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Feature: The chimney’s smoking, muscovado is back

Roxas City (12 October) -- The once valuable muscovado sugar production is back in Capiz, courtesy of the municipality of Sigma.

The muscovado mill project started its run to churn out what has become a health product nowadays during its inauguration and blessing recently with the municipal government and Sigmahanon Development Foundation, Inc. behind it.

Capiz 2nd District Rep. Fredenil Castro, who has been supportive of the initiative, led local officials and guests at the maiden run of the mill located at Barangay Parian within the Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) project area of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here.

The list of government institutions that are supporting the project also includes the Office of the President through the office of Sen. Manuel Roxas, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The DOST provincial office here said the muscovado mill project was pushed by the local government unit, based on an earlier feasibility study conducted by DAR, to provide more economic opportunities to barangay folks particularly beneficiaries of the government’s agrarian reform program.

The project also showcases the convergence of support coming from government agencies who are involved in the implementation of DAR’s ARC projects such as the DOST, DTI, DOLE and other institutions.

President Arroyo has time and again reiterated the rsolve of her Administration to push its economic program to put the country in First World status and create opportunities and environment that would give rise to more investments, jobs and livelihood for Filipinos.

The local government heads the management of the project through a project management board in tandem with a technical working group with line government agencies included. Also organized were the Parian Sugar Planters Association and the Barangay ARC multi-purpose cooperative.

The DOST said the Parian mill has revived the once-flourishing muscovado sugar milling in the province, located in the municipalities of Panay, Maayon, Pontevedra and Roxas City, to name a few former sites.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Eberardo Erispe, Jr. of DAR, Science Research Specialist II Gerbe Dellava of DOST, Mercy Young, head of DTI-Capiz Trade and Industry Development Division, and Norma Janabon of DOLE regional office represented their respective agencies at the inauguration. (PIA-JSC)

BFAR attempts to land on Guinness thru longest painting on canvas

By Gilda V. Llames

Bataan (13 October) -- The Philippines is eyeing the Guinness World Record with its attempt to produce the longest painting on canvas to highlight this year’s celebration of Fish Conservation Week which kicks off October 15.

Imelda D. Inieto, chief of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) in Bataan, explained that each region in the country will have their respective output of the painting to be depicted on a 200-meter canvas portraying the distinct character and bounty of each region’s fish and aquatic resources.

Inieto cited the following areas and the fish or aquatic resources they are known for: General Santos for its tuna and other pelagic fishes; Zamboanga for its reef fishes; Sorsogon for its whale shark; the Cordillera Autonomous Region for its lake fishes such as dojo, tilapia and carp; and Bacolod City for its prawns.

The regional outputs plus the 3.4-kilometer contribution of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Central Office, will then be joined together, signifying that all bodies of water are indeed connected to each other.

The combined paintings will have a total length of eight kilometers, designed to beat Iran’s five-kilometer painting which, at present, is still waiting Guinness certification.

The office of the BFAR in each region will seek the assistance of local art groups to ensure that the distinct artistry of each region is captured in the artwork.

Rolando de Leon, founder and president of the On-The-Spot Artists Association (OTSAA), said his group will coordinate with their local counterparts to assist in project implementation.

The province of Bataan will send 12 architecture and engineering students from the Bataan Polytechnic State College to participate in preparing Central Luzon’s contribution to the giant painting, according to Danilo C. Abrera, officer-in-charge of OPA’s fisheries division.

The BFAR has set for October 16 the simultaneous painting activity all over the country. In Region III, the activity will be held at Paskuhan Village in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Qualifications of participants, Abrera said, are: 10 years old and above; amateur or professional and with at least a basic knowledge of painting.

Governor Enrique T. Garcia Jr. has pledged to shoulder the P300 allowance of each Bataan participant. Expenses for materials to be used in the painting, snacks and lunch of participants will be provided by the BFAR.

Aside from a certificate they will each receive, participants will also be officially registered with UNESCO’s International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for Children of the World.

Theme of this year’s Fish Conservation Week celebration is: “May buhay ang dagat” while its slogan is: “Maunlad ang pangisdaan, kapag matatag ang pangasiwaan”. (PIA-Bataan) [top]

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