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Monday, July 8, 2019


DA, PIA forge partnership for agri program info drive 

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 (PIA) – With the aim to heighten community awareness on the programs of the Department of Agriculture (DA), a talakayan in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga dubbed as Caraga INFOcus: Agri Hour was launched Monday.

Its pilot episode centered on Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tariffication Law, “An Act Liberalizing the Importation, Exportation and Trading of Rice, Lifting for the Purpose the Quantitative Import Restriction of Rice, and for other purposes” with guests from the DA and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) located in the municipality of  RTR in Agusan del Norte.

The talakayan's first episode focused on Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program (RCEP) – Seed component. DA Caraga Assistant Regional Director Nestor Burgos expressed his gratitude to the organizers for coming up with the kind of Talakayan, an effective platform to bring the information to the community.

Burgos is positive that with this kind of talakayan, the programs of the agency such as the newly-enacted rice tarrification law will be fully disseminated to the intended beneficiaries.

“Rice tariffication law will help make our farmers become competitive and will help improve their quality of life,” Burgos said. It has different components, to include: the Mechanization, Seed, Extension and also Loan component, he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Genevive Nemeño, Supervising Science Research Specialist of PhilRice, said the RCEP – Seed component will help increase the adoption of certified inbred rice seeds and its corresponding integrated crop management. It will also improve the quality, availability of and access to certified inbred rice seeds of our farmers, she said.

“The RCEP Seed component will also increase the utilization of certified inbred rice seeds in areas with high potential for increasing farmers’ competitiveness,“ said Nemeño.

Nemeño, further, said that farmers may avail of the fund, but they should be a member of an organization/group. Funding support/assistant to farmers will only be released if they are organized as a group.  “Nobody will be left out even if they only own a portion of farm lands. A 40kgs seed will be allotted to them per hectare," she assured.

Also, Marisa Garces, DA Caraga Rice Program Focal Person, said their agency will not just look on how they are going to assist the farmers but they will also make sure that all qualified farmers can avail of the services of the agency. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

Coastal clean-up opens NDRM observance in Caraga

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- Known as one of the areas identified to be prone to geologic and seismic hazards, Caraga region is further strengthening the awareness campaign on disaster preparedness, prevention, and resilience as a proactive action for this year’s observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM).

Led by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), government employees, responders and other stakeholders joined in a motorcade going to barangay Sto. Niño, Magallanes in Agusan del Norte for the coastal clean-up.

The pupils of the different schools in the municipality of Magallanes actively showed their support by waving white flaglets as a convoy of vehicles joining the motorcade passed through their school. Other pupils also conducted their own local parade.

These were just some of the obvious display of increased consciousness and giving value on disaster preparedness among the children and locals.

The event formed part of the series of activities lined up for the month-long NDRM observance in Caraga region.

According to OCD Caraga regional director Liza Mazo, the theme, “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago,” is suitable as it brings a message of owning up the responsibility to apply the right skills and knowledge in order to achieve a resilient and safe community in times of disasters.

“NDRM is an annual event and I’m grateful that our line agencies have institutionalized this activity that is why many are getting more involved,” said Mazo.

Meanwhile, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Caraga regional director and RDRRMC vice chairperson Dominga Mallonga cited the importance of knowing the correct information; to practice what has been learned; and to set a proper mindset in order to appropriately respond to any eventualities or prevent from becoming victims of disasters.

“It is vital to know the right information such as identifying the different hazards in the community. Practical applications of the principles of disaster response and emergency management could also be of great help,” said Mallonga.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Caraga assistant regional director Donald Seronay also urged the local government units to strengthen their respective DRRMC.

Meanwhile, at his very young age, JM Bustillo willingly spent his time cleaning up the coastal area. He said he has learned the impacts of litter on the environment and even in health.

Also joining the kick-off activity was National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) - Caraga regional director lawyer Bonifacio Uy together with his team. “As we pursue our quest to be more disaster resilient, may we be firm in our conviction that disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) is everyone’s concern and responsibility, from the least to the most vulnerable individual in our community. Preparedness is indeed very critical. It implies whether we have zero, minimal, or numerous casualties,” Uy said. (VLG/ PIA-Caraga)