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DA, Seed Firm Trains Farmers on Off-Season Veggie Planting

Local farmers from other towns are clamoring for the conduct of another training for them after the Department of Agriculture conducted one on the planting of off-season vegetables for farmers from Virac, San Miguel and Bato last week. Ten farmers from each town, accompanied by their municipal High-Value Commercial Crop (HVCC) coordinators, attended the two-day seminar held at Rakdel Inn last Sept. 13-14. Aloha Gigi Bañaria, chief of the Institutional Development Section at the DA Regional Field Unit 5, headed the team of resource persons composed of technicians from the East-West Seed Co. based in Bulacan. The East-West team pushed for the organic planting of vegetable hybrid seeds. The participants and local agriculture officials, who were treated to a practicum at the provincial nursery at the capitol compound on the second day, wished there was more time to focus on how to treat pests and diseases affecting off-season vegetables. Ms. Nelia Teves, officer-in-charge of the Provi…

Bato Alisto

The people of Bato somehow backed their reputation of having the most professionals, and their motto "Bato Alisto," by winning the 2010 National Literacy Award for 4th to 6th class towns. Mayor Leo Rodriguez and the members of the Municipal Literacy Coordinating Council, as well as the Sangguniang Bayan, DepEd officials and teachers in Bato, should be commended for working as one in achieving the feat, the first ever won by a municipality in Catanduanes. Most likely, they gained the nod of the team of evaluators by showing the link between literacy, education and incomes, and by having the commitment and seriousness to attain the goals of the program. The rest of the 11 towns would doubtless find it hard to duplicate Bato's feat but they could if they want to. Now, it would be much better if every one of our leaders could find the courage to educate the people of the evils of vote-buying… Source: Inside Page - Fernan Gianan, Catanduanes Tribune - 19 September 2010

Mushroom Production Technology

The Department of Science and Technology and the Catanduanes State Colleges jointly sponsored the conduct of training on Mushroom Spawn Production at the CSC Extension Services Center last August 18-21, 2010. The was participated by representatives from DAR Catanduanes, LGU San Miguel, Bato, and Professors and Students from the CSC Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Agriculture and Fisheries. Said activity is just the beginning of a series of trainings aimed at promoting the production of this important foodstuff and along the way develop local expertise in the production of mushroom seed-piece called pure culture, or spawn. Catanduanes is producing enormous volumes of abaca wastes from the close to 38,000 hectares, more or less, of abaca plantation throughout the province. These are important substrates for the production of Volvariella volvaceae, or the kabuteng saging/kabuteng dayami. In the lifetime of an abaca plant or up to the time it is harvested for fiber, it produce an esti…

Needed: A Common Stand on Forest Protection

There are reliable reports that Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Vivencio Cabanayan, Jr. is on the way out before September is over. Piqued by the DENR official’s alleged involvement in the smuggling of narra lumber to the mainland, Gov. Joseph C. Cua reportedly lobbied to have Cabanayan transferred to another posting. Now, the hard question is: will his relief stop the veritable flood of illegally-sourced narra that goes out of the island under the DENR’s very eyes? The provincial chief executive has already made his position clear in various fora: the small-time lumber smugglers will keep their livelihood as long as the lumber is used for domestic purposes or house construction; he will favorably endorse applications for Private Land Timber Permits for the cutting of naturally-grown trees provided the forest products are manufactured by legitimate shops into finished furniture; and, his main concern is to reduce to a bare minimum the considerable volume…

Expansion of Aquasilvi Project in Virac Okayed

The Sangguniang Bayan has approved the expansion of the aquasilvi culture project that was initially established in barangay Magnesia del Sur six months ago. This was disclosed during the Aquasilvi Culture Field Day held Aug. 25 during which a test catch showed that some of the 1,015 crablets seeded into the two enclosures at the 48-hectare mangrove park had already grown at as much as 300 grams. Councilor Ephraim Antonio "Toy" Gianan, chairman of the SB Committee on Agriculture, said that with the passage of the resolution endorsing the project, the memorandum of agreement covering the expansion is ready for signing by Mayor Jose U. Alberto II. In lauding the municipal agriculture office, Provincial Agricultural Support Office, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the office of Gov. Joseph Cua for the success of the project, Gianan called on the members of the Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Magnesia del Sur to remember that they should ear…

Virac’s Jamela Arcilla 9th in Nursing Board

A daughter of Virac placed 9th in the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission’s Board of Nursing last July 2010, with 82 graduates of the Catanduanes State Colleges also passing the exam. Jamela Montoya Arcilla, a 2010 BS Nursing cum laude graduate of Far Eastern University, garnered a rating of 84.80 percent to land in the top ten list. Only 37,679 out of 91,008 (41.40%) passed the nursing board exam. A daughter of Atty. Felipe Panti Arcilla Jr. of Gogon Sirangan, Virac, and the former Isabelita Lulu Montoya of Sta. Ana, Pampanga, Jamela is a graduate of Virac Central Elementary School (2002) and Catanduanes National High School (2006). She was also the Clinical Excellence Awardee during the pinning ceremonies of the FEU Institute of Nursing Batch 2010. Also hurdling the nursing board on his first try is Eldon Valeza Tabuzo, son of Engr. and Mrs. Elmo Tabuzo of Calatagan, Virac. A product of the Catanduanes State Colleges Elementary Laboratory …