Mindanao Newsbits

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DENR, mining firm to deploy forest rangers

BAYUGAN III, Rosario, Agusan del Sur - A mining firm that pledged to continue helping the government in its environment preservation and forest protection has poured another financial assistance by deputizing Forest Rangers to thwart "kaingin making" and timber poaching in Northeastern Mindanao, particularly in this land-locked timber-producing province. Under a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the Philsaga Mining Corporation and Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Agusan del Sur Province, the mining company committed to shoulder the monthly salaries of the Forest Rangers that will be employed to conduct forest protection and other related activities. Philsaga Mining Corporation was represented by its president retired Army Col. Samuel G. Afdal, while Agusan del Sur PENR Officer Sixto C. Badua and Bunawan CENR Officer Eutiquio M. Bade, Jr. represented the DENR. The signing was also witnessed by other top mining and local government unit officials in Bunawan town. The MoA signing was also witnessed by other stakeholders, particularly those coming from the provincial and municipal government and officials of the multi-sectoral-forest protection committee (MFPC). It was gathered that Philsaga mining shoulder the salaries of the Forest Rangers, while the DENR will conduct recruitment, orientation, training, seminars, deputation and supervision of the rangers. (Mike Crismundo)

Davao dad shows viability of village coffee industry

DAVAO CITY (PNA) - City Council Rachel Zozobrado is urging prospective investors in this city to start their own business ventures in the third district, particularly in her Barangay Buda in Marilog. Zozobrado said coffee drinking has become a way of life not only in Davao or in the Philippines but in other countries as well. As a proof, she even cited the annual revenues and aggressive marketing campaigns of well-known coffeeshop chains in the country. "Coffee was one of the seven agricultural products cited as a possible income earner for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) during the recent Mindanao Investment Conference, and the Marilog area has vast lands that can be planted to coffee," Zozobrado said. …