The Plant Tissue Culture Facility worth P30M grant was inaugurated and turned over by the Department of Agriculture-MiMaRoPa under HVCDP last June 2 representing DA headed by BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar and RED Cipriano G. Santiago and HVCDP National Program Director Jennifer Remoquillo to UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando Sanchez, Jr. from the new facility they could make a difference not only in Region 4 but nationwide. Readily available for field demonstration tissue cultured plants are garlic, banana, macapuno, abaca and stevia. The facility will also be open for those who want to undergo training for a minimal fee.

With more than 50% of the entire country’s calamansi produced in Oriental Mindoro, the province is fittingly known as the Calamansi King. The king, however, has shown a steady decline in production over the years due to pest infestation, typhoons, ageing trees, unstable market price, and lack of institutional buyers – all of which leads to crop conversion.

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(L-R) Dr. Elsie T. Barrios, School Division Superintendent – Division of Puerto Princesa City; Dr. Servillano A. Arzaga, School Division Superintendent – Division of Palawan; Dr. Arlene dela Vega, Regional PES Supervisor Taskforce Palawan; and Mr. Ronie F Panoy, Regional Technical Director – DA MIMAROPA.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – Key government officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) -Palawan and the Department of Agriculture (DA) MIMAROPA region led the awarding of winners during the Awarding Ceremony of the Regional Search for Best School Garden under the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program. The search for Best School Garden in Elementary and Secondary School levels in MIMAROPA is an annual activity and a joint venture of the Department of Agriculture through its focal person Dr. Celso Olido, and the Department of Education Region 4-B.

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Makati, Philippines. The 2014 TOFARM Awarding Ceremony was held last January 30, 2015. TOFARM, which stands for The Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines, is a program of the Junior Chamber International Philippines and the Universal Harvester, Incorporated. JCI, formerly Philippine Jaycees, is the same highly respected organization that brought “The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM)” and “The outstanding Filipino (TOFIL).”

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Almost 1,000 rice farmers marched to graduate from the Farmers’ Field School in the province of Occidental Mindoro last October 8, 2014. Graduates came from the municipalities of San Jose, Magsaysay, Sta. Cruz, Sablayan, and Rizal. Atty. Cipriano Santiago, Regional Executive Director, gave the confirmation to the graduates and patiently handed the certificates (all 1,000 of them) to the proud graduates. Also present to witness the event were Cong. Josephine R. Sato, Provincial Agriculturist Carmelita Villanada, San Jose Mun. Mayor Romulo Festin, and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

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Renato P. Manantan
OIC, Regional Executive Director