Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DAR Agusan Norte holds leadership, values seminar for ARBs

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, May 16 – Twenty three (23) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) underwent a Cooperative Leadership and Values Re-orientation Seminar conducted on April 25-26, May 2-3, 5-6 and 9-10, 2017 at Agrarian Information and Marketing Center here.

At least 150 participants that included coop leaders and officers, all of them Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in the province of Agusan del Norte belonging to 23 cooperatives, associations, and women’s groups, completed the trainings.

The seminar equipped the participants with leadership skills anchored on universal values and principles of cooperativism .

According to Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Coop Strengthening Coordinator Juanita B. Balibay, the seminar aimed to strengthen the participants and their organizations with the basic principles on cooperativism and to provide a means to build integrity with the mission and values of the cooperative.

Balibay said that the agency is intensifying its effort to help the coop leaders and officers to become an effective leader in their organization.

"The DAR in Agusan del Norte, under the leadership of PARPO II Andre B. Atega, and in partnership with the Propegemous, Inc., are working closely to empower the farmers and their organizations,” Balibay added.

"Kami mapasalamaton kay nadugangan ang among kahibalo sa pagpalambo sa kooperatiba (we are thankful that we learned something to improve our cooperative," said Manager Sergio Rensulat of Pinana-an, Ambacon and Mat-i ARB Cooperatives (PAM-ARBC). (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Kalahi-CIDSS workers gearing up for busy 2017 implementation

By Joana Rica P. Millama & Marko Davey D. Reyes

BUTUAN CITY, May 16 – Field and Regional engineers and Technical Service Providers (TSP) of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) implemented under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) attended the five-day training on the Conduct of the Technical Session Workshop on Preparation of Plan Designs and Pogram of Works (POW) for LGU-led Kalahi-CIDSS Implementation (TIER 2) being held at Hotel Luciana from May 8-12, 2017.

This said activity was attended by Deputy Area Coordinators (DAC) and Region/Sub-Regional Program Management Office engineers.

The training workshop covers technical sessions, brainstorming and proposal making enhancement to improve and update their skills and knowledge in infrastructure Plan Designs and POW preparation and ensure that community sub-project proposals are done on time - without any glitches.

Engr. Jovenal Bernat, Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist (RCIS), who is heading the conduct of the activity, clearly elaborated the purpose of the session by elaborating what he believes is the importance of the implementation. He explained that since the TIER 2 implementation is crucial (with budget utilization covering January – December 2017 only), he reminds the workers to stick with the timeline, and at the same time remember the impact of the engineers in the success of the program.

Elsa Montemor, Regional Community Development Specialist (RCDS) of the program reinforced what Engr. Bernat explained reminding the workers that even though infrastructure projects are what the DACs and TSPs are focusing on, they should always remember that community development through community organizing is the essence of the program. “This (TIER 2) has been a good practice and it is indeed true that engineers are also called Community-Driven Development enforcers by heart. So let us continue enforcing, pushing and advocating in [the] real essence of community development,” she said.

The discussion was also focused on the important role of the technical staff (DAC/TSP) in community development and encouraged the enforcers to “start the development within themselves” for they are the “vehicle for Community-Driven Development to succeed in the implementation.”

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly partaking in local governance in identifying their community needs as well as taking part of implementing projects that will address these needs. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


PSA Surigao Norte conducts tablet-aided geotagging building structures

By Guillermo M. Lipio, Jr.

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 16 - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) here conducts a Tablet-Aided Geotagging of Building Structures from May 15, 2017 to September 30, 2017 across the province of Surigao del Norte.

The activity aims to come up with accurate and reliable digitized maps for use in the post-census evaluation, validation of sampling frame for household-based and industry- based surveys, and as basis for delineation of growth areas in preparation for the 2020 Census of Population and Housing.

Map Data Collectors or MDCs wearing official Geotagging IDs of the PSA will visit barangays of Surigao del Norte to identify and collect data on building structures.

In this activity, there will be a two-minute interview with the household to ask basic information, as well as picture taking of the building.

The public is assured that all information collected in this activity shall be kept confidential as provided under the Republic Act No. 10625.

The PSA calls for public to support the geotagging activity by accommodating its MDCs who will visit the barangays as they collect information on buildings.

For more information on geotagging, contact the PSA-Surigao del Norte at 231-7415 or 826-5036. (PSA-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Feature: Bahay Kubo sings a variety of veggies for the picking

By Charina A. Javier

Who could not recognize the song Bahay Kubo? A classic Filipino nursery song with lyrics of which mention many different local vegetables (...Ang halaman doon ay sari-sari...).  Filipinos use, mix and cook vegetables in different methods and call them in different terms. Want to start singing the song?

Filipinos like vegetables cooked most often through sauteing (gisa), boiling, or cook with coconut milk (ginataan). Across the country, there are similarities among the dishes served at home and in canteens or restaurants.

For example, dinengdeng, and law-uy, are two dishes of Ilocano and Visayan origin, respectively. These vegetable dishes, however, both include several leafy and fruit vegetables as ingredients, cooked by boiling and without the use of cooking oil. For dinengdeng, leafy vegetables (e.g. saluyot, ampalaya leaves, squash flower, stringbeans tops, malunggay, etc.) are mixed together. Grilled fish is commonly added and fish paste (bagoong) is used to taste the dish. As for law-uy, leafy and fruit vegetables (okra, eggplant, alugbati, kangkong, etc.) are mixed, and fish is also often added using salt to taste.

Ginisa is a much used method of cooking by Tagalogs in preparing vegetables. Fruit vegetables such as upo, sitaw, kalabasa, puso ng saging, sayote and carrots, among others are often sautéed. Vegetables are cooked in a small portion of oil with garlic and a small amount of meat, shrimp or small fish then seasoned with salt or fish sauce to taste.

Vegetables cooked with coconut milk are more commonly prepared by Bicolanos and Visayans. Famous examples of vegetables cooked in coconut milk are gabi for laing, and nangka. Ginataang nangka is sometimes called salad na nangka by Visayans.

Another common method of cooking vegetables is by adding scrambled egg (torta) such tortang talong and ampalaya fruit.

In general, Filipinos are not meeting the required intake of vegetables in their diet. Based on the latest National Nutrition Survey in 2013 of the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), vegetable intake made up only 13.3 percent of the total food intake compared to 12.8 percent in 2008.

Vegetables are needed for proper regulation of body processes. They are rich sources of several vitamins and minerals. Green leafy vegetables like kangkong, camote tops, malunggay, gabi, ampalaya and others are rich sources of beta-carotene, iron, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, calcium and other minerals. Yellow vegetables such as squash, carrots and tomatoes are also rich in beta-carotene. Vegetables are rich in dietary fiber, which prevent constipation by providing roughage for easier bowel movement. They are also rich sources of anti-oxidants to prevent certain diseases like cancer.

Three servings of vegetables, about one-half cup cooked per serving, are suggested for daily consumption. Two messages of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos recommend eating a variety of food and to eat more of vegetables and fruits everyday. These messages can be realized if the vegetables in the song Bahay Kubo are eaten regularly. This is especially true for children, whom we teach the song. At least it would make them appreciate and become more familiar with the vegetables in the song. Now, try singing Bahay Kubo and think which vegetable you will eat in your next meal.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.  Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (DOST-FNRI S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Media asks to support AgSur’s ‘Kapatid Mentor Me’ program

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, May 16 - “We need the support of the media for Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) program so this will be known to the different communities and help them benefit from said program.”

This was the opening statement of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona during the press conference held recently right after the launching of the KMME program.

Asec. Lantayona thanked the media for their interest and insightful questions allowing her to further explain the program.

The panel of interviewees also include DTI-Caraga assistant regional director Lolita Dorado; DTI–Agusan del Sur OIC provincial director Brenda Corvera; Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship - Go Negosyo resource speaker Henry Tenedero and Sangguniang Panlalawigan member-committee chair on Trade, Tourism and Cooperatives Hazel del Rosario.

Asec. Lantayona stressed that the KMME program aims to scale up micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and be globally competitive. In response to a question why of all those who attended the mentoring program only 20 to 25 will be joining the next modules – she said the KMME is a different modality.

The good assistant secretary added that it is not only training but close and focused mentoring, so a big number of participants will not give the results intended.

Tenedero for his part emphasized that the KMME program is not a “one night stand” platform but it is a sustainable mechanism.

SP Del Rosario took the opportunity to update the members of the press on the several programs of the provincial government in support of the MSEs. She also urged the media to continue the partnership by informing the Agusanons of the programs and services of the provincial government.

ARD Dorado cited several service activities, which the DTI has helped in answer to a query whether DTI’s assistance is just limited to processing and manufacturing.

KBP Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur Chapter Chair Maximo Tutor inquired on the interventions done to ensure ease of doing business especially in terms of payment while securing business permits and in complying with tax requirements.

OIC Corvera answered that DTI is assisting entrepreneurs by providing regular seminars on taxation in Negosyo Centers where BIR is invited as resource speaker. Entrepreneurs were also trained to do simple record keeping so they can have a basis for a counterclaim to the local government unit’s presumptive computation of business taxes. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: Konsumo ng prutas, gulay at lamang-ugat bumaba

Ni Divorah V. Aguila

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, May 16 - Maraming Pilipino ang hindi kumakain ng tamang dami ng gulay, prutas, at lamang-ugat.

Ayon sa isinagawang survey noong 2013 ng Department of Science and Technology’s  Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), napag-alaman na karamihan sa mga Filipino ay hindi kumakain ng prutas at gulay. Nakita rin sa naturang survey na bagama’t tumaas ng bahagya ang konsumo ng gulay, ang konsumo ng prutas ay patuloy na bumaba  simula pa noong 1970s.

Kaya naman ipinapayo at itinataguyod ng mga dalubhasa sa nutrisyon at kalusugan ang pagkain ng maraming gulay, prutas, at lamang-ugat upang mapunuan ang mga kakulangan sa micronutrients.  Ang lamang-ugat ay dapat ding kainin dahil nakadaragdag ang mga ito ng enerhiya o lakas sa ating katawan at fiber para sa regular na pagdumi.

Ano ba ang kahalagahan ng regular na pagkain ng gulay?  Ang mga green leafy at yellow vegetables o berde, madahon at dilaw at madahong gulay ay mayaman sa beta-carotene na nagiging bitamina A sa katawan.  Ang sariwa at katamtamang luto ng mga berdeng madahong gulay ay pinanggagalingan ng vitamin C, iron, calcium, dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin E, at ilang phytochemicals na napatunayang tumutulong laban sa kanser at ibang sakit.

‘Yun namang ‘‘di madahong gulay” tulad ng okra, sayote, upo, at ampalaya ay nakadaragdag ng dietary fiber, iron at B-complex vitamins.

Ang pagkain ng gulay ay nakatutulong sa pag-iwas sa vitamin A deficiency disorders o VADD, na isa sa mga laganap na uri ng malnutrisyon sa Pilipinas.  Dahil sa VADD, bumababa ang resistensya laban sa impeksyon na nagbubunga ng madalas at malalang pagkakasakit.  Bumabagal din ang paglaki ng mga bata.

Ang unang palatandaan ng VADD ay ang nightblindness o kahirapang makakita sa gabi.  At kung matindi ang kakulangan sa bitamina A, maaaring magkaroon ng lesion o sugat sa mata na tawag ay xerophthalmia na posibleng tumuloy sa pagkabulag.  Pero huwag kayong mag-alala, ang mga ito ay maaaring maiwasan.

Katulad ng gulay, mahalaga ang prutas sa ating diet dahil mayaman ang mga ito sa vitamin C, lalo na ang bayabas, mangga at papaya.  Nakatutulong ang vitamin C upang maiwasan ang scurvy o pagdurugo o pamamaga ng mga gilagid at upang tumibay ang ating resistensiya laban sa impeksyon.

Nagtataglay naman ng beta-carotene ang madilaw na prutas.  Mayaman sa bitamina at mineral ang saging, melon, at pinya.  Meron ding dietary fiber ang mga prutas upang makatulong sa regular na pagdumi.

Kadalasan, ang lamang-ugat ay hindi kasama sa diet ng mga Pilipino, maliban sa mga lugar na ito talaga ang karaniwang kinakain o ang staple food.  Ang pagkain ng lamang-ugat gaya ng patatas, gabi, at kamote ay nakapag-dudulot ng enerhiya sa katawan.  Nagdudulot din ito ng dietary fiber at vitamins.  Ang dilaw na kamote ay nakapagbibigay ng beta-carotene habang ang patatas naman ay mapagkukunan ng vitamin C.  Dapat na kumain ng lamang-ugat kahit mga tatlong beses sa isang linggo.

Kaya isama natin sa ating listahan ng bibilhin ang mga ito.  Tandaan, ang pagkain ng iba’t-ibang uri ng pagkain araw-araw, kabilang ang prutas, gulay at lamang-ugat ang pinakamahalagang gabay para sa ating kalusugan.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, lumiham o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel. No. 837 2934 or 837 2071 loc. 2287, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, o mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. I-like ang aming Facebook page sa facebook.com/FNRI.DOST o sundan kami sa aming Twitter account sa twitter.com/FNRI_DOST.  (DOST-FNRI S&T Media Services/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Regular na pagkain ng gulay, may dagdag na benepisyong taglay

Ni Divorah V. Aguila

BUTUAN CITY, May 16 - Ano ba ang gulay? Ang gulay ay tanim o bahagi ng tanim tulad ng ugat, tangkay, talbos, dahon, bunga, o bulaklak na kalimitang inihahain bilang ulam o ensalada.  Mayroong dalawang grupo ng gulay: ang madahong berde at dilaw na gulay, at ang iba pang gulay.  Malalaman sa kulay at bahagi ng tanim na kinakain ang kahalagahang pangnutrisyon ng gulay.

Ang mga madahong berde at dilaw na gulay ay sagana sa beta-carotene na  nagiging bitamina A sa katawan.   Tumutulong ito sa ating mga mata na maka-adjust sa gabi o sa dilim.  Ito rin ay kailangan sa paglaki ng mga bata.  Tumutulong din ang bitamina A para mapanatiling malakas ang ating resistensya laban sa sakit at impeksyon.    Mainam din ito sa pagiging malusog at makinis ng ating kutis at buhok.  Ang beta-carotene na taglay ng mga gulay ay napatunayang may kaugnayan sa pagbaba ng panganib o risk sa ilang uri ng kanser.  Mas higit na maraming taglay na beta-carotene kung matingkad ang pagka-berde o dilaw ng gulay.  

Ang madahong berde at dilaw na gulay ay mayaman din sa iron o yero at kalsiyum.  Ang iron ay kailangan para sa malusog at mapulang dugo na tumutulong sa kasiglahan ng katawan.  Ilan sa mga madahong berde at dilaw na gulay ay ang dahon ng malunggay, dahon ng ampalaya, karot, talbos ng kamote, saluyot, dahon, at bunga ng kalabasa, sili, alugbati, at talbos ng sayote.

Ang pangalawang grupo ng gulay ay ‘yung iba pang gulay na tumutulong naman sa mahusay na panunaw.  Nagtataglay din ito ng mga bitamina at mineral bagama’t hindi kasing sagana sa sustansiyang taglay ng berde at madahong gulay.    Ilan sa mga gulay na ito ay ang ampalaya, puso ng saging, bataw, kadyos, bunga ng malunggay, okra, paayap, sigadilyas, at sitaw.

Ang mga gulay ay nagtataglay din ng fiber (o hibla) na siyang tumutulong linisin ang ating bituka, para sa regular na pagdumi.  Tumutulong din ang fiber sa pagpapababa ng kolesterol.  Mas nakabubusog din ang mga pagkaing mayaman sa fiber, kaya nga kahit marami ang kainin nating prutas at gulay, hindi ito mabilis makadagdag sa ating timbang.

Ang karot, katuray, dahon ng gabi, dahon ng malunggay, dahon ng siling labuyo, at dahon ng upo ay mayaman sa beta-carotene.  Kung bitamina C naman ang pag-uusapan, mataas dito ang katuray, dahon ng kamoteng kahoy, talbos ng sayote, dahon ng kulitis, at mustasa.  Mayaman naman sa kalsiyum ang dahon ng kulitis, buto ng utaw (o soybean), dahon ng katuray, saluyot, at mustasa.  Ang mga gulay tulad ng dahon ng kulitis, dahon ng talinum, katuray, buto ng utaw, at abitsuwelas ay ilan lamang sa mga gulay na mataas ang taglay na iron o yero.

Bukod sa mga sustansiyang taglay ng gulay, marami pang benepisyong pangkalusugan ang dinudulot ng mga ito.   Halimbawa ay ang gamit nito bilang halamang gamot o herbal medicine.

Katulad ng ampalaya, kalimitang ginagamit ang mga dahon nito para sa ubo ng mga bata.  Kalimitan din itong ginagamit na panggamot o panglanggas sa mga sakit sa balat.  At di lang ‘yon, ginagamit din ang ampalaya bilang pampurga.

Isa pang gulay na may gamit bilang halamang gamot ay ang karot.  Ito ay nagtataglay ng carotenoids na sinasabing nakakababa ng posibilidad sa pagkakaroon ng kanser at sakit sa puso at mga ugat.  Ang beta-carotene na taglay nito ay nakabubuti para sa ating paningin at iwinawasto nito ang pamamaga ng mucous membrane sa loob ng ating ilong.

Ang isa pang gulay na madalas kasama sa ating hapag kainan ay ang kamatis.  Ang kamatis ay nagtataglay ng phytochemicals tulad ng lycopene na ayon sa mga pag-aaral ay tumutulong sa pag-iwas sa kanser.

Ang isa pang gulay na halos kasama sa pang-araw-araw na pagkain ng bawa’t Pilipino ay ang sili.  Ang sili ay nagtataglay ng bitamina A, C at E, folic acid at potassium.  Ang sili ay maaaring makatulong sa pagpapababa ng blood pressure at sa pag-iwas din sa ilang uri ng kanser.

Ang ilan pa sa ating mga gulay na may benebisyong pangkalusugan ay ang kalabasa, gabi, labanos, at malunggay.  Ang mga gulay na ito ay sinasabing laxative o ‘yung tumutulong upang maging maayos ang pagdumi.

Ngayon at alam na natin ang iba’t-ibang benepisyong taglay ng gulay, halina’t magplano ng samu’t-saring lutuing gulay para mapakinabangan natin ang mga benepisyong nabanggit.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, lumiham o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel. No. 837 2934 or 837 2071 loc. 2287, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, o mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. I-like ang aming Facebook page sa facebook.com/FNRI.DOST o sundan kami sa aming Twitter account sa twitter.com/FNRI_DOST.  (DOST-FNRI S&T Media Services/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: 2 ka proyekto sa NIA giturn-over na

Ni Jane B. Huqueriza

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, May 16 - Gi-inagurahan bag-uhay pa lamang ang duha ka proyekto sa National Irrigation Administration (NIA) nga mao ang Jubgan Communal Irrigation System (CIS) nga nagkantidad ug kapin P7 milyon ug ang Rehabilitasyon sa Sanghan Communal Irrigation system (CIS) nga adunay pondo nga P15 milyon.

Ang duha ka proyekto gi-implementar sa Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands Irrigation Management Office (ASDI-IMO) sa pagdumala ni Engr. Salome N. Layasan, IMO Manager uban ni Engr. Alexander B. Calo, Satellite Office Head ubos sa rehiyonal na opisina sa NIA nga gidumala ni Engr. Constancio G. Bana-ay, Acting Regional Manager kauban ang partner sa proyekyo nga mao ang mga Irrigators Associations (IAs) ug Local Government Units (LGUs)

Ang Jubgan CIS nga inagurahan ug giturn-over niadtong Mayo 9, 2017 sa Jubgan, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte sa MADANLOG Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc. nga adunay 45 nga mag-uumang benepisyaryo nga gipanguluhan ni Julito G. Pulos. Ang proyekto adunay 10 ektarya na service area (SA) pero sumala ni Engr. Bana-ay, Jr., nga ang pasilidad nga giturn-over, pwede pa kining maka-hatag ug tubig irigasyon nga sobra sa SA tungod sa kakusog sa tubig, kinahanglan lang nga e develop ang mga area nga mahimong basakan aron kini makahatag ug dako nga tabang labi na sa pag-uswag sa panginabuhian sa mga mag-uuma.

Ang Sanghan CIS mao ang proyekto kung diin dili lamang pasilidad sa patubig ang napondohan kundi nahilakip dinhi ang IA Hall, adunay kapin P15 milyon ang kinatibuk-an nga gasto nga maghatag ug serbisyo sa 103 ka mag-uuma nga nahisakop sa 200 SA. Ang proyekto giturn-over kini niadtong Mayo 10, 2017 sa Sanghan, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte sa KAMALAKA Irrigators Association nga gipanguluhan ni Ruenston Delalamon. Sumala sa mensahe ni Engr. Layasan nga ang proyekto kinahanglan gyud ampingan labi na panahon sa operasyon aron kini magamit pa sa sunod nga mga henerasyon ug dili lamang ang mga pasilidad kundi pati na ang tinubgan sa tubig.

Pareho nga nagmalipayon ang mga mag-uuma nga na turn-over na ang proyekto labi na kay wala na silay pagabayaran sa NIA nga amortization tungod sa memorandum nga gipagawas na libre na ang patubig. Pero gipasabot ni Engr. Susan D. Lariba, O&M Chief nga pwede gihapon mangolekta ang IA ug maintenace fee para pondo sa ilang asosasyon pero kinahanglan nga ipa-agi ug asembliya. (NIA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)