4.23.2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

851 coffee growers in SurSur to benefit from IFAD Project ConVERGE
  
By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 20 (PIA) - A total of 851 coffee growers who are members of the six assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) cooperatives of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) within Barobo and Tagbina towns Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) cluster will be the first batch recipients of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE) project.

DAR Surigao del Sur information officer Myra Yu said that the Project ConVERGE is a rural development approach that aims to increase the farmers’ income and productivity that will focus on coffee production, rejuvenation, processing and marketing activities. 

The said project is financed by IFAD, a specialized agency of the United Nations that helps reduce poverty incidence in the developing countries.

The cooperative beneficiaries according to DAR are: Mabuhay Kahayagan Coffee Growers Cooperative (MKCGC); Tagbina ARB Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TAGAREBE); Ugoban Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UMPC); Tagbina Rural Improvement Club Producers Cooperative (TAGRICCO); Progressive ARB Cooperatives (PARBMCO); and San Roque Cooperative (SARCO).

Yu further said that MKCGC, the producer of Robusta Ground Coffee (brewed coffee), which is available in the market, is the lead cooperative in the implementation. Other coops involved are engaged in coffee production and rejuvenation stage.

Provincial Agrarian Reform program officer Benjamin M. Mataksil during the project consultation meeting said that "as the project progresses, hopefully it will benefit more or less 6,613 agrarian reform beneficiaries in the two municipalities involved”.

The said project started the implementation last quarter of 2016 and will run until year 2021. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


TCES orchestrates community outreach program

By Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 20 (PIA) - In allowing the young individuals to explore various volunteer opportunities and learn more about the community, the Tungao Central Elementary School (TCES) responded to this call by immersing the pupils and teachers to take part on the community outreach program through community clean-up drive recently.

The outreach program is one of the best ways to gain better understanding on the current situations of a certain community . This gives pupils the opportunity to get involved in community service with regard to environmental issues and concerns which the community is facing.

Roldan Alanano, SPG adviser gave a short orientation to the participants on the dos and don’ts while having the clean-up drive.  He reminded them not to stay away from the group and heve to ask their adviser for their personal concerns in order to avoid untoward incidents.  They brought cleaning materials such as brooms, gloves, socks and cellophanes.  The wastes they collected were segregated and placed those that can be sold to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

It was participated by the grades-IV to VI pupils with their advisers, councilor Ann Margaret Alim, general parents-teachers association (GPTA) officers and parents.

On the other hand, the grades-I to III pupils had their institutional clean-up drive within the school premises on the same date.  This is to raise the level of awareness on the importance of maintaining cleanliness of the surroundings.

The community engagement helps promote self-sufficiency and community belonging through neighborhood environmental services that aims to navigate to the people living in the community to take an active part in the conservation and protection of the environment. (DepEd Butuan City/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DTI releases SRP anew

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 20 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) under the Consumer Protection Group released the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) guides for basic necessities and prime commodities as of April 1, 2017.

The SRP is the selling price suggested by the manufacturer of a product. The intention of the SRP is to help standardize prices among locations. Major retail establishments are directed to set their selling prices within SRP levels.

The DTI price monitoring activity which is conducted monthly to major retail establishments is one way of ensuring that retailers of products listed in SRPs shall follow the guide in their pricing. Hence, they are always provided with updated SRPs regularly.

Consumers interested to know more about Suggested Retail Prices (SRPs) and other consumer related concerns are encouraged to visit the DTI’s website at www.dti.gov.ph or visit their office located at the 2nd Floor of Simtoco Business Center, Burgos Street, Surigao City or contact at telephone numbers (086) 826-6129 0r 826-2373. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


AgSur guv encourages unity of purpose, action among rubber planters in Caraga Region

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Apr. 20 (PIA) - "We must think as one to justify the result of this workshop."

This was the statement of Governor Adolph Edward Plaza in his message during the Rubber Industry Cluster Roadmap Localization Workshop held recently at Mabe’s Savory Place, San Francisco, this province.

Gov. Plaza opted that the accreditation process of nurseries be simplified.  He exhorted both public and private industry stakeholders to draft the best roadmap for the rubber industry in the region and present the same for support by the national government.  Doing so, he said will greatly aid the rubber farmers.

The governor also expressed his advocacy of empowering and giving voice to the farmers to have their needs addressed.  This includes a review of technical processes vis-à-vis actual needs of the industry.

The workshop was intended to create a regional rubber industry roadmap.

In attendance during said activity were some of the industry cluster’s (IC) prime movers: Dr. Ismael Elevazo, chair of Caraga Rubber Industry Federation, Inc. (CRIFI), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Rubber IC coordinator and assistant regional director Lolita Dorado, together with representatives from enabling agencies – National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Upland Sustainable Agri-forestry Development (USAD) project team, Provincial Agriculture Office, VPO-Rosario Agro-Industrial Development Corporation, farmer cooperatives and individual growers.

Some 70 stakeholders attended said event, which was jointly organized by DTI-Caraga and DTI-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)