Thursday, September 6, 2018


Agrarian beneficiaries’ coffee product gets FDA license

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TAGBINA, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 6 (PIA) – The coffee product of Mabuhay Kahayagan Coffee Growers Cooperative (MKCGC) "Café de Tagbina" recently got its License to Operate (LTO) from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) through the assistance of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Program (VLPCEP).

According to DAR-Surigao del Sur Provincial Agrarian Reform Office Information Officer Myra Yu, the coop is a group of 155 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are producers of robusta variety of coffee, located in Barangay Kahayagan, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

 It existed for more than eight years now and a recipient of various DAR projects, such as tractor, power sprayer and flatbed dryer under Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity & Economic Support Service (ARCCESS) program.

Specifically, MKCGC was a recipient of 2015 Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Program (VLPCEP). In 2016, MKCGC was also a recipient of Up-Valuing of Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) products, Yu said.

"The DAR personnel on the other hand assisted them in the processing and approval of their License to Operate from the FDA of their coffee product," Yu added.

Just last year, MKCGC was identified as one of the direct beneficiaries of the DAR Project ConVERGE that will cater coffee production and various infrastructure projects like farm-to-market road and potable water system.

MKCGC Chairperson Leonardo P. Evangelista acknowledged the efforts and assistance they received from DAR.

“Dako among pasalamat sa mga ahensya nga nagtabang aron molambo ang among kooperatiba ilabi na sa DAR sa pagtabang aron maangkon namo ang among License to Operate gikan sa FDA (We are thankful to the agencies who are helping our cooperative specially to DAR for assisting us in acquiring the LTO from FDA)," said Evangelsita.

Acting PARPO Victor L. Canda, on the other hand, congratulated the officers and members for the achievements they achieved.

“Congratulations to MKCGC for the success of your endeavor. Our office is looking forward that with the license from FDA, the coop can produce more ground coffee, expand its market and earn more income for the benefit of the members,” Canda said in his message during the coops assessment held recently. (PARO-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

LGRRC-Caraga hosts OJT's oral presentation

By Emmylou P. Burias

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 - The Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) XIII recently served as an avenue for the sharing of learnings of the five beneficiaries of the 2018 Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga On-the-Job-Trainees (OJT) Program here.

Three graduating Civil Engineering students from Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT) and one senior Political Science student from St. Paul University Systems (SPUS), all in Surigao City, presented their actual work accomplishments, school subjects applied in work setting, and learnings/reflections on the significance of local governance and public service from their two-month training with the Department.

The panel, composed of DILG Caraga assistant regional director Donald A. Seronay, Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) chief Annabel Yangson, and Regional Project Development Management Unit (RPDMU) team leader Engr. Jojo A. Serenado listened intently as the four OJTs took turns presenting and later interpolated with the students.

SSCT student Ian Rey D. Arreza, who was assigned at the DILG Agusan del Sur Province, said his internship opened his eyes to the difficulties and challenges of engineering field work as he assisted in project inspection and monitoring activities. 

For her part, Cazyljean P. Casiño, also of SSCT and assigned at the DILG Province of Dinagat Islands, shared her realization on the vital role of strict monitoring on project implementation for sustainability and impact to the communities. 

All four OJTs expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to perform tasks and duties relevant to their respective courses, where, each of them was very grateful for the honorarium they received in the amount of Php10,000 per month.

Seronay responded that the DILG Caraga OJT Program under the locally-funded projects (LFPs), which is now on its second year of implementation, aims to enrich the internship of students by exposure to actual field work and introduction to local governance.

He added that with the reciprocal benefits to the partner Local Research Institutes (LRIs) and the Department, DILG Caraga will endeavor to continue implementation of the program which is open to financially challenged but deserving students. (LGOO V, DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Lungsod ng Tandag handa na sa pagdiriwang ng 409th anibersaryo at 396th na kapistahan nito

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Setyembre 6 (PIA) – Nakahanda na ang lungsod ng Tandag sa pamumuno ni Mayor Alexander T. Pimentel sa pagdiriwang ng ika-409 anibersaryo at ika-396 na kapistahan nito na may tema  “Hiniusang Pangandoy, Hiniusang Lihok Tandag nga Malambuon, Ugma’ng Masanagon!”

Base sa ipinadalang imbitasyon sa Philippine Information Agency, Surigao del Sur Information Center na nakabase sa Tandag, ang pagdiriwang ay bubuksan sa Setyembre 7 at magtatapos sa Setyembre 10, ang araw ng Kapistahan ng Patron ni San Nicolas de Tolentino.

Napag alaman na kaparte ng apat na araw na pagdiriwang ang 6th Sangkaan Festival, kung saan ito ang mag bibigay kulay sa selebrasyon sa araw ng bespiras nito.

Sa unang araw ng selebrasyon, my paradang masasaksihan na magsisimula ng alas siyete ng umaga sa City Park. Ito ay susundan agad ng “PAINSAYAW” (Paindigay sa Sayaw) –“Latino Dance Contest” na gaganapin sa Tandag City Mega Gymnasium. Sa hapon naman masasaksihan ng publiko ang mga Larong Pinoy, samantalang pagsapit ng gabi meron kompetisyon sa Kantahan at Birahe Cha-cha Dance na pagsasalihan ng 21 ka-barangay na sakop ng lungsod.

Sa pangalawang araw ng selebrasyon, masasaksihan ang “2nd ATP Triathlon” na magsisimula ala-siyete ng umaga. Susundan naman ito ng “Kasalan sa Parokya” kinahapunan na idadaos sa Bagong Katedral ng San Nicolas de Tolentino sa Baranggay ng Rosario. Sa gabi naman gaganapin ang Koronasyon ng Ginang Parokya 2018 sa Tandag Mega Gymnasium.

Sa araw ng Besperas, Setyembre 9, sisimulan ang Sangkaan Festival sa pamamagitan ng Street Showdown bandang ala siyete ng umaga, at sa hapon naman ang Theatrical Showdown at Sangkaan Festival Queen 2018.

Batay sa programang ibinahagi, ang pangunahing pandangal na dadalo ay ang representatnte ng unang distrito sa lungsod ng Davao na si Cong. Karlo Alexei Nograles na nakatakdang magbibigay ng kanyang mensahe sa gabi ng Bespiras.

Kasabay nito na masasaksihan ang mga inimbitahang mga selebrite na mgabibigay aliw sa mga manonood gaya nila ni Vina Morales, Billy Crawford, Inday Garutay, Anton Diva, Sheree Bautista, at ang Cueshe Band.

Sa araw ng kapistahan nito, magkakaroon ng misa sa may alas nuybe ng umaga na gaganapin sa bagong Katedral ng San Nicolas de Tolentino. Sa gabi naman magbibigay aliw sa publiko ang Rave Band at ang QCS Band na galling pa ng Cebu, at magtatapos ang selebrasyon sa pamamagitan ng pagpapailaw ng Fireworks sa gaganapin sa Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Boulevard, sa syudad ng Tandag. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)