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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

TESDA grants Bislig agri-fishery complex as certified farm school 

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 5 (PIA) -- The City Organic Agri-Fishery Tourism Complex (COAFTC) of the city government of Bislig has been granted with the Certificate of TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) Program Registration (CTPR) recently.

The report said, after qualifying in the assessment, COAFTC is now a certified farm school of the city government in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Bisliganons and its neighboring municipalities can now avail the several programs offered such as:

1.) Agricultural Crops Production NC III;

2.)  Animal Production (Poultry-Chicken) NC II;

3.) Animal Production (Swine) NC II; and 

4.) Organic Agricultural Production NC II. 

With the new programs offered in the said institution, the present administration is looking forward to the improvement of the quality of life of Bisliganons, by providing excellent services and facilitating economic opportunities.

It can be recalled that COAFTC has been the center for research, training, and learning site in the city showcasing different organic programs such as organic multi-production, organic vegetable production, organic aquaculture, fruit crops, herbs and spices, and many more. (with a report from CIO-Bislig/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DA, CSU partner for milk feeding program

BUTUAN CITY, May 5 -- In support of the Milk Feeding Program, Research and Development, and Extension in the region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga handed over o Tuesday, May 4, a check amounting to P5 million to Caraga State University (CSU) for the establishment of the Dairy Goat Multiplier Breeder Farm.

Livestock program regional coordinator Jekem Sanchez personally turned over the check to Dr. Anthony M. Penaso, CSU president, with the presence of CSU vice president for Research, Innovation, and Extension Dr. Rowena P. Varela, and director for Resource Generation and Management Services Dr. Tomas Austral Jr.

The intervention is under the Nucleus and Multiplier Breeder Farms for Poultry, Swine, and Small Ruminants Project of the Bayanihan Act II of the National Livestock Program. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)

Completed irrigation for AgSur farmers washes away cropping ‘failure’

By Zenny G. Awing

No more cropping failure in the barangays of Agusan del Sur following the back-to-back turn-over of the Communal Irrigation Systems (CIS) in the municipalities of Rosario and San Luis.

Funded by the Department of Agriculture - Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-RRDP), the 2.71 kilometer main canal, lateral and structures of Laminga in San Luis, and 4.76 kilometer main canal with structures in Limbatangan, Rosario is perceived to maximize cropping potential and ease farming operations.

"This irrigation is very critical in rice cropping. Here in Rosario before, harvest has always been a failure due to the lack of a good water source. Now, as this project has come to life, surely yield will increase so with the farmers' income," said Rex Fuentes, Rosario Sangguniang Bayan member.

The 2.71 km Laminga CIS intends to cover 136 ha of rice field with 703 household beneficiaries in barangays Alejandro, Baylo, Dona Flavia, and Poblacion. This is in addition to the 10 ha existing conventional rice area and will help increase the rice production from 2.2 MT/ha to 4 MT. A 29.22% increment in palay production is expected with the CIS.

Limbatangan's 4.76 CIS targets 264 ha rice area in the barangays of Libuac, Poblacion, and Tagbayan, Rosario having 1,623 household beneficiaries. This will increase rice production from 3.0 MT/ha to 4.0 MT/ha for conventional rice and 3.0 MT/ha to 3.6 MT/ha for organic rice.

Officials and farmers in Rosario and San Luis expressed their gratitude towards the implementors of the irrigation, promising to unceasingly support government interventions.

"Our hearts are filled with joy with the completion of this irrigation. This will make our lives easier. This just proves that the government is listening to our sentiments," declared Jeffrey Manlapas, Laminga Irrigators Association member.

"Even if our generation ends, but as long as farming is alive, this fountain of life will always be here because of you. Rest assured that we will continuously support and help the government by maintaining this irrigation up to the next generations," guaranteed Federico Guerrero, Jr, Limbatangan Farmers Irrigators Association President.

Moreover, DA Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo reminded the residents that the government has been heeding the call of its people. Despite the threats of the pandemic, officials adapt to the new normal ensuring that programs reached their intended beneficiaries.

"The government's eyes and ears are open for the people, making sure that we reach the places that are badly in need. Instead of complaining, let's put our trust and hope to the government offices by opening up our suggestions to where do further interventions should take place," Monteagudo encouraged.

The CIS amounting to P21-million for Laminga and P50-million for Limbatangan would not be possible without the 10 percent counterpart from the local government unit of the beneficiary barangays. This is required by the DA-PRDP along with the 10 percent counterpart from the Philippine government and 80 percent from the world bank.

Furthermore, the Laminga canal was turned over to the Laminga Irrigator's Association along with the Limbatangan canal to the Limbatangan Farmers Irrigators Association.

The office of the mayor, Sangguniang Bayan members, and officials from the local government units of Limbatangan and Lamina, and the DA-PRDP staff witnessed the ribbon cutting and turn-over ceremony. (DA-PRPD13/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Bag-ong barangay hall sa lungsod sa Magallanes, gi-intrigo na

By Shena Mae C. Pabia

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 5 -- Gihimo kagahapon, Martes ang turn-over ceremony ug blessing sa bag-ong Barangay Hall sa Caloc-an, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte.

Gipangunahan ang maong pag-intrigar sa P500,000 nga Barangay Hall ngadto sa mga barangay officials sa Caloc-an sa pagpanguna ni Kapitan Julius Perang ni Mayor Cesar “Bubu” Cumba, Jr.

“Dako ko ug pasalamat sa LGU sa Magallanes headed by Mayor (Cesar) “Bubu” Cumba labi na gyod sa atong Gobernador Dale Bokingo Corvera ug sa atong Congressman (Angel Amante-Matba), nalipay mi og daku sa mga opisyal nga gitagaan mi ug project nga barangay Hall,” sumala ni Kapitan Perang.

Gilantaw usab sa nga opisyal ug residente sa barangay Caloc-an nga ma-turn over na usab ning tuiga sa probinsya sa pagpanguna ni Gob. Corvera ug Congw Amante-Matba ang nahuman na nga Covered Court sa Caloc-an nga nagkantidad og Php4.7M.

“Ang Caloc-an gitagaan og ensaktong project ilabina sa covered court nga ang budget Php4.7 Million nga nahuman na gyod siya, (og) street lights gikan sa Bitaog taman sa akong barangay nga naa solar light,” dugang ni Kapitan Perang.

Sumpay ni Mayor Cumba nga “karon pa lang sa panahon ni Kapitan Yoyoy Perang nga ing ani ang panagway sa Brgy. Caloc-an. Pwede ninyo ipanghambog nga adto mo sa caloc-an kay nindot among covered court, labi na among barangay hall.”

Ang turn-over ceremony gitambongan nila Board Member Meriam Pagaran, municipal officials, barangay officials, DILG, mga personahe sa kapulisan, mga lumulupyo sa maong barangay ug ni Rev. Fr. John Cepeda nga maoy nagbasbas sa maong edipisyo. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)