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Upang matugunan ang problema at isyu ng mga magsasaka sa mga liblib na lugar sa Gitnang Luzon, muling isinagawa ang Mobile Rice Teknoklinik.
Ito ay isinasagawa sa pamamagitan ng pagpunta ng mga eksperto sa isang lugar upang bigyang kasagutan ang mga katanungan ng mga magsasaka, gayundin maari pang magkaroon ng konsultasyon sa pagitan ng magsasaka at eksperto. Isa ito sa pinaka mabisang paraan upang magkaroon ng inter aksyon ang mga magsasaka at mga eksperto.
Sa naganap na Mobile Rice Teknoklinik, nagsilbing tagapag-salita ang ilang eksperto mula sa Technology Management and Services Division o TMSD ng PhilRice. Ilan lamang sa mga bayan sa Gitnang Luzon na nakabilang sa aktibidad na ito ay ang Tarlac, Aurora, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, at Zambales. Dito itinaguyod ang PalayCheck at Palayamanan bilang pangunahing programa ng PhilRice.
Maliban sa konsultasyon at kasagutan mula sa mga eksperto, ayon kay Anita Antonio, head ng TMSD, isa rin itong paraan upang magkaroon ng kaalaman ang mga magsasaka sa mga bagong teknolohiyang pagpapalay gayundin ang mga programa ng Kagawaran ng Agrikultura sa pamamagitan ng Agri Pinoy.
Ang aktibidad na ito ay isinasagawa sa tulong ng Agriculture Training Institute o ATI at Kagawaran ng Agrikultura – Regional Field Unit 3. Yen Solsoloy, PhilRice
BFAR technicians monitoring the waters along Talisay, Laurel, Agoncillo and San Nicolas, all in Taal Lake reported that the dissolved oxygen or DO levels in 14 sampling areas remains low due to the heavy rains and overcast skies over the weekend caused by typhoon “Goring”.
BFAR director Atty. Asis G. Perez said that he is quite happy that despite of the prevailing weather condition, no fish kills have been reported. He said that the intensified drive on the dismantling of illegal fish cage structures undertaken jointly by the LGUs, DENR, Task Force Taal Lake, BFAR and even the stakeholders themselves have greatly reduced the risks on the remaining stocks in other fish cages.
Of the 14 stations sampled, only Aya exhibited an acceptable level of 6.9 ppm. The DO levels in Laurel and Agoncillo range from 2.3 to 3.7 ppm; while alarming levels were recorded in Quling, Tumaway, Sampaloc and Poblacion. The ideal DO level for raising fish is 6.0 ppm.
“It would take a long while before the quality of the water in Taal Lake would be fit for aquaculture purposes”, Perez said. For now the BFAR will continue to monitor the water condition in these areas and will intensify its information awareness campaign.
Asis is again reminding all fish cage operators to be mindful of the season in their farming operations. The rainy season is not very conducive for raising fish specially in enclosed water bodies. In lakes, for instance, the growth of natural food composed of tiny planktons depends largely on a sunny weather for photosynthesis to occur. This process helps in the production of dissolved oxygen in the water. Hence during rainy season, we expect the DO level to be low, he said. BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES-DA
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST, Phl) will hold its 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 13 and 14, 2011 at the Manila Hotel. Revolving around the theme MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY, COMPETITIVENESS, AND SUSTAINABILITY, this year’s ASM follows up and build upon Philippine Agriculture 2020, a strategic plan developed out of a series of consultations and workshops convened by the Academy among the various stakeholders of the agriculture and fisheries sector.
Philippine agriculture had been stagnant during the last three decades. Its share of GNP has progressively declined and large sections of the rural population continue to be mired in poverty. Nevertheless the sector stakeholders, including the Members of the Academy, have a great deal of faith in the potential of Agriculture to reduce poverty in the countryside, achieve food security for all, attain global competitiveness, ensure ecological sustainability and contribute to justice and peace.
These aspirations are embodied in Philippine Agriculture 2020 which looks forward to a “vision of robust and vibrant agriculture and natural resources production systems and ecosystems services that improve and sustain well being in the Philippines.”
In preparation for ASM 33, the Academy conducted a series of roundtable discussions (RTDs) on key concerns vital to the ability of a modern agricultural sector to meet the challenges of greater productivity, enhanced global competitiveness and sustainability and resilience in the face of deteriorating and declining availability of natural resources as well as climate change.
The RTD’s themes were:
- Managing the Marine Frontier, in recognition of the potential of fisheries and marine industry
- Further Intensification of Agriculture, in the face of inevitable decline in per capita availability of arable land and water
- Sustainability of Organic Agriculture, debate on the ability of organic agriculture to meet the tests of economic, ecological and social sustainability
- Strengthening the Supply Chains, in recognition of the imperative of organized supply chains to reduce losses, to maintain food quality and safety, improve farm gate prices, moderate retail food prices and to attain competitiveness
- Sustaining Ecological Services, recognizing that the future of agricultural productivity and profitability hinge upon continuing ecological services, and
- Agriculture Extension, Communication and Statistics i.e. bringing all the components together especially to the farmers.
The outcomes of these RTDs will be presented and discussed in the 33rd ASM Plenary Sessions.
The Annual Scientific Meeting is a yearly gathering of scientists from all over the country to discuss how science and technology can be made to bear on important national goals and purposes. More than 700 scientists and researchers from key institutions and agencies are expected to attend this year’s ASM.
This year’s Host of the Annual Scientific Meeting is the NAST Agricultural Sciences Division. ASM 33 will be co-chaired by National Scientist Dolores A. Ramirez and Academician Emil Q. Javier.
This 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of NAST aims to provide analyses and science-based solutions/policy recommendations to the government, the private sector and society at large on the modernization and further development of Philippine agriculture. Specifically, it aims to:
- Present and discuss the outcomes of roundtable discussions among stakeholders on pressing issues and concerns in Philippine Agriculture
- Draft resolutions, recommendations, action plans and submit the same to concerned institutions, and agencies.
- Publish proceedings and monographs on selected topics
- Conduct post ASM activities such as public science and technology fora, presentations to legislators and media, and similar activities that would disseminate the ideas and recommendations of the 33rd ASM to stakeholders.
Part of the two-day program is the recognition ceremonies for the following awards: Investiture of the new Academicians, Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS), TWAS Prize for Young Scientists in the Philippines, NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists, Outstanding Scientific Papers, Outstanding Books and Monographs, NAST-Hugh Greenwood Environmental Science Award, and NAST-LELEDFI Award for Outstanding Research in Tropical Medicine. Luningning Samarita, Executive Director, NAST
NASA larawan sina DAR Undersecretary Francisco Nieto, Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes, Office of Solicitor General Joel Cadiz and Support Services Undersecretary Jerry E. Pacturan sa ginanap na press conference kahapon Hulyo 11, 2011. Sinasabing magsusumite si SolGen Cadiz ng “Motion for Reconsideration” sa naging desisyon ng Korte Suprema sa kaso ng Hacienda Luisita.
Ang mandato ng Kagawaran ng Agraryo ay siguraduhing ang pamamahagi ng lupa sa mga magsasaka sa bansa, yan ang pinakabuod ng naganap na talakayan subalit hindi rin naman sinasabi ni Kalihim Delos Reyes na mali ang desisyong ipinataw ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman sa bansa kaya mat tinatawag na pagsusumite ng mosyon, isang natural na proseso ng legalidad.
Abogado General Joel Cadiz sinabi reperendum ay hindi na kailangan matapos ang kataas-taasan hukuman binawi ang stock ng pamamahagi ng lupain Luisita plano dahil ito ay laban sa mga layunin ng Seg.Sinabi SSinabi naman ni Solicitor General Joel Cadiz na hindi kailangan ang ‘referendum’ pagkatapos na tanggihan ng Korte Suprema ang Stock Distribution Plan sa Hacienda Luisita dahil ito ay hindi naaayon sa layunin ng batas sa Section 31 ng Republic Act No. 6657 o ang Comprehensive Agraraian Reform Act noong 1998.
Sinasaad umano sa batas na sa loob ng dalawang taon mula nang mapagtibay ang batas na ito, kapag ang lupa o ‘stock transfer’ ay hindi naisakatuparan ang pagmamay-ari ng agrikulturang lupain ay papailalim sa ‘compulsory coverage’ ng batas na ito.
Susog ni Kalihim Virgilio Delos Reyes na maliwanag aniya ang batas, ang pagkakaloob ng ‘stocks’ ay hindi na ‘option’ kundi ang lupang ito ay kailangan talagang ipagkaloob na sa mga magsasaka.
Mariin niyang inulit na nDagdag apakaliwanag umano ng batas, hindi karapat dapat ang SDO [Stock Distribution Option].
Walang ibang dapat gawin kundi ipamahagi ang lupain sa magsasaka, kailanman at patuloy na nanindigan ang DAR at OSG sa isyung ito simula pa noon dahil yan ang mandato ng nasabing kagawaran, pagdurugtong ni SolGen Cadiz.
Inaasahan na magsusumite ng “Motion for Reconsideration” ang Office of the Solicitor General sa pakikipagtulungan ng Department of Agrarian Reform bago dumating ang takdang huling araw na pagsusumite ng MR sa Hulyo 22. Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila
The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will widen its tree planting activities this year, since trees play an important role in rejuvenating watershed areas which are necessary in creating efficient farming areas, and stopping desertification and drought.
During the celebration of Soil Conservation Month for the year 2011, BSWM Executive Director Silvino Tejada said that the agency will make tree planting a regular activity.
This year’s celebration coincided with the celebration of the “world day” to combat desertification with the theme “Forest Keep Dryland Working”.
“The objective of the theme is to create awareness to the general public, policy makers and the international community to the increasing danger brought about by desertification, land degradation and drought,” Tejada said.
To commemorate Soil Conservation Month, BSWM personnel led by Tejada conducted a tree planting activity at Mt. Balagbag, Barangay San Isidro, San Jose del Monte-Macabod, Rodriguez, Rizal.
“One of the most effective ways to fight desertification is to plant trees, and more people should do their part in this endeavour,” Tejada said.
BSWM’s pronouncement to widen its tree planting activity nationwide and make it a year-long program shows tree planting has become an indispensible element in rejuvenating the environment, and demonstrates the agency’s vital role in soil and water conservation to achieve food security.
To ensure success in this continuing program, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala thru a memorandum instructed all head attached agencies and field offices of the DA to undertake relevant activities that will support this year’s theme “Enrich our Forests and Conserve Our Soils,” which coincides with the declaration of the year 2011 as the “National Year Of the Forests”.
“Breathing is basic in life. In breathing, we need oxygen and the oxygen comes from the trees. Without the trees, there would be no life on this planet, “Tejada said. -30- Veron Hernandez
NASA larawan si Undersecretary for Field Operations ng Department of Agrarian Reform habang kinakapanayan ng mga media tungkol sa isasagawang aksyon ng nasabing ahensya sa naging desisyon ng Korte Suprema sa isyu ng Hacienda Luisita.
Bago pa man humarap ang nasabing opisyal ay nagpahayag nang hindi muna sila magbibigay ng anumang komento dahil hindi pa nila natatanggap ang sinasabing desisyon at kautusan.
Subalit inaasahan na agad ding maghaharap ang Legal Affairs at ang Solicitor General tungkol sa mga implikasyon ng desisyon ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman.
Pagtitiyak nila na kaagad silang maglalabas ng anunsyo sa kaukulang aksiyon ng kanilang ahensya at tinitiyak nilang magiging patas at ‘transparent’ sa magkaparehong panig.
Ayon kay USEC Nieto, sakaling ang kautusan ng korte ay ‘final and executory’ sa pagsasagawa ng ‘referendum’ sa mga magsasaka sa Luisita ay kanilang isasakatuparan ngunit ito ay dapat munang nakaayon sa suhestiyon ng OSG.
Pagliliwanag pa rin ni Nieto na kailanman sa panahon ng kanyang panunungkulan ay hindi nakialam ang Pangulo sa desisyon ng mga kaso sa kanilang ahensya. Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila
SA ginanap na Communication and News Exchange Forum sa Philippine Information Agency kamakailan, binanggit ni NFA Administrator Angelito T. Banayo na mas maganda kung ang prebadong sector ang magsasagawa ng importasyon ng bigas dahil ang mga ito ang mas may kakayahan pagdating sa pamumuhunan.
Ayon kay Banayo ang National Food Authority ay binuo anim (6) na araw matapos ideklara ang Martial Law ng dating Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos batay sa Presidential Decree No. 4 September 26, 1972 na dating National Grains Authority (NGA).
Ayon sa NFA Adminitrator taong 1972 hanggang 2000 ay 12.9 Bilyong piso lamang ang pagkakautang ng NFA. Subalit sa buwan ng Enero 20, 2001 sa pag-upo ng administrayong Arroyo ay lumaki ito ng halos 50% o halagang 18.2 Bilyon, Lumobo umano ito ng halos 177 Bilyong piso.
Dagdag pa ni Banayo , gumawa sila ng hakbang para masulusyunan ang problema sa pinansiyal at hindi tamang pamamalakad sa NFA, Kinailangan pa umano nilang kumuha ng pribadong sector na magtutustos sa pampinansiyal na pangangailangan ng ahensya at upang masimulan na ang pagsasagawa ng ‘Auditing’ ang CommIssion on Audit. Sinasabi sa huling talaan na ang pagkakautang ng NFA ngayong buwang ng Hunyo 2011 ay 154 Bilyong piso na lamang.
Sinasabi ni Banayo na mas maganda kung ang magsasagawa ng importasyon ng bigas ay ang pribadong sector, upang hindi na umano si Juan Dela Cruz ang may pagkakautang sa bangko o sa alin mang Financial Institution. Dagdag pa ni Banayo na mas kaya ng pribadong sektor ang mag-angkat ng bigas dahil sila ang may pinansyal na kakayahan.
Nangangamba naman ang publiko sa pasasapribado ng importasyon ng bigas , dahil baka samantalahin na naman ito ng mga kapitalistang mapagsamantala at ganid. Magkaroon na naman umano ng pagkakataon na kontrolin ang presyo ng bigas na siyang lalong magpahirap sa bansa.
Subalit tiniyak naman ni Banayo na babantayan nila ang bawat kilos ng mga negosyanteng mag-iimport dahil kaakibat umano ng kanilang responsibilidad ay ang regulasyon sa presyo ng bigas. RAFFY RICO
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is, at present, refraining from commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hacienda Luisita Inc. vs. Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) case pending DAR’s receipt of the official signed decision and order.
The Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Agrarian Reform will issue an official statement as soon as they shall have obtained official copies of the main decision and the dissenting opinions of the Supreme Court (SC) in the Hacienda Luisita case, and after they shall have met and carefully studied the implications of the SC decision.
The Legal Affairs Office of the DAR shall be meeting with the Office of the Solicitor General to discuss the implications of the SC decision. The DAR has been preparing for all possible actions regarding the matter and it will proceed in transparent, thorough and fair manner. -30- Director Hugo D. Yonzon III, Public Affiars Staff
The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), The Forum for Family Planning, and the Philippine NGO Council for Population, Health and Welfare take this opportunity of celebrating Year One of Aquino Administration to thank the President for his unflinching support to defend maternal and child health and build strong future for Filipino families.
By consistently and persistently supporting Responsible Parenthood and the Reproductive Health Bill, the country has seen in the last 12 months how a determined and courageous leadership shapes and hastens the policy debate on this important measure. By lending support to the efforts of civil society advocates and legislators championing the RH Bill inside and outside of Congress, President Aquino has shown his commitment to promote human development.
Despite the heavy, underhanded and at times personal attack of leaders of the Catholic Church hierarchy, the President stood his ground and even took pain in publicly explaining his five principles of Responsible Parenthood. Raised as a good Catholic by his parents, the President has shown his Christian character in siding with the poor on the issue of providing access to reproductive health care, including family planning information and services.
Inasmuch as the advanced state of the RH Bill in the House and the Senate is attributable to the untiring efforts of members of Congress, President Aquino’s contribution is undeniably critical in broadening the support for this measure. Moreover, the support of the people for this Administration is expressed in many ways through the support of ordinary people in the RH Bill. Consequently, the critical view of some Catholic bishops on the Aquino administration is due largely to the President’s steadfast position on Responsible Parenthood and the RH Bill.
What the President has started in his Year One in providing support for RH Bill, he must bring to completion immediately in his second year. Thus, we urge the President, in his courage and forthrightness, to prioritize the RH Bill when he delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July. In so doing, we assure our President of enduring support for his Administration’s mission of delivering better health care and better future to the Filipino people. -30- Ramon San Pascual, PLCPD Executive Director
THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) have committed to help enterprising farmers’ cooperatives excel in their business undertakings by giving them pointers on how to run their day-to-day activities.
DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Jerry Pacturan said he is happy that the civil society is equipping our farmer-beneficiaries the much-needed technical support, knowledge and skills that are vital in raising their level of competence and maturity in managing their own businesses.
“Actually, working with the civil society organizations is part of President Noynoy Aquino’s marching order for us to deliver the much-needed support services the department cannot do on its own,” he said shortly after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between DAR and the PBSP.
Under the memorandum of understanding, PBSP executive director Rafael Lopa said that his group shall be responsible for the delivery of business advisory services and monitoring of the progress of selected farmers’ organizations.
Lopa said he is hopeful that the PBSP could contribute something to the welfare of farmer-beneficiaries. He disclosed that his group is maintaining a pool of volunteer business advisers under its “Business Advisory Program (BAP)” to guide farmer-beneficiares on how to go about with their daily transactions.
“The BAP helps micro and small enterprises improve and grow their business through the delivery of business advisory services,” Lopa said.
For its part, the DAR shall be responsible in picking the qualified farmers’ groups and assist PBSP in the implementation of the program.
Pacturan said the PBSP’s gesture is very timely since many farmers’ organizations have graduated from being mere producers of raw farm products and now need managerial know-how to sustain their businesses. -30- PAS, DAR