Month: July 2014

P4 M expanded Q-LIFE project to be implemented in 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

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.

PNC to launch Nutrition Month on July 3

PNC to launch Nutrition Month on July 3

By: Thelma C. Bicarme
Monday 30th of June 2014

The Provincial Nutrition Committee is set to launch the 2014 Nutrition Month celebration on July 3 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Conference Hall here.

Laura Matammu, provincial nutrition action officer on programs and projects, said the celebration which carries the theme, “ Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon agapan!” will be one of the activities during the1st Provincial Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management on July 3-4.

During the launching activity, the PNC and MNC member-agencies are enjoined to hang streamers bearing the theme to create public awareness on the importance of proper nutrition and promote the importance of nutrition in times of emergencies, disaster or calamities.

There will also be flying of nutrition balloons by the provincial and municipal governments as a show of their interest to lift the nutritional status of the Quirinians.

Among the scheduled activities during the month-long celebration are distribution of ‘Nutrition in Emergency’ leaflets, information and dissemination on disaster risk reduction management and nutrition planning workshop with inclusion of disaster risk reduction programs and projects.

Luningning Pacudan, provincial nutrition officer, said it is important for every household to consider the nutritional needs of their families even in times of calamities to help prevent the occurrence of diseases caused by malnutrition.

Different kinds of disaster-resilient vegetable seeds and seedlings will be distributed to families with malnourished children to encourage them to plant in order to have a ready source of food during calamities.

A training on school based feeding program will be organized at the different municipalities to be participated by the school heads, nutrition workers from the barangays, school nutrition coordinators and other nutrition advocates.

Other activities include distribution of Vitamin A, iron supplementation and recognition of Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars and BKSB Implementers.

The PNC has urged the schools to include deworming, conduct of earthquake and typhoon drills, tree planting activities and establishment of ‘gulayan sa paaralan’ projects in their programs and projects.