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Mindanao Newsbits for August 6, 2014

NEW TRAINING CENTER UP IN SURIGAO NORTE

Placer, Surigao del Norte — The provincial government of Surigao del Norte finally attained its desire to provide high quality technical and vocational education for its constituents with the newly constructed P22.1-million Provincial Community Training Center (PCTC) in Barangay Sta. Cruz, here. The brand new PCTC building will not only cater to this province and Surigao City, but to neighboring areas in the region as well. Gov. Sol F. Matugas said the structure is envisioned as a venue for empowerment, making local citizens globally-competitive through technical and vocational education. (Mike U. Crismundo)

CACAO DEAL

Diolog City, Zamboanga del Norte — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in this province has signed a Cacao Production and Purchase Agreement with Kennemer Foods International, Inc. (KFI). The deal involves five Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in the selected Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) and covers 200 hectares of agricultural land devoted to cacao in this province. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Moh Dassan Adju said financing in the amount of P88 million will be loaned by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) through the Agricultural Production Credit Program. (Nonoy E. Lacson)

FIRE RAZES FACTORY OF BANANA CHIPS

Kidapawan City, Cotabato — A banana chips factory was gutted by fire and damaged almost P3 million worth of properties in this city at dawn yesterday. Reynaldo Perea, manager of the RVP Fruits and Enterprise, said the blaze started in a furnace where banana chips are being cooked and quickly spread throughout the facility. Perea added that the blaze went out of control when the flames reached a nearby tank containing 6,000 liters of cooking oil. Almost 90 percent of the building was razed to the ground, including 10 tons of banana chips due for delivery to a factory in Davao del Sur where it will be shipped for export. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

RAIN COLLECTORS

Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – Hinterland communities in Agusan del Sur received rain water collectors, each with a capacity of 1,000 liters, to ensure the supply of safe drinking water.  The benefited villages were Anitap, Katipunan, Del Monte, Sisimon, and Sta. Cruz, all in Veruela, Agusan del Sur province. These villages were identified as beneficiaries as they posted a high prevalence of water-borne diseases in the past years.  The establishment of 130 units Rainwater Collectors from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has answered the lack of potable water supply in these far-flung areas. (Mike U. Crismundo)

FARMER SLAIN, 2 HURT IN COTABATO

Kidapawan City, Cotabato — A farmer was killed and two other women wounded in two separate shooting incidents in Matalam, North Cotabato, last Monday. Killed during a rebel attack in Sitio Maligaya, Barangay Lower Malamote in Matalam town, was Ronaldo Borgonios, a farm worker from Barangay New Antique, M’lang. He was killed by gunmen believed to be members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) because of a long-standing land dispute. Earlier the same day, two women fish vendors sustained bullet wounds from an attack at the public market. (Malu Cadelina Manar)