36 soldiers promoted to next rank in SurSur
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 15 (PIA) – The 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), Philippine Army has promoted 36 soldiers to their next higher rank on Tuesday, Nov. 15 held at the battalion’s headquarters in Sitio Upper Mabago, Barangay Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur.
Carrascal mayor and Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) Chairperson Vicente H. Pimentel III was the guest of honor during the occasion.
Of the 36 awardees, 26 Private First Class (PFC) were promoted to Corporal (CPL), nine Corporal were promoted to Sergeant (SGT) and one Staff Sergeant (SSG) was promoted to Technical Sergeant (TSG), it was learned.
Lt. Col Randolph Roxas, 36IB commanding officer, led the pinning of the ranks and insignia to the newly-promoted officers with the presence of Carrascal mayor Pimentel.
According to 36IB civil military operations officer Al Anthony Pueblas, their promotions were based on their performance on the aspect of administrative and combat accomplishments. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Consumers elect SURSECO II BODs
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 15 (PIA) – Member-consumers of the Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative (SURSECO) II recently elected the members of the Board of Directors of the said electric cooperative in four separate elections.
Pepe Urbiztondo was elected on Nov. 5 to represent the town of Cantilan while Gil Orillaneda was voted last Nov. 6 to become the board of director of Lanuza.
Marilyn Alameda of San Agustin and Rey Sindo of Lianga were elected on Nov. 12 and 13, respectively.
According to SURSECO II information officer Aguinaldo Jaluag, the four incumbent directors won unopposed. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)
AgSur LGU extends insurance check to family of deceased BHW
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 15 (PIA) – The provincial government here thru Governor Adolph Edward Plaza has recently turned-over an insurance check amounting to P105,000 to the surviving children of the late Bevelyn A. Barte, a barangay health worker (BHW) from Labnig, Talacogon, of said province who died in an accident last July 2016.
Their father, a member of a civilian volunteer organization (CVO), also died in an accident in 2013 and the late Bevelyn received P105,000 for the death of her husband. Both husband and wife were volunteers in their barangay and were enrolled in an insurance program by the provincial government. The amount represents the insurance coverage for accidental death of the insured volunteers.
Teachers, civilian volunteer organization (CVO) members, barangay health workers, daycare workers and other barangay folks who volunteer their services are given insurance coverage, the insurance premiums of which are paid for by the provincial government.
According to Board Member Santiago Cane. Jr., the said program was already institutionalized through an ordinance. "No one wants them to die, or get maimed in accidents, but should they fall victims to accidents or worse die in the process, they (the insured or their family) have something to lean on, this insurance coverage," Cane said. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
GAP: Farmer’s road to ASEAN market
By Aurelius P. Arais
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) - The sure ticket for Filipino farmers to seize the opportunities of the ASEAN market is through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
Supervising Agriculturist Isabelita Ocampo of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) of Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga said that quality is the name of the game on ASEAN market.
“If your product is not GAP certified you can’t access the ASEAN market,” she said.
GAP is the common parameter for ASEAN products wherein member countries can market their products as long as it conforms the standards.
To broaden the understanding of Caraga vegetable farmers on GAP, DA-Caraga conducted a training on GAP as one of the highlights on recently concluded Caraga Agricultural Trade and Marketing Exposition (CARAT Expo) 2016. Farmers, students, consumers and traders participated the training.
GAP focal person Johnny Concon emphasized the importance of conforming the GAP standards as it ensures safe and quality food products.
GAP approach aims at applying available knowledge to addressing environmental, economic and social sustainability dimensions for on-farm production and post-production processes, resulting in safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products.
To encourage Caraga farmers to be GAP certified, Concon said that DA will assist those interested.
“GAP certification is free and DA-Caraga is ready to assist the farmers,” Concon said.
The certification is open to individual, associations or cooperative with basic requirements such as GAP training certificate, farm map and location, and farming practices records.
As of now, the Antongalon Farmers Association of Caraga Incorporated (AFACI) of Butuan City is so far the lone GAP certified group in the region. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)