(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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The delegates to the 10th National Corn Congress held in Cagayan de Oro City. The delegates pose with their thumbs-up as the DA-MIMAROPA Corn Team was awarded as the Best Regional Corn Team during the Corn Quality Achievers Award during the 10th National Corn Congress.

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ERNESTO TAURO – Outstanding Fisherfolk (Fish Culture Category)
Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Conventional hook and line fishing in the open sea can be financially rewarding, sustainable, and need not be destructive to the environment.

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Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago, CESO III
Regional Executive Director