From Karosa to wheelers

From Karosa to wheelers

by Carl Ulysses Aguillon/DA-PRDP/RPCO-12

Two-hectare farmland used by Cesar Suoberon
Two-hectare rice field farmland used by farmer Cesar Suoberon in Barangay Poblacion, Norala, South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY – For so long, farmers in a community in Barangay Poblacion, Norala, South Cotabato delivered their sacks of rice into the market through their karosa.

Karosa is a local term of a farm cart used by Filipino farmers, usually pulled by a carabao, in transporting rice produce and other commodities from their farms.

“It was our only mean in bringing our produce from this area up to the pick-up point,” Cesar Suoberon, tilling a 2-hectare rice field in the area for more than 30 years, explained.

“Only our carabao and the Karosa can pass the area because of the road’s ugly condition.”

Suoberon added that haulers would tend to backtrack from picking their produce in the area because the road was almost impassable, muddy and even always denied them of fresh products reaching the heart of Norala.

“But now, we are happy that come our harvest time, we will no longer use Karosa, instead, truckers will directly come to our areas and pick our produce because of this road project,” the exultant farmer stated.

Suoberon confirmed that multiple-wheeled vehicles are now freely passing their production areas.

“Big trucks are now always bypassing this road making it easier for us to deliver our produce,” he added.

The Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Norala just recently completed the 1.7-kilometer road concreting project in Barangay Poblacion named Rehabilitation of Purok Taurus-Central Balabago Farm-to-Market Road (FMR).

The P18.9-M worth of infra project, which benefits 500 farmers including Mr. Suoberon, covers a service area of 900 hectares.

This project is under the infrastructure development component of DA-PRDP which aims to build strategic network of rural logistics infrastructure within priority value chains in targeted program areas.

Last year, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol praised the project for its culture of no corruption.

“With PRDP’s culture of no corruption, we are contributing to changing the culture of the Philippine political leaders,” the agri chief said.

The PRDP is a six-year program implemented by the DA with the World Bank for the creation of an inclusive, value-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

No hauling fee

Aside from the aforesaid benefits, Mr. Alex Parreño of Barangay Poblacion noted that the road project will now ensure them of free hauling fee since truckers will certainly penetrate their area because of better road condition.

He stated that rice truckers before often complained of the murky way that sometimes led the farmers’ transported products to tumble and these haulers would chose to just wait in a designated pick-up point rather than going straight to the area.

This subsequently steered for Mr. Parreño and his fellow farmers to pay additional hauling fee.

“We paid the hauling for fifteen pesos per sack before, but now it will be different because we will surely pay nothing,” the 67-year old farmer said.

Easy access to social services

Both Parreño and Suoberon are agreeable that with the advent of a concrete road, constituents in the area are now reaping wider array of benefits.

“We are now less worried of medical emergencies,” Suoberon said.

The farmer further noted that the DA-PRDP road project enabled them to bring speedily their ill family members to the hospital or clinic.

Parreño also added that authorities could now easily respond to untoward incidents in their area.

“Before, police personnel were sometimes hesitant to respond… the road condition prevented them to instantly report to the crime scene,” he said. (PR No. 1, January 16, 2017)

Before and After the DA-PRDP Road Project in Koronadal City
Before and After the DA-PRDP 1.7 kilometers Road Concreting Project in Barangay Poblacion , Norala, South Cotabato, SOCCKSSARGEN Region, Mindanao

Carl Ulysses Aguillon to contribute as writer for the Pinoy ACTS Technology Blog

Carl Ulysses Aguillon photo
Writer Carl Ulysses Aguillon photo taken from his Facebook account

Carl Ulysses Aguillon to contribute as writer for the Pinoy ACTS Technology Blog

By Elmer R. Esplana, Economist Blogger

Starting July 1, 2017,  I am happy to inform everyone that Carl Ulysses L. Aguillon will be contributing news/feature article for the Pinoy ACTS Technology Blog.

Carl is currently working as a writer of the Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 12.  He will be sharing in blog agricultural development news, success stories, and best practices in project implementation in Region 12 or popularly known as the SOCCSKSARGEN Region of the Philippines.  He also worked as a writer from 2014 to 2015 at the Department of Agriculture-Region 12 Information Section and as Disc Jockey from 2013 to 2014 of the Happy FM Koronadal operated by Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation.

He can speaks Filipino, Hiligaynon and English. Carl was born in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. He finished his college for his AB Political Science in 2014 at the Notre Dame of Marbel University. He is currently taking his Masters in Public Administration at the same university.

Some of his area of interests include sports, rural development, debate and writing.  Before working in the Department of Agriculture,  Mr. Carl Aguillon was awarded the following:  Most Outstanding Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman in Koronadal City in 2011; Most Outstanding Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman for the Promotion of Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program given by the Commission on Population (Koronadal City) in 2012. He has participated training/workshop/conferences on the following topics: Farmcaster’s Briefing Workshop on DA’s Programs and Policies (2016); Enhancement Training on TV Production (2016); Mindanao Information Network Conference (2016); Data Visualization Seminar (2016); Rural Broadcaster’s Conference/Climate Change I-BRODKAS MO (2015); Development Legislation Seminar-Workshop (2011); Sangguniang Kabataan Newly Elected officials Orientation (2011); Peer Educator’s Training on Adolescent Health and Youth Development (2011); Empowering Future Leaders: City Youth Congress (2010); and 7th National Leadership Training (2009).

He is currently living in Koronadal City, South Kotabato. I am greatfully welcoming you,  Carl Aguillon in Pinoy ACTS Technology Blog.  For the 2050 Vision Philippines and the next generation of Lahing Kayumanggi, God bless you Carl! Mabuhay ang mga Filipino! God bless the Philippines!

The Magical Gesture of Autumn Painting of Jesse Esplana

The Magical Gesture of Autumn Painting of Jesse Esplana

by Elmer R. Esplana, Economist Blogger

Magical Gesture of Autumn
Magical Gesture of Autumn painting by Jesse R. Esplana
The Magical Gesture of Autumn Painting Series
The Magical Gesture of Autumn Painting Series 1,2,3,4; 24 x18 inches; Acrylic on Canvas by Jesse Esplana (Series No. 2)
The Magical Gesture of Autumn Painting Series
The Magical Gesture of Autumn Painting Series 1,2,3,4; 24 x18 inches; Acrylic on Canvas by Jesse Esplana (Series No. 4)
The Magic Begins at the Witches Brew Diners
The Magic Begins at the Witches Brew Diners promotional poster of the list of visual artists who will be participating. Opening of the exhibit will be on July 7 up to July 25, 2017 at the Lakefront Boardwalk, Sukat, Muntinlupa City.

Interpretation of the painting:

Behind the story of this painting is a representation of the autumn season and the magic of color, wherein the leaves changes their colors according to the season.  This painting shows how the simple beauty of the leaves changes in a tree.  “I painted this artistic output because it shows the wonder of vibrant striking colors of the natural beauty of the leaves which are depicted in the art canvas” according to Jesse Esplana.

Painting Title:  Magical Gesture of Autumn 1,2,3,4 series;  24 x18 inches; Acrylic on Canvas

Jesse Esplana: Short Artist Profile

Jesse Esplana is a naturalist visual artist. He loves to paint natures, candid sceneries, still life and conceptual art figures. He calls his visual art work style as impressionism, expressionism, surrealism, conceptualism and abstractionism type.   Aside from being a visual artist, Jesse is also a chef.  He is also passionate about culinary arts, as his other area of expertise in his arts profession. He works as assistant chef overseas.   He started initially doing his visual arts masterpieces, as a hobby.  Later on, he found his passion in it.  This passion drives him to paint every day.  He feels the personal happiness every time he finished his visual art piece one after the other.   He has 10-year experiences as a visual artist. He has also made his 5th series of his one-man art exhibits in different areas from his native town in Municipality of Santa Cruz, in the province of Marinduque and in the City of Bacoor, Cavite.  As part of his work, he has travelled in the United States, Europe, Middle East and in Asia. Visual artist Jesse also received award as part of the top 10 winner in Freedom Art Society on the spot painting contest.  Part of his journey in the field of visual art is his desires to continually work with the different group of fellow artists in the country, where he contributed his art work masterpieces through the different art exhibits organized by the Freedom Art Society, Arts Association of the Philippine, art galleries,  to name some.

For inquiries about other paintings made by Jesse R. Esplana, please call at mobile no. 0995-4193144 or email us at pinoyactstechnology@gmail.com.

My brother Jesse Esplana's painting
My brother Jesse Esplana’s painting