poblacion San Isidro Farmers Association (POSAIFA) of Brgy. Del Carmen, San Isidro have undergone the strategic planning last April 28-29, 2016 in preparation for the reportorial requirements of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) should the said ARBOs register themselves with the CDA.

According to Delia E. Pelicano, chairperson of COFARCA, “we are very grateful to the DAR for this opportunity because through this strategic planning we are able to come up with a one-year action plan and most importantly the 5-year development plan for COFARCA.”

Meantime, Eugenio Escopete of OSFACO added that the said activity was a big help in establishing the vision, mission, goals and objectives of their organization. (DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


News Feature: Barangay BUB: Bringing participative governance to the barangays

By Emmylou P. Burias

BUTUAN CITY, May 11 (PIA) - The implementation of Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) which embodies inclusive growth, participative governance, and people consultation at its very best has been remarkably successful in cities and municipalities all over the country. The gains and benefits of BUB after only three years of implementation have already been felt and so, the national government deemed it appropriate to bring the project down to the barangay level. Communities are the ultimate beneficiaries of the improved delivery of basic services, development in the barangays will translate to progressive and peaceful communities which would eventually be the over-all picture of the country. This is the overarching goal of Barangay Bottom-Up Budgeting (BBUB).

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 8 provides the policy guidelines and procedures in the implementation of BBUB. BBUB’s target is to cover all barangays by Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The pilot phase will cover at least 30 percent of the total number of barangays in 2017 subject to the criteria provided in the JMC. Recipient barangays will be given PhP1 M through direct downloading of funds to the barangays. It shall be utilized for identified priority projects and activities in line with the delivery of basic services and facilities per section 17 (b) of the Local Government Code (LGC).

The objectives of BBUB are reducing the effects of poverty by addressing the most basic needs of communities; encouraging active people’s participation in the implementation of projects in their respective barangays; and strengthening the barangays as the primary unit of governance.

In BBUB, barangays officials do not decide on the prioritization of projects by themselves, community members are involved in choosing projects fit for their felt needs. This process was started in March 2016 through the Barangay Assembly.

For barangays to qualify, they will be assessed on two areas, Good Governance and Capacity to Implement Projects. Good governance will look into Compliance to Barangay Full Disclosure Policy; Conduct of Barangay Assembly; and Presence of Barangay Development Plan or Annual Investment Plan. Capacity to implement projects assesses leadership; track record; and good financial management.

To date, the filled-in assessment forms and results of qualified barangays have been forwarded to the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) of DILG central office for consolidation and basis for budgetary allocation once approved by Congress. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


HELP Online: A digital frontier in FNRI nutrition counseling

By Edward Vincent Magtibay

As part of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s (FNRI-DOST) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) program – iFNRI, the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Program (HELP) Online project was created in response to the growing need to deliver information anchored on scientific knowledge to the ICT-driven global and national society.

This web-based resource hub contains of up-to-date nutrition and wellness solutions that promote positive lifestyle changes to the public. It also provides quicker access to nutrition counseling service which is one of the frontline services of FNRI-DOST.

One of the main features of HELP Online is an improved nutrition counseling service inquiry and response system via web. Just like booking your hotel room or flight, individuals or groups seeking one-on-one nutrition counseling can simply make an appointment with FNRI’s in-house Registered-Nutritionist Dietitian (RND) online.

For those who want to quickly assess their nutritional status, the Fast Assessment and Screening Tools (FAST), a collection of nutrition calculators which can compute and classify Body Mass Index (BMI), Desirable Body Weight (DBW), Waist and Hip Circumference and Ratios and Waist-Height Ratio, is also available for use.

HELP Online also features innovative information materials such as infographics on specific topics about non-communicable diseases. These are downloadable for free. Nutrition brochures with enhanced images and current data will also be helpful for additional client education. These materials will be given for free for those who had nutrition counseling and available for download at the iFNRI website.

Individuals who opt to register in the site can freely track their food intake and physical activities on a daily basis using the Food and Physical Activity Tracker beta. The current module, which is continuously being improved, allows individuals to understand their caloric intake for the day and see their caloric expenditure on the different physical activities they did. Calculations on these trackers are based on the Philippine Food Composition Tables (PhilFCT) and from the metabolic equivalents of physical activities based on the Compendium of Physical Activity.

At the back-end of the HELP Online, RNDs with administrator privilege can also access the automated calculators for the calorie and nutrient requirements, Food Exchange List, meal planners and 24-hour food recall sheets. This would eliminate the tedious manual calculation every Dietitian performs when creating a personalized diet for clients. More importantly, all client information will be kept confidential and be stored in a secured system that follows the standard nutrition care practice model.

With HELP Online, modernizing the nutritional assessment practices and delivery channel of nutrition counseling through the use of ICT in the Philippines can be realized.

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: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; 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)


ET2M2: FNRI’s technology transfer information at your fingertip!

By Alexis M. Ortiz

The electronic Technology Transfer Monitoring Map (ET2M2) is an online web-based application on the Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s technology transfer activities. The ET2M2 can be accessed through the iFNRI website under the database category.

This application stores data on technologies transferred and diffused nationwide classified as bakery products, noodle products, complementary foods, stabilized brown rice, iron rice premix, and low fat low sugar ice cream, among others.

The ET2M2 is a useful tool for entrepreneurs, personnel of local government units (LGUs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), other stakeholders and the FNRI management in identifying the available FNRI technologies and products developed which are ready for transfer and commercialization.

The tool was jointly developed by the Institute’s Business Development Unit (BDU) and Management Information System Unit (MISU).

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: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; 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)


DOST launches SETUP project in Bislig City

BUTUAN CITY, May 11 (PIA) - A P1.7Million project of Mangagoy Fishermen Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MAFISCO) funded by the Department of Science and Technologys’ (DOST’s) Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) was launched rececntly in Bislig City. This is so far the biggest SETUP funded project in the 2nd district of Surigao del Sur.

The launching of the upgraded ice plant with 17 tons capacity, from 10 tons capacity before, was attended by cooperative’s officials and Caressa Leanne V. Lim, OIC Provincial Science and Technology Director of DOST-Surigao del Sur.

Technology upgrading of the ice plant started last November 3, 2015. It was completed by the end of January 2016. Series of test runs were conducted to make sure that the equipment installed were running on its specification.

The key features of the upgrade include having 360 cans of ice per batch compared to 165 cans before and, harvesting of ice and water filling is now five cans per batch compared to one can before.

Members of the cooperative include fishermen, boat operators, fish traders, market and ambulant vendors. A thousand of these beneficiaries are expected to benefit from the gains of the project. The upgraded facility aims to a increase 100 percent in sales during the first year of operation.

DOST SETUP is a nationwide flagship program of DOST that helps micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their business by boosting up their productivity and competitiveness through science, technology and innovation interventions. (DOST-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)