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THE NEW LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS CAN’T STOP SMILING because finally their efforts paid off after undergoing a very tedious review on the Course Work for Massage Therapy before taking the Licensure Examination on December 2011. Forty LMTs in Davao Region took oath on January 27 at Grand Menseng Hotel, Davao City. (Photo by Melvia Malubay/LMT)
Davao Region

PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 21, 2012

AMAD to assist performance of Barangay Food Terminals in Davao Region

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 21 -- The Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) of the Department of Agriculture will be conducting productivity performance evaluation to each Barangay Food Terminal installed to identify the productivity of each BFT in Davao Region,

Davao BFT Focal Person Assistant Arquillo Villahermosa said each BFT will be evaluated based on the fulfillment of the project objectives which include significant daily sales and if it continuously helps the producer as well as the consumers in the area. He added that the management of all BFT with high productivity performance will be turned over to the Local Government Unit concerns.

BFTs are Barangay-based food depot and distribution system which offer affordable, safe and quality wage food products like meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits. This system directly links farmers and fisherfolk producers to the consumers which benefit them both. These were managed by LGU, private cooperatives, or legitimate registered Association in the area.

Villahermosa said with these BFTs farmers and fisherfolk are no longer worry where to bring their products because BFT answers it. He added that with BFTs fair market price for the farmers’ harvest is assured.

Villahermosa said the Department of Agriculture in Davao region already installed a total of 90 BFTs or Barangay Bagsakan including Bagsakan Centers amount to P200,000 each. Apart from the equipment, DA also conducted trainings on how to manage the project to the beneficiaries to equip them. He added that the evaluation will be done together with the Commission on Audit (COA) for proper recommendation.

He said those BFTs which are performing low will either be retrieve or be subject to rehabilitation and further assistance. (EGDeligero/Aggie Media Service)

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