Sunday, June 28, 2009

SUCCESS STORY: Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector Project (InfRES)

DA’s InfRES Makes Life Easier

by: Aurell P. Arais

Caraga Region - “Tungod sa InfRES misayon gyud ang among kinabuhi”. (InfRES makes our life easier).

A word of relief uttered by Marilyn Sugian, a resident of Purok 6, Brgy. Panikian, Carrascal, Surigao del Norte after being freed from daily hardships on their place going to and from Poblacion to their barangay due to almost inaccessible road.

According to her before the construction of the farm to market road through the Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector Project (InfRES) in their place farmers experienced the pain of agony on how to bring their produce to the market and even buyers refrain to fetch their product due to the difficulty of the road.

In effect, farmers will carry their farm produce manually or with the help of carabao resulting to delay of time and eventually affecting the quality of their product.

“Luoy gyud kaayo mi kaniadto kay ang among abot sa uma mabaligya na lang ug barato kaysa sa malata lang”, (We’re so pity before because we are compelled to sell our farm produce at lower price than completely spoiled”, she said in vernacular.

She also said that in times of bad weather they will not be able to travel especially when the river they need to cross will overflow.

Marilyn also said that education in their place was greatly hampered. “Kaniadto daghan gyud ang miundang ug eskwela kay dili na kaantos sa kalisod sa agianan labi na ug mu-ulan” (Before several students were forced to stop from going to school due to hardships on the way to school more so if its raining), she narrated.

And even on emergency cases, they’re having difficulty in rushing ill person to the hospital for an immediate health care.

However, she said since the completion of the farm to market road on their barangay their agony before were gone and completely change the community life and hasten development in their area.

The town of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur is a recipient of Construction and Rehabilitation of Farm to Market Road (FMR) with appurtenant structures last 2008 through the Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector Project (INFRES) with local government unit counterpart worth 19,436,193.85 traversing the barangays of Tag-anito, Panikian, Bacolod, Babuyan and Gamuton.

Marilyn happily said that due to the InfRES Project traders would now come to their barangay to purchase farm produce at reasonable price while reviving the eagerness of their children to study hard and even boasted that several of the students from their place got honored in the class.

A regular public vehicle now served their place and people who need medical attention can now easily go the hospital even at night time.

More government services have now reached their area such as agricultural technicians, health personnel, police officers and investors that resulted to the development of the area.

Same situation was also experienced by the residents of Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur also a recipient of Farm to Market Road through the InfRES serving the barangays of Osmeña, Panaytay, Marcelina and Charito.

Former Panaytay Barangay Captain Dominga Lumanglas said that before the project of InfRES their barangay was considered a sleeping area since only few houses were seen and some residents even decided to leave the area due to the isolation from livelihood opportunity.

However due to the InFRES project their barangay were awaken, more houses were constructed; more opportunities came in and helped alleviate the plight of the farmers. Barangay Kagawad Angelito Diamos of Charito also shared the same testimony.

Truly, the InfRES Project provided support to Government initiatives for removing infrastructure constraints in rural areas in Caraga Region and thereby helped rural production and productivity.

InfRES indeed makes life easier. (Aurell P. Arais/ da rafid caraga)


DA- RFU 13 Joins Kalayaan 2009

by: Aurell P.Arais

Butuan City – The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 (DA RFU 13) had actively participated in the celebration of 111th Independence Day last June 12, 2009dubbed as Kalayaan 2009.

A contingent of DA personnel participated during the motorcade and attended the program held at Inland Resort Convention Center led by Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Research, Administration and Finance Edgardo Dahino.

Guest of honor during the celebration was Tourism Secretary Ace Durano who at the same time designated for Caraga as Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD).

The Kalayaan 2009 offered various services to the public such as jobs far, livelihood fair, processing of various clearances and documents, awarding of employment contracts, health and wellness, medical services and livelihood grants to workers-beneficiaries under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) participated by various government offices and private entities.

On the part of DA, the Human Resources Management Office headed by Josefa Gidacan conducted screening of qualified applicants for 10 available positions, priority were those relatives of displaced workers.

During the affair two farmers groups in Agusan del Norte who benefited mechanical drying facilities from Department of Agriculture namely Sto. Niño Multipurpose Cooperative (Butuan City) represented by Plenio Atega and Abad Irrigators Association (RTR) represented by Jun Paiste received the certificate of turn-over handed through Secretary Durano.

In Caraga Region, the implementing agencies for CLEEP are the following: Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and Local Government Units (LGUs) and Department of Agriculture (DA).

Data presented during the program showed that CLEEP in Caraga generated 11,554 jobs with 11,554 individually employed and a total of 6,512,576.58 pesos funding assistance. (Aurell P. Arais/rafid da caraga)


DA-AMAD, LGU San Franz, Launch 3rd Bagsakan Center in Caraga

by: Aurell P. Arais

San Francisco, Agusan del Sur – The Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 (DA RFU 13) and the local government unit of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur jointly launched the 3rd Bagsakan Center (BC) in Caraga Region located at Brgy. 1 of the said town last June 20, 2009.

Gracing the occasion were local officials of San Francisco led by Mayor Carl Elias Lademora, vendors association officers and members, farmers and staff from DA-RFU 13 led by AMAD OIC Servilla Balaan.

In order for the public to fully understand the project, Balaan shared the overview of the project while municipal vice mayor Bernardino Ursos warmly welcomed all the guests and visitors.

On his speech Mayor Carl Lademora expressed optimism that the project would greatly contribute to the economic plight of farmers as well as the residents of the area.

He urged farmers to deliver their produce directly to the Bagsakan Center to eliminate the unscrupulous middle men resulting to the soaring of farm prices sold to the end buyers.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Jennny de Asis representing Governor Valentina Plaza on the other hand reiterated their commitment to fully support the agricultural sector of the province through the necessary legislation and funding.

To signal the formal start of the operation, Balaan awarded the Certificate to Operate to the LGU San Francisco as operator received by Mayor Lademora.

Two guests from Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) of DA Central Office visited the site after the launching to see for themselves on an actual operation of the project. The two AMAS staff was Jenny Torred, Barangay Bagsakan and Bagsakan Center (BB/BC) coordinator for Caraga and Jose Manta, AMAS Marketing Division Chief.

The Bagsakan Center (BC) in San Francisco is the 3rd in the entire region of Caraga. First was in Aras-asan, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur and followed by Cancohoy, del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte.

BC is a component of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) aimed to suppress hunger and malnutrition in the countryside through access of affordable and nutritious food supply. (Aurell P. Arais/ rafid da caraga)


Monday, June 8, 2009

PVET AgNor Conducts Heat Synchronization and AI Program in Santiago

by: Aurell P. Arais

Santiago, ADN – Aiming to further boost the livestock industry in the province of Agusan del Norte, a team from the Provincial Veterinary Office conducted a massive Heat Synchronization and Artificial Insemination (AI) Program in the town of Santiago last May 26, 2009.

The team was composed of the following: Nestor Andoy, AI Technician of Santiago; Rizalino Abrogar, provincial AI technician; Pedro Concon, AI technician of Las Nieves; Adriano Balan, AI technician of Jabonga, Pierlito Aruelo, AI Technician of Kitcharao, Jaime Monte, coordinator of Forage and Pasture; and Raul Cornites, provincial coordinator of Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) Livestock.

Also present were Zaida Badajos, agricultural technician (AT) of Santiago and Josephine Ramos, a staff of Santiago Municial Agriculture office, both were in-charge of recording the recipients of the program.

Before the sun goes down on May 26, the team rendered its services on four barangays within the municipality of Santiago, namely San Isidro; Poblacion 1; La Paz; and Tagbuyacan.

Around 30 farm animals benefited the program which includes carabao, cow, horse and even goat through de-worming, artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, heat synchronization and vitamins.

Some were also taken with fecal sample collection to determine internal parasite on animals. The samples will be endorsed to the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL) situated in Taguibo, Butuan City for laboratory analysis.

A follow-up activity was also undertaken on the following day on the same area on those animals that needs further veterinarian services.

The activity was also supported by the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Information Division (RAFID) of Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 (DA-RFU 13) through agrivan services and documentation.

Giving care to the farm animals in Agusan del Norte is an utmost priority of the Provincial Veterinarian Office under the leadership of Dr. Belen Aruelo. (Aurell P. Arais/rafid da caraga)


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

San Francisco SDN Holds Joint 22ND MAFC Day as Farmers/Fishermen’s Month Celebration Culminates

by: Aurell P. Arais

San Francisco, Surigao del Norte – Farmers and fisher folks alike converged in Poblacion to celebrate the culmination of Farmers and Fishermen’s Month celebration last May 27, 2009.

What makes it more significant is the simultaneous holding of the Joint 22nd Municipal Agricultural and Fishery Council (MAFC) Day which drew huge crowd.

The joint celebration kicked-off with the thanksgiving mass at the municipal gym celebrated by Reverend Father Almario Ramada Jr.

Outside the gym, fresh produce from farms and aqua products were displayed by the participating barangay joining the Tabo Contest.

After the evaluation of the board of judges, the Tabo was opened to the public which buyers rushed to grab the produce which was sold lower than the prevailing market price.

On the height of the adrenaline rush on Tabo area, a formal program was conducted inside the gymnasium to highlight the Joint 22nd MAFC Day and Farmers/Fishermen’s Month celebration duly attended by the municipal officials and members and officers of MAFC.

San Francisco MAFC chairman Ramon Logronio expressed his gratefulness to all stakeholders who one way or the other supported the activity as he welcomes all the guests and participants.

Officer in Charge Mayor Florefiel Bañacia was overwhelmed by what he saw on the Tabo area wherein bountiful farm harvest were displayed and vowed to look for more ways to support the agricultural sector of San Francisco.

Similar commitments of support were also expressed by Crops Division Chief Cecil Sol of Provincial Agriculture Office representing PA Trujelio Pepito and Dr. Julio Domiquel, provincial veterinarian of Surigao Del Norte.

Followed shortly was the awarding of prizes to the Tabo contest winners with Barangay Oslao emerged as first, followed by Banbanon, and third was Macopa. Other participants were Linongganan, Diaz, Magtangale, Poblacion and Jubgan placing fourth to eight respectively.

Also during the program, certificate of recognition to Outstanding Livestock Raisers were distributed to the following: Edilberto Laurejas, large ruminant catergory; Ptolomeo Canoy, small ruminant category; Bebina Sabio, Swine category; Gilberto Cabusao, kabir category and Brgy. Poblacion Livestock and Poultry Raisers Association (LAPRA) for BLAPRA category.

Prior to his closing remarks, Municipal Agriculturist Marieto Clerigo distributed Rice Hull carbonizer to farmer recipients.
Staff of Regional Agriculture and Fishery Information Division (RAFID) of Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 (DA RFU13) boosted the program with showing of agricultural technologies though the agrivan services.

This year’s celebration of Farmers and Fishermen’s Month Celebration has a theme “Sapat at Abot Kayang Pagkain para sa Lahat.” (Aurell P. Arais/rafid da caraga)


BPRE Conducts Training on the Operation of Pneumatic Corn Planter in Caraga Region

by: Aurell P. Arais

Butuan City – The Bureau of Post Harvest Research and Extension (BHRE), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture is aggressively pushing its campaign for farm mechanization here in Caraga Region.

To materialize its mandate, BPHRE conducted a two day Training on the Operation and Maintenance of BPHRE Pneumatic Corn Planter held at DA RFU 13 Conference Hall, Butuan City last May 5 to 6, 2009.

The said training was participated by farmers’ cooperative such as St. Gabriel Multipurpose Cooperative and Self Reliance Team (SRT) in Butuan City, as well as representative from Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte.

Also present were staffs from different division of DA Regional Field Unit 13 such as Crops Division headed by Ms. Lynn Pareñas, Regional Agriculture Engineering Division (RAED) headed by Engr. Rene Morales and Regional Agriculture and Fishery Information Division (RAFID).

St. Gabriel Multipurpose Cooperative is the first recipient of the BPHRE Pneumatic Corn Planter throughout the country through soft loan scheme.

Regional Executive Director Ricardo C. Regis warmly welcomes the resource persons from BPHRE Central Office headed by Director Hugo Tolentino.

During the training proper, Supervising Science Research Specialist Helen Martinez discussed about the Corn Mechanization as well as the Economics of using the BPHRE Corn Planter.

On mechanical aspect, Engr. Aldrin Hipolito BPHRE Research Specialist talked about the Component Parts and Functions as well as the principles on the operation of Corn Planter and its maintenance.

In order for the participants to keep abreast on the corn program, Regional Corn Coordinator Abel Wagas also tackled about the Protocols on Corn Production.

After all of the discussions, an actual operation using the BHRE Pneumatic Corn Planter was conducted at the corn field owned by National GAWAD SAKA Awardee Demetrio Tabelon at Brgy. Tiniwisan, Butuan City.

As of now, BPHRE is currently looking for manufacturers based here in Mindanao to produce BPHRE Farm Technologies for an easy accessibility of the farmers.

Part of the training was the conduct of BPHRE Technologies Licensing Protocol for Manufacturers spearheaded by Division Chief Dr. Eduardo Cayabyab.

It was attended by five Mindanao-based manufactures such as RJR Agro-Industrial Enterprises of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; MDV Machine Shop and Engineering Works of Surigao City; Marbel Corn Sheller of Maramag, Bukidnon; Allied Shop of Surigao City and Green Valley Agro Industries of Kononadal City, South Cotabato. (Aurell P. Arais/rafid da caraga)