Wednesday, May 19, 2010


News Release

SORSOGON PROVINCE (May 19) – Asian Development Bank (ADB) team member Charles David Salter introduces to the Castilla town’s Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP2) beneficiaries, the so-called “bio-engineering” strategy in preserving their upcoming constructed farm-to-market roads.

Salter along with two other ADB representatives and two head officers from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) national and regional office visited the municipality of Castilla, this province, for its Review of Castilla ARCP2.

In a gathering, Salter introduces an approach on how to preserve a road by protecting the soil through “bio-engineering”. Bio-engineering is the method used to prevent soil erosion such as planting grass, shrubs, and trees to the road’s shoulder.

Agriculture and Enterprise Development Specialist David T. Santos said that with the presentation of Salter, both the community and the Local Government Unit (LGU) appreciated the idea of bio-engineering. “We, in DAR Sorsogon, likewise, support the strategy being introduced,” Santos added.

Santos further proposed the use of geo-textiles being produced in Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) here to be utilized for bio-engineering rather than just exporting them.

Likewise, Santos suggested the planting of Vetiver on the road’s shoulder like in other countries rather than grasses of little usage.

Vetiver is a tropical grass with heavy, fibrous roots native to India and is used as an excellent erosion control plant especially in countries with warmer climates.

However, Salter suggested instead, the use of plants native in the area to cut expenses on the part of LGUs.

The idea of introducing the bio-engineering emerged during the community’s Focus Group Discussion (FGD) where community proposed provisions of four projects such as Concrete Farm-to-Market Road, Irrigation Facilities, Potable Water Supply and Alternative Livelihood that are beneficial to the economic development of Mayon ARC and San Rafael ARC both in Castilla town.

Castilla is among the six fortunate municipalities in the province benefiting from the ARCP2. In the Philippines, ARCP 2 has only six recipient-regions which include Bicol.

In related development, following the ADB review of Castilla town’s ARCP2 which highlighted the ADB’s observation on how Local Government Units (LGUs) and the community perform an FGD, a site validation of the proposed San Isidro – Nalup-an farm-to-market road and consultation meeting with non-government units were conducted.

“We are looking for partnership in development as far as our agrarian reform beneficiaries are concerned,” said Roseller R. Olayres, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II.

Olayres said that the active representation from NGOs and other private sectors such as LIKAS, Aquinas University Foundation, Sorsogon Provincial Coop Bank, Sorsogon Integrated Development Cooperative, People’s Alternative Livelihood Foundation of Sorsogon, Inc. and other stakeholders undoubtedly promises successful partnerships in the implementation of the 5-yr ARCP2 in the province. (BARecebido/DFR Mallanta, PIA/DAR Sorsogon)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


News Release

SORSOGON CITY (May 5) – Pili nut (Canarium Ovatum), a native product abundant and wild in Bicol region particularly in Sorsogon is now highlighted in Sorsogon Police Provincial Office’s (SPPO) Alternative Livelihood Development Program for their police force.

Just recently, PNP Sorsogon has successfully conducted its livelihood development program activity held at the Camp Salvador Escudero, Sr., this city, where personnel of SPPO along with their wives and other civilians went through a training demonstration on cooking various pili products.

Pili food expert Melinda Yee spearheaded the cooking activity and has commended the Provincial Police Office’s effort to promote products made from pili utilizing its various parts for their alternative livelihood development program.

Dubbed as “Benepisyo Ko, Benepisyo Mo” (My Profit, Your Profit), PNP Provincial Director Police Senior Supt. Heriberto Olitoquit, said that the livelihood program aims at helping the family of Sorsogon policemen to augment their income by introducing them to alternative sources of livelihood.

Participants went through actual pili cooking demonstration activity where each one’s cooking ability was tested. Products made include crispy pili, salted pili, chocolate-coated pili, sugar-coated pili, molido, pili tart and pili chips, among others.

Meanwhile, the participants conveyed their ‘sweet’ gratitude to their trainer and to the Police Provincial Office as well, headed by PD Olitoquit, for its continuing effort to help and expose his men and their family to other livelihood opportunities. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)


News Release

SORSOGON PROVINCE (May 18) – National Census and Statistic Office Provincial Statistics Officer Elvira O. Apogñol appeals to every household to spare a few time for the census house to house interview which has officially kicked-off on May 17.

Apogñol said that by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation No. 2028, the month of May this year was declared as National Census Month.

“The Census on Population and Housing (CPH), the biggest civilian operation in the country, started on May 17, 2010 with May 1, 2010, 12:01 a.m., as the reference time and will end on June 12, 2010,” she said.

The CPH is an inventory of the total population and housing units in the Philippines and its characteristics. This undertaking provides data necessary in the formulation of policy, planning and program development in the government in determining business opportunities and industry status, in research and development and in further academic studies.

Apogñol bared that NSO Sorsogon Field Office workforce is augmented by 545 enumerators, 110 team supervisors, 25 assistant area supervisors and 27 census area supervisors. Of the 707 census field workers in totality, three-fourths are personnel from the Department of Education and Culture (DepEd) and one-fourth are hired NSO personnel.

“They will be covering 541 barangays and some 596 enumeration areas in the province. All enumerators will be wearing an official 2010 CPH ID during their field work,” she added.

Household data to be gathered were all related to family membership including age, gender, educational attainment and number of household members as well as water sources and waste management, among others.

NSO assures the public that the information gathered will be held in strict confidence as stated in Section 4 of the Commonwealth Act 591 that “no information obtained be divulged to anyone except for bonafide NSO personnel”.

It can be noted that the NSO as mandated by Commonwealth Act 591 authorizes the then Bureau of Census and Statistics, now NSO to conduct by enumeration, sampling or other methods and in consonance with the provision of Executive Order 121 which designated the office as the “major statistical agency responsible for generating general purpose statistics”.

Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 also accorded the NSO to conduct population censuses every ten years beginning in 1980, without prejudice to the undertaking of special censuses on agriculture, industry, commerce, housing and other sectors as may be approved by the National Economic and development Authority (NEDA).

Latest record of NSO dated August 1, 2007, shows that Sorsogon has a total population of 709,673. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)