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    PH first nipa bioethanol facility launched Rice farming and coastal communities will soon benefit from the first nipa bioethanol production facility recently launched in Brgy. Cabaggan, Pampalona, Cagayan. Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., executive director of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), said that the bioethanol project in Cagayan, a province in Northern Luzon with rich source of nipa extracts, may help supply local energy demand. “Fossil resources have been dwindling since the 1970s. This project with the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) will increase farmers` competitiveness as nipa is a renewable energy that can fuel farm machinery...

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DA-BPI partnered with Nestle Phils for Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Project

The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) has partnered with the Nestle Philippines Incorporated to boost the campaign for the agency’s Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Project that aims to promote vegetable production and consumption among schoolchildren. On October 20, 2014 BPI Director and DA Assistant Secretary Paz Benavidez signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nestle Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs Edita de Leon at the BPI Office, Quezon City for the production and packaging of a harmonized manual on school gardening to be used by DA trainers and school teachers for the school veggie gardening project. Benavidez said that the partnership confirms that the government and the private sector can collaborate to attain unified objective—in this case, to reduce the number of malnourished children and attain food security in the country. To come up with the “Masustansiyang Pagtatanim” book, the DA-BPI has formed a technical working group assigned to formulate a single manual which will be used by different regions in training teachers on vegetable gardening. Nestle on the other hand designed and packaged the manual into a colorful book that contains steps on gardening, making compost, as well as recipes that can help entice children to eat more vegetables. Benavidez said that it is important for children to appreciate the importance of vegetables in their diet through planting even if there are only small...

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Bansang Italya Naglaan ng P2.5- Bilyong Pisong Proyekto Para sa mga Magsasaka sa Mindanao

Inihayag kamakailan ni Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program o IARCDSP Project Manager Pabil Marohomsalic ang pagsisimula ng isang proyektong makatutulong sa mga magsasaka natin sa gawing Hilaga ng Mindanao. Ayon kay Marohomsalic, may kabuuang P2.5- Bilyong pisong halaga ang inilaang tulong ng pamahalaan ng Italya, sa ilalim ng IARCDSP ng Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR ang tinanggap ng may 53,000 na pamilyang magsasaka sa mga mahihirap na komunidad sa Mindanao. Nakapaloob sa naturang proyekto ang pagtatatag ng 50 organisasyon ng mga magsasaka, pagsasasanay para sa pagnenegosyo, paglalaan ng mga kagamitan sa pagsasaka at pagpapatayo ng mga ibat-ibang imprastraktura para sa kapakinabangan ng mga benepisyaryo at ng komunidad doon. Ayon naman kay Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, ang joint Philippine-Italian poverty alleviation program na ito ay parte ng pagsisikap ng European Unions na patibayin ang kapayapaang isinusulong ng pamahalaang Pilipinas sa Moro National Liberation Front at ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front sa Mindanao. Sinabi pa ni Marohomsalic na nasa pre-implementation stage na ang proyekto at inaasahang magsisimula ang implementasyon nito sa susunod na taon....

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PAJ extends Binhi Awards contest deadline

The submission of contest entries to the 2014 PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards, sponsored by the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. (PAJ) and San Miguel Corporation, has been extended to Friday, October 24, 2014, to give contestants additional time to submit their respective entries. PAJ president and Philippine Star business editor Roman Floresca said with the extension, “we will be able to encourage more contestants to vie for this year’s contest, which was revived and expanded with bigger prizes of as much P50,000 cash for the winners of major categories.” This year’s contest features 15 individual and institutional categories, with three major winners each for the outstanding agricultural journalist, agribeat reporter and environment journalist. The top three winners for each category will receive P50,000, P30,000 and P20,000 cash and a trophy, respectively, said contest chairman Noel Reyes, PAJ vice president, and former information director at the Department of Agriculture. The PAJ has conducted the contest since 1978 in cooperation with institutional supporters like the SMC to recognize efforts of print and broadcast journalists, who continue to churn out comprehensive and quality reportage of the country’s agriculture, fishery, environment, agrarian reform, food and agribusiness sectors. Another corporate sponsor, Bayer Philippines, has again pledged its support to the PAJ and Binhi Awards. The other individual categories are agri broadcast journalist, agri photo journalist, agri news story, agri feature story, and environment story, where the...

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SSS projects P14M contributions from cooperatives

The Social Security System expects to collect an additional P14.4 million in contributions annually after accrediting nine new cooperatives as partners in collecting member-contributions and in providing other social security services. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. De Quiros Jr said, “Collectively these nine cooperatives have a total of 90,377 members, and they have committed to enroll 7,050 new members to the SSS annually.” De Quiros said that the SSS continues to find ways to make social security services more accessible to its members. The accreditation of these new cooperatives will provide members in their respective areas of jurisdiction a more convenient way of transacting with the SSS. Recently accredited are Sta Cruz Savings and Development Cooperative (SACDECO) and Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative (SHSC) in Ilocos Sur, Pintuyan National Vocational School Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PNVSMPC) in Southern Leyte, Pinoy Lingap Damayan Credit Cooperative (PDLCC) in Catanduanes, Tubungan Employees Development Cooperative (TEDCO) in Iloilo, Alicia Neighborhood Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ALNEMPCO) in Zamboanga-Sibugay, Gata Daku Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GDMPC) in Misamis Oriental, Guadalupe Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GCPMC) in Cebu, and Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ASKI MPC) in Nueva Ecija. Among the nine newly-accredited cooperatives, Southern Leyte’s PNVSMPC and PDLCC in Catanduanes will act as SSS’ collecting agents for member contributions, loan payments as well as payments for miscellaneous transactions such as collection of fees for replacement of UMID cards. Aside...

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P29.8- Milyong Pisong Imprastraktura, Ipinagkaloob ng DAR sa mga Magsasaka ng Nueva Ecija

May kabuuang P29.8- Milyong Pisong halaga ang natapos ng proyektong pang-imprastraktura ng Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR ang pinakikinabangan na ngayon ng mga magsasaka at mga residente sa bayan ng Zaragosa sa lalawigan ng Nueva Ecija. Sa isinagawang turned-over ceremony, sinabi ni DAR-Central Luzon Regional Director Arnel Dizon na ang 2.6- kilometrong farm-to-market road ang nag-uugnay na ngayon sa mga barangay ng Santa Lucia Young at Santa Lucia Old hanggang sa sentro ng naturang bayan. Sinabi pa ni Director Dizon na mas mura at mabilis na umano nilang naibabeyahe ngayon ang kanilang mga produkto patungo sa mga pamilihan kumpara nuong wala pa ang proyekto. Kabilang rin sa proyekto ang isang potable water system na kung saan ginagamit na sa ngayon, at pinagkukunan ng malinis na inuming tubig nang mga residente roon. Kalakip din sa proyekto ang isang day-care center kung saan 914 kabataang mag-aaral ang nakikinabang na rito. Ang naturang mga proyekto ay mula sa Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase 3 ng...

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PH agribusiness ready for ASEAN economic integration —Alcala

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso J. Alcala assured local government officials that the agribusiness sector of the country is now ready for the ASEAN economic integration by 2015. In the Local Government Academy-organized forum ASEAN Economic Integration: The Role of Local Governments held at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City on October 10, 2014, Alcala said that between now and 2017, DA has come up with a roadmap to prepare the agribusiness sector for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). “We will invest heavily on farm mechanization, irrigation and financing to strengthen our capacity to compete in the ASEAN region,” Alcala said. Alcala admitted that access to credit by farmers is still limited, “that is why DA is encouraging farmers to avail of the services of the Sikat Saka.” Sikat Saka is a credit assistance program of the Department and the Land Bank of the Philippines, which provides crop insurance as an automatic value added service, along with assured market and financial mentoring. On irrigation, Alcala added that DA has already developed a blueprint to gradually decrease irrigation fees until it becomes free. The Agri chief also highlighted that the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) has been approved in time for the ASEAN economic integration. “This is a comprehensive program that would fully prepare the Philippines to become competitive along with other ASEAN markets. Local governments can maximize their...

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Gawad Pasasalamat Award

CONGRATULATIONS!!!, Ang dalawang opisyal, ng Philippine Science Journalist MegaManila ( PSCijourn MegaManila) na sina Precy Lazaro ng People’s Monitor at Annabelle Surara ng Radyo Aguila, Net 25, na binigyang parangal ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) dahil sa kanilang dedikasyon sa trabaho, na maipalaganap ang kanilang nalalaman sa kalagayan ng mga mangingisda sa bansa, sa pamamagitan nang pakikipag- ugnayan sa BFAR, na isang sangay ng gobyerno na siyang nangangasiwa sa ating mga kapatid na...

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Filipino robotics, malayo na ang narating

Malayo na ang narating ng mga Filipino sa larangan ng robotics, yan ang may paghangang pahayag ni Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Director Dr. Josette P. Biyo matapos masaksihan ang galing ng mga lumahok sa 13th Philippine Robotics Olympiad (PRO) noong ika-10-12 Setyembre.   Aniya, nakatataba ng puso na makita ang mga mag-aaral mula elementarya at high school na makipagtagisan ng galing sa iba’t ibang paaralan sa paglalaro ng soccer gamit ang mga robot. “In the Philippines, there is a lot of interest and potential [in] robotics. We can mention the winnings we had in both the local and international robotics competition as proofs. We can also highlight the increased participation of schools in various robotics contests as another sign that the field is indeed on the rise,” paliwanag ni Dr. Biyo. Ang PRO ay magkasamang inorganisa ng DOST-SEI at Felta Multimedia, Inc, na naglalayong linangin ang kaisipan ng mga mag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng robotics.13th Wika ni Mylene Abiva, pangulo ng Felta Multimedia Inc., “it helps unlock the potential of our kids in science, technology, and engineering as we try to produce more robotics experts for the future.” Ang mga sumusunod ay ang mga nagwagi sa iba’t ibang kategorya ng patimpalak: Para sa Regular Category Elementary level, ang West Rembo Elementary School (Team B) ang nanguna habang sinundan naman ng Bagong Pag-asa Elementary School (Team A) at...

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