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New Armm vice guv, speaker appointed

COTABATO CITY -- Regional Assembly Speaker Reggie Sahali-Generale has been named acting vice governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) in a record-setting decision that made her the first female second top executive in the 20-year old regional governance. Generale, daughter of Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali, promptly accepted the appointment issued Monday by acting Armm Governor Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong, prompting the regional legislature to elect that same day Ronnie Sinsuat of Maguindanao as its new speaker.

In her brief valedictory remarks at the session, Generale expressed her elation over the confidence endowed her by the Adiong administration, which came into power as a result of the earlier suspension and subsequent detention of former Armm Governor Zaldy Ampatuan in connection with the Maguindanao massacre on November 23, 2009. Generale described as an added highlight of her "frightening experience" of heading once the male-dominated 24-member regional legislature, which elected as first lady speaker under the Ampatuan administration.

COTABATO CITY -- Regional Assembly Speaker Reggie Sahali-Generale has been named acting vice governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) in a record-setting decision that made her the first female second top executive in the 20-year old re

COTABATO CITY -- Regional Assembly Speaker Reggie Sahali-Generale has been named acting vice governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) in a record-setting decision that made her the first female second top executive in the 20-year old regional governance. Generale, daughter of Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali, promptly accepted the appointment issued Monday by acting Armm Governor Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong, prompting the regional legislature to elect that same day Ronnie Sinsuat of Maguindanao as its new speaker.

In her brief valedictory remarks at the session, Generale expressed her elation over the confidence endowed her by the Adiong administration, which came into power as a result of the earlier suspension and subsequent detention of former Armm Governor Zaldy Ampatuan in connection with the Maguindanao massacre on November 23, 2009. Generale described as an added highlight of her "frightening experience" of heading once the male-dominated 24-member regional legislature, which elected as first lady speaker under the Ampatuan administration.

LGU seed farm gets P.7-M aid from DA 12

BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES

TACURONG, Sultan  Kudarat Aug 22 (PIA) --  Tacurong  City’s    Seed  Farm  in  Barangay  Rajah Muda  recently  opened  its new mini-warehouse  and an  expansion of  its  multi-purpose  drying  payment  constructed with funding  from  the  Department of  Agriculture 12’s  Agri-Pinoy Rice  Program. According to  City Agriculturist Ramon Losanes, the latest project, which included a 420- square meter (sq m)   drying pavement,  costs  P700,000. The  new  drying pavement has doubled  the size of its  original 420- sq m drying pavement built in 2012, also  with funding   from DA 12.

Losanes added that with the  completion of the  last  project, the seed  farm is  now  fully  functional. The 840 sq m multi-purpose  drying  pavement, he elaborated,  can accommodate   80 to 100 sacks  of  palay while the mini-warehouse  can  store  800-1,000 sacks of palay seeds, fertilizers, and other farm inputs. Farmers  in  Barangay Rajah Muda  are  welcome  to  use the  drying  facitity, he said, noting  further  that  Mayor Lina Montilla  has ordered  that no fee will be charged to farmers who will use the dryer.   Tacurong City’s  8-hectare  Seed Farm  produces quality certified seeds, which are sold to farmers in the city’s 20 barangays at a very low price.

Each bag of certified seeds can be bought for as low as P900. These seeds are made available every planting season. Another mini warehouse with multi-purpose drying pavement was installed at Purok Esmeralda, Barangay Upper Katungal for the benefit of the members of the Mindanao Pioneers Agrarian Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (MINPARBEMCO). Both  facilities were  turned over to the respective  recipients  in  a  ceremony on  Tuesday, August 20.  (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report from LGU Tacurong Information Office)

Source:  http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611408680595

Farm-to marker road brings better income to farmers in Surallah

BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES

SURALLAH,  South Cotabato, Aug 26 (PIA) --   Farmers  in a  sub-village in  Barangay Canahay, in  Surallah, South Cotabato  are  now  reaping  gains  from a   farm-to-market  road (FMR) built for them  by the  Department of  Agriculture (DA) 12. Brgy.  Canahay  Chairman  Mario  Defensor  said more than 200 farmers in  Sitio  Bleboy  have  benefited  primarily with  better  income  from their   hard work,  after the opening of the  P4.8-million FMR  that has provided  much  better  road  to transport their   produce. Jose Tangub, president of the Bleboy Communal Irrigators’ Association, explained   that  prior to the  concreting of the FMR in their village,  transporting  delivering products  to the market  was very difficult and costly.

 Tangub recounted that  traders   would only buy their  palay  at P13 per kilogram  or gross earning  only P780 per 60-kilogram sack. Moreover, during  rainy days, when  the products  were  delivered  wet,  8  kilograms  were  further  deducted  from the  total  weight  of  each  sack. Thus, he  said,   a farmer  could  only  get  as  much  as  P676 per sack of  palay,  without counting the expenses for transportation and other  farm  expenses. With the  concrete  road  that  provide  easy  and  cheaper  access to the market,  farmers in Bleboy  can  now  deliver their  produce  at   lower  transportation cost  directly to  traders who  are  now buying their produce at  much reasonable prices,  the barangay captain said. 

Prior to the  construction of the  FMR,  the  Bleboy Communal  Irrigators’ Association  also  received  from DA 12  several interventions  intended to  assist the   development of its  farmer-members.  These  interventions included a  rice thresher  in 2012 under a  counterparting scheme  where  the  DA paid  85 percent of the  total  cost while the  association  shouldered the remaining  15 percent.   In  2013,  DA 12 also  built  for them a  mini-warehouse  with  multi-purpose  drying pavement  valued at  P700,000. “Nowadays, we can say that  we have felt  the  help of the national  government because  the projects  are  directly given to us,” said   Defensor.

According to the  barangay profile, at least  150  hectares of agricultural  production areas   are benefiting  from the  road concreting project. At least  60 hectares of these are devoted to  rice production, 35 hectares  to  corn, and the remaining  55 hectares to  different  high  value crops. Earlier this  year,  DA 12 Regional Executive Director  Amalia Jayag-Datukan  announced that  about P730 million  have  been allotted to  SOCCSKSARGEN Region  for   farm-to-market  road  projects. SOCCSKSARGEN Region  or Region 12  is comprises the  provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan  and Cotabato. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report from  LMSalvo-DA 12)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611409000354

 

DA urges people's organizations, LGUs to seek accreditation

BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Aug 20  (PIA) --   People’s  organizations,  local  government unit,   academic institutions and even government organizations  should  be accredited  with the  Department of  Agriculture  to  be  able  to  avail  of  projects, an official of the  agency announced. Amalia Jayag-Datukan, regional executive director  of DA 12   said  the  accreditation of  mentioned  organization  with the  agency  would  ensure that  government  intervention  are  given  only to  legitimate farmer groups and  such organizations. “This is also an effective way to prevent bogus farmer groups and non-government organizations to take a share on government’s programs and assistance which are purely intended to legitimate farmers and fishers,” she emphasized.

Accreditation, she  elaborated,  is mandated by the Commission on Audit through its Circular Number 2012-001 dated June 14, 2012 and per DA’s Administrative Order Number 23 series of 2012 requiring all LGUs, GOs, NGOs, POs to pursue a certificate of accreditation from the Department. According to Director Datukan, main objective of this accreditation is to provide mechanism of certification to NGOs and POs that have met minimum criteria for greater transparency and accountability. “Through this, we would like also to encourage the participation of the private sector through social development and to create a better system for a stronger collaboration of the government and the private sector,” she said.

Per COA circulars, POs should submit the following requirements: accomplished DA 12 Application for Accreditation addressed to Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan duly signed by the group’s chairman and duly accomplished form stating the background of the organization. “It is also a requirement that these POs, among others should declare their economic activities, and even their financial records,” she added. As of August 4, 2014, DA 12 had already accredited 80 NGOs, POs and GOs from the four provinces of SOCCSKSARGEN Region, to wit: North Cotabato – 27; Sultan Kudarat – 18; Sarangani – 17; and South Cotabato – 17.

Meanwhile, 33 LGUs have already received their certificates of accreditation from the regional office. For further inquiries on accreditation, people’s groups are encouraged to visit DA  Regional Field Office 12 office  along Gensan Drive corner Zulueta ST., Koronadal City or contact (083) 520-0564. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with  report  from LMSalvo-DA 12)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611408502607

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