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Monday, November 11, 2019


DA promotes value-adding for higher income to farmers

By Emmylou Presilda

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 - Beyond production, farmers should also go into value-adding, the new direction in agriculture.

This was highlighted during the Farmers’ Field Day at the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga’s Trento Research Experiment Station (RES) in Agusan del Sur, which focused on Mushroom production. Farmers were also urged to go beyond just increasing production.

Trento RES Center Chief Dr. Escolastico Cagatin, said that farmers should also engage in value-adding of their produce so that they will have a higher income.

“It is better if you go into value-adding because you can double your income compared to selling directly your produce,” Dr. Cagatin said.

Hoberto Roño, a mushroom grower and processor from Rosario, Agusan del Sur bared that he sells unprocessed or fresh mushroom for P200 per kilo while his mushroom chicharon sells for P50 for a 50-gram pack and his mushroom bagoong sells for P85 for an 80-gram bottle.

“I really earn more from my processed products compared to just selling fresh mushrooms. Aside from that, the fresh mushrooms that are not sold do not go to waste because I process them into other products such as bagoong,” Roño added.

Cagatin further revealed that there are trainings on mushroom processing conducted by the DA and even other government agencies. He said that this is part of DA’s support to the farmers along with other assistance such as various inputs and promotion of technologies for them to adopt.

Various kinds of mushrooms were showcased at the station. Part of the activity was a cooking demonstration of mushroom recipes to give the participants a sample value-adding activity for mushrooms that they can pursue.

Farmers, Agricultural Extension Workers, mushroom growers, and processors, and representatives from the academe actively participated in the event.. It served as an avenue to showcase the various technologies being done in the station which includes vermiculture, duck production, and sheep production among others. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DSWD holds consultation dialogue for its statutory programs


BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 -- To ensure that the statutory programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga, the department has recently conducted its annual Consultation Dialogue with Regional Trial Court Judges, Clerks of Courts, and Integrated Bar of the Philippines representatives held at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The objective of the said activity is to ensure common knowledge, understanding and to resolve issues, concerns, of the provisions under Republic Act (RA) 9523 (An act requiring the certification of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to declare a “Child Legally Available for Adoption Proceedings”..), and other related issuances among service providers of alternative family care (Adoption/Foster Care).

Several updates were presented to ensure that the agency and the participants are on the same page on the statutory programs of DSWD. Irish Opeña, OIC-Division Chief of Program Management Bureau (PMB) - ARRD from the DSWD Central Office presented updates on RA 11222 or Simulated Birth Rectification Act, while Maria Charisma Cid, Social Welfare Officer III from the PMB-ARRD, discussed about Child Care and Placement.

Additional topics about the updates on Inter-Country Adoption was also discussed by Atty. Bernadette Abejo, executive director of Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB).

She elaborated on the pros and cons of inter-country or even inter-city adoption, especially on relative adoption.

The participants, both from the agency and those from the courts were given an opportunity to discuss and tackle unique or controversial Inter-Country Adoption cases, to provide a venue for discussion. Wilma Naviamos, director of the Program Management Bureau from the DSWD Central Office, responded on the queries of the participants and gave suggestions and clarifications on certain issues raised by the participants.

The consultation dialogue made way for an easier and clearer proceedings on handling cases involving children in conflict with law, adoption, and foster care. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

DAR launches ARB housing project, distributes farm equipment

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has set into motion the climate-resilient housing program for agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the Caraga region.

Undersecretary for Support Services, Emily O. Padilla said this is the government’s way of returning the favor to the small farmers, the backbone of the country’s food security program.

Padilla reiterated one of the six-point agenda of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte: make a farmer’s family the focal point of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“The last three years of my administration will be focused on the agricultural sector. Tutulungan natin ang ating mga magsasaka (we will help our farmers),” she quoted the President as saying, which drew big applause from various groups of farmers from the province of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.


The President’s call, Padilla said, is loud and clear: “Give what is due to our farmers,” she said.

Later in the afternoon, Padilla, assisted by Undersecretary for Policy, Research and Planning, Virginia Orogo, distributed to the agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations various common service facilities, such as hand tractors, knapsack sprayers, grasscutters, rice threshers, mud boats and power sprays with engines.

Padilla told the farmers that President Duterte had instructed the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to extend financial assistance to the farmers and give two tractors, fertilizer and pesticide to each farmers’ organization, drawing anew a big applause from the crowd. (DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)

104 NPAs, supporters surrender in AgNor 

By NCLM/RT Maglalang

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Nov. 11 - A total of 104 New Peoples Army (NPA) regulars and supporters surrendered to the government's fold on October 25, 2019 in Purok-7, Barangay Lower Olave, Buenavista, this province.
1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang, Civil-Military Operations officer of the 23rd Infantry Battalion (23IB), said the surrenderers are composed of nine regular NPA members, nine Militia ng Bayan (MB) and 86 Underground Movement Organization (UGMO) members.

The surrenderees denounced their support and the took their pledge of loyalty and allegiance to the government to disown Union ng Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte (UMAN), end their support to the communist terrorist group, and not to succumb to any group who will organize and take advantage of them.

To show their full support to the government, they burned the NPA Flag, which also signified that they will no longer be deceived by the terrorist group.


Felix Balansag, municipal assessor of the municipality of Buenavista expressed his gratitude to the brave members of the NPAs, MBs and UGMOs, who voluntarily surrendered to the government. "We recognized your sincerity in going back to the folds of the law, and we hope that this will be the start of a new life for you and your family, living peacefully in your respective community," he said.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Francisco Molina Jr., commanding officer of 23IB, acknowledged the effort of the barangay officials led by Jerry Escobella, and the locals for taking part in the successful surrender of the former rebels.

"I am very grateful to the Punong Barangay who was very courageous to make the mass surrender here in his village, possible and successful. We also thank the locals for being vigilant and for your cooperation. Let us continue our partnership to finally end local communist armed conflict in our area and create a peaceful environment. We will never get tired of pursuing the enemies," Molina said.

Lt. Col. Molina further called on other remaining members of the terrorist groups to surrender and be a catalyst of change towards inclusive peace and development. "Now is the right time to go back to the folds of the law. Don’t waste your life being victimized by their false ideologies. Stand for what is right and open your eyes for the truth, and contribute in maintaining peace in our area," he said.

The implementation of Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte has continuously contributed to the influx of NPA surrenderers in Caraga region. (CMO Officer, 23IB/ Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)