Friday, August 03, 2018


DAR unveils farm biz school in Dinagat

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Aug. 3 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Norte recently launched the Farm Business School (FBS) special project in Barangay Wadas, municipality of Dinagat, this province.

A total of 34 farmers coming from the three participating agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) have enrolled in this project to endure the 25 modules for over four months to be held in weekly sessions.

The said ARBOs are the Wadas Credit Cooperative of Brgy. Wadas, Magsaysay Farmers Agra Comsumers Cooperative of Brgy. Magsaysay, and Cayetano Consumers Cooperative of Brgy. Cayetano.

According to Concordia M. Dacoron of Brgy. Wadas, she has been planting vegetables for the longest time already and FBS comes just in time.

“This program is a big help for us farmers, not only that it will develop our skills in improving farm yields but also on how to make it profitable,” Dacoron said.

In his message, Alfredo E. Alvarez, chief agrarian reform program officer of DAR-SDN, emphasized to the participants that they are the privileged ones to be the recipients of the capacity building program and market access.

“I encouraged you to give your best efforts and diligently complete your course and eventually be successful farmer entrepreneurs in the near future,” Alvarez challenged the participants.

During the launching, a Memorandum of Agreement for the farm business school was inked between the DAR, DTI, local government unit of Dinagat and chairpersons of the three ARBOs. (DAR-SDN/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Tagalog News: 73 gov't sites sa Butuan City nakinabang sa free public Wi-Fi project ng DICT

Ni Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Agosto 3 (PIA) - Mula sa mahigit 100 na government sites at pampublikong lugar na pagkakabitan ng Department of Informaton and Communications Technology o DICT ng free public Wi-Fi Internet sa lungsod ng Butuan, 73 nito ay pormal nang idineklara na operational sa ginanap na ceremonial launching ng Pipol Konek o free public Wi-Fi project kamakailan.

Ayon kay Engr. Enrico Toledo, project manager para sa free public Wi-Fi, ang Pipol Konek ay naglalayon na magbigay ng libreng broadband Internet access sa 1,634 na munisipyo at lungsod sa buong bansa.

Sa switch-on rites na pinangunahan ni Toledo, DICT Asec. Alan Silor, DICT Mindanao cluster director Evamay Dela Rosa kasama ang ilang lokal na opisyal, napag-alaman na may limang public schools; isang state university, port, public library at ospital; dalawang lgus; 60 national government agencies kasali na ang Guingona Park at Lingkod Pinoy Center ang kasalukuyang activated na ang free public wi-fi internet access.

Masaya namang isiniwalat ni Asec. Silor na ang Butuan City ang may pinakamataas na bilang ng access points dahil na rin umano ito sa maayos na paghahatid ng serbisyo ng nakuhang kontraktor.

Anya, ang nasabing proyekto ay nabuo hindi para kakumpetinsyahin ang broadband companies kundi para mabigyan ang mga mahihirap na komunidad ng pantay na oportunidad na makasabay sa pagsulong ng teknolohiya at magkaroon ng libreng access sa impormasyon at komunikasyon sa pamamagitan ng libreng wi-fi internet.

Sinabi naman ni Dela Rosa na pakay ng proyektong Pikol Konek na iangat hindi lamang ang digital literacy kundi pati na rin ang citizen productivity gawa ng madaliang access sa government online services at iba pang online na oportunidad.

Samantala, laking pasasalamat naman ni Philippine Statistics Authority Caraga regional director Rosalinda Celeste Apura dahil napapakinabangan umano ng kanilang mga kliyente ang libreng public wi-fi internet lalo na ng mga estudyante na gumawa ng kanilang research habang naghihintay na mairelease ang kanilang dokumento.

Sa kasalukuyan ay masayang nagagamit ng publiko ang unlimited access nito na siyang nakakatulong umano na maisulong ang pagiging digitally empowered citizens ngunit hinimok naman ng DICT ang bawat isa na maging responsible sa paggamit nito. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)