Mindanao Newsbits for September 20, 2013
September 20, 2013
PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte — More than 500 members, independent and contract growers of different banana plantations marched in the city streets to oppose the ban on aerial spraying in Davao region recently.
On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the 911 Movement-Save Our Sagingan its members and other stakeholders of the banana export industry renew their stand on aerial spraying with fungicide in their banana farms. Renante Bangoy , President of the 911 Movement-Save Our Sagingan, told Manila Bulletin that they strongly opposed the call for the total ban of agricultural spraying knowing that this is the most efficient and effective method in combating the Black Sigatoka disease of bananas that affects the leaves of the banana plant, hence stops the development of fruits, and eventually kill the plant. (Cherry Mae D. Palicte)
BUTUAN CITY — Caraga’s Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) not only posted increased in amounts but more importantly increasing in growth rates for the past three years, second among the country’s 16 regions. From only Php 98.23 billion in 2010, Caraga’s GRDP grew to Php 122.46 billion in 2012, and according to business this will more grow this year and the coming years following the all-out mobilization of Caraga region’s domestic products. In terms of growth rates (at constant 2,000 prices – adjusted for inflation, Caraga region was number one for the period 2010-2011 at 8.5% besting the other 16 regions and performing way above the national average growth rate of only 3.6%, said the statistical notes of the National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center (NERBAC). (Mike U. Crismundo)
ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) — The first commercial plane had landed Thursday morning, ten days after the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) was closed to air traffic. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has closed ZIA to air traffic when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters infiltrated this city last September 9. Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II said Thursday that so far 18 passengers have arrived here from Manila aboard the Cebu-Pacific Air (CEB). (PNA)
ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) — The Zamboanga City Bankers and Financiers Association (ZCBFA) announced that more banks have started to open Thursday accepting transactions amid the standoff in this city. “Twenty-nine bank branches are confirmed open as of 9:00 a.m.,” ZCBFA president Alma Paculanan announced. Paculanan said the banks, including the government-run bank, that were opened are all located far from the adjoining barangays of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara and Rio Hondo where clearing operations continue.
DAVAO CITY (PNA) — The Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) sees an expansion of banana farms in 2015 increasing the current number of areas from 42,000 to 50,000 in 2015.
PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig, in an interview, said the expansion now are towards Davao del Sur, General Santos City and the areas in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Antig said with the interventions introduced now after the banana industry was hit with several major issues from market access to disaster “we are optimistic we will be back on track two years from now”.