Author: Raffy Rico

Needs Analysis and Assessment Forum Held at Floridablanca

Recognizing the other needs of our indigenous people in the provinces, the 48th Infantry Battalion in collaboration with the other National Government Agencies (NGAs) facilitated a Needs Analysis at Assessment Forum to the farmers who belong to the Indigenous People’s community in Brgy. Nabuklod, Floridablanca on 26 August 2020. According to Lieutenant Colonel Felix Emeterio M. Valdez, Commanding Officer, 48IB, the program aims to uncover the basic social issues and needs of the farmers and address it by channeling them to the proper NGAs under the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC). Some of the issues raised during...

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Farmers in Pinamungajan, Cebu will soon use biogas in cooking food

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has supplied  P500,000 biogas digester plant to the Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative (LMPC) last August 26, 2020. The LMPC as a farmer cooperative will manage the maintenance and operations of the biodigester. Ten farmer-households in Pinamungajan, Cebu were initially identified by the LMPC as the direct project beneficiaries. DA7 Livestock program coordinator Dr. Zeam Voltair E. Amper bared that these households will only pay to the LMPC approximately P200-300 a month for the unlimited supply of biogas for their household cooking. Regional Technical Director of DA7 Marina T. Hermoso shared that this project is part...

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Goat Deliveries for Better Income

The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of Department of Agriculture 12 have recently delivered some 115 goats for a better source of income among marginalized sectors of agriculture and fishery in Region 12. North Cotabato Province as one of the priority provinces of SAAD Program, three of its municipalities have granted goat production projects worth PhP 1,213,354.92 on September 03. Under the SAAD 2020 fund, the towns of Mlang, Tulunan and Matalam were given does worth P1, 034, 644.88 and bucks worth PhP 178, 710.12. A total of 104 does and 11 bucks was completely delivered yesterday...

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Urban Agriculture Advocate Miss Earth Lauds DA’s Plant Plant Plant Program

Lovely Roxanne Allison Baeyens, our reigning Miss Earth Philippines and environmentalist, has shown her thumbs-up attitude for Department of Agriculture’s efforts to secure sufficient food for Filipino families in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. During her speech, Baeyens stressed the vital role of the agriculture sector in the fight against COVID-19. As an advocate of urban agriculture, she emphasized that “Agriculture is amongst the most affected during the pandemic and losing hope of farmer is the worst that could happen.” According to her, “the DA’s Plant Plant Plant Program or Ahon Lahat Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) laban sa COVID...

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Paper Donations for Module-Printing for Online Classes Hailed

[From left to right: Arnold Sinen (Education Program Supervisor), Anna D. Liza Banayo (School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD) Chief, Daisy Z. Miranda, EdD (OIC- Schools Division Superintendent), Ruth B. Banzuela (Master Teacher 1, San Pablo City Integrated High School), Andrei Anne Palomar (Makipapel Project Head), Ynez Paula C. Navata (Makipapel Financial Analyst), Florie Lei J. Bulos (Makipapel Resource Coordinator), Venus E. Florentino (Senior Education Program Specialist)] Financially-deprived students who can’t have access to reliable internet are rightful beneficiaries of the 232 reams of A4 paper, to be used for modules, thanks to Makipapel’s untiring efforts. Pioneered by Laguna...

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Rubberwood utilized to make furniture, doors, and others

Rubberwood can be turned into exquisite furniture such as this center table, which won 3rd place during the 2019 Rubberwood Furniture Design Contest. DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) created a new project making use of a technology that brought to life Rubberwood trees (Hevea brasiliensis). Also known as deadwood, the project produced new jobs and additional income to rubber farmers of Naga in Zamboanga Sibugay. Thru the project “Processing and Utilization of Senile and Unproductive Rubberwood Trees for the Production of High Value Furniture, Mouldings and Joineries”, the farmers were able to convert senile rubberwood trees or...

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Chicken meat to be included in Relief Packs — DA

  Agriculture Secretary William Dar have asked local government units (LGUs) and other agencies to incorporate chicken meat in relief food packs for distribution to their constituents and clienteles to ease supply glut and stabilize prices of said poultry product. “The inclusion of fresh chicken in the relief goods would hike the demand and increase the farmgate prices of broilers,” Secretary Dar added. He issued the call-in response to the appeal made by the United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA), whose members along with other poultry raisers nationwide continue to reel from weak demand and resulting oversupply of chicken meat,...

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DLSU stude gets gold medal for National Olympiad in Informatics

After winning bronze in last year’s 31st IOI held in Azerbaijan, Dan Alden Baterisna from De La Salle University Senior High School topped this year’s National Olympiad in Informatics Finals to once again secure a slot in the national team. (Photo courtesy of NOI.PH) Dan Alden Baterisna, a student of De La Salle University Senior High School, won first place in the recently-concluded National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI.PH), held online last August 8-9. He scored 609 points. Coming in second was Steven Chua of British School Manila, who scored an impressive 574.54 points. Baterisna received a gold medal and...

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RECRUITS TAKE OATH OF OFFICE AT SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA

Some 150 recruits took their oath of office administered by Police Regional Office 3 Regional Director PBGen Rhodel O,. Sermonia. The event was held at the PRO3 Makatao Activity Center, Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga in the morning of August 24, 2020. There was also a presentation by PBGen Rex M. dela Rosa, Deputy Regional Director for Administration. Of the 150 police recruits, 127 are males and 23 are females. All were given the rank of Patrolmen and Patrolwomen (pat). After their oath-taking ceremony, the new police recruits will further undergo one-year training at the Regional Training...

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Project PAG-AHON Yields its first harvest

“Sa Palay at Gulay, may Ani, Hanapbuhay, Oportunidad, at Nutrisyon,” is a successful Project by the Department of Agriculture (DA), better known by the acronym PAG-AHON by its farmer beneficiaries. From the 50 key farmer-beneficiaries from Lupao Vegetable Growers Association (LVGA) who were trained under the crop diversification component, three vegetable growers already harvested 270 kilograms of pechay and mustard giving them a combined income of P10,400. The vegetables were planted mid-July. A part of the Plant, Plant, Plant program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), PAG-AHON project aims to increase the harvest and income of rice farmers and...

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