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Red Cross -Butuan City bares coming activities


he Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del NorteButuan City Chapter chaired by FelixbertoGuiritan, disclosed its coming activities for the year. Guiritan called on the public to support its fund-raising by participating in the “Bingo for A Cause� set on September 14 to be held at the Balanghai Hotel, this city. Bingo tickets are sold at P300 with five bingo cards. Administrator Teodoro Cairo of PRC Agusan del NorteButuan City Chapter also said the chapter will be heading the 12th Red Cross Youth Camp on October

3-5, as well as the 9th Red Cross Youth Assembly on November 29-30. Cairo added that the 18th National

Red Cross Youth (RCY) Assembly is on October 25-27 and this will be held at Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City. Deadline of registration for inter-

ested RCY members is on August 30. Aside from these activities, the chapter is also planning other activities that will enhance its health and social services. (JPG/PIA 13, Caraga)

DAR distributes CLOAs to 1700 beneficiaries in Agusan del Sur

EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR IN CHIEF Jinky M. Guadalquiver ASSOCIATE EDITOR Editha S. Vinatero NEWS WRITERS Kiara V. Bacor Rea R. Suganob Kaye R. Arnilla Rica Mea L. Sacay Rolito R. Arnilia CONTRIBUTORS Rizabelle M. Tampepe Tranijay H.Cebalios





he Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed on Thursday, August 15, Certificates of Land Ownership (CLOAs) to 1,789 beneficiaries in 10 municipalities in this province. DAR Undersecretary Jose Grageda revealed that the distribution of 1,733 CLOAs was one of the biggest he had distributed so far that covers 3,814.052 hectares (ha) to 1,789 beneficiaries. The municipality of Esperanza got the biggest number of CLOAs with 562 but only second biggest hectare of 1,014 hectares. La Paz that followed Esperanza has the biggest number of CLOAs and has the biggest hectares of 1,600 for 433 CLOAs. Ranking third number of CLOAS and hectares received by beneficiaries is the City of Bayugan with 388 CLOAs for 337 beneficiaries with 508 hectares, followed by Veruela with 173 CLOAs for 171 beneficiaries totaling to 320 hectares, Sibagat with 43 CLOAs for 43 beneficiaries with 67 hectares, Rosario with 40 CLOAs for 30 beneficiaries with 37 hectares then Prosperidad with 32 CLOAs for 31 beneficiaries with 37 hectares. The rest are below 30 CLOAs with lesser number of beneficiaries and hectares. “DAR is asking nothing from you, our beloved beneficiaries, but to maximize the use of your lands now for the purpose of increasing

food production in your area. Just tell any DAR personnel if you need our help so that we can extend our assistance,” Grageda said. In his message read by SangguniangPanlalawigan member Nestor Corvera, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza said he is very glad that his constituents in Agusandel Sur continue to receive blessings from national government that uplift their economic condition. He also thanked DAR Agusan del Sur provincial office for recognizing those who are really in need. Host Mayor AlbinMagdamit, in his welcome remarks said, he prays that the land now owned by greater number of beneficiaries will be used for the purpose of agricultural production and not to be sold, or leased. Magdamit said, he is encouraging the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers to monitor the activities of recipients so they will be guided on wise use of the land. Grageda also conducted a dialogue with the people’s organization, ARBs, and media. (DMS/PIA 13, Agusandel Sur) DA-ACPC turns-o

DA-ACPC turns-over P6M credit assistance to Butuan Farmers’ Coop

Jr. turned-over the two checks to

signified the LGU’s commitment

Antongalon Farmers Association

to help in nurturing the recipients

Caraga Incorporated (AFACI) with

to use the money efficiently and to

the amount of P1.05 million and to

give them necessary assistance to

Antongalon-Agusan Multi-Purpose

ensure sustainability of the proj-

Cooperative (AAMPC) amounting


to P5 million.

The credit assistance will be paid

AFACI President EpifaniaAnto-

back by the two recipients in a

quia said the credit assistance they

very minimal interest.

had received from ACPC is a big

ACPC is the government’s primary

help in the operation of their pack-

institution in rural finance policy

ing house for vegetables that soon

and programs to address the need

wo farmers cooperative here

to open in Langihan Public Market

for access to sustainable credit of

received credit assistance

in Butuan while Gerardo Mag-isa

small farmers and fisherfolks.

amounting to more than P6 mil-

of AAMPC said that the amount

Meanwhile, Caraga Region Ag-

lion from the Agricultural Credit

they had received will be utilized

ricultural Credit Desk Officer

Policy Council (ACPC) during the

for rice production projects.

Marilou M. Gruyal urged other

turn-over ceremony held recently

Mabeza in her speech reminded the

farmer cooperatives who would

at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort,

recipients of the ACPC credit as-

like to access lending assistance

this city.

sistance to use the money efficient-

to finance various agricultural

ACPC Executive Director Jovita-

ly and be counted as among the

projects to coordinate with DA-

Corpuz together with Department

new breed of farmers reflecting the

RFU 13 thru the Agribusiness and

of Agriculture-Regional Field

virtues of self reliance, responsibil-

Marketing Assistance Division

Unit (DA-RFU) Caraga regional

ity and care for the community .

(AMAD). (FEA/Aurell P. Arais/

director Edna M. Mabeza and city

As a response to the director’s

RAFID DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga

mayor Ferdinand M. Amante ,

message, Mayor Ferdinand Amante




ATI Caraga, NGOs, media crafts communication, advocacy plan for farmers the FCC to amplify its services to

the client/stakeholders do not know

client farmers and fisherfolk.

the FCC roles and services and

The FCC is the alternative delivery

they do not avail of the services,”

channel of Department of Agricul-

Arceo emphasized.

ture (DA) in providing timely in-

She added the lack of promotion

formation and extension services to

and absence of communication

farmers and fisherfolk that include

plan for the FCC are some sig-


technical advisory on agriculture

nificant factors that were identified

he Agricultural Training

and fisheries technologies and agri-

during the evaluation that need to

Institute (ATI) Caraga,

cultural marketing assistance.

be addressed.

non-government orga-

Arceobared that the FCC has gen-

“The support and participation of

nizations (NGOs) with farmers’

erated an average of 764 queries

the different stakeholders com-

rural-based organizations (RBOs),

per month or a total of 27,525 in-

ing from DA attached agencies,

and local media are formulating

quiries since its operational incep-

RBOs, NGOs, state universities

communication and advocacy plan

tion in 2010. However, only seven

and colleges, local media, TelCo,

for the Farmers Contact Center

percent of these queries are related

extension workers, and farmers in


for agricultural technology, which

developing a communication and

During the Consultation Workshop

the FCC is focusing about.

advocacy plan for the FCC are

on Maximizing the Services of the

Seventy percent of the queries are

very essential to realize our aim to

FCC through the Development of

related to e-learning concerns; 22%

maximize the services of the FCC

a Communication and Advocacy

for program and services of the

so that more farmers and extension

Plan on August 12, AntonietaAr-

DA; and one percent for the mar-

workers will access information

ceo, the OIC Chief on Knowledge

keting related concerns.

needs on farm and business adviso-

Products Management Division of

“With the status of FCC operations,

ry services to make farming profit-

ATI Central Office revealed that

we found out in our evaluation that

able enterprise,” she said. (FEA/

there is a need to develop a com-

there was a failure of maximizing


munication and advocacy plan for

the FCC services primarily because