Monday, February 26, 2018

AgNor province accredits 2 orgs

By Jessica O. Mellejor

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 26 – Two provincial associations were accredited by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as a people's organization and a cooperative.

Through Sanggunian Resolution Nos. 028-2018 and 029-2018, authored by Provincial Board Member Virgilio R. Escasiñas, Jr., the Sangguniang Panlalawigan accredited the La Union Mangrove Fisherfolks Association Incorporated of Purok 6A, Barangay La Union, Cabadbaran City as a people’s organization.

The La Union Mangrove Fisherfolks Association Incorporated is a non-stock and non-profit association organized to help members improve their living conditions through sustainable income-generating projects in agri-business fishing and diversification of life as well as the development of coastal protection communities.

Also, the Sto. Niño Community Multi-purpose Cooperative of Barangay Sto. Niño, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte was accredited as a cooperative. It is organized to help its members to uplift their living conditions through income-generating projects on retailing essential and non-essential goods responsive to the needs of its members as well as to the community.

The accreditation will help the NGOs, POs and cooperatives become active partners for the implementation of socio-economic, agricultural and environmental laws in the province of Agusan del Norte.

Under Section 34 of the Local Government Code of 1991, it is mandated to promote the establishment of POs, NGOs and private sector so that they will become active partners in the Local Government Unit. (JOMellejor, LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Butuan’s senior citizens benefit Project LIPAD

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 26 – Some 26 senior citizens of Barangay Taguibo joined the 2nd session of the city government's Financial Literacy for Alternative Learning System (ALS) under Project LIPAD or “Literacy Paglaum sa Asensadong Dakbayan."

During the session, the Business-Expense-Savings Training or BEST Game module with business simulation exercises to simplify the whole learning process was introduced by the Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Norte (DTI-AdN) and Negosyo Center-Butuan business counselors Ramabe Montilla, Efren Lascuna and Liezel Simogan.

According to Butuan City Sangguniang Panlungsod member Atty. Glen Carampatana, the Project LIPAD aims to spread financial literacy to senior citizens, out-of-school youth, women, and indigenous peoples in the remote barangays of the city.

"Also, the project will help ALS learners to become learner-graduates into entrepreneurs in the future," Carampatana said.

The Project LIPAD is a partnership of the Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Norte (DTI-AdN) and the Department of Education-Butuan City ALS. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Magkiankang flower growers undergo training on quality production and marketing

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 26 – Twenty-one (21) cut flower growers of Barangay Magkiangkang, who are members of the Bayugan Federation of Cutflower and Ornamental Plant Growers (BAFEDCOPGRO) underwent a Skills Enhancement on Quality Cut Flower Production held in their barangay in Bayugan City.

Magkiangkang is known as one of the flower producing barangays in the city with anthurium as its pride.

The group's project is funded under the Bottom up Budgeting (BuB), a project implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur (DTI-AdS) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bayugan City. The project aims to help improve the production and  quality of cut flowers in the area.

Teresita Segundino and Joselito Boque – both technical staff of the City Agriculture Office (CAO) served as resource persons for the seminar. They provided inputs on the benefits of using organic fertilizers for anthurium and ways in managing ecological pests. 

Merlie Peñalver, another resource speaker shared marketing skills on the second day. She emphasized that high production is important to answer the demand and the quality of flowers as well as handling customers.

The Nature Farming Technology System (NFTS) was discussed thoroughly to ensure proper understanding of the system. The use of chemical free fertilizers aligning with the basic agriculture practices that follows Korean methods which purpose is to increase farm production with lesser expense. 

The methods introduced were the following:

IMO or Indigenous Microorganism – a method that helps revive soil nutrients, speeds plant growth, speed up composting works and helps prevents pests/ diseases;
FPJ or Fermented Plant Juice – a natural growth enhancer;
FFJ or Fermented Fruit Juice – a natural taste enhancer;
OHN or Oriental Herbal Nutrients – a natural immune booster and a natural pest repellant; and
FAA/KAA or Fish amino acid/ Kuhol Amino Acid, a natural amino acid. 
The trainees did actual production of OHN concoction which ingredients such as onion, garlic, ginger and vinegar.  The ingredients went through fermentation, then mixed with molasses.

Actual demo in applying organic fertilizer to anthurium was also done using rice hull and chicken dung.

Over-all facilitation was done by Negosyo Center-Bayugan City Project Staff/Counselors Charlott Carl Pingol and Elphie Plaza. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

National Oral Health Month Celebration turns out well in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 26 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Division Office in Surigao del Sur has still managed to make everything work, including the successful conduct of the activities lined-up for the National Oral Health Month celebration this February despite the hectic schedule of closely monitoring and supervising the training of athletes for the 21st Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) this February 25 to March 1, 2018.

According to Dr. Daniel Laurente, school dentist, the month-long observance was marked by various dental services rendered to school children with the support of his fellow dentists together with the nurses from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), DepEd, and Rural Health Units (RHUs) here.

Among the activities accomplished were the division-wide simultaneous tooth brushing in Daycare Centers for kindergarten and Grade I pupils; the conduct of pits and fissure sealant, varnish application, tooth extraction and health education.

Besides, the said Division Office under Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Marilou Dedumo, care of the Dental Health team, had likewise found time to be able to launch the anti-cavity campaign in four municipalities, namely Barobo, Cortes, Hinatuan and Bayabas.

Laurente added that such activity was sponsored by Colgate Palmolive Philippines, Inc. that brought with them product freebies.

With the theme “Ngiping Inaruga Mula sa Pagkabata Malusog na Ngiti Baon sa Pagtanda,” the objective of all the undertakings was not only to “arouse dental health consciousness” among residents province-wide but also “to decrease the prevalence of the dental caries,” the dentist stressed.

The kick-off program was held in the northern municipalities of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza on February 5 to 9, 2018.  The following week, from February 12 to 16, they went on to the central towns of Cortes, San Miguel, Bayabas, and Tandag City as well, he told media.

"After which, the team carried out the same mission in Cagwait, Marihatag and San Agustin towns down south that culminated in the municipality of Lianga on February 22 to 23," Dr. Laurente narrated. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Negosyo Center-Agusan del Sur partners with local senior high for students’ business immersion

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 26 – Some forty-one Grade 12 General Academic Strand students of Lucena National High School (LNHS), this municipality participated in an Entrepreneurial Mind setting and Values Formation conducted by Negosyo Center (NC)-Agusan del Sur.

The session, which also covered a briefing on Negosyo Center services and Business Expense Savings Training (BEST) Game Modules 1 and 2 was an off-site servicing done by the center to partner with LNHS’s business immersion requirement.

Dennis Patosa, LNHS Senior High School Coordinator in his message before the start of the activity encouraged the students to participate actively and be open to new learnings as these will help equip them in making business plans for their business simulation activity in March 2018.

The business simulation is expected to showcase the students’ creativity and innovativeness in handling real life situations.

Patosa said they preferred this setup of relevant inputs and business simulation rather than sending students to “intern” in business establishments because the latter may not be able to provide the needed business immersion lessons.

NC-AdS provincial Hub Counselors Rezel May Colongan Goloran and Lem Roboca facilitated the session.

Five other sessions on marketing, business model canvass, supply chain, accounting and financial management, operations management and visual merchandising will be conducted every Friday this February 2018.

Recent NC-academe partnership is just one of the many being handled by the #AdSNegosyoCenters to pursue one of its functions as provided in Republic Act 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act, which is to “coordinate with schools and organizations on the development of the youth entrepreneurship program.” (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DTI discusses Higaonon Coffee growers' needs in AgSur barangay

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 26 – "Balikan lang" or a return within the day of travel is not possible when your destination is Barangay Kalabuan, this municipality.

This is what two technical staff of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur (AdS) and a staff from the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of this municipality prepared for when they recently visited the said barangay to check the presence of a thriving local coffee industry in the area. 

Kalabuan is a distant upland barangay located northwest of Esperanza, where majority of the population are members of the Higaonon tribe.

Reonel Aninon, a technical staff of DTI-AdS and Charlz Palen of Negosyo Center (NC)-Esperanza, together with Dionifil Carin of the MAO stayed overnight to assess the needs of the coffee growers in the area. 

Together with the coffee farmer-growers they identified the facilities required to improve the quality of their coffee beans. The intervention will help increase the income of the growers.

During the visit, the team witnessed how the Higaonon coffee producers processed their coffee beans using mortar and pestle to break open the fresh ripened coffee beans before exposing them to sunlight for drying purposes.

As observed, due to some unrefined preparation methods, quality of coffee are affected which resulted in their being bought at a lower price. 

Aninon, the Provincial Shared Service Facilitaty (SSF) and Industry Cluster Enhancement (ICE) Coordinator, said the provincial office will continue to engage closely with the group and work for the  provision of their coffee enterprise needs.

With the provision of appropriate post-harvest equipment and processing facilities in the area, Higaonon coffee producers hopefully will be able to produce good quality dried coffee beans, thus enabling them to increase their respective household incomes.

Esperanza town has been named pilot municipality for DTI's Project Entrep  and Strike Team for Indigenous Peoples. With or without follow through funding support from the national office, DTI AdS hopes to continue to give development interventions emphasizing on skills and entrepreneurial development through the now operational Negosyo Center-Esperanza. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Negosyo Center-Bayugan City stakeholders' meeting focuses on 1st Quarter 2018 activities

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 26 – Skills enhancement on cut flower production cum marketing, business planning seminar, simple record keeping, and skills training on guitar making – these are just some of the activities lined up by Negosyo Center (NC)-Bayugan City for the first quarter of 2018.

The meeting was presided by Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur (DTI-AdS) Supervising Trade and Industry Development Specialist Jose Baron. 

Officials/officers of LGU-Bayugan City, Bayugan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and other national government agencies attended said meeting. In attendance as well were some local producers and processors.

The skills enhancement on cut flower production cum marketing seminar was conducted in Barangay Magkiangkang as scheduled on January 30 to 31, 2018.

A similar training was also conducted for Barangay Mt. Olive on February 7 to 8. On February 15 to 16, the Business Planning Seminar was held and a Simple Record Keeping Seminar on February 22 to 23.

The skills training on guitar making arranged originally for last year will finally push through this March 2018.

NC-Bayugan City counselors Elphie Plaza and Charlott Carl Pingol also reported on the center's 2017 accomplishments. Both have been tasked to ensure implementation of these activities and strengthen  the center's operation for the business sector. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)