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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

61 SurSur farmers received CLOA

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 30 (PIA) – A total of 61 farmers from Tago town this province received the Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on January 30, 2018 at Shacene Ballroom, this city.

DAR Undersecretary Karlo Bello personally handed-over the certificates to the identified agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) assisted by DAR Caraga Regional Director Felix Aguhob, PARO Surigao del Sur Benjamin Mataksil with the representatives from the 1st Congressional District Office, Provincial Government Office, City Government of Tandag and Municipal Government of Tago.

Mataksil said that a total of 110.8 hectares have already been distributed to 61 farmers beneficiaries located in the Barangays of Anaho Bag-o, Badong, Lindoy and Bangsud, all in Tago town.

PARO Mataksil also revealed that the beneficiaries received the maximum of three hectares during the said distribution, while some farmers received less than the maximum. (MYu-DAR-SDS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


6 NPA members surrenders in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 30 (PIA) – Six communist rebels have yielded their guns and surrendered to the army's 75th Infantry Battalion (IB) based in Surigao del Sur, the military reported on Jan. 30.

401st Brigade Civil Military Operation Officer Captain Rodulfo Cordero said that the six former rebels belong to the Samahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP) Platoon in Surigao del Sur.

The former rebels (FRs) surrendered the following firearms: one AK47, one M16A1, one improvised M14 rifles, one homemade shotgun, one caliber .357 revolver, and two hand grenades.

Based on his interview to the former rebels, 75IB Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Jaime R. Datuin said that they have surrendered to the government forces because they were already tired of the armed struggle.

“They can no longer tolerate the corruption happening inside the CPP/NPA organization, where they extort money from the businesses, and the people were controlled by few CPP/NPA leaders while the ordinary members were hungry and have not received enough support from the leadership of the said terrorist group,” Datuin said.

Datuin also added that the former rebels realized that it is better to support the Duterte administration because of their programs for the poor and the indigenous people.

Meanwhile, 401st Brigade Commanding Officer Colonel Andres Centino welcomed the former NPA members for returning to the folds of the law.

Centino further urged other active members of the NPA to take advantage of the opportunity from the government under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) so that they can live peacefully with their family. (NGPBarcena, with a report from PA/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI AgSur NCs report 59% increase in business name registrants during this year's BOSS

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 30 – A 59 percent increase in business name (BN) registrants was recorded during the conduct of the business one-stop-shop (BOSS) this 2018 compared to 2017.

This was reported by Trade and Industry Development Analyst, Investment Promotion and Business Name Registration Officer Chona Marie Grado of the DTI-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office during the January 25 Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) Hour radio program.

The spike was partly because of the support of the local government units in doing roving campaigns to formalize businesses in their respective localities.

The Department of Trade and (DTI) through the Negosyo Centers (NCs) was able to participate in 11 out of 13 business on-stop shop (BOSS) activities in the province this month of January.

For this year (2018), the BOSS in the local government units ran from January 3 to 26. DTI was able to join the BOSSes in Bayugan City, Esperanza, Sibagat, Talcogon, La Paz, Prosperidad, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento and Sta. Josefa. 

In the case of Esperanza, as reported earlier, the BOSS was conducted in the Negosyo Center itself, while for both San Francisco and Trento, business name registrants of the BOSS just got their certificates at the NCs which are just a few steps away from the actual BOSS venue.

Grado reported that DTI monitoring as of January 22 already showed mayor permittee numbers surpassing the whole month of January figures last year.  

This year's BOSS registrants of 4,452 mayor permittees already represent 68 percent of the total permittees of 2017 at 6,485 which are expected to renew in 2018.

The January 25 KBP hour was hosted by Alfredo Plaza, Kbp Agusan Surigao Vice Chairman; Alfredo Lobog, DXAK Station Manager; Ivy Claire and Jordan Pajo Udtojan, SM Participating Stations; Karen Lim, ASELCO; Shanxt Tutor with Technical head Mike Tutor of DTI AdS. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Bayugan cut flower growers train on production, marketing

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 30 – "The cut flower growers of Barangay Pinagalaan of this city already adopted the practices they acquired in the learning visits in Davao and Cebu last year (2017)."

This was shared by City Agriculture Office (CAO) officer-in-charge (OIC) Godofredo Curie during the Skills Enhancement on Quality Cut Flower Production Cum Marketing Seminar held on January 23 to 24. This training was a component of the 2016 Bottom up Budgeting (BuB) project on Quality Cut Flower Production.

During the opening session, Charlotte Pingol of the Department of Trade and Industry Negosyo Center (DTI NC)-Bayugan City gave a brief discussion on the Negosyo Center (NC) services including the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) and Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) to the Bayugan Federation on Cutflowers and Ornamental Plant Growers (BAFEDCOPGro) – the BuB implementing group.  

Marketing inputs were provided on the second day by Merlie Penalver, member of the resource persons pool for #AdSNegosyoCenters, and a Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-accredited Kapatid Mentor Me mentor.

In the training, Curie asked the flower farmers to share knowledge with each other, to work as one, and motivate one another to develop, enhance and sustain their production. He added that the LGU-Bayugan City thru the CAO and the City Cooperative Office (CCO), together with the DTI NC and other government offices are ready to support the said undertaking.

Fortunato Paway, officer-in-charge of CCO, also encouraged the group to have perseverance and dedication to sustain their economic activity. He believed these qualities are within the heart of the cut flower growers.

Paway added that the growers should motivate themselves to be role models among Bayuganons or Agusanons as successful flower farmer entrepreneurs who started small. He also emphasized that they should maximize and utilize the opportunities given by the government because all of these initiatives are for their own benefit and development.


The cut flower growers were refreshed on flower farming technologies as shared by Teresita Segundino and Joselito Boque of CAO. They were reminded to practice proper preparation for planting site, fertilization, seedling, pesticide, common pests/diseases and their control, spray and mixing, trellising, lighting and blackening, pinching, pruning and the dis-budding. Tying and trellising were also demonstrated to the group. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)