Monday, April 30, 2018


SurSur town seeks entries for song writing contest

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

CAGWAIT, Surigao del Sur, April 30 (PIA) - With the aim of producing an official soundtrack that would embody the spirit and the message of the Kaliguan Festival, the search for the Best Kaliguan Festival Soundtrack –LGU Cagwait Kaliguan Festival Songwriting Competition is now open to any individual/duo/group that will compose or arrange an original song.

Winning individuals/group/duo will be awarded during the Kaliguan Festival. The grand winner will receive P30,000.00 and consolation prizes for the top six entries worth P5,000.00 each.

Based on the mechanics, the composition would embody the following messages: the rich history of Cagwait including its people; Cagwait’s culture, tradition and arts as manifested through the annual festival; and cover the rich tourism advantage of the locality. The song must be written in Tagalog or Surigaonon dialect.

Entries should include the fully accomplished entry form from the Municipal Tourism Office with the original signature(s) and 2X2 ID photo of the songwriters; and CD containing one song only indicating the title of the song in the case and on the CD itself or with the complete name of the songwriter.

All the requirements indicated must be placed in a brown envelope and must be submitted and addressed to Ryan Malbas Tapayan, LGU Cagwait Kaliguan Festival Song Writing Competition, Municipal Tourism Office, Municipal Hall, Barangay Pobalcion, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur, on or before the deadline on June 1, 2018.

For more queries and clarification, you may call or text the organizers thru cellular phone number-0999-321-3350. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


ATI, CAMP introduce new agri, fisheries extension concept       

By Jason Paul Dads E. Jampac
 
BUTUAN CITY, April 30 (PIA) - Some call it a paradigm shift but for Dr. Rogelio Cuyno of the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization of the Philippines (CAMP), it is a ray of hope towards a better and improved agriculture and fisheries extension (AFE) system in the country.

This was one of the important discussions during the 1st semester meeting of the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network (RAFEN) in Caraga region which was attended by National Government Agencies (NGAs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Municipal Agriculturists (MAs) and Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) of Agusan del Sur, Vicente Dayanghirang Jr. of ATI-Central Office, and Dr. Cuyno.

Dubbed as “Collaborative Provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Extension System” (CPAFES), this is a proposed concept to be pilot-tested in Agusan del Sur and is developed by CAMP with the support of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

Under the proposed system, the provincial government will be empowered to develop its own agriculture programs and policies and thereby creating more wealth and reducing poverty within its jurisdiction.

In the proposal, a provincial board to be headed by the Governor will be created. Members of the board will be NGAs and SUCs, which will provide technical and financial support to the province.

Dayanghirang told RAFEN members that the agency has previously lobbied with congressmen and senators to reform the country’s AFE system. He is optimistic that the new proposal will be taken positively by legislators since it will be pilot-tested first in three provinces, thus providing them a solid basis in crafting and passing a new extension law. (ATI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Bayugan City LPCC meets; council gets updates on price, supply of basic consumer goods
 
BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, April 30 - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Agusan del Sur announced that the prices of basic necessities (BN) and prime commodities (PC) in this city remain stable and within the suggested retail price (SRP)

DTI-Agusan del Sur (AdS) made this update during the 2nd quarterly meeting of the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) held recently at the Mayor’s conference room, City Hall, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur

The council discussed the current prices of basic consumer goods and other concerns in the public market.

In her report, Dy mentioned that prices of agricultural products in the city are fluctuating. She suggested that the council may do some strategies to stabilize the prices especially for the products locally produced.

Judie Alpeche, the president of the City Farmers Association, also expressed that the presence of Timbangan ng Bayan in the market is helpful to the consumers, as business operators ensure themselves to give exact weight of the products they sold. He mentioned that business operators are becoming more responsible in doing business.

The meeting was attended by the LPCC members: Godofredo Curie, City Agriculturist; Almer Paloma of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO); Carlito Lavapiz of Land Transportation Office (LTO); Anita Dy of the City Economic Enterprise Office (CEEDO); Bebelita Trillo of the City Planning Office; Judie Alfeche, President of the City Farmers Association; Jardynne Narvasa, Rodel Bendan, and Cerila Inson of DT-AdS.

The group will again meet on July 11, 2018 for the 3rd quarter meeting. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DTI-Agusan del Sur prepares producers for ACT
 
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, April 30 (PIA) - Some 20 producers in the province were assessed for OTOP (One Town One Product) Next Gen screening and also attended sessions on Consultancy and Triage (ACT).

The screening was recently organized at the Negosyo Center-Provincial Hub, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, this province. The qualifiers had also attended a two-day session in the Regional Product Assessment, Consultancy, and Triage (ACT) held at Sarnimian Inland Resort, Rosario, Agusan del Sur.

The following producers in the province engaged in handicrafts: San Francisco Agsam handicraft Producers (agsam handicraft); Miljoy Handicraft (rattan baskets); Caimpugan Livelihood on Water Hyacinth Womens Association (water hyacinth slippers); Manobo Banwaon Talaandig United for Peace (bags, mat); Bai Lagahun Beads Accessories (beads accesories); Panagangan womens Association (rattan baskets); Juliet Handicraft (rattan baskets); Torah Tour and Travels (manobo handicrafts); Jhea’a Handicraft (romblon bags); Panaghiusa sa Kaugalingon ug Kalingkawasan, Inc. (romblon and water hyacinth bags); and Elah Woodcraft  (driftwoods).

Also, these were the producers that engaged into food processing: Pidol Miki Factory (dried pancit); IP LORAMSECA (Katmon Ja, Libas Jam, Cookies); Womens Faith Organization (processed meat: longganisa, tocino); JAYMRRS Food Products (Tableya); Radin Food Products (Salt Fermented Anchovies); Elrio Rural Improvement Club (Kamote and Karlang Chips); AMARBEMCO (Tableya); and Grace Beefcharon (Chicharon).

One-on-one consultation between the producer and the consultants/designers was also conducted, as well as discussion and assessment in the areas of quality, design, standard, compliance, the marketability and the quality.

Recommendations will also be given to improve the products and new variation for a better product.

These products will then be promoted to trade fairs. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Security plan in place for Labor Day celebration in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 30 (PIA) - Both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) here have expressed their readiness to keep the peace and maintain order for the Labor Day celebration on May 1.

Col. Andres Centino, commander of the 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA), said May 1 had always been in their calendar of activities being one of the “red-letter days.”

However, the brigade chief based in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, bared his recent observation that the left wing could no longer muster enough support for holding mass actions.

Citing the National Democratic Front (NDF) founding anniversary celebration held in Butuan City, Col. Centino noted that only about 80 participants took part to mark their crusade on April 24.

For the Labor Day, he confirmed that his brigade had always been counting on the PNP as an indispensable partner.

Meanwhile, PNP Provincial Director (PD) PSSupt. Francisco Dungo, Jr. stressed that his command had already laid down security measures required for any eventuality, saying that attention of all lower units had been called upon during a command conference held a couple of weeks earlier.

The PNP provincial chief had even taken pride in the Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) contingent here which have undergone crowd dispersal training recently.

Tandag City Police Station chief PCI Ray Sorreda, for his part, assured that they had been geared up for the upcoming event.

Although the city police chief had yet to receive a word on any application to hold protest rally, Sorreda is still not ruling out the possibility of seeing one to take place in the locality. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)