Friday, September 17, 2010

Bohol eyes 120% rice

Sufficiency in 2013

 

WILL an ambitious 120% rice sufficiency in Bohol attainable two years from now? The Provincial Agriculture Office believes so.

 

Rushing to fill the empty rice bowls of rice deficient Central Visayas, Bohol farm authorities shared that attaining the 40% increase in the region's rice production share in two years can be done as long as concerned officials and workers take on the dare.

 

Rice is still Bohol's leading staple crop supplying a rice equivalent of 107,983 metric tons for the region in 2009, registering a surplus of 844 metric tons. By 2013 however, it hopes to bag 35,118 metric tons surplus, already considering consumption by increment population increase, Larry Pamugas, assistant provincial agriculturist explains.

 

According to a rice sufficiency plan presented by the Office of the Provincial Agriculture, the ultimate goal is to increase the current 67.9% of rice Bohol supplies to the whole region's total requirement.

 

The end goal however is to increase the average per hectare yield to 250,550 to 265,833 metric tones from an annual average of 229,636 this year.

 

This means an incremental rate of at least 2 metric tons per hectare yield from 2010-2013, increase milling recovery to 65.4% and pitch for a 70% increase in the adoption of high yielding rice varieties. 

 

Confident it can be done, Pamugas sees a glimpse of hope, as rice is only planted in 25% of the total agricultural lands in Bohol, he showed.

 

Opening up a bigger share, say 40% of the total agricultural lands necessarily raise the chances of and increased produce.

 

Moreover, he showed mayors during a recent meeting that producing high quality whole grains, organic varieties and the world sought Japonica varieties along can already spell the difference in harvest yield per hectare.

 

Agricultural promotion Center authorities here, led by Engr. Eugene Cahiles since the rice crisis threatened to hit Bohol, have been convincing farmers to take the shift and see for themselves the huge difference.

 

Pamugas, who carries the burden of manhandling the ambition to its reality, also hinted that with the government help to ensure access of industry through, public-private sector partnerships is a huge boosting power to propel the dream.

 

He told mayors that private-public partnerships in financing and putting up the proper technical support can spur quality seeds production.

 

The same partnership can help in putting up irrigation facilities, appropriate post harvest facilities, as well as adoption of environment friendly and cost-effective technologies. (racPIABohol)


Bohol eyes 120% rice

Sufficiency in 2013

 

WILL an ambitious 120% rice sufficiency in Bohol attainable two years from now? The Provincial Agriculture Office believes so.

 

Rushing to fill the empty rice bowls of rice deficient Central Visayas, Bohol farm authorities shared that attaining the 40% increase in the region's rice production share in two years can be done as long as concerned officials and workers take on the dare.

 

Rice is still Bohol's leading staple crop supplying a rice equivalent of 107,983 metric tons for the region in 2009, registering a surplus of 844 metric tons. By 2013 however, it hopes to bag 35,118 metric tons surplus, already considering consumption by increment population increase, Larry Pamugas, assistant provincial agriculturist explains.

 

According to a rice sufficiency plan presented by the Office of the Provincial Agriculture, the ultimate goal is to increase the current 67.9% of rice Bohol supplies to the whole region's total requirement.

 

The end goal however is to increase the average per hectare yield to 250,550 to 265,833 metric tones from an annual average of 229,636 this year.

 

This means an incremental rate of at least 2 metric tons per hectare yield from 2010-2013, increase milling recovery to 65.4% and pitch for a 70% increase in the adoption of high yielding rice varieties. 

 

Confident it can be done, Pamugas sees a glimpse of hope, as rice is only planted in 25% of the total agricultural lands in Bohol, he showed.

 

Opening up a bigger share, say 40% of the total agricultural lands necessarily raise the chances of and increased produce.

 

Moreover, he showed mayors during a recent meeting that producing high quality whole grains, organic varieties and the world sought Japonica varieties along can already spell the difference in harvest yield per hectare.

 

Agricultural promotion Center authorities here, led by Engr. Eugene Cahiles since the rice crisis threatened to hit Bohol, have been convincing farmers to take the shift and see for themselves the huge difference.

 

Pamugas, who carries the burden of manhandling the ambition to its reality, also hinted that with the government help to ensure access of industry through, public-private sector partnerships is a huge boosting power to propel the dream.

 

He told mayors that private-public partnerships in financing and putting up the proper technical support can spur quality seeds production.

 

The same partnership can help in putting up irrigation facilities, appropriate post harvest facilities, as well as adoption of environment friendly and cost-effective technologies. (racPIABohol)


Chatto bares comprehensive

plan for sports development

 

HOW do we make sports champions of Boholanos?

 

Definitely not with the current sports programs that engage athletes only a month before the competitions. 

 

Apparently fed up with Bohol's dismal showing in sports competitions as its athletes often are made to be content occupying the less loftier heights in sports dais, Governor Edgar Chatto said the new Capitol administration wants a comprehensive sports program for the youth.

 

Sharing his thoughts during the weekly "Kita ug ang Gobernador" at the People's Mansion, Chatto said a year-round sports activities ending with an annual meet that enough and would want to get its money where its mouth is.

 

Governor Chatto revealed Friday that Capitol is now embarking on a no-nonsense sports program that would make a comprehensive province-wide sports program that is destined to bring out the champions in Bohol.

 

He said that aside from the regular Congressional, Provincial and the Regional Meets handled by the Department of Education, continuous sports development activities would be run.

 

"After the [athletic] meets, the kids will find an arena in further developing [their sports]", he added.

 

"We must be able to get the most outstanding players through a sustainable sports program," he stressed.

 

We have to make sure that, instead of doing drugs, we can push their energies into positive values of discipline and teamwork, by giving them alternative activities other than helping work in the family, Chatto explained.

 

Consistent with this and assuring that Capitol puts its money where the mouth is, the provincial government is reportedly increasing its financial assistance, along with the district representatives to the different athletic meets.

 

Chatto revealed that they have increased to P400,000 financial aid to district meets, P600,00 to provincial and P3,000,000 to the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association meets.

 

In Bohol, Catigbian town embarked on a no-nonsense sports development program and the effect was a stunning show of sports prowess from trained athletes.

 

"How can you expect consistently winning athletes when you only train them for a week?" asked Mayor Roberto Salinas in an interview.

 

For his town's sports development, Catigbian earmarks a sizable amount for trainors, equipment and training programs for the whole year, after showing a significant record of stunning successes after a year of sports development program implementation. (racPIABohol) 


Danao finally breaks habit,

Go for sanitation, hygiene

 

PERHAPS an out-building made of coconut and nipa leaves for a toilet merits no news at all.

But when it eloquently shows a community's first tentative steps to break a habit that kept generations from learning the benefits of sanitation and hygiene, it surely gives them the print space.

In Danao, Bohol, communities have started to dig the truth behind health, sanitation and clean environment, a fact that makes Danao Mayor Thomas Louis Gonzaga hopeful in his drive to bring his town off the hooks of poverty.

"I believe in good health starts with a clean environment" the mayor said and adds, "education is the key to good health."

Unsuccessful in their initial attempt to get the people digging for their own sanitary toilets despite the town providing toilet bowls, cement and technical help, the need to get people understanding the value of cleanliness finally got to them through the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program (4PS).

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the 4Ps in Danao town also allowed beneficiaries, whom the town granted toilet construction materials, to sit on community assemblies and family development sessions.

It was through DSWD's Family Development Sessions (FDS) that program partners sa Department of Health, LGU and Department of Education picked the opportunity to deal with educating the beneficiaries the importance of having toilets.

Here, what the town could not do: educating their people was unwittingly advanced by the 4Ps.

Educating the people to contribute to a cleaner environment in line with the town vision of a brisk extreme eco-tourism activity as an engine for over-all development was then a big problem, Mayor Gonzaga admitted.

We want the communities to install sanitary toilets for health and hygiene purposes, but habit seems to get on the way, the athletic town chief executive confessed.

Adopting an approach called community driven development, communities identify their problems and map out solutions to them, explains a municipal social welfare officer of one of the DSWD 4Ps beneficiary towns.

4P is a national government poverty alleviation program that provides social assistance in conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to help them break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

Its long-term objective is for communities to improve their health and education particularly of children aged 0-14 years old.

To continually avail of the cash grants, the government ascertains that family beneficiaries attend health and pregnancy assistance sessions, regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines for children, responsible parenthood sessions, mother's classes, parent-effectiveness seminar and family development sessions.

To keep the children informed, children of beneficiaries must attend day-care, pre-school, elementary and high-school at least 85% of the time. (rac/PIABohol/DSWD7)

Catagbacan's first cruise

ship is Spanish galleon?

 

IF things run as planned, the first "international cruise ship" to call on the port of Catagbacan in Loon is a Spanish Galeon.

 

Governor Edgar Chatto said this, as the first phase of the cruise port project has been completed, and in no time at all, will be ready to berth a Spanish sailing galleon.

 

The galleon, which is set to arrive in Bohol a few days after October 8, would have students on an educational tour of the country, revealed event organizers from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

 

On October 8, as the country and Madrid in Spain as well as Acapulco in Mexico commemorates the Dia del Galeon to bring up the historic journey Manila-Acapulco galleon trade, which started in 1565.

 

The cruise ship port of Catagbacan in Loon in a natural harbor of deep waters and is seen as the most ideal port for international cruise liners as it would not hamper with the operations of a regular port serving trade and commerce, Chatto explained. 

 

And as the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade lasted for another 250 years after 1565, history would tell that the extensive commerce brought about by the trade also gave way to cultural exchange, and became a vehicle for religious missions.

 

Because of the scope and historical significance of this historical episode in the country, "Dia de Galleon" was conceptualized, as Senator Edgardo Angara who initiated steering committee to forward "Dia de Galleon" was quoted in government websites.

Since the return route of the galleons from the Philippines to Mexico happened sometime November or October it was suggested that the official "Dia de Galleon" day will be on the first week of October, Angara was quoted again.

And as the Manila-Acapulco galleons served not just as carriers of trade but transmitters of culture, the commemorative run would reestablish the link it has created with Asia and the Americas, Europe and Africa, said UNESCO Jakarta director Hubert Gaijzen last July.

 

It may be recalled that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through Jakarta Director Gijzen launched the Dia del Galeon in Bohol last July 22.

 

The launching also complemented the series of activities set for the celebration of Bohol Day.

 

The commemorative runs by the galleon is also seen in the light of the declaration of 2010 as the "International year for the Rapprochement of Cultures", which highlights the important links amongst and the diversity of cultures.

 

Meanwhile the completion of the second phase of the Catagbacan Port would surely establish Loon town as a new hub of tourism, trade and intercultural exchange activities, asserted Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez. (racPIABohol) 


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