KORONADAL CITY -- The value of corn produced in Soccsksargen Region last year reached a staggering P15.6 billion, a regional Department of Agriculture (DA) official said.
Zaldy Boloron, DA regional corn program coordinator, said in the 130-page "Regional Corn Roadmap CY (Calendar Year) 2012 to 2017" presentation that corn production volume in the four-province, five-city region last year was 1.20 million metric tons (MT), up 2.63 percent from 2011's 1.2 million MT.
EXTRAORDINARY deeds by ordinary people can make a positive difference in this world. It can be the retiree who trains the unemployed women in the community on livelihood crafts, or the group of athletes that holds sports clinics for street children.
Wireless leader Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) is giving these acts of kindness a further boost by way of payITfwd, a new social development initiative that aims to enable the spread of social good acts or "smart acts."
BANK of the Philippine Islands (BPI) continued to deliver sustainable growth as it reported a net income of P8.4 billion for the first quarter of 2013. This was 43 percent higher than last year’s P5.8 billion.
At the end of first quarter, BPI's total resources were P940 billion, 16 percent higher year-on-year as deposits grew by the same rate to P748 billion. In addition, the Bank was able to increase its assets under management to P758 billion or 6 percent more than same period last year.
BARELY five years in operation, an agrarian reform community's coconut sugar products or more popularly known as "coco sugar" are already reaching the international markets - something that the Linabu Agrarian Multi-purpose Cooperative (Lampco) never thought would happen in the near future.
Lampco, a community-based enterprise in Barangay Linabu, Misamis Oriental, was hailed as the top grosser during the Market Week Philippines 2012, a trade fair and showground of on-sale world-class items and products.
A TRADING post worth P1.5 million will be constructed in the city to assist local organic farmers find easy access to market their poduct.
Caity Agriculturre Office (Cao) acting chief Valente Turtur said the trading post will be constructed near the Pasalubong Center.
THE Ayala Business Club of Davao is eyeing to raise P1.2 million for the construction of two classrooms in San Alfonso Elementary School in Cateel, Davao Oriental.
Ayala is spearheading the relaunding of Hour Run 2 on June 2 to raise the amount for the benefit of Children's Hour, which will facilitate the construction of the two classrooms.
KORONADAL CITY --- Despite decreasing production, Region 12 or Soccsksargen has remained as the top coffee producer in the country last year, Department of Agriculture (DA) officials said.
Danilo Centillas, DA-Soccsksargen high value crops coordinator, said coffee production in the region reached 27,869 metric tons (MT).
THE Davao City of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) will be hosting the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon) on August 8 to 10 this year at SMX Davao Convention Center of SM Lanang Premier.
DCCCCI executive director Mary Anne Abundo said they are eyeing more exhibitors to join in this year's edition of Minbizcon, comprising various industries.
PHILEXPORT-Davao, a non-stock, non-profit business support organization under the umbrella organization Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc., will launch its groundbreaking event, the Mindanao Exporters Congress (MEC) set on August 1-3, 2013.
The congress will be held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier.
KORONADAL CITY -- The ban on open pit mining in South Cotabato will remain a major stumbling block in the effort of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) to develop the Tampakan project with the election of the new set of provincial officials in the May 13 polls.
For one, Representative Daisy Avance-Fuentes (second district) has been elected as the new governor and vowed to implement the ban on open-pit mining in the next three years until 2016.
IN LINE with the celebration of farmers and fisherfolk month this May, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is conducting free seminar on livestock raising, staring today until Friday.
The free seminar will be conducted at DA Davao office in Bangoy St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DAMOSA Land Inc. (DLI) on Saturday held the groundbreaking for the development of Damosa Fairlane's clubhouse, marking another milestone in the company's thrust in real property development.
DLI is investing some P8 to P10 million for the clubhouse, whose features include a swimming pool and a playground for residents. The clubhouse is set to be completed in the summer of 2014.
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Oriental has jumpstarted its livelihood interventions for Typhoon Pablo victims in the province.
Jose Calub, DTI-DO chief trade and industry development specialist, said the Oplan Pablo or Program to Accelerate Building Livelihood Opportunities is the contribution of the DTI to the overall Rehabilitation Program of Davao Oriental with the theme "Building Back Better" spearheaded by the provincial government.
LEADING independent oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. will continue to embark on massive expansion this year, eyeing more areas that are not served by big players in the industry.
Phoenix vice president for external affairs and business development lawyer Raymond Zorrilla said they are looking at 100 more stations to be established this year, in addition to 300 stations at the close of 2012.
"HAYAHAY" (very comfortable); It's an easy-ride," Jercies Patagoc said, describing the road condition he had traversed from their farm in Barangay Kikipot to the town center in Kibawe Bukidnon.
The 32-year-old corn farmer has been delighted by the completion of the farm-to-market road that connects their sitio to the town proper where they deliver most of their produce.
DAVAO DEL NORTE -- Grantees of the Special Program for Students (Spes) in the province are happy the Provincial Government has finally deployed them to their respective assigned offices.
The province facilitated the employment contract of the first batch of Spes with 140 recipients after the lapse of the election ban, which froze the implementation of the program as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) prohibited the release, disbursement or expenditure of public funds, including the hiring of employees, from March 29 to May 13 this year.
FOR many years now, when talk among friends and business associates turn to analyzing the widespread business success of people of Chinese origin, one of the factors being mentioned for such is their trustworthiness.
It is said that they readily lend capital in terms of cash or credit line to their fellow Chinese because they are 100 percent sure that they can be trusted upon to repay their debts. Most often, these are not covered by any collateral or often the deals are closed verbally.
THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced it will begin direct flights from Manila to Phuket, Thailand, starting August 16, 2013.
CEB is the first and only airline to provide direct air services from the Philippines to this popular island destination.
DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region will be hosting the 1st National Industry Cluster Investment Conference entitled "Investing in Priority Industry Cluster for SME's(Small-Medium Enterprises): A Conference" on June 25-26, this year at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.
Among industries that will be showcased in the event are the priority industry cluster on banana, coconut, seaweed, mangoes, wood, mining, tourism, and information communication technology (ICT).
THE Department of Trade and Industry in Davao Region will be conducting its annual "Diskwento Caravan" on May 31 at the main lobby of City Hall Building in Davao City.
DTI regional chief of Consumer Welfare and Trade Regulation (CWTR) Division Robert Barlis said the caravan is intended to help consumers on their financial concerns regarding the increasing prices of basic school supplies before the start of the incoming school year.
DAVAO del Norte's strong support for organic agriculture is paying off.
The Provincial Agriculturist Office (Pagro) noted an unprecedented increase in the demand for Compost Fungus Activator (CFA), (trichoderma harzianum), which is used to decompose rice straws to serve as organic fertilizer.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) through the National Irrigation Administration has allotted P3.5 million for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) intended for the farmers and fishers who were affected by typhoon Pablo in December last year.
4Ps is a government program that aims to reduce poverty and social development strategy that provides cash grants to extremely poor households especially those affected by the recent calamities which destroy their crops.
THE Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (Pcab) has called on contractors to renew their licenses soonest to avoid rush, delay and penalties.
Starting the first day of February, PCAB, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has already been accepting renewal applications for the fiscal year 2013-2014. However, it has been observed that some who are into the construction business have not yet submitted their renewal application.
VISTA Land & Lifescapes, Inc., the country's largest homebuilder, announced that the company's net income for the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012 rose by 29 percent to P1.342 billion from P1.036 billion.
Revenues were P4.86 billion for the first quarter of this year compared to the P4.02 billion realized during the comparable period last year.
THREE metric tons of aromatic and organic black, brown and red rice is being exported to Hong Kong in a ceremonial send-off in Tefasco Wharf on Wednesday.
Led by Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary Dante Delima, the ceremony was a historical milestone for the country since for a long time the country was a dependent importer of rice from Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and other rice exporting countries.
A TOTAL of Australian colleges and Universities will be exhibited in Australian Education Exhibition on May 17 hosted by IDP Philippines for the first time to be hold in Davao City.
The schools will showcase their programs and campus facilities to anyone who is aspiring to experience an international education.
MARCO Polo will be showcasing the regional flavors of Filipino delicacies entitled "Flavors of the Philippines" starting Wednesday up to 31th of this month.
This is part of their monthly promotion activity in partnership with the Department of Tourism in Davao Region.
THE Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) reported a decrease in revenue collection in the first quarter of 2013, but noted an increase at the beginning of second quarter.
DCOTT officer-in-charge Edgardo Colvo said they posted a revenue collection of P4.910 million from January to March this year, which showed a slight decrease from P4.934-million collection during the same period last year.
ELEVEN beneficiaries of Mother for Peace Superfood Carts, initiated by Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW), have started selling healthy food products as part of their advocacy to eradicate junk food.
Davao City has been chosen as pilot area for the health program and economic enterprise for women in Mindanao as part of MCW's Mothers for Peace Social Enterprise Program.
THE Don Bosco Multi-Purpose Cooperative will be holding a ceremonial send-off for the export of black, red and brown rice to Hong Kong at Tefasco Wharf in Panacan, Davao City today, Wednesday.
The ceremony will be facilitated by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Processo Alcala.