They live ordinary lives, a hint of affluent lifestyle glaringly absent as they go on with their daily routine at the farming village of Barangay Capayuran. Remegio and Julie Matalubos have been drawing in conflict-affected communities in the fringes of Liguasan Marsh to pursue peace through an ingenious method: turning the menacing water hyacinth into organic fertilizer. Water hyacinth is a major headache in Central Mindanao and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. An estimated 20 hectares of water hyacinth accumulated last year along the Rio Grande de Mindanao, causing massive flooding in Cotabato City and the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao. The floods forced tens of thousands of people to evacuation centers with agricultural damage estimated at P332 million. But for the couple, water hyacinths — rather than a curse — should be considered a source of hope to alleviate poverty and help establish peace in conflict-affected communities. The husband and wife team run the Grassroots Integral Development Initiative (GIDI) Natural Organic Fertilizer as part of their missionary work in the area. Describing themselves as “reformers,” Mr. Matalubos said their venture involves the participation of rebels belonging to either the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or the Moro National Liberation Front. “We coordinate with the commanders of both groups to gather water hyacinths in the Liguasan Marsh… Some of the laborers are Moro rebels,” he said. GIDI sources the water hyacinth from at least seven communities within the marsh, particularly in the towns of Pigcawayan and Midsayap. “It’s a big help to the community. It brings not only productivity but also unity among the residents,” Mr. Matalubos said. Zayda Indayla, one of the suppliers of water hyacinth, cited GIDI as a social enterprise that work well for the community, having involved several families. “It tremendously helped in making the communities peaceful. There’s not much trouble because people earn incomes,” Ms. Indayla said, noting that theft or robbery incidents have been reduced as residents have become productive. GIDI’s organic venture also benefits persons with disabilities who are hired in the production process, said Ms. Indayla, the wife of a soldier. Children as young as 12 years old, with the consent of their parents, are also involved in the water hyacinth production chain. “They seem to enjoy gathering the water hyacinths in the marsh. To them it’s like playing because they also swim,” Ms. Indayla said. A dried water hyacinth fetches P60 per sack. Water hyacinth is the major component (about 60%-70%) of the organic fertilizer that GIDI produces. It is mixed with other organic materials like guano and phosphate rocks. Other ingredients are also abundant in North Cotabato, said Mr. Matalubos, noting the reserves have largely remained untapped for a century. “There are 17 caves in the province, and we have only tapped three caves where we can get 200 bags from each daily,” he said. GIDI Natural Organic Fertilizer is a high-grade natural organic fertilizer made up of water hyacinth compost and century-old guano mined from the caves, a product briefer said. It has high organic matter contents capable of supplying complete nutrients needed by a plant, it added. The briefer also noted that the plant improves the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil. GIDI sells the water hyacinth organic fertilizers for P250 per bag. Mr. Matalubos, who formulated the mixture, said their main buyers so far are banana and sugar plantations operating in different provinces in Mindanao. The production plant is capable of producing at least 10,000 bags of organic fertilizers from water hyacinth a month. The government, through the Department of Science and Technology, has extended technical and financial assistance to enhance the operation of GIDI. Using the water hyacinth organic fertilizers, GIDI also embarks on vermin-composting, which it sells at a much higher price of up to P400 per sack. Mr. Matalubos said they are glad to be an instrument of peace in North Cotabato. –Romer S. Sarmiento http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Nation&title=Water-hyacinth-venture-brings-livelihood,-peace&id=53343
KORONADAL CITY, June 1 (PIA) — Farmer-irrigators in North Cotabato will hold a tree-planting activity in Alamada town, where a target of 500 seedlings will be added to more than 7,000 seedlings that were planted earlier.
The activity scheduled on June 7 and 8 will also be participated by different government agencies in the area.
In line with this, the Department of Agriculture (DA-12) has distributed 8,000 arabica coffee seedlings, which will also be planted in Alamada as one of the climate change mitigation initiatives of the national government.
The distribution of arabaca coffee seedlings was coursed through the office of North Cotabato First District Rep. Jesus Sacdalan.
ANOTHER legislative district should be carved out in North Cotabato due to its growing population, a bill proposed in the Senate stated.
Citing data from the National Statistics Office, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the province’s population stood at 1,226,508 in 2010, a number which is vital in keeping the province’s leadership in the production of cereals, tropical fruits, vegetables, sugarcane, coconut, coffee, freshwater fish, and livestock.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/25 May) – Revenue officers in North Cotabato padlocked on Thursday one of the biggest grocery centers in Midsayap town due to its alleged failure to pay taxes amounting to P6 million.
Venerando Homez, head of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District 108 based here, identified the store they served closure as PM Grocery Center. PM stands for Pablo Momo, the name of the owner of the establishment.
The closure order was issued by BIR Deputy Commissioner Nelson Aspe, according to Homez.
Records from the BIR showed that PM Grocery Center violated several provisions of Republic Act No. 7642, or an Act Increasing the Penalties for Tax Evasion, amending some pertinent sections of the National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines.
According to Homez, the owner underestimated his taxable income by more than 30 percent.
here are the list of Philippine Stocks with symbols that can be traded in the US using TradeKing, Scottrade, TDAmeritrade
- JBFCF.PK – Jollibee Foods Corporation
- SMGBY.PK – San Miguel Corporation
- PHI (NYSE)- Philippine Long Distance Co
- SPHXF – SM Prime Holdings
- SVTMY – SM Investments
- JGSHF.PK – JG Summit Holdings Inc
- AYAAF.PK – Ayala Land
- AYYLF.PK – Ayala Corp
- BPHLY.PK – Bank of PHilippine Islands
- FPHHF.PK – First Philippine Holdings Corp
- EGDCY.PK – Energy Development Corporation
- GTMEF.PK – Globe Telecom
- MTPOY.PK – Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company
- PXMFF.PK – Philex Mining Corporation
- UVRBF.PK – Universal Robina Corp
This is so far the partial list of Stocks traded in the Philippines Stock EXchange (PSE) that you can buy in US Stock Markets using brokers in the United States.
What I noticed with this list of stocks that are traded in PSE is… they are big and stable companies in the pHILIPPINES with strong leadership, and growth potential. They also have aggressive leadership that they already jumped to neighboring countries like China, TAiwan, Vietnam, Singapore to expand their market share, example of these are Jollibee, San Miguel, JG Summit, Robinson Robina, ICTSI, PHI, and SM.
Jollibee Stock Price is $2.47 (May31,2012) TagaAmerica.com
COTABATO CITY — An alliance of municipalities in North Cotabato’s first district has intensified its “bayanihan” spirit and implemented infrastructure in underdeveloped villages.
The PALMA+PB, which stands for the initials letters of the towns of Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Libungan,Midsayap and Alamada plus Pikit and Banisilan, has pulled its resources and equipment to implement road development projects in 17 villages ofMidsayap.
Road rehabilitation is ongoing and expected to be completed before the year ends, according to Midsayap municipal planning development coordinator Hernane Gravina Jr.
He said the local government of Midsayap has allocated some P2 million for the ongoing project.
COTABATO CITY, Dec. 23 (PIA) — Some 46 women in North Cotabato recently underwent a seminar on good manufacturing practices, food safety management system, packaging and labeling, courtesy of the regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-12).
The seminar is in line with DOST-12’s advocacy to boost the capacity of women entrepreneurs in the province.
Part of the risk taking personality is the ability to overcome failure, …most of us, we go home and we cry, probably for many days; one of the things billionaires makes them successful is their reaction to failure.
Quoted from 20/20 ABC