10.24.2016

Friday, October 21, 2016


PRC AgNor-Butuan City Chapter to hold several activities before year ends

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter will be holding several activities before the year ends.

In a recently held meeting, the chapter’s Board of Directors and representatives from government agencies and private sector discussed the activities to be conducted starting this month of October.

Fiscal Felixberto Guiritan (retired), PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter chairman announced that on October 29, 2016, the chapter will be holding the Bingo for A Cause at Balanghai Hotel, this city. The Bingo tickets were already dispatched to different partner stakeholders but others can still purchase at the Bingo area on the said date.

Guiritan further cited that the second wave of the Chapter Volunteer Run is set on November 19, 2016. “We have three categories for this run – 10 kilometer, 5 kilometer, and 3 kilometer. Registration fee for the 10k is P500.00; 5k – P300.00; and 3k – P200.00. Registrants will receive singlet, baller ID, and certificate of participation,” he said.

Finisher’s Medal will also be given to 10k winner/champion. “This is a fund-raising activity that will surely help the chapter on its humanitarian operations,” he added.

Also, chapter administrator Teodoro Cairo mentioned that the local chapter has coordinated with the city government of Cabadbaran, where they plan to hold another a separate Chapter Volunteer Run. “This is our first time to bring the Chapter Volunteer Run outside Butuan City,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Cairo also revealed that the conduct of a raffle draw in the month of December would be the last activity of the local chapter for this year. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Go Negosyo Center opens in Dapa

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte formally launched its third Negosyo Center in the municipality of Dapa last Oct. 2, 2016.

According to DTI Provincial Director Celestino L. Negapatan, the newly-inaugurated Negosyo Center is the first of the two centers targeted by their office for launching this year.

He said the Negosyo Centers are established in all provinces, cities, and municipalities to promote ease of doing business and facilitate access to services for micro, small and medium enterprises in accordance to Republic Act. No. 10644, also known as the “Go Negosyo Act.”

“The Department of Trade and Industry shall be the lead implementing agency for the establishment, management, and personnel assignments of Negosyo Center as mandated by law,“ said Negapatan.

Negapatan further said that every Negosyo Center established will facilitate and expedite the business application process of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in coordination with the local government units and other concerned agencies and will provide assistance to MSMEs in the availment of technology transfer, production and management training programs and marketing assistance of the DTI and other concerned government agencies. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DTI Surigao Norte holds bookkeeping, accounting seminar to Surigao Norte coop

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office conducted a Simplified Bookkeeping and Accounting for Non-Accountants to Lower Patag Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Initiated Community Association (LOPARBICA) on Oct. 11, 2016 held in Barangay Lower Patag, Sison, this province.

The activity aims to bring awareness to the micro, small and medium enterprises with the basic knowledge on accounting and bookkeeping as these are important tools in managing their business since the association is still new in the field of business.

A total of 22 participants consist of officers, board of directors and some members of the association attended the said activity.

LOPARBICA is registered in the Department of Labor and Employment  (DOLE) on October 2014. It is also assisted by the DTI under the Bottoms up Budgeting Project.

The BuB project consists of Payaw Processing equipment worth P142,500. Payaw (palaw) is a native root crop similar to gabi or taro abundantly produced in the said locality.

To date the association produces payaw tart and payaw flour and these are ready for market. For orders, they may contact Gloria R. Bucod, LOPARBICO chairperson at cell number 0909-6448683. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DAR AgSur launches Amoma Care virgin coconut oil

By Rechel D. Besonia

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 21 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here has recently facilitated the media launching of KAAGAPMUCO’s Amoma Care Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) held at Gaisano Grand Mall, San Francisco, this province.

KAAGAP Multi Purpose Cooperative was a recipient of 2015 Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Program (VLPCEP) and 2016 recipient of Up-Valuing of Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) products. Thus, the DAR was able to assist them for the processing and approval of their License to Operate from the Food and Drugs Administration for their Virgin Coconut Oil product---the first to be awarded in Caraga Region.

The launching was designed to build a competitive market relationship and expose the product and convey the interest of varied consumers, boost the economic ability of the cooperative and its members by providing wider business opportunities through integrated social media strategy.

KAAGAPMUCO General Manager Maximino Robles thanked the DAR for the assistance. “Dako among pasalamat sa mga ahensya nga nagtabang aron molambo ang among kooperatiba ilabi na sa DAR sa pagtabang aron maangkon namo ang among LTO ug sa pagpanguna alang sa launching niining among produkto. Sa pagkakaron aduna kami 210 ka mga empleyado diin 80 porsyento niini mga Agrarian Refrom Beneficiaries (We are thankful for DAR for assisting the coop in acquiring the LTO from FDA and for facilitating the media launching. We now have a total of 210 employees whom 80 percent are Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries)," said Robles.

The launching cum ribbon cutting ceremony was graced by DAR Caraga Regional Director Julita Ragandang, CARPO Fe H. Mosquera, SP Member Edilberto Bastareche, representatives from other agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry, Phil. Coconut Authority, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Agriculture.

“Congratulations to KAAGAPMUCO for the success of your endeavor. It is our mandate in the department to assist our ARBs to become entrepreneurs. I know that it's a long and tedious process but because of the unity, cooperation and partnership that we have we are able to launch the product today,” Ragandang said in her message.

Virgin Coconut Oil is known for its various health benefits. Because of its wide range of market demand nowadays, the members of KAAGAPMUCO took pride in becoming globally competitive being an importer, distributor, wholesaler and manufacturer of VCO products. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)