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Monday, February 27, 2017

SSF to expand coco coir prod’n in Capiz

Photo courtesy of Weng Gales/
ILOILO City – The Capiz Small Coconut Farmers Marketing Cooperative (CASCOFAMCO) has inked an agreement to its three end-beneficiaries for the use of the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for the Coco Coir Upscaling on Feb. 21.

CASCOFAMCO chairperson Adan V. Laurilla signed the deal with representatives from the Lonoy, Sapian Kasaganahan Sa Niyugan ay Kaunlaran ng Bayan; Cayus, Pilar Small Coconut Farmers Organization; and Tapaz Marketing Cooperative.

On Dec. 29, 2016, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Capiz Provincial Office granted CASCOFAMCO with P1.55 million worth of two units of decorticators, four units of handlooms and 22 units of twining.

Of the facilities, CASCOFAMCO will operate one unit handloom while the rest of the equipment were entrusted to its three association-members to help them expand their operation from mere buying stations of coconuts to producers of coir, twines and geonets. CASCOFAMCO will act as consolidator or marketing arm of its members.

DTI-Capiz provincial director Ermelinda P. Pollentes, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)-Capiz provincial manager Jeffrey De Los Reyes, and DTI-6 regional SSF coordinator Henry Tampani were present during the activity.

Both heads of DTI and PCA delivered their messages which motivated the end-beneficiaries of the project. Tampani, on the other hand, provided inputs on the market opportunities for coco coir.

According to the DTI, the organizations are expected to make full use of the facilities to start a business on coco coir production. The agency hopes that the project will provide employment and income opportunities that will eventually improve the quality of life of the people in their communities. (DTI/PN)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Capiz, Aklan folks train on fiber prod’n

Jessa Gregorio (center) of Libacao, Aklan executes abaca decortication, a mechanized method of fiber extraction where leaf sheaths are inserted and scraped by revolving wheels. BOB JOHNSON F. GALVAN, DA
BANGA, Aklan – In response to the rising demand for abaca and piña fiber, farmers and processors in Capiz and Aklan provinces were trained on the production, processing and marketing of the products.

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Training Institute in Western Visayas partnered with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority for the training and tapped experts from the Natural Fiber Resource Center of Aklan State University for updates on the current demand for fiber and their uses.

“Private businesses or traders are interested in buying bulks of fiber for processing,” said the center director Dr. Lelisa J. Teodosio. “They intend to use the fiber in the fabrication of boats and fiber glass, and they will be needing tons of it.”

Held at the ATI Training Hall from Feb. 22 to 24, the training covered lectures on the business potential of fiber and good agricultural practices, particularly on cultural management, care and maintenance, production, processing, and marketing.

The Banga Fiber Nursery and the Aklan Piña Fiber Producers Association in Balete town taught the participants about extraction and grading, and pest identification and control.

The trainees were also taken to the Handicraft of Multipurpose Cooperative and the San Ramon Abaca Handicrafts Association, both people’s organizations, for fiber product appreciation and market orientation.

The Philippines accounts for 85 percent of the global abaca fiber production.

According to the Philippines’ Abaca Fiber Market Forecast and Opportunities, the market is expected to grow at 5.7 percent yearly until 2019.

Hilly parts of Panay Island, especially in Aklan, Antique and Capiz, are sites favorable to the production of durable and good-quality abaca and piña fiber.

Training center superintendent Dr. Eden Bautista said the Institute and its partners have long been holding fiber production trainings and symposiums.

“We shall continue to equip our farmers with the necessary skills and linkages so they can benefit from this opportunity,” said Bautista. (With Jaana Tamayo, DA/PN)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Flood cripples Capiz towns situated near Panay River

An overflowing creek in Barangay Tawog, Sigma. The road beside the creek was deemed impassable to vehicles as of posting time. Uncredited photo

MANILA — Flooding brought about by heavy rains have crippled eight towns in Capiz Tuesday.

The towns of Maayon, Panitan, Pontevedra, Dao, Jamindan, Mambusao, Sigma and Cuartero are situated mostly along the Panay River.
Several schools suspended classes.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council's Facebook page, classes in elementary schools in Mambusan town were suspended.

No evacuation of residents has been reported. A cluster of houses in Barangay Dayhagon in Sigma, were isolated, affecting 179 families. (Bea Zaragosa, ABS-CBN News_)

Monday, January 16, 2017

50 Capiz barangays go underwater due to continuous rain

Sitio Papasok in Brgy. Poblacion Proper, Mambusao, Capiz (CANC Photo)

Capiz - Continuous rain brought by a low pressure area has flooded 50 barangays in Capiz province, submerging many rice fields.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported flooding in 50 villages in eight towns as of 7 p.m. Monday.

No casualties and evacuees were reported.

The flooded villages included 17 in Panitan, 12 each in Mambusao and Sigma, 3 in Dumalag, 2 each in Cuartero and Dao and 1 each in Jamindan and Maayon.
Disaster management personnel are monitoring water levels in rivers in the province.

Flooded in Panitan were Cabugao, Ambilay, Cadio, Banga-an, Quios, Tincupon, Tinigban, Pasugue, Cala-an, Capagao, Balatucan, Salocon, Intampilan, Tabuc Norte, Bahit, Agbabadiang, and Agkilo.

In Mambusao, flooding was reported in Pangpang Norte, Tumalalud, Manibad, Balat-an, Pangpang Sur, Bula, Poblacion Proper, Maralag, Atiplo, Sinondojan, Tugas, and Burias.

Flooded in Sigma were Pagbunitan, Bangon-bangon, Cogon, Amaga, Dayhagon, Mangoso, Acbo, Poblacion Norte, Capuyhan, Poblacion Sur, Balucuan and Guintas.

In Dumalag town, flooding was reported in Sta. Cruz, Sto. Angel, Sto. Niño while those in Cuartero town included Nagba and Angub.

The other flooded villages were Duyoc and Poblacion Ilawod in Dao town, Fernandez in Maayon town and Bayebaye in Jamindan town. CBB/Nestor Burgos/

Capiz set for TRIAKSYON kick-off


ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The seafood capital of the Philippines is ready for the official launch of the first international triathlon dubbed TRIAKSYON 2017 on April 22-23

The official launch on January 27 will place take at the scenic Baybay Beach and will begin with an inaugural open water swim by Betsy Medalla, the first Capizeña to cross the icy waters in Cape Town and complete the Robben Island Channel in South Africa.

The inaugural swim will start from the shoreline across People’s Park going to the symbolic Mantalinga islet. The inaugural swim will coincide with a fun run and fun ride by Capiznon athletes.

Capiz is a very good venue for a triathlon and through this we can showcase the natural beauty and topographical assets of the province that will encourage international interest,” said TRIAKSYON 2017 Chairman Greg Atienza during a recent coordination meeting called by Capiz Governor Tony del Rosario in line with the preparations for the triathlon.

Del Rosario expressed his gratitude to the various sectors that are working together for the success of the event and assured full support to the endeavor.

During the coordination meeting, Del Rosario also said the provincial government has approved in its annual investment program the P47-million funding to further develop the sports facilities of the Villareal Stadium, which will serve as the finish line of the 2-day triathlon.

About 300 local, national and international tri-athletes are expected to converge in the province to join the triathlon that will include kids, sprint, and standard and relay categories.

The triathlon will pass through several tourism destinations in Capiz such as Baybay Beach, the historical Panay Church that houses the largest Catholic bell in Asia, Villareal Stadium which contains the largest Olympic swimming pool in the region, and Pueblo de Panay township.

TRIAKSYON is an event sanctioned by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP). (The Daily Guardian)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bonuses for 599 Capiz day care workers


ROXAS City – Capitol gave 599 barangay day care workers in Capiz cash incentives.

Those serving for 19 years and more received P3,000 each, while those with one to 18 years of service got P2,000 each.

Day care workers with less than a year of service were given P1,000 each.

Capitol allotted P1,313,000 for the cash incentives, according to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Gov. Antonio del Rosario and PSWDO head Maria Barnes led the distribution on Dec. 23 in the Capiz gymnasium at the Villareal Stadium.

Day care workers play an important role in teaching children knowledge and character, said del Rosario. (Klair Joy Emperado, Capiz Aksyon News Center/PN)

Friday, December 30, 2016

48 ’cracker blast injuries in Capiz

Injured boy (AFP FILE PHOTO)

ROXAS City – The provincial health office has recorded 48 firecracker related injuries in the province of Capiz based on its December 21 to January 1, 2017 monitoring .

It is a 9 percent decrease compared to the number of firecracker victims on the same period last year.
26 of these cases were caused by piccolo .

The cases were 79-percent higher than the 14 cases recorded in the same period in 2015, when piccolo was also a top cause of injuries.

This year, two of the cases were caused by boga and another two by kwitis. Five-star, triangle/libentador, and “Trump” caused one injury each.

Most of the victims were 20 years old or younger; 11 victims belonged to the 1-10 and 11-20 age brackets.

Fifty-seven firecracker injuries were recorded from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016 — 84-percent higher than the 31 cases recorded the year before.

Ayr Altavas, nurse and health education promotion officer at the PHO, called on Capisnons to support the campaign against the use of firecrackers.

There are many ways to prevent blast injuries, like watching a fireworks display, he said.

The PHO also advised parents to prohibit children from using firecrackers.

Do not pick up and/or gather firecrackers that have not exploded for they still might explode, Altavas said. (With Klair Joy Emperado, Capiz Aksyon News Center/PN)

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