PIA conducts 2nd Ugnayan Forum in NegOr

By PIA-Negros Oriental

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The second Ugnayan forum in Negros Oriental was attended by members of the farmer-fisherfolks’ association, women’s groups, barangay captains and other local officials in Sibulan town. Photo Shows Mayor Jose Abiera giving his speech. (PIA7-NegOr)

 

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – 7 holds an Ugnayan: A Dialogue for Progress Multi-Sectoral Forum in Negros Oriental for the second time.

The Ugnayan Forum was held on June 29, 2017 at Municipal Multi-Purpose Hall in Sibulan town attended by members of farmers and fisherfolks’ association, women’s group, barangay captains, members of the Sangguniang Bayan and other local officials of Sibulan.

Unlike in the first Ugnayan Forum that was held last April at Silliman University which featured lectures about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Freedom of Information (FOI) and NEDA’s Ambisyon Natin 2040, this time, the discussions were focused on livelihood programs for the aforementioned sectors and disaster preparedness in the barangays.

 

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The panel of resource speakers and guests for the Ugnayan Forum

 

The panel of speakers who delivered lectures on government’s livelihood programs are Department of Agriculture (DA) Provincial Coordinator for its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental Rico Sienes, DA  Program for Unified Lending to Agriculture (PUNLA) Provincial Coordinator for Negros Oriental and Siquijor Maria Korraine Tobias and Department of Social Welfare and Development – Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) Assistant Program Coordinator for Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Glenuel Joyce Nuñez and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Executive Officer Adrian Sedillo.

 

 

The programs presented during the forum are DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development Program and the Program for Unified Lending for Agriculture, DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

 

Also giving their messages during the event were PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen, Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Pinili, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera and Sibulan Vice-Mayor Marcela Bartoces.

 

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PIA-Negros Infocen Manager gives a message

 

 

PIA-Negros Oriental Information Manager Jenny Tilos gave the closing message for the event. She thanked the guests for sharing their programs to the participants of the forum she also expressed her gratitude to the  participants for coming to the event.

 

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We will be sharing stories of the event in our future posts to stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

PIA launches Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal

By PIA Negros Oriental

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Here’s a look of the PIA Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal before the launching activity

 

Traveling to Cebu via Sibulan-Lioan route? Don’t forget to drop by at the PIA Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal.

The Info Kiosk contains different information materials about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and other government materials which you can read while waiting for your boarding time. All the reading materials are free so you get some and take it with you when you travel.

The PIA Information Kiosk was opened yesterday.  This is the second Information Kiosk launched in Negros Oriental. The first one opened last March at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete City

Here are some snippets of the launching:

 

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PIA Information Kiosk launch at Sibulan Seaport Terminal

Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera and PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen (center) lead the ribbon cutting and launching ceremony of the PIA Information Kiosk. Joining them are PIA-NegOr Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos and Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing of San Antonio De Padua Parish in Sibulan.

 

 

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PIA-7 OIC Regional Director Fayette Riñen gives her speech

 

PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen explains the PIA Information Kiosk is an avenue in raising awareness on the significance, relevance and positive impacts of ASEAN to Filipinos especially as the Philippines assumes the chairmanship of the ASEAN Summit and related meetings this year.

Apart from being a platform to promote ASEAN but also an effective outlet to disseminate programs of government from the regional line agencies down to the local government units.

“You can use this to display your information materials and let the people know about your programs, services, and projects. This is also a way of reporting to the people what the government is doing for us,” Riñen said.

“We hope that the people using this port will also take time to read the information materials that are on display here,” she added

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Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera delivers his message

 

Meanwhile, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera thanked PIA for putting up an Information Kiosk at Sibulan Port. He said there are more than 1,000 passengers entering the seaport daily.

Mayor Abiera also cited that with the installation of an Information Kiosk at Sibulan Port, the objective to have an empowered people through information is now within capacity.

 

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Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Joseph Pinili gives his speech.

 

On the other hand, Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Joseph Pinili also lauded PIA for  this endeavor. He says the location of the Info Kiosk is strategic as it is identified as one of the busiest ports in the province.

“The establishment of the information booth is very timely especially with the security concerns we are facing these days. This could help very well in informing our people regarding updates on security and safety,” Atty. Pinili said.

 

 

Barangay Captains of Sibulan, representative from partner agencies, other officials of LGU-Sibulan and some members of the media participated in the kiosk launching.

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Brewing soon in local cafes: Baslay coffee of Dauin

By Roi Lomotan

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Samples of Baslay coffee on display during the coffee brewing and tasting event. (PIA7-NegOr)

 

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The aroma of freshly brewed Baslay coffee will soon spread to the coffee shops in the capital city of Dumaguete or at resort cafés in the municipality of Dauin.

This after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Negros Oriental hosted a coffee brewing and tasting event in Dumaguete City recently to encourage local resort and café owners to buy and support the locally grown coffee.

“The purpose of this is to invite local resorts in Dauin and coffee shops to carry this coffee,” DTI SME Senior Trade and Industry Specialist Maribel Sumanoy said.

During the activity, resort and coffee owners were given a free taste of Baslay Coffee which comes in two varieties: Arabica and Robusta.

Sumanoy shared that in the 2nd Coffee Conference held in Baguio City, DTI sent samples of Baslay coffee to be evaluated and it had a high cupping grade which is good for specialty coffee.

Baslay coffee was cultivated by the Baslay Farmers Association (BFA), a recipient of DTI’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project.

Last year, the DTI turned over units of dehaulers, depulpers, dehumidifiers, sorting tables to association and also sponsored trainings on coffee harvesting, dry method processing and understanding standards and grading system.

Sumanoy said that through these interventions, members will have a competitive edge and will be able to demand a better price when selling their coffee beans to the market.

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DTI-Negros Oriental Senior Trade and Industry Specialist Maribel Sumanoy stands beside a coffee maker that brews Baslay coffee. (PIA7-NegOr)

The coffee plantation is nestled near Mt. Talinis with an elevation of 800 meters above sea level up to 1,200 meters above sea level.

The development coffee plantation was a reforestation project of the Philippine National Oil Company (now Energy Development Corporation or EDC) to give livelihood assistance to former kaingineros in the area.

“Before 1984, we were all forest occupants. We were all forest destroyers of Baslay forests,” said BFA Adviser Ruel Perez.

Perez continued that sometime in 1984, they were organized into an informal group and in this process, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine National Oil Company started to realize that there is a prevailing problem with the community.

“Of course the destruction of the forest because we were practicing these destructive farming practices – we called it the maganas. You have to clear this forested area so you can plant corn and your first and second harvest will be adundant. Along the way, after 3 to 4 years, when there is a decline in harvest, you look for another area to deforest. That’s how we do it. It’s our way of life that is exhausting but there is no success,” Perez explained.

It was in 1986 when different government agencies and the New Zealand government gave the community a funding for agro-forestry project.

In 1988, the group was registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) making it a legitimate organization and in 1989 the BFA was launched with 135 founding members.

By 1992, the group was awarded a community forest stewardship agreement for 25 years and they were given the opportunity to manage and protect the forest of Baslay.

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BFA Adviser Ruel Perez delivering his message (PIA7-NegOr)
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Dauin Mayor Neil Credo delivers his message to Baslay coffee farmers. (PIA7-NegOr)

All those years, BFA was into coffee production and from being kaingineros, they eventually became coffee farmers and forest conservationists.

Perez said the group practices organic farming and they do not apply synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in their crops.

“Everything there, the animals, the birds they all contribute to the pollination that’s why our coffee has a very nice flavor coffee. Our coffee needs forest to grow and have a very nice flavor,” Perez said.

Sumanoy said BFA originally had a 70-hectare plantation and they had just had a 50-hectare expansion.

Perez disclosed they hope to cover a 300-hectare expansion in five years.

Meanwhile, Sumanoy disclosed that as of now, BFA has one buyer in based in Manila and that is the reason why DTI held the activity to help BFA introduce to the local market in Negros Oriental the Baslay Coffee.

“In Negros we don’t have a market yet. So we are introducing it. The trend today like in Bo’s Coffee is to carry in their coffee shops local coffee. They are carrying Mt. Apo, Benguet, and Kalinga Coffee. Now we are introducing themthat since you are in Dumaguete, you carry Baslay coffee,” Sumanoy said.

 

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DTI staff gives free taste of Baslay coffee to resort and cafe owners during the event. (PIA7-NegOr)

The DTI official added that they requested the farmer’s association to retain at least 20 percent of their produce for the consumption of local market here.

 

Sumanoy said that BFA was able to harvest 3,200 kilograms or 16,000 red cherries and then processed it to 3,200 green coffee beans last year.

He hopes that through this endeavor, local coffee shops and resorts will be encouraged to brew and serve local Baslay coffee. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)