Author: Raffy Rico

DAR awards land titles to farmers in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO-After 25 years of long drawn-out legal battle, farmers here are teary-eyed after the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) finally distributed certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to 21 agrarian reform beneficiaries. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Zoraida Omar-Macadindang led the joint farmers’ installation and CLOA distribution in Upper Puerto in Cagayan de Oro City. Macadindang said the farmers were installed in a 23.8-hecatare property formerly owned by Oroville Development Corporation. “The installation [of farmers] proceeded peacefully and was immediately followed by the awarding of land titles to our farmer beneficiaries,” said Macadindang. During the installation, Macadindang reminded the beneficiaries of their rights and obligations, and those of the  landowner,  as well, and that they should avoid to commit any violations per existing laws, rules and regulations. “Make your lands productive and pay your amortizations and taxes religiously. We are proud and happy that you are awarded with this land,” Macadindang said. Aside from awarding land to farmer-beneficiaries, the DAR also offers them support services such as provision of credit facilities, farm machinery and training programs to increase the productivity of their acquired lands. (R-10-cloa...

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Pagdilao, Bagong PCSUPT

NAKAMIT ni District Director Joel Pagdilao ng Quezon City Police District (QCPD) ang inaasam na panibagong estrelya sa kanyang balikat, na mula sa kanyang ranggo  na Police Senior Superintendent patungong Police Chief Superintendent. Ang seremoniya ay ginanap sa Kampo Karingal na dinaluhan ng matataas na opisyal ng PNP at mga malalapit na kaibigan.(By:  Robert...

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National Rice Program, BSWM complement NIA in irrigating farmlands

The Department of Agriculture said today that in preparation for the summer months, the National Rice Program (NRP) is complementing the National Irrigation Administration in the development of Small Scale Irrigation Programs through the Department’s regional field offices. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said this is also part of the DA’s efforts to achieve a climate change resilient agriculture sector. He added, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management is also deeply involved in the provision of small-scale irrigation systems (SWIS). The survey, design, construction, rehabilitation and improvement of SWIS, diversion dams and spring  development system is among the NRPs interventions, he added. Construction/ installation of shallow tube wells and pump irrigation open source is also part of the NRP’s involvement. According to the Secretary, the NRP also helps in the construction, rehabilitation and improvement of  irrigation canals and small farm reservoirs. Earlier Alcala again called on the public, especially the farmers, to continue conserving water despite announcements from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that there is little chance of El Niño occurring in the next few months. The Secretary said that though scientists say there is a little chance of El Niño happening in the coming months, it is still best to be prepared. “It is wise for farmers to still conserve water for them to be ready for any occurrence.  We all know how...

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Alcala tells Western Visayas mayors to invest in hard infra under PRDP

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala urged local chief executives in Western Visayas to focus their investments on critical infrastructure projects such as farm-to-market roads and small irrigation systems through the World Bank-aided Philippine Rural Development Project so as to foster more inclusive prosperity. Speaking at a regional farmers’ and fisherfolk’s forum in Iloilo City on Friday, Alcala said such investments help create more sustainable and stable sources of livelihood and incomes in their respective areas. He cited the status of irrigation development in Western Visayas, which he said could be further improved to strengthen the status of the region as a major rice producer. The DA chief said that based on available data, only 65,000 hectares (or roughly 20%) of the region’s 330,000 hectares of rice farms are being served by national irrigation systems. It means that a majority of the rice production areas are either served by small water impounding projects and communal systems or are considered rain fed. The Secretary said he will propose or lobby before the World Bank the inclusion of small water impounding projects in the PRDP menu. “Ipapakita po natin sa World Bank na hindi lang po farm-to-market roads (FMRs) ang kailangan. We also need small water impounding projects that will surely change the lives of Filipino farmers,” Alcala said. PRDP is a DA-implemented six-year initiative that started in 2014 that employs the value...

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MFI FOUNDATIONS VICE-CHAIRMAN ALEX ESCAñO BELIEVES IN GROWTH THROUGH AGRICULTURE

Excellence-driven MFI Foundations Vice Chairman for External Affairs Col. Alejandro Teves Escaño strongly advocates developing our agricultural system as a way for our nation to progress. Alex, as he is fondly called by peers and friends, is either president or founder or officer of the many organizations he has helped put up. Among them are the Meralco Foundations Inc. where he was president for 15 years, the Phil. Chamber of Agriculture and Food where he is the founding chairman, and the Technical Vocational School Associations of the Philippines. His primary goal is to help people help themselves, and he...

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Universal Peace Federation Awards

Maj. Mike Aquino and Maj. Joc Talaroc together with the ladies of the Rotary Club of Makati. Maj. Aquino and Maj. Talaroc are here at the Manila Hotel to receive the Universal Peace Federation Awards for best Radio Station. (Therry...

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Science Nation Media tour

The Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory (ADMATEL) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) welcomes the Science Nation Media tour, with the Theme “AGHAM NA RAMDAM”. This is a nationwide road show for the media to showcase DOST’s world class projects and facilities. First visit was the ADMATEL for semiconductor and electronics.   Below: The Media with their Lab Gown, together ASEC Raymund E. Liboro with the new Director of DOST-ITDI, Dr. Ma. Patricia V....

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IRRI breaks ground for Australia-funded plant growth facility

LOS BAÑOS, PHILIPPINES –The world’s premier research organization focused on rice makes a commitment to keep working toward food and nutrition security for at least the next few generations. The IRRI leadership and special guests will together seal the deal when two time capsules that contain symbolic items representing the cutting edge of rice science and everyday life in 2015—and much hope for the future—are lowered to the ground at sunset today. The groundbreaking for the Lloyd T. Evans Plant Growth Facility starts the construction of a state-of-the-art structure in which various climate scenarios can be simulated under controlled...

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IRRI at Young Rice Scientists Tutugunan ang kahirapan at Gutom sa Bansa

Ang International Rice Research Institute (IRRI ) sa Los Banos Laguna ay dinagsa ng mga “Young Rice Scientist’s” mula iba’t ibang lahi sa mundo kamakailan (Enero 27, 2015), Layunin nito na mapaunlad ang ating pag-aangkat ng bigas sa buong mundo. Para na rin sa kinabukasan ng mga susunod na henerasyon. Pag dating ng grupo ng mga mamamahayag (after lunch), sinimulan ang programa, kasunod nito ang “GroudBreaking ceremony” ng Lloyd T. Evans plant Growth Facility. Sa Pagsisimula ng Programa, ito ay pinangunahan nina Grant Singkleton at Janelle Jung. Ang nakapaloob sa nasabing Programa ay tinalakay ng mga bisita buhat sa ibat-ibang...

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