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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Agri chief backs research on transboundary crop pests, diseases

By Rita dela Cruz

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will continue to support research for development (R4D) efforts to effectively control and manage transboundary crop pests and diseases that adversely impact Philippine agriculture.

“We believe it is the opportune time to reshape the country’s crop pest management program, led by the University of the Philippines Los Baños’ National Crop Protection Center (UPLB-NCPC),” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar in his virtual message during the agency’s 45th founding anniversary on May 17, 2021.

He said the NCPC is considered as the country’s transboundary center in crop pests and diseases management, and thus the Department of Agriculture will continue to support it in whatever way it can.

“We are here not only to catalyze your growth in research but also to support this new thinking that we need to put in place today for the future. With more than four decades of existence, the NCPC has become the country’s beacon of hope and vast wellspring of development-oriented research and concrete innovative outputs,” Sec. Dar said.

According to the DA chief, most of your research outputs have been utilized in a big way, and it would be good for the NCPC leadership to conduct an impact assessment of your top 10 research outputs.

“This will give the center the opportunity to really say ‘Yes, the NCPC continues to be relevant!’ Hence, it deserves additional financial support to do more development-oriented research today and in the future,” Sec. Dar said.

He also urged the agency to continue training and capacitating researchers, noting that many have seen that even the non-important pests are now becoming important due to climate change, and today more virulent pests are affecting our crop industry.

“Clearly, the mandate of NCPC in tandem with the DA’s Regional Crop Protection Centers are more than relevant. We hope you will have the capacity to look not only at present concerns on pest management, but also on foresight analysis or future thinking,” he said.

Sec. Dar said the agriculture sector faced major challenges last year, but it proved as the most resilient among the country’s economic sectors. This simply means agriculture can be one of the pillars to fuel the country’s economic recovery.

“We need to enhance higher levels of food sufficiency and security, because of the global distortion that is happening due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We believe that the academic and science sector, like the UPLB and NCPC, need to be continuously relevant in helping transform Philippine agriculture, in general,” he said.

The spread of transboundary plant pests and diseases has increased dramatically in recent years due to globalization, trade, climate change, and reduced resilience in production systems, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Transboundary plant pests and diseases can easily spread to several countries and reach epidemic proportions. Outbreaks and upsurges can cause huge losses to crops and pastures, threatening the livelihoods of vulnerable farmers and the food and nutrition security of millions.

Locusts, armyworm, fruit flies, banana diseases, cassava diseases, and wheat rusts are among the most destructive transboundary plant pests and diseases, the FAO said. (DA Stratcomms/PIA-Caraga)

Senior citizens sa Cabadbaran City nag-edad 86 makadawat og milestone award

By SVDeligero 

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 20 -- Adunay pagbag-o sa ordinansang gilusad sa syudad sa Cabadbaran mahitungod sa pagpahinungod og milestone award alang atong mga katigulangang niabot sa edad nga 86 pataas human gikauyonan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte nga balido ang City Ordinance No. 2021-003 nga nagtugot paghatag sa milestone award.

Ang nahisgutan nga ordinansa sa syudad nagtinguha nga ma-institutionalize ang paghatag og milestone award aron mas daghan ang mahatagan nga mga kwalipikadong mga Senior citizen nga angayang makadawat sa pasidungog ug ma revise ang City Ordinances No. 2013-014 ug City Ordinance No. 2019-008 “Granting Milestone Award to 90 years old and above Senior Citizens in the City of Cabadbaran.”

Ubos sa section 2 sa maong ordinansa, ang mga kwalipikadong makadawat mao ang mga mosunod:
a. Octogenarian  - mga nag edad 86th paduong  89th makadawat og Baynte mil (P20,000.00) ka pesos.

b. Nonagenarian - 90th paduong 99 nga edad makadawat pag usab og Traynta mil (P30,000.00) ka pesos.

c. Centenarian – mao ang mga niabot sa edad nga 100, makadawat og Singkwenta mil (P50,000.00) ka pesos.

Kini usa ka pahinungod sa lokal nga panggamhanan isip pagpakita og pagdayeg sa mga katigulangan nga nahimong kaabag sa pag-uswag sa syudad.

Ang monetary award usab magsilbing dakong tabang sa mga hingtundan alang sa matag adlaw niini nga panginahanglan.

Ang awardee kinahanglan rehistrado ug active member sa pagbayad sa membership dues sulod sa lima (5) ka tuig sa Barangay Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines kun BSCAP ug sa Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines.

Sa pagpanguna ni Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, tsirman sa Committee on Social Welfare Population Development, gi-aprobahan ang maong ordinance pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 221-2021 atol sa ika 89th regular session sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)