Rootcrop Farmers Organization reveals strategy to ensure market of their produce

The Baybay City Rootcrops Farmers Association agreed to contribute five hundred pesos (P500.00) each which will be used as capital in buying the produce of their members effective 2023. This was revealed by Rootcrops Production Coordinator Ms. Emylou Bengalan of the City Agriculture Office (CAO) to facilitate the immediate payment of the  farmers’ produce.

According to Bengalan, the organization has 56 members from Barangays San Juan, Maslug, Butigan, Ambacan, Bubon, Gacat, Sta. Cruz, Caridad, Hipusngo, and Guadalupe who are working on the total land area of 19 hectares but their actual production area ranges from 500 square meters to 1 1/2 hectares.

She added that the average production per hectare is 16.65 tons and that around 20% of their tubers are sold at the barangay, around 60% either at the organization’s stall or at Bagsakan Center (on Wednesdays and Saturdas), and the remaining 20% are sold at the Rootcrops Processing Center located at Barangay Cogon, Baybay City, Leyte.

At the Rootcrops Processing Center, tubers are processed into chips and rootcrops-blended ice cream. Just recently, the Baybay Delights Sweet Potato Baby Food and Milk Drink were launched in Barangay Caridad. According to the City Nutrition Action Officer Nurse Kristine Shayne Abarquez Castos, the said barangay needs the most assistance due to the number of under nourished children and pregnant women in their locality. These products are currently sold at the Pasalubong Center which is located near the processing center.

Ms. Bengalan added that the Baybay City Rootcrops Farmers Association, headed by its President Mr. Vicencio Vallente, meets every first Thursday of the month at the Rootcrops Processing Center to discuss matters related to their production and how the organization may help the City of Baybay, specially with regards to the provision of the needed raw materials now that the city have already launched the Baybay Delights Sweet Potato Baby Food and Milk Drink in support to its nutrition program.

On the other hand, Ms. Bengalan revealed that during their latest meeting, the City Agriculture Office (CAO) committed to pick up the tubers from their respective barangays, according the agreed schedule and volume of available tubers. This is to help the farmers bring their produce to the the Baybay City Rootcrops Processing Center. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


SAG extractors needs to be provided with alternative livelihood

Currently, there are nineteen (19) sand and gravel extractors in Barangay Cogon, Baybay City, Leyte.  This was revealed by the Punong Barangay of Barangay Cogon, Hon. Teresita Saguinsin Pialago, during the meeting called by Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Conservation and the Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of the City of Baybay to discuss about the sand and gravel extraction at the Pagbanganan River.

She added that SAG extraction is their main source of income of the residents in Barangay Cogon and if the law against sand and gravel extraction will be strictly implemented, they need to have an alternative livelihood.

Punong Barangay Pialago revealed that way back 2016 the SAG extractors of Barangay Cogon and Zone 1 were organized by the city’s Civil Society Organization (CSO) Desk Marissa M. Cano to qualify for the Sustainable Livelihood Project (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Bottom’s up Budget (BUB) Program of the national government.

The CSO Desk even met the SAG extractors in Zone 1 in the evening just to encourage them to participate but most of them decided not to join the organization. Thus, the CSO Desk opened the membership to interested residents of Barangay Cogon which is now the Association of the Women and Men of Barangay Cogon for Sustainable Livelihood.

The organization availed of a HALF MILLION worth of SLP from DSWD where ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) was released to each of the 50 members of the organization, which they must pay back to the organization in one (1) year, without interest.  Sad to know, many of the SAG extractor members of the organization have not fully paid the amount to the organization until now.

The Association of the Women and Men of Barangay Cogon for Sustainable Livelihood is now lending the amount that they have collected to members and non-members in the barangay and this helped the residents a lot, especially during the time of the pandemic. The SAG extractors, on the other hand, continued to extract sand and gravel along the Pagbanganan River despite the constant reminder for them to stop from the Local Government Unit of Baybay and Punong Barangay Pialago.

After Typhoon Agaton, the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau Regional Office 8 (MGB Region 8) personnel inspected the bridges in the city and caught them in the act extracting sand and gravel. Hon. Pialago said that the MGB geologists reminded them that what they are doing is illegal and must be stopped immediately. But this reminder seemed to fall on deaf ears until Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Member, Hon. Carmen L. Cari herself was able to take a picture of the sacks of sand and gravel piled near the Duncaan Bridge. Thus, the call for the said meeting.

While in an interview with Forester John Jochiel M. Artajo, Law Enforcement In-Charge of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO), he said that they may be getting only few sand and gravel compared to those with quarrying permits but theirs a continuous extraction thus may have extracted even more SAG than them.

In a meeting with the SAG extractors, Forester Artajo revealed that they even said that they are helping the government so that the water on the Pagbanganan River will not overflow, as what they are doing is like dredging the river, but Forester Artajo explained that there are proper authorities who are mandated to dredge the river.

During the meeting of the Association of the Women and Men of Barangay Cogon for Sustainable Livelihood  on January 22, 2023, Punong Barangay Pialago said that she submitted the names of the SAG extractors to the presiding officer, Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto Butawan, for appropriate action.

The said meeting was attended by Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Members Hon. Filemon Avila, Hon. Jorge Rebucas, Hon. Carmen Cari, Hon. Romulo Alcala, Hon. Dr. Fulton Ike Arradaza, Hon. Dominic Junie Murillo, Liga ng mga Barangay President Hon. Philip Siu, Barangay Cogon Punong Barangay Hon. Teresita Pialago, Zone 1 Punong Barangay Mario Cellona, Anna Judessa Alfante and Junsith Sabelino from the 5th Leyte Engineering District-Department of Public Works and Highways (5th LED-DPWH), and For. Emmanuel Tan and For. Joan Joyce Canoy of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Community Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CENRO).  (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


City Agriculturist explains why farmers must insure their crops with PCIC

Sixty-three (63) farmers of the City of Baybay received indemnity checks from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) just lately. 2023).

These include farmers from Barangays Plaridel (3), Gabas (8), Marcos (5), Gaas (10), Kan-ipa (7), Kilim (7), Maganhan (1), Gacat (1), Sta. Cruz (7), Patag (3), Maybog (2), Caridad (1), Hilapnitan (1), Kansungka (2), Balao (1), Kabungaan (1), Butigan (2) and Kabalasan (1).

According to City Agriculturist Ms. Mora Capangpangan Abarquez, sixty-two (62) of them are rice farmers and only one (1) is a corn farmer. “They had their farms insured with the PCIC and when their farms were damaged by Typhoon Odette and Typhoon Agaton, they immediately reported the incident to the PCIC and the latter conducted validation of their farms thus they were given indemnity checks,“ explained Abarquez.

Ms. Abarquez added that indemnification is an agreement where your insurer helps cover loss, damage or liability incurred from a covered event. Indemnity is another way of saying your insurer pays for a loss, so you don’t have financial damages.

She added that, “The PCIC’s principal mandate is to provide insurance protection to farmers against losses arising from natural calamities, plant diseases, and pest infestations of their palay and corn crops as well as other crops.” Thus, she said that there is no reason why farmers would not insure their farms with PCIC because registration is free.

Ms. Abarquez also said that forms are available at the City Agriculture Office, Second Floor, New Baybay City Hall for those who are willing to have their crops and animals insured with PCIC.

It could be recalled that swine producers who had their pigs insured with PCIC also received indemnity checks because of the damages caused by African Swine Fever (ASF).

Crop insurance is a means of protecting the crops and animals against financial losses due to uncertainties that may arise from crop failures/losses arising from unforeseen threats and hazards that are beyond the control of the farmers.

Thus, according to Ms. Abarquez, “Risks in agriculture such as weather, biological, labor, and health are easily insurable. And because farmers face a lot of these risks, they may reduce the risk by insuring their crops and animals with the PCIC.” (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Construction of transitional houses by the IOM continues

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Dr. Manuel Icon P. Donaire, Mr. Bezaleel A. Sombilon, and Mr. Jesse dela Cruz of the City Social Welfare and Development Office(CSWDO) of Baybay City and Engr. Christine F. Armenta, Field Assistant Engineer of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted site visitation in Barangay Maganhan and Barangay Kambonggan on January 17, 2023.

This is to check the status of the construction of the IOM’s transitional shelters in the different barangays of the City of Baybay.

In an interview with CSWD Officer Donaire, it is revealed that 156 households from Barangay Kantagnos were rendered homeless by TS Agaton. The first 40 houses funded by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), which were completed by the joint efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Philippine National Police in Barangay Maganhan, have been turned over to the first 40 households on July 15, 2022.

He added that the construction of the second batch of 32 houses, also funded by the OCD, is still on-going also in Barangay Maganhan. While the IOM has already completed 56 transitional shelters (Maganhan = 56, Bubon = 2, Gaas = 1, Sitio Sto. Niño, Zone 1 = 2, & Kan-ipa = 5) for the survivors of Barangay Kantagnos, eight (8) are still on-going and 3 have not yet started, also in Barangay Maganhan. “The remaining 17 households either did not pass the validation of the IOM because they either lived outside of the Evacuation Center or has the capacity to construct their own house,” explained Donaire.

The residents of Barangay Mailhi (268 households) were also displaced by TS Agaton after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 8 declared the barangay as unsafe for habitation.  Thus, the Local Government Unit of Baybay constructed 40 permanent housing for the survivors in Barangay Higulo-an, while the IOM is currently constructing 155 transitional houses in Barangay Kambonggan for the residents of Barangay Mailhi.  The rest of the households (74) either lived outside of the Evacuation Center or has the capacity to construct their own house thus were not included in the beneficiaries of the transitional shelters being constructed by the IOM.

It could be recalled that the IOM also constructed 14 transitional shelters in Barangay Bunga and 29 in Barangay Maypatag and these shelters have already been turned over to the identified and qualified beneficiaries. Sixty-four transitional shelters in Barangay Villa Mag-aso have also been occupied by the TS Agaton survivors, while 30 units are still being constructed in the said barangay.

CSWD Officer Donaire lauded the IOM for their commitment to do the task on time, to the extent of not celebrating the Yuletide Season. The LGU of Baybay continuously renders support and assistance to these endeavors of OCD and IOM by providing whatever is needed, especially the purchase of lots where the shelters are constructed. “Baybayanons are truly indebted to the IOM for their unwavering support to the victims of Typhoon Agaton.” (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Construction of the PLFU Building starts this year

“The City Government has always been in support towards the objective of providing peace and order to our people and to the city and our partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP) is a solid manifestation towards that end,” says Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and the Leyte Provincial Forensic Unit (LPFU) Buildings on June 24, 2022.

During the said activity, Mayor Cari revealed that the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Baybay had just inaugurated and turned-over the management of the PNP Sub-station in the Poblacion to the Baybay City Police Station, headed by PLTCOL JOEMEN P COLLADO. He added that another PNP Sub-station located at the Visayas State University (VSU) will soon be completed and turned over also to the PNP.

Mayor Cari also said that, “The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), headed by Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto M. Butawan, had already allocated funds for the construction of the HPG and the LPFU Buildings and I was also authorized by the SP to sign a Deed of Conveyance or usufruct of the land to the PNP where these buildings will be constructed.”

It could also be recalled that while waiting for the PLFU Building to be constructed, they were allowed to utilize one (1) of the buildings at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) Complex as their temporary office starting July 1, 2022. To this, the Provincial Director of the Leyte Provincial Forensic Unit (LPFU) PMAJ DANTE N. JAVINAS JR. thanked the Baybay City LGU.

PMAJ JAVINAS also thanked Mayor Cari for the continuous support to the LPFU and because according to City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Patrick Postrero the construction of the PLFU Building will commence this year (2023).

However, PMAJ JAVINAS revealed that their manpower is currently depleted thus he humbly requested for the Mayor’s help so that even two (2) of the Detached Service (DS) Personnel from the Baybay City Police Station, who had been trained in forensic crime scene response, could be assigned back to the PLFU.

It could be recalled that during the shooting incident at Poblacion Zone 8 on December 18, 2022, only two (2) PLFU Personnel had responded and were augmented by the PNP personnel from the Baybay City Police Station and the City Traffic Management and Terminal Office (CTMTO) Personnel to preserve the crime scene. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


First in Region 8: Baybay Delights’ SP Baby Food and Milk Drink

Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari encouraged the farmers to plant sweet potato as an alternative crop when the price of copra was very low way back 2019.  He said that a farmer will earn more from growing sweet potato compared to coconut farming or rice farming. “If a farmer has 100 square meter land planted with sweet potato, he will harvest 350 kilos of sweet potato tubers which the City of Baybay will buy at P25.00per kilo, regardless of the sizeof the tubers, and he will have a total sale of P8,750,” explained Mayor Cari.

Then, the Rootcrops Processing Center was established at Barangay Cogon of this city to serve as a readily available market for the produce of the sweet potato farmers in the city. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) also gave the City of Baybay an Ice Cream Maker machine thus,  sweet potato-based ice cream are now sold at the Pasalubong Center.  They also produce sweet potato chips that are displayed at the Pasalubong Center and the VIP Lounge located inside the Baybay City Gym.

But since, despite the improved nutritional status of the children in the city, it cannot be denied that there are still a number of malnourished children in the city, Mayor Cari challenged the City Nutrition Action Officer Kristine Shayne Abarquez Castos and Rootcrops Processing Center Manager Dhebie M. Relente to make a baby food and a milk drink for lactating mothers using sweet potato and carabao’s milk as the main ingredients. “Our agricultural programs must be connected to our nutrition program to encourage our farmers to produce more,” added Mayor Cari.

Both took the challenge and on July 6, 2022, they facilitated the Sensory Testing of the baby food and the milk drink, during the launching of the Nutrition Month Celebration, and got positive response from the children who were fed with the sweet potato-based baby food, and positive comments from the lactating mothers who participated the Sensory Testing activity which was held at the Baybay City Gym.

Mayor Cari was pleased with the result of the Sensory Testing, of both the baby food and the milk drink, and ordered that these products will be used in the feeding program of the City stating 2023. In an interview with Mr. Relente she revealed that they are still processing the Rootcrops Processing Center’s Permit to Operate with the  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but the Baybay Delights’ Sweet Potato Baby Food and Milk Drink was launched today (January 18, 2023) at Barangay Caridad of this city. Ms. Castos revealed that Barangay Caridad was chosen as the pilot barangay for this project because they have the most number of pregnant women.

This launching was attended by City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari, Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Member Chair of the Committee on Health Dr. Fulton Ike Arradaza and SP Committee Chair on Agriculture Hon. Dr. Jose Bacusmo, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Leyte Provincial Director Dr. John Glenn D. Ocaña, National Nutrition Commission (NNC) VIII Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., SP Members Hon. Ramon Ronald Veloso and Hon. Dominic Junie Murillo, the members of the City Nutrition Committee, and the Barangay Cardidad Council headed by Hon. Teresita C. Casoy.

During the said activity, Ms. Castos presented the Nutritional Status of the City of Baybay in the last five (5) thus the City of Baybay was awarded the 2021 Green Banner Seal of Compliance during the 2022 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony dubbed as “Gawad Nutrisyon” held at the Oriental, Leyte on December 28, 2022.  But Mayor Cari said, “We can do more. The SP had provided funds to sustain this program thus and we will be expecting for results, specifically its impact to the nutritional status of the children and the nutritionally at risk pregnant women.”

During the said activity, Visayas State University’s Retired Professor Dr. Julie Diamante Tan discussed about the health benefits of rootcrops as superfood.  She said that sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, high in antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage and chronic disease, contain fiber and antioxidants, and are rich in beta carotene and anthocyanins, antioxidants that may help prevent vision loss and improve eye health. Thus, this will definitely boost the city’s nutrition program.

DOST Leyte Provincial Director Ocaña said that they are excited about this another very laudable project of the City of Baybay to eradicate malnutrition using a very cheap product (sweet potato) which is now introduced as a superfood.  Thus, he said that the DOST will provide the necessary technical assistance in the packaging and to extend the lifespan of the product so that mothers may keep them, even without refrigeration, and so that other Local Government Units (LGUs) may avail of this health service of the City of Baybay in the future.

NNC VIII Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Dotollo, on the other hand, extend his congratulations to the Baybay City LGU for garnering the Most Innovative Award by producing “Idol Ko Si Nanay” lectures in video, which facilitated the conduct of the Mother’s Class despite the pandemic. Encouraged also by the thoughts of Mayor Cari, Dr. Dotollo revealed that the NNC, through the Regional Nutrition Council, passed resolution No. 3, Series 2022 to use sweet potato as an alternative food for rice in Region 8. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Construction of additional housing units for TS Agaton Survivors from Barangay Mailhi

“There is a need for back-filing and additional personnel to fast track the construction of the temporary shelters for 155 survivor families of Barangay Mailhi.”  This was revealed by the National Coordination and Camp Manager (CCCM) Officer of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Ms. Maria Perpetua Bulawan, during her visit to the New Baybay City Hall to update Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari on the status of the project.

It could be recalled that 254 families in Barangay Mailhi were displaced by Typhoon Agaton after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Geologists declared Barangay Mailhi as unsafe for habitation.  The City of Baybay, thru Mayor Cari and the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) headed by Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto M. Butawan, approved TWENTY THREE MILLION PESOS (P23M) to construct 40 units of permanent housing for the said families. And because of the high cost of each housing unit, the Baybay City LGU, thru the leadership of Mayor Cari, is currently looking for funds or possible donors, for the construction of the additional permanent housing units.

This is where the International Organization for Migration (IOM) came into the picture.  They are now constructing 155 transitional shelter units for the TS Agaton survivors of Barangay Mailhi at Barangay Kambonggan of this city and according to Ms. Bulawan, they can fast track its construction given additional manpower. City Social Welfare and Development Officer Dr. Manuel Icon Donaire also revealed that there is a need for the back-filling of the said area.

CSWDO Donaire also explained that the IOM is only constructing 155 temporary shelters because the remaining 59 surviving families of Barangay Mailhi are now living outside of the Evacuation Center. He added that the City of Baybay leased the land where the said temporary shelters are being constructed, for two (2) years, with the hope that by that time, all the permanent housing units in Barangay Higulo-an will already be completed.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with 174 member states and a presence in over 100 countries. IOM has a presence in the Philippines since 1975. Here in the City of Baybay, aside from the construction of transitional shelters, the IOM also implemented Cash-for-Work which benefited the survivors of TS Agaton. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Consultation is the key towards development

“The Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod has no monopoly on the programs and projects to be implemented and how these must be implemented. You, being the implementers, can suggest whether to stop or continue its implementation, or to suggest other programs, provided these decisions are backed-up by figures.”

This was reiterated by Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari during the presentation of the 2022 Accomplishments by the City Agriculture Office, headed by Ms. Mora Abarquez, and the City Engineering Office, headed by Engr. Ranulfo Tagolgol.

Mayor Cari said that he wants to see the impact of the projects on the lives of the beneficiaries. He also wants to see if these programs and projects are not completed on time, and the reasons for the delay, and the proposed solutions.

It could be recalled that the Local Government unit of Baybay, through the City Agriculture Office, implemented several agriculture and fisheries programs to ensure food security in the City of Baybay. This will not only to improve the buying capacity of its populace, but also protect Baybayanons from the global food crisis. Mayor Cari clearly stated in his 2022 State of the City Address (SOCA) on June 16, 2022 that the farmers and the fisherfolks will be trained and provided with the inputs that they need in preparation for the food crisis in 2023, which according to economic experts, “The Food Crisis of 2023 is going to be far worse than most people would dare to imagine.”

The City of Baybay also included in its 2022 Annual Investment Program several infrastructure projects in the different barangays of the City of Baybay to facilitate economic development in the said barangays. All these programs and projects are a product of the consultations with its stakeholders, thus the need to step-up its implementation.

The presentation was attended  by Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto M. Butawan and Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Members Hon. Jorge Rebucas, Hon. Romulo Alcala, and Hon. Dominic Junie Murillo, City Administrator Atty. Florante Cayunda Jr., and the Department and Sections Head of the Local Government Unit of Baybay. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Tanan nga nagsalig sa lubi sa ilang kapanginabuhian, kinahanglan nga magparehistro sa NCFRS

Nagpadayon pa ang registration alang sa National Coconut Farmers Registration System (NCFRS) sa buhatan sa Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

Mao kini ang gitataw ni OIC Provincial Coconut Development Manager Danny “Daboy” Ramos sa PCA Northwestern Leyte and Biliran dili pa lamang dugay.

Kahinumdoman nga gipahigayon sa dakbayan sa Baybay ang Information Caravan on the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan (CFIDP) diin gitataw ni PCA Regional Manager III Joel O. Pilapil nga kadto lang mga narehistrong mag-uuma sa lubi ug mga trabahante sa kalubihan ang makabenepisyo sa mga programa ubos sa Republic Act 11524 o ang Coconut Farmers and Industry Fund Act.

Nunot niini, gi-awhag ni OIC Provincial Coconut Development Manager Ramos ang tanan nga mga katawhan nga nagsalig sa lubi sa ilang kapanginbuhi-an sa pagparehistro gilayon sa ilang buhatan. “Ang mga nanag-iya og 5 hectares nga kalubihan paubos, mga farmer laborer o farm worker, mga owner-tiller, bisan ang mga saop pwede basta giila sila sa mga tag-iya sa yuta nga ilang gisaopan, pwedeng magparehistro sa NCFRS, hasta ang mga sobra sa 5 hectares ang kalubihan, pwede gihapong mag-register sa NCFRS kay naa man ‘sab lain nga programa ang gobyerno para ilaha,” dugang pa ni Ramos.

Angayang masayran nga segun sa RA 11524, kinahanglan nga ma-finalize na sa PCA ang listahan sa tres milyones (3M) ka mga coconut farmers sa tibuok Pilipinas human sa noventa (90) ka adlaw, gikan sa effectivity sa maong balaod kaniadtong Marso 13, 2021, apan wala kini nila naapas gumikan sa pandemya. Busa, human gilunsad ang CFIDP dinhi sa dakbayan sa Baybay kaniadtong Septiyembre 28, 2022, subling nag-awhag ang PCA sa pagparehistro sa mga coconut farmers aron makapahimulos gayud sila sa mga programa nga gilatid sa gobyerno alang kanila.

Gibutyag ni Ramos nga 404,000 ka mga coconut farmers ang kinahanglan nga marehistro sa Region 8 samtang, segun sa ilang gipahigayon nga NCFRS Registration sa tuig 2018, gibutyag ni Ramos nga mikabat sa 5,913 ang nakaparahistro nga mga coconut farmers sa dakbayan sa Baybay didto sa ilang buhatan. Nunot niini, dungan sa updating sa listahan ug sa registration sa mga bag-ong mga coconut farmers, 6,800 ka mga coconut farmers ang ilang target nga marehistro sa dakbayan sa Baybay.

Gibutyag ni Ramos nga miadto na sila sa mga barangay aron magpahigayon og Registration Orientation apan daghan ang mga registration forms nga wala na nahibalik sa ilang buhatan.

Nunot niini, gibutyag ni Ramos nga sigurado lang nga nahilakip sa NCFRS ang usa ka coconut farmer kon nakadawat na siya sa iyang Enrolment Client’s Copy diin makita ang iyang Reference/Control Number. “So, bisan pakon naka-fill up na mo sa form sa una pa pero wala mo makadawat sa enrollment client’s copy, nagpasabot kana nga wala pa mo marehistro sa NCFRS ug dili gihapon kamo mo-qualify sa mga programa ubos sa CFIDP,” dugang pa ni Ramos.

Busa, gi-awhag ni Ramos ang mga coconut farmers dinhi sa dakbayan sa Baybay nga muadto gayud sa ilang opisina nga anaa mahimutang sa Zone 18 ‘ning dakbayan tungod kay aduna silay mga staff nga maka-assist kanila sa pag-fill-up sa registration form ug aron madawat usab nila dayon ang ilang Enrolment Client’s Copy.

Angayang masayran nga atol sa information caravan,  gitataw usab ni PCA 8 Regional Manager Pilapil nga tumong sa CFIDP nga mahatagan ug giya o direksiyon ang nagkadaiyang mga ahensiya sa kagamhanan nga gitahasan sa pag-implementar sa mga programa nga gilatid sa nahisgotang balaod.

Matud pa niya nga diez bilyones ka pesos (P10B) ang gigahin nga pondo sa unang tuig pa lang sa implementasyon sa RA 11524 nga naglangkob niining mosunod: 1) Social Protection; 2) Coconut Farmers Organization and Development; 3) Hybridization; 4) Community-based Farm Enterprise Development; Farm Rehabilitation and Improvement; 5) Integrated Coconut Processing in downstream products Shared Facility Processing; 6)Support Services; 7) Innovative Research Projects and their Practical Application on Coconut Processing Production and Distribution; ug 8) Monitoring and Evaluation. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Barangay Kabungaan usa sa mga SBDP recipients sa Rehiyon Otso

Usa ang Barangay Kabungaan sa dakbayan sa Baybay sa dos cientos (200) ka mga recipients sa Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) dinhi sa Rehiyon Otso.

Ang SDBP mao ang pondo nga gihatag sa nasudnong kagamhanan aron matubag ang panginahanglanon sa mga barangays dinhi sa Rehiyon Otso nga nag-atubang og dakong hulga gumikan sa rebeldeng grupong New People’s Army (NPA).

Nasayran nga nagsumite og mga project proposals ang nahisgotang mga barangay ug gi-download sa nasudnong kagamhanan ngadto sa mga Local Government Units (LGUs) ang pondo aron ma-implementar kini sa gikatakdang oras. Apan inay nga baynte milyones ka pesos, cuatro milyones ka pesos nalang ang gihatag sa national government ngadto sa mga barangay karong tuiga.

Usa kini sa mga gihisgotan atol sa gipahigayon nga Regional Development and Security Forum for Local Chief Executives in Eastern Visayas dili pa lang dugay (Nobyemre 11, 2022) didto sa Summit Hotel sa dakbayan sa Tacloban.

Gitambungan kini sa mga representante sa National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Joint Regional Task Force 8-Technical Working Group (JRTF8-TWG), sa unom ka mga Gobernador sa Sidlakang Kabisay-an, 37 ka mga Mayor o sa ilang representante, ug 200 ka mga Punong Barangay nga recipient sa SBDP, lakip na niini silang Kabungaan Punong Barangay Hon.  Geronimo Casil ug Barangay Secretary Perlita Manatad.

Atol sa iyang pagpakigpulong, nagkanayon si National Security Adviser and NTF-ELCAC Vice Chair Clarita P. Carlos nga napakyas sa pag-implementar sa mga proyekto nga ilang gi-propose, sulod sa duha ka tuig nga tagal, ang mga barangay nga unang nakadawat sa baynte milyones ka pesos nga SBDP hinungdan nga nagka-uyon ang NTF-ELCAC nga menosan ang pondo sa SBDP gumikan sa kakulang sa absorbtive capacity sa mga barangay. Ang lain pang hinungdan sa pagmenos sa pondo nga gigahin sa SBDP mao ang pandemya diin mikunhod ang tax collection sa gobyerno.

Atol usab sa maong forum, nagpresentar sa ilang mga Accomplishments and Challenges ang unom ka mga Gobernador ug gitubag usab sa nagkadaiyang mga ahensiya sa gobyerno ang mga concerns nga gipadayag sa mga Punong Barangay, mga Mayor, ug mga Gobernador. Sa iyang kabahin, nagkanayon si Secretary Carlos nga iya kining ilakip sa report nga iya unyang isumite ngadto kang President Ferdinand Romuladez Marcos II. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)