Monday, November 21, 2016


FSUU set to hold ‘Indigenous Peoples Forum’ in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – As part of the second Mindanao Peace Studies Conference organized by the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) with the theme, “Peace and Development: Expanding Spaces for Conflict Transformation” of this month, an Indigenous Peoples (IP) Forum will be conducted on Nov. 22, 2016, 1:00 p.m. at the CBE Function Hall , FSUU, this city.

The event seeks to bring together voices from both inside and outside the academia in a conversation about peace and development.

It will be joined by personalities with experiences in relation to environment, peace and development. “Datu Makalipay Ireneo Rico, Sr., Ann Marie Lidandug-Uytico, Sheryl Canhatan, Dakula Randy Catarman are given time to share their insights, involvement and contributions in pursuit of attaining peace and development,” said Rev. Fr. Randy Jasper Odchigue, vice president for Academic Affairs and Research at FSUU.

There will be plenary talks and paper presentations by established scholars. Speakers include Felipe Montoya, Executive Director of Corporacion VallenPaz, Colombia and Atty. Michelle Angelica Co, Assistant Secretary for Planning of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“Members of different indigenous groups, government agencies, civil society organizations and the academe are also invited and join in a healthy and peaceful discussion,” added Odchigue. (VLG/PIA-Cagara)


68 ARBs graduate from farm business school in AgSur

By Rechel D. Besonia

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 21 (PIA) - A total of 68 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Rizal Multi Purpose Cooperative (RMPC) had recently graduated from Farm Business School (FBS) held at Mabe’s Savory Place, San Francisco, this province.

San Francisco Municipal Mayor Jenny De Asis; Rizal Barangay Captain Rufino Acog; DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Allan N. Mundala; Municipal Agriculturist Vina Ranoco, and the members of Rizal MPC attended the activity.

Three municipalities in the province have already availed of the FBS including the recent graduation of Rizal MPC, it was learned.

“Pasalamat kami ug dako sa FBS sa paghatag sa among coop ug oportunidad aron madugangan ang among kahibalo ilabi na sa pag record ug pag compute. Enjoy jud kaayo me sa among klase ilabi na sa among benchmarking sa Alameda Farms. Among gi claim nga puhon pinaagi sa among kahibalo madatu na me ug makapalit na ug sakyanan (We are so thankful to DAR for giving our cooperative the opportunity to avail of the FBS program. Because of this, we are able to gain more knowledge especially in recording and computation. We enjoyed the sessions so much especially during the Benchmarking in Alameda Farms. We claimed that someday we will become successful entrepreneurs and we will be able to buy our own car),” expressed Arlene Binas, an ARB and one of the FBS beneficiaries.

“The Department of Agrarian Reform is continuously providing interventions to our Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Farm Business School is just one among the others. We are hoping for the best for all the recipient of the program and help establish linkages to other financial institutions to avail the support services,” Mundala highlighted.

FBS is a collaborative approach initiated by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to help the farmers develop and strengthen their skills not just in farming but also in business enterprising and marketing strategies to ensure profitability. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Agrarian farmers train on credit facilitation and delinquency management

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) - Officers and Admin staffs of the Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Associations, (BOFIA) underwent a two-day Credit Facilitation and Delinquency Management Seminar held at Brgy. Baleguian Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on Nov. 10-11, 2016.

The seminar enhanced the officers and operational staffs’ technical skills in managing credit operation. BOFIA is providing agricultural credit assistance under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to members.

The activity was also aimed to meet the needs of the organization to address the credit risk and create a contingency plan when the borrower failed to meet its obligation.

BOFIA chairman Winifredo S. Maldo said that the organization is facing some challenges in handling their credit operation, as the number of members who set to avail financial assistance for agricultural production is still growing.

"The training enhanced the ability of some officers and credit staffs in performing the credit operations and create flexible solutions to help members stand up against adversities,” Maldo said.

"Thanks to DAR's intervention in providing us with technical knowledge that we need to sustain our operation," Maldo added.

Propegemus Executive Director Arnold Tapere said that the training will capacitate the officers and members, who aspire to be knowledgeable in handling credit issues and concerns.

"The training gave a clear knowledge in credit management against the risk of not paying when the members encountered losses from agricultural uncertainties," Tapere said.

BOFIA is a recipient of a multi-million projects of DAR 's various interventions from APCP to Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) and Irrigation Facility under Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Program phase III (ARISP III).

The seminar was conducted by the DAR in Agusan del Norte in partnership with the Propegemus Foundation, Inc., an accredited training provider of Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)