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Mindanao newsbits for June 12, 2014

NALIYAGAN FESTIVAL

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – Agusan del Sur’s best agricultural products will take center-stage in the weeklong 2014 Naliyagan Festival that starts today at the Naliyagan Cultural Center (NCC) here. These products, which will come from the 13 municipalities and lone city of the province, will be judged according to their size, appearance, robustness, and overall quality. City and municipal booths will also be evaluated in the contest dubbed “Naliyagan Agri-lympics.” Agusan beauties will be introduced during the event. On the second day of the festival, the “Rocklakan sa Naliyagan” called “Concert ng Bayan sa Naliyagan” will be playing non-stop, and a live fireworks display competition will be held at 9:30 p.m. (Mike Crismundo)

SCHOOL PROGRAM

DIGOS CITY– The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) “Balik-Eskwela” program is about to complete the distribution of 5,000 kits to grade school students of 17 public schools in the Davao region and North Cotabato. About 1,170 school kits, composed of a bag, notebooks, and pencils were given on Monday. The program, which is in line with NGCP’s corporate social responsibility that caters to low income families, focuses on communities hosting the company’s transmission lines and facilities. Just recently, the NGCP donated a tribal hall to the Matigsalog tribe in Kitaotao, Bukidnon as a reward to the tribe for securing their transmission lines. (Cherry Mae Palicte)

LANDS FOR FARMERS

BUTUAN CITY – The Region-13 office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-13) distributed certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) covering 540 hectares of agricultural lands to farmer beneficiaries from Butuan City and Agusan del Norte on Tuesday here. DAR officials led by Director Faisar A. Mambuay led the distribution of the CLOAs as part of the celebration of the 26th year of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). A P3.3-million worth of indemnity check was also given to 544 beneficiaries of the DAR-Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation-Agrarian Insurance Project, aimed at providing protection to agriculture, fishery, and agro-forestry. (Mike Crismundo)

LAW AMENDMENT

DAVAO CITY – The 17th Council is set to approve the proposed amendments to the existing closed-circuit television (CCTV) ordinance to help solve crimes in the city. Floor leader Councilor Tomas Monteverde IV said Councilors Edgar Ibuyan Sr. and Victorio Advincula Jr. introduced additional amendments to the existing ordinance. According to Ibuyan, the existing CCTV ordinance requires a maximum penalty of P5,000. He proposed that a revocation of business permits be added once the establishments fail to comply with the ordinance, or “refuse to give the CCTV footages to the authorities, once a crime happens, for investigation purposes.” Advincula, on the other hand, wants higher resolutions for the CCTV cameras.  (Cherry Mae Palicte)

BUSINESS CONFAB

TANDAG CITY – The Tandag Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incorporated (TCCII), in partnership with the provincial government of Surigao del Sur and the Provincial Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council will be hosting the 19th Caraga Business Conference at a hotel here on June 27. The conference carries the theme “Agri-Fishery and Tourism: Gearing Up for the 2015 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration.” Invited speakers will talk on issues concerning agriculture, fishery, tourism, and the 2015 ASEAN integration. (Mike U. Crismundo)