Tuesday, June 10, 2018


RCDA sets activities for 2018 NDPR Week celebration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 10 - The Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA) led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga has lined-up several activities for this year's National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration from July 17 to 23, 2018.

It will kick-off on July 17 with a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, and a program proper at Robinsons Place, Butuan City.

According to Ana Semacio, RCDA focal person of DSWD-Caraga, the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Caraga region will participate in the Cookery and Cake Decoration competition on July 18, 2018 at TESDA Training Center in Cabadbaran City.

“The participating PWDs in Caraga region will also be convened on the 19th of July for the back-to-back activities. They will be joining in the following competitions to be held in different venues: Waste Reuse, Flower arrangement, Pastel Painting, and Outdoor Photography, all at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Training Center in Butuan City; and English text processing, Creating webpages, Desktop publishing, and E-games, at AMA Computer Learning Center/ PECIT Imadejas, Butuan City,” said Semacio.

Also, the focal persons for RCDA Caraga from various government agencies will be participating in the Skills Demonstration on Bread and Pastries at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Training Center in Cabadbaran City.

As stipulated in Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, the RCDA is a “strategy adopted by the National Council on Disability Affairs at the regional level which serves as a mechanism for convergence and resource sharing in the implementation of programs, projects and services for PWDs.”

This year's NDPR week celebration is anchored on the theme "Kakayahan at Kasanayan Para sa Kabuhayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran." (PIA-Caraga)

DA Caraga boosts white corn production

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, July 10 - In a bid to further promote white corn consumption, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga is set to establish a white corn model farm in the town of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. 

An orientation was recently conducted on the said undertaking at the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) in Esperanza.

Personnel of the MAO headed by municipal agriculturist Jose Zaldy Manug, municipal corn coordinator Jovie Ego-ugan with members and officers of Guadalupe Farmers Entrepreneurs Association (GuaFEA), and selected farmer cooperators of the said corn model farm attended the orientation.

DA Caraga corn program coordinator Melody Guimary disclosed that around 50 hectares of farm will be showcased as model farm of white corn as per target of the current year.

“We are fast tracking the process to materialize the project this upcoming corn planting season between July to October this year,” Guimary said.

For 2019, another three areas are targeted for corn model farms to be established but locations are yet to be determined. 

As per guidelines, DA will provide the required seeds, fertilizer, pest and disease control inputs as well as marketing support.

White corn will be mixed with rice or as the so-called Rice Corn Blend (RCB) on a consumer preferred ratio.

The RCB initiative has been led by the PhilMaize Federation in collaboration with the National Food Authority (NFA).

It aims to encourage the Filipinos to eat white corn to help the country attain food sufficiency and enjoy the health benefits corn has to offer. 

Corn is known for its low glycemic index and it is considered good for people with diabetes and for those body conscious individuals. One will feel full much longer than consuming pure rice.

In the Philippines, Cebu is considered as leading in terms of corn consumption. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)