(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 13 November, 2019) Today, the center of TD "RAMON" was estimated at 515 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (12.2N,130.1E), with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving West Northwest at 15 km/h. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from Northwest to Southwest with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA/jpf

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


AgSur coop to supply rice to Bislig Hospital

By Rechel D. Besonia and Jennifer P. Gaitano


SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, June 18 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Sur, together with the officials of Medical Mission Group of Hospitals and Health Services Cooperative of the Philippines (MMGHHSCP) Federation, board of directors (BODs) of Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative (ASMHS)  and the BODs of La Fortuna Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAMUPCO) in Veruela, Agusan del Sur convened for a signing of marketing agreement under the bundling project, the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) and the Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Development (Project ConVERGE) on June 17, 2019 at the ASMHS, Brgy. Cumawas, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.

This bundling initiative of DAR-Agusan del Sur was realized after the federation, in its aim to promote the economic empowerment of the farmers through sustainable partnership go down to the grassroots and help capacitate the farmers and urge them to supply with their products and services at a price higher than their traders were buying.

“We consider helping our farmers by assuring them of a ready market of their products and services,” said Dr. Jose Tiongco, CEO of MMGHHSCP during his message.


“For me, it is somewhat a symbiotic relationship wherein we come to benefit from each other. Through this strategic partnership with DAR, the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries shall get better returns of their investments while consumers have access to quality food products,” said Dr. Dionisio De Castro, BOD chair of ASMHC.

Part of the agreement is the commitment of LAMUPCO to supply the rice requirements of the hospital which is two sacks of 50 kilos per day or 60 sacks in a month at a price way higher than the usual. This way, LAMUPCO will no longer settle in selling their produce to the traders.

LAMUPCO chairperson Reynaldo Maido is thankful for this initiative of DAR in linkaging them to the hospital.

“Dako among pasalamat sa DAR sa kanunay nga pagtabang kanamo nga mga mag-uuma aron kami makaangkon ug dugang pang income para sa among mga pamilya (I am thankful to DAR for constantly extending assistance for the farmers, so we could have additional income to provide for our families),” Maido said.

PARPO II Leoncio Bautista have high hopes for the farmers of LAMUPCO and the federation. “I am hoping that the partnership will last long enough to help other farmers who are in dire need of the same help. For years, the department had continuously find avenues to help our people. I hope that the farmers of LAMUPCO will also help us by taking the government’s assistance seriously,” he said. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)

75 FRs get assistance from government

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) - Some 75 former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have received financial and livelihood assistance from the government during the conduct of Enhanced – Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) Awarding of Assistance held recently at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

Each beneficiary received livelihood and immediate assistance totalling to P65,000.00, and another amount depending on the firearm they surrendered to the government.

Other government agencies also extended help to former rebels (FRs). The Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga has promised to grant a scholarship to former rebels’ dependents; and PhilHealth membership for one year, which will be shouldered by the local government unit.

Aside from this, another P5,000.00 cash assistance and food packs, as well as vegetable seedlings from the provincial government will be given to them.

According to Marcelo Tejano, a former member of the rebel group, he has terrible experiences when he joined and became member of the NPA.

“I regret joining the rebel group, where I had awful experiences,” cited Tejano.

Tejano added that despite of his involvement in the rebel group, he is still thankful to the government for giving him another opportunity to experience a peaceful life with his family, and would no longer cause harm to other people in the community.

Meanwhile, Usec. Reynaldo Mapagu of the Department of National Defense (DND), also commended the efforts of the provincial government of Surigao del Sur for their continued support and implementation of the program of the national government under the Duterte administration.

This initiative is a way of bringing the government closer to the people, particularly to the former rebels who surrendered to the government and are now back to the mainstream society. (NGB/JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Livelihood, employment cluster identifies programs for tribal community in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur, June 18 (PIA) - The Provincial Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of Surigao del Sur chaired by Director Rey Cueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has identified programs to implement in Sitio Ibuan, Mampi, Lanuza town of this province during the consultation dialogue recently.
                                              
The activity was facilitated by the 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion headed by Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad in line with the inclusive and sustainable peace agenda of the national government under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

During the peace dialogue, issues and concerned were raised directly collected from the residents, majority of whom are from the Mamanwa tribal community. As a solution to the issues gathered from them, the provincial PRLEC team has identified programs and interventions including livelihood intended to former rebels that would be implemented soon such as: Spiritual and values training; Skills and livelihood programs on Tilapia Production, Duck Raising, Abaca Production and Processing; Native Chicken Production; and Vegetable Production.

Other programs identified intended for former rebels are the establishment of a "habal-habal" spare parts store and vulcanizing shop; and twine rope production (coco net).

The PRLEC member-agencies that were present during the activity included the representatives from TESDA, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippine Coconut Authority, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, local government unit of Lanuza, and Barangay Council of Mampi. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)