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Carabao Dairy: A Livelihood We Call Our Own

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Carlito Autida, 45, married to Rosalie, 43, and father to (10) children, expressed his gratitude to the government for lighting up the hopes of every poor family by giving them a livelihood of their own.

“After years of waiting I can confidently say that we already have our own source of livelihood,” said Carlito, a partner-beneficiary under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

The SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the government implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation.

The Autida family lives in Bay-ang, Ubay, Bohol where the couple till the 1.5 hectares rice field owned by Carlito’s father, Tiburcio Autida. This has been their livelihood for 20 years now.

Carlito and Rosalie would plant and harvest twice a year. The yield every harvest is 200 sacks of paddy or 140 sacks of milled rice. Since the Autida family is a tenant, Carlito has to give one fourth share of the 140 to his father, which is 35 sacks. The remaining 105 sacks of milled rice will go to Carlito’s family.

Every sack of milled rice contains 35 kilos. A big business establishment in Bohol has been a regular customer of Carlito and buys the rice for P18.00 per kilo. The family gets a total of P66,150.00 out from the 105 sacks. But Carlito said that their total expense for every cropping would total to P40,000 from the land preparation to harvest time. Basically, the family earns a net income of only P20,150 twice a year.

While farming is their main livelihood some family members also work as laborers even for a short period of time to help the family put food on the table.

Some of the Autida children namely, Charlie, 23; Oscar, 22; twins Misael and Michael, 18; and Carlo, 15; help their parents in the farm and other livelihood activities. These children only finished high school.

Shaila, 20, the only girl among the siblings, is currently in Grade 11. James, 12, is in Grade 6; Jay-R, 9, Grade 4 and Calex, 5, a preschooler. Xavier Benedict, youngest is 9 months old.

Since the family would only have two cropping a year, the Audtidas also looked for additional livelihood activity. In 2013, when the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) located in Ubay identified the Autida family to be one of the families to take care of dairy carabaos, they grabbed the rare opportunity without second thoughts.

The family has been taking care of the five (5)) dairy carabaos entrusted to them by the PCC, which also helps augment their income. One of these dairy carabaos has already produced 3.5 liters a day.

Aside from the five (5) dairy carabaos they received from the PCC, the Autida family is also one of the recipients of the 500-female dairy carabaos given by the DSWD through the SLP in partnership with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in Lomangog, Ubay, Bohol.

The dairy carabao given by DSWD delivered a calf in March 2017 and has started producing milk. As of now, it already produces 1 liter of milk a day.

The Autida family is paid by the PCC for every liter of milk the carabaos produce. Presently, the two milking carabaos have been producing 4.5 liters a day. A liter of milk is worth P45.00.

The family earns at least P202.50 a day or P 6,277.50 monthly out from milk production since only two (2) out of six (6) dairy carabaos are producing milk. Currently, the remaining four (4) Carabaos are drying off of milk because one is pregnant and the other 3 are experiencing difficulty in pregnancy. The drying off of milk means less in milk production.

The Carabao produces milk right after giving birth. And milking could last until the 10th month from giving birth. Beyond that, they would no longer be allowed for milking for this will make them bony and unproductive.

“Lisod kaayo among kahimtang labi na nga pag-uma lang among gisaligan. Pero tungod sa nadawat namo nga Carabao gikan sa DSWD ug sa giamoma namo nga 5 ka Carabao sa PCC, napun-an intawon among kita (We are in difficult situation especially that we only depend on farming. The five carabaos from PCC and the one Carabao we received from DSWD have indeed given us additional income),” said Carlito.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program implemented by the DSWD has helped the Autidas start a carabao dairy livelihood that now supports the family aside from farming.

A livelihood, which Carlito and Rosalie Autida proudly call their own.

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Capitol Intensifies Program for Farmers Province-Wide

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It is a solid start for the Provincial Government as it gears up for the implementation and continuation of key projects set for 2018, including the food security program for farmers province-wide.

For January this year, around 700 farmers across Cebu province graduated from the Farmer Scientists’ Research, Development and Extension Training Program (FSTP). The graduates hail from the towns of Compostela, Carmen, Tuburan, Oslob, Alcoy, Dumanjug, Moalboal, Badian, Ginatilan and the city of Danao.

Last year, a total of 2,426 farmer-scientists in the province graduated. Out of the said number, 1,346 completed Phase 3, which qualifies the farmer-scientist to teach fellow farmers on how to increase their yield.

In the first phase, farmers are exposed to research while the second phase allows the farmers to determine which production technologies are adoptable in their farms.

“Musugot diay mo nga magsalig ta sa atong pagkaon sa laing nasud? Padayon nga nag-evolve ron ang atong teknolohiya ug kailangan lang ni nato sabayan aron kita mas mulambo pa (We can’t just rely our food supplies from other countries. Our technology is continuously innovating and we just need to go with it in order to achieve progress),” said Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena.

Dr. Saragena also assured that the Capitol will continue to support the farmers, which is why his office has an allotted P40 million budget for the said program this year.

For Santiago Dasillo, the lone Phase 3 graduate in Badian, his FSTP completion is just the start.

“52 anyos nako pero ako mala-umon gihapon nga maka-tudlo gihapon ko sa akong mga kaubanan (I am now at the age of 52 but I will still continue sharing my learnings to my fellow farmers),” Dasillo said.

Dasillo’s daughter was also present during the simple ceremony held at the Badian covered court, to receive her mother’s certificate of completion. Mrs. Dasillo recently died in August.

More than just planting and growing crop, the project aims to boost the morale of the farmers and realize that their efforts are vital in putting food on the table.

“Truly, farmers are the heroes of our lands. Let us therefore recognize them with honor and dignity and support them to achieve their long desired abundant productivity,” said Dr. Romulo Davide, Capitol consultant for agriculture.

The FSTP is part of Governor Hilario P. Davide III’s six-key development agenda, specifically under countryside development.

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CSC-7: Limited Slots Left for March 18 Exam in Cebu City

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The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office-7 has announced that there are only 461 slots available as of Jan. 19 for the Career Service Examination scheduled on March 18, 2018.

According to CSC-7 Public Assistance and Liaison Division Supervising Personnel Specialist Salve Ilustrisimo, their office has already received numerous applications and they are looking at a limited number of rooms for the exams in Cebu City.

“We might stop accepting applications for the examination before the deadline on January 31,” he said.

CSC-7 is advising Cebu City applicants not to wait for the deadline but to immediately visit the CSC regional office at Sudlon, Lahug, this city.

Interested applicants can contact CSC-7 thru telephone numbers (032) 414-7488 and 414-7676 for confirmation of available slots. (jsme/PIA7-Cebu/CSC-7)

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Capitol Distributes P6M-Worth of Cattle Squeezer, Abattoir Equipment

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Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III on January 16, 2018 turned over to various LGUs components of meat dressing equipment and squeeze chutes worth P5.673 million, prompting Cebu as the first provincial government to provide its LGUs with this type of machinery.

In a talk during the formal turn-over ceremony, Davide revealed that giving out these chutes is among the Capitol’s archetypal feat, as this is the ‘first time’ they dispense a huge cattle handling facility with a dimension of 2 x 3 x 10 meters.

A squeeze chute is a strongly built stall for safe holding of cattle, horses or other livestock while they are examined or given veterinary treatment.

The cage will provide for safety of the animal and the people attending it because the close-fitting crush ensures that the animal stands “stock still”.

In line with the Provincial Veterinary Office’s Artificial Insemination (AI) Program, these cattle crush will minimize the risk of injury to both the animal and the operator while an AI operation is performed.

Provincial Veterinarian Mary Rose Vincoy said the chutes, which costs around P188,000 each, will speed up implementation of the AI program as genetic improvement of livestock will become fast and easy.

During the ceremony, a veterinarian demonstrated how to squeeze-in a huge 20 month old Red Brahman inside a squeeze chute. While pressed inside the crusher, one can milk the cow, examine its front legs, hind legs, neck or subject the cow in heat to AI procedure.

Moreover, Department of Agriculture (DA)-7 Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba said the Capitol’s move is responsive as Central Visayas’ economy is mainly driven by poultry and livestock. Elumba is among the guests in last Monday’s ceremony.

Elumba explained that while the DA is just starting to include the chutes in its budget, the Capitol is already proceeding with its distribution.

“Karon pa maoy pagsugod pag-apil (squeeze chute) sa budget sa Department of Agriculture, pero ang Cebu naa na,” said Elumba.

Davide and members of the Provincial Board (PB) members present turned over 23 squeeze chutes, five viscera inspection tables, 20 live weight weighing scale, five evisceration platform and 51 tattoo slapper with ink.

Present during the ceremony were Sogod Mayor Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan, Marilyn Wenceslao of Santander, Erwin Yu of Tudela, Mariano Martinez of San Remigio, Lito Creus of Malabuyoc, and Nicepuro Apura of Carcar city.

Vice mayors Greman Solante of Tudela, Richard Streegan of Sogod and agriculture officers of recipient LGUs also attended and claimed their equipment.

Also present were PB members Celestino Martinez III, Jerome Librando, Christoper Baricuatro, Horacio Franco III and Jude Sybico.

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8990 Holdings Launches P2-B Cebu Mid-rise Condo Dev’t

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Listed mass housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. expects to generate Php2 billion in sales from its second mid-rise condominium development in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, as it expands its footprint in high growth areas across Visayas and Mindanao.

8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy said continued strong demand prompted the company to launch Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2, which it would spend around Php800 million for its development until 2021.

Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2 will have 21 four-storey buildings served by elevators. Each building will have an average of 70 units or a total of 1,392 units for the entire project.

Its first project in Tisa has already been sold out..

“Urban Deca Homes Tisa 1 was well-received by the market due to its affordability combined with a great view of the mountains on one side while overlooking Cebu City and the sea on the other side,” said 8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy.

The company is allotting Php3 billion for capital expenditures this year for the development of more mass housing projects, both vertical and horizontal, as it aims to help the government reduce the huge housing backlog of 5.9 million units.

Uy said revenue growth now depends on how fast they can secure permits to sell because they have already bought the land that they need and demand continues to be strong.

8990 Holdings still has a land bank of about 554 hectares, although it will continue to purchase land but less aggressively as it just needs to replace those that it will use for development.

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