water 01In Dalaguete, we believe that water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land. Hence, the Dalaguete Water Summit 2017 held at Dakong Bato last September 26-27. This summit talks about how significant the water resource in the municipality and how we can find ways for its sustainability for the next generation. This 2-day summit was attended by 18 barangay captains/ representatives representing their designated barangays and the water service providers for domestic and agricultural (irrigation). Distinguished speakers who were equally adept in their fields made the summit successful and they were, Soil and Water Conservation Foundation, Incorporated; represented by William Granert, Joel Carino and Engr. Fe Walag, Engr. Ligaya Señor, Mrs. Maria Luisa Villahermosa, Ms. Danica Osorio, and Engr. Petronio Muring,

Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante welcomed everyone with a talk about sustainability. The vision of Dalaguete Water Resource should be prioritized above all in a way that one should be adamant in preserving and using it properly. Further, he believed that our water system in Dalaguete is economically stable but should not be abused for it is finite, so one should use it properly. The event is helpful because it allows the participants to interact with different people and gives everyone the perspective to where the water industry is going. Furthermore, Hon. Cesante highlighted the formulation of the Dalaguete Integrated Water Authority coined as DIWA of which its advocacy is to unify all water providers to give a more effective and sustainable services to the whole town of Dalaguete.

The Training Management Team headed by Mr. Jan Dwight Paquilit set up the preliminaries like the expectation setting and the workshop overview before Engr. Donald Abraham Lara gave the summit purpose and the significance for the summit.

water 02The seminar-workshop officially started with an environmental awareness talk from the Soil and Water Conservation Foundation Incorporated giving greater points to the importance of biodiversity and the overview of Karst. Mr. Joel Carino, Executive Assistant of SWCFI, shared that in the last 100 years average global temperature has increased by 0.74°C, rainfall patterns have changed and the frequency of extreme events increased. Change has not been uniform on either a spatial or temporal scale and the range of change, in terms of climate and weather, has also been variable. Change in climate has consequences on the biophysical environment such as changes in the start and length of the seasons, glacial retreat, and decrease in Arctic sea ice extent and a rise in sea level. Furthermore, the dissolution of soluble rocks namely limestone, dolomites and gypsum affects the underground drainage systems and later on formed as sinkholes and caves. These changes have already had an observable impact on biodiversity at the species level, in term of phenology, distribution and populations, and ecosystem level in terms of distribution, composition and function.

After lunch, William Granert and Engr. Fe Walag continued their talk about the groundwater recharge. In a bigger concept he explained about the Groundwater recharge or deep percolation as a hydrologic process where water moves downward from surface water to ground water. Recharge is the primary method through which water enters an aquifer. This process usually occurs in the vadose zone below plant roots and is often expressed as a flux to the water table surface. Recharge occurs both naturally (through the water cycle) and through anthropogenic processes (i.e., "artificial groundwater recharge"), where rainwater and or reclaimed water is routed to the subsurface. Therefore, it’s important to take care of the trees and plants surrounding the water source. SWCFI also had a demonstration with the use of their specially engineered model on Karst showed how the water in the aquifer can be easily and drastically be contaminated especially most of the soil structures in the whole province of Cebu is karst.

Globally, the inequalities between those having access to water both living in an urban and rural areas have decreased but large gaps remain. The most deprived are still using untreated surface waters like lakes and rivers. Many of those deprived communities are located in remote hard to reach areas. Therefore, rural water supply will remain a challenge for many national governments and their development partners in the coming decade.

water 03Day one ended with the RHU represented, Ma’am Ma. Luisa Villahermosa graciously shared her expertise about water, hygiene and sanitation which was a very interactive talk. She gave light to the importance of water to our health. She emphasized that water is essential for the survival and development of everyone. Without water, we simply cannot thrive in a healthy environment. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, strengthen poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, she talked about how many possible waterborne diseases if we don’t take care of our water resources. Waterborne diseases are caused by drinking contaminated or dirty water. Contaminated water can cause many types of diarrheal diseases, including Cholera, and other serious illnesses such as Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery. Water related diseases cause 3.4 million deaths each year. Therefore, it is essential for us to take extra care of our water resources.

The training management team opened the second day with a recap of the previous day’s event. Everyone was cooperative especially in giving out their points from yesterday and excited to eventually share it to their respective barangays. After the recap was a talk from Ma. Danica Nina Osorio, CPA which is about the basic accounting for waterworks. In her talk includes the overview, treatment of accounts and tariff computation. She gave importance to the coherence of the money, especially in the cycle of the waterworks. Her talk ended with a sample problem solving which made everyone elated.

water 04Engr. Petronio Muring had the half day to himself by inculcating the operations and maintenance of the waterworks. In his talk included the institutional management, formulation of local policy, staffing and recruitment, procedures and activities in providing continuous and sustainable water supply and mostly ensuring water sustainability. He shared further that water conservation not only saves us money, it saves energy as well and ensures the health and well-being of our bodies and our environment. He believed that the water business is something that we need to integrate as there is no way we can work individually. We need to learn from each other. We need to learn to communicate with each other, share lessons and learn about the different technologies and experiences.

Overall, the Dalaguete Water Summit 2017 made an astounding impression of bringing together many thinkers in a broad geographic base - from consultants, to academics, and barangay captains - to have a lot of different ideas flowing to able to bring the best in the municipality together to look at the potential issues and potential solutions in our Waterworks.

The Community-Based Monitoring Seminar has officially started this month with the first Module Seminar-workshop held at Blue Pot Family Resort, Cawayan, Dalaguete, Cebu from September 4-8,2017. It took a lot of planning, crafting and leading in order for this project to reach its optimum potential to be adapted finally in the Municipality. What then is CBMS? What is the rationale for CBMS? It is a standard poverty monitoring systems (PMS) in the Philippines which generally rely on surveys such as Income-Expenditure surveys, Health surveys, Censuses, etc. The CBMS Network, which is under the Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies of De La Salle University-Manila, is part of the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network with fund support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-Ottawa, Canada. Furthermore, The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) is an organized and digitized process of data collection and processing at the local level and of integration of data in local planning, program implementation and impact-monitoring. It is a system that promotes evidence-based policy-making and program implementation while empowering communities to participate in the process. It was developed in the early 1990s under the Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) Project-Philippines to provide policymakers and program implementer with a good information base for tracking the impacts of macroeconomic reforms and various policy shocks. Currently, coordination on CBMS work is being handled by the CBMS Network Coordinating Team. The team have partnered with a number of agencies to scale up the implementation of the CBMS particularly to the  Department of the Interior and Local Government – lead agency in providing capacity building to local government units and other government agencies.

tumblr ow7f9a2xnS1v6ycn2o9 1280The Module 1 seminar speakers, who are  adept in their own respective fields  from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are Ma’am Ammie Marie Generale, Sir Michael Eltanal and Dennis Itom. These speakers wouldn’t be possible without the Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO), Ma’am Susan Tolentino. The speakers guided our 30 enumerators, 7 field editors, 4 data processors and the Techinical Working Group leaded by Engr. Donald Abraham Lara with Sir Neil Arvin Barte as the lead focal to the technicalities of the enumeration for the whole duration of the monitoring for 5 days. The group also will be deployed to the different barangays and sitios for the enumeration proper. Mayor Cesante was there on the first day and assured the enumerators of his full support to the project. Present also on the one week seminar were the secretaries of the 33 barangays that were assigned as field coordinators, they will be responsible in guiding the enumerators to the far-flung areas in their barangay. Moreover, the mayor graciously thanked the secretaries for devoting their time to be a part of this massive project to the municipality.

From first to the third day, the speakers tackled up the following 186 questions that every household should answer or relative questions that the household should at least answer in order to be a part of the system. The enumerators had a jump packed start since they are learning by doing from the start of the seminar. Furthermore, the enumerators were collaborating with the barangay secretaries for the possible situations that they are going to encounter on the real enumerating part.

The second day was immensely good because the enumerators and the field editors were given their own tablet as a service equipment to the enumeration with the application from the CBMS team continued up to the third day. The speakers entertained all the queries that the participants wanted to be clarified.

On the fourth day of the seminar was the actual simulation of what they have learned from the speakers. They went to at least 33 Cawayan Households with the supportive barangay secretaries all tablets in tow. Some were successful which made them elated yet the common problem the enumerators encountered were the tablet malfunction which brought a positive impact to the IT team because they can eventually address ahead of the time the problems that concerns more on the technical sides before the enumeration proper. Right after their enumeration, they were once again met by the Mayor for following questions that concerns to this project particularly on their safety albeit the barangay secretaries were very supportive and shows eagerness to show their hospitality at all cost. The Mayor added that he is very supportive to this endeavor in order for him to address what is still lacking in order for the municipality to reach its potential and to be constantly in line with the first class municipalities in the province.

The last day was a mixture of pressure and enjoyment. The participants, yes, including the TWG were adamant to start right away in order for what they have learned from the 5 days of seminar be practiced. They were given their full kit as enumerators, field editors and data processors which included bags, 2 shirts, an umbrella, notes, pens ids’ and necessary tool for the enumeration. Everyone was gladdened when they received their full provisions for the duration of the enumeration. The seminar-workshop ended with the TWG headed by Engr. Lara gave certificates to the participants with Ma’am Susan of DILG.

Beginnings will always be difficult but with great camaraderie and optimism, the Community-Based Monitoring System will eventually uplift the municipality’s dire need of information especially to the  poverty-restricted area and what programs should be done to address such problems.

piñol manta“To bring the government closer to the farmers at the countryside”, this was the promised of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” F. Piñol’s Biyaheng Bukid Program, as he personally goes to upland areas and interacts with the farmers.

The Municipal Government of Dalaguete (MGD), Province of Cebu, spearheaded by Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante, CPA offered a warm “WELCOME” to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel  F. Piñol, 2nd District Congressman Wilfredo S. Caminero, DA-RFO 7 Regional Director Atty. Salvador D. Diputado, LLM. Ph.D, and Party during their visit in Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete last August 18, 2017.

Sec. Manny F. Piñol and Party made a tour of the established Dalaguete Vegetable Trading Center in Mantalongon and followed by a Farmers’ Dialogue held at San Isidro Community Center (SICC).  Mayor Cesante expressed a word of thanks to Sec. Manny F. Piñol and to all who joined the activity. He presented the existing and proposed Agricultural Development Programs/Projects in the municipality and committed full support in the implementation of the Department of Agriculture Banner Programs/Projects. On the other hand, Congressman Wilfredo S. Caminero delivered his State of Agriculture in the Highlands of Southern Cebu and presented the proposed Improvement and Concreting of Mantalongon (Dalaguete) to Nug-as (Alcoy) Road. He also expressed appreciation to  the presence of Sec. Manny F. Piָñol and Party.

 Sec. Manny F. Piñol’s visit was his first official visit in the Visayas Region and Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete is the first place in the region he has ever visited since assuming his post.  His visit has left important notes to the lives of the farmers, as they are not just given the chance to interact with the Secretary, but as well as given rare opportunity to access the recent development programs of the National Government.  

During the short dialogue, Sec. Manny F. Piñol promised to provide farmers’ request to support food production and infrastructure projects. Out of seven (7) proposed projects requested by MGD, six (6) proposed projects (Improvement and Concreting of Mantalongon to Nug-as Road, Improvement of Mantalongon to Alegria Provincial Road, Additional 200 units of Rain Shelter for Dalaguete Experimental Farm, Establishment of Vegetable Farmer’s Training School and Upgrading of Agricultural Tramline 1) were committed by the Secretary. Aside from these, additional commitment were as follows: 30 pieces plastic drum, 30 rolls farm hose and 10 protection nets for Dumalan Farmers’ Association (DUMFA), five (5) Carabaos for Lahug Farmers’ Association (LAMFA) and a TWENTY MILLION  (P20,000,000.00 worth of Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) connecting Sitio Lapa and Sitio Grandchina in Mantalongon, with LGU’s commitment to allocate P 2,000,000.00 counterpart under Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

  In addition, Sec Manny F. Piñol has underscored financing as the major problem farmers are facing today. The key to productivity, according to him, is a loan assistance with less interest rate and not tedious to the part of the farmers. Hence, he committed to provide Farmer’s Credit Support Program, with an initial total amount of Eighteen Million Pesos (P 18,000,000.00) thru his Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) Program.  Per qualified farmer can avail a maximum loan assistance of Fifteen Thousand Pesos (P 15,000.00) with an interest rate of six percent (6%) per annum.

After the dialogue, DA-RFO 7 Regional Director Atty. Salvador Diputado, LLM. Ph.D, delivered his closing remarks. He expressed word of thanks to all who concerted efforts in making the activity a successful one. He encouraged everyone to support Department of Agriculture’s Programs/Projects geared towards food security and to the improvement of the farmers’ way of lives.

STAR33Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”, by George Bernard Shaw is very relevant to the occasion today. Twenty-two students who experienced substance abuse graduated today at the SB Session Hall. They are considered as the very first batch to the program called Substance Abuse in Preventive Education which the Mayor himself, promulgated by Ronald Allan G. Cesante in coordination with the STAR Center headed by William Flannery. The program aimed to nurture and give skill education not just to the youth but to those who are willing to change by developing their skills. Skill Education includes cookery, automotive, electrical and welding.

The occasion was made more meaningful aside from the presence of their parents and relatives were the presence of the guests. They included Ma’am Jedidah Sumignan of the Cebu Provincial Anit-Drug Abuse Office with her are Ma’am Flordelize Catalona and Cryzel Daclan. The Vice-Mayor, Hon. Jeffrey Becina with the SB councilors, Hon. Mario Montenegro, Hon. William Lagahid and All Barangay Captain (ABC) President, Hon. Elmer Licaros were beaming with support. Also present were the lay ministers of St. William de Aquitania Parish that compose of Bro Ramon Cortez, Bro. Jose Batocotoy, Bro. Roger Herrera, Bro. Valerio Amamangpag and Bro. Allan Alinabon who gave out all their support by being able to give spiritual talks to the students for the past fourteen days and letting them join in their  Basic Ecclesiastic Community that composes of a lot of reflection, prayer and transformation works. Also beaming with pride for the graduates is Police Senior Inspector Virnino Noserable.

“The best way to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is now”, old Chinese proverb that Sir Flannery started in is speech. The program officially started at 11:25am. Sir Flannery gave a very heart warming message to his students of fourteen weeks. Yes, fourteen weeks of specialized training with the aid of dynamic instructors who were also present at the event. Sir Flannery talked about the program as almost as impossible to some but achievable to those who are willing to get up and maintain a level of optimism about their life’s purpose and change for the better. He hoped that this is the beginning of more ceremonies to come. He stressed out that the graduates of this batch made the best decision out of the circumstances that they have been through. In the end, he thanked everyone for a wonderful experience of a life time not just for him but to the graduates as well.

In addition to the heart warming speech is the inspiration message from the keynote speaker, Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante, the municipal mayor which started by acknowledging the efforts of everyone that leads to the occasion today especially the instructors for bearing so much patience in nurturing the graduates. He said that Sir Flannery is heaven sent for joining him in setting up a program that is beneficial to the graduates not just for this batch but for the up-coming batches. He points out that the graduates are very much lucky to be complete and able to do the things they wanted to do. In spiritual level, he compared the graduates as the resurrection. They are given new life to change and to be the living witness of God’s mercy. In addition, he challenged the graduates to be the light and a living example to those who did not take the challenge to change for the better. He reminded them of their life’s purpose on earth. Apparently, it is not yet too late to change and the room for improvement is very big indeed. Congratulations Batch 33 of STAR Center!

tramline 01Through the collaborative efforts of the  Municipality of Dalaguete  and the Philippine Center for Post-harvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) of the Department of Agriculture, a new upgraded agricultural tramline system spanning almost 1 kilometre has been constructed and made operational connecting two (2) highland agricultural barangays of Dalaguete– the Sitio Caragatan of Caliongan and Sitio Dibdib of Sacsac. On July 6, 2017, officials and representatives from the Municipality of Dalaguete, PhilMech, Cebu Provincial Government, Barangay units and Farmers association led the official Blessing and Turn-over Ceremony of this facility dubbed as Dalaguete Agricultural Tramline 2 signifying  its official opening to the general public and target beneficiaries.

The event was started with the cutting of ribbon by Municipal Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante, AICU Head of PhilMech Don David Julian, Agricultural Engineering Unit head of the  Office of Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Nancy Quinapondan, and  the chairman of Karatagan Irrigators Farmers Association Cipriano Dibdib, followed immediately by the blessing ceremony officiated by Rev. Fr. Daniel Daculan.

At the turn over ceremony, a symbolic key was hand over to  Mayor Cesante by Mr. Julian of PhilMech. The key is a material representation to the  facility’s  envisioned operational outcomes, that is, liberation and empowerment. With this new alternative transport mode, farmer beneficiaries are set to be free from the burden  of being locked out  to the drudgery of manually hauling farm products and  inputs in a 2 hours walk across sloping terrain and rivers. Because fast, efficient and convenient, farm products are transported safely, cutting down post harvest losses translating to better farm returns. The transfer of technology is also made easier and the integration of other projects for other sectoral developments  within these connected Barangays is made possible creating opportunities for overall economic improvements.

In his acceptance speech , Mayor Cesante was very thankful to the DA-PhilMech ,Barangay officials, Famer's Association and individual persons who have contributed  the technical, resources and supports in the  making of this shared vision into a significant reality  which is recognize by the Local Government Unit as another breakthrough in the quest for agricultural development.

tramline 02In his message, Mr. Julian of PhilMech is pleased to announce that the facility is the first ever upgraded version of tramlines PhilMech has constructed over the country. He also stressed out the positive and direct impacts of having the such post-harvest facility in farming industry as well as to other sectors to include tourism.

Dr. Nancy Quinapondan, chief of AEU-OPA presented other programs and projects that will support agriculture sector. These includes the renovation of Caliongan Public Market, the construction   of access road from farms to the tralmine’s tower B in Sitio Karatagan and the installation of irrigation sytems.

In attendance to this event also were the Sangguniang Bayan lead by Vice Mayor Jeffrey Belciña, the Municipal Agriculture and Natural Resource Office (MANRO) team spearheaded by Engr. Expedizitas Lenares, the Dalaguete Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DDRRMO) led by Mr. Junry Tenefrancia, the Information Technology System Management (ITSM), the PNP Dalaguete,  Barangay Officials, farmer association members and other stakeholders.


officiated by Rev. Fr. Daniel Daculan.




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