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Old May 9th, 2009, 09:20 AM   #141
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Upland development program benefits 1,218 families in Abra


Bangued, Abra (1 May) -- The Upland Development Program (UDP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will benefit 1,218 families in the province.

In a report made by the Abra-DENR headed by Engr. Ernesto Aton, a total of 1,218 hectares of lands will be covered by the UDP project in Abra. This target area represents one hectare per family. Meaning, each family is given a hectare of land to develop.

The UDP project covers 24 out of the 27 municipalities in the province. For the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office(CENRO) in Bangued, the following are the municipalities covered: Bangued, Bucay, Boliney, Bucloc, Daguioman, La Paz, Lagayan, Langiden, Manabo, Peñarrubia, Pidigan, Pilar, Sallapadan, San Isidro, San Quintin, Tubo and Villaviciosa. A total of 793 hectares will be awarded to the 793 family-beneficiaries.

CENRO-Lagangilang will cover the municipalities of Lagangilang, Lacub, Malibcong, Licuan-Baay, Tineg and San Juan. A total of 425 hectares of land will be awarded to the family-beneficiaries.

There are three components of the UDP project. These are: assisted natural regeneration/enrichment planting; agro-forestry; and reforestation. These components provide immediate employment and income to the participating families which is the administration's thrust to alleviate poverty in the country by providing immediate income thru employment.

Implementation of the project components will be supervised by the CENROs concerned to ensure that the end goal of the project which is not only to provide immediate income thru employment, but to rejuvenate the environment and to provide a long-term source of livelihood to the stewards of the project areas.
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a very sad news! let's Go CORDILLERA! we can make it!

Filipino illiterates now at 5.2M


THE Department of Education (DepEd) is set to strengthen the education and literacy programs of youths and adults as the number of Filipino illiterates reached 5.2 million, and dropout rates stood at 6 percent in elementary and 7.5 percent in high school.

“We are now at [a] dead end in education,” Education Undersecretary for Muslim Affairs Manaros Boransing said.

“With these crises, the government should be compelled to implement without delay and strengthen education and literacy programs for youth and adults,” he added.

Boransing delivered the welcome message at the Forum on Youth and Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning held at the DepEd central office in Pasig City.

He said the rising dropout rate would inevitably take its toll on the Philippine economy, especially amid the global financial meltdown.

DepEd data showed that schoolyear (SY) 2004-2005’s dropout rates of 6.98 percent in the elementary and 7.99 percent in secondary level rose to 7.33 percent and 12.51 percent, respectively, by SY 2006-2007.

Although these figures went down in SY 2007-2008 to 6 percent (2.2 million children aged six to 12) and 7.5 percent (3.4 million aged 12-15 years), the numbers are still high, he said.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said the department has initiated several interventions such as the launching of Project Reach last year, to enable out-of-school children and youths to go back to school through collaborative work between school and village officials, and help from the private sector.

Earlier, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) report listed the Philippines among countries that deprive children of basic literacy and numeracy skills with its failure to address inequalities in education.

The Unesco 2009 report said the Philippines also lags behind in achieving universal primary education as part of its commitment to the Education For All (EFA) goals which the country signed in 2000.

Unesco said Filipino children in the poorest 20 percent of the population receive five years less education than children from the wealthiest families. On the average, the poorest 20 percent get 6.3 years of education compared to the 11 years of the rich20 percent.

A literacy mapping of fifth- and sixth-class towns by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also showed the presence or impact of government’s literacy programs are not felt in the bottom 30 barangays.

DILG assistant division chief Virginia Ferrer said literacy programs are currently not among the priorities of some local government units (LGUs), and the most economically backward areas have the highest number of illiterates.

She said the situation might worsen if government, particularly the LGUs, will not intervene.

The DILG said the bottom 30 barangays with the lowest literacy rates are in Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province, La Union, Batanes, Isabela, Laguna, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Iloilo, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, Leyte, Samar, Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Norte.

The bottom 3 barangays with the lowest literacy rates were Matampa (30.4 percent), Alipuaton (32.9 percent) and Bunal (44.8 percent) in Salay, Misamis Oriental.

The study showed the most common reasons why LGUs do not initiate literacy projects for its needy constituents are: they believe this is the responsibility of DepEd; they have no funds; nobody cares; no official in the fifth- or sixth-class towns has requested for them; and they are not the priority of LGUs.

Ferrer urged Congress to pass a law mandating municipal governments and other LGUs to set aside a percentage of their Internal Revenue Allocations for literacy projects that should be made part of the annual municipal development plans.
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Solar power lights up Kalinga villages
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Written by Paul Anthony A. Isla / Reporter
Tuesday, 12 May 2009 18:36

USING energy the sun radiates, Japanese-led Solutions Using Renewable Energy Inc. (Sure) has energized three remote communities in Kalinga province.

In a statement, Sure said it was tapped to use solar power for the energy needs of the three barangays in Pinukpuk, Kalinga, as the mountain villages are far from the nearest transmission lines.

Sure has implemented the Pinukpuk lighting program in coordination with Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDDS), a nongovernment organization involved in poverty alleviation.

Connecting barangays Asibanglan, Limos and Ba-ay in Pinukpuk to the Luzon power grid “is not feasible at this time due to the huge cost involved,” lawyer Clarence de Guia, Sure spokesman, explained.

Pinukpuk is a municipality in Kalinga province, 530 kilometers north of Manila and three to four hours’ drive from the provincial capital of Tabuk. The nearest transmission line to Pinukpuk is about 7 km away.

“Solar power offers the best alternative in this situation, because the barangays are off-grid locations. Moreover, solar energy is environment-friendly; it creates no toxic carbon emissions, which may upset Kalinga’s ecosystem,” said de Guia.

Early this month Sure completed the first phase of its program for the barangays, which required the immediate distribution of 440 units of 12-watt solar panels. Each carries a 7-watt compact fluorescent lantern and a 12V/7AH battery.

Sure said the distribution comes under a subsidized financing program.

The second and last phase of Sure’s contract requires the firm to set up a solar-powered recharging station in each of the three barangays, which will allow the recharging of cellular phones, laptops, television sets, flashlights and handheld radio sets, powered by rechargeable batteries.

“Most of these gadgets are considered rarities in the barangays, and their absence contributes to the area’s isolation,” pointed out Roderick Dumallig, a Kalahi-CIDDS community worker, adding that the use of modern devices will break the isolation of the villages from the rest of the world.

Sure said both phases of the project cost only P2.93 million, which is a fraction of the investments needed to connect the barangays to the Luzon power grid.

“The use of lanterns has an immediate impact on the barangays by extending the productive hours of the residents, many of whom are farmers and handicraft makers,” Dumallig said.

According to Dumallig, residents usually stop working at dusk as kerosone lamps and candles did not provide sufficient lighting.

That was before the solar-powered lanterns arrived. Dumallig said the solar panels also helped residents save on expenses for candles and kerosene.

“Before the introduction of solar power, the recipients, who earn between P500 to P1,000 a month, spent half of their income on kerosene and candles,” he added.

“Now, they devote more time to their handicraft business, and they save more of their income from the cottage industry for their other needs,” Dumallig noted.

“The solar-powered lanterns also have allowed the children to focus longer on their home works. And we expect the kids to learn their lessons faster than before with the use of the solar lanterns,” Dumallig said.
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THE Department of Education (DepEd) is set to strengthen the education and literacy programs of youths and adults as the number of Filipino illiterates reached 5.2 million, and dropout rates stood at 6 percent in elementary and 7.5 percent in high school.

“We are now at [a] dead end in education,” Education Undersecretary for Muslim Affairs Manaros Boransing said.

“With these crises, the government should be compelled to implement without delay and strengthen education and literacy programs for youth and adults,” he added.

Boransing delivered the welcome message at the Forum on Youth and Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning held at the DepEd central office in Pasig City.

He said the rising dropout rate would inevitably take its toll on the Philippine economy, especially amid the global financial meltdown.

DepEd data showed that schoolyear (SY) 2004-2005’s dropout rates of 6.98 percent in the elementary and 7.99 percent in secondary level rose to 7.33 percent and 12.51 percent, respectively, by SY 2006-2007.

Although these figures went down in SY 2007-2008 to 6 percent (2.2 million children aged six to 12) and 7.5 percent (3.4 million aged 12-15 years), the numbers are still high, he said.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said the department has initiated several interventions such as the launching of Project Reach last year, to enable out-of-school children and youths to go back to school through collaborative work between school and village officials, and help from the private sector.

Earlier, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) report listed the Philippines among countries that deprive children of basic literacy and numeracy skills with its failure to address inequalities in education.

The Unesco 2009 report said the Philippines also lags behind in achieving universal primary education as part of its commitment to the Education For All (EFA) goals which the country signed in 2000.

Unesco said Filipino children in the poorest 20 percent of the population receive five years less education than children from the wealthiest families. On the average, the poorest 20 percent get 6.3 years of education compared to the 11 years of the rich20 percent.

A literacy mapping of fifth- and sixth-class towns by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also showed the presence or impact of government’s literacy programs are not felt in the bottom 30 barangays.

DILG assistant division chief Virginia Ferrer said literacy programs are currently not among the priorities of some local government units (LGUs), and the most economically backward areas have the highest number of illiterates.

She said the situation might worsen if government, particularly the LGUs, will not intervene.

The DILG said the bottom 30 barangays with the lowest literacy rates are in Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province, La Union, Batanes, Isabela, Laguna, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Iloilo, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, Leyte, Samar, Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Norte.

The bottom 3 barangays with the lowest literacy rates were Matampa (30.4 percent), Alipuaton (32.9 percent) and Bunal (44.8 percent) in Salay, Misamis Oriental.

The study showed the most common reasons why LGUs do not initiate literacy projects for its needy constituents are: they believe this is the responsibility of DepEd; they have no funds; nobody cares; no official in the fifth- or sixth-class towns has requested for them; and they are not the priority of LGUs.

Ferrer urged Congress to pass a law mandating municipal governments and other LGUs to set aside a percentage of their Internal Revenue Allocations for literacy projects that should be made part of the annual municipal development plans.
Ouch me La Union. Dapat umaksyon ang LGUs sa Probinsya namin ukol dito. Thanks for the news!
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Cordillera Region still least developed


Baguio City — Despite its 22 years of existence as an administrative region, Cordillera remains as one of the least developed regions in the country today with its road network being one of the worst despite the multi-billion-peso infrastructure projects committed by President Arroyo.

This was the observation of Juan Ngalob, regional director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and acting chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera.

Ngalob said there is still a lot to be done in terms of improving the region’s infrastructure facilities.

He said the committed SoNA (state-of-the-nation address) projects involve only the trunkline that links the Cordillera provinces to the Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley.

These development projects are considered significant compared to the previous situation of the major road networks in the region.

But Ngalob cited the need to fully develop the roads from Kalinga to the northern tip of Apayao as well as from the southern tip of Benguet to the Ilocos Region.

The NEDA official said the status of development of the whole region shows that outside Baguio City, almost 97 percent of the investments are coming from the government. This raises the need to expand private investments in other suitable areas, especially in urban centers, could could serve the needs of multi-national companies.

He said the multi-billion-peso Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Project (CHARMP) I and II, the Highland Agricultural Development Project (HADP), and the Central Cordillera Agricultural Project (CECAP) I and II are purely government-initiated, foreign-assisted projects intended to improve the condition of the agriculture sector in the region.

The present state of development in the region confirms a recent publication of the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) which listed Cordillera as the second internal revenue allotment (IRA) dependent region in the country due to the absence of investments in the rural areas which are not reached by road networks.

Ngalob said the existence of better roads in the region would surely spell the difference in the economic status of the different provinces because the development of the vital linkages is still far from over despite the huge funds allotted for the Halsema Highway rehabilitation project and the upgrading of the Bontoc-Tabuk-Tuguegarao road.

On July 15, 1987, former President Corazon C. Aquino signed Executive Order No. 220 creating the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) which is composed of the provinces of Benguet, Mountain Province, Abra, and Baguio City (from Region I) and Ifugao, Kalinga, and Apayao (from Region II).
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Cordillera wind farm in the works


MANILA, Philippines – Renewable energy firm Philcarbon Inc. plans to put up a wind farm in the Cordillera that can generate 20 megawatts of electricity, its chairman said.

Rufino B. Bomasang said in an interview that the company was eyeing Mt. Province, which was identified in the 1990s as a potential area in the wind mapping project of National Power Corp. and the Department of Energy.

“I brought the representatives of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the US to the area, right away they said you can easily generate here 20-30 MW. A few months later, [a company] from Japan visited the area and they said something like 20 MW,” Bomasang said.

Based on the studies conducted by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the DoE, the Philippines has vast renewable energy potential, including 76,000 MW of wind capacity.

Government data also showed that as a rule of thumb, a firm needs to invest about $3 million to produce a megawatt from wind power.

Despite the potential of the area, Bomasang explained that it was never developed because back in the ’90s, the government did not have a firm national policy on the use of renewable energy sources.

Bomasang added that with the passage of the Renewable Energy bill last year and the signing of its implementing rules and regulations last month, investing in renewable energy has become more attractive to prospective investors.

With the wind farm, Bomasang said Philcarbon would be able to supply not only the power demand of the province, but also the electricity requirements of nearby provinces.

“And that’s why Philcarbon is interested in the area,” he added.

Bomasang said the company would soon send its letter of intent to explore and develop wind resources in Mt. Province to the DoE.

He also disclosed that the company targets to take on a partner, particularly the Canada-based EnerAsia Renewables Corp., which has existing tie-ups with other local firms.

“We will need funding ... we target to partner with EnerAsia because we don’t have the funds, but we can do the initial work, initial studies and getting approvals from local governments, among others,” Bomasang said.

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NSIC certification sought for Asha peanut variety


THE Field Legume Varietal Improvement Group, the technical working group evaluating peanut seeds, is recommending Asha peanut for certification by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) after the peanut variety passed a series of testing and strict evaluation.

This was revealed by Dr. Rosemary Aquino, the focal person of Asha peanut (ICGV 86564) production in the Philippines.

Certification is an important mechanism to ensure varietal purity, seed genetic identity and overall seed quality in relation to production, processing, storage and distribution in pursuant to the implementing rules and regulation of the Seed Industry Development Act (Republic Act 7308) of 1992. Thus, the tag “certified seed” is the highest credential given to the seed that possesses quality.

She further stated that the qualities possessed by Asha peanut revealed in 17 national cooperative trials (2007 wet season to 2008-09 dry season), Asha peanut has undoubtedly passed the quality standard of NSIC. Among the accredited testing areas were DA-CVIARC, BPI-LBNCRDC, DA-BIARCS, DA-ROS Bohol, DMMMSU La Union, DA-SMIARC, USM Kabacan, CMU Bukidnon, MMSU Batac, Ilocos Sur, DA-SAMAR and DA CEMIARC.

Based on the result, Asha consistently ranked as No. 1 in terms of yield. Actually, it outyielded the NSIC national check variety (Pn 11) by 22 percent during the wet season and 10 percent in the dry season.



Asha is also the only peanut variety released in the Philippines that produces the highest recorded yield of 3,991 kg per hectare. It doubles the yield of the most commercialized peanut varieties in the country and has a 3-in-1 variety in terms of seed sizes, comprised of Class A (jumbo), Class B (large) and Class C (medium-small seeds). The biggest is sized as a cashew nut, weighing one gram per seed.

Aside from being large-seeded, Asha has a high-shelling recovery of 73 percent to 79 percent. Asha is also ideal for confections and table foods as indicated by its proximate nutrient analysis: 25.67-percent crude protein, 20.05-percent carbohydrates, 47.41-percent crude fat, 4.39-percent moisture, and 2.48-percent ash.

Asha is also resistant to bacterial wilt and other foliar diseases like early- and late-cercospora leaf spot and rust, making it ideal for livestock forage due to its high fresh biomass and dry-matter yield, Dr. Aquino added.

Since its arrival in the Philippines, Asha peanut created a positive image to farmers and businessmen because of its yield potential and profit. It has been commercially grown in Region 2, particularly in the municipalities of Echague, Jones, Benito Soliven and Gamu, Isabela and in Lallo, Cagayan, commercialization program.

At present, farmers in regions l, 9, 10 and Cordillera Autonomous Region are showing interest in the production of Asha as manifested by seed orders, sales and delivery records of CVIARC. In fact, it is now a byword and even a word of expression to most peanut farmers and other peanut enthusiasts. It also appeared on text messages and even in e-mails as indicative of its popularity, stated Dr. Aquino.

The success of Asha was made possible through the collaborative effort of different agencies coupled by strong technology commercialization and dissemination strategies, like the conduct of national and local peanut festivals, technology demonstrations, trade fairs, and the mass production and distribution of information and communication materials.

Making the seed always available to farmers and all Asha enthusiasts is the most important aspect of all strategies, which is the basic role of DA-CVIARC as breeder in the case of Asha peanut, said Dr. Aquino.
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DOST intervention contest is on


Bangued, Abra (4 July) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is calling the attention of all inventors, designers and researchers to bring their outputs for competition at the DOST-CAR Regional Office in La Trinidad, Benguet.

The contest is open to all Filipino inventors, designers and researchers in Northern Luzon particularly the Cordillera Region, and Regions 1 & 2.

In a presentation by Mr. Menandro Buenafe of the DOST-Abra, there are five categories of the contest: The Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award); Outstanding Utility Model; Outstanding Industrial Design; Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award); and the Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award).

The inventions, utility model and industrial design have to covered by patent or registration which are in force and granted by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

The creative researches are studies with demonstrable results and are potential for improvement and widespread commercialization and dissemination.

The Sibol Award which is open to secondary and tertiary students are those that are new and innovative projects or models that have special features and characteristics that could promote science and technology (S&T) innovations that are not contrary to public order, morals, public health and welfare. Entries to the Sibol Award must be endorsed by the head of schools.

Entries that have won first, second, and third prizes in previous contests except those under the Creative Research Category are no longer eligible for the contest.

Contestants are required to submit six copies of the entry form duly filled-up. Entries must be submitted to the DOST-CAR at KM 6, La Trinidad, Benguet not later than 5:00PM on July 17, 2009 for pre-screening.

Qualified contestants will be assigned a booth free of charge to display their entries. They are required to install their entries on Aguust 17, 2009 at the Baguio Convention Center in Baguio City where the judging of the entries will be held.

Criteria for judging for the Outstanding Invention and Utility Model will be based on the degree of inventiveness/ingenuity, useful technical advantage, readiness for commercialization/degree of development, commercial viability and presentation and demonstration.

The Outstanding Industrial Design will include ornamental and aesthetics, has market potential and uniqueness, aside from the presentation and demonstration.

The Outstanding Creative Researches must have originality and creativity, usefulness and market potential. And like the above categories, there must also be presentation and demonstration. (PIA-Abra)
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Introducing PCARRD


The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), a locally and globally well-known lead agency in the areas of research and development, is providing science solutions for a vibrant agriculture and sustainable environment in the country nowadays.

PCARRD is one of the five sectoral councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST). It serves as the main arm of DoST in planning, evaluating, monitoring, and coordinating the national research and development (R&D) programs in agriculture, forestry, environment, and natural resources sectors.

DoST has five sectoral planning councils responsible for formulating policies, plans, programs, projects, and strategies for S&T development; for programming and allocating funds; for monitoring of research and development projects; and for generating external funds.

The other DoST councils are: The Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD), the Philippine Council for Aquatic Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD), the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development (PCIERD).

The first DoST council to earn an ISO 9001:2000 certification for its quality management system, PCARRD is engaged in active partnership with international, regional, and national organizations and funding institutions for joint R&D, human resource development and training, technical assistance, and exchange of scientists, information, and technologies.

Established in 1972, PCARRD is the apex organization of the Philippine national agricultural research system. It plays a significant role in fostering science and technology (S&T)-based economic development through natural resource utilization and management. For over three decades now, it has been providing a unified and focused direction for national research and development (R&D) efforts in agriculture, forestry, and natural resources (AFNR).

Vision, mission and mandates

Vision. PCARRD envisions “dynamic, economically viable, productive, and science and technology (S&T)-driven AFNR sectors that produce competitive agricultural and forest products and that are optimally managed to sustain land, water, and biodiversity resources.”

It envisions itself to be “a creative S&T leader and an effective partner that initiates and facilitates sustained development and utilization of local and other adoptable innovations for competitive AFNR sectors.”

Mission. To achieve this vision, PCARRD shall perform its mandate and provide strategic R&D directions for the National Agricultural and Resources Research and Development System (NARRDS) to deliver new knowledge and technologies, phand to ensure that enabling conditions are in place for the efficient and effective performance of the R&D system.

Mandate. The mandate for PCARRD to perform is four-fold: (1) formulate policies, plans, strategies, programs, and projects for S&T development in the AFNR sectors; (2) program and allocate government and external funds; (3) monitor and evaluate R&D projects; and (4) generate external funds for R&D.

Organizational Structure

The Governing Council (GC) is PCARRD’s highest policy-making body. It formulates policies, strategies, and rules and regulations on the administration of the national R&D system; determines the national priority R&D areas for the AFNR and the environment; and approves the budget to support the national AFNR R&D programs (PCARRD, 2008).

The Technical Advisory Committee assists the Council’s executive director in ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the national R&D programs and recommends proper action to the GC.

The PCARRD secretariat implements policies and guidelines presented by the GC.

Strategic programs

The four banner programs embody PCARRD’s strategic S&T directions that strongly support President Arroyo’s ten-point agenda. These include: (1) Knowledge and technology generation program (2) R&D results utilization program (3) Policy research and advocacy program, and (4) Strengthening R&D governance and accountability (Information Bulletin No. 19-F/2008).

These programs are carried out by PCARRD and partner agencies based on the principles of technology-based productivity and competitiveness; effective science-technology-adoption link; conducive R&D environment; and good governance, collaboration, and coordination.

Knowledge and technology generation. This program, a formative banner program, sets the trend for other S&T activities through its components – R&D agenda, development and maintenance of R&D information systems, and packaging of science-based information materials.

The R&D agenda cover the crops, livestock, and forestry sectors. It was derived from 11 Industry Strategic Plans (ISPs) developed by PCARRD in collaboration with the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). The ISPs are for the following industry clusters: (1) Export fruit crops; (2) vegetables, legumes, and root crops; (3) coffee and abaca; (4) coconut and oil palm; (5) ornamentals; (6) herbals; (7) rice and white corn; (8) sugarcane; (9) swine-poultry-yellow corn; (10) pasture-ruminants; and (11) forestry.

The final integrated R&D agenda includes 31 specific commodities under the 11 industry clusters spread across the 14 geographical regions. Implementation of the R&D agenda will generate 104 products ranging from planting materials to ecotourism sites.

Implementation of the activities as specified in the agenda are carried out by the member-agencies of the 14 regional consortia all over the country. All base agencies of the consortia in the regions are state universities and colleges.

The consortia are as follows: Cordillera Autonomous Region – Highland Agriculture and Resources R&D Consortium (HARRDEC) based at Benguet State University; Region I – Ilocos Agriculture and Resources R&D Consortium (ILARRDEC) at Mariano Marcos State University; Region II – Cagayan Valley Agriculture and Resources R&D (CVARRD) at Isabela State University; Region III – Central Luzon Agriculture and Resources R&D Consortium (CLARRDEC) at Central Luzon State University; Region IV – Southern Tagalog Agriculture and Resources R&D Consortium (STARRDEC) at Cavite State University; Region V – Bicol Consortium Agriculture and Resources R&D (BCARRD) at Bicol University; Region VI – Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources R&D Consortium (WESVARRDEC) at UP in the Visayas; Region VII – Central Visayas Consortium for Integrated Regional R&D (CV-CIRRD) at Negros Oriental State University; Region VIII – Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program (VICARP) at Visayas State University; Region IX – Western Mindanao Agriculture, Forestry and Resources R&D Consortium (WESMARRDEC) at Western Mindanao State University; Region X – Northern Mindanao Consortium for Agriculture and Resources R&D (NOMCARRD) at Central Mindanao University; Region XI – Southern Mindanao Agriculture and Resources R&D Consortium (SMARRDEC) at University of Southeastern Philippines; Region XII – Cotabato Agriculture and Resources R&D Consortium (CARRDEC) at University of Southern Mindanao; and CARAGA – CARAGA Consortium for Agriculture, Forestry and Resources R&D (CARRD) at Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology.

For the development and maintenance of R&D databases, PCARRD continuously provides timely, reliable, and relevant data and information to its clients and beneficiaries.
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Cordillera marks 22nd 'birthday'


LA TRININDAD, Benguet, Philippines – The highland Cordillera region turns 22 on July 15.

Hence, Malacañang has declared Wednesday next week a special non-working holiday here.

“The day is an event for the people of the Cordillera to celebrate this historic event,” said Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita in Proclamation 1830.

The Cordillera is the only landlocked region in the Philippines. It consists of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province, and Baguio City.

It encompasses most of the areas within the Cordillera central mountain range of Luzon, the largest range in the country.

CAR is home to numerous indigenous tribes collectively called “Igorots”.

Teeming with mineral reserves including metallic ores such as gold, copper, silver, zinc, and non-metallic minerals like sand, gravel and sulfur, the region is a major resource basket in Northern Luzon.
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NEW YORK CITY, United States—The Filipinos’ rich cultural heritage was on full display for one whole day in June during the Bayanihan Cultural Festival held in the very heart of the Filipino community in this city.

For many Filipinos who have been living in the New York-New Jersey area for some time now, the festivities on June 21 did not only serve to reconnect them to their native country, but it also reinvigorated their pride in being Filipinos.

Liza Hizon, a mother of two from Plainview, NY, has not been to many Filipino events in years but said she felt an instant reconnection with her Filipino roots at the festival.

“It was a wonderful experience, it brought back my being a Filipino,” said Hizon, who brought her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son to the festival. “Hearing native music and watching folk dances were very moving. Being with fellow Filipinos made me feel like I was home. We will certainly be back next year.”

An estimated 5,000 Filipinos and Filipino Americans attended the Bayanihan Festival that featured a cultural program showcasing Philippine music, dances, songs, and martial arts. It was also a day when Filipino culture was literally on display out on Hart Playground in Woodside, Queens; there were tables laden with Filipino food and delicacy; there were native products on sale; one corner was devoted to children’s games, arts, and craft; and on one side was giant mural-painting using a traditional Filipino style.

The festival was the first ever celebration of Philippine Independence Day held in the heart of the Filipino community in Queens. Among the five boroughs of New York City, Queens has the largest Filipino population.

The festival began with an ecumenical service that was designed to reflect the various religious, geographic, and political realities in the Philippines. The service was concelebrated by a Catholic priest and a Protestant pastor, with representatives from Muslims and non-Muslim, non-Christian ethnic groups participating in the ceremony.

The Prayer of the Faithful was presented in several of the major Philippine languages, and the various sectors of Philippine society—workers, farmers, youth, indigenous groups both from the northern mountain provinces and in the south in Mindanao—were represented during the offertory.

“That was beautiful,” said Perla Godinez, who came all the way from Central New Jersey with her daughter’s family and grandchildren. “I like the fact that they said the Prayer of the Faithful in different languages.”

Hilda Mantalaba from the St. Sebastian Parish in Woodside, Queens, said she received a lot of positive feedback about the ecumenical service. “The people I talked to said it was an inspiring moment,” said Mantalaba, who was one of those who drafted the liturgy for the service. “They said that Filipinos have proven themselves once more that they are united as one people and one nation.”

The day-long lineup of performers was not just a hodge-podge, free-for all program. The performances were carefully selected to reflect the social and historical influences that shaped Philippine culture through the years.

There were a number of notable performers:

The Bibak North East, an association of Filipinos from the five Cordillera provinces (Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao, and Kalinga) now based in the US Northeast, performed traditional ritual dances of their region, such as a war dance, a courtship dance, and one asking the heavens for rain.

The Filipino American Senior Citizen Association of Woodside, Queens danced to Hawaiian ditties “Pearly Shells” and “Tiny Bubbles” to remind the crowd that the first wave of Filipino migration to the United States were the manongs who landed in Hawaii to work in pineapple plantations.

Several members of Project Yehey (Young Educators for Health and Empowerment of the Youth) demonstrated the world-renown Filipino martial arts arnis and kali.

While the performances were going on, there was a sizable crowd of Filipinos and even non-Filipinos who took advantage of the free health screening and free immigration consultations that the organizers offered for the day.

“Bayanihan Day is not only a day for celebration. It is also a day for service,” said Julia Camagong, co-exectuive director of the Philippine Forum, one of the organizers of the festival.

Bayanihan literally means being a hero for others but it has also become synonymous with volunteering, lending a helping hand, involvement in community projects, or coming together for a common purpose.

In one corner of the park, award-winning Filipino artist Eliseo Art Silva was guiding festival participants in painting a mural with the word ‘Bayanihan” printed on it. Silva said the mural is done in the traditional “Letras y Figuras” style, which depicts scenes from daily Philippine life sometimes hidden and sometimes emphasized by the letters of the word printed on the canvas.

At around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, a thunderstorm cut short the program and the festivities in the park. But it was not enough to dampen the spirit of those who were there. Youth volunteers transported the sound system and equipment to the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center a few blocks away and resumed the performances. The night belonged to young Filipinos who danced and grooved to the live music of Filipino American rock bands.

For many Filipinos who took part in the festival, what happened that day was not just an explosion of Philippine culture, but also a manifestation of the indomitable bayanihan spirit of Filipinos as a people.

Adel Inez, of St. Elizabeth Parish and one of the lead volunteers of the festival, said it was “a historic event in New York City.”

“It was a fitting tribute to our motherland, whose children come from different ethnic backgrounds, reared in different parts of the Philippines, and belong to various religious denominations, and yet deciding to gather together as sanlahi (one race),” Inez said.

“We need to do this as least once a year,” she added.
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Benguet coop bank, SLU institute receive presidential citations for best practices


Baguio City (17 July) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred the 2009 Presidential Citations for Best Practices to Saint Louis University Institute for Small Scale Industries Foundation, Inc. (SLU-EISSI) and the Cooperative Bank of Benguet during a fitting ceremony at the SM Megamall, Megatrade Hall in Mandaluyong City recently as part of the activities of MSMED (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development) week.
SLUEISSI was cited in the Productivity and Efficiency Category for its Beekeeping Research and Service Program which has revitalized the beekeeping industry through training programs, research studies, outreach activities and marketing assistance.
Dr. Edmund Benavidez who received the citation from Arroyo said that the program is now on its twelfth year and has brought beekeeping to the forefront as a lucrative and productive source of livelihood in the Cordilleras and nearby regions. Today, the expanded Beekeeping Center in Ciudad Grande, Bakakeng in Baguio City is widely recognized as a training institute for beekeeping and the marketing center for the Goldwell Sunflower Honey brand according to Benavidez.
The Cooperative Bank of Benguet on the other hand received a citation for Best Practices in the Financing Category for its contribution to the growth of the MSME sector through its various lending programs catering to the agricultural, commercial, manufacturing and service sectors.
The cooperative bank’s General Manager, Gerry T. Lab-oyan said that their coverage has expanded its reach to the countryside through judicious distribution of credit facilities and hands-on approach to insure the success of the beneficiaries’ projects. The cooperative bank has also achieved a wide network in the government and private sector through its diverse advocacies from business enabling to organic agriculture. Today, the bank is now on its 17th year as a homegrown service provider.
DTI Baguio/Benguet Provincial Caretaker Freda Gawisan said that the awarding of Presidential Citations for Best Practices was first launched in 2007 to give recognition to programs and services that are geared towards the development and promotion of the micro, small and medium enterprises sector.
Both awardees have been endorsed to the National SMED Council selection committee through the Baguio SMED Council chaired by the Baguio-Benguet Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
During the initial launching, two awardees from the Cordilleras namely the Rangtay sa Pagrang-ay and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-CAR (RTWPB-CAR) were cited for their for micro-financing services and exemplary productivity program interventions to MSME clients respectively.
The 2009 Presidential Citation for best practices in MSME promotion and development was likewise given to the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc.; St. Mary’s College in Tagum City, Davao del Norte; GTZ Technical Cooperation; Inglass Sardines of Dipolog Association; Simbag sa Pag-Asenso, Inc.; MASICAP MSME Development Foundation, Inc.; CARD Bank, Inc.; Bank of the Philippine Islands; Planters Development Bank; Fair Bank; National Wages and Productivity Commission and the Regional Wages and Productivity Boards and Baao Multi Purpose Cooperative. (DTI)
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P12 million rehab of burned Baguio market begins
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BAGUIO CITY – The long wait of the hundreds of market vendors who were displaced by the March 2, 2009 fire that gutted the vegetable and fruit sections of the Baguio City public market is now over.

This developed as Mayor Reinaldo A. Bautista Jr. approved the P12 million budget for the rehabilitation of the burned portion of the market, over four months after the fire.

With the approved estimate, the city government was able to reportedly save P4 million since the original cost of the plan prepared by the city buildings and architecture office (CBAO) was a whooping P16 million.

Despite the reduced funding, the proposed rehabilitation of the market will cover all the areas that were affected by two separate fires that affected several portions of the old market structures.

Bautista claimed the local government will not allow private parties, particularly the affected vendors, to implement their own repair plans for their burned stalls.

Earlier, hundreds of vendors whose stalls were gutted down by two separate fires criticized the city government for being too slow in implementing the supposed rehabilitation of the burned areas.

The group of market vendors proposed to raise P25 million and will implement their desired rehabilitation of their burned stalls so that they could recover from the heavy losses which they have incurred as a result of the fires.
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People's Movement calls on citizenry to help secure and bring back beauty of Burnham Park
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Baguio City (25 July) -- Fencing Burnham Park is a project that was conceptualized by the city's Centennial Commission, thru the Baguio Centennial Parks Committee (BCPC) with Bishop Carlito Cenzon as the point person to coordinate and oversee the various programs, projects and activities in relation to the beautification, renewal and rehabilitation of the parks in the City.
According to Bishop Cenzon, it was decided by the group of volunteers he heads, to animate all the people who love Baguio, whether they reside in the city or elsewhere in the country or abroad, to adopt a portion or span of the Burnham Park fence.
In a press conference, Friday, Bishop Cenzon said that after a year of the "Adopt a Fence" program, there are 110 spans that have been done and on-going. There are also pledges that they already received, though overall the project needs 864 sponsors for the 864 spans needed to complete the project.
In line with the project, Bishop Cenzon is reiterating the call for the people to get involved, individually or as a group, and help it become a project of the people, a people's movement.
"The city government also signified its intention to help, but what is important is for the people, in line with our centennial theme of "Fostering a Culture of Caring," to help us secure and beautify the whole park," Cenzon said.
"This park is ours, your children are there and maybe your grandchildren will be there also," added the bishop.
For her part, Baguio pioneer journalist Cecille Afable expressed the need for the public to know that there are people participating in the project. She also appeals to the people of Baguio to believe that we own the park, (through the project) we are serving the people and that we will fight for this park. "We have to tell the people that the park is beyond the commerce of men," she said.
For those who will be part of the project, maybe someday they can say, "Once upon a time, I was in that park and I helped fenced it" and maybe someday when they return, to the once beautiful park, it is now again a place, "wherein everyone can sit and dream, where every children can play and young lovers to walk hand in hand, a park for everybody," Afable added.
According to Vic Agcaoili, BCPC chairman, each span or section of the Burnham Park fence, is three meters by six feet and will cost each sponsor, P60,000 and with its planned 864 spans it will cover the entire outside perimeter of Burnham Park.
Agcaoili also expressed optimism that donors will always come, as there are a lot more kind hearted people out there. Bishop Cenzon also assured that the project will go on even after the city's centennial celebration ends on December 31.
To learn more about the Burnham Park Fencing Project you can log on to www.bpfp.org.com or for more information, you can also call their office at 3042715.
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US Ambassador Kenney opens American History Art Exhibit in SM City Baguio
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Baguio City (11 July) -- US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney graced the opening of an art exhibit entitled "Picturing America," at the SM City Baguio Thursday as part of the commemoration of the Philippine-American Friendship Day.
The art exhibit which will run from July 9 to 22, is a project of the Embassy of the United States of America, in cooperation with National Endowment for the Humanities and SM City Baguio.
In her speech, Amb. Kenney is greatly thankful to the Filipino people for being friendly to the United States and the Americans. She also gave due recognition to Mayor Bautista and Baguio City citing that their US and Philippine history are enjoined. Before opening the exhibit a video presentation of a message from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also shown.
According to the Ambassador, the exhibit depicts American History through art. It showcases a collection of masterpiece of art and photography by American artisans, artists, craftsmen, photographers and architects. "It is so nice to go back and reflect on history," she added.
Picturing America exhibit is a collection of high-quality reproductions of American artistic masterpieces and heritage - paintings, sculpture, architecture, fine crafts and photography. The collection is intended to offer unique insights into the character, ideals and aspirations and provide deeper appreciation of the US history.
After formally opening the exhibit, Kenney personally welcomed the public to join her in viewing the artworks. She even gamely pose for some pictures with the people.
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Philippines: Cordillera citrus growers get gov’t help


As a way of reducing the country’s reliance on imported fruits, the Department of Agriculture will boost the capacity of local citrus growers in the Cordilleras to produce fruits in commercial quantities to supplant citrus imports in the next three to five years.

Bureau of Agricultural Research Director Nicodemus Eleazar said the project involves pooling the skills and resources of farmers, nursery operators, research centers and the local government units in Kalinga and Mountain Province to increase production of quality, disease-free planting materials for domestic growers of citrus fruits.

“This is a novel way of addressing concerns of our fruit growers over the proliferation of imported fruits from Taiwan, China, Japan, Thailand, United States, Australia, and other countries,” Eleazar said.

“Commercializing the production of locally produced citrus fruits will ensure that three to five years from now, mandarin oranges, lemons, and ponkans are to come from the Cordilleras and enter the local markets,” he added.

He said the project is the first to be conducted in the highlands on a commercial scale. The initiative was derived from the Philippine-German Fruit Tree Program in the highlands in early 2000.

The project is conceptualized by Dr. Teresita Mangli, research chief of the Bureau of Plant Industry’s Baguio National Crop Research and Development Center, to empower local nursery operators to become independent entrepreneurs by providing them technical information on citrus production management system with community-based strategies from the center.

“To date, the project is expanding in terms of the provision of technical assistance in the form of farmers’ training and field demonstrations highlighting information-sensitivity and development-oriented citrus agribusinesses within citrus growing areas in the Cordilleras,” Eleazar said.
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