24 Feb 2012

Dumalag FITS Center personnel named RP's top rice achievers

By Niño S. Manaog
University Extension Associate
Capiz State University

“Bawat butil ng palay ay buhay; butil na tutugon sa suliranin ng kagutuman ng bayan.”

This statement formed part of the Panata para sa Higit na Masaganang Ani or the Pledge for Food Self Sufficiency and Increased Food Production read by Ms. Teresita Badilla, technology services specialist; and Mr. Bernie Protacio, information services specialist (ISS) of the Dumalag Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center.

Both employees were awarded Outstanding Rice Achievers or Bosing ng Palayan for the province of Capiz by the Department of Agriculture (DA) during the 2011 Rice Achievers’ Awards: Mga Bosing ng Palayan held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on February 10, 2012.

No less than Agriculture Sec. Proceso J. Alcala led the awarding rites for the top performing 10 provinces, 50 municipalities and cities and 157 agricultural extension workers (AEWs) across the country. The AEWs were trimmed down to this figure out of 500 potential awardees.

ISS Bernie Protacio and TSS Teresita Badilla
(first and second from left) share their towering achievements
with fellow winners Mayor Lilia Castro
(second from right) and Dumalag FITS Center Manager
Ronelyn De Tomas (far right) at the PICC in Manila.
Badilla and Protacio were awarded sash and trophies of recognition, while the municipality of Dumalag represented by Mayor Lilia Castro and Municipal Agriculturist Ronelyn De Tomas was also conferred the same award, the only one among 16 municipalities in the province of Capiz.

Both AEWS were given Php20,000 checks; while the municipality will be given one million pesos in the form of projects to be implemented through the local government of Dumalag. The prize will be intended to boost rice production and depending on the proposal of the recipient municipality. According to FITS Manager Ronelyn De Tomas, the Dumalag LGU proposed for the provision of service vehicles for the use of their agriculture and other related services.

According to Manager De Tomas, Dumalag FITS Center satisfactorily passed the required criteria for evaluation, which included Number of farmer beneficiaries; manpower deployed to the rice program Agriculture and fishery profile; Rice Self-Sufficiency (RSSP) Road Map; rice production data; increase in rice yield; increase in rice production area; and budget allocation by the LGU. Since 2006, Dumalag FITS Center has been transparent in its records and agricultural data have been made accessible. The FITS Center likewise also acknowledged that the initiatives particularly for rice production have been funded by the local government unit.

First time to be launched this year, the 2011 Agri Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards aims to highlight the contribution of top performing provinces, cities, municipalities and AEWs as important stakeholders in achieving rice self-sufficiency by increasing palay production. The awards were given to sustain awareness, solicit support and encourage the commitment of LGUs to the DA’s Rice Self-Sufficiency Program (RSSP).

rice inquiry
Farmer Amparo Fran (far right) consults ISS Bernie Protacio (far left) on how to control  planthopper (waya-waya) infesting her rice during the Bantay Peste Volunteer Brigade Training in June 2011 in Duran, Dumalag, Capiz. Protacio’s hands-on approach to help farmers address their concerns encouraged Dumalag farmers to fully engage in rice production.
According to TSS Badilla, Dumalag recorded a notable increase in rice production through their widespread promotion of hybrid rice. After introducing hybrid rice in 2002, the Dumalag FITS Center continued its promotion until October, when they led the so-called Compact Demo Farm on some 60 hectares of rice in barangay Duran, Dumalag, Capiz. Their initiative benefited some 78 farmers in the locality, with average highest yield at 9.5 metric tons per hectare and 190 cavans per hectare. To ascertain its adaptability, Badilla and Protacio led the second cropping benefiting 95 farmers spread across 87 hectares in the same barangay. The average highest yield was 10.75 metric tons per hectare and 233 cavans per hectare.

From July to October 2011, 45-year-old Jimmy Febrada recorded an average of 176 bags per hectare planted to NSIC Rc 210H or Mestizo 23; while 44-year-old Glicerio Febrada harvested 173 bags of NSIC Rc 124H, otherwise known as Mestizo 6, or Bigante for the same cropping.

According to ISS Protacio, one Jimmy Febrada discovered the goodness of hybrid rice by accident. At first, he was not convinced of its quality and high yield. But when he used the leftover seeds of neighbor farmer Amelita Panes for the first cropping this year, the three bags of Mestizo 8 or TEJ yielded a total of 176 cavans, a far cry from the usual 29 cavans of inbred variety he used in the same area. Based on Dumalag FITS Center’s records, the average yield of the farmers planting hybrid rice is normally high, while inbred rice normally posts lower figures than the hybrid counterparts in the same areas.

Meanwhile, 45-year old Billy Fruponga of barangay Duran who has been planting the Bigante variety for four years. For the last cropping season, Fruponga yielded some 140 cavans from the 10 kilograms of rice seeds he planted in one hectare, as compared to the 30-sack yield of the 212 variety he yields from direct seeding. 

TSS Badilla reported that farmers have been taught the conventional practices in farming in growing hybrid varieties, from cultivation to land preparation to weeding to farm maintenance. Badilla said that the high average yield of the hybrid rice in Dumalag, particularly Bigante, is attributed to its compatibility with the soil of the municipality.

More recently, the Dumalag FITS Center led the conduct of hybrid rice production across the 33 hectares in barangay San Rafael in January 2011, which benefited 49 farmers. This yielded average of 7.7 metric tons per hectare, adding to 176 cavans per hectare.

Since 2009, Dumalag FITS Center has promoted hybrid rice production to the 19 barangays of the municipality. They promoted it through rice field days, farm demos, harvest festivals and similar other events which encouraged farmers to appreciate the advantages of growing hybrid rice in their production.

Technology Services Specialist Teresita Badilla (seated) 
 facilitates the distribution of urea fertilizer to farmers 
in January 2012. This assistance by the Department of Agriculture 
is expected to boost their rice production this year.
According to Protacio, while their efforts must have influenced most farmers in their locality, they cannot give the exact number of rice farmers engaged in this production because hybrid rice seeds are highly accessible anywhere. For them, it is enough that some 5,000 farmers registered in their municipality have been virtually made aware of the benefits of hybrid rice production.

Forty-two-year-old Amparo Fran of barangay Duran, who has been engaged in hybrid rice farming since 2008, noted that except for one case of planthopper infestation in 2010, her hybrid rice yield is usually twice the yield of inbred rice in every cropping. “Pirmi daku nga ganansya kon hybrid rice ang ginatanom ko (There is always profit if I grow hybrid rice.).” Fran also said that their lives have improved owing to hybrid rice production.

These testimonies attest that Dumalag FITS Center excelled in their efforts to raise the level of rice sufficiency in their locality, which best qualified them for the said awards. And to sustain this award-winning and worthy undertaking, they have built Hybrid Rice Demo Farm in areas owned by two farmer cooperators in barangays Sta. Carmen and Sto. Rosario, which also serve as laboratories for the Farmers’ Field School (FFS) led by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). 

According to Protacio, Dumalag FITS Center will host a Hybrid Rice Farm Tour sometime in April and this will feature standing crops and yield for showcase to the farmers and the community.

17 Feb 2012

Lending Hands to People, Enriching their Communities

The 2011 Accomplishments Highlights of the Capiz State University (CapSU) Techno Gabay Team

By Eduardo Navarra, Team Leader and Niño Manaog, University Extension Associate; with reports from FITS Centers based in Dao, Dumalag, Ivisan, Jamindan, OPA Roxas, Panay, President Roxas, all of Capiz

The Techno Gabay (TG) of the Capiz State University has been very busy in 2011, conducting activities and helping implement programs that benefit the farmers and other clients, while being able to coordinate with fellow stakeholders and partners. The year’s accomplishments consisted of numerous skills and livelihood trainings, documentation assistance to varied groups, attendance in capability building initiatives and coordination activities and representations.

Representation and Coordination Activities
For the period in review, Techno Gabay Team Leader Eduardo Navarra represented CapSU as partner member agency and initiated various coordination activities. On January 21, Techno Gabay Team Leader Eduardo Navarra met with the managers of the seven FITS Centers including the newly established in 2010. At the OPA Capiz FITS Center in Roxas City, Navarra, along with Regional Techno Gabay (RTG) Coordinator Anna Mae Relingo, briefed the participants on the Techno Pinoy program of WESVARRDEC and PCAARRD. The PMA issued PCAARRD materials to FITS Centers.

Then on separate dates in February, Navarra visited and monitored the FITS Centers in his jurisdiction, particularly the Dumalag FITS Center and the Dao FITS Center. In various instances, and through text messages or mobile phone calls made with the FITS managers or personnel, Navarra updated and followed up their activities.

Then on March 23, CapSU again met with the FITS Center managers and personnel at the Dumalag FITS Center, Poblacion, Dumalag, Capiz. Six managers attended and some of them were joined by their Information Service Specialists or Technology Service Specialists (TSS). In Dumalag, Navarra stressed that the FITS centers’ personnel must make use of their logbook to record all activities being done in their offices and stations. Navarra said that these will be the basis of collating and consolidating their accomplishment report at the end of each year. Participants were also briefed on the details on WESVARRDEC’s upcoming Techno Gabay Summit and Technomart to be held in Iloilo City in May. In turn, the FITS managers updated the PMA on their plans, projects and activities.

In April, TG Team Leader Eduardo Navarra again led FITS Centers Visits and Monitoring, particularly Dao FITS Center where the organic agriculture promotion was widely bannered. The TG team also made coordination with all its FITS Centers for the first Regional Techno Gabay Summit and  Technomart of WESVARRDEC. To facilitate the FITS Centers participation in the summit, TG TL Eduardo Navarra asked the managers to prepare their commodities for exhibit at the summit while University Extension Associate Nino Manaog prepared the tarpaulins for display. Then, to prepare for the Regional Techno Gabay Summit and Technomart Meeting, Eduardo Navarra and Nino Manaog met with the WESVARRDEC RTG at the UP Visayas Kitchenette, Iloilo City. In the same day, Navarra joined the Public Consultative Meeting on the Selection of Nominees for National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) at the Hotel in Reclamation Area, Bacolod City. Taking part in this consultation served as exposure for the said personnel to collaborate with the national organic groups such as NOAB.

On May 25–26, the CapSU team joined fellow PMAs from the region to stage the first ever Regional Techno Gabay Summit and Technomart of the Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC) at the Amigo Plaza Mall, Iznart St. in Iloilo City. Led by Dr. Raul Ticar, and featuring the products of all seven FITS Centers from the province of Capiz, CapSU brought FITS Centers sample products and focus commodities including coco shell products, vermicast, abaca and engineered bamboo materials. Then, the Dumalag FITS Center was conferred the Best FITS Center Award for the region in 2011.

Based on the citation, FITS Dumalag scored high in organization and management, delivery of FITS Center Services, maintenance of minimum requirements, and resource generation and linkages, four criteria announced by WESVARRDEC.

Led by FITS Manager Ronelyn De Tomas, the Dumalag FITS Center—joined by its personnel including Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Randy Fancubila and CapSU TG Team Leader Eduardo Navarra—received a plaque of recognition and cash prize from UP Visayas Chancellor Minda Formacion, chair of the Regional Research and Development Coordinating Committee (RRDCC), WESVARRDEC Director Joseph Edward Idemne and Dr. Arturo Argañosa, officer-in-charge of Technology Outreach Promotion Division (TOPD) of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources  Research and Development (PCAARRD).

According to its 2010 Annual Report, the proactive leadership of Dumalag FITS Manager Ronelyn de Tomas fully supported by the staff and the dynamic involvement of MS Randy Fancubila helped provide varied technical and agricultural services to some 3,500 farmers for the past year.

Since October 2010, the activities of the Capiz State University (CapSU) Extension Institute have also been featured on thecapsumonitor.blogspot.com, a web log mechanism started by University Extension Associate Nino Manaog. Since its inception, the blogsite has been promoting the activities of the Research, Development and Extension Center (RDEC) of the University.

In early 2010, articles about the TG efforts published on this website caught the attention of Marissa Tuazon, coordinator for Western Visayas  of Pakisama, or Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Masasaka based in Mambusao, Capiz to partner with CapSU. Tuazon eventually met with Mr. Navarra and brought the Mambusao farmers groups representing four barangays. Pakisama requested Navarra’s technical assistance on organic farming practices, while Manaog agreed to assist them in documenting their actvities. In April, Manaog joined the Pakisama’s study tour of muscovado processing plants in Antique and had a feature story published on Panay News.

On July 14, 2011, the two groups facilitated the meeting of President Magallanes and Pakisama Operations Manager Felix Zamar at the President’s Office in CapSU Central in Roxas City. The meeting allowed for the two key officials to work on future partnerships for their target clienteles.

In the succeeding months, TG TL Eduardo Navarra continued the visits to FITS centers and also attended important WESVARRDEC meetings. On September 6, CapSU also attended the 3rd Quarter Meeting Techno Gabay Group, West Visayas State University, Iloilo City. On September 16, CapSU joined the Dao FITS Center personnel and Dao LGU officials as they launched the Dao Farmers Day Celebration in Poblacion, Dao, Capiz.

During the program, Navarra introduced MS Ramon Peñalosa, Jr. of the OPA Negros Occidental FITS Center to the farmers, taking pride in the concerted efforts for the establishment of the said FITS Center. Navarra also facilitated the travel of RACG Coordinator Cora Navarra in her attendance to the WESVARRDEC meetings at the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic College in Estancia, Iloilo in September and at the Iloilo State College of Fisheries in Dingle, Iloilo in December.

Documentation Activities
Across the year, CapSU extended documentation assistance to several groups and partners for their reporting purposes. In March, the CapSU PMA Team led the Annual Report Writeshop for the Dumalag FITS Center and Jamindan FITS Center personnel at the Extension Institute in Poblacion, Mambusao, Capiz. Practically, the team assisted the FITS Centers in the actual writing of their Accomplishment Reports needed for the CapSU and WESVARRDEC reports.

In March, the TG Team led a visit to the farm of Igmedio Llamelo, Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) of Jamindan FITS Center in barangay Esperanza, Jamindan, Capiz. Manaog documented abaca nursery and propagation practices of MS Igmedio Llamelo of Jamindan FITS Center. The documented outputs were then used for CapSU's Annual Accomplishment Report.

In separate dates in April, the CapSU TG Team likewise helped the Dumalag FITS Center in the preparation and packaging of their documents needed in the WESVARRDEC's Search for Best FITS Center in 2011. University Extension Associate Nino Manaog worked with the Dumalag FITS Center personnel to consolidate and package all pertinent documents of the FITS Center for submission to the said regional selection.

In December, CapSU likewise covered the launching of the Bibal Integrated Farm and Tilapia Hatchery Training Center in barangay Magubilan, Panay, Capiz. The event was witnessed by Panay FITS Center personnel Director Larry Nacionales, LGU officials and Capiz local media. Along with other Capiz media, Manaog covered the launching event and featured former WESVARRDEC MS Rodolfo Bibal on Panay News.

Located in the middle of Bibal’s farm, the training center can accommodate some 200 persons at one time. The area also has a central view of the farm production where Bibal’s farming practices can be exhibited. In the near future, the center will also feature dormitory accommodations for farm tourists. Bibal is one of the proprietors of a sprawling 7.5 hectares of land where he grows rice and vegetables and raises tilapia and sizably profits from them. In these areas, Bibal practices intercropping, planting banana, ginger, alugbati, papaya, kalamansi, ampalaya, pepper, eggplant and string beans to maximize whatever area is left available.

Currently employing some 15 farmhands assigned to the fish ponds, vegetable plots and rice fields, Bibal’s integrated farm is one profitable venture. According to Juanito Hecita, Jr., manager of the Panay FITS Center, Mr. Rodolfo Bibal is likely to be identified as the official Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) for the FITS Center, once the selection for MS is in place.

On December 7–8, CapSU Extension Institute led by Dr. Raul Ticar joined the RTGP and RACG Joint 4th Quarter Meeting and Annual Report Writeshop in Aklan State University in Banga, Aklan.  There, Eduardo Navarra was joined by Bernie Protacio, information services specialist of Dumalag FITS Center, Carlos Vipinosa, technology services specialist of Jamindan FITS Center and Susan Dordas, manager of Dao FITS Center. The team presented their TG annual accomplishment reports to WESVARRDEC and also collated FITS Centers’ annual report documents needed for the 2011 Annual Accomplishment Report.

Toward the end of the year, CapSU helped the President Roxas FITS Center and the Panay FITS Center in gathering, sorting, writing and packaging their 2011 Accomplishment Reports. Manaog also facilitated the publication of the same output on the CapSU website and Panay News. 

Agricultural and Technical Services
On April 25–29, under the Dao Organic Agriculture Program (DOAP), CapSU worked with the Dao FITS Center in the conduct of organic lecture sessions to some 120 farmers from barangays Quinabcaban, Ilas Sur, Agtangway and Quinayuya. 

In May, the concerted efforts for some 500 farmers coming from barangays Nasunugan, Centro, Daplas, Lacaron, Poblacion, Mapulang Bato, Bita, Aganan, Duyoc, Matagnop. Navarra helped the Dao FITS Center in conducting organic lecture sessions and also facilitated actual demonstration of indigenous microorganisms (IMOs) and fertilizers preparations.

Then, on June 28, Navarra led a training lecture on organic farming and vegetable production to some 20 farmers representing barangays Ondoy, Matnog, Sta. Cruz, Ilaya and Basiao, all of Ivisan town in Capiz. Held at the Ivisan FITS Center in Poblacion, Ivisan, Capiz, the livelihood training formed part of the two-day Vegetable Production and Post-Harvest Handling Training led by Municipal Agriculturist Letecia Andrada and Agricultural Technologist Giovannie Lawag. Among others, Navarra briefed the participants on the disadvantages of commercial modern farming and stressed on the advantages of organic farming, stressing on how to best equip and protect the soil for quality production.

On July 14, 2011, Training Coordinator Navarra and University Extension Associate Manaog joined the Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (Pakisama) to conduct a livelihood skills training on organic farming and natural farming practices to some 20 farmers of Pinay, Mambusao, Capiz at the Pinay Barangay Hall in Pinay, Mambusao, Capiz. Ms. Marissa Tuazon, Pakisama’s provincial coordinator for Capiz, along with Mr. Navarra, led the members of the Pinay Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (PFMPC) in preparing IMO concoctions which can be used as foliar fertilizers for their farms. Pinay Barangay Captain Bernardo Ponce and PFMPC President Reynaldo Cerelo also assisted their group in making the concoctions. Working in groups, the farmers sourced the locally available materials from the barangay and took part in preparing Fermented Plant Juice, Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ), Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) and Fish Amino Acid (FAA).

Since January 2010, CapSU has been extending its consultancy services to Tumalalud National High School students on vermiculture. Eduardo Navarra coordinated with Loreli Legada, research adviser of the Mambusao National High School in Tumalalud, Mambusao, Capiz on the conduct of her students’ research on producing vermicast. Navarra facilitated the preparation and production of vermiculture for students’ learning. Three seniors undertook the project which later won a regional award in a research competition sponsored by the Department of Education Region 6 in December.

In the first Regional Science and Technology Fair sponsored by the Regional Office of the Department of Education (DepEd) on October 15–16, 2011 in Iloilo City, the study titled “Growth of African Nightcrawlers and the Macronutrient Content and pH of Their Vermicompost Using Various Substrates” undertaken by Jayson Gula, Irene Francisco and Mark Stephen Guion, was named the Best Presenter Award and won First Place in the Cluster 2-SSC, Type B, Life Science Team Category. The award-winning study won over eight entries from across Western Visayas. The young researchers were assisted by Ms. Loreli Legada, Research Adviser and Mr. Rolando Ricardo, Jr., school principal.

To empower farmers by way of advocacy—this was the essence of the assistance extended by selected personnel of the Capiz State University (CapSU) during the Advocacy Training and Planning Workshop led by the Plan International (Plan) in cooperation with the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) held on August 1–3, 2011 at the Lawaan Garden Inn in Lawaan, Roxas City. The workshop convened some 20 participants composed of agricultural technicians and members of three farmer’s organizations representing three towns of Capiz, namely: the Maayon Community-based Agricultural Development Organization (MCBADO); the United Men and Women for Agricultural and Fishery Development (UMWAD) Pilar; and the Pontevedra Fishers and Farmers Development Organization, Inc. (PFiFaDO).

The Plan International and PhilDHRRA officers were assisted by CapSU personnel including Engr. Corazon Ditarro and Engr. Marty Delfin of CapSU Pontevedra’s agricultural engineering department and University Extension Associate Manaog. And on August 25–26, CapSU joined the same farmers groups organized by Plan International and PHilDHRRA—MCBADO, UMWAD Pilar and PFiFaDO—in their study tour of vermicomposting sites in Panit-an and Panay, Capiz. There, Navarra lectured on organics and also promoted the FITS Center, WESVARRDEC & PCAARD.

On November 9, a Livelihood Training on Bangus Deboning was held in Quiajo Barangay Hall, President Roxas, Capiz. Through the efforts of the President Roxas FITS Center personnel, Navarra met with Mayor Raymund Locsin and the barangay officials and women’s groups and established contacts there.

On October 28, 2011, TSS Ulysses Bendicio of the President Roxas FITS Center led the coconut toddy sugar production in barangay Pondol of the said town. In coordination with TG Team Leader Navarra, the initiative benefited some 30 constituents of the barangay including housewives and farmers.

On November 15–16, 2011, the President Roxas FITS Center hosted a two-day training cum study tour on Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) in Poblacion, President Roxas, Capiz.

Some 25 upland farmers from the barangays of Goce, Manoling, Badiangon, Carmencita and Bayuyan took advantage of the expertise of Benito Labindao, Agriculturist II and Lilia Peñaranda, chief of the Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Center for Hillyland Development based in Malapad Cogon, Sigma, Capiz.

On November 21–23, Navarra promoted the FITS Center and the advocacies of WESVARRDEC to some 50 farmers and agricultural workers during the Farmers Field School-Palaycheck Agro Ecosystems Analysis (AESA) of the Panay FITS Center in Poblacion, Tico, Tanza Sur, all barangays of Panay, Capiz. The initiative was a collaboration of the Panay FITS Center personnel, PhilRice and agri-commercial company personnel.

On December 19, Navarra served as resource speaker during the Organic Agriculture lecture seminar sponsored by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Region 6 held at the Maribert Resort in Lantangan, Pontevedra, Capiz. In the seminar, ATI regional personnel and Capiz farmers were taught on vegetables diseases and organic farming. On December 21–22, Navarra also helped President Roxas FITS Center in their conduct of the Vegetable Production Seminar at the Maribert Resort, Lantangan, Pontevedra, Capiz. There, CapSU promoted the FITS Center modality and WESVARRDEC and also led the preparation of IMOs and foliar fertilizers with 25 farmers and teachers.

Capability Building Activities
On August 3–5, 2011, CapSU’s Eduardo Navarra joined the 9th National Vegetable Congress sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and the National Vegetable Growers Association of the Philippines at the Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City.

Navarra networked with the FITS Center personnel who also joined the congress and led the group to see the farm of Greenbase owned by Alex Amor. Besides joining the activities of the national agricultural program, Navarra’s exposure gave valuable insights on organic farming from various exposures to the commercially owned demo farms featuring their best practices. In turn, Navarra shares them to his subsequent audience farmers.

On October 4–8, 2011, Eduardo Navarra joined the 2011 Agri Link at the World Trade Center in Manila. To learn other best practices around the country and the world, Navarra maximized the opportunity by attending lectures such as the one on malunggay production and also sought to learn the new trends and updates in organic farming production. Besides collecting various IEC materials, particularly on organic farming practices, Navarra also networked with various agriculture and extension workers who joined the national agri fair.

6 Feb 2012

Pontevedra bikers group shares blessings to indigents

By Niño Manaog
University Extension Associate
Capiz State University (CapSU)

“A time of giving, a time of sharing.”

With some 40 members, CBAI makes the community feel the spirit
of sharing to the least of the community members.
This is what the members of the Caguyuman Bikers Association, Inc. (CBAI) had in mind when they launched “Give Love on Christmas Day! (A Gift Giving Program to Indigents)” on December 20, 2011 in the barangays of Pontevedra and Panit-an, Capiz.

CBAI is a group of bikers organized a few years ago with some 42 active members based in Bailan, Pontevedra, Capiz and neighboring towns of Capiz. Mr. Val Dangan, CBAI president, said that they want to share the blessings to the indigents to make them feel the spirit of giving even before the approach of the Christmas season.

Under the leadership of Dangan, the bikers group organized the activity through solicitation of funds from public officials and coordination with the local officials of the barangays of the recipients. They requested financial assistance from Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr.; Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras; and Remia Fuentes-Bartolome, Eduardo Magallanes, Roberto Ignacio, Jonathan Besa and  Zoe Maria Felipe Herrera, all Board Members of Capiz. They also sourced out from Mayor Esteban Jose Contreras and Vice-Mayor Nelson Oquendo, Jr. of Pontevedra and Vice-Mayor Generoso Derramas, Sr. of Panitan, all of the province of Capiz.

Val Dangan briefs the barangay folks
on the sources and motivations of their community service.

CBAI used the solicited funds to buy and package rice, canned goods and noodles and used clothing, which were all provided for the least fortunate of the said communities.

On the Gift-Giving Day, CBAI members rode their bikes and went around the town to share the blessings to 8 barangays in Pontevedra and one in Panitan, Capiz, benefiting some 280 families in all.

Supported by the local barangay officials, some 25 CBAI members and officers gave out the assistance to some 19 families in barangay Hipona, 20 families in Malag-it, 20 families in Solo, 15 families in Sublangon, 10 families in Guba, and 142 families in Bailan, all of Pontevedra, Capiz. They also distributed to 10 patients confined at the Bailan District Hospital in the same town and to 10 families in Enseñagan, 18 families in Agloway and 15 families in Cogon, all of Panitan, Capiz.

CBAI’s activity was well received by the members of the recipient community. Mr. Eliseo Dorado, barangay captain of Agloway, said that they made sure that the certified indigents were identified and given due assistance. Dorado said that the four sitios in his barangay were represented. For Dorado, CBAI’s initiative to help the indigent members of the community is more than enough to make them feel the spirit of Christmas.

Harold Cris Trinidad, CBAI vice-president, said that the activity held in its second year is better planned. They were satisfied because the goods were more than sufficient to their target number of recipients. Unlike the previous year, they were also able to reach out to a bigger number of recipients.

In all, Dangan considered the activity successful because of the good coordination efforts of the group with the barangay officials. Dangan also said that they will have to reach out to the identified beneficiaries.

For Dangan and his group, such activity is usual for their group because what they value most is service to the community. Despite the success of these service efforts, Dangan a vowed to organize better the same activity for next year. Dangan works as personal assistant for Dr. Editha Magallanes, president of the Capiz State University.

Organized a few years ago, Caguyuman Bikers Association, Inc. (CBAI)
is not just a leisure group. It also renders community service.

5 Feb 2012

CapSU Roxas school paper adviser named one of the region’s best

By Noedy D. Balasa
Editor-in-Chief, The Quest

Joaquin (right) receives the recognition
from PIA Director General Jose Fabia.
Hazel D. Joaquin, chairman of The Quest, the school publication of the Capiz State University (CapSU) Roxas City Campus, was awarded one of the Best Performing School Paper Advisers in Region 6 by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 6 in the awarding rites held Nov. 24, 2010 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel in Iloilo City.

“When I received the letter inviting me to join the contest, I hesitated to join but due to the persistent encouragement from the University Administration, my peers, and my The Quest staffers I took the courage and vied for the award,” said Joaquin.

In the award conferred by Atty. Jose Fabia, the Director-General of the PIA (see photo), during its College Press Conference and Awards (COPRE), Joaquin stood out as the only awardee from the Province of Capiz along with ten other awardees from the region.

“I was shocked to know that I was one of the awardees. I felt greatly honored and joyful as I ran up the stage to accept this award. I know that my effort for the continuance of our school paper is recognized. This award will not only be for me but for the entire University and especially for The Quest’s staffers so that they will be inspired to work as campus journalists.”

Ferlyn Martinez, managing editor of The Quest, has this to say of Ms Joaquin. “She has been a very patient, hardworking and loving adviser to her student writers.” According to Martinez, Joaquin deserves the recognition because “she has never surrendered on us and has always persevered in the publication despite our tardy submission of articles and the pressures of deadlines.”

Under Joaquin's advisership, The Quest also garnered first place in Best Newsletter. Joaquin has been serving as publication chairman of The Quest for three years.

Joaquin (second from left) is joined by her staff of The Quest,
award-winning student newspaper.

Joaquin (far right) joins the other outstanding school paper advisers
from across Western Visayas.

3 Feb 2012

400 farmers given urea fertilizers by Dumalag FITS Center

The Dumalag Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center awarded bags of urea to their farmers on January 31, 2012 at the Dumalag FITS Center in Poblacion, Dumalag, Capiz. Under its Rice Ratooning Program, the urea fertilizer is being given to some 400 farmers beneficiaries from the 19 barangays of Dumalag, Capiz. The recipients were rice farmers who were given either a half sack (25 kg) or one sack (50 kg) of Urea fertilizer to provide for the nitrogen requirement in their farms. According to Bernie Protacio, information services specialist of Dumalag FITS Center, the farmers are taught technologies in rice ratooning which they can use to maximize the opportunity given to them. No less than Mayor Lilia Castro of Dumalag personally led the distribution of urea fertilizer to the beneficiaries. The Dumalag FITS Center is composed of active agricultural workers including Ms. Ronelyn De Tomas, municipal agriculturist and manager; Ms. Teresita Badilla, technology services specialist and Mr. Bernie Protacio, information services specialist; and Gerlie Catalan, 4-H coordinator.