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Sorsogon MSMEs to venture on pili food products

by BA Recebido

Sorsogon City (14 August) — Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Sorsogon province should venture on pili farming and product development due to its promising local and foreign marketability, according to the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) branch here.

Eleanor A. Eco, DBP branch manager here, said the pili industry offers a very good opportunity for the locals, wherein they can avail of the credit facility under the One Town One Product (OTOP) supported by DBP that provides capitalization for the business.

Eco, however, recommended that it would be something original and of better value if business ventures will not focus on pili sweet products alone, rather develop products such as pili jelly roll, bread with pili spread or pili inspired filling, pudding, cake, pastries and even ice cream, among others.

“I observed in Sorsogon, that seldom such pili food products are made. In most cases, pili products are limited only to candies or other simple confectioneries”, she said.

Eco said DBP specifically promotes pili because it is one among the many indigenous product of Sorsogon with high nutritive value.

“Pili food products will surely be a’click’ to many especially that nowadays people tend to become more health conscious,” she stresse

via PIA Information Services – Philippine Information Agency.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates, What's Happening Here?,

33 KALAHI projects completed in Sorsogon

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Bicol (OPAB) has reported that 33 infrastructure projects were completed in 26 barangays in this province under the Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) program of the national government.

Corazon Astillero of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) here disclosed that twenty six out of the thirty eight targeted far flung barangays in the province are now reaping the benefits of various projects completely implemented by the KALAHI program.

Astillero said in Sorsogon City particularly in Bacon district, residents of 10 barangays are now benefiting from three level 2 water systems and nine school buildings constructed, and two classrooms repaired.

“In Castilla town, 11 barangays benefit from the water system expansion, eight school buildings, two level 2 water systems, regravelling of access road and opening of 4.5 kms access road while five barangays from Pto. Diaz town also benefit from the constructed five classroom buildings and two level 2 water systems,” she added.

Still according to Astillero, in Donsol town, nine barangays will be benefited once the opening of 1.3 kms. new access road and repair of 2.2 kms. existing road will be finished.

“Aside form these, there are still upcoming projects to be implemented soon by KALAHI in the said mu

via PIA Information Services – Philippine Information Agency.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,

Sorsogon lawmaker wants pork barrel hiked

Amid criticisms against Malacañang over two extravagant dinners in the United States, an administration congressman is pushing for an increase in lawmakers’ pork barrel funds.

Rep. Jose Solis of Sorsogon province filed House Bill 1232 seeking an upgrade of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), citing high costs of commodities, particularly construction materials.

“The PDAF has remained constant for four years, that is, at P20 million during the period 2003-2006 and thereafter, remained at P30 million for three years between 2007-2009,” Solis said in an article on the House of Representatives website.

Solis, 69, is a member of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) party. Kampi has since merged with Lakas-CMD.

Solis also pointed out that their so-called Various Infrastructure and Local Projects (VILP) has not fared much better compared to the PDAF.

He said that from 2003-2004, their VILP was fixed at P50 million but it plunged to a mere P20 million in 2005-2006 and recovered partially at P40 million in 2006-2009.

“The irregular, anemic and sometimes regressive annual adjustments in the aforesaid congressional funds, which have not taken into account the continuous rise in the prices of labor and construction materials, have correspondingly failed to stem the tide of widespread poverty and check the advance of disillusionment of the people,” Solis said.

He also noted the almost zero or even negative growth of the economy brought about by the global financial crisis.

The pork barrel allocation had been denounced even by some senators, notably Panfilo Lacson, who claimed it was being misused by a lot of legislators and by recipients.

Lacson himself had filed graft charges against some officials in Cavite for allegedly misusing his PDAF in the past.

Some justify its existence as a “necessary evil” or an “equalizer” especially to provinces or districts who are always left behind in the allocation of regular government funds.

Solis said that those especially affected by the specter of recession and economic contraction would be the poorest of the poor.

According to him, the current global financial crisis necessitates pump-priming responses from the government, which include stimulating the domestic demand to offset the drying-up of the export markets.

“The congressional discretionary fund was conceived precisely to augment the existing meager funds for countryside development. These funds have remained to be the most flexible, expeditious and responsive pro-poor instrument for progress in our districts,” he said. – GMANews.TV

via GMANews.TV – Sorsogon lawmaker wants pork barrel hiked – Nation – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News.

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