CABARROGUIS, Quirino, June 9 (PIA) – -The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the first one store hub in the province at MRB Rice Mill, Aurora East, Diffun.
The launching was supported by DOST Provincial Director Lucio Calimag, Regional Director Sancho Mabborang, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIERD) Executive Director Carlos Primo David and other DOST regional and provincial staff.
Calimag said the one store hub is an online platform with onestore.ph as online address which was designed to provide worldwide marketing of the DOST-assisted MSMEs products via internet.
Through the online marketing platform, MSME owners can upload and sell their products in which the transaction of customers’ orders is accessible 24/7 and the delivery is done through Air21 with minimum transport charge of P150.00 per deal.
“Our 63 DOST-assisted MSMEs are already registered in the said online store and we are in the process of uploading their products,” Gammad said adding that as of this writing, the online market of the MRB’s brown rice has reached as far as Hong Kong already.
Also, he said the famous fossilized flowers, furniture products, nutria-chips, veggie noodles and handicrafts are in demand nowadays. There are also online customers who are asking for the Q-tea but unfortunately, it is not yet offered to online shoppers due to the limited stocks caused by the increase of bulk of orders from pasalubong centers and individual customers.
Gammad has advised the MSMEs to bring their products to the one store hub which is also envisioned to become a convenient store for tourists and travelers. (ALM/TCB/PIA-2 Quirino)
P4 M expanded Q-LIFE project to be implemented in Quirino
BY: THELMA C. BICARME
Monday 7th of July 2014
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan here has authorized Gov. Junie E. Cua to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Agriculture for the implementation of the P4 million worth Expanded Quirino Livelihood for Everyone (Q-LIFE) project funded under the Casecnan Social Measures Fund (CSMF) in the province.
Under the MOA, the DA shall allocate funds from the CSMF for the Expanded Q-LIFE project, the livelihood component of the I Love Quirino Program of the provincial government.
The P4 million project includes swine breeding, P1,104,270.00; mushroom production, P52,200.00; vending/sales business, P151,530.00 and household/handicrafts, P192,000.00.
A total of P2,500,000.00 is allocated for social preparation such as trainings in entrepreneurial development to equip the beneficiaries with skills in successfully implementing their projects.
DA shall also monitor the implementation of the project and provide support and other forms of assistance for effective and efficient implementation of the project.
On the other hand, Quirino province shall act as proponent/recipient of the livelihood project and it shall also provide an equity for the operation and maintenance of the project.
After the signing of MOA and upon submission of written request of the provincial government, the 50 percent or P2 million shall be released.
The second tranche and other releases will be on liquidation scheme and will be done upon submission of accomplishment and financial report of the first release.
DAR-LANDBANK Credit Assistance Program benefits Saguday Sto. TresDGam coop
BY: THELMA C. BICARME
Monday 7th of July 2014
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Land Bank of the Philippines had released another P1 million interest-free loan to the Sto Tomas, Tres Reyes, Dibul and Gamis cooperative or Sto. TresDGam farmers cooperative under the DAR-LANDBANK Credit Assistance Program for Program Beneficiaries Development (CAP-PBD).
CAP-PBD is a credit program that provides credit assistance to non-bank eligible ARB cooperatives and farmers’ associations and assists them to become bank-eligible organizations.
The said amount will be re-loaned to some 33 members who applied for the interest-free loan. A total of P25,000 has been allocated for a farmer who is tilling at least one hectare of land and each of the 33 farmers can get a maximum loan of P50,000 for two hectares.
The 33 farmers are also given free crop insurance through the subsidy for DAR-PCIC program.
According to Frelita O. Bartolome, information officer, the loan is payable within 180 days but if the farmers could harvest earlier, they are given the option to pay early so they could avail of the rebates.
“This is already the seventh release of the cooperative because the members were able to maintain their good standing in their previous loans,” Bartolome said.
Aside from the P1 million loan assistance, the cooperative has an existing communal fund of P700,000 as interest earnings from its previous.
The cooperative has 91 active members. It is chaired by Jose Laroza.