Thursday, August 17, 2017

Surigao delegates join global waste management confab in Bangkok

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 17 (PIA) – In an effort to gain insights and learn best practices of proper waste management abroad, Governor Sol F. Matugas led the Surigao del Norte delegation who participated in the Global Waste Management Conference 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand last August 1-2.

With the theme, “Building Sustainability in an Urbanized World through Strategic Waste Management,” the International Global Waste Management Conference 2017 is the first in Asia, designed to provide a platform to address the rising issues in relation to the negative impacts of waste on health and environment, among others.

Policies, legislatures an implementation mechanism for recycling and waste management were presented in the said conference as well as the promotion of investments in the field of recycling and waste management, review of modern methods, technologies, and solutions in managing industrial, medical, agricultural and municipal waste.

The team from Surigao del Norte included Mayor Guia P. Sabanal of San Francisco, Atty. Aimee Faith M. Egay of the Provincial Environment and Management Office, Ma. Teresa M. Real of the Department of Education-Siargao Division, Ivonnie B. Dumadag of the Provincial Tourism and Culture Office and former Congressman Atty. Francisco T. Matugas.

“Surigao del Norte, including our emerging tourist destination in Siargao Island, needs to adopt proper waste management practices to attain sustainable development,” said Gov. Matugas.

“The conference provided an opportunity for the Surigao del Norte delegation to learn from the papers presented and the sharing of experiences of other countries in Asia in terms of managing their wastes,” she added.

Matugas also said that their challenge now is to be able to implement a system that is workable in their locality and support it with effective policies. "Cost-effectiveness, applicability, and effectiveness. These are the key enablers of better waste management,” she reiterated.

The team has prepared a re-entry plan to the Department of the Interior and Local Government entitled “Adopting global practices and strategies in developing the solid waste management plan, building capacities of the Surigaonons and sustaining the Solid Waste Management programs of the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte.”

This focuses on the implementation of the 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) governance as well as upcycling, the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

“One interesting concept which was repeatedly discussed in the presentations was about the circular economy, its business opportunities and how to develop value-added products from waste. We will promote upcycling here in Surigao and provide support to the private sector and other interested groups who will be our partners in this programs,” said Gov. Matugas.

For Siargao Island, the provincial government intends to operate a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in one of the barangays close to the tourism destinations in General Luna, where machineries for recycling waste materials will be made available.

All municipalities will also be required to set up their respective MRFs as mandated by Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act.

A strengthened School-Based Solid Waste Management Program will also be implemented in the province, with enhanced parents’ engagement and pupils/students with corresponding incentives to support the advocacy. (IBD, Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


News Feature: The Negosyo Center Butuan: Go lang nang go!

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 17 - On July 15, 2014, Republic Act No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act, described as “an act promoting job generation and inclusive growth through the development of micro, small and medium enterprises,” initiated by Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aguirre Aquino IV, was enacted.

Section 3 of said Act mandates the “Establishment of Negosyo Centers … under the supervision of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council… in all provinces, cities and municipalities.”

In prompt response, the DTI- Agusan del Norte launched the first Negosyo Center in the province, where seven competent Business Counselors have been offering holistic, start-to-finish assistance since its inception on May 26, 2015. The assistance given to MSMEs, whether already existing or about to go into business, ranges from facilitating Business Name Registration and other business permits to providing access to finance, access to markets and product development trainings.

The client-friendly and professional-looking Negosyo Center welcomes MSMEs into the well-lit area from 8:00 in the morning to five o’clock in the afternoon.

Comfortable seating and efficient office equipment ensure that all needs are attended to, from the very basic queries to participation in different skills and entrepreneurial trainings, trade fairs and product marketing.

One corner is thoughtfully allotted to micro entrepreneurs who cannot yet afford to conduct their own market tests. After undergoing product development and achieving the desired feedback and comments from walk-in customers, products with proven marketabilities are then endorsed to the two OTOP Tindahang Pinoys in Gaisano Mall and Robinsons Place Butuan.

May to December 2015 saw sales of P 3,000.00 a week for the Negosyo Center, and beginning 2016, satisfied MSMEs with best-selling products happily trot to the Negosyo Center to replenish their stocks every Monday while they collect and divide sales of P 10,000 a week.

Since its launching, DTI- Agusan del Norte has already successfully facilitated the launching of three thriving Negosyo Centers in Cabadbaran City and the municipalities of Nasipit, Las Nieves and Jabonga. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DA Caraga forges partnership with LGU to boost livestock industry

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 17 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) recognizes the important role of the local government units for a sustainable livestock industry in the region.

As such, DA Caraga forged its partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the implementation of the Multiplier Farms Project (MFP).

Under the project, the DA with LGU as the partner will establish multiplier farms (MF) in strategic areas in Caraga Region. From these farms, animals like native swine, chicken, goats, and honeybees shall be produced.

“The offspring of these animals shall then be distributed to deserving and qualified farmers and fisherfolks,” says Edelmira Luminarias, DA Caraga Livestock Coordinator.

In 2016, there were four goat multiplier farms established in the region while this year a total of 30 will be established and another 30 for 2018.

For each recipient, DA will provide modules for goat, native chicken, swine, and honeybees. Goat module includes 10 heads female and one male, native chicken includes 50 heads pullets and ten roosters, swine includes 10 gilts and one boar and two colonies of honeybees for initial eight targeted beneficiaries for the current year.  

The module also includes provisions for housing; facilities for feeding, water and lighting; and biologics.

LGU, on the other hand, will provide the required space, manpower, feeds and will shoulder the costs of water and electricity.

In two years of operation, goat multiplier farms are expected to produce 120 goats. The chicken would generate some 1,700 potential replacement pullets that can be a source of foundation stocks in putting up other multiplier farm modules while native swine would generate some 120 piglets per year.

Provincial livestock coordinator Eddie Janier said that Surigao del Norte fully supports the undertaking since the project is in parallel with the trusts and programs of the provincial government.

“This is a laudable project since it can help our constituents,” he said.

“Farmers will benefit from MFP since it will be the source of quality breeding stocks and LGU led dispersal to sustain and invigorate our livestock and poultry industry in Caraga Region,” Luminarias said.

Without the multiplier farms, poultry and livestock raisers in the region sourced out its stocks from Davao Region, Misamis Oriental, and Cebu.

Poultry industry shares 6.3 percent to Caraga Region’s agricultural output while contributing 4.21 percent to Mindanao and 0.79 percent to the country’s total poultry production.


For swine, Caraga Region contributes 5.51 percent to Mindanao and 1.87 percent to the country’s hog production. Most of the farms are operated in the backyard while in goat, Caraga Region contributes 3.24 percent to Mindanao and 1.20 percent to national production based on 2015 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)