Caraga Today July-September 2013

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Caraga Today July-September 2013

  1. 1. Sector Representatives (PSRs), as nominees for the Chairperson and Co- chairperson. The President shall appoint the Chairperson and Co-Chairperson from among these nominees. The RDC is the is the highest policy making body in the region with Local Chief Executives, selected regional line agencies and private sec- tor representatives as mem- bers. It coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development ef- forts of the region and serves as the forum where local ef- forts can be related and inte- grated with national develop- ment activities. NEDA Caraga, as Secretariat of the Caraga RDC, facilitated the reorganization of the Council for the period 2013- 2016 on 14 August 2013 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Re- sort, Butuan City, guided by Executive Order 325 (EO 325), series of 1996, as well as, by the Guidelines on the Selection of Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) as approved by the NEDA Board on August 20, 1996. The highlight of the RDC reor- ganization is the selection of at least two (2) local chief executives (Governor or Mayor), who are ex-officio members, and two Private RDC-Caraga, GIZ Sponsor Basic Quantum GIS Trainings NEDA Caraga Spearheads Reorganization of the Caraga Regional Development Council Inside this issue: Caraga RDRRMC pro- motes region-wide awareness on DRRM initiatives 3 Farmers Field School on Corn Production Culminates with 150 Graduates 4 DA’s Barangay Food Terminal Boosts Coop- erativism 4 The Regional Develop- ment Council In Action 5 DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS Program Wins Interna- tional Development Award 17 DSWD preps partners for BuB implementa- tion 17 Spain sets dev’t project anew in Caraga 18 of trainings on Basic Quan- tum GIS on July 8-12 and August 12-16, 2013. These trainings are part of the pro- ject for the enhancement of the capability of the RGISN members on basic map crea- tion. The Quantum GIS is The Regional Development Council (RDC) Caraga Re- gion through its Regional Geographic Information Sys- tem Network (RGISN) and the GIZ German Development Cooperation jointly sponsored the conduct of two (2) batches prioritized because it is a free software and complements popular GIS software in the market. The 27 participants of the first Vol. XVII Issue 2 July-September 2013 A Publication of the Caraga Regional Development Council Continued on page 2 by Elvie C. Ato, NEDA Caraga Continued on page 3 by Sherwin E. Verdun, NEDA Caraga The nominees. Governors Sol F. Matugas of Surigao del Norte and Johnny T. Pimentel of Surigao del Sur as nominees for Chairperson of the Caraga Regional Development Council. Q2 Regional Project Monitoring Activity See page 6-11 Q1 Regional Eco- nomic Situationer See page 12-16
  2. 2. Page 2 Governors Johnny T. Pimentel of Surigao del Sur and Sol F. Matu- gas of Surigao del Norte were nominated from among the Local Chief Executives while Engr. Leonel A. Santos and Mr. Omar Joseph O. Andaya from among the PSRs. Nominations were made through secret balloting. The RDC Secretary, ARD Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño of NEDA and DILG Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion acted as elec- tion officers. The RDC 13 chairperson and co- chairperson shall serve for a fixed term of three (3) years as provided under Executive Order 325. This term shall coincide with the regular term of the elec- tive officials without prejudice to reappointment. The same EO sets out the condition that if the chair comes from the government sec- tor, the co-chair shall be chosen from the private sector or vice- versa. The Chairpersons and Co- Chairpersons of the four sectoral committees of the RDC were also selected by the Council. Gover- nor Sol F. Matugas and DILG RD Lilibeth Famacion were se- lected Chairperson and Co- Chairperson of the Development Administration Committee (DAC), respectively; Mayor Li- brado Navarro of Bislig City and DSWD RD Minda B. Brigoli as Chairperson and Co-Chairperson for the Social Development Com- mittee (SDC); Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante of Butuan City and RDC-PSR Epimaco Galero as Chairperson and Co-Chairperson of the Economic Development Committee (EDC); and Gover- nor Johnny T. Pimentel and DPWH RD Danilo Versola as Chairperson and Co-Chairperson for the Infrastructure Develop- ment Committee (IDC). The new set of PSRs was also confirmed during the meeting. There are two regional and nine geographical PSRS confirmed, namely : NEDA Caraga Spearheads… from page 1 Name of PSR Organization Representation Engr. Leonel A. Santos Surigao Economic Development Foundation (SEDF), Inc. Regional PSR Engr. Epimaco M. Galero, Jr. Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM) Regional PSR Dr. Redentor M. Briones Father Saturnino Urios University Labor Union Labor Sector Ms. Helen C. Arellano BASAK Incorporated Agusan del Sur Mr. Willie Gan Caraga Chamber of Mines Surigao del Norte Mr. Vidal Luna Tago Agro-Industrial Development Cooperative (TAGINDECO) Surigao del Sur. Ms. Ofelia Salde Ruben E. Ecleo, Sr. Foundation, Inc. Province of Dinagat Islands Mr. Joseph Omar O. Andaya Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Indus- try Foundation Butuan City Mr. Melvin Mondido JCA Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi- Purpose Cooperative Bayugan City. Mr. Raul Montesclaros Kabayan Riders Association for a New Cultural Harmony and Order, Inc. (KARANCHO) Bislig City Dr. Pazfigurita Ojeda Love Always Means Benignity (LAMB). Cabadbaran City The new Private Sector Representatives. From left to right: Dr. Redentor Briones, Mr Joseph Omar Andaya, Mr. Raul Montesclaros, Mr. Melvin Mondido, Ms. Ofelia Salde, Mr. Epimaco Galero Jr., Dr. Pazfigurita Ojeda, and Mr. Willie Gan.
  3. 3. RDC-Caraga, GIZ Sponsor… from page 1 Page 3Vol. XVII Issue 2 of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Environmental Man- agement Bureau (EMB), National Commission on Indigenous Peo- ples (NCIP), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), National Statistics Office (NSO), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), NEDA, and the Provincial Governments of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur. The participants were oriented on the concepts of GIS and open source technology, the functions of different Quantum GIS fea- tures, remote sensing, data acqui- sition, vector and raster analysis, and basic cartography. In general, the trainings were eye-openers for the agencies and capacitated them on generation of GIS data and information, which will ulti- mately lead them to produce GIS -generated maps. The participants likewise presented their planned actions to be able to contribute to batch of training held at Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant were from the Bureau of Fisher- ies and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), City Governments of Bayugan, Cabadbaran, and Suri- gao, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Indus- try (DTI), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Provincial Govern- ments of Agusan del Sur and Dinagat Islands, and the Surigao Metropolitan Water District. There were 38 participants during the second batch of training held at Prince Hotel who were from the GIZ-Conflict Sensitive Re- source and Asset Management (COSERAM), the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Commission on Population (POPCOM), Department of Agri- culture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), Department the realization of the aims of the RGISN for the next six (6) months to two (2) years, which were later presented to the train- ers and organizers led by RD Carmencita S. Cochingco. Asst. Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez and Asst. Prof. Mark Edwin Tu- pas of the Department of Geo- detic Engineering, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines-Diliman served as the trainers for the two batches. Both Perez and Tupas are outstanding Geodetic Engineers (landed 10th and 5th place in 2007 Geodetic Engineers’ Licensure Examina- tion, respectively) and are GIS practitioners. Dr. Stephanie Schell-Faucon, Principal Advisor of COSERAM, and Ms. Yvonne Muller, Chief Advisor of COSERAM, graced the first and second batch of trainings, respectively. Mazo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) stressed that the council is continuously conducting capability-building activities on disaster preparedness and response to members of the regional and local disaster risk reduction and management councils and hazard-prone communities to improve the region’s adaptive capacity and reduce the communities’ expo- sure to risks. The RDRRMC continues to execute disaster mitiga- tion, preparedness, response and rehabilitation efforts with the support of the Local Government Units (LGUs), Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) and part- ners from the media and private sector. Butuan City – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduc- tion and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga conducted a press conference in celebra- tion of the National Disaster Consciousness Month with the theme “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan” last July 1, 2013 at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Office-13. The said conference, which is aimed at increasing the level of awareness and vigilance among the residents living in disaster-prone areas, is the kick- off activity to mark the month long celebration. RDRRMC Chairperson, Regional Director Liza Caraga RDRRMC promotes region-wide awareness on DRRM initiatives Ms. Yvonne Müller (left), GIZ-COSERAM Chief Advisor giving her speech during the opening ceremony of the training. Asst. Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez (center) and Asst. Prof. Mark Edwin Tupas (right) answering participants’ queries. Participants during laboratory exercise.
  4. 4. Age does not matter in education. Enrica Miramonte, a 78-year-old corn farmer of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur has proven that indeed age does not matter in education. Nanay Enrica, along with other 150 farmers received their certifi- cates from Farmers Field School on Corn Production on July 18, 2013 at Esperanza gymn. Nanay Enrica walks two kilome- ters every Friday morning for four months to reach the venue of her class. Nanay Enrica also said that she learned new technologies such as the proper way of land prepara- tion, selection of high yielding seeds, seeding rate and the proper way of applying fertilizer. Alongside Farmers Field School’s mass graduation was the Integrated Pest Management for Corn Production Training of Trainers attended by 30 agricul- tural extension workers including the five Barangay extension workers. Esperanza Municipal Mayor Deo Manpatilan Jr. and other local officials graced the event along with OIC Provincial Agriculturist Jessica Unson of Agusan del Sur, Agri-Pinoy Corn Coordinator Abel F. Wagas of DA RFU 13, and Dr. Nenita Sumile, Center Director of the Agricultural Training Institute. The said activities were geared towards capacitating both LGU extension workers and farmers to increase their knowledge and learn new approaches in corn production. This is a joint effort of the DA-RFU-13, ATI and LGUs in responding to the goals of the present administration to attain food sufficiency and secu- rity. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA Caraga) Then it expanded to include 120 hectares of oil palm, 60 hectares rubber, and 6 hectares falcate plantations. JARBEMCO also ventured into store operations through the Barangay Food Terminal, a Pro- ject of the Department of Agri- culture. Through the Barangay Food Ter- minal Project, DA provided equipment and a cash grant of PhP 100,000.00 as support fund for additional capital. JARBEMCO provided counter- part of PhP 100,000.00 to buy meat, poultry products, fish, fruits and vegetables, which opened up a market for local producers. JARBEMCO’s Barangay Food Terminal offers lower price on goods with patronage refunds and dividends for coop members and also offers credit. It employs three regular employees and two on-call employees during peak season receiving minimum daily wage. It generated a net income of PhP 179,940.53. (Aurell P. Arais/DA CARAGA) DA’s Barangay Food Terminal Boosts Cooperativism The JCA Agrarian Reform Bene- ficiaries Multi-purpose Coopera- tive (JARBEMCO) was organ- ized on April 5, 1999 by CARP beneficiaries of Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. From its 51 original cooperators, JARBEMCO now has 145 bene- ficiaries composed of the former employees of the defunct JCA Rubber Development Corpora- tion. Its first operation focused on production-based economic op- erations on rubber, durian, man- gosteen and coconut plantations. Farmers Field School on Corn Production Culminates with 150 Graduates Page 4 Enrica Miramonte (left), 78, received her certificate from Municipal Agriculturist Jose Zaldy Manug of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. 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.
  5. 5. The Regional Development Council In Action Page 5Vol. XVII Issue 2 Launching of the Caraga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan 2013-2017. On the right is NEDA ARD Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño signing the RDRRMC Resolution No. 1 adopting the Caraga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan 2013-2017. Ms. Graziella Harting discussing with the participants of the PDPFP and PDIP formation in Dinagat Islands. Members of the Social Development Committee Technical Working Group exchanging thoughts on the revision of the Social Development Chapter of the Regional Development Plan. NEDA Director Carmencita S. Cochingco (left) and OCD Director Liza Mazo (second from right) answering queries during the Press Conference on the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month. In the photo are DILG Director Lilibeth Famacion (second from left) and DSWD Director Minda Brigoli (right).
  6. 6. 2nd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 6 Name of Project Location Implement- ing Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of July 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) AGUSAN DEL NORTE Improvement of Hinimban- gan Potable Watersupply System under MRDP- APL2 Kitcharao DA 14.47 100.00 Completed Construction of Aclan- Hinandayan RCDG Bridge under MRDP-APL2 Nasipit DA 7.75 100.00 Completed Rehabilitation/Construction of Poblacion-Macopa- Kabayawa FMR Carmen DA 10.68 100.00 Completed Construction of Sangay Bridge and Approaches along Buenavista-Bunaguit Buenavista DPWH ADN DEO 37.10 100.00 Completed MAP Irrigation Project Las Nieves NIA 138.23 Ongoing Kitcharao Small Reservoir Kitcharao NIA 82.94 Ongoing Rehab/Const of Aclan- Alicapawan-Hinandayan Nasipit DA 8.45 80.00 Ongoing Panaytayon Bridge along Daang Maharlika (Surigao- RTR DPWH ADN DEO 14.36 65.48 0.98 Ongoing Widening of Butuan- Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Road, (Agusan-Misamis Oriental Section), Bue- Buenavista DPWH ADN DEO 24.87 85.44 1.66 Ongoing Buenavista-Bunaguit Road, Agusan del Norte K1259+300 - K1267+360 Segment Buenavista DPWH RO 140.89 9.94 0.02 Ongoing Buenavista-Bunaguit Road K1272+000 - K1273+500 Segment Buenavista DPWH ADN DEO 38.02 70.45 (7.58) On-going AGUSAN DEL SUR Construction of Sitio Narra- Sitio Ocao Farm-to-Market Road Rosario DA 8.50 100.00 100.00 - Completed Rehabilitation of Langki- laan-Upper Visayas Farm- to-Market Road Trento DA 23.28 100.00 100.00 - Completed Gibong Right and Left Banks IS Improvement Project Prosperidad NIA 27.65 Ongoing Laminga SIP San Luis NIA 27.65 Ongoing Kasilayan CIS Extn Talacogon NIA 79.73 Ongoing Umayam River Irrigation Project Loreto and La Paz NIA 82.94 Ongoing Simulao NIS Trento and Bunawan NIA 27.33 Ongoing Bahayan CIS Trento NIA 30.80 Ongoing Construction of Akday RCDG Bridge Esperanza LGU Esperanza 7.93 Ongoing MAP Irrigation Project at Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte Gibong right and left banks irrigation system improvement project at Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Laminga small irrigation project at San Luis, Agusan del Sur Simulao National Irrigation System at Trento and Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Continued on page 7
  7. 7. 2nd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 7Vol. XVII Issue 2 Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of July 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) AGUSAN DEL SUR Rehabilitation of Crossing Luna Flood Control along NRJ-Bayugan Esperanza Esperanza DPWH ADS 1st DEO 16.73 74.10 77.15 3.05 Ongoing Rehabilitation of Crossing Luna Flood Control along NRJ-Bayugan Esperanza Esperanza DPWH ADS 1st DEO 18.19 70.25 76.25 6.00 Ongoing Construction of Esperanza Bridge and attendant Items Esperanza DPWH ADS 1st 336.01 97.81 75.84 (21.97) Ongoing D.O. Plaza Memorial Hos- Prosperidad DOH 18.19 20.00 Ongoing Asphalt Overlay along Daang Maharlika (Agusan- Davao Section) Prosperidad DPWH ADS 1st DEO 39.44 25.65 36.48 10.83 Ongoing Replacement of Mabagoy Bridge along NRJ Bahbah- Prosperidad DPWH ADS 1st 8.39 60.25 54.42 (5.83) Ongoing Replacement of Kibao-an Bridge along NRJ Bahbah- Talacogon Road Prosperidad DPWH ADS 1st DEO 8.22 64.35 65.83 1.48 Ongoing Rehabilitation of NRJ Ba- hbah-Talacogon Road, K1296+000 - K1297+000, Prosperidad DPWH ADS 1st DEO 28.17 55.25 60.50 5.25 Ongoing Talacogon District Hospi- Talacogon DOH 6.33 Ongoing Asphalt Overlay with cor- rection along NRJ San Francisco-Bahi-Barobo Road K1311+042 - San Francisco DPWH ADS 2nd DEO 26.54 62.82 58.90 (3.92) Ongoing Construction of Maputi Rosario DA 46.96 30.00 Ongoing Concreting of NRJ Blanca- Bunawan Eco Park Road K1342+440 - Bunawan DPWH ADS 2nd DEO 43.23 45.70 35.80 (9.90) Ongoing Rehabilitation/Construction of Bahayan River Flood Control, K000+000 - Trento DPWH ADS 2nd DEO 23.28 17.19 25.10 7.91 Ongoing Concreting of NRJ Cuevas -Bislig Road K1396+915.5 - K1398+485.5 Trento DPWH ADS 2nd DEO 41.02 42.12 32.45 (9.67) Ongoing Concreting of NRJ Cuevas -Bislig Road K1393+300 - Trento DPWH ADS 2nd 39.20 49.60 35.12 (14.48) Ongoing Concreting of NRJ Cuevas -Bislig Road K1387+880 - K1389+265 Trento DPWH ADS 2nd DEO 34.96 100.00 85.61 (14.39) Ongoing Construction of Sta. Maria Bridge along NRJ Cuevas- Bislig Road, K1382+500 - Trento DPWH ADS 2nd DEO 71.30 4.34 7.22 2.88 Suspended Bahayan Communal Irrigation System at Trento, Agusan del Sur Continued on page 8
  8. 8. 2nd 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 July 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) SURIGAO DEL NORTE Surigao CIS Sison NIA 22.65 Completed Repair/Rehabilitation/ Improvement, Daang Ma- harlika (Surigao-Agusan Road), K1142+512.45 to K1143+641.40 with excep- tions Placer DPWH SDN 1st DEO 9.27 100.00 Completed FMR Brgy. Marga-Sitio Hubasan Road with RCDG Tubod DPWH RO 19.13 100.00 Completed FMR Brgy. Motorpool- Tubod DPWH RO 27.95 100.00 Completed Campo CIS Bacuag NIA 13.59 Ongoing Lake Mainit IADP (Mainit) Mainit NIA 175.77 Ongoing Cagbayok Bridge along Daang Maharlika (Surigao- Sison DPWH, SDN 1st 13.40 72.85 (9.30) Ongoing Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, Surigao del Norte, K1152 + 903.3 - K1160 + Placer DPWH RO 50.94 41.27 1.77 Ongoing Flood Control Protection Works, Mainit Lakewall Mainit DPWH SDN 1st 16.85 86.40 (3.61) Ongoing Mabuhay Bridge along Daang Maharlika (Surigao- Sison DPWH SDN 1st 15.64 77.06 (12.84) Ongoing Pungtod Bridge along Daang Maharlika Road (Surigao-Agusan Section), Alegria DPWH SDN 1st DEO 12.70 60.11 (9.99) Ongoing Daywan CIS Claver NIA 11.78 Ongoing Repair/Rehabilitation/ Improvement of Surigao - Agusan Road , Sta 1150+375 to Sta Tubod DPWH SDN 1st DEO 4.74 68.12 2.80 Ongoing Improvement/Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) - Junction Gata-Mapaso (Hot Spring) Road Mainit DPWH RO 64.00 11.82 0.52 Suspended SURIGAO DEL SUR Tago RIS Improvement Tago NIA 10.57 Completed Construction of Nursery Carrascal DAR 8.43 100.00 100.00 Completed Gilingan Bridge along SDCR San Agustin DPWH SDS 1st 7.84 100.00 100.00 Completed Hubo CIS San Agustin NIA 62.06 Ongoing Hubo CIS San Agustin NIA 10.42 Ongoing Tago RIS Improvement Tago NIA 53.42 Ongoing Tago RIS Improvement Tago NIA 138.23 Ongoing Buyaan II CIP Madrid NIA 72.48 Ongoing Cantilan Irrigation System Cantilan NIA 23.04 Ongoing Daywan CIS at Claver, Surigao del Norte Campo CIS at Bacuag, Surigao del Norte Surigao CIS at Sison, Surigao del Norte Hubo CIS at San Agustin, Surigao del Sur Continued on page 9
  9. 9. 2nd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 9Vol. XVII Issue 2 Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment Status (as of July 2013) Planned Actual Slippage SURIGAO DEL SUR Rehabilitation/ Reconstruction/Upgrading of damaged paved roads (intermittent section), Cantilan DPWH SDS 1st DEO 18.37 98.26 94.65 (3.61) Ongoing Road Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of SDCR Carrascal DPWH SDS 1st 34.86 84.01 79.96 (4.05) Ongoing Construction/Improvement of SDCR Sta.K1262+124.70 - K1262+322.15 & K1262+592 - K1263+021.75 Lanuza DPWH SDS 1st DEO 9.30 79.94 75.92 (4.02) Ongoing Jct. Lingig-Trento Road (Gravel to Paved), K1483+850 - K1489+000 including San Jose Bridge, Lingig DPWH RO 91.82 79.37 72.00 (7.37) Ongoing Jct. Lingig-Trento Road (Gravel to Paved), Brgy. San Jose, K1478+265 - Lingig DPWH RO 95.64 79.48 73.00 (6.48) Ongoing Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, K1214+854 - K1217+254 Lingig DPWH RO 55.19 36.15 32.12 (4.03) Ongoing Road Slip/Protection along East-West Lateral, Junc- tion Lingig Trento Road Section K1485+708 - Lingig DPWH SDS 2nd DEO 18.30 87.25 78.75 (8.50) Ongoing Hubo Bridge along SDCR San Agustin DPWH SDS 1st DEO 9.38 81.76 90.88 9.12 Ongoing Sumo-Sumo Bridge along Surigao-Davao Coastal Road Tago DPWH SDS 1st DEO 13.80 80.40 90.20 9.80 Ongoing Construction of Series of Box Culvert at Tago- Gamut Bridge along SDCR Tago DPWH SDS 1st DEO 22.37 22.08 25.20 3.12 Ongoing Repair/Rehabilitation/ Improvement, SDCR, Man- gagoy-Lingig Section, Km 1469+985 to Km 1470+626 Surigao del Sur DPWH RO 9.58 87.61 89.52 1.91 Suspended Bacolod Bridge along Suri- gao-Davao Coastal Road Carrascal DPWH SDS 1st DEO 24.71 82.15 70.43 (11.72) Suspended SDCR, Mangagoy-Lingig Section, Surigao Del Sur (Km 1468+831 to Km Surigao del Sur DPWH RO 9.58 87.61 89.50 1.89 Suspended Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, K1208+033 - Carrascal DPWH SDS 1st 44.53 52.90 39.27 (13.63) Suspended BUTUAN CITY LARPIS Improvement Butuan City NIA 92.15 Completed Upgrading of Butuan Medi- Butuan City DOH 8.33 100.00 Completed Tago River Irrigation System at Tago, Surigao del Sur Buyaan CIP at Madrid, Surigao del Sur Cantilan Irrigation System Improvement Project at Cantilan, Surigao del Sur Continued on page 10
  10. 10. 2nd 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 July 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) BUTUAN CITY Concreting of Butuan City- Masao Port Road, K1250+ (-162) - K1250+188 Seg- ment Butuan City DPWH BC DEO 6.82 100.00 Completed Butuan City-Pianing- Tandag Road, K1234+902 - K1236+576 segment Butuan City DPWH BC DEO 46.33 66.99 19.96 Ongoing Widening/concreting of additional lane along Daang Maharlika (Agusan- Surigao Road), Ampayon Butuan City DPWH BC DEO 37.03 32.07 0.10 Ongoing Construction of Additional Lanes for Ampayon Bridge along Daang Maharlika Butuan City DPWH BC DEO 18.43 61.20 0.81 On-going 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 30.47 0.25 Ongoing Construction/Improvement - Road to Support River Butuan City DPWH BC DEO 29.51 75.01 12.01 Ongoing Construction of Butuan City New Villages Phase 2 Butuan City NHA and LGU of Butuan City 36.57 46.68 8.37 Ongoing Upgrading (Gravel to Con- crete) - Butuan City - Ma- sao Port Road Butuan City DPWH BC DEO 18.39 58.04 0.45 Ongoing Widening of Butuan- Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Road, (Agusan-Misamis Oriental Section), Nasipit Section, Sta. 1259+480 to Butuan City DPWH ADN DEO 34.55 66.78 1.63 Ongoing Widening/concreting of additional lane both direc- tions along Butuan City- Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Butuan City DPWH RO 86.66 54.14 26.54 Ongoing BAYUGAN CITY Concreting of NRJ Ba- yugan-Calaitan-Tandag Road, K1273+491.80 - K1281+040, with exception Bayugan City DPWH RO 159.50 99.94 98.27 (1.67) Completed Road Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of NRJ Bayugan -Calaitan-Tandag Rd, K1281+040 - K1286+722, Bayugan City DPWH RO 154.21 97.71 97.97 0.25 Ongoing Road Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of NRJ Bayugan -Calaitan-Tandag Road, K1296+450 - K1298+100 Bayugan City DPWH ADS 1st DEO 39.01 25.25 26.27 1.02 Ongoing LARPIS improvement project at Butuan City Andanan River Irrigation System at Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur Continued on page 11
  11. 11. 2nd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Activity Page 11Vol. XVII Issue 2 Name of Project Location Imple- menting Agency Cost in PhP ('000,000) Physical Accomplishment in % Status (as of July 2013) Planned (%) Actual (%) Slippage (%) BAYUGAN CITY Road Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of NRJ Bayugan -Calaitan-Tandag Road, Bayugan City DPWH ADS 1st DEO 34.53 15.10 15.60 0.50 Ongoing Andanan RIS Bayugan City NIA 181.20 Ongoing Andanan RIS Bayugan City NIA 45.30 Ongoing BISLIG CITY Widening of Surigao- Davao Coastal Road (SDCR), Km 1462+442 - Km 1462+942 Bislig City DPWH SDS 2nd DEO 16.63 98.29 92.30 (5.99) Ongoing Bislig City Integrated Pro- Bislig City NIA 27.65 Ongoing Road Slip/Protection along SDCR, K1478+658 - K1478+872 (Intermittent) Bislig City DPWH SDS 2nd DEO 8.64 90.53 85.42 (5.11) Ongoing Bislig District Hospital Bislig City DOH 14.41 Ongoing Repair/Rehabilitation/ Improvement, SDCR, Man- gagoy-Lingig Section, Suri- gao del Sur, Km 1469+344 to Km 1469+985 w/ excep- tions Bislig City DPWH RO 9.58 87.61 89.58 1.97 Suspended CABADBARAN CITY Construction of Kauswa- gan-Sitio Sinunog FMR under MRDP-APL2 Cabadbaran DA 6.70 100.00 Completed CABRIS SIP Cabadbaran NIA 13.59 Ongoing CABTRIS Cabadbaran NIA 4.53 Ongoing CABTRIS Cabadbaran NIA 1.81 Ongoing Cabadbaran River Irriga- Cabadbaran NIA 73.72 Ongoing SURIGAO CITY Repair/Rehabilitation/ Improvement, San Juan Coastal Road, Surigao City, Km 1117+800 to Km Surigao City DPWH SDN 1st DEO 9.49 100.00 Completed Improvement/Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) - NRJ Lipata-Punta Bilar and Surigao City DPWH RO 80.62 60.56 21.45 Ongoing Quezon-Mapawa- Capalayan-Espina-Navarro Road, K1133+652 - Surigao City DPWH SDN 1st DEO 23.55 60.01 (14.23) Ongoing Drainage Facilities along Daang Maharlika (Surigao- Agusan) Surigao City DPWH SDN 1st DEO 17.37 69.02 0.22 Ongoing Construction of Port Inte- grated Clearance Office (PICO) Amenity Building Surigao City PPA 5.45 74.11 0.68 Ongoing Improvement/Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) - Calderon Village-Sitio Tag- basingan (Mamanwa Cul- Surigao City DPWH SDN 1st DEO 27.36 81.20 9.01 Suspended TANDAG CITY Sta. Felomina CIS Tandag City NIA 36.24 Suspended Cabadbaran River Irrigation System Improve- ment at Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte
  12. 12. Agriculture, Fishery, and Forestry Palay production decreased by 16.02 percent or 2,884 MT. The decrease in production was attrib- uted to lesser area harvested due to movement of planting schedule and also due to the delayed re- lease of irrigation water brought about by the repair works done in the Andanan River Irrigation Sys- tem. Surigao del Sur is the highest producer of palay among the provinces in the region, contributing 43.14 percent of the region’s total palay production for this quarter. Surigao del Norte follows at second with 25.28 percent contribution. Both provinces overtook Agusan del Sur, the erstwhile palay pro- ducer of the region. Corn production increased by 19.41 percent or 85 MT. The increase in production was attributed to increase in area har- vested due to availability of seeds and financing resources. There was higher yields for both white and yellow corn brought about by fewer pest infesta- tion and diseases and utilization of high-yielding varieties. The province of Agusan del Norte is the top corn producer of the region for the quarter, with 57.36 percent contri- bution to the total corn production for this quarter. Its production increased by 17.65 percent. The production of banana, another major crop, decreased by 8.78 percent or 4,213.06 MT. This is attributed to lesser area harvested from Dole plan- tations in Tago and Barobo, which were affected by Typhoon Pablo. For non-food and industrial crops (NFIC), coconut production de- creased by 9.64 percent or 20,188.90 MT due to the effect of typhoon Pablo. Palm fruit production also decreased by 47.04 percent or 25,485.59 MT due to the effect of the same typhoon. Forestry Log production decreased by 43.44 percent or 64,489.84 cu. m. Produc- tion from the Private Tree Plantation Ownership Certificates (PTPOC) decreased by 41.72 percent or 58,560.29 cu. m. The PTPOC ac- counted for 97.42 percent of the 1st Quarter 2013 total log production. Manufactured forest products de- Caraga Regional Economic Situationer, 1st Quarter 2013 Page 12 Figure No. 1: Caraga Palay Production (In Metric Tons) (Source: BAS XIII) Figure No. 2: Caraga Palay Production (In Metric Tons, By Prov- ince ) (Source: BAS XIII) Figure No. 3: Caraga Corn Production (In Metric Tons) (Source: BAS XIII) Figure No. 4: Caraga Corn Production (In Metric Tons, By Prov- ince ) (Source: BAS XIII) Figure No. 5: Selected Crops, Volume of Production (In Metric Tons) (Source: BAS XIII) Figure No. 6: Caraga Fish Production (In Metric Tons) (Source: BAS XIII) Figure No. 7: Caraga Fish Production (In Metric Tons, By Type) (Source: BAS XIII) Continued on page 13
  13. 13. tion decreased by 9.68 percent or 1,806.88 MT. Majority of the production comes from municipal fishery, comprising about 81.50 percent of the total vol- ume of production. Municipal produc- tion decreased by 12.59 percent or 1,980.51 MT compared to first quarter of last year. Exports Total exports for the 1st quarter of 2013 was valued at USD 92,841,791. It grew by 212.20 percent or USD 63,104,227 compared to the same period last year. In terms of value by product, 70.73 percent of total export is comprised of nickel ores and con- centrates. In terms of value by country of destination, 67.26 percent of the exports value for the period went to China. In terms of value by province, 66.30 percent of the exports value for the period exited through Surigao del Norte. Shipping and Cargoes Total number of ship calls decreased by 9.70 per- cent compared to the same period last year. Ship calls in the region are mostly domestic comprising 99.11 percent of the total number of calls for the quarter. Domestic ship calls decreased by 10.07 percent due to fewer ship calls in government and private ports. Foreign ship calls increased by 64.29 percent due to increase in shipment of mining prod- ucts especially nickel ores. Historically, inbound domestic cargo throughput is higher than outbound. Inbound domestic cargo increased by 36.92 percent or 94,885 MT. This is due to the increase in shipment of prime commodities and refined petro- leum products. Outbound domestic cargo decreased by 26.83 percent or 67,726.05 MT. This is due to decrease in shipment of fruits and vegetables and wood by-products. Foreign export throughput increased by 75.28 percent due to increase in shipment of nickel ores to China. Total domestic passengers decreased by 0.89 percent. About 51.40 percent of domestic passengers are composed of disembarking passengers. Decrease in total number of passengers is attrib- uted to competition from air travel which has become a cheaper alterna- tive for passengers given the avail- ability of promo fares. creased by 28.52 percent or 42,057.04 cu. m. Major manufactured products include veneer, plywood, blockboard and lumber. Fishery For the Fishery sector, the total volume of produc- Page 13Vol. XVII Issue 2 Figure No. 8: Caraga Exports (By FOB Value, in USD) (Source: NSO XIII) Figure No. 9: Caraga Exports (By Product) (Source: NSO XIII) Figure No. 10: Caraga Exports (By Country of Destination) (Source: NSO XIII) Figure No. 11: Caraga Exports (By Province) (Source: NSO XIII) Figure No. 12: Number of Ship Calls (Source: PPA PMO Nasipit, PPA PMO Surigao) Figure No. 13: Total Domestic Cargo Throughput (Source: PPA PMO Nasipit, PPA PMO Surigao) Figure No. 14: Foreign Cargo Throughput (Source: PPA PMO Nasipit, PPA PMO Surigao) Figure No. 15: Total Domestic Passengers (Source: PPA PMO Nasipit, PPA PMO Surigao)Continued on page 14
  14. 14. Mining and Quarrying Mineral exports was valued at Php 33.15 Billion in C.Y. 2012. About 89.39 percent or Php 29.63 Bil- lion of which are nickel ores. The value of the re- gion’s mineral exports grew by 39.70 percent com- pared to the previous year’s figure. There was a total of 606 shipments reflecting a 14.77 percent growth. Nickel ore shipments re- corded a soaring increase of 66%. This is due to increased market demand from China brought about by increase in production of stainless steel and other metal products. Mining generated Php 663.04 Million in excise tax and Php 1.35 Billion in royalties. Excise tax grew by 39.68 percent while royalties grew by 39.27 percent compared to the previous year. Direct em- ployment generated from mining industry grew by 2.44%. In the 1st quarter of 2013, a total of 13 new permits on mineral production were approved as follows: As of May 2013, there are 22 operating mines in the region, most of which are located in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands. Seventeen of the operating mines in the region extract nickel ores. As of September 2013, there are four mineral processing plants in the region. The THPAL is the $1.3 Billion nickel ore processing plant in Taganito, Claver by Sumitomo Metal Min- ing which was completed in 2013 and has started operations. It is the biggest foreign investment in the Philippine minerals sector to date. Caraga Regional Economic Situationer, 1st Quarter 2013 Page 14 2011 2012 No. of shipments 528 606 Value (Php) 23.73 B 33.15 B Royalty (Php) 969.32 M 1.35 B Excise Tax (Php) 474.67 M 663.04 M Table No. 1: Mining Key Indicators Source: MGB XIII Contractor/Permit Holder Date Approved Mindanao Mineral Process- ing and Refining Corp. Jan. 30, 2013 East Coast Mineral Res. Co., Inc. Jan. 9, 2013 East Coast Mineral Res. Co., Inc. Feb. 27-28, 2013 Vista Buena Mining, Corp. Feb. 6-7, 2013 CTP Construction and Min- ing Corp./ Carrascal Nickel Corp. Feb. 7-9, 2013 Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. Feb. 5-6, 2013 AAM-PHIL Natural Re- sources Exploration and Development Corp. Feb. 8-9, 2013 Norweah Metals and Min. Co., Inc. March 1, 2013 Philsaga Mining Corp. March 13-14, 2013 Philsaga Mining Corp. March 14-15, 2013 Concordia Llave March 12-13, 2013 Minimax Mineral Exploration Corp. March 11-12, 2013 Phigold Metllic Ore, Inc. March 20-22, 2013 Table No. 2: Approved Mineral Production Permits, 1st Quarter 2013 Source: MGB XIII Province No. of Mines Agusan del Norte 1 Agusan del Sur 1 Surigao del Norte 8 Surigao del Sur 4 Dinagat Islands 8 Total 22 Table No. 3: Operating Mines in Caraga Re- gion, By Province Source: MGB XIII Minerals No. of Mines Gold 2 Chromite 1 Nickel & Chromite 1 Nickel 17 Limestone & Silica 1 Total 22 Table No. 4: Operating Mines in Caraga Region, By Product Source: MGB XIII Name of Company Product Pacific Cement Phils., Inc. Portland Cement Greenstone Resources, Corp. Gold Philsaga Mining, Corp. Gold THPAL Nickel Corp. Nickel and Cobalt Sulfide Table No. 5: Mining Processing Plants Source: MGB XIII Continued on page 15
  15. 15. Page 15Vol. XVII Issue 2 Tourism Tourist arrivals increased by 14.37 percent com- pared to the same period last year. Of these, 92.88 percent are domestic travelers, 6.85 percent are foreigners and 0.27 percent are overseas Filipinos. Butuan City posted the highest share with 37.78 percent of the total tourist arrivals for the 1st quarter of 2013. The number of domestic travelers and foreign trav- elers increased by 13.84 percent or 20,669 visitors and 28.04 percent or 2,745 visitors, respectively; while the number of overseas Filipino travelers decreased by 45.57 percent or 417 visitors. This shows us that while attracting foreign visitors has its merits, domestic visitors still remain as the re- gion’s main market. Given such, there is a need for tourism stakeholders to take this market seriously and implement strategies and packages that target this group. There is also a need to improve the col- lection efficiency of tourism data to capture the gains of the region due to the increase in number of flights serving the region. Air Transport Total number of flights in the region, both incom- ing and outgoing, increased by 7.31 percent. Total incoming passengers increased by 5.68 percent, while total outgoing passengers increased by 6.34 percent. Incoming cargoes decreased by 5.43 percent or 38,732 kg. Outgoing cargoes decreased by 44.08 percent or 285,629 kg. Figure No. 16: Number of Tourist Arrivals (Source: DOT XIII) Figure No. 17: Number of Tourist Arrivals (Source: DOT XIII) Labor Unemployment rate increased from 6.40 percent to 8.30 percent, higher than the national figure of 7.10 percent. Likewise, underemployment increased from 22.00 percent to 27.00 percent, higher than the national figure of 20.90 percent. Figure No. 18: Total Number of Flights (Source: CAAP) Figure No. 19: Total Number of Air Passengers (Source: CAAP) Figure No. 20: Total Number of Air Cargoes (Source: CAAP) January 2012 January 2013 Labor Force - 1,721,000 Labor Force Participa- tion Rate (%) 65.30 64.50 Employment Rate (%) 93.60 91.70 Unemployment Rate (%) 6.40 8.30 Underemployment Rate (%) 22.00 27.00 Table No. 6: Caraga Labor Statistics Source: NSO
  16. 16. Puregold Price Club is also establishing a branch in M. Calo St., Butuan City specifi- cally the site of the former Mancao Super- market. The VCDU company is opening another housing development project called East- wood Subdivision in Baan, Butuan City, adding to the private construction uptick in the region. City Savings Bank will be opening branches in Butuan City and Surigao City. It is a thrift bank of the Aboitiz Group of Companies. Currently, it is hiring various positions such as Branch Heads, cashiers, loan and collection team leaders, among others. RCBC Savings Bank will also be opening a branch in Butuan City. It is a thrift bank and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp of the Yuchengco Group of Companies. Philippine National Bank has opened a new branch along J.C. Aquino, Butuan City beside McDonalds Gaisano. It used to be Allied Bank, but was renamed follow- ing its acquisition by PNB. Asia United Bank, a commercial bank, has also opened a branch along A.D. Curato cor. P. Burgos Sts. in Butuan City. It is the banking arm of the Rebisco group, the famous biscuit manufacturer. It aspires to be among the country’s top 10 banks in terms of resources within the next five years. Executive Optical, one of the largest eye- wear and eye care retailer in the country, will be opening a branch in Butuan City specifically in Robinsons Mall Butuan. On the other hand, Gerry’s Grill, a famous Filipino restaurant with branches abroad, will open a branch in Butuan City specifi- cally in Robinsons Mall Butuan. Mean- while, the construction of the Robinsons Mall Butuan is in full swing as it is set to open by the end of this year. Prices Inflation rate for the 1st quarter of 2013 averaged 4.50 percent, slightly higher com- pared to the 4.43 percent average for the 1st quarter of 2012. Among the provinces, price movement from January to March 2013 was slowest in Agusan del Norte with an average of 2.97 percent inflation rate. On the other hand, Surigao del Sur posted the highest inflation rate at 6.50 percent for the same period. The CPI levels for the first quarter of this year are higher compared to the same pe- riod last year. This tells us that an average basket of goods cost higher this year com- pared to the same period last year. Public Order and Safety Total crime volume decreased by 13.12 percent. The highest percentage reduction in crime volume was seen in Surigao del Sur at 37.23 percent, followed by Butuan City with 13.37 percent reduction. Of the total crime volume for the quarter, 63.42 percent were index crimes, while 36.58 percent were non-index crimes. Crime volume is seen to be highest in Surigao del Norte which comprise 35.79 percent of the total figure in the region- 35.27 percent share for index crimes and 36.70 percent share for non-index crime. Surigao del Sur follows with 19.80 percent share of the total crime volume in the region. Crime solution efficiency rate in the region increased by 13.79 percentage points. The highest crime solution efficiency rate is in Dinagat Islands at 87.00 percent, followed by Agusan del Sur with 44.00 percent. Development Prospects The Butuan City Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Andinax, a Belgian Company for the es- tablishment of power generation facility using banana grass and solidwaste. The project is expected to open new jobs to the locals at the same time a means to imple- ment proper waster segregation in the city. The Butuan City Government also entered into a contract with JD Legaspi Construc- tion for the proposed construction of Bu- tuan Polysports Complex to be established in Brgy. Tiniwisan, Butuan City. Phase I of the project will include the city gymna- sium, football field and a rubberized track oval. Phase II will include Olympic-sized swimming pool, a wakeboard park and commercial buildings including hotels and boutiques. The Philippine Science High School Caraga Region located in Brgy. Ampayon, Butuan City will formally open on June 2014. This is expected to significantly improve science and math education in the region. SM City is in the process of acquiring the necessary permits for the establishment of its mall along J.C. Aquino Avenue in Bu- tuan City. Caraga Regional Economic Situationer, 1st Quarter 2013 Page 16 Figure No. 21: Consumer Price Index (Source: NSO) Figure No. 22: Inflation Rate (Source: NSO) Figure No. 23: Total Crime Volume (Source: PNP XIII) Figure No. 24: Crime Solution Efficiency (Source: PNP XIII)
  17. 17. Page 17Vol. XVII Issue 2 The award will be given on July 25, 2013 at the Main Treasury Building in North Washington, USA. Aside from the awardees, attendants of the event include members of the U.S. Congress and other U.S. government agen- cies, as well as representatives from the developmental sector. The Development Impact Awards recognizes the different projects supported by multilateral development banks all over the world. The awards are meant to distinguish development-oriented programs, such as those that fight poverty, hunger, and disease. The entries were judged based on criteria such as quality of results, focus on priority sectors, innova- tions used, and risk mitigations strategies utilized. Kalahi-CIDSS was chosen as one as the awardees out of the other entries because it is “especially high-impact and noteworthy,” according to US Secretary of Treasury Jacob J. Lew in his letter to Worldbank President Dr. Jim Kim. Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the three core social protection programs of DSWD in combating poverty. It uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy to empower ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identify- ing their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects together to address local poverty issues. Some of the results of Kalahi- CIDSS include improved access of communities to basic services, increased community involve- ment, and positive impact in household well-being. The World Bank has been a part- ner of Kalahi-CIDSS since its inception in 2003. John Roome, World Bank Sustainable Development Director for East Asia Pacific, is pleased with the award, saying, “One of my first field visits was in Kalahi-CIDSS sites. From those early visits, I could see the impact of the pro- ject on people’s lives.” He added that with the advent of the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), which will scale up the CDD strategy utilized by Kalahi-CIDSS, there will be even greater impact to communities in the country. From the 364 municipalities cov- ered by Kalahi-CIDSS, NCDDP will be targeting 900 of the poor- est municipalities in the Philip- pines. It was approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board last January 18, and is set to be launched in late 2013. DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman was delighted with the recognition. “We are honored to have Kalahi- CIDSS chosen as one of the awardees by the U.S. Treasury,” she said. “We are optimistic that with NCDDP, we will be able to help even more families and communities rise from poverty”, she added. Last year’s awardees of the De- velopment Impact Honors Awards were the African Devel- opment Bank for the Mali- Senegal Road Project, the Asian Development Bank for the Af- ghanistan Telecom Development Company Project, the Inter- American Development Bank for its Basic Nutrition Program, and the World Bank for their Amazon Region Protected Areas Program. (DSWD-Social Marketing Ser- vice). Kalahi-CIDSS BuB may be implemented in one of two ways: through the use of the CDD learning for LGUs that are currently implementing and had implemented Kalahi-CIDSS and through a DSWD- assisted, LGU-facilitated implementation of com- munity projects using the CDD approach. CDD or the community-driven development ap- proach is the strategy employed by DSWD in its implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) for an inclusive participa- tion of all stakeholders in local governance by iden- Butuan City – Twelve local government units (LGUs) in Caraga region recently underwent a technical session as part of the preparation for the Php 24.680M worth of infrastructure projects under the Department of Social Welfare and Develop- ment’s Kalahi-CIDSS Bottom-up Budgeting and Planning (BuB) implementation for this year. LGU staff from Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, and Jabonga in Agusan del Norte; Bayugan City and Loreto in Agusan del Sur; Basilisa and Dinagat in the Province of Dinagat Islands; Gigaquit and Suri- gao City in Surigao del Norte; and Barobo, Bislig City, and Tagbina in Surigao del Sur were in atten- dance in enhancing the formulation of their respec- tive project proposals. DSWD preps partners for BuB implementation DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS Program Wins International Development Award Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi- CIDSS), one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the World Bank, was chosen as one of the awardees of the U.S. Treasury’s second annual Development Impact Honors Awards, beating over 40 other candidates. Continued on page 18
  18. 18. tion, hypertension, diabetes and colorectal cancer. Despite its health benefits, only a few people use brown rice. It is because brown rice has short shelf life. Moreover, it is not usually available in the market due to low supply and consumers are not aware of its health bene- fits. In support of the government’s Do you know that brown rice or “unpolished rice” is more nutri- tious than white rice? Rice when polished loses significant amount of calcium, phosphorous and thiamine. Brown rice, with only the husk removed retains its brown color due to the bran layer left intact. This bran layer is also believed to have cholesterol low- ering effects. It is rich in dietary fiber which may reduce the risk factors associated with constipa- advocacy to promote brown rice, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI- DOST) conducted a study that has been able to extend the shelf- life of brown rice from its origi- nal one to four months to 4 to 9 months. The consumption of brown rice Brown rice: The heart-healthier choice tifying community needs, plan- ning, implementing, and monitor- ing projects to address local pov- erty issues. The areas were identified through criteria set in a Joint Memoran- dum Circular (JMC) by DSWD, the National Anti-Poverty Com- mission (NAPC), and the Depart- ment of Interior and Local Gov- ernment (DILG). The JMC stipu- lated that in order to qualify for the BuB, the LGU must be a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping for 2011 and 2012, must have completed as- sessment of the LGU’s Public Financial Management (PFM) system, and the municipality must have no unliquidated cash advances from DSWD, regard- less of program or project. (Keneath John O. Bolisay/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Caraga) Page 18Vol. XVII Issue 2 Butuan City – The Spanish gov- ernment through its international development cooperation agency, the Agencia Española de Cooper- acion Internacional para el De- sarollo (AECID), is once again renewing its development en- deavors with the Philippine gov- ernment through its new project called the Local Empowerment and Development towards Gov- ernance (LEaDGov), to be imple- mented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Caraga region this year. In relation to advancing the com- munity-driven development (CDD) processes of DSWD’s anti-poverty project Kalahi- CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services), LEadGov aims to strengthen the capacities of local government units (LGUs) in facilitating inclusive and partici- patory processes that capture and integrate the priority needs of poor communities into local gov- ernment poverty reduction plans. According to Kalahi-CIDSS deputy national project director, Camilo G. Gudmalin, LEaDGov picks up from where PODER (Poder y Prosperidad de la Comunidad) the project that AECID and DSWD previously partnered on. PODER, another CDD project, was implemented in Caraga re- gion for the past seven years. It built on the success of Kalahi- CIDSS. “LEadGov, as per the institution- alization framework of Kalahi- CIDSS, shall now gear our part- ner LGUs who have graduated from Kalahi-CIDSS in ensuring the sustainability of the CDD principles in the local develop- ment processes in the commu- nity,” Gudmalin added. The new project shall address specific needs of LGU staff and representatives in terms of policy development, structural adjust- ments, systems enhancement, and resource allocation. Regional social welfare chief, Minda B. Brigoli said that LEaDGov will “consequently complement the capability build- ing and implementation support component of the local poverty reduction action plans (LPRAPs) of LGUs implementing the Bot- tom-up Budgeting (BuB) pro- gram of the government.” The project will be implemented in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte and Tagbina, Surigao del Sur. Each will receive a grant of PhP 500,000.00. LEaDGov will be launched in Butuan City on July 19 and will run from July 2013 to March 2014. (Keneath John O. Bolisay/ Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Spain sets dev’t project anew in Caraga DSWD preps partners… from page 17 Continued on page 20
  19. 19. Page 19Vol. XVII Issue 2 Breastmilk is the ideal and com- plete food because it contains all the nutrients an infant needs in the first six months of life. It protects babies against common infant diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia. Breastmilk is also readily available, ensuring infants of adequate sustenance. It also promotes sensory and cognitive development among infants. The 2011 updating survey on infant feeding practices among children 0-23 months old by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI- DOST) revealed that among 0-5 month-old infants, about half (or 48.9 percent) are exclusively breastfed. Exclusive breastfeeding means that the infant receives only breastmilk and no other liquids or solids are given, not even water, with the exception of oral rehy- dration solution, or drops and syrups of vitamins, minerals or medicine. Results of the survey also re- vealed that among 6-8 month-old infants, only 5.1 percent are ex- clusively breastfed, while among 9-23 month-old infants; a measly 0.6 percent are exclusively breastfed. The survey covered 6,653 chil- dren 0-23 months old. Of these children 24 percent belongs to the 0-5 month old group, 27.4 percent to the 6-11 month old group and 48.6 percent to the 12- 23 month age group. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to mothers worldwide to exclusively breast- feed infants at least for the first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health for the infant. The region with the highest per- centage of exclusively breastfed 0-5 months old infants is Eastern Visayas with 72.7 percent. On the other hand, Central Luzon, Cavite-Laguna- Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (CALABARZON), Na- tional Capital Region (NCR), Autonomous Re- gion in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cagayan Valley and Central Visayas are the regions with lower percent- ages of exclusively breastfed children. These range from 27.8 to 48.5 percent, which are lower than the national percentage of 48.9 percent. The survey also revealed that 51.9 percent or about half of mothers start to breastfeed within the recommended one hour after delivery, followed by 32.3 per- cent or one-third at less than one day after delivery, and 15.8 per- cent at more than one day after delivery. Immediate breastfeed- ing within an hour after birth is crucial because of colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breastmilk pro- duced at the end of pregnancy. The WHO recommends colos- trums as the perfect food for the newborn due to the antibodies it contains. According to the 2011 updating survey, the proportion of exclu- sively breastfed 0-5 month-old infants is 46.7 percent, higher compared to the 2008 national nutrition survey result of 35.9 percent. This reflects an increase of 10.8 percentage points. Moreover in 2011, the proportion of exclusively breastfed 0-23 month-old infants is higher 11. 8 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in 2008. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia and helps the baby recover during illness. More babies exclusively breastfed, but for shorter period Breastfeeding likewise benefits mothers, as it helps to space chil- dren, reduces the risk of some cancers such as ovarian and breast cancers. Further, breastfeeding helps women return to their pre- pregnancy weight faster and low- ers rates of obesity. Although there have been in- creases in the proportions of exclusively breastfed infants over the years, the increases are only in small percentages. Policies to promote and protect breastfeeding like providing nursing stations in the work- places, must be seriously imple- mented, and should be compati- ble with women’s work. Strict implementation of the Mother-and-Baby-Friendly Hos- pital Initiative (MBFHI), includes giving the infant immediately to the mother to breastfeed within the first hour of birth to make sure colostrum is consumed by the infant. Communication and advocacy for active involvement in support of breastfeeding is important in increasing the percentage of ex- clusively breastfed infants. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Ser- vice: Press Release – IMELDA A. AGDEPPA, Ph.D.) Breastfeeding is the best way of providing infants with the nutrients from the mother’s milk which they crucially need for a healthy headstart at growth and development early in life. Photo courtesy of http://mymillsbaby.co.uk
  20. 20. Caraga Today Volume XVI Issue 2 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 Elvie C. Ato Mitchell C. Castillon Sherwin E. Verdun Writers DSWD XIII, DA XIII, FNRI Contributors ARD Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño RD Carmencita S. Cochingco Advisers Page 20Vol. XVII Issue 2 because of its higher milling recovery and higher satiety value may provide a promising solution to our country’s problem of rice short- age and importation. This may con- tribute significantly to the realization of the Filipino dream of rice self- sufficiency. Now that you know that brown rice is good for your health and our econ- omy, isn’t it time to shift from white Recent studies on large numbers of people with diabetes show that those who keep their blood sugar under tight control best avoid the complications of diabetes like heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower extremity amputations. Experts agree that what works best for people with diabetes – and everyone for that matter – is regular exercise, little saturated and trans fatty acids, and a high–fiber diet. Carbohydrates break quickly during digestion and can raise the blood sugar to dangerous levels. Glycemic index (GI) ranks foods on how they affect our blood sugar lev- els. This index measures how much our blood sugar increases after we eat. When diabetic patients make use of the glycemic index to prepare healthy meals, it keeps their blood sugar levels and weight under con- trol. Many carbohydrate-rich foods have high glycemic indexes, and they certainly are not good in any substan- tial quantity for people with diabetes. Other carbohydrates like complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber break down more slowly, releasing glucose gradually into our blood streams and are said to have lower glycemic in- dexes which are good for diabetic patients. Studies on glycemic indexes by ex- perts showed that many of the starchy foods we eat a lot produce the highest glycemic response. These are white bread, some breakfast cereals, e.g. cornflakes, rice and baked potatoes but complex carbohydrates present in potatoes are digestible. Low glycemic foods include beans, barley, pasta, oats, apples, oranges, peaches, pea- nuts, strawberries, sweet corn and carrots. Likewise, vinegar, and lemon juice help reduce glycemic load, the amount of carbohydrate in a serving of a particular food. Many foods have few available car- bohydrates in a standard serving. We call these the “free foods” because What diabetic persons should know about diabetes they are essentially free of any impact on your blood sugar. These foods contain less than 5 grams of available carbohydrate in a 100-gram portion. The rest of the portion is protein, fat, fiber, ash and water. Examples of these foods are: (1) vegetables – asparagus, beans, cabbage, broccoli, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, okra, mushrooms, tomatoes, radishes, spinach, turnips and peppers; (2) fruits – avocados, raspberries, straw- berries; (3) eggs and dairy – cheese, milk, eggs, yogurt plain; (4) bever- ages – coffee, diet soda, tea and wa- ter. The glycemic index should not, how- ever, be the only criterion when se- lecting what to eat. The total amount of carbohydrate, the amount and type of fat, and the fiber and salt content are also important. Consider also, that, factors such as variety, cooking, and processing may affect a food’s glycemic index. The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipi- nos developed by the Technical Working Group led by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technol- ogy (FNRI-DOST) recommends to eat a variety of foods everyday in order to have a well balance diet. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Press Release – IMELDA A. AG- DEPPA, Ph.D.) rice to brown rice? This message is brought to you by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, the government’s lead agency on food and nutrition research and development. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Info Bits – MA. SUSANA O. ENCARNACION) Brown rice… from page 18

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