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posals of AROs, SUCs, GOCCs/GFIs and at the same time the RDC‟s basis for review and evaluation of the annual budget proposals of these government entities. NEDA-Caraga OIC-RD Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño chaired the 76th RDC Full Council Meeting. The RDP endeavors to make the Caraga Region the Fish- ery, Agro-Foresty, Mining, and Eco-Tourism (FAME) center of the country by year 2030 by developing the re- gion‟s abundant resources in fishery, agriculture, foresty, mining, and eco-tourism. These sectors have been observed as growth drivers of the region‟s economy, generating employment for the region. The improvement of the productivity of the said sec- tors can translate into im- proved gross regional do- mestic product (GRDP). In 2011, Caraga‟s economy posted the fastest growth among regions with an ac- celerated rate of 8.5 percent in 2011 from 7.4 percent in 2010, as reported by the NSCB. The RDC hopes to maintain if not improve the GRDP of the region through the support of every Caraganons with this revised RDP. The Regional De- velopment Invest- ment Program (RDIP) on the other hand is the companion docu- ment of the RDP. It is the translation of the objectives and strategies of the RDP into con- crete programs, projects and activities to be implemented by the agency regional offices (AROs), state universities and col- leges (SUCs), and the local government units (LGUs). The RDIP is focused on strategic core investment programs/projects of AROs, SUCs, and LGUs. It also serves as basis for the prepa- ration of annual budget pro- Caraga Regional Development Council approves, adopts revised Regional Development Plan, Investment Program Inside this issue: Team DSWD wins Re- gional StatQuiz 2013 2 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women 2013 3 DA Caraga Turns-over Farm Tractor to Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte 4 Caraga bags World Food Day 2013 Best Mosaic Award 4 The Regional Develop- ment Council In Action 5 DOH announces new program for elder per- sons 17 PhilRice sets first ever brown rice day 18 DTI-Agusan del Sur to award engineered- bamboo processing equipment to SA- FRAADAP 19 560 Farmers Graduate from University on the Air on White Corn Pro- duction 20 Vol. XVII Issue 3 October-December 2013 A Publication of the Caraga Regional Development Council by Sherwin E. Verdun, NEDA-Caraga Q3 Regional Project Monitoring Activity See page 6-11 Q2 Regional Eco- nomic Situationer See page 12-16 ON THE GAVEL. Acting Caraga Regional De- velopment Council Chairperson, NEDA-Caraga OIC-Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño. The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) approved and adopted the revised Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 and the Regional Development Invest- ment Program through RDC Resolutions No. 34 and 35, series of 2013, respectively, during the 76th RDC Full Council Meeting on October 4, 2013 at Butuan City.
Page 2 The team of Mr. Cale B. Pineda and Ms. Therese Mar- garette C. Babanto from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD- Caraga) bested 21 other teams during the 7th Inter-Agency/ LGU Stat Quiz on October 29, 2013 at Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City. The winning team accumulated a total score of 30 points in the three-round Regional StatQuiz. The Team DILG composed of Mr. John Chris Malupa and Mr. Don Manuelo Patrimonio came close with a total score of 29 points while Team TESDA com- posed of Mr. Robert Roperos and Ms. Lyrette B. Ysalina got 27 points taking the second and third spots, respectively. The top three winning teams received certifi- cates and cash prizes. In her welcome remarks, Na- tional Economic and Develop- ment Authority (NEDA) OIC Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Carino stressed the important uses of statistics in all development –planning and gov- ernment statistical activities. Ms. Jazmin D. Berido of NEDA hosted the event and Ms. Berna- deth Bonachita and Ms. Rowena Petate of NSO served as the Quiz Masters. The 7th Agency/LGU StatQuiz is the culminating activity of the region‟s National Statistics Month celebration with the theme “Statistics for Every Filipino.” It was spearheaded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), National Statistics Office (NSO) and De- partment of Trade and Industry (DTI). Team DSWD wins Regional StatQuiz 2013 Volume XVI Issue 3 The Editorial Board Caraga Today National Economic and Development Authority Nimfa Tiu Building I, JP Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Jazmin D. Berido Editor Arven John B. Lumag Mitchell C. Castillon Sherwin E. Verdun Emmilou R. Gonzaga Writers DTI XIII, DA XIII Contributors OIC-RD Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño Adviser THE WINNERS. Above, Ms. Therese Margarette C. Babanto (3rd from left) and Mr. Cale B. Pineda (2nd from right) with the judges RD Rosa- linda Celeste-Apura (NSO, left), Ms. Venus S. Derequito (NEDA, 2nd from left), Atty. Mara C. Maquiling (DTI, right). Below, Mr. Don Manuelo Patrimonio (left) and Mr. John Chris Malupa (2nd from left) of DILG and Ms. Lyrette B. Ysalina (2nd from right) and Mr. Robert Roperos (right) of TESDA. by Emmilou R. Gonzaga , NEDA-Caraga THE STATMAN The Head symbolizes the sign 'Sigma (σ)' to denote standard deviation or variations in human endeavors. The Right Arm symbolizes the sign 'Sigma (Σ)' to denote summation of society's dreams and aspirations. The Left Arm and Torso, taken altogether, symbolizes the sign 'Chi Square (χ2)' to denote independ- ence and objectivity of one's views and decisions while maintaining harmony with the government. The use of the symbols as the body parts of STATMAN signifies coher- ence and unity between statistical theory and their various applica- tions which include, among others, the generation, analysis and inter- pretation of data. The picture depicted of the STATMAN in motion signifies the vision for and mission of the Philippine Statistical System, that is, 'Statistics in Action,' which simply means a system that is pro- active and responsive to develop- ments affecting the country and its products, in terms of statistical data series, used in governance, and ion the conduct of our daily lives.
18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women 2013 Page 3Vol. XVII Issue 3 VAW is a human rights issue. It strikes at the personhood of women and limits human devel- opment. VAW is violence that is gender- based. Gender-based violence means that women are subjected to violence or abuse because they are women. Factors such as class, race, educational background, age or even looks are but secon- dary to the gender factor in this case. VAW is not limited to physical abuse. VAW can also take the form of emotional, verbal, psy- chological, economic and sexual abuse. Domestic violence or VAW in the family is violence that occurs within the private sphere, gener- ally between individuals who are related through intimacy, blood or law. The Campaign’s Objectives To increase support and commitment of duty holders particularly government agencies, at the national and local level, in eliminating violence against women and children. To sustain and improve policies, laws and mecha- nisms addressing VAW. To forge partnerships among stakeholders in ad- dressing VAW. Statistics on VAW The 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) re- vealed that one in five women aged 15-49 has experienced physical violence since age 15. It added that four percent of women who have ever been pregnant have experienced physical vio- lence during pregnancy. It also revealed that women with higher levels of education and those from wealthier households are less likely to report having ex- perienced physical violence. The survey also reported that one -fifth or 18% of women who have ever been married have experienced physical or sexual abuse by a husband. Pushing, shaking, and slapping, according to the survey, are the most com- monly reported forms of physical violence. According to NDHS, Women from the poorest house- holds are most likely to experi- ence physical or sexual violence by their spouse. Almost half or 49% of women whose husbands get drunk very often report that they are victims of physical or sexual violence. From January to September 2013, the Philippine National Police (PNP) – Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) documented a total of 11,158 violations of Republic Act (RA) 9262 or the Anti- Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 (VAWC) nationwide. Among the four (4) VAWC cate- gories, Physical Abuse tops the rank with 5,728 (57%) reported cases. It is followed by Psycho- logical Abuse with 2,031 (20%); Economic Abuse with 1,483 (15%) and Sexual Abuse with 743 (7%) reported cases. Among the 16 regions excluding ARMM, Region VII (Central Visayas) is the number one region with the most number of reported VAWC cases at 2,762 (28%). Region VI (Western Visayas) comes in sec- ond with 1,704 (17%) followed by Region XI (Davao Region) in third with 1,123 (11%). This can mean that women in these re- gions have become more coura- Background of the Campaign Since 2002, the Philippine gov- ernment has been actively joining the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence that is being observed globally from November 25 to December 10. Said campaign calls for the elimi- nation of all forms of violence against women through aware- ness-raising about gender-based violence, strengthening local work and establishing a clear link between local and international work to end VAW, among other undertakings. In 2006, through Presidential Proclamation 1172, the Philip- pine campaign was extended to 18 days, to include December 12, which is known as the Anti- Trafficking in Persons Day. This year, the country's commit- ment to the observance was strengthened as President Be- nigno S. Aquino III signed Re- public Act 10398 declaring No- vember 25 of every year as the “National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.” The law also raises the standard by which this campaign is ob- served by mandating key agen- cies to undertake activities de- signed to raise public awareness on VAW. With the theme: “End VAW Now! It‟s Our Duty!” the call will emphasize the importance of having a functional mechanism, operated by competent and capa- ble duty-bearers with a sense of responsibility and accountability originating from a deep under- standing of the fundamental prin- ciples of gender-based violence and the provisions of VAW laws. Violence Against Women (VAW) Theme: End VAW Now! It‟s Our Duty! Monday, November 25, 2013 to Thursday, December 12, 2013 Continued on page 19
Page 4 thanked former Congressman Aquino for various projects undertaken during his admini- stration for her constituents in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte. Director Mabeza was also thankful to Aquino for being a partner for the development of the farming community. Aside from the farm tractor, DA Caraga also turned-over to Las Nieves LGU a rice reaper. Las Nieves is a major pro- ducer of corn in the Province of Agusan del Norte and an awardee of the recent Quality Corn Achievers Awards un- dertaken by the National Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture. Butuan City – The Caraga Agri-Pinoy Corn Program further beefed up its farm mechanization component by providing a farm tractor to the municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte. One (1) unit of 4-wheeled farm tractor was turned-over to the said municipality last November 5, 2013 at DA Re- search Outreach Station in Taguibo, Butuan City. Gracing the occasion were DA Caraga‟s Director Edna M. Mabeza, Engr. Rene Morales of RAED and Mayor Avelina Rosales of Las Nieves. Also attending the turn-over ceremony was former Butuan City and Agusan del Norte 1st District Representative Jose Aquino II who co-funded the project during his term of office. In his speech, Aquino ex- tended his heartfelt gratitude to DA Regional Field Office for still acknowledging his support for the farmers al- though he is no longer the congressman of the said dis- trict. “Dako gyud ang akong pasalamat sa DA kay bisan wala nako sa poder giila pa gihapon ang akong paningka- mot alang sa kalambuan sa katawhan” (I am so thankful to the DA, that though I am no longer in the office my support to the program for people‟s development is rec- ognized,”) he said. Mayor Rosales for her part DA Caraga Turns-over Farm Tractor to Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte by Aurell P. Araiz, RAFID DA-Caraga sponsored by the National Agri- culture and Fishery Council (NAFC). Christian was with his coach Richard Obina, a grand slam coach for winning in the last three years in the DA‟s annual poster and mosaic making con- test. “It was so much fun especially the tour and we also met the Sec- retary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala in the DA who gave addi- tional P10,000 as personal incen- tive to the winners,” Garcia said after returning from Manila. Garcia received the award on World Food Day, October 16, at Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Circle, Diliman, Quezon City together with regions 6, 11, 12, and ARMM. BUTUAN CITY (PIA) - For three (3) straight years, Caraga Region took home the Best Mo- saic Award during the National On-the-Spot Mosaic Making Contest held at the Diliman, Que- zon City last October 11, 2013. The On-the-Spot Mosaic Making Contest is an annual activity conducted in line with the cele- bration of World Food Day every 16th of October. This year‟s theme, “Sustainable Food Sys- tems for Food Security and Nu- trition” was the subject of every artwork done by the 17 regional representatives who came to- gether to showcase their talent and artistry. In coordination with the Depart- ment of Education, screenings were conducted in the different levels: school, district, division, and then the regional elimination. Participated by children in grades IV-VI, each level selected three best mosaics and moved on to the next level. One winner was then chosen during the Regional Elimination and represented the region in the National Contest. At the national level, five (5) Best Posters were chosen from among the 17 regions and Chris- tian A. Garcia from East Ba- yugan Central Elementary School, Bayugan City was cho- sen as one of the five Best Mo- saic and received a cash prize amounting of P15,000 from the Food and Agriculture Organiza- tion (FAO), a trophy, and an all- expense paid tour in Manila Caraga bags World Food Day 2013 Best Mosaic Award by Emmylou T. Presilda, DA-RFU 13/PIA-Caraga Las Nieves Chief Executive Avelina Rosales (seating) got a chance to try an actual operation of the farm tractor after the turn-over cere- mony. With her are (from left to right) DA Caraga Legal Officer Nicandro Navia, SB Timoteo Largo, DA RFO 13 Acting Director IV Edna Mabeza and former Butuan City and Agusan del Norte 1st District Representative Jose Aquino II.
The Regional Development Council In Action Page 5Vol. XVII Issue 3 7th Regional Inter-Agency/LGU StatQuiz 2013. Participants anticipating the correct answer while holding their placards. On the right, judges carefully record the points on the tally sheets. Joint National Statistics Month, Consumers’ Month, and Cooperative Month Celebration. Member- agencies of the Caraga Regional Development Council gathered at the Agusan del Norte Covered Court on October 1, 2013 to celebrate the National Statistics Month, Consumers’ Month, and the Cooperative Month celebrations. On the right, ARD Cesar C. Cassion of DOH is giving a message on the quality, efficacy, safety, and transparency of health products. 18-day Campaign to end Violence Against Women. Volunteers gathered to light a candle and pray for the end of violence against women. On the right, Ms. Irene M. Santiago, Chair and CEO of the Mindanao Com- mission on Women and Convenor of Mothers for Peace, is giving her inspirational talk for the advocacy.
3rd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 6 Continued on page 7 Construction of Esperanza Bridge along Butuan City-Las Nieves-Esperanza-Bayugan Road, Province of Agusan del Sur nears completion on the other side of Agusan River will be opened to investment and development by providing a direct link to Pan Philippine Highway, Surigao-Davao Road. Soon it will link the Malaybalay City, Bukid- non-Agusan Road. The Project has an estimated cost of P336,008,777.86 and will soon be open to the commuting public in the 1st Quarter of 2014. The objective of the project is to support the socio- economic growth and development of the region especially in agriculture. The Esperanza Bridge crossing the Agusan River is part of the Butuan City-Las Nieves-Esperanza- Bayugan Road which is a commitment project of the National Government to Caraga Region. The construction of Esperanza Bridge will complete the inter-provincial link connecting the Provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur and will serve as a major route in the transport of agricul- tural crops and products. Areas within the vicinity of the municipality of Las Nieves that are isolated Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of August 31, 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) Siargao Islands of Surigao del Norte Construction of Six (6) classrooms, Two-storey Classroom Building, Gen. Luna Science High School General Luna DPWH 6.11 100.00 73.02 (26.98) Ongoing General Luna Rural Health Unit (Phase II 2010-2012) General Luna DOH/ AECID 2.50 - - - Completed. Already occupied but the quality of workman- ship of the structure is not satisfac- tory. General Luna Rural Health Unit (Upgrading) DOH- HFEP 2012 Downloaded to LGU General Luna DOH 4.00 - - - Not yet started Dapa-Union Gen. Luna Road (CY 2012 Depart- ment of Tourism) Dapa DPWH 85.79 68.11 63.75 (4.36) Ongoing Improvement/Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) Dapa- Union General Luna Road (CY 2013 Tourism) Dapa DPWH 88.38 20.53 11.80 (8.73) Ongoing Repair/Maintenance of DENR, Siargao District Office Building, Brgy 12, Dapa, Surigao del Norte Dapa DPWH 0.35 100.00 53.04 (46.96) Ongoing Don E. Navarro Municipal School Dapa DPWH 6.58 100.00 85.00 (15.00) Ongoing Dapa National High School Dapa DPWH 12.15 47.33 50.00 2.67 Ongoing Siargao District Hospital (Phase IV) (Upgrading) Dapa DOH 7.00 - - - Funds not yet downloaded to LGU Junction Del Carmen-Sta. Monica-San Isidro Road, k039+992 – K043+766 (CY 2013 DPWH Regular Infra) Del Carmen DPWH 87.69 27.55 27.19 (0.36) Ongoing Junction Mabini-Tubajon Road
3rd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 7Vol. XVII Issue 3 Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of August 31, 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) Siargao Islands of Surigao del Norte Numancia Central Elemen- tary School Del Carmen DPWH 6.66 94.98 85.98 (9.00) Ongoing Siargao DOH-Sub Prov- ince Lab/Disaster OpCen (Construction) Del Carmen DOH 5.00 - 85.00 - Ongoing Del Carmen Hospital Del Carmen DOH 3.97 - 55.00 - Abandoned by the con- tractor Junction Osmeña-Pilar Road (CY 2012 Depart- ment of Tourism) Pilar DPWH 79.63 81.24 91.77 10.53 Ongoing Junction Cancohoy-Pilar Road, K029+039 – K030+606, K031+095 – K034+340, K034+921 – K037+000 (CY 2013 DPWH Regular Infra) Pilar DPWH 150.15 12.62 31.27 18.65 Ongoing Improvement/Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) Junc- tion Osmeña-Pilar Road (CY 2013 – Tourism) Pilar DPWH 84.76 22.98 26.81 3.83 Ongoing Repair/Rehabilitation/ Improvement of JctOs- meña-Pilar Road, Sta. 11+000 – Sta 15+800 with exceptions (CY 2012 MVUC (Fund 151 – Spe- cial Road Support Fund)) Pilar DPWH 9.51 40.36 35.50 (4.86) Ongoing Pilar District Hospital (Upgrading) Downloaded to LGU Pilar DOH 3.00 - - - The project was turned over to LGU but with reported major de- fects of the structure. Pilar RHU (Upgrading) Pilar DOH 2.00 - - - Funds not yet downloaded to LGU Improvement/Upgrading (gravel to paved) of Jct Cancohoy-Pilar Road (CY 2013 – Tourism) San Isidro DPWH 50.20 40.12 40.60 0.48 Ongoing Repair/Rehabilitation/ Improvement of Jct Canco- hoy-Pilar, San Isidro- Caridad Section, K0026+000 – K0032+000 with exceptions (CY 2012 MVUC (Fund 151 – Spe- cial Road Support Fund)) San Isidro DPWH 9.58 15.54 10.64 (4.90) Ongoing San Isidro CES San Isidro DPWH 4.23 100.00 90.00 (10.00) Ongoing Sta. Monica RHU (Upgrading) Sta. Monica DOH 0.99 - - - Abandoned by the con- tractor San Benito RHU (Construction) San Benito DOH 2.00 - - - Funds not yet Continued on page 8 Rehabilitation of Road Slip Pro- tection along Dinagat-Loreto Road (Bolod-bolod Section), Libjo Dinagat-Loreto Road
3rd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 8 Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of August 31, 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) Siargao Islands of Surigao del Norte San Isidro RHU Phase II 2010-2012 San Isidro DOH/ AECID 2.48 - - - Building occupied but not accepted because of poor quality of the struc- ture. Repair/Rehabilitation/ Improvement of Del Car- men-Sta. Monica-San Isidro Road, Burgos Bay- bay Section (CY 2012 MVUC (Fund 151 – Spe- cial Road Support Fund)) Burgos DPWH 9.49 97.30 93.10 (4.20) Ongoing Burgos RHU Phase II 2010 -2012 Burgos DOH/ AECID 2.50 - - - Completed but not occupied because of poor quality of the struc- ture. Province of Dinagat Islands Junction Magsaysay – Cagdianao Road K0006+050 – K0007+720 (CY 2012 DPWH Regular Infra) Cagdianao DPWH 31.87 99.34 95.20 (4.14) Ongoing Junction Magsaysay- Cagdianao Road, K0007+720 – K0008+500 (CY 2013 DPWH Regular Infra) Cagdianao DPWH 19.60 93.05 86.11 (6.94) Ongoing Dinagat-Loreto Road, K0002+050 – K0002+850 (CY 2013 Regular Infra) Cagdianao DPWH 19.60 94.92 88.24 (6.68) Ongoing Dinagat-Loreto Road, K0013+050 – K0015+170 (CY 2012 DPWH Regular Infra) Dinagat DPWH 45.64 100.00 98.78 (1.22) Ongoing Junction Bolod-bolod – Albor Road, K0060+914 – K0061-415 (CY 2013 Regular Infra) Libjo DPWH 13.72 100.00 72.67 (27.33) Ongoing Rehabilitation of Road Slip Protection along Dinagat- Loreto Road (Bolod-bolod Section), Libjo K0061+700 – K0061-900 (CY 2013 Regular Infra) Libjo DPWH 5.00 100.00 91.47 (8.53) Ongoing Junction Mabini-Tubajon Road, K0085+(-2362) – K0085+(-1562) (CY 2013 Regular Infra) Tubajon DPWH 19.60 97.95 83.12 (14.83) Ongoing AGUSAN DEL NORTE Kitcharao Small Reservoir Irrigation Project Kitcharao NIA 495.00 49.43 53.28 3.85 Ongoing MAP CIP - Package 1-7 Las Nieves NIA 138.23 - 57.46 - Ongoing Continued on page 9 Siargao DOH-Sub Province Lab/ Disaster OpCen (Construction) in Del Carmen Siargao District Hospital (Phase IV) (Upgrading) Downloaded to LGU Dapa National High School Repair/Rehabilitation/Improvement of Del Carmen-Sta. Monica-San Isidro Road, Burgos Baybay Section
3rd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 9Vol. XVII Issue 3 Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of August 31, 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) AGUSAN DEL NORTE Rehab Const of Aclan- Alicapawan-Hinandayan FMR Nasipit, Agusan del Norte under DA-MRDP- APL2under MRDP-APL2 Brgys. Aclan- Alicapawan- Hinandayan, Nasipit DA 8.45 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Widening of Butuan- Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Road, (Agusan-Misamis Oriental Section), Bue- navista Section, Agusan del Norte Buenavista DPWH- ADN 24.87 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Panaytayon Bridge along Daang Maharlika (Surigao- Agusan Section), Agusan del Norte RTR DPWH- ADN 14.36 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Buenavista-Bunaguit Road, Agusan del Norte K1259+300 - K1267+360 Buenavista DPWH-RO 140.89 68.50 68.66 0.16 On-going AGUSAN DEL SUR Rehabilitation of Crossing Luna Flood Control along NRJ-Bayugan Esperanza Nat'l Road Section 2, Esperanza Esperanza DPWH- ADS1 18.19 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Rehabilitation of Crossing Luna Flood Control along NRJ-Bayugan Esperanza Nat'l Road Section 3, Esperanza Esperanza DPWH- ADS1 16.73 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Rehabilitation/Construction of Bahayan River Flood Control, K000+000 - K000+403.06, Trento Trento DPWH- ADS2 23.28 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Concreting of NRJ Cuevas -Bislig Road K1393+300 - K1394+979.3, Trento Trento DPWH- ADS2 41.02 80.01 70.03 (9.98) Ongoing Construction of Esperanza Bridge and Attendant Items of Work along Butuan City- Las Nieves-Esperanza- Bayugan Road Esperanza DPWH- RRNDP- PMO 336.01 - 89.06 - Ongoing Umayam River Irrigation Project Loreto and La Paz NIA 82.94 - - - Ongoing URIPL-C-1 (Construction of Project Manager's Of- fice) La Paz NIA 1.99 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed URIPL-C-2 (Construction of Office Site Develop- ment/Guard House/Power House) La Paz NIA 4.16 100.00 96.00 (4.00) Ongoing URIPL-C-3 (Construction of Field Office, Duplex Staff Quarter, Multi- Purpose Bldg., and Motor- pool) La Paz NIA 7.67 100.00 98.00 (2.00) Ongoing Nueva Era SIP Bunawan NIA 44.63 - 23.32 (as of Sept. 2013) - Ongoing Continued on page 10 Concreting of NRJ Cuevas-Bislig Road Nueva Era SIP Rehabilitation/Construction of Baha- yan River Flood Control
3rd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 10 Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of August 31, 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) AGUSAN DEL SUR D.O. Plaza Memorial Hos- pital, Phase 3, Prosperidad Patin-ay, Pros- peridad DOH 18.19 - - - Ongoing SURIGAO DEL NORTE Lake Mainit Integrated Area Development Project - Gamuton CIS Alegria NIA 18.47 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Lake Mainit Integrated Area Development Project - San Pedro CIS Alegria NIA 12.78 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Lake Mainit Integrated Area Development Project - Alipao CIP Alegria NIA 28.68 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Lake Mainit Integrated Area Development Project - Magpayang CIS I Mainit NIA 21.52 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Flood Control Protection Works, Mainit Lakewall Mainit DPWH SDN1 16.85 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Pungtod Bridge along Daang Maharlika Road (Surigao-Agusan Section), Surigao del Norte Alegria DPWH SDN1 12.70 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Mabuhay Bridge along Daang Maharlika (Surigao- Agusan Section) Sison DPWH SDN1 15.64 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Improvement Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) - Junction Gata-Mapaso (Hot Spring) Road, Brgy. Mapaso Mainit DPWH-RO 64.00 17.41 20.04 2.63 Ongoing Cagbayok Bridge along Daang Maharlika (Surigao- Agusan Section) Sison DPWH SDN1 14.26 82.00 72.61 (9.39) Ongoing Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, Surigao del Norte, K1152 + 903.3 - K1160 + 940 Placer DPWH RO 50.94 97.09 92.83 (4.26) Ongoing SURIGAO DEL SUR Construction/Improvement of SDCR, K1262+124.70 - K1262+322.15 & K1262+592 - K1262+021.75, Cortes- Lanuza Section Lanuza DPWH-RO 9.30 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Road Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of SDCR K1213+330-K1214+040 Carrascal DPWH- SDS1 34.86 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Tago RIS Improvement Project (Package 1 and 4) Tago NIA 138.23 - 55.00 - Ongoing Buyaan CIP, Madrid Madrid NIA 72.48 - 80.00 - Ongoing BAYUGAN CITY NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan- Tandag Road, K1276+340 Bayugan City DPWH-RO 159.50 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan- Tandag Rd, K1273+000 - K1273+324, K1280+000 - Bayugan City DPWH-RO 154.21 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Continued on page 11 Buyaan CIP Cortes-Lanuza Section D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital
3rd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 11Vol. XVII Issue 3 Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of August 31, 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan- Tandag Rd, K1273+000 - K1273+324, K1280+000 - K1287+610 Bayugan City DPWH-RO 154.21 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan- Tandag Road, K1272+944 - K1273+491 Bayugan City DPWH- ADS1 12.75 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan- Tandag Road, K1291+500 - K1293+400 Bayugan City DPWH- ADS1 42.25 60.90 56.08 (4.82) Ongoing NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan- Tandag Road, K1293+533 - K1295+400 Bayugan City DPWH- ADS1 39.01 58.50 53.96 (4.54) Ongoing NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan- Tandag Road, K1286+722 - K1288+222 Bayugan City DPWH- ADS1 34.53 57.31 54.80 (2.51) Ongoing Andanan RIS Bayugan City NIA 181.20 - 75.06 (as of Sept. 2013) - Ongoing BISLIG CITY Bislig City Integrated Pro- ject Irrigation Component Bislig City NIA 27.65 - 59.00 - Ongoing BUTUAN CITY Construction of Butuan City By-Pass Road, (Bonbon-Bancasi Airport Section and Lemon-NRJ- Antongalon Section), in- cluding ROW Butuan City DPWH-RO 69.09 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Construction of Additional Lanes for Ampayon Bridge in Brgy. Ampayon Butuan City DPWH-BC 19.21 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Construction of Butuan City Poly Sports Complex Tiniwisan, Bu- tuan City LGU- Butuan City 252.94 - 49.00 - On-going Construction of Butuan City South Market Villa Kananga, Butuan City LGU- Butuan City 49.79 62.40 59.80 (2.60) On-going SURIGAO CITY Quezon-Mapawa- Capalayan-Espina-Navarro Road, K1133+652 - Surigao City DPWH SDN1 23.55 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Drainage Facilities along Daang Maharlika (Surigao- Agusan) Surigao City DPWH SDN1 17.37 100.00 100.00 0.00 Completed Improvement/Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) - NRJ Lipata-Punta Bilar and Surigao City DPWH-RO 80.62 87.73 84.48 (3.25) Ongoing Lipata Port Expansion and Improvement Project Surigao City PPA 75.53 12.50 6.35 (6.15) Ongoing TANDAG CITY Sta. Felomina CIS Tandag City NIA 36.24 - 65.00 - Ongoing Bislig City Integrated Project Irriga- tion Component Construction/Improvement of SDCR Tago RIS Improvement Project
Agriculture, Fishery, and Forestry Palay production increased by 19.55 percent or 49,822 MT. The increase in production was attributed to more area harvested due to ade- quate water supply brought about by the com- pletion of rehabilitation work of irrigation fa- cilities in Madrid, Carmen and Tago, all in the Province of Surigao del Sur. Agusan del Sur is the highest producer of palay among the provinces in the region, contributing 50.68 percent of the region‟s total palay pro- duction for this quarter. Surigao del Sur follows at second with 21.22 percent contribution. Corn production increased by 4.45 percent or 591 MT. The increase in production was attrib- uted to increase in area harvested due to fewer infestation of cornborer pests, sufficient rain- water and increased utilization of improved varieties. The province of Agusan del Sur is the top corn producer of the region for the quarter, with 83.41 percent contribution to the total corn pro- duction for this quarter. Its produc- tion, however, decreased by 8.82 percent. The production of banana, another major crop, increased by 3.22 per- cent or 1,652.45 MT. This is attrib- uted to increase in area harvested from Dole and Sumifru Cavendish plantations in Tago and Barobo, Surigao del Sur. The province of Agusan del Norte is the top banana producer of the region for the quar- ter, with 32.12 percent contribution to the total banana production for this quarter, it is closely followed by Surigao del Sur with 31.98 per- cent. Banana production in Surigao del Sur grew by 33.81 percent, while that of Agusan del Norte decreased by 10.68 percent. For non-food and industrial crops (NFIC), coconut production de- creased by 5.64 percent or 12,791.27 MT attributed to less harvesting due to low price of copra. The province of Surigao del Sur is the top coconut producer of Caraga Regional Economic Situationer, 2nd Quarter 2013 Page 12 Source: BAS XIII Source: BAS XIII Source: BAS XIII Source: BAS XIII Source: BAS XIII Continued on page 13 Source: BAS XIII Source: BAS XIII
price. The province of Agusan del Sur is the top palm fruit producer of the region for the quarter, with 98.30 percent contribution to the total pro- duction for this quarter. Palm fruit production in Agusan del Sur, however, declined by 36.89 percent. Forestry Log production increased by 393.67 percent or 154,961.38 cu. m. Production from the Private Tree Plantation Ownership Certificates (PTPOC) increased by 386.52 percent or 152,145.12 cu. m. The PTPOC accounted for 98.55 percent of the total log production for the period. Manufactured forest products decreased by 27.61 percent or 42,866.98 cu. m. Major manufactured products include veneer, ply- wood, blockboard and lumber. Fishery For the Fishery sector, the total volume of pro- duction decreased by 9.68 percent or 1,806.88 MT. Most of the production comes from mu- nicipal fishery, comprising about 53.58 percent of the total volume of production. Municipal production decreased by 8.41 percent or 1,331.03 MT compared to second quarter of last year. The province of Surigao del Sur is the top fish- ery producer of the region for the quarter, with 51.14 percent contribution to the total produc- tion for this quarter, followed by Surigao del Norte with 39.82 percent contribution. How- ever, both production in Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte declined by 10.11 percent and 9.33 percent, respectively. Services and Industry Sole proprietor investments for the second quarter decreased by 16.19 percent or Php 59.22 million as compared to the same period last year. Domestic sales decreased by 24.83 percent or Php 31.66 mil- lion. Jobs generated decreased by 63.06 percent or 3,129 jobs. New business names registration in- creased by 6.05 percent or 79 reg- istrations. Exports increased by 58.30 percent or USD 2.81 Mil- lion. Among the provinces, Agusan del Sur cornered the biggest share of investments among provinces with 64.33 percent contribution. Suri- the region for the quarter, with 47.90 percent contribution to the total coconut production for this quarter, followed by Surigao del Norte with 27.59 percent. Coconut production in Surigao del Sur, however, declined by 2.05 percent, while that of Surigao del Norte decreased by 15.54 percent. Palm fruit production also decreased by 36.56 percent or 19,258.33 MT due to lower buying Page 13Vol. XVII Issue 3 Source: BAS XIII Source: BAS XIII Continued on page 14 Source: BAS XIII Source: BAS XIII 2Q 2012 2Q 2013 Investments (in Php M) 365.88 306.66 Domestic Sales (in Php M) 127.50 95.85 Jobs Generated 4,962 1,833 Business Name (New) 1,306 1,385 Exports (in USD M) 4.83 7.64 Source: DTI XIII Source: DTI XIII
gao del Norte follows at second with 31.14 percent share. In terms of growth of investments, Surigao del Norte leads with 157.89 per- cent growth. In terms of domestic sales, Agusan del Sur ranks first with 33.50 per- cent share, followed by Surigao del Norte with 30.17 percent share. In terms of growth in do- mestic sales, Agusan del Norte leads with 52.59 percent growth. In terms of jobs generated, Agusan del Norte ranks first with 38.46 percent share, followed by Surigao del Norte with 26.35 percent share. All provinces displayed negative growth with the biggest contraction coming from Surigao del Sur (81.13%), followed by Agusan del Sur (53.09%). In terms of new business name registration, Agusan del Norte ranks first with 42.17 percent share, followed by Surigao del Norte with 30.47 percent share. In terms of growth in registrations, Agusan del Norte leads with 21.16 percent growth. Exports Total exports for the 2nd quarter of 2013 was valued at USD 254,038,913. It grew by 195.93 percent or USD 168,194,173 com- pared to the same period last year. In terms of value by product, 91 percent of total export comprised of nickel ores and concentrates. In terms of value by country of desti- nation, 88 percent of the exports value for the period went to China. In terms of value by province, 51 percent of the exports value for the period exited through Surigao del Norte. Shipping and Cargoes Total number of ship calls de- creased by 2.99 percent compared to the same period last year. Ship calls in the region are mostly do- mestic comprising 96.55 percent of the total number of calls for the Caraga Regional Economic Situationer, 2nd Quarter 2013 Page 14 Continued on page 15 Source: DTI XIII Source: DTI XIII Source: DTI XIII Source: NSO XIII Source: NSO XIII Source: NSO XIII Source: NSO XIII Source: PPA PMO Nasipit, PPA PMO Surigao
Page 15Vol. XVII Issue 3 In the 2nd quarter of 2013, a total of seven (7) new permits on mineral production were ap- proved as follows: Tourism Tourist arrivals increased by 36 percent compared to the same pe- riod last year. Of these, 94 percent comprise of domestic travelers, 5 percent were foreigners and 1 per- cent were overseas Filipinos. Bu- tuan City posted the highest share with 28 percent of the total tourist arrivals for the 2nd quarter of 2013. The number of domestic travelers, foreign travelers and overseas Filipino travelers increased by 37 percent or 57,096 visitors, 14 per- cent or 1,431 visitors, and 97 per- cent or 790 visitors, respectively. This shows that while attracting foreign visitors has its merits, do- mestic visitors still remain as the region‟s main market. Given such, there is a need for tourism stake- holders to take this market seri- ously and implement strategies and packages that target this group. There is also a need to improve the collection efficiency of tourism data to capture the gains of the re- gion due to the increase in number of flights serving the region. Labor Unemployment rate increased from 5.00 percent to 6.60 percent, lower than the national figure of 7.50 percent. Likewise, underem- ployment increased from 23.00 percent to 31.70 percent, higher than the national figure of 19.20 percent. Source: PPA PMO Nasipit, PPA PMO Surigao Source: PPA PMO Nasipit, PPA PMO Surigao Source: PPA PMO Nasipit, PPA PMO Surigao quarter. Foreign ship calls also decreased by 5.50 percent. Historically, inbound domestic cargo through- put is higher than outbound. Inbound domestic cargo increased by 62.33 percent or 181,317 MT. This is due to the increase in shipment of general cargoes and refined petroleum products. Outbound domestic cargo decreased by 26.09 percent or 67,834 MT. This is due to decrease in shipment of fruits and vegetables, wood by- products and fish preparations. Foreign export throughput increased by 19.82 percent due to increase in shipment of nickel ores to China. Total domestic passengers in- creased by 8.80 percent. About 51.74 percent of domestic passengers are composed of disem- barking passengers. Increase in total number of passengers is attributed to the entry of MV Filipinas. Mining and Quarrying Contractor/Permit Holder Date Approved Ludgoron Mining Corp. April 3-4, 2013 Kepha Mining Exploration Company April 2-3, 2013 Minahang Bayan ng Dinagat Coop. April 26-27, 2013 Krominco Inc. April 24-25, 2013 SR Metals Inc. June 19-20, 2013 SR Metals, Inc. June 20-21, 2013 Pacific Nickel Phils., Inc. June 2013 Source: MGB XIII Source: DOT XIII Source: DOT XIII Continued on page 16 April 2012 April 2013 Labor Force 1,694,000 1,729,000 Labor Force Par- ticipation Rate (%) 65.10 65.60 Employment Rate (%) 95.00 93.40 Unemployment Rate (%) 5.00 6.60 Underemploy- ment Rate (%) 23.00 31.70 Source: NSO XIII
Prices Inflation rate for the 2nd quarter of 2013 averaged at 3.10 percent, lower compared to the 4.30 per- cent average for the 2nd quarter of 2012. Among the provinces, price move- ment from April to June 2013 was slowest in Agusan del Norte with an average of 2.13 percent infla- tion rate. On the other hand, Suri- gao del Sur posted the highest inflation rate at 4.27 percent for the same period. The CPI levels for the second quarter of this year are higher compared to the same period of last year. This tells us that an aver- age basket of goods cost higher this year compared to the same period last year. Public Order and Safety Total crime volume increased by 132.73 per- cent. All of the provinces and Butuan City dis- played increased crime volume with the highest increase recorded in Agusan del Norte (232%), followed by Butuan City (175%), Agusan del Sur (169%), Dinagat Islands (139%), Surigao del Norte (123%), and Surigao del Sur (69%). Of the total crime volume for the quarter, 53 percent were index crimes, while 47 percent were non -index crimes. Crime volume is seen to be highest in Surigao del Norte which comprise 34 percent of the total figure in the region- 34 percent share for index crimes and 35 percent share for non-index crime. Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur and Butuan City follow have 18 percent share each of the total crime volume in the region. Average crime solution efficiency rate in the region decreased by 42 percent. The highest crime solu- tion efficiency rate is in Agusan del Norte at 60 percent, followed by Butuan City with 50 percent. Development Prospects The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) completed infra- structure projects worth Php 64.13 million lo- cated in various parts of Caraga under the Ka- lahi-CIDSS Anti-Poverty Project. About 53 barangays in nine (9) municipalities of the re- gion received assistance to construct education and health facilities; community production, economic and service facilities; environmental protection and preservation structures; foot- bridges; water systems; and roads. Kalahi- CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of So- cial Services is a community-driven develop- ment (CDD) project of the government that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in community projects that reduce poverty. The Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas finally pushes through with the establishment of a regional office in Caraga. The BSP is constructing a Php 253 Million building in Libertad, Butuan City. Jollibee companies will be putting up new branches in Butuan City. The fastfood chain Chowking will be establishing three (3) branches in Butuan City, one of which is set to open in November of this year while the other two will be opening in 2014. Jollibee Foods Corporation is also establishing another branch to be located in Robinsons Mall in Butuan City. Meanwhile, Red Ribbon which is another Jol- libee-owned company is also opening a branch in Robinsons. Another set of national brands, Goldilocks Bakeshop and Classic Savory, will be opening branches in Butuan City. Local brands like Margies and Islands Restaurants are expanding as well by putting up new branches in Butuan City. With the increasing demand for new housing projects, Camella housing development will be expanding in Butuan City. The real estate com- pany will be developing another 4-hectare prop- erty adjacent to their existing property. Camella is the subsidiary catering to the mid-market segment of Vista Land, the country‟s premier homebuilder. The rubberized track oval of the Butuan Poly- sports Complex in Brgy. Tiniwisan, Butuan City is pipelined for completion before the year ends. Caraga Regional Economic Situationer, 2nd Quarter 2013 Page 16 Source: PNP XIII Source: PNP XIII Source: NSO XIII Source: NSO XIII
DOH announces new program for elder persons Page 17Vol. XVII Issue 3 “As a token of the govern- ment‟s appreciation for our elderly, PhilHealth is provid- ing our senior citizens free membership after retirement, and we hope to improve on their benefit packages soon,” Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona declared, adding that the goal is to provide them affordable and quality health care services as well as sus- tain their function, self esteem as well as life satisfaction. In the country, the population of 60 years or older was 3.7 million in 1995 or 5.4% of total population. In the 2000 census, this increased to about 4.8 million or almost 6% (National Statistical Coordi- nation Board). At present, there are 7M senior citizens (6.9% of the total population), 1.3M of whom are indigent. Likewise, the DOH believes that senior citizens can still be economically productive. As part of the country‟s cele- bration of Elderly Filipino Week, the DOH lauded the program that hires senior citi- zens as part of seasonal work- force. As part of the corporate social responsibility of a supermar- ket chain, its pilot program is hiring documented senior citizens, 60-70 years old, medically fit and are residents of communities where there is an existing branch. The senior citizens will be given part- time jobs as ushers or greeters in the malls with four-hour working days twice a week, preferably on Saturdays, Sun- days, or holidays when there is an influx of customers. They will work anytime be- tween 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They start work on October 5, 2013. The Elderly Filipino Week is celebrated every year during the first week of October pur- suant to Presidential Procla- mation No. 470 issued on September 26, 1994. The an- nual event aims to increase public awareness on the dif- ferent issues senior citizens face today. This year‟s theme is: “Nakatatanda: Pagtulun- gang Isulong Benepisyo‟t Karapatan Tungo sa Magin- hawa at Masayang Pamaya- nan.” More than 2,000 participants from the 17 Metro Manila chapters of the Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines, the Re- gional Senior Citizens Federa- tion, Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Coalition of Older Persons in the Philip- pines, other government and non-government agencies and organizations joined the event spearheaded by the DOH. “With the latest trend that shows the increasing number of older persons and their longer life expectancy, the DOH‟s goal is to improve their quality of life by con- tinuously developing a pro- gressive older person health program,” Ona concluded. (Department of Health) The Department of Health (DOH) spearheaded the celebration of Elderly Filipino Week, in coordination with other government agencies, in its efforts to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of our elderly population, especially the indigents. The Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week is annually observed simultaneously throughout the country every third week of November. The observance aims to increase awareness among Filipinos about the unfavor- able effects of drug and substance abuse not only on the health but also on the social, eco- nomic, and even the political development of 2013 Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week: "Make health your new high in life not drugs" the country. Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 124 on November 26, 2001, the third week of No- vember has been declared as the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week (DAPC) Week. (National Youth Commission) Kalusugang Pangkalahatan is the new slogan adapted by the Depart- ment of Health in its implementation of Universal Health Care under the Aquino Health Agenda. The logo was designed by Lorna B. Ballesteros of Parañaque City. “Like an umbrella, Universal Health Care or KALUSUGANG PANGKALA- HATAN offers caring and complete protection, safety and coverage to all Filipinos. Stylized figures are rendered in the colors of the Philip- pine flag to denote all Filipinos,” she explained in her winning entry.
The National Year of Rice is part of the Philippine govern- ment’s bid to achieve rice-self- sufficiency beginning 2013. It is an advocacy campaign that aims to promote responsible rice consumption for better health and less rice wastage and productive farming through the promotion of efficient rice technologies and inspiring farm- ers to do better. The year 2013 was proclaimed as the National Year of Rice by President Be- nigno S. Aquino III under Proc- lamation no. 494 on October 18, 2012 to enjoin everyone in this advocacy. NYR 2013 primarily aims to help achieve rice self- sufficiency through the help of every Filipino - the producers, the policy-makers, and the consumers. Along with that, it also aims to promote better health among rice consumers and improve the income of farmers. rice at the China Town Mall in Divisoria, feeding program of Jollibee foundation, and brown rice-based food products such as espasol, bibingkang kanin, and palitao. “Our goal at the Department of Agriculture is to provide Filipi- nos with affordable brown rice so that more people could enjoy its health benefits. We are hopeful that with this initiative, the de- mand for brown rice will in- crease; thus, resulting in lower prices,” Antonio said. The Brown Rice Day is also sup- ported by the Department of Interior and Local Government, members of the Hotel and Res- taurants Association of the Phil- ippines, and concessioners of Megaworld Chain of Malls, and Robinsons Dumaguete. For price support or for a source of affordable brown rice, malls, restaurants, or fastfood chains can contact the National Year of Rice secretariat at (044) 456- 5390. (PhilRice) Page 18Vol. XVII Issue 3 The Department of Agricul- ture-Philippine Rice Research Institute in celebration of the National Year of Rice has set November 15 to be the first Brown Rice Day in the coun- try to promote better health to Filipinos. NYR campaign director Hazel V. Antonio said that the Brown Rice Day aims to encourage the food service industry to serve unpol- ished rice to increase public awareness on its characteristics and health benefits. “Other countries eat brown rice but this, we believe, is the first initiative in the world to encour- age all food service providers in a country to serve this nutritious rice on the same day,” Antonio said. Studies show that eating brown rice or unpolished rice may re- duce the incidence of cardiovas- cular diseases such as hyperten- sion, hypercholesterolemia, heart disease, and stroke. Cancer and diabetes may also be diminished by eating brown rice. Polishing brown rice to obtain white rice removes 15 percent of protein; 85 percent, fat; 80 per- cent, thiamine; 70 percent, ribo- flavin; 68 percent, niacin; 90 percent calcium; 75 percent, phosphorous; and 60 percent of other minerals. “We want Filipinos to get these nutrients, which is lost when rice is fully polished. Thus, we en- courage the food industry to serve unpolished rice to the pub- lic on this unique day so that Filipinos could also experience the nutty flavor and chewiness of brown rice,” she said. Eating brown rice could also help in achieving the country‟s goal of rice self-sufficiency as it has 10 percent higher milling recovery. A study showed that if each Fili- pino would eat brown rice 36 meals a year, our rice importation would shrink by an average of 50,000mt a year. The Brown Rice Day will high- light exhibits on cheap brown PhilRice sets first ever brown rice day LEGAZPI CITY - The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has said that the ge- netically modified (GM) rice called “golden rice” it is develop- ing to address Vitamin A defi- ciency especially among children will be available in the market by 2015. “We are now in the final stages of the research and evaluation of this GM rice variety that earned the „golden‟ moniker owing to the yellowish color of its grains,” Phil- Rice Director and Chief Science Research Specialist Antonio Al- fonso said during a recent media seminar on rice and nutrition here. This color, Alfonso said, comes from the beta carotene content of the rice that becomes Vitamin A when processed by the human body. Millions of Filipinos do not get enough of this vital nutrient, so this rice has become the symbol of an idea: that genetically engineered crops can be a tool to improve the lives of the poor, he said. Vitamin A deficiency Vitamin A deficiency can damage the immune system and decrease the body‟s ability to resist infec- tions, resulting in increase in mor- tality risk from common diseases especially among young children, he said, warning that such defi- ciency may also result in impaired vision -- including night blindness that may lead to permanent, partial, or total blindness if left untreated. Recent data from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute gath- ered through the 7th National Nu- trition Survey in 2008 reveals that 15.2 percent of Filipino children aged six months to five years are affected by Vitamin A deficiency, according to Alfonso. Alfonso said Vitamin A deficiency remains a serious public health concern in the Philippines, affect- ing approximately 1.7 million chil- dren under the age of five and 500,000 pregnant and nursing women many of whom are living in far-flung areas. “A rice variety with beta carotene offers a sustainable response to Vitamin A deficiency as rice that is grown in the Philippines is staple food for more than three billion Filipinos,” Alfonso said. Rice is more accessible than Vita- min A supplements in remote ar- eas, he stressed. (Philippine News Agency) GMO rice with Vitamin A out in the market by 2015 - PhilRice
Page 19Vol. XVII Issue 3 18-Day Campaign… from page 3 The awarding of the said set of equipment is part of the agency‟s Shared Service Facility (SSF) program which provides process- ing equipment or machineries needed by the various industry clusters to increase their produc- tivity. A cooperator or partner organization (in the case of SA- FRAADAP) will receive and manage the operation of the fa- cility for the common or shared use of members and other micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the locality for a minimal fee. The introduction of engineered bamboo offers a new hope to this furniture-making cooperative and other producers dependent on wood who are affected and threatened by the declaration of a total log ban. With SAFRAADAP manage- ment‟s quest for alternatives, the members willingly embraced this new opportunity on bamboo. In response, DTI-ADS facilitated the conduct of Skills Training on Engineered Bamboo Manufac- turing last July 15-17, 2013 at- tended by 20 participants from SAFRAADAP. Experts from the DTI-Cottage Industry Technol- ogy Center (DTI-CITC) taught participants to produce quality bamboo planks for furniture production, floor tiles, door pan- els, and other construction mate- rials. This was followed by a Business Opportunity Seminar with Mr. Eduardo Manda of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation as the re- source speaker last July 25-26. The seminar presented the eco- nomic benefits of propagating bamboo as a source of materials for furniture and construction- related products. It also high- lighted the need for community involvement for bamboo propa- gation. Manda also pointed out that DTI-Agusan del Sur to award engineered-bamboo processing equipment to SAFRAADAP bamboo is the logical choice as a possible substitute to timber. It is reportedly the most sustainable resource because of its ability to reproduce regularly throughout the year. Bamboo which is clas- sified as a grass is also recog- nized for its role in combating climate change and in conserving soil and water. One hectare of bamboo is ex- pected to yield 1,200 matured poles per year. These poles can be sold at 50 to 100 pesos each, and when processed into bamboo slats, these can be sold at triple the price thus giving more in- come to the bamboo growers. DTI‟s SSF project, on the other hand is open to all cooperators or any juridical entity not limited to NGOs, people‟s organizations. Cooperatives, industry/trade/ business associations and aca- demic institutions that are sup- porting MSMEs belonging to an identified industry cluster. Agusan del Sur - The Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office (DTI-ADS) is set to award 2.8 million pesos worth of engineered-bamboo processing and manufacturing equipment to the San Francisco Association of Differently Abled Person (SAFRAADAP) Multi-Purpose Cooperative. geous in reporting abuses to au- thorities. The least number of reported VAWC cases for the same period was recorded in Region II (Cagayan Valley) with 318 (3%) cases only. It is followed by Re- gion VIII (Eastern Visayas) with 490 (5%) cases and Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN). The consolidated reports of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as of Sep- tember 2013 and PNP as of Au- gust 2013 also provide informa- tion on the different actions taken by concerned agencies on the reported VAWC cases, among which is the Referred to PNP which ranks first with 3,439 (29%) referrals. It is followed by Referred for Medical Treatment with 3,163 (26%) referrals; Re- ferred to LSWDO with 3,671 (22%) referrals; Issued BPO with 1,744 (15%) issuances; and Re- ferred to Court with 930 (8%) referrals. Region VII (Central Visayas) is the top region with the most number of actions taken on the reported VAWC cases with 3,220 (27%). Region VI (Western Visayas) is next with 1,960 (16%) actions taken and Region XI (Davao Region) in third with 1,643 (14%) actions taken. The top three regions with the least number of actions taken on re- ported VAWC cases were Region X (Northern Mindanao) with only 541 (5%) actions taken fol- lowed by Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) with 675 (5.6%) and Region II (Cagayan Valley) with 737 (6.2%) actions taken. Sources: Philippine National Police – Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) January-August 2013 Re- port; Department of the Interior and Local Government- National Barangay Opera- tions Office (DILG-NBOO), January to September 2013 Report, and 2008 Na- tional Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) Reprinted from the Philippine Commission on Women
Page 20Vol. XVII Issue 3 Sur. These UOA were anchored by LGU farmcasters together with their respective corn coordi- nators and other resource persons who have expertise on corn pro- duction. The UOA on White Corn Pro- duction was jointly undertaken by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office Caraga thru the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID), Caraga AgriPinoy Corn Program and the respective local government units. The program supports the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the present administra- tion and is aimed at promoting white corn for health and as one of the food staples aside from rice. Other identified food staples are banana (saba), adlai and various root crops. “Translate what you had learned on radio into more production in the field.” This was one of the challenges posed by Governor Adolph Ed- ward Plaza to the farmer-students who graduated from the 3-month University on the Air on White Corn Production during the graduation rites held recently in the province of Agusan del Sur . Plaza said that even with the right technology and expertise of the resource person, it would be futile if the participants will not apply their learning in their re- spective field. “Hinaut unta nga pinaagi sa in- yong nadungog sa radyo mosaka ang inyong abot,” (I hope that what you learned while listening to the radio would boost your production) he said. Data from the Bureau of Agricul- tural Statistics (BAS) indicated that Agusan del Sur for the past four (4) years posted a 1.8 metric tons annual average yield of white corn. This figure is ex- pected to increase considering government interventions for the farmers. Series of graduation ceremonies for participating LGUs where being held in the region namely, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur. A total of 550 farmer-students successfully completed the course , notewor- thy to mention were the out- standing farmer - students who received plaques of recognition and some prizes. The UOA on White Corn Pro- duction was aired over DXBC RMN for Butuan City and Agusan del Norte, DXSP One FM for Surigao del Norte and Surigao City, DXVP Sure FM for Surigao del Sur and DXDA Radyo Agusan for Agusan del 560 Farmers Graduate from University on the Air on White Corn Production by Aurell P. Araiz, RAFID DA-Caraga The Caraga FAME Logo The fish represents the fishery sector. Its blue color represents life for the Caraganons. The fishes are in standing position representing optimism. Super- imposed on the fishes are human figures representing the people of Caraga working side-by-side. The rice stalks and trees represent the agro-forestry sector. Its green color signifies prosperity. The rig represents the mining sector. Its purple color means wisdom. The surfer represents the tourism sector. Its orange color means energy and courage. The wave represents stream of emo- tions. Its red color means passion for driving Caraga towards its goal.
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