Pam­panga agri­cul­tural ex­ten­sion work­ers’congress held in CSF

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OF SAN FER­NANDO---Agri­cul­tural Ex­ten­sion Work­ers from dif­fer­ent cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the prov­ince at­tended this year’s Pam­panga Agri­cul­tural Ex­ten­sion Worker’s Congress on Septem­ber 14 which was spear­headed by the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga in part­ner­ship with the Department of Agri­cul­ture Re­gion III.

Dubbed “Kaa­ga­pay ng mga Magsasaka sa Kaun­laran,” the said congress aims to strengthen the knowl­edge of the Agri­cul­tural Ex­ten­sion Work­ers so they can help and as­sist the farm­ers by in­form­ing them on the agri­cul­tural prac­tices and the in­no­va­tions on farm­ing meth­ods.

In her open­ing re­marks, City Agri­cul­tur­ist Cristina Sangu­may stressed the an­nual gath­er­ing serves as a venue to dis­cuss the plans and pro­grams of dif­fer­ent agri­cul­ture of­fices in the pr ovi nce.

"Na­pakainam na kahit sa isang araw lang ay magkita-kita tayo dito sa congress. Tayo po kasi, even in the midst of calami­ties ay kailan­gan natin mag­tra­baho at mag mon­i­tor kung ano man yung mga dam­ages para mak­a­gawa ng paraan ang gob­y­erno kung kailan­gan mag im­port up­ang ma­su­playan ng pagkain ang la­hat,” she added.

Sangu­may fur­thered: “Sa pa­ma­m­ag­i­tan nito, nalala­man natin kung ano ang mga pro­grama ng DA ng sa ganon ay aware tay­ong la­hat at pwede nat­ing iba­hagi at gawin ito sa at­ing kanikaniyang lu­gar.”

In an in­ter­view, Mayor Ed­win “EdSa” San­ti­ago ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga for con­duct­ing the congress in the city.

He also lauded the ef­forts and the ded­i­ca­tion of the Agri­cul­tural Ex­ten­sion Work­ers for help­ing the farm­ers in achiev­ing food se­cu­rity and in­creas­ing agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“Malaki ang na­iaam­bag ng bawat mu­nisipyo sa pro­gre­si­bong paglago ng agrikul­tura sa at­ing lu­gar. Kaya’t nais din ng syu­dad San Fer­nando na CAMP

OLIVAS, Pam­panga---The Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) clar­i­fied yes­ter­day that there is no new di­rec­tive from the of­fice of Chief PNP, Po­lice Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ron­ald M. Dela Rosa pro­hibit­ing mem­bers of me­dia from ac­cess­ing po­lice spot re­ports.

PNP Spokesper­son Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Dionardo B. Car­los also clar­i­fied that the PNP lead­er­ship has not is­sued a new mem­o­ran­dum on poli­cies and guide­lines re­lated to crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and me­dia re­la­tions.

Cur­rently, the PNP is ad­her­ing to the ex­ist­ing mem­o­ran­dum is­sued on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2014 which con­forms to the poli­cies for me­dia re­la­tions dur­ing the con­duct of crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Such mem­o­ran­dum clearly in­di­cates there is no pro­hi­bi­tion on the ac­cess of the pub­lic or me­dia to the in­for­ma­tion from the po­lice blot­ter.

The PNP ob­serves a pol­icy of ra­tio­nal trans­parency in all po­lice ac­tiv­i­ties, and of up­hold­ing the right of the peo­ple to be in­formed on mat­ters of pub­lic in­ter­est, Car­los said.

“If there is an on-go­ing fol­low-up op­er­a­tion and in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the in­ci­dent, some in­for­ma­tion may not be ac­ces­si­ble to the me­dia as it may com­pro­mise the re­sults of on­go­ing op­er­a­tion and in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Car­los ex­plained.

The PNP spokesper­son also em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of free­dom of in­for­ma­tion for the sake of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity.

For in­stance, the mem­bers of me­dia may have to pre­pare re­quests in or­der to ac­cess po­lice re­ports, he said. This is a safe­guard to guar­an­tee that of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion is re­leased only to re­spon­si­ble per­sons for a rea­son­able and law­ful pur­pose.---

ca­ma­raderie which are es­sen­tial keys in a work­place.

“En­joy this day and grab the chance to bond and know more about your col­leagues in the city hall premises,” Yusi added.

For his part, Mayor Ed­win “EdSa” San­ti­ago lauded the em­ploy­ees for mark­ing the suc­cess of the ac­tiv­ity and stressed that this is a good in­di­ca­tion of unity among em­ploy­ees.

“It is im­por­tant that gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees work to­gether to­wards a com­mon goal be­cause this also re­flects their ef­fi­ciency as pub­lic ser­vants,” San­ti­ago sai d.---CSF-CI

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