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Sugar Rush: The Linabu Agrarian Multipurpose Cooperative (LAMPCO) Success Story Miko Morelos NORTHERN MINDANAO

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2014 Vol. 3 No. 239



Palace expects United Nations to take measures to protect Filipino peacekeepers in Liberia from Ebola


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Valencia heightens grassroots participatory budgeting implementation to boost poverty reduction efforts Ana Celeste W. Felisilda Advisory council vows to help PNP in fight against criminality Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob


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Enviro advocacy lived up by Butuan Sillimanians Venus L. Garcia DepEd Butuan holds training on K-12 mother tongue based multi-lingual educ Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong



Tagum distributes 1 million bangus fry to fisherfolks Louie Lapat


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NAPC inspects BUB, GPB projects in Sibugay Emmanuel D. Taghoy


Dipolog, PAHP’s model city in Mindanao Mary May A. Abellon


Information to Empower Filipinos


Sugar Rush: The Linabu Agrarian Multipurpose Cooperative (LAMPCO) Success Story by Miko Morelos


or the people of a remote village in Misamis Oriental, every coconut tree that still stands and bears fruit is an assurance that they will have food on the table and a roof over their heads.

This is a promise fulfilled by the international market’s demand for a special kind of sugar that farmers in barangay Linabu in Balingasag have been producing at such exceptional standards since 2009. Their ticket to success is called coco sugar, a sweetener made from the sap of coconut trees. Coco sugar has been making waves among health advocates all over the world because it has the lowest glycemic index among sweeteners. The In Metro Manila, health-conscious gylcemic index measures the speed people pay at least P300, or more than by which blood sugar levels rise after four times the cost of regular refined eating a particular food.

sugar, for a kilo of this coconut propagation. The PCA, in healthy sweetener recommended an effort to expand the business even for diabetics. possibilities for coconut farmers, introduced other by-products of the But nobody in barangay Linabu knew coconut tree, such as coco sugar. this four years ago. Unfortunately, when this initial Back then, the villagers like project managed then by the Linabu Ricardo Labadan and Eric Sumanda Coconut Planters Association ended, took on farm work that could not cover coco sugar production was not the basic needs of their families. sustained. The farmers became mere Toiling the land for P120 per day, they supplier of the coco sap to a private worked three to five days a week, trader in the town center, leaving them depending on the demand for extra with the same financially unstable life farmhand. they had before the project. The uncertainty of work remained a daily source of concern MORE WORK, MORE PAY for them, like any other farm worker Four years later, another in the barangay. government agency sought to revive Coconut is one of the three the coco sugar potential of Linabu. major crops in Misamis Oriental and its average provincial yield ranks fifth nationwide. Before coco sugar, farmers were only familiar with copra as the main by-product of coconut, which gave them seasonal income. In 2005, the Philippine Coconut Authority selected barangay Linabu as one of the nursery sites for dwarf 5

The Department of Agrarian Reform launched its Agribusiness Enterprises Development Program and selected Linabu as a site for the coco sugar processing facility. The management of the project was given to the Linabu Agrarian Multipurpose Cooperative (LAMPCO). LAMPCO was established in 1997 with 172 members who are mostly agrarian reform beneficiaries. The fledgling operation of the cooperative got a new lease on life with the DAR’s pilot production of coco sugar. “Shifting to coco sugar was not an easy decision for farmers,” LAMPCO general manager Maria Virgenia Pejoro said in an interview with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). She explained that workers used to harvest mature coconuts every four months, which meant they had a lot of time on their hands, as against sap harvesting which had to be done three or four times a day. For seasoned farmhands like Labadan and Sumanda, more work was better than work. Labadan now works six days instead of his usual three. He still earns P120 per day, but he said his load is lighter than when he tilled the land. Labadan is LAMPCO’s “dryman” or the one tasked to dry out the coco

sugar on formica tables and make sure it attains just the right texture before packaging. The coco sugar project has brought the cooperative back to life through the injection of capital and technology from the DAR, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the local government. But what he’s most grateful for, Labadan said, was the training given to them because they were taught to become “real entrepreneurs.” Sumanda is a sap gatherer for farm owner Reyno Molo, who divides the proceeds from the sale of the sap at 60:40. The farmhand gets the bulk of the earnings – about P18 for every

gallon of sap which the cooperative momentum for LAMPCO, according buys for P30 per gallon – while the to Pejoro. rest go to Molo, the landowner. What started as a project churning three kilos of coco sugar SWEET AFFAIR per day is now a world-class facility Under this arrangement, producing 600 kg of coco sugar daily, Sumanda managed to more than or 10 tons per month. LAMPCO’s coco double his monthly income, from sugar has an organic certification from P4,000 to P10,000. Gathering sap ECOCERT SA, is carbon-neutral and from 40 trees in Molo’s farm, Sumanda is approved by the Food and Drug averages 26 gallons of sap per day. Administration. He said he is happy that Linabu Today, the product of this was chosen to be the pilot site of village in Balingasag, about 52 km the DAR’s coco sugar production from Cagayan de Oro, has reached because he does not have to leave Japan and some parts of Europe. his family to find work elsewhere. Negotiations for direct export to “What makes me happy is that Britain for five tons of coco sugar per I canbetter provide for the needs of month have also been finalized. my family,” Sumanda said. “We are confident that coco Molo is not doing badly, either. In sugar will soon make a name for the past three months of production, Mindanao in the global market,” he has made P42,000 from coco sap Pejoro said. of 80 of his 300 coconut trees. He “Looking back, it was a difficult saves the rest for propagation – and start that required a lot of hard work. as retirement insurance. But seeing the sweetest results, I From being a humdrum village, can say it was worth the try and the Linabu has evolved into a well-oiled sacrifices,” she added. machine churning out tons of coco sugar. LAMPCO’s members and their families work hand in hand, from gathering the raw materials to packaging the finished product and bringing it to the shipping point. To ensure that everyone benefits from the coco sugar boom, families agreed to work in two-week shifts. The set-up has sustained the 7




President Aquino swears in Armed Forces Chief Catapang, other military officers


resident Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday swore in newly appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., and other military officers during simple rites at the Rizal Hall of MalacaĂąang Palace.

Catapang, who was appointed as the 45th With him during the ceremony was his family. Chief of Staff of the AFP, assumed his post last Following Catapang’s oath-taking, July, replacing General Emmanuel Bautista. President Aquino administered the AUGUST 2014 | PAGE


oaths of office to newly promoted generals and flag officers of the AFP. Inducted into office were Lieutenant General Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr., Major General Donato San Juan, Major General Victor Bayani, Major General Salvador Melchor Mison Jr., Major General Mayoralgo dela Cruz, Rear Admiral Reynaldo Yoma, Major General Glorioso Miranda, Brigadier General Medardo Geslani, and Brigadier General Arthur Ang. Also promoted were Brigadier General

Vicente Yordan, Commodore Allan Rosal, Brigadier General Arnold Mancita, Brigadier General Enrique Reyes, Brigadier General Armando Ba単ez, Brigadier General Edgar Gonzales, Brigadier General Irma Almoneda, Brigadier General Johnny Macanas, Brigadier General John Oliviamor Estabillo, Brigadier General Manolito Orense, and Brigadier General Job Yucoco. President Aquino was joined by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin during the event. PND


Palace expects United Nations to take measures to protect Filipino peacekeepers in Liberia from Ebola


he Palace expects the United Nations (UN) to keep the 113 Filipino peacekeepers in the West African nation of Liberia safe from the threat of the Ebola virus.

“The peacekeeping force is under the UN. We would expect the UN to ensure that the peacekeeping forces under its jurisdiction are amply protected,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters during a press briefing on Monday. He said it is not known how far the peacekeepers are from areas hit by the epidemic. “But I would expect measures taken by the United Nations to ensure the safety of its peacekeeping forces,” he reiterated. Liberia, along with Sierra Leone

and Guinea, is at the center of the Ebola outbreak, which has already claimed some 1,000 lives. According to reports, the Filipino peacekeepers are expected to return from their tour of duty in Liberia in September or October this year. United Nations peacekeepers are monitoring the ceasefire agreement in Liberia, following the end of a civil war in 2003. Lacierda said the Department of Health will attend to the soldiers upon their return from Africa. PND AUGUST 2014 | PAGE


Eastern Mindanao Command joins in IHL Month celebrations


he Davao City-based Eastern Mindanao Command announced that it is one with the nation in the celebration of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) this August.

This was stressed in a statement forwarded by Capt. Alberto Caber, the command spokesperson, Tuesday. He added that their observation of IHL Month formally took off at Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao parade ground, Panacan, Davao City Monday morning. Eastern Mindanao Command deputy chief Brig. Gen. Alexander F. Balutan led the pledge of reaffirmation of commitment and support for the IHL, foremost of which is to AUGUST 2014 |

strictly adhere to and abide by the provisions of the IHL in the discharge of their duties and functions. Under the pledge, soldiers have to observe the fundamental principles of IHL on distinction; proportionality of force; military necessity; humane treatment; recognize, respect, defend; and fulfill the dignity and rights of every person. Executive Order 134 formally declares August as International Law Month. PAGE | 11

Lanao Norte schools receive STARBOOKS kiosk by Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - Two public schools at the secondary level in Lanao del Norte are the recipients of the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). AUGUST 2014 |

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Under this program, the Lala National High School (LNHS) and Lanao Norte National Comprehensive High School (LNNCHS) received one kiosk each for installation in their respective campuses. “STARBOOKS aims to entice our local students to enroll in Science and Technology related courses and enhance their entrepreneurship capability,” said DOST Provincial Director Ferdinand Soliven. The identified academic institutions through their principals each received on August 11 their STARBOOKS kiosk during a simple turn-over rites held at the Provincial Capitol building lobby after the regular flag ceremony. “We are very fortunate to be given these two kiosks by DOST. These are powerful tools that our students can use for their research and other school-related works. These pods will AUGUST 2014 |

provide our children access to science and technology information right at their fingertips,” said provincial administrator Joselito Quibranza, who represented governor Khalid Q. Dimaporo. STARBOOKS contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and audio/video) placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface. The kiosk is very timely especially now that we shall be piloting our Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum next year. Rest assured that we shall be maximizing the use of the STARBOOKS pod for research of students, said LNHS principal Carolina Clarito. While LNNCHS Principal Letecia Lagura said she is thankful to the provincial government led by Governor Khalid Dimaporo and DOST-Lanao del Norte for making their school as one of the recipients of the STARBOOKS program. The STARBOOKS program of DOST is dubbed as the first Philippine Science Digital Library. Other organizations that can avail of the STARBOOKS program are Local Government Units and nongovernment groups. PAGE | 13

Valencia heightens grassroots participatory budgeting implementation to boost poverty reduction efforts by Ana Celeste W. Felisilda

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon - In pursuit of attaining the government’s goal of poverty reduction and inclusive growth, Valencia city government pushed for speedy implementation of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) projects, describing the new budget strategy as the most effective way to cut red tape to prevent wastage of public funds. City mayor Azucena P. Huervas said the GPBP, previously known as Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BuB), originates from the actual needs of the people, thus insuring that funds are spent wisely for priority projects. She said Valencia City was a recipient of more than P37 million grants from various national agencies to fund implementation of 26 poverty reduction projects identified by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in 2013. Another P46 million grant was approved for release in 2014, which is intended to fund the approved additional 31 priority projects focused on livelihood, skills training for out-of-school youths and persons with disabilities, water supply improvement, health and social services delivery enhancement, and other similar projects aimed to curb poverty incidence in the city of Valencia, Huervas said. To ensure full implementation AUGUST 2014 |

of P46-million projects, Valencia local government unit (LGU) allocated P18 million as minimum required equity. Positive results of GPBP funded projects are gradually showing and felt by grassroots beneficiaries. These shall be more evident in the coming years when all of the 2013 and 2014 projects are fully implemented, the mayor said. Meanwhile, the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), created thru an executive order, shall oversee the implementation and monitoring of all GPBP projects to ensure prompt and accurate delivery of services to target beneficiaries. As an effective approach to attain the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger from which the Philippine Development Plan is anchored, GPBP also encourages LGUs to improve performance in the fields of governance, PAGE | 14

financial housekeeping, peace and order, disaster preparedness, environmental protection and all other performance areas in order to qualify as beneficiaries/recipients of the GPBP grants. More importantly, the additional funding support provided by this poverty reduction program is a big help especially among Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) dependent local government units like the city of Valencia, which is now striving to implement more projects for

the deprived and poorest of the poor among the disadvantaged communities. “Hence, officials along with the CSOs in the city of Valencia sincerely hope that the GPBP shall be sustained in the coming years. This is a genuine call to all national officials to continue supporting bottom-up planning and budgeting programs such as GPBP to attain the shared goal of eliminating poverty in the country,” the mayor said.

Advisory council vows to help PNP in fight against criminality by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - The City Advisory Council (CAC) for the Philippine National Police Performance and Governance System (PNP-PGS) of the Ozamiz City Police Station (CPS) has vowed to cooperate and help prevent crimes in the city. “There is no better cure against criminality than preventing it from happening and so we need to help and cooperate with the CPS in the fight against crime,” said Rolando P. Neri, City Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), who was elected Chairperson of the CAC, recently. Neri’s comment was in response to the appeal of P/Supt. Micahel Cadiogan Bawayan, Jr., CPS Chief, who said the CPS needs the help and cooperation of the community in the AUGUST 2014 |

fight against criminality in the city. “As it is, given the present population of the city, the ratio of police personnel is one policeman for every 2,600 (1:2,600) residents, when it was only one policeman for every 500 residents (1:500), decades ago,” Bawayan said. Meanwhile, oathtaking of the CAC took place at the City Session Hall right after the election with Prosecutor Genes Beduya, Vice Chairperson and the following members: Rizalina O. Francisco, President PAGE | 15

of the Liga nga mga Barangay, represented by Susan Bundaco, P/Supt Cayetano Ferrer Albarico, Former Chief of Provincial Operation Branch, Misamis Occidental Provincial Police Office (MOPPO), Rev. Fr. Marvin Osmena, Parish Priest, Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish ang Ellen Pelare, Production Head, Lumad Misamisnon Channel. Dr. Mercy O. Cabaong, Dean, College of Criminology, Misamis

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University, Audie S. Elcarte, Provincial Chairman, Karancho Inc., Pershing Tanqueto, President, Ozamiz Filipino Chamber of Commerce, represented by Rogelio Mayol and Revinda Bation, Leader, Indigenous People. Also present during the oathtaking were members of the Ozamiz CPS- Technical Working Group for the PNP-PATROL (Peace and order Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule Of Law) Plan 2030.

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Gov’t agencies converge for ‘Yes for Peace’ campaign By Jennifer P. Gaitano

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BUTUAN CITY –In line with the simultaneous conduct of the press conference or Kapihan on “Yes for Peace - Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran, Kasaganahan (KKK)” Campaign on August 12, 2014 at the Teacher’s Development Center of the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga regional office here, several government agencies converged its efforts to facilitate discussion on the salient features of the campaign with the local media partners. Representatives from DepEd, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) will serve as panelists of the set Kapihan. This activity will also be held simultaneously in all the regions of the country. “It is high time for the Filipino people to assert their collective and individual right to peace on August 12, 2014 which is also in time with the International Humanitarian Law Day,” emphasized PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga. In this campaign, it was AUGUST 2014 |

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agreed that the PIA regional directors nationwide shall schedule and organize ‘Kapihan sa PIA’ on August 12, 2014, and to coordinate with the local and national media. The OPAPP shall discuss the current government current policy, particularly the three principles on peace and the six paths to peace with emphasis on the importance of people’s participation in defining the comprehensive peace process. Also, the Yes for Peace regional representatives shall present the background objectives and status of the Yes for Peace – Bayanihan para sa KKK campaign. The DepEd regional directors shall consolidate reports from its School Division Superintendents on participation to the Yes for Peace campaign and announce summary results, while CHED regional di-

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rectors shall consolidate reports from higher education institutions on participation of said campaign and announce summary results. Meanwhile, it was also agreed that the regional representatives of the CHR or the Presidential Committee on Human Rights shall discuss the relevance the campaign in claiming and asserting the Filipino people’s right to peace. The Yes for Peace campaign started as a student-led initiative (Di-YES for Peace – Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan) in University of the Philippines System to advance the peace process pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and as a move to establish democratic basis for the declaration of Zones of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (ZOPFAN) in 1988.

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Enviro advocacy lived up by Butuan Sillimanians By Venus L. Garcia BUTUAN CITY - The Silliman University Alumni Association, Inc. (SUAAI) Butuan Chapter, under its green and clean advocacy, has once again brought members together for a tree planting activity at the Macapagal Highway in Butuan City on Saturday. Dwarf golden coconut seedlingswere planted this year as a component of its organization’s commitment and participation in the city’s vision of making Butuan as a ‘Premier Forest City’ by 2020. The undertaking is mainly part of the university’s 13th PreFounding Anniversary Celebration which is anchored on the theme, “Submitting to the Refiner’s Fire.” Silliman University Alumni Association, Inc. Butuan Chapter pubAUGUST 2014 |

lic information officer and Butuan Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (BHHI) president Nora Rama bared the relevance to its theme “that just the same with the process of purification of precious metal by fire, it has to do with the perception of removing impurities and resigning ourselves from our own selfish motives and petty ambitions and able to refine our moral fiber into more concerned citizens guided by divine wisdom.” She cited for instance the advanPAGE | 20

tages when environmental protection concern be earnestly upheld. In the previous year, the SUAAI Butuan Chapter has also planted and maintained more than 100 dwarf yellow golden coco trees along Tiniwisan road in support to the National Greening Program of the government which aims to promote

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Butuan into a green city. “We are in a mission to protect, preserve and save our natural environment. This simple contribution of growing trees will provide better and beneficial ecosystem essential for all life forms to thrive and is essentially a global warming solution,” said Rama. Meanwhile, SUAAI president Atty. Rene Burdeos was thankful for the usual support of its active members. He encourages them to “be more involved in taking actions for development such like this to help restore the natural beauty of the city and to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

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DepEd Butuan holds training on K-12 mother tongue based multi-lingual educ By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY - An eight-day Division Training-Workshop on Mother Tongue Based Multi-Lingual Education or MTB-MLE Instructional Material Development for Grades-I-III will be conducted starting Monday, August 11 at the Division Training Center, Butuan City Division here. The said training is divided into three phases, namely: Phase I on August 11-12, which focuses on the training-workshop; Phase II will be on August 14-16 which focuses on writing and editing and lastly, Phase III will be on August 26-28 which focuses on final editing and lay-outing. The training-workshop aims to help the Grades-I-III teachers in the making of instructional materials in teaching the Mother Tongue and other learning areas AUGUST 2014 |

taught in Sinugbuanong Binisaya and Butuanon such as “Big Books� (Short Stories), songs, poems, and other related materials, train potential writers/illustrators on the mechanics and rudiments of shortstory writing and digital illustrating and develop reading/instructional materials in Butuanon and Sinugbuanong Binisaya based on the K-12 MTB-MLE quarterly learning competencies from Grades-I-III. Furthermore, the training PAGE | 22

also aims to have these materials checked, edited and validated by experts for reproduction, have these materials printed, reproduced and be given to all Grades-I to III teachers and lastly, organize a pool of division writers and illustrators. Butuan City councilor and Committee on Education chairman Ramon P. Carampatana stressed that Butuanon dialect must be included in the instructional materials and it must be localized in order to preserve the culture and heritage of Butuan. On the other hand, Butuan City Schools Division Superintendent Josita Carmen posed a great challenge to the participants that quality and relevant instructional materials across all learning areas

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must be produced as training outputs and used in the teaching-learning process. She also emphasized that teachers’ works must transcend to mortality in order to leave a lasting legacy to the students. “These instructional materials must contribute significantly to the students’ performance especially on their reading ability which is the gateway in learning all genres of learning,” said Carmen. The training is being participated by 120 participants to include 55 members of the division’s technical working group in the material editing and validating, 39 grades I-III story-writers or master teachers, 13 illustrators and 13 district reading coordinators.

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City to advise public on traffic situation during kadayawan

DAVAO CITY- With major repairs on the city’s thoroughfares, the city will be updating the public on traffic situation particularly on road closures during the holding of the Kadayawan. The main activities of the Kadayawan particularly Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (street dancing) and Pamulak (Floral Float Parade) will be held on August 16 and 17. Lisette Marquez, City Tourism Office said they have foreseen the big problem and will be informing the public on road closures, traffic situations and alternate routes

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during the festivities. The Traffic Management Council of Davao will be deploying 128 personnel to man the roads during the festivities. Bankerohan Bridge II is currently closed to vehicular traffic as it is undergoing major repairs. While parts of Quezon Boulevard is also undergoing major upgrading which will impact the traffic situation during the festival. Already in the internet particularly on social media are detailed traffic maps which provides information on road closures, possible traffic buildup areas and alternate routes. Marquez said that they are expecting a more crowded Kadayawan as they are estimating 180,000 tourists for August most will converge during the festival, 14% increase from ther 150,000 tourist arrivals registered in August last year. (PIA/RG Alama) PAGE | 30

Tagum distributes 1 million bangus fry to fisherfolks TAGUM CITY—One million bangus fry were formally turned-over to 175 brackish water fishpond owners and caretakers who are growing bangus in three coastal barangays in the city, following the City Government of Tagum’s vision of reviving the bangus industry in the city which was devastated by the brunt of Typhoon Agaton earlier this year. Under the Bangus Fry Dispersal Program of the City Government of Tagum through the City Agriculture Office, the 175 farmers received the said government assistance last August 12, 2014 spearheaded by Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Vice Mayor Geterito T. Gementiza. “This is an initiative of the local government to help our fisherfolks who suffered during the flooding in the recent calamities that hit the city,” Mayor Rellon said. The local chief executive noted that this is the biggest assistance rolled out by the local government for the fisherfolks in Barangay Busaon, Bincungan and Liboganon to the tune of 700,000 pesos utilized under the 5% calamity fund of the local government. Another 560,000 pesos is intended for the rehabilitation of agricultural areas, which puts AUGUST 2014 |

the total rehabilitation fund to 1, 260,000 pesos. “This would greatly alleviate the plight of farmers and fisherfolks whose losses in expected income were greatly jeopardized,” City Agriculturist Harold S. Dawa said. Dawa further stressed on the importance of helping the bangus industry of the city since its demand is high. Currently, the city is host to 1, 118 hectares of brackish water fishponds growing bangus, all of which are located in the three coastal barangays of Tagum. Throughout the roll-out of the program, technical assistance will be provided by the City Agriculture Office. The aim of reviving the bangus industry in Tagum will soon be given a boost once the construction of the Multi-Species Hatchery in Liboganon will be finished sometime this year. Built in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the hatchery is expected to sustain the supply of fingerlings for mariculture projects not only in Tagum but for the entire Davao Region. | Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum PAGE | 31

PAHP launched in Dipolog By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) together with Food and Agriculture Administration (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) have launched recently the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) at the Top Plaza Hotel this city.

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Attending the PAHP launching, which was organized by DARZamboanga del Norte were Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Mohammad Dassan Adju Dipolog Mayor Evelyn T. UY, ARCP II National Project Coordinator Director Herman Z. Ongkiko, National PAHP Coordinator Lawrence Cruz, DSWD- Protective Services Bureau Director Margarita V. Sampang, Ms Natassaia Quijano of DSWD–OSEC, DSWD Nutritionist Richel de la Cruz, DSWD-9 Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo, DAR-9 Assistant Regional Director Agnes Maata, and other personnel from the line agencies, provincial government as well city government personnel. Ongkiko said Dipolog City was chosen as the pilot city of PAHP in

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recognition of its support to the various programs implemented by the national government in the city, citing among others the P58-million rehabilitation project of Dipolog Communal Irrigation System, now supplying water to 750 hectares of ricefields in Dipolog City and Polanco. The program is a colaborrative effort of DAR, DSWD and DA with technical assistance from FAO and WFP, and with the active cooperation and participation of the local government units (LGUs) to address hunger and poverty in the country. Mayor Uy was grateful to the program implementers for choosing Dipolog City as its pilot area and assured all the stakeholders of a successful implementation of said

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program in the city. Representatives from the different line agencies present also expressed their commitment of support to the program. FAO Consultant Flavio Luis Mazzaro de Freitas cited the value of the Food Acquisition Program in the successful implementation of “Zero Hunger Strategy,” which was adopted by Brazil to address its hunger and poverty problem. Ongkiko said the program was

initially tested in region 5, after a team from DAR, DSWD and DA went to Brazil in June 2013 to study the implementation of the program. Under the program, the farmers with support from DA through updated farm technology and other farm inputs will be provide rice and vegetables needed for the supplemental feeding program of DSWD, specifically to the beneficiairies of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

NAPC inspects BUB, GPB projects in Sibugay By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ROSELLER T. LIM, Zamboanga Sibugay – The provincial focal person of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) was here yesterday to monitor and evaluate the implementation of Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BUB) projects with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), one of the implementing agencies. Four farmers’ associations and one cooperative, all recipients of seedlings distributed by DENR-Sibugay from the BUB funds, were initially inspected and evaluated. “The evaluation and monitoring seeks to find out whether the projects implemented by the participating agencies have addressed the real needs and concerns of the people in the community, thus, reducing poverty incidence in the area,” said NAPC Provincial Focal Person Edgar N. Alegre. “About P15 million was allotted for each municipality every year from the BUB, which has been changed into Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB), for projects in the year 2014 onwards intended for the populace in the grassroots level,” explained AUGUST 2014 |

Alegre. Alegre pointed out that it is important for implementing agencies of the BUB projects to be transparent in their financial accountabilities and candid in their delivery of services. Meanwhile, interviewed farmers’ associations expressed gratitude to the DENR for the assorted seedlings distributed to them. They said they were satisfied with the project since farming is their main source of living. About 266 hectares identified for the DENR’s National Greening Program (NGP) in R.T. Lim town were covered by the BUB project for the year 2013. According to Alegre, the evaluation and monitoring for the other implementing agencies will also commence this month. PAGE | 34

Dipolog, PAHP’s model city in Mindanao By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY - “Dipolog City will become the model city in Mindanao for the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty’s (PAHP) initiative in food procurement from famiy farmers for school feeding program,” said National Program Coordinator Lawrence Cruz during the convergence meeting of DAR-DSWD-DA-FAO-WFP held here last week. PAHP is a holistic approach to alleviate the poor households from hunger and poverty, bringing together the programs of the government to provide essential services to the poorer sectors in the community. With this holistic approach, Cruz said, poverty and hunger incidence would be fully addressed through the technical assistance from the government and consistent project implementation. ARCP II National Project Coordinator Director Herman Z. Ongkiko said that Dipolog City has an edge over the rest in the implementation of the program since “the local government unit itself promotes organic farming to its farmers.” He added that all infrastructure projects of the government in rural areas will be linked with agrienterprise. Meanwhile, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Consultant Flavio Luis Mazzaro De Freitas stressed that this program is patterned after his country, Brazil, which was then replicated in Africa and now in Asia particularly the Philippines. “This program will increase the AUGUST 2014 |

income of small farmers, improve access to food, promote local economies, increase food varieties to be produced by small farmers, and boost the importance of organic products,” de Freitas said. He further emphasized that with the convergence program, “PAHP initiative will reduce the chances of failure.” Representative from the Office of the Secretary of DSWD, Natassia Quijano, said “this convergence wherein government concurrent efforts are linked is very important in achieving inclusive growth aimed by the Aquino administration,” as she thanked the LGUs and other agencies that are open to this initiative. Dipolog Mayor Evelyn T. Uy also expressed her gratitude because the program coincides with the city’s thrust of reducing hunger and poverty by helping the farmers in particular and the community in general. The lady mayor is optimistic that this program will succeed because Dipolog serves as the trading center for fruits and vegetables in the province. PAGE | 35

One Mindanao - August 12, 2014  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao Cluster.

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