Author: Raffy Rico

DAR extends P1.2-M livelihood grant to Quirino farmers

Some 300 agrarian reform beneficiaries in three municipalities of Quirino Province have started stretching out their muscles in preparation for the physically demanding livelihood projects worth P1.2 million from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to help augment their income. The DAR through the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting program of the government signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Mayor Rosario Camma of Nagtipunan and Chairman Pedro Pandongit of the Quirino Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (QFMPCO) for the wood furniture-making project worth P200,000.00. DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson said the QFMPCO has an existing Certificate of Tree Plantation Ownership and Tree Cutting Permit issued by the Department of Environment & Natural Resources covering 45 has. “This tree plantation, planted with Gemelina trees, would be the source of lumber for their furniture-making project,” Ayson said. Another project that was forged between DAR, Mayor Renato Ylanan of Maddela and Chairman Jonel Cabungcal of Cofcaville Upland Farmers Association (CUFA) is the muscovado sugar production worth P679,000.00. According to Ayson, the muscovado sugar business of CUFA is already in existence. “The P679,000.00 grant from DAR will be used to construct a processing center for the muscovado sugar business. At the same time, the center can also be used for product enhancement and other activities for the members of the farmer members of CUFA,” added Ayson. Ayson said that the DAR also extended a P300,000.00...

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Produktong suman ng Calapan, wagi sa MIMAROPA Awards

Sa ikalawang pagkakataon ay muling nasungkit ng Merl’s Suman sa Lihiya ang parangal bilang pinakamagaling na produkto sa 2nd MIMAROPA Best Technopreneur Award na ginanap sa Calapan City, Mindoro Occidental. Bago pa man ang nasabing parangal ay nanalo noong buwan ng Hulyo ang Merl’s bilang 2014 Best SETUP Adopter award – regional level sa katatapos lamang na 2014 National Science and Technology Week sa SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Ang Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program o SETUP ng  Department of Science and Technology, ay isang pambansang programa na tumutulong sa mga small at medium enterprise upang mas mapayabong ang kanilang produksyon sa pamamagitan ng teknolohiya at inobasyon. Pinarangalan ang Merl’s sa pagpupursige nitong mapabuti ang kanyang produksyon sa pamamagitan ng tamang teknolohiya at mga kaalamang kanyang natutunan mula sa DOST. Aniya, ang kanyang tagumpay ay nagbuhat sa kanyang pagsisikap at ang tulong mula sa SETUP. Ang DOST-SETUP ay nagbigay ng mga kaukulang packaging at labeling design para sa mga produkto ng Merl’s. ang Merl’s ay binigyan din ng mga pagsasanay para sa Good Manufacturing Practices at Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, pagpapahusay ng proseso sa pagluluto ng suman, pagpapahusay ng paglalatag ng coco jam sa mga produktong suman, nutritional analysis, cleaner production technology consultation, at plant production layout. Dahil dito, lumago ang negosyo ng mag-asawang Merlita at Ferdinand Bolus ng 325 porsyento o mula...

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COALITION OF CLEAN AIR ADVOCATES (CCAA) " BEAUTIES AGAINST AIR POLLUTION" PRESS CONFERENCE:

  Launching of nationwide public and private partnership campaign against air pollution involving the Miss Global Philippines Beauty Queens, Coalition of Clean Air Advocates (CCAA), DENR and DOH. with the THEME:  A CLEAN REVOLUTION: ” Stand up for your right to breathe clean air.” From left, Ms. Abet Delgado (representing Ms Gina Lopez), CCAA Executive Vice President Henry Tan, MISS GLOBAL PHILIPPINES WINNERS: Catherine Almirante- Ms Global Philippines – Ms Global PH Clean Air Ambassador, Ms Global PH Tourism Ambassadors: Lorraine Erum, Cindy Madduma, Athena Catriz  and DOH NCR Assistant Director Ruben Shapno. Held on October 17, 2014 at the 3rd Floor, Air...

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100 GRAMS SHABU SEIZED FROM ALLEGED CHINESE NATIONAL IN LAGUNA

Approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu were seized by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on October 14, 2014 during a buy-bust operation in Biñan City, Laguna. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said that the illegal drugs were confiscated from Ching-Sui Yeh, alias Tony, a 58-year-old Chinese national residing in Metroville Complex, Brgy. Canlalay, Biñan City, Laguna. At around 3:00 in the afternoon, a drug transaction was hatched between the suspect and a PDEA undercover agent who agreed to meet in the neighborhood of Metroville Complex, Brgy. Canlalay, Biñan City, Laguna. Upon a pre-arranged signal, elements of PDEA Regional Office 4A (PDEA RO-4A) under Director Director Adzhar A. Albani immediately pounced on the suspect after he handed-over two pieces of medium-sized heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing approximately 100 grams. Seized pieces of drug evidence were brought to the PDEA RO4A laboratory for forensic examination, while Ching is temporarily detained at the PDEA RO4A detention cell. Ching is now facing charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. On October 14, 2014, at around 3:00 pm, the same law enforcement unit of PDEA RO4A conducted a buy-bust operation in the vicinity of Balibago Complex, Brgy. Balibago, Santa...

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HOUSEWIFE FALLS IN PDEA BUY-BUST IN ILIGAN CITY

A housewife, who is also a drug pusher, was arrested by anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a buy-bust operation in Iligan City on October 13, 2014. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Marlyn Gapol y Yabroso, 39 years old, housewife and resident of Purok 4, Saray, Iligan City. At around 1:30 pm, an undercover agent from PDEA Regional Office 10 Lanao del Norte Special Enforcement Team (PDEA RO10) under Director Emerson L. Margate acted as poseur-buyer and was able to buy one big heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride, popularly known as shabu, from Gapol in her neighborhood in Purok 4, Saray, Iligan City. After the transaction was consummated, operatives arrested Gapol. Confiscated from her possession were three pieces of big rectangular heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, one small-sized heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu, two pieces of small-sized rectangular heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and the buy-bust money.  Seized pieces of drug evidence were brought to the PDEA Regional Office 10 laboratory for forensic analysis. Gapol is presently under the custody of PDEA RO10.  Charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article, of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 have been filed in court against...

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PUSHER BUSTED INSIDE FASTFOOD RESTO IN PASIG, P875,000 worth of shabu seized by PDEA

A 40-year-old male pusher was arrested by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after he sold methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, to a poseur-buyer inside a popular fast food restaurant chain on October 13, 2014 in Pasig City. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Zaldy Sanchez y Alci, alias Zaldo, single, a cockfighting handler and a resident of No. 058 S. Tuazon Street, Pateros, Metro Manila. An undercover PDEA agent was able to hatch a drug transaction with Sanchez who agreed to rendezvous inside a fast food restaurant along A. Luna Street, San Joaquin, Pasig City, at around 8:30 in the evening. Upon a pre-arranged signal, operatives of PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) under Atty. Jacquelyn de Guzman immediately swooped down on Sanchez after he received the P1,000 marked bill placed on top of boodle money in exchange for one knot-tied plastic bag containing 175.0437 grams of shabu worth P875,000. According to reports, Sanchez was arrested for a drug-related offense in 2005 but the case was later dismissed two years after by a regional trial court in Pateros.             A case for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, was filed before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Pasig City against...

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PDEA, PNP, NBI TAKE PART IN SHOOTFEST

Drug law enforcers from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) participated in a one-day invitational shoot fest held at the PNP Firing Range, Camp Crame in Quezon City on October 7, 2014. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said that 49 marksmen and women formed the teams of PDEA, PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) and NBI-Reaction Arrest and Interdiction Division (RAID) competing in the event. The shooting competition featured three stages and was divided into six categories: team, lady, standard, production, classic and steel challenge “man vs man shooting, with a total of 17 trophies at stake. The biggest winners include Team PDEA 1 that won the over-all championship followed by two teams from PNP-AIDSOTF. In the Ladies Category, NBI was the runaway victor. After the awarding ceremonies, the participating teams enjoyed a Fellowship Dinner that capped off the day’s festivities. “Through this activity, we form stronger ties and bolster the culture and climate of cooperation among drug law enforcement agencies. Thus strengthening our foundation of teamwork in performing a common mandate, that is crushing the drug menace. It is also an exercise to sharpen our shooting competency and safety in handling firearms,” Cacdac...

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DA 11, IPs reach agreement on Stock Farm land

Benchmarking. Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 officials headed by Director Remelyn Recoter led the benchmarking during the kick-off of the 5-day Re-Survey in Marilog Stock Farm  and Research Center Reservation in Marilog District, Davao City. DAVAO CITY – Finally, an agreement between the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) group and the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 was done through a symbolic ritual recently at the Marilog Stock Farm and Research Center Reservation in Marilog, Davao City. Through benchmarking of the different points, DA 11 once again re-survey in conformity with their customs and traditions the parcel of land with the help...

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DA-BFAR OPENS 51ST FISH CONSERVATION WEEK, HIGHLIGHTS FISHERFOLK’S ROLE IN THE PHILIPPINE FISHERY SECTOR

Message of DA-BFAR National Director Asis G. Perez (left), during the openning of the annual celebration of the 51st Fish Conservation week  with the theme, “SECTOR NG MANGINGISDANG REHISTRADO  AT KINILALA, KABALIKAT SA PAGSULONG NG PANGISDAANG MASAGANA” at the PCA covered court  Elliptical road Quezon City, on October 13, 2014. (at the right) Region-4A the winning group, during the “street dance” competition. The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) opens the annual celebration of the Fish Conservation Week, today, with some good news in store for the Philippine fishery sector. The Fish Conservation Week, which...

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Batac farmer improves livelihood through CPAR

Rosalinsa Basamot, a farmer cooperator in Ilocos, is all smiles as she shows her renovated house she refers to as “sementado na.” Right below her is a bamboo slat in which her old house was made of. Rosalinda Basamot considers herself a happy farmer as she is earning a respectable livelihood by planting rice, corn, and winged bean, along with vermicompost production and cattle fattening. Rosa, as she is fondly called, is a farmer-cooperator of the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project implemented by the Department of Agriculture –Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 1 and funded by the Department of...

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