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Monday, March 13, 2017

Caraga’s first meat-cutting plant inaugurated in Butuan City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 13 (PIA) - With the goal of improving the management practices of backyard farmers in Caraga region, the Pilmico Animal Nutrition Corporation, Winrock International Institute for Agrcicultural Development – Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP), United States Department of Agriculture, and Happy Enterprises and Resources Incorporated established a meat-cutting plant here, which is the first in the region.

Jefferson Abian, assistant vice president of Pilmico Visayas and Mindanao Feeds Sales said the meat-cutting plant in Butuan City will help cater Butuanons and nearby provinces and will give local community access to fresh quality meat and opportunity for local employment.

“With our partnership with Winrock International, USDA, and other stakeholders in Caraga region, backyard farmers focusing on swine production can now have a wider opportunities to market their products. The meat processing plant will provide the local backyard farmers with a market for their livestock and simultaneously give the local community access to locally grown, fresh quality meat,” underscored Abian.

Dr. Ivan Rey Porras of Pilmico Butuan also revealed that with the advent of digitization, the products are designed to be traceable even it is already at the hands of the consumer - from Farm to Fork. At MPC, the meat are cut, packed and distributed in a controlled environment to satisfy the strict standards set by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), a good manufacturing practice compliance.

“To support further the farmers, we would like also to solicit support from our partners from the hotel and restaurant industries here in Caraga to patronize our products because every time you buy meat from this plant, you have extended a hand to the families of the hog raisers in the region, to send their children to school or maybe to put something on their table or continue to have a daily sustenance and livelihood,” Porras stressed.

Also, Tristan Roberto Aboitiz, vice president and child of the owner of Pilmico Feeds claimed that with the common goal of improving the management practices of the backyard farmers in Caraga, Pilmico, Winrock, Happy Enterprises transformed their current swine repopulation project into a more holistic and sustainable approach to addressing swine production challenges through the construction of the meat-cutting plant. He also expressed his optimism that the establishment of said plant will turn folds of good results.

Meanwhile, Claro Dennis Morante, NMIS Caraga regional director said the meat-cutting plant facility in Butuan City will change the whole region in terms of the accessibility of fresh meat and producing employment to local communities. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Academe, health providers sign partnership for Caraga health research

By Gabrielle Espinosa

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 13 - Various stakeholders from the academe, the Health Centers and the media from all over Caraga signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) on February 24, to strengthen the partnership of the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) in the region.

The partnership, which was first developed on May 13, 2008, aimed at addressing health problems in Caraga through boosting the Health Research and Development. According to Dr. Jose R. Llacuña, regional director of the Department of Health Caraga and the newly appointed CHRDC Chair, there is a need to promote and improve health and quality of life of Caraganons.

“We have to gain new knowledge, develop new technologies to help us solve key health issues in Caraga like Schistosomiasis and Dengue. Also, we have to remember that we have a high incidence rate of Teenage Pregnancy Rate and HIV/AIDS cases in the region,” says Llacuña. The partnership was also forged to collaborate and share resources, expertise and facilities to speed up the generation of knowledge and technologies from the consortium.

Sectoral representatives were also reelected and appointed alongside the MOA Signing. Dr. Llacuna, was elected as the new CHRDC Chair while DOST Caraga Regional Director Dominga D. Mallonga is Vice-chair.

The members of the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium include: Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology – Caraga, Department of Health – Caraga, Commission on Higher Education – Caraga, National Economic and Development Authority – Caraga, Department of Education – Caraga, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Bombo Radyo Philippines.

From the Health Centers and Hospitals (Butuan City Health Office; Provincial Health Office – Agusan del Norte; Butuan Medical Center; Manuel J. Santos Hospital; From the Academe; Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology; Butuan Doctor’s College; Caraga State University; Father Saturnino Urios State University; Saint Joseph Institute of Technology; Saint Paul University Surigao; Surigao Education Center; Surigao del Sur State University; Surigao State College of Technology.

Aside from the election and appointment, the members of the consortium discussed on the upcoming activities like the Information, Education and Communication Campaign Planning Workshop and the Regional Consultations and Drafting of the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda for 2017-2022. (DOST-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan West Central pupils win legal adoption dance-drama contest

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 13 - A total of seven teams composed of elementary pupils actively participated in the dance drama competition of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga spearheaded by the Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS).

The said competition, which was held recently is part of the Culmination of the Adoption Consciousness Celebration held at LJ Mega Convention, this city, which bears the theme, “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin (Spread Unconditional Love Through Legal Adoption).”

Division Chief Ramel Jamen, during his welcome remarks, emphasized the importance of legal adoption and encourages partner-stakeholders.

“It is important to inform the public about the process of legal adoption. In this way, we can protect the best interest of the child and we can also help couples who wanted to have their own child,” said Jamen.

“I also encourage our partner-agencies to spread adoption and advocate it to the community so more parents and families will engage on the legal process for adoption,” he added.

The following are the schools which participated in the competition; Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES), Butuan West Central, J.T. Domingo, Obrebro Elementary School, Ampayon Central Elementary School, Libertad Central Elementary School, and Couple’s for Christ School of the Morning Star (CFC-SMS).

Each participating team consisted of five to eight pupils. The contenders used English or Tagalog as medium of communication, and were given five minutes to present their original piece, which reflected the theme about legal adoption.

In the competition, the pupils from Butuan West Central School got the first place, while CFC-SMS got the 2nd place and the 3rd place for BCES.

Also, the celebration awarded the internal staff from the Capability Building Unit (CBU) which won the Deca3x film contest that highlights legal adoption. While the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prizes were awarded to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Personnel Unit respectively.

Prior the culmination celebration, the Department set-up an Adoption Help Desk and Photo Exhibit in Robinsons Place for two days on February 11-12, 2017. The said help desk answered queries from the public regarding the legal process of adoption.

The Adoption Consciousness Month is celebrated annually by DSWD together with the partner-agencies every February. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Pinakaunang meat-cutting plant sa rehiyon ng Caraga pinasinayaan sa lungsod ng Butuan

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 13 (PIA) - Matapos ang ilang buwang paghihintay, naipatayo at pinasinayaan na kamakailan ang pinakaunang meat-cutting plant dito sa lungsod.

Pinangunahan ang nasabing inagurasyon ng Pilmico Animal Nutrition Corporation, kasama ang Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development – Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), at Happy Enterprises and Resources Incorporated sa barangay Obrero kung saan makikita ang malaki, malinis at kompleto sa pasilidad na meat-cutting plant.

Ayon kay Jefferson Abian, assistant vice president ng Pilmico Feeds Sales sa Visayas at Mindanao, malaking tulong para sa mga backyard raisers o producers ang meat-cutting plant dahil magkakaroon na sila ng mas malaking oportunidad na mabilis nilang maipalago ang kanilang negosyo sa pamamagitan ng pagamit ng teknolohiya.

Ayon sa kanya, tiyak na ang kita ng mga backyard raisers dahil maaaari na nilang idaan sa Happy Enterprises ang kanilang meat products nang hindi sila nalulugi sa kita, hindi na rin kailangan bumili sa labas ng rehiyon upang makapagtinda ng malinis at dekalidad na meat products para sa local market.

Ipinaliwanang naman ni Dr. Ivan Rey Porras ng Pilmico Butuan kung bakit kinakailangan ng Caraganons ang meat-cutting plant. Ang probinsya umano ng Agusan del Norte ay isa sa mga probinsyang may mababang presyo ng tinitindang karne base na rin sa datus ng Pork Producer’s Federation of the Philippines. Hindi raw ito nakakapagbigay ng maayos na kita sa mga hog raisers o producers lalung-lalo na na ang Caraga ang net importer ng live hogs galing regions 10, 11 at 12. Malaki na umano ang gastos sa pag-import, maliit pa nag kitang nakukuha nila.

Ito umano ang pangunahing dahilan kung bakit naipatayo na ang meat-cutting plant sa lungsod ngayon. Inaanyayahan din ni Porras ang mga lokal na hog raisers na suportahan ang nasabing proyekto.

Samantala, ayon naman kay Dr. Claro Dennis Morante, ang head ng National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) Caraga na kasama ang lokal na pamahalaan, sisiguraduhin nilang regular ang pagmomonitor sa nasabing meat-cutting plant nang mapanatili ang malinis at de kalidad na pagproduce ng karne sa rehiyon. Positibo rin umano ang kanyang pananaw sa magiging resulta ng nasabing project. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)