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Monday, February 12, 2018

SurSur Agriculture Office cancels meeting with DA-Banner Program Report Officers

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 12 (PIA) – Due to Tropical Storm (TS) Basyang, the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPAg) here has no other recourse but to cancel the scheduled meeting with DA-Banner Program Report Officers set on February 13, 2018.

The action taken was made right after PAG-ASA issued Severe Weather Bulletin No. 4, placing the Surigao del Sur under Signal No. 2. 

It was learned that a message regarding the meeting cancellation was immediately sent through the initiative of Mark Quico, chief provincial agriculturist. 

Earlier, both Engr. Isabelo Josol, Jr., Agriculturist II/Engineering Unit Head of OPAg and Engr. Dexter Sablaon, Surigao del Sur Provincial Irrigation Management Office (PIMO) Chief under the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) had already expressed readiness to present their respective assignments, being the highlights of the event, among others.

Sablaon was supposed to present the “Status of Irrigations Facilities & 2018 NIA Programs/Updates” while Josol was tasked to make a report on the Pre- and Post-Harvest Facilities (PPHF)/Agriculture/Machineries Accomplishment as well as the 2018 Targets.

Bong Trujillo, OPAg Information Officer, said that a schedule resetting the same undertaking had yet to be announced. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DTI sees supplies, prices of basic goods stable in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 12 – Even as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law has already been on the go, yet over half (or equivalent to 52.49 percent) of the monitored goods have been found out to be as stable as the supply and price watch done in Surigao del Sur three months ago, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here.

Manny Disca, DTI Consumer Welfare Division (CWD) chief, bared that as far as all the 84 items of the basic commodities being kept under watch in Tandag City, everything seemed to be fine.

"The agency had seen no problem on both supplies and prices of basic goods at least since the New Year opened," the said.

Backed up with such data, Disca went on to say that out of that number of basic commodities they kept an eye on, 48 items or equivalent to 57.14 percent were sold below the suggested retail price (SRP).

However, he pointed out that 12 goods out of the same number of commodities being checked went slightly higher. Also, Disca noted that only one of the goods corresponding to 1.19 percent was seen to have been sold at SRP. "The rest in the list were out of stock," he said.

Also, referring to the same monitoring for the period of January 2018 as compared to the month of December 2017, Disca disclosed that 12.96 percent of the number of goods that had been checked were below the SRP; 12.65 percent came out to be slightly higher; while prices of the commodities representing the 74.38 percent remained unchanged.

Again, the DTI here under Provincial Director Romel Oribe would be coming out soon with the result of both supply and price watch for the month of February, Disca assured. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)