New Planting Technology

By Onad Munalem 

At least 36 rice farmers of barangay San Roque, Talibon recently received their certificates of completion during the closing program of their Palay Check Farmers Field School conducted at the barangay's public stage.

      The seminar was designed to update help farmers of the new technology on tilling rice to increase yield to help uplift their living condition and encourage farmers to adopt and apply organic farming.

      It is also done in consonance with the present program of the national government to fight difficulties that farmers face.

      The program started on December 3 last year and clinched on April 15 this year, and required farmers to attend the training and hands-on activities at the demo farm.

      Mayor Juanario Item initiated the program with the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), training arm of LGU-Talibon, facilitated the training headed by Rice Agricultural Technologist Ponciana Cruda, with the supported of its staff and Municipal Agricultural Officer Judith Garay.

      The gab focused on the eight areas of the topics like proper selection of variety and seeds, correct land preparation, crop establishment on synchronous crops planting, and sufficient number of healthy seedlings, nutrient management, water management, pasts and diseases management and harvest management.

      In the closing program, Rafael Crescencio led the opening prayer while Jocelyn Autentico led the singing of hymns.

      Barangay Captain Pascualla Puricallan welcomed the guests, visitors and the barangayfolk, while Felicula Avenido and Hermogenes Auxtero gave their respective impression on the training.

      Sangguniang Bayan Member Jose Wayne Evardo, chairperson of the SB Committee on Agriculture congratulated the graduates and extended his heartfelt gratitude to the farmers for attending the seminar.

      He pointed out that rice tillers in the town must be equipped with updated technology on rice production, because they are considered as the backbone of the economy.

      He clinched his talk with an appeal to the graduates to share their newly-acquired knowledge with other rice farmers.

      Talibon Vice-Mayor Restituto Auxtero, who represented the mayor, lauded the farmers for their support and cooperation to all the undertakings of the LGU and encouraged all farmers in Talibon to attend capability-building activities that the local government shall undertake.

      Cruda presented the candidates for graduation to Dr. Carolyn May Daquio, center director of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) office in Region 7.

      In her message, Dr. Daquio happily congratulated the farmers, the LGU-Talibon and the responsible barangay and municipal officials who exerted efforts in supporting all projects of the government.

      She pointed out that education is an investment and that farmers play a vital role in the nation's development and progress.

Poverty is a cause of malnutrition

Poverty is a cause of malnutrition.

  This, among others, was the finding of the Inabanga Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) that pre-evaluated the town's 50 barangays preparatory to the Provincial Nutrition Committee monitoring visit scheduled on June 3.

  Halfway into its rounds now, the evaluators led by Municipal Health Officer Mae Lilibeth Melicor and composed of personnel from concerned departments and line agencies made Lapacan Sur their 26th barangay destination.

  Critiquing the data presented by the barangay, the team discovered that from one malnourished child case, the number turned three last year of which only two children gained normal weight later. This year, four children have below normal weight.

  The team discovered that apparently, the malnutrition cases were caused by lack of nutritious food. More often than not, this is aggravated by poor sanitation because the low family income can ill-afford toilets or build proper drainage. They do not practice proper garbage disposal either that in turn causes diseases and parasitism in the children.

  The team recommended the planting of vegetables and root crops in the backyard. The nutritious and fresh food can nurse undernourished children back to health, raising their immunity levels. This means they will spend for medicine less, thereby staving off financial difficulties.

  The evaluators vowed to conduct home visits to ensure that the beneficiaries have planted the vegetable seeds they distributed.

  At the same time, the parents of undernourished children are also encouraged to attend the pabasa sa nutrisyon and Parents Effectiveness Seminar (PES) to enrich their own knowledge in rearing growing children.

  Barangay Captain Elias Bautista thanked the group for pointing out their lapses.

  "The team's comments and suggestions will be our benchmark to improve our documentation and in implementing interventions and solutions to solve the present nutrition problem in our community", he said in Cebuano.

Senior Citizens in Makati

By GREGORIO A. TAVERA 

On a trip dubbed as "Lakbay-Saya", some members of Makati Senior Citizens Association (MSCA) dropped by Jagna on April 16 from their tour in Talibon and Ubay.

      From Jagna, they proceeded to Carmen, then Tagbilaran City.

      In Jagna, Mayor Exuperio Lloren hosted the visitors in a half-day interaction.

      Jagnaanons and officials of the Department of the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Jagna Federated Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) and Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) joined the mayor in welcoming the visitors led by Makati City Administrator Emmanuel Villafuerte and Justiniano Iglesia of Viejo Progress led the group. Maribel Lumang special coordinator of the Makati group gave her lecture together with Villafuerte.

      DSWD Officer-in-charge Marcionila Reyes, president of FSCAP-Jagna and OSCA head learned about the trip through a communication that the visitors sent weeks earlier.

      The Makati senior citizens group is affiliated with the Makati Senior Citizens Council (MSCC).

      Through the "Lakbay-Saya", the senior citizens intends to meet people, share experiences and learn about the customs and traditions of the localities they visit.

      The group wants to visit places rich with historical, cultural and recreational values like Bohol.  

Children Games in Tagbilaran Bohol

By Fred C. Fuertes 

THE 145-strong Tagbilaran Team emerged over-all champion in the Bohol Community Children's Games 2009, the first in Bohol, held in three venues- -Tagbilaran City, Maribojoc and Loboc.

      Tagbilaran excelled in athletics, basketball, football, badminton, tennis, chess and taekwondo.

      Table tennis matches were played in singles for boys, singles for girls, doubles for boys, doubles for girls, and mixed doubles.

      Over-all first runner-up, Maribojoc, clinched the championship in sipa, volleyball for boys and volleyball for girls and placed second in basketball, chess, football and taekwondo.

      Second runner-up, Loay, grabbed the championship in badminton-doubles for boys and badminton-doubles for girls and settled for second place in volleyball for boys and athletics.

      Division Physical Education Supervisor Cirilo Calatrava and Dr. Clemen Jala awarded the trophies to the winners during the closing and awarding ceremonies in the afternoon of April 18.

      Philippine Sports Commission sponsored the two-day sportsfest.

      PSC Commissioner Fr. Vicente Uy from Tagbilaran graced the opening program and took charge of declaring opening of the event.  

Lakbay-aral in Talibon Bohol

By Onad Munalem 

    Call it coincidence as itineraries of their respectice Lakbay-Aray brought the groups from Makati and Iloilo City together in Talibon- -a common destination they never planned.

      The Makati group comprised of senior citizens, while the Iloilo group comprised of city officials, employees and NGO members.

      The Makati delegation, headed by Emmanuel Villafuerte- -consultant to the city administrator, came earlier in the morning and paid a courtesy call to Mayor Jaunario Item.

      Item, Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) head Dr. Apolonio Redulla, and officials of Federated Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) of Talibon welcomed the visitors.

      Item led the visitors to the President Carlos P. Garcia Memorial Session Hall where he gave a Power Point presentation on the updates of the town's projects, before proceeding to the town's interpretive center, the only one of its kind managed by a local government unit.

      Rachelle Savedra briefed the visitors about the display at the gallery like the 3D map that features the Danajon Bank, the only double barrier reef in Asia found in Central Visayas region.

      The Diorama shows the different kinds of illegal fishing paraphernalias and the kind of social activities that greatly affected the fishing ground at the bank.

      When the Makati group was about to leave, the Iloilo delegation arrived.

      They were also welcomed and entertained by the LCR's office where they told Item that they came to see the good practices of the LGU in the implementation of the Coastal Resource Management, Solid Waste Management and the Forest and Forestland Management.