Monday, September 14, 2015

Bohol hosts WB-PRDP
conference in Panglao

TAGBILARAN CITY, Sept 11 (PIA)--Bohol hosts the regions governors, local chief executives and farmers from Regions 6-8 as the First World Bank Implementation of its Support Mission to the Visayas Cluster opens on Monday September 14 through Wednesday, 16, 2015 in Panglao.

A press conference to open event is set Monday at 12:30 at the Bellevue Hotel in Panglao, according to sources from the Department of Agriculture. 

World Bank Consultants, Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) Director Arnel de Mesa and Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson Palad, along with the region's governors are expected at the media event, according to organizers.

The PRDP is a World Bank supported project for the Philippines and aims to increase rural incomes amd enhance farm and fishery productivity in target areas by supporting small stakeholders and fishers to increase their marketable harvests and their access to markets, World bank sources said. 

PRDP hopes to attain this by supporting changes in agricultural and fisheries planning, resource programming and implementation practices, financing priority local investments in rural infrastructure and enterprise development form agriculture and fisheries modernization plans using a value chain approach and consultations form stakeholders. 

Other than lectures and conferences, workshops and consultative fora, the event also highlights site visitations in Bohols funded PRDP projects, according to organizers. 

Set for visitation are the Bohol Dairy Processing and Marketing Enterprise in Lomangog Ubay, a Farme to Market Road in Sagbayan and a Seaweeds Project in Talibon, Bohol. 

Bohol Dairy processing and Marketing Enterprise is the famed processor of carabao milk which they sell as fresh milk and the chocobao, cheese and other dairy processed products. While tey are now currently marketing their processed products, the next goal is to set up dairy stores and outlets in every tourism destination in Bohol, says Lenife Libres, Philippine Carabao center information Officer. 

In Sagbayan, Bohol PRDP also helps set up a crucial farm to market access road to make sure products get to the markets easily and farmer entrepreneurs eliminate the chances of bruised and ruined products caused by improper handling while transporting it to the markets. A good Farm to market road assures smooth transport of products with the least chances of ruining. 

On the other hand, to relieve fishing tension in Talibon town, which sits right at the Danajon Double Barrier Reef, the government implements a PRDP supported project in Seaweeds production in town. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol) 

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NAPC Sectoral council call 
for CHR probe on Lumads 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Sept 11 (PIA)--A National Anti-Poverty Commission Sectoral Council calls on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to probe as it condemns the killings that are happening in the sacred land of the Lumads in Mindanao. 

In a signed statement, NAPC-Indigenous People's Sectoral Council through its Communications Officer Bryan Villasana condemns the killings of Lumads caught in between the conflict of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) or any paramilitary force organized by our own AFP and the New People's Army (NPA). 

NAPC-IPSC also called for Secretary Joel Rocamora of NAPC to immediately convene a Regional Inter-Agency Investigation to get to the bottom of the recent killings of Lumads in Surigao del Sur and in the entire island of Mindanao. 

The Lumads of Mindanao have been living in peace within the boundaries of their identified inherited land since time immemorial, NAPC said. 

But interest groups have been floating the idea that some multi-national corporations have been mining several areas of the Lumad territory and are allegedly using a paramilitary group identified as Magahat-Bagani supposedly to drive the Lumads away, according to reports. 

On this too, Armed Forces chief Gen. Hernando Iriberri dared groups linking the military to the killing of Lumads to show evidence that would back their allegations. 

In their officials statement, NAPC IPSC said Lumads were never a problem of our government; have never asked or demanded their share of wealth taken away from their land; have never held arms to engage in war, such that even if they did, it would have been a just war. 

They live in peace; away from the madness of civilized people, the statement said . 

The Lumads value their land as sacred. To kill in their land degrades the sacredness of their land. This has never been recognized or respected by both the military and the rebels, NAPC stated. 

We condemn military encounters within the ancestral domains of our peoples in Mindanao and all tribes in our country, they said, although the military has denied presence in the areas where the killings were reported. 

NAPC also condemned the recruitment of Lumads by both the government and all other armed groups. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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TESDA wants success 
with Boholano names 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Sept 8 (PIA)--Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Joel Villanueva dreams that one day, he would be mentioning Boholano names and showing to the world pictures of what the government's scholarship trainings have done to transform people's lives. 

Speaking before 1033 graduates of technical and vocational (tech-voc) education scholarship trainings which the government offered to generate employment chances, the enthusiastic and always animated Villanueva was giving names and faces to those people whose lives were altered drastically after getting TESDA scholarships. 

Villanueva, who has been always enthusiastic about the agency's achievements in getting 71.9% hiring rate for trained government scholars and 65.4% rate for techvoc graduates, projected slides of success stories of TESDA graduates who are now among the country's looked up to workers. 

He showed how Filipinos succeed abroad after having been TESDA-trained, enumerating ordinary poor poeple becoming high paid butcher, car mechanic, escalation manager, call center agents, welders and other success stories. 

He said he looks forward to "One of these days, when it's your name i will call and your picture i will show, Villanueva beamed to the rippling applause of the jam-packed Bohol Cultural Center September 8. 

Villanueva, accompanied by TESDA Regional Director Rosanna Urdaneta, Bohol TESDA Provincial Director Dr Francisca Opog, Provincial administrator Alfonso Damalerio III, congressmen's representatives and City Mayor John Geesnel Yap, took to the stage and witnessed the graduation exercises of the student scholars from the government scholarships. 

Himself a certified barista and a national basketball player in the past, Villanueva told the graduates that they need to be congratulated because graduating is not about luck. 

"You did not get lucky, you need to be congratulated," Villanueva, who earned the monicker as Mr Trabaho, said, amidst the thundering applause from the audience composed of graduates, trainors and instructors as well as tech voc institution administrators. 

TESDA is always about jobs, Villanueva, who admitted Bohol is among his most visited provinces, also redefined success with TESDA as Trabaho, Edukasyon Serbisyo, Dignidad and Asenso. 

Villanueva also turned over livelihood starter kits including masonry tools, welding machines, carpentry kits and sewing machines to the scholar graduates. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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