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Friday, April 16, 2021

DA-PRDP guarantees A&M cassava farmers sales thru marketing agreement

By Zenny G. Awing

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 16 -- To ensure the establishment of a cassava market, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) updated the marketing agreement between the A&M Multi-purpose Cooperative (A&M) in Dinagat Islands and Fatima Multi-purpose Cooperative (FMPC) in Leyte.

The marketing agreement crafted during the DA-PRDP planning stated that A&M can potentially supply cassava granules to FMPC. Subsequently, as A&M reached FMPC’s proposed cassava volume, DA-PRDP intervenes to finalize the documents.

A visit by the Investment in Rural Enterprises and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity (I-REAP) or enterprise component in FMPC on April 6-8 in Region-8 ensured that the marketing agreement will then be signed to proceed with the delivery of A&M’s produce.

The DA-PRDP inculcates the importance of forging a formal marketing agreement where both parties remain grounded and protected. This provides in-depth detail of the product’s volume, quality, and delivery frequency.

The marketing agreement guarantees A&M’s produce will be purchased and FMPC will get the required volume of cassava granules.

“Cassava is not only a staple food but a primary commodity. We, in DA-PRDP, are like supporting actors for the success of this project. With this, we make sure to establish a market for the produce of the A&M to make it profitable,” Lynn A. Pareñas, DA-Caraga PRDP I-REAP component head said.

Furthermore, the signed document is one way of educating the farmers to exercise their rights and authority especially when it comes to bulk orders.

“During investment forums, we bring in personnel from the industry itself including San Miguel Foods, Inc. (SMFI). Through this, they will have a picture of the coops’ needs. These forums built a close partnership with the SMFI which also allowed us to connect to FMPC, one of their cassava granules suppliers,” she added.

A&M cooperative agreed to supply 10 metric tons or 10,000 kilograms of cassava granules per month with a buying price of P11/kg to FMPC. This will then be delivered by FMPC to SMFI to be processed as feeds.

“I-REAP assures that cassava granules consolidation and marketing are viable considering the market. Even if the project reaches its term, the enterprise can still continue, and support from DA will always be there,” Pareñas guaranteed.

Moreover, I-REAP plans to organize a field visit for the staff of A&M to the facilities of FMC to expose them to the coop’s process and give them a hands-on experience of the machines used.

Also, a prospect production training which will be funded by I-REAP in partnership with FMC will happen in Dinagat Islands for the cassava farmers of A&M.

“For now, as the project progress, we also continue the capability building, institutional development, and other related engagements with A&M,” Pareñas asserted.

The MOA that will be signed in May serves as the go signal for the maiden voyage of A&M’s high-quality cassava granules. This will be tentatively transported to Matalom Leyte, then directly delivered to SMFI BMEG Plant in Ormoc City. (DA-RFO XIII, PRPD/PIA-Caraga)

4Ks fosters IPs growth through agriculture

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 16 -- To ensure that no one gets left behind, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga has taken upon its arm to include the indigenous peoples  (IPs) in its quest for agricultural development through the 4Ks program.

The Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo or 4 Ks is a new special project of the DA in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). Generally, it aims to develop the ancestral domains of the indigenous cultural communities (ICCs)/IPs in order to improve productivity by developing sustainable agricultural enterprises and profitability by increasing their income in consideration with their customs, traditions, values, beliefs, and interests.

The program provides assistance to the ICCs/IPs in the form of agricultural and fishery-related livelihood opportunities, investments, and various support services through targeted community needs assessments (CNA).

On March 23 to 25, a Cultural Sensitivity Training and Technical Briefing was conducted among DA personnel involved in the program implementation.

DA-Caraga’s 4Ks focal person Edelmira R. Luminarias emphasized the significance of being aware of the IPs’ culture and rights. “It is important that we know about their culture and rights to have a better understanding of their needs and be able to provide the appropriate interventions,” she said.

Meanwhile, Girlie E. Patagan of the NCIP - Surigao del Norte Provincial Office said that cultural sensitivity begins with recognizing cultural differences between people.

Atty. Victor Marc Bernal, the Legal Officer of the NCIP - Surigao del Norte Provincial Office stressed that along with cultural sensitivity, it is important to conduct the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) before implementing a project in a certain ancestral domain to ensure that the community is aware and in agreement with the said project. “This way, the agency is secure and the IPs are also protected,” he said.

In Caraga, there are currently 26 approved Certificate of Ancestral Domains Title (CADT) that spans in 639,000 hectares. This year, there are eight proposed projects which include corn, rice, vegetable, abaca and banana production, as well as Chicken Multiplier Project and Goat Multiplier Project. (DA 13-RAFIS/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

U.S. provides P170-M to support COVID-19 vaccine deployment in PH

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 16 -- The United States (U.S.) government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing the Philippines P170 million ($3.5 million) to support the Department of Health (DOH) in its COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

This new assistance, which brings total U.S. government support for the Philippines’ COVID-19 response to nearly P1.3 billion ($27 million), will strengthen the country’s health system and vaccine delivery efforts.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law announced this new assistance during a visit to a vaccination site in Caloocan City with Philippine Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, USAID Philippines Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II, and other U.S. and Philippine officials.

Through this new funding, USAID will support the Philippines in strengthening the vaccine supply chain, monitoring vaccine safety, and delivering effective communication campaigns to address vaccine hesitancy. This assistance will also support local government units as they plan for, track, and administer vaccines.

“While the pandemic has tested our peoples and our economies, the strong bonds between Americans and Filipinos will help us rise above this challenge. We will continue to fight this unprecedented global health crisis together,” said Law.

U.S. government support for the Philippines’ COVID-19 response has helped the country implement internationally-recognized infection prevention and control strategies, strengthen laboratory systems and case management, and communicate effectively about health risks.

In addition, the White House recently announced a P194 billion ($4 billion) commitment to support the COVAX facility, a global initiative to support early vaccine access for 92 countries, including the Philippines.

An initial P97.2-billion ($2 billion) contribution, provided through USAID, is supporting the purchase and delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Through the COVAX effort - of which the United States is the largest donor - the Philippines will receive enough vaccines to immunize at least 20 percent of its population by the end of 2021. (U.S. Embassy in the Philippines/PIA-Caraga)

Matatag fighters, NPAs clash in Agusan Norte

The exchange of fire lasted for about five minutes afterward, the enemy withdrew towards the northeast direction.

The troops have recovered one AK47, one long AK47 magazine loaded with 20 rounds, two backpacks, two hammocks, one flashlight, one poncho tent, 15 kilos of rice with canned goods, other personal belongings and subversive documents with high intelligence value.

Lt. Col. Aristotle Antonio, Acting Commanding Officer of 29IB, said the CNTs number is already weakening. "We assure that we will continue to hunt those remaining members of the group until there is no one left," he said.

"You still have time to heed our calls to surrender and go back to the mainstream. Do not waste your precious life moving in the mountains and enduring ceaseless pain. The government is ever willing to help you find your ways. So, come now, surrender, and be reunited with your family once again," Antonio added. (CMO Officer, 29IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte) 

IPs sa hilit na lugar sa Nasipit mapasalamaton sa AguSerbisyo sa AgNor

By Shena Mae Pabia

 

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Abril 16 -- Mapasalamaton kaayo ang mga residente sa hilit nga komunidad sa Indigenous Peoples (IP) sa Sitio Mimbahandi ug mga kasikbit niini nga mga sitio sa mga barangay sa Camagong ug Jaguimitan sa Nasipit tungod sa pagpadangat sa probinysal nga panggamhanan sa Agusan del Norte og nagkalain-laing serbisyo sa pagpanguna mismo ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera, Mayor Enrico Corvera sa Nasipit ug mga ahensya sa nasudnong panggamhan niadtong Abril 12-13.

“Dako gyud ang among pagpasalamat nga si Gobernor [Dale B. Corvera] nga usa sa naghatag ug higayon nga diri gyud gidala ang immersion, kay sa tinuod, ang diri sa minbahandi, sukad-sukad karon pagyud nahigdaan og tanan ahensya sa gobyerno nga nakita gyud sa katawhan,” sumala ni Datu Talagsaon Jimbo M. Mansaguinda, ang tibal chieftain sa Sitio Minbahandi.


Dugang ni Datu Jimbo nga “Bisan lisod atong dalan, kritikal, pero naningkamot ang mga ahensya sa gobyerno nga makaabot dinhi sa Sitio Minbahandi, aron pagdala ug paghatod sa mga daghang dugang nga mga project para kanato nga mga tribong Higaonon.”


Sa iyang mensahe giapasabot ni Gob. Corvera nga ang pagpadangat sa maong mga serbis “bunga sa panagsabot sa mga ahensya, lokal ug nasyunal, aron mapaabot kaninyo ang mga services karong adlawa gikan sa provincial government”.

Ubay-ubay nga mga serbisyo ang napadangat sa maong AguSerbisyo ubos sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administtrasyon ni Gob. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kong Angel Amante-Matba, nga nagsilbi usab nga immersion activity sa nagkalainlaing nasyonal nga ahensya. Nagsilbi usab ang maong kalihukan nga kabahin sa Renewed Intensified Community Outreach (RICO) program sa lungsod sa Nasipit.


Apil sa mga napadangat ug ang gidaghanon sa benepisyaryo niini mao ang mosunod: Medical consultation-467; Operation tuli-68 ug Dental Services-58, Family Planning Services (Pap Smear)-78; Excision mask surgery-4; Operation Alis-bukol, ug; Blood sugar monitoring.


Nakahatag usab og Walking canes-10, Wheelchairs-15, Mosquito Nets-400, Food packs, Reading glasses, Surgical kits, Dental Kits, Medical kits, Buntis kits, Women/Child health care, Vitamins, Medicines.


Nakahatag usab ang Provincial Agriculture Office [PAO] og baboy, manok-300, Vegetable ug Corn seeds, Tilapia Fingerlings-5,000.


Ang Environmental and Natural Resources Division [ENRD] nananom og fruit trees, mahogany ug lambog seedlings-155 ka punoan; lakip na ang monoblock ug kiddie chairs, portable sound system; Ice cream-15 tubes, water drums-5, Printer sa skwelahan sa sitio-2;

Nakahimo usab ang buhatan sa Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office [PDDRMO] og Basic Life Support Training.


Ang buhatan sa Department of Interior and Local Government [DILG] nanghatag ug libreng flashlight kada-panimalay. Ang National Commission on Indigenous Peoples [NCIP] naghatag og Libreng legal nga konsultasyon kabahin sa mga IP ug CADT.


Ang Department of Trade and Industry [DTI] usab nagpahigayon ug libre nga demo sa paghimo ug Powder Detergent nga sabon, product clinic ug konsultasyon sa negosyo. Ang Eastern Gateway Eagles Club Region II nanghatag ug libreng tsinelas ug hygiene kits. Ang Philippine Red Cross libreng nagpahigayon og Information drive ug bloodletting.


Ang Philippine National Police adunay libreng tupi, hygiene kits, Lice Alis ug Padula sa laro ng lahi.

Ang Technical Education and Skills Development Authority [TESDA] nagpahigayon og pagbansay sa kahanas ug naka gradawar og 581 ka lumulupyo kansang gradwasyon gitambongan ni Sec. Isidro Lapeña mismo. Nakig partner usab kini sa munisipyo pagpahiluna og bakery, repair shop ug hardware ubos sa Busilak Enterprise.


Sa maong okasyon usab gilusad sa probinsya ang “CADT OG-KAAGPAS” (Pinulongang Higaonon sa CADT Express) ubos sa AGUSAN UP! gihapon. Ubos niini tutokan ang suporta sa pagpananum sa kayutaan sa mga IPs ug pagproseso sa abot niini alang sa ilang ekonomikanhong paglambo.


Kaabag usab sa probinsya sa maong kalihukan mga kasundaloan, kapulisan, DOST, DepEd, DSWD, DOT, DENR, DAR, DA, DOLE, NIA, Land Bank, DBP, PhilFida, DPWH, Aboitiz Power, Pilmico, Adfil ug uban pa. (Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)


Kampanya pagsugpo sa diabetes ug hypertension gilusad

 

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Abril 16 -- Gilusad sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte ang Diabetes and Hypertension Club sa Tagkatong, Carmen, Agusan del Norte.

Ang kalihukan gipasiugdahan sa personahe sa Provincial Health Office (PHO) kaabag ang ahensya sa Non-Communicable Coordinator – Agusan del Norte.

Gitambongan usab ang kalihukan sa LGU-Carmen Officials nga representahan ni Eva Palarca, SB Committee on Health Chair, Municipal Health ug Barangay Officials.

Ang pagpadangat og mas malukpanon pang health services kabahin sa Amomang Agusanon Flagship Program sa probinsya ubos sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kongw. Angel Amante-Matba.

Sa gilusad nga kalihukan, mosuma sa 150 ka indibidwal ang nahigayonan og konsultasyon, blood sugar testing ug chest x-ray.

Naghatag pod ang DOH og oryentasyon sa mga lumulupyo kalabot sa kamapanya batok sa diabetes ug hypertension aron makasayud sa mga lakang nga kinahanglan sundon apil na ang hustong pagpili sa pagkaon.

Ang mga lakang nga buhaton ning maong kampanya pagbatok sa diabetes ug hypertension mao ang mosunod: Step 1 - Registration, Step 2 pagkuha og BP ug timbang, Step 3 - Zumba, Step 4 - Fasting Blood Sugar, Step 5- Advocacy and Counselling ug, Step 6 - Paghatag og mga Medisina. (Shena Mae Pabia with a report from Jhenny Fabian, Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)