Author: Raffy Rico

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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PRESSCON ON MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL USE

  The Philippine Medical Association (PMA), Philippine College of Physicians(PCP), Philippine Neurological Association(PNA), Philippine League Against Epilepsy, Pain Society of the Philippines, and Philippne Socity of Clinical Occupational Toxicology, have united to oppose House Bill 4477.  (Jimmy...

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Food innovation hub sa Tuguegarao, inilunsad ng DOST

  Inilunsad kamakailan ng Department of Science and Technology Regional Office II (DOST II) ang Food Innovation Center (FIC) kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng Northern Luzon Cluster Fair sa Cagayan State University- Carig Campus, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. Layon ng FIC na palakasin ang agriculture-based economy ng rehiyon sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaroon ng ayuda sa industriya ng food processing. Tampok sa FIC ang mga locally developed food technology equipment na ayon sa pangangailangan ng lokal na industriya. Kabilang dito ang vertical fill form seal na ginagamit sa pagsasapakete ng mga food-based na produkto; vacuum packaging para sa mga karne at dried fruit na produkto; freeze dryer na ginagamit upang matanggal ang mga tubig sa isang food product na hindi kinakailangan ng init at vacuum fryer. Kasama rin sa mga kagamitan ang water retort para sa sterilization ng mga babasaging bote maging ang mga PET o polyethylene Therepthalate na botelya; spray dryer na ginagamit sa paggawa ng mga pinulbos na mga produkto; pulverizer/grinder na ginagamit sa paggiling ng mga mais, bigas, mani at iba pa; deep fryer para sa pagprito ng mga chip, chicharon, at fries; dough mixer; noodle maker; noodle cutter; at single-screw extruder na ginagamit naman para sa mga cereals. Ayon kay DOST II Regional Director Dr. Urduja Tejada, na panahon na upang madagdagan ang halaga ng mga pananim na inaani sa rehiyon sa pamamagitan ng pagproseso at tamang development...

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TWO BIG-TIME PUSHERS BUSTED INSIDE MALL, Yield P500,000 worth of shabu

Two big-time pushers were arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a buy-bust operation inside a shopping mall in Manila on October 15, 2014. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspects as Jamil Gote y Sialbo, 18 years old; and Sainara Tampugao y Binatara, 31, a female.  Both are unemployed and residents of No. 152 Palanca Street, Barangay 648 Zone 67, Quiapo, Manila. At around 7:30 pm, a drug transaction between the suspects and a PDEA undercover agent posing as a buyer was hatched at a popular fast food restaurant inside a shopping mall along San Marcelino in Manila, to facilitate the sale of 100 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, contained inside a knot-tied transparent plastic ice bag. After Gote and Tampugao received the marked money in exchange for the illegal drug, elements of PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) under Atty. Jacquelyn De Guzman immediately pounced on them. Recent entrapment operations by PDEA revealed that shopping malls, particularly fast food restaurants, are being used as choice venues for drug transactions. “Illegal drug transactions are actually happening in common dining areas because the place is bustling with dining people and where illegal drugs can be exchanged discreetly without attracting attention,” Cacdac said. The suspects will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of...

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Sci Tech magazine ng DOST, nasa tablet na

Upang maabot ang malaking bahagi ng publiko, ang Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) ay inilunsad kamakailan ang S&T Post e-Magazine-ang opisyal na news magazine ng DOST-na maaari nang madownload gamit ang mga IOS gadget sa pamamagitan ng Apple Newstand. Maliban sa mga pinakahuling balita sa programa ng DOST, teknolohiya, serbisyo, at mga pag-aaral, ang S&T Post ay naglalaman din ng iba’t ibang impormasyon mula sa mga kilalang dalubhasa ng bansa, foreign news sa agham at teknolohiya, maging ang mga movie at book review. Sa pamamagitan ng e-Magazine ay mas maraming ma-iengganyong kabataang magbasa at magkaroon ng interest sa agham at teknolohiya. “This e-Magazine is a breakthrough for us,” wika ni DOST Asst. Secretary Raymund E. Liboro. “This is the first time we’ve done something like this – to put our articles in a new format such as an e-Magazine.” Ayon kay Neil Everett B. Elpusan, business development manager ng Megamobile Inc., nagbago na ang panlasa ng mga tao sa mga babasahin. Ang Megamobile Inc. ay ang mobile content and applications developer ng S&T Post e-Magazine. “In 2000, 2 million people accessed the Internet. To date, there are about 36.7 million online users in the Philippines,” pagpapatuloy ni Elpusan. Ibinahagi rin ni Elpusan na sa kasalukuyan ay mayroong 30 milyong gumagamit ng Facebook, habang mayroong 100 milyong Filipino naman ang gumagamit ng mga mobile device...

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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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