Tuwáli, ikalawang katutubong wikang pinagparangalan sa pasinaya ng Bantayog-Wika sa Lalawigang Ifugao


Tuwáli, ikalawang katutubong wikang pinagparangalan sa pasinaya ng Bantayog-Wika sa Lalawigang Ifugao

Pinasinayaan ang Bantayog-Wika para sa wikang Tuwáli, bílang pagpaparangal sa mga katutubong wika ng Filipinas, sa Lamut, Ifugao.

Ang Bantayog-Wika, na likha ng tanyag na eskultor na si Luis “Junyee” E. Yee Jr., ay magkatuwang na inilantad sa madla nina Bb. Christianne Jewel Insigne bílang kinatawan ni Senadora Loren B. Legarda, Dr. Diosdado Aquino, Campus Director at bílang kinatawan ng Pangulo ng Ifugao State University na si Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon, at Pambansang Alagad ng Sining at Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Virgilio S. Almario.

Yari ang hubog-kawayang bantayog sa stainless steel at may taas na sampung talampakan. Nakaukit sa katawan nito ang baybaying bersiyon ng “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Bayan” ni Andres Bonifacio. Lumiliwanag din ang teksto para sa mga nais bumisita sa kinatatayuan nito sa plaza tuwing gabi.

Ang wikang Tuwáli, batay sa mga saliksik ay isa sa pinakagamiting wika sa lalawigang Ifugao. Matatagpuan ang mga nagsasalita nito sa mga bayan ng Kiangan, Hingyon, Hungduan, at ilang bahagi ng Lamut, Asipulo, Lagawe, at Banaue; at sa ilang nakapaligid na lalawigan gaya ng Nueva Vizcaya, La Union, Isabela, at Quirino.

Mababása ang karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa wikang Tuwáli sa marker na kapuwa mayroon sa wikang Tuwáli at Filipino.

Inaasahan ang pagtatayo ng iba’t ibang Bantayog-Wika sa Filipinas na mayroong 130 katutubong wika at itinuturing na di-materyal na pamanang pangkultura o intangible cultural heritage. Itinataguyod ito ng Tanggapan ni Senador Loren B. Legarda at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. (Komisyon sa Wikang Pilipino)

 

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Monsanto Philippines launches SMART Farm program


Farmer training program aims to improve productivity and livelihood of over 20,000 farmers in the country

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Farmers gather at one of the SMART demo farms of Monsanto Philippines. The company’s SMART Farm program offers a 2-3 day training in a demo farm, providing farmer participants both lectures and hands-on workshops on how to sustainably plant corn.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Monsanto Philippines launched this month a nationwide farmer training program, dubbed SMART Farm, meant to teach smallholder corn growers across the country best farm management practices and the latest corn planting technologies. In its first year, the program targets to reach out to over 20,000 farmers in different corn regions in the Philippines.

SMART Farm’s Center Of Excellence Lead John Fajardo said that smallholder farmers, who make up around 80 per cent of all farmers in the country, are often challenged with rural isolation and limited agronomic know-how, which limit their potential for increased productivity and profitability.

“The growing conditions of our farms are becoming more unpredictable, requiring farmers today to not only have high-quality seeds and tools, but also good management practices in order to produce more. SMART Farm was especially developed to help our farmers maximize the potential of their crops by offering agronomic insights, practices and technical support to get the most out of their land,” Fajardo shared.

SMART Farm provides comprehensive training – from corn planting to farm maintenance and harvest – for both beginners and advanced farmers. The program consists of a 2-3 day training in a demo farm, providing farmer participants both lectures and hands-on workshops on how to sustainably plant corn.

Monsanto Philippines established 16 demo farms across the country where trainings will be conducted each planting season. These demo farms also serve as a shop where farmers can buy high-yielding and disease-resistant corn seed products at competitive prices.

In implementing the training, SMART Farm taps the wide-ranging know-how of the leading regional and local specialists of Monsanto, including agronomists, plant pathologists, and weed scientists, who offer farmers a holistic understanding on how corn should be planted effectively and maintained sustainably.

The training will be first conducted in Bugallon, Pangasinan. It will be followed by a series of trainings in other corn growing regions such as Tarlac, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Sur, Capiz and Iloilo.

Monsanto’s Corporate Engagement Lead Charina Garrido-Ocampo believes that supporting farmers also translates to the growth of the local agriculture sector. “For almost 50 years, Monsanto has been supporting local agriculture by bringing a broad range of solutions to our farmers. Through this program, we aim to further sustain the productivity of the sector and improve the profitability of the livelihoods of our smallholder farmers,” said Ocampo. TN/MonPhil

DAR turns-over police outpost


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DAR Secretary John Castriciones (in white barong) and Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of the police outpost. Also in photo: Police Superintendents Carlito Moleta and Rizaldo Nieves, DAR Undersecretary Bernie Cruz and DAR Administrative Director Rene Colocar.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—A police outpost was turned over yesterday by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to keep commuters and passers-by in front of the department, along elliptical road, safe from street crimes.

 

DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the police outpost will be open 24-hours everyday and will be manned by two police officers from the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD).

 

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DAR Secretary John Castriciones during his speech after the ribbon cutting of the newly installed police outpost.

 

“This police outpost was built to safeguard not only the government employees in the area of elliptical road, but also to protect the commuters and residents who get their transportation in front of the DAR,” Castriciones said.

 

Police Carlito Moleta who received the police outpost from DAR said the Elliptical road area, is not only prone to accidents, but also a hot-spot for street crimes especially at night.

 

“Hold-ups, wallet and bag snatching by thieves are common in this area. Accidents too. With this police outpost, we could readily respond to accidents and reduce, if not avert street crimes right away,” Nieves said.

 

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(From L-R) Police Superintendent Carlito Moleta, QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Police Superintendent Rizaldo Nieves, DAR Secretary John Castriciones, DAR Undersecretary Bernie Cruz, DAR Administrative Director Rene Colocar, and DAR Public Assistance and Media Relations Director Leomides Villareal.

 

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte who graced the turn-over ceremony said the city government is always ready to help and support the DAR in ensuring the safety of the community. (Leonides Villareal, Public Assistance and Media Relations Service, Department of Agrarian Reform)

Kinaráy-a, kauna-unahang katutubong wikang pinagparangalan sa pasinaya ng Bantayog-Wika sa Lalawigang Antique


Pinasaniyaan ngayon ang Bantayog-Wika para sa wikang Kinaráy-a, isang pagpaparangalan sa mga katutubong wika ng Filipinas, sa Capitol Grounds ng Lalawigang Antique.

Ang Bantayog-Wika, na likha ng tanyag na eskultor na si Luis “Junyee” Jr., ay magkatuwang na inilantad sa madla ni Senador Loren B. Legarda, Gobernador ng Antique Rhodora J.Cadiao, at Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) at Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario.

Yari ang hubog-kawayang bantayog sa stainless steel at may taas na sampung talampakan. Nakaukit sa katawan nito ang baybaying bersiyon ng “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Bayan” ni Andres Bonifacio. Lumiliwanag din ang teksto para sa mga nais bumisita sa kinatatayuan nito sa plaza tuwing gabi.

Ang wikang Kinaray-a, batay sa mga saliksik, ay sa pinakamatandang wika sa isla Panay. Ayon sa estadistika, higit 500,000 ang nagsasalita nito at ginagamit sa Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, at Palawan.

Mababása ang karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa wikang Kinaráy-a sa marker na kapuwa mayroon sa wikang Kinaray-a at Filipino.

Inaasahan ang pagtatayo ng iba’t ibang Bantayog-Wika sa Filipinas na mayroong 130 katutubong wika at itinuturing na di-nasasalat na pamanang pangkultura o intangible cultural heritage. Itinataguyod ito ng Tanggapan ni Senador Loren B. Legarda at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.  (Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino)

THIRTY MONSANTO-GK SCHOLARS SOON TO GRADUATE


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Four Monsanto-SEED Scholars proudly showcase their respective enterprises after sharing their inspiring stories and expressing their gratitude to Gawad Kalinga and Monsanto Philippines.

 

Thirty scholars which Monsanto sponsored to Gawad Kalinga’s School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development (GK-SEED) are set to finish their two-year program this June.

The scholars expressed their gratitude during a recent media visit at the school in Angat, Bulacan. The students shared their inspiring journey and paid tribute to Gawad Kalinga and Monsanto for making a positive difference in their lives.

Established in 2014, SEED Philippines offers an education-based solution to rural development. “It is the first school to be training people from the bottom of the pyramid, specifically the young to actually learn business. We don’t teach the poor employment, we teach them to become employers,” said Mark Lawrence Cruz, Director of GK-SEED Philippines. “The students undergo an intensive two-year program wherein they take a variety of courses that focus on character development, enterprise management, communications, business math, and agriculture,” Cruz explained.

Gladys Parohinog, one of the first batch of scholars from Butuan grew up supporting her own studies while working for her family. She came from a farmer’s family who do not have a permanent house in Cotabato City. “Gawad Kalinga did not only gave us a house but they also helped us build our capabilities,” Gladys expressed. She is now developing her own enterprise named Fabu-roots, showcasing products made from root crops.

John Paul Jose, a 22-year-old who belong to a tribal community in Nueva Vizcaya also shared how the scholarship changed his perceptions in life. “I was conditioned at a young age that when you belong to a tribal community and you came from the bottom of the pyramid, you will not contribute anything good to the society–you are not capable of doing something great. It was like a line was drawn for the poor. But when I found SEED, they did not just allow me to cross that line, but they allowed me to define my own line,” he underscored. On June, John Paul will be graduating as one of the top social entrepreneurs of his batch. He is currently expanding his enterprise called Oasis Chips, promoting the production of world-class indigenous root-crop products.

“On behalf of our batch and the SEED scholars, we are honoring Monsanto for giving us this kind of opportunity. You made us realize that we have the right to dream big, we have the right to be rich, and we have the right to be part of a world with possibilities. Because of your generosity, we have built 15 enterprises in our batch. You have empowered us, and we will empower the community before us. Thank you for believing in us,” imparted Jose.

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Monsanto-Gawad Kalinga SEED scholars pose with GK-SEED Director, Mark Lawrence Cruz (far left), Monsanto’s Corporate Engagement Lead, Charina Garrido-Ocampo (center), and Monsanto’s CE Officer, Paulyne Nathalie Ordillo (far right).

 

Meanwhile, Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Lead, Charina Garrido-Ocampo, said “our partnership with Gawad Kalinga has been on-going for more than four years now. It’s a long-standing partnership–we started with Bayan-Anihan Farms in North Luzon and Mindanao, then moved to building Monsanto Village in IloIlo, and now sponsoring 30 scholars and building a two-storey dormitory here in Bulacan. We really hope that we can continue this partnership, as we support a unique strategy towards ending poverty and achieving food self-sufficiency.”

In his closing remarks, Director Cruz thanked Monsanto for the support given to the 30 scholars. Cruz said “I tell the scholars that they don’t need to be born with a good name to be able to get good opportunities. They may have been born poor, but they will not die poor. That if you give them the right opportunities, they will grab it and make it worth our while.” ### (MonPhil/TN)