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National Organic Agriculture Congress 2014
BDavao City - DA-RFO 4B Staff, together with selected organic farmers and practitioners (inset), posed for a souvenir photo during the 11th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC) held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City on November 11-13, 2014.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala graced the occasion and led the ribbon cutting ceremony together with Senator Cynthia Villar who was the guest speaker. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warmly welcomes the delegates.
Around 1,600 participants, mostly farmers and organic enthusiasts, from all over the country attended the gathering. There was also product exhibits showcasing organic goods from all the regions in Mindanao. Likewise, products from private agricultural companies were also made available to farmers who desired to buy the products. Furthermore, various lectures on organic related areas were conducted wherein participants had options to choose on the topics that are appropriate to the purposes and needs in their locality.
The highlight of the congress was the presentation of awards to the outstanding organic farmers who had showed exemplary performance in the field of organic agriculture. (DEBentoy)
Narra, Palawan – Mr. Antonio R. Gonzales (inset), DA-MIMAROPA Operations Division Chief, and Regional Corn and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) coordinator congratulates the combined graduates of a season-long Farmers Field School (FFS) for rice and corn held at Narra, Palawan on October 23, 2014 during the 13th Annual Palay Festival celebration. Farmers from five barangays of Narra have completed the six-month course on Rice and Corn production conducted by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 4-B in collaboration with the Local Government Unit (LGU) through the initiative of the Regional Corn and Cassava Report Officer Engr. Christine Inting.
Each graduate has received a certificate of completion signed by Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, and a medal courtesy of Mayor Lucena D. Demaala and the Sangguniang Bayan of Narra. Top five performers in each barangay were also recognized and awarded with medals handed to them by their loved ones.
Same activity was also conducted in barangay Luzviminda, Puerto Princesa City where 25 farmers were have been conferred with graduate certificates for a season-long FFS exclusively on corn.
The organizers have also invited experts from UP Los Baños for a cooking demonstration to encourage people to use corn products in cooking corn grits and corn flour as alternatives for rice and wheat flour in food preparation. To prove that corn dishes are easy to prepare, palatable and nutritious, participants were encouraged to take part in cooking and in food tasting of different corn-inspired dishes like corngee, steamed rice-corn mixed, fried rice-corn mixed, champorado rice-corn mixed, cornballs and pulvoron. (DEBentoy)
Boac, Marinduque - Mr. Alex Ronquillo (inset), DA MIMAROPA Regional Focal Person for the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) explain to Local Government Unit (LGU) staff from the six municipalities of the province who attended the Orientation on PRDP Provincial Commodity Prioritization at Boac Hotel on September 25, 2014. Several commodities were identified and presented such as native pig, cassava, arrowroot, root crops and coconut.
After thorough prioritization, coconut emerged as the priority commodity in Marinduque and recommended for PRDP in crafting the Value Chain Analysis for coconut. It was also agreed that all projects related to PRDP will be established and implemented in Boac and Sta. Cruz since these municipalities are considered top coconut producers in the province.
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan - Engr. Haidei Mendoza (inset) staff from the office of the Provincial Agriculturist presented the Palawan Cashew Processing Center (PCPC) business plan to the members of the MIMAROPA Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) at Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City on October 2, 2014. The project worth P37 million was unanimously approved and will be endorsed by the RPCO to the PSO South Luzon Cluster for the issuance of No Objection Letter (NOL) 1.
Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago, DA-MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director (1st right) called for a special RPAB business meeting specifically for PCPC Business Plan. Seven (7) RPAB members/representatives attend the special RPAB business meeting are: (L-R) Mr. Armando F. Aleo - DSWD; Dir. Joel Valera - DTI; Ms. Carol F. Nalus - DILG; Engr. Arthur Torillo - DPWH; Ms. Marilyn R. Limpiada - DENR; Dir. Ma. Josepina P. Abilay - DOST; Mr. Bert Duff - PCCI; and Mr. Alex Ronquillo - PRDP Focal Person.
The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP)
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro-The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP)
MIMAROPA Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) members chaired by DA-RFO 4 MIMAROPA
Regional Executive Director Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago (center), convene for a business meeting at
Tamaraw Beach Resort, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro on August 28, 2014.
Four (4) Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) were approved and endorsed by the board to the Project Support Office (PSO) Luzon B are; Upgrading and construction
of Antonino -Taradungan FMR project with 30 linear meter concrete bridge at Roxas, Palawan; Construction and concreting of 2.8 km Bual-bualan FMR at
Brgy. Simpokan, Puerto. Princesa City; Upgrading of Junction Sablan-Culasian-Magsaysay FMR at Dumaran, Palawan; and, Mabuhay II-Lapog-Matulatula FMR
at Socorro and Pola, Oriental Mindoro.
RPAB members present during the business meeting are (upper left counter clockwise): Ms. Mary June Maypa - DENR; Dir. James Fadrilan - DILG;
Mr. Roniel Macatol - DTI; Dir. Ma. Josefina Abilay - DOST; Ms. Florete Dimaala - DSWD; Ms. Marilyn Limpiada - DENR; and Ms. Gina Almonte - DAR.##danilo bentoy##
DA REGION 4-MIMAROPA TURNS OVER P 90.7M OF AGRI-MACHINERIES
AND OTHER AGRI-GOODS IN OCCIDENTAL MINDORO
DA REGION 4-MIMAROPA TURNS OVER P 90.7M OF AGRI-MACHINERIES
AND OTHER AGRI-GOODS IN OCCIDENTAL MINDORO
STA. CRUZ, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO. Secretary Proceso Alcala of the
Department of Agriculture, assisted by the Regional Executive Director Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago
of RFO-MiMaRoPa, Senator Cynthia Villar and Asec Edilberto de Luna, have turned over the
P 90.7- million worth of agri-machineries and other agricultural goods to the Provincial
Government of Occidental Mindoro, represented by its Gov. Gene Mendiola, the Office of Congresswoman Josephine R. Sato,
Farmers Associations, Irrigators Associations, Cooperatives, and Fisherfolk. The turnover ceremony was held at the Sta. Cruz Gymnasium.
Said agri-machineries/goods were given to the recipients based on their submitted requests and their willingness to pay for the goods under the 85%-15% counterparting scheme as per agreement between the Department and the requisitioners. The regional engineering staff had conducted an evaluation particularly on registration of the association to the Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) or to the Cooperatives Development Authority (CDA) and their capacity to go with the counterparting and their capability to take care of the machineries that will be very useful to its members.
The attendance during the said working visits had reached up to more than 3,000 farmers and fisherfolk as against the expected attendees of only 1,000 to 1,500. These came from the 11 municipalities of Occidental Mindoro.
Secretary Alcala said, in his message, that the Occidental Mindoro should plant additional fruit trees and rice, while the fisherfolk should increase their catch and must do away with the illegal fishi ng. The province is also good for agro-tourism and can invite foreign students, he said further. He instructed the PHILRICE Executive Director to add rice-fish and rice-duck projects into their program. He urged the PHILRICE to also conduct a research on electricity generation using rice hull.
He also extended his gratitude to the family of Judge Jesus
Abeleda for donating the land where the seat of PHILRICE Integrated
Rice-Based Agricultural Systems (IRBAS) station will be constructed. The station will
focus on the production of high-quality inbred and hydrid rice seeds that would cater to the
needs of the farmers and growers not only in the Province of
Mindoro but the whole MIMAROPA region. It will highlight scientific
rice production system and will showcase modern rice-based farming and
bio-diversified farming system. He explained that Mindoro is the preferred
site of PHILRICE because of the recognition that it is fast-becoming food basket and food provider
of the three (3) critical growth regions in the country, namely, NCR, CALABARZON and MIMAROPA,
while Mr Jason Abeleda, who represented the Abeleda Clan had been requested for the use of the
area in conducting the researches. Inaasahan namin na malaking tulong ito sa buong probinsya ng Occidental Mindoro, Sec.
Alcala stressed. The Secretary informed the public that the Abeleda family had requested the center to be named Judge
Jesus Villar Abeleda Sr. Rice and RD Training Center.
Under the Fishery Sector, Sec. Alcala said that the emerging business now in the province is Tuna. But he requested to look into the processing of Talaba, Abalone and seaweeds. BFAR will conduct special trainings for the fisherfolk. He also challenged the garlic farmers to double their produce by using greenhouses and seedling trays. Production period may start in September and ends in January instead of the usual production period of October to December.
In her message, Senator Cynthia Villar said that 2/3 of Filipinos are directly
or indirectly dependent on agriculture (to include traders, processors, etc).
She went on to say that the cost of rice production in the Philippines is higher than in Thailand.
In order to lower the production costs, theres a need to mechanize as this will make Filipinos more competitive.
Farmers can form associations and can provide services to the farming industry in the form of labor/contracts.
She added that the by-products of rice can also give additional income, like rice straw which can be used for
mushrooms production and vermiculture wherein its vermicast product can be used as fertilizer. The lady Senator
had instructed the wives of the fisherfolk to think of products or projects in their locality and find where to market the products.
They must consider the raw materials available in the area. She asked them to send her a letter of request and she will send
people to conduct trainings. She will also provide equipments to be used, like for instance, in basket making or organic farming.
After the program, certificates were distributed together with the keys for farm tractors, combine harvesters and other machineries to the recipients. This was followed by a forum, and a raffle with tractor, thresher, corn seeds, laminated sacks, carabao with farm implements, banca with farm implements as prizes. The farmers and other LGU staff had a photo op with Sec. Alcala and Senator Villar
DA MIMAROPA ACPC JOINT ACTIVITY
ODIONGAN, ROMBLON DA MIMAROPA Regional Technical Director Ronie F. Panoy (seated 4rd left)
and Romblon Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo (seated 3rd left) posed for a picture with the participants
of the Regional Orientation and Planning Workshop for the Agriculture and Fisheries Financing Program
on June 26, 2014. This orientation and planning workshop is a joint undertaking of DA thru the initiative of
AMAD Chief Ms. Nida M. San Juan (seated far right), and Director Norman William Kraft (seated 2nd left) of the
Agriculture Credit and Policy Council (ACPC). ##danilo bentoy##
PTO. PRINCESA CITY DA MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director
Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago (4th from left), turned over checks amounting
to P8, 772,250.00 to the City Government of Pto. Princesa under
the Bottoms-Up-Budgeting (BUB) funds at the city mayors office
on May 22, 2014. PPC Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron (3rd from left)
received the checks and certificates of planting materials and farm
inputs e.g. rubber and calamansi seedlings, banana plantlets,
commercial fertilizers for farmer beneficiaries of Puerto Princesa.
Witnessing the ceremonial turnover was: (L-R) Melissa Macasaet, City Agriculturist;
Mayor Marcito M. Acoy of Sofronio Espanola; Dr. Santiago; and APCO Leonardo Enriquez,
team leader BUB Southern Palawan. ##danilo bentoy##
Pto. Princesa City – DA MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago (9th - R),
and PPC Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron (center) pose for photo opportunity during the turnover ceremonies of projects
held at the mayor’s office on May 22, 2014. Checks amounting to P8,772,250.00, and a certificate of planting materials
and farm inputs e.g. rubber and calamansi seedlings, banana plantlets, commercial fertilizers are under the Bottoms-Up-Budgeting (BUB)
funds. Also in the picture: Mayor Marcito M. Acoy of Sofronio Española; BUB Southern Palawan team; DA Region 4B staff; and PPC LGU staff.
BUB SOUTHERN PALAWAN TEAM IN ACTION
Occidental Mindoro. Ang kooperatibang magtatanim ng Bawang sa
pangunguna ng Mindoro Allium Growers MPC (MAGRO MPC), San Jose
Onion growers Association, Camsikat Onion and garlic Growers
MPC at Lubang Island garlic growers MPC ay nagsagawa ng simple
at makasaysayang "paghahatid Kalakal " (send-Off ceremony)
noong Mayo 16, 2014 sa MAGRO compound Food Terminal Magsaysay,
palakasin and industriya at pag ibayuhin ang palitan ng kalakalan
ng produktong bawang (BARTER TRADE) sa ibang produkto ng mga
kaugnay na kooperatiba at ang nabanggit na paghahatid kalakal
ng bawang ay nakatalaga na dadalahain sa Divisioria, Quezon,
Batangas, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Koronadal, General
Santos at Zamboanga.
temang "Bawang Katutubo, masarap at garantisado, maipagkakapuring
totoo, langhap-sarap katangian nito. Hahanap-hanapin lagi ito,
saan mang panig ng mundo, kaya't tangkilikin natin ito, bawang
ng Mina de Oro, buhat sa Isla ng Mindoro", kabalikat ng
programang ito ang VIEVA Phils., Inc. ang PUM3P (Pambansang Ugnayan
ng Magsasaka, mangingisda at Manggagawang Pilipino) na may layuning
isulong at palaguin ang tripartite Public-Private Partnership.
Higit sa lahat ang mithiing
pag-ibayuhin ang pagpaparami, pagtangkilik at pagpapalago sa
Industriya ng Bawang na lubhang napag iwanan at nanamlay nitong
makaraang dekada dahil sa pagpasok sa bansa ng dayuhang kalakal
Dinaluhan ang send-off ceremony nina Corazon Sinnung, program
coordinator ng HVCDP ng Department of Agriculture-RFO-IV-MiMaRoPa,
Rizal Occidental Mindoro Mayor Jesus Valdez at Kasama ang Sangguniang
Bayan members, Former Bulalacao Mindoro Mayor Villas at mga miyembro
ng organisasyon ng mga magtatanim ng bawang. ### CMSANFELIPE-DA-4B
Greenhouses and a
Nursery, turned over
|About three (3)
units of Greenhouse worth Php 725,846.31 and one (1) unit of
Nursery worth Php293,656.02 had been turned over to Mellenium
Organic Agriculture Farm located at Brgy. San Antonio, Victoria,
Oriental Mindoro. Said facilities, funded by the Organic Agriculture
Program, will be utilized for the Organic Farm Production project
of the said farm.
The Mellenium Organic Agriculture Farm was organized to motivate
the people to work in unity for the purpose of producing safe
and healthy food through the use of modern technology, in an
organic way. The Association supervising it aims to provide
job opportunities not only to their own members but also those
from nearby barangays who wanted to join the group after witnessing
the successful project of the association.
The establishment of Greenhouses and Nursery will be used for
the training of the farm workers on Organic Agriculture under
the Special Vegetable Production project of the Association.
The value of using modern facilities like the greenhouses in
order to enhance farmers' productivity will be demonstrated during
the training under the supervision of Agricultural Technicians
who have been specializing on Organic Agriculture. Moreso,
the participants to the training will also be trained on off-season
vegetable production methods. The farm produce will be marketed
by the members of the Association to different places. The project
would provide additional income to farm families in order to
sustain their basic necessities. /allolivar
Research Staff Attended the 1ST National CPAR Congress
The Bureau of Agricultural Research
conducted the 1st Community-based Participatory Action Research
(CPAR) National Congress on February 20-21, 2014 at the Manila
Hotel with the theme of CPAR : "Pagtutulungan ng mga Mananaliksik,
Magsasakat MangingisdaTungo Sa Malawakang Pag-unlad ng Pamayanan".
The event aims to recognize CPAR success stories and showcase
its significant accomplishments in the different regions of the
country. The event was participated by key officials and representatives
from the DA -Regional Field Units (RIARCs), LGUs, private sectors
and two (2) successful CPAR farmer beneficiaries.
Headed by OIC RTD Louella Rowena,
J. Lorenzano, Marissa Luna Carmen Honrade, Ellen Marasigan CPAR
Farmer Cooperative Gloria Cruzat & Florida Misuit from Bansud,
Oriental Mindoro from DA MiMaRoPa attended the said congress.
Welcoming the participants was
DA-BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar. In his message he cited
that CPAR program is one of the flagship programs of the DA-BAR
and is geared towards verifying the technical and economic feasibility
of mature technologies in specific locations prior to widespread
adoption.The program uses the community-based participatory approach,which
means that the community members are actively involved in the
testing and application of the new farming systems and technologies.
DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala
was impressed by the testimonies of the farmers. "Puntahan
natin ang mga magsasaka't mangingisda at alamin ang pangangailangan
nila". At may bago daw theme song ang mga magsasaka "For
the First Time" kasi karamihan sa mga beneficiaries natin
ay ngayon lamang naka attend ng ganitong congress na sila ang
bida," Sec Alcala said.
To spice up the event successful
CPAR beneficiaries shared their experiences on how CPAR projects
were implemented and how these projects changed their lives.
Here are some testimonies of the farmers:
"The implementation of the CPAR project has changed the
community's situation for the better".
"We are happy with how our lives have improved because of
the CPAR project"
"We are no longer dependent on private lending individuals
or institutions for the inputs"
"Lumaki ang ani,nakapagaral ang mga anak, nakabili ng motorcycle,na
improved ang bahay, nakadagdag ng employment.
Another highlight of the event
were the CPAR poster competition where the representative from
region 8 won the 1st prize and display of sample products developed
from CPAR projects.
BAR distributed a coffee table book to the participants "
Channels of Progress: Bringing Innovations Closer to the people,
a compilation showing R&D efforts of the DA & the technologies
resulting from them have helped farmers & fisher folks produce
more with less resource. (cbhonrade)
MINDORO QUALITY CORN ACHIEVERS
Occidental Mindoro is one of the five (5) provinces hailed as
Top Quality Corn producers. Others were Pangasinan, Isabela,
Misamis Oriental and Agusan del Sur. Each province received P3
million pesos worth of project of their choice. Governor Mario
Gene Mendiola received the plaque from Cong. Leandro Mendoza
and Secretary Processo J. Alcala. They were likewise surprised
by Sec Alcala that the top five provinces will be given a 4wheel
drive tractor, 90 HP for their respective provinces.
On the municipal level, the Municipalities of Sablayan and Mamburao
were among the 24 recognized winners and awarded half million
pesos each worth of projects . Mayors Eduardo B. Gadiano and
Voltaire Villarosa of sablayan and mamburao respectively received
the plaques. Other winners are Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, San
Carlos, Bautista, Mangatarem, Malasiqui and Bayambang in Pangasinan,
Solana, Cauayan, Ilagan City Diadi and Villa verde in Nuvea Viscaya,
Magalang in Pampanga, San Miguel, Tarlac, Calamba City, Ligao
City, Naga and Tigaon, Bicol, Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Tangub City,
Occidental Mindoro, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, Las Nievas, Agusan
del Norte and Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.
The top 71 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) each received
P10,000 pesos in cash. Awardees as AEWs in Sablayan were Lolita
Tapia, Evelyn Cabalbag, Whilma Sagun and Elsa Reyes from Mamburao.
Corn Coordinators Jupiter Tividad, Ms. Elma Tamo, and Evelyn
Flores reveiced P20,000 and P15,000 in cash as incentives.
Other officials graced the occasion were ASEC Edilberto De Luna,
Usec Dante Delima, Usec Segfredo Serrano, Mr. Philip Shull, Agricultural
Counselor and the Regional Executive Directors and Regional Corn
Coordinators from the different regional offices of DA.
M farm machinery for Mindoro farmers
Agriculture Secretary Proceso
J. Alcala (4thfrom right) congratulates Nick Salongsong, chairman
of Magbay Farmers' Association (MFA) in San Jose, Occidental
Mindoro, whose group received a hand tractor worth
P130,000 under the Department of Agriculture's farm mechanization
program, during a forum at the Occidental Mindoro
State College (OMSC), on September 30, 2013.
Secretary Alcala handed over
P14.7-million worth of farm machinery and equipment to several
farmers' groups and local government units in Occidental Mindoro
to help them increase their productivity
and incomes. Also shown (from left) are: OMSC President
Dr. Arnold Venturina, Occidental Mindoro Vice Governor Peter
J. Alfaro, Representative Josephine R. Sato, Governor Mario Gene
J. Mendiola, San Jose Mayor Romulo Festin, Genaro Multi-Purpose
Cooperative representative, and DA-Region 4-B Director Cipriano
Santiago. (Photo by DA-4-B
Meeting of the Joint Committee on ASEAN Cooperation in Agriculture
and Forest Products Promotion Scheme
with the officials of the Department of Agriculture and
Palawan LGUs during the 20th meeting of the Joint Committee
on ASEAN Cooperation in Agriculture and Forest Products Promotion
Scheme held at Hotel Centro, Puerto Princesa City on
July 10-12, 2013. With them are: (seated from left)
DA 4-B RTD Yvonne G. Viñas,(5th) DA-AMAS Director Leandro
H. Gazmin (6th), PPC Vice-Mayor Luis Marcaida III (7th), and
Engr. Teresita Guian, Prov'l Agriculturis (2nd far right).
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan - The Philippine government through
the united effort of the Department of Agriculture Central Office
and DA Region 4-B (MIMAROPA) hosted the 20th Joint Committee
meeting of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)
member countries on July 10-12, 2013 at Hotel Centro, Puerto
Princesa City, Palawan. The meeting aimed to strengthen further
the existing cooperation of the 10 member countries in promoting
Agriculture and Forest Products in the ASEAN region.
Seven out of 10 ASEAN member countries have participated, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the host country
Philippines, while Brunei, Myanmar and Singapore were not able
to send any representatives to the meeting.
During the opening program, Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance
Service (AMAS) Director Leandro H. Gazmin gave his opening remarks.
He said that when Myanmar signified that they cannot host the
meeting, the Philippines decided to accept the offer of the ASEAN
Secretariat to take over because of its commitment to the Joint
Committee to achieve its goal. "Hopefully, we can explore
activities that will strengthen trade promotion and negotiation
of the 11 commodities not only in the ASEAN market but also in
the international arena. We hope to see a strong partnership
between and among ASEAN countries towards strengthening the agricultural
export performance of these 11 commodities" Gazmin said.
DA RFU 4-B Regional Technical Director and designated OIC-RED
Yvonne G. Viñas delivered the message of Secretary Proceso
J. Alcala who was not able to attend because of prior commitments
he had. In the part of the LGU, Puerto Princesa City Vice-Mayor
Luis Marcaida III welcomes the delegates in behalf of Mayor Lucito
R. Bayron, while Governor Jose C. Alvarez was represented by
Engr. Teresita Guian, the Provincial Agriculturist of Palawan.
The plenary session started with the election of new committee
chairman among the heads of delegation. It was unanimously agreed
and approved Dir. Gazmin as the committee chair of the 20th ASEAN
joint committee meeting. This was followed by the adoption of
agenda and ASEAN community roadmap (2009-2015).
The whole duration of the meeting is too hectic for the delegates.
Several topics were tackled comprising the status report of the
different agricultural products of the lead countries. Among
those products are Carrageenan and other seaweeds, Cocoa, Coconut,
Coffee, Forest products (timber and non-timber), Palm Oil, Peas
and Beans, Pepper, Tapioca, Tea and Tuna.
A status report of the products was also presented by the lead
countries including the emerging issues identified by the industry
clubs. After the status presentation and thorough deliberation,
the body adopts the report.
On the last day, DA Assistant Secretary Romeo S. Recide closed
the three-day meeting. He thanked the foreign and local delegates
for the support extended to the success of the meeting. "We
look forward to continue collaboration with the member state
and strengthened partnership with private sector to ensure the
trade promotion in the international market", Reside added.
The host country also able to show the culture and traditions
of the Filipinos through the nightly cultural presentation from
the provincial and city tourism dance troupe that delighted the
DA TAKES PART
IN THE GREEN INITIATIVE PROJECT
Last May 6, 2013 DA Secretary
Proceso Alcala together with AMAS Director Leonardo Gazmin and
Regional Executive Directors Atty. Cipriano Santiago and Engr.
Abelardo Bragas of Regions 4B and 5 for the Partnership Launch
of the Green Initiative Program spearheaded by Ms. Gina Lopez
of the ABS-CBN Foundation's (AFI) Bantay Kalikasan.
The Green Initiative is a program between and among AFI, Department
of Agriculture (DA), Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau - Department
of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR), Department
of Tourism (DOT), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and ABS-CBN
Broadcasting Corporation. These key players will carry individual
key strategic capabilities that when joined together for the
benefit of a chosen area, can result in a significant improvement
in the quality of life for the community. PAWB-DENR shall plan
and create the necessary infrastructure and systems needed to
protect the chosen projects in such a way that the communities
in the area may benefit while protecting the chosen locality.
DOT will take lead in promoting the projects as leading tourist
destinations in the country. The DA shall provide the agricultural
sectors needed to uplift the project's agricultural production.
For their part, ADMU shall handle and work with the academic
community to monitor, evaluate and continue to hone and refine
the operational strategies of the Green Initiative.
Sibuyan Island, specifically the municipalities of San Fernando
and Cajidiocan, Romblon are chosen to be two of the Green Initiative's
chosen areas. The municipalities will be receiving agricultural
livelihood projects from the DA-RFU 4B where different banner
programs of the regional office took parts in contributing to
program's livelihood projects. Livestock, Organic Agriculture,
High Value Development Program (HVCDP), Rice, Corn and Post Harvest
Programs committed funds for the program. In addition, funds
for abaca planting materials will also be made available for
the Haguimit IP community. The regional office has committed
a total amount of P13,605178.00 for the Green Initiative Program
in Sibuyan Island, Romblon.
During the MOA signing, Ms. Gina Lopez thanked the national agencies
and the academe that have joined her cause in environmental and
natural heritage conservation and upliftment of local communities
through eco-tourism. Spreading her excitement, she announced
that the event is only the beginning of many more partnerships
to come. DENR Secretary Ramon Paje explained the importance of
taking care of our natural resources where he discussed the cycle
of poverty. "When nature is exploited because of poverty,
he said, this results to degradation of soil or any other natural
resources which in turn results in low production and then the
poor becomes more and more impoverished." DOT Secretary
Mon Jimenez, on the other hand, was excited to push for eco-tourism.
Secretary Alcala, in a short message affirmed the agency's support
for the program. "Dalhin na ninyo ng dalhin ang mga turista
at kami naman ang bahalang magpapakain sa kanila," he said.
Dr. Bautista of ADMU and Ms. Charo Santos-Concio both expressed
support for the Green Initiative Project.
Also present during the partnership launch were the Ms. Earth
beauties. The Miss Earth Foundation earlier inked a MOA with
the Green Initiative Project. ###
2012 Rice Achievers'
|The city of
Calapan in Oriental Mindoro and
the municipalities of Rizal and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro
are among the top 50 municipalities and cities that were awarded
each with 500,000 worth of agricultural project grants by the
Department of Agriculture during the 2012 Rice Achievers' Awarding
ceremonies held at the Philippine International Convention Center
(PICC) in Pasay City on March 15, 2013. In MIMAROPA region, twenty-eight
(28) Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) from the municipalities
of Rizal, Sablayan, San Jose and Calapan City are among the top
500 awardees who received a trophy and P20,000 cash incentive
The contest is being conducted, in recognition to the hard work
done by the farmers, farm technicians and to the support of local
government leaders in increasing rice production to attain food
sufficiency in the country.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala handed over the awards
assisted by Undersecretary for Operations Joel S. Rudinas and
Asst. Secretary Dante S. Delima.
This year's top 10 provinces include Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Pangasinan,
Nueva Vizcaya, Bulacan, Kalinga, La Union, Davao del Sur, Compostela
Valley and Zamboanga del Sur. The province of Occidental Mindoro
ranked 11th placer so the provincial government will receive
P200,000- worth of projects as incentive.
Other winners included 10 irrigators' associations (IAs), with
P1-million worth of project grant each; three small water impounding
system farmers' associations (SWISAs), with P500,000 each of
project grant and 500 agricultural extension workers (AEWs).
All of the awardees also got an Agri-Pinoy trophy.
Agriculture Program, in progress
|Calapan City, Oriental
Mindoro - Dr. Chito Medina, member of the National Organic Agriculture
Board (NOAB) and Ms. Marites Dimaculangan, NOAB Secretariat member
together with the DA 4-B Organic team had visited some organic
farms in the provinces of Mindoro to assess the progress and
accomplishments with regard to the implementation of Organic
Agriculture Program. The NOAB, a policy-making body, provides
directions and guidelines for the implementation of the National
Organic Agricultural Program (NOAP), which will help promote
organic agriculture in the country. The Organic Agriculture Act,
otherwise known as R.A. 10068, was signed into law on April 2010
to boost the country's organic farming sector.
In MIMAROPA, there are already several organic demo farms established
in all the provinces of the region. Each qualified applicant
had already received cash assistance from DA Region 4-B as grant
in establishing organic farming in their locality. Some of these
farms are already producing organic products while others are
just starting to produce. In Oriental Mindoro alone, there are
about four or five coops and institutions that engaged in organic
farming and convincing more people to venture in it.
For instance, the Mindoro Kabuhayan Foundation Inc. (MKFI) in
Calapan City is a non-government organization with 5,000 members
and 80,000 beneficiaries. They produce assorted organic vegetables
which they sell in the city and nearby municipalities. The Mindoro
State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT), an academic
institution is now adopting the program and is currently producing
organic vegetables in their green houses. They also allotted
hectares of land adjacent to the campus devoted to organic rice
The Victoria Organic Farmers Assn. (VOFA) in the municipality
of Victoria which is composed of several farmers are now in full
blast with regard to project implementation. They are now opening
more spaces for their vegetable area expansion to meet the demands
for the organic produce.
Meanwhile, the Oriental Mindoro Agricultural Experiment Station
(ORMAES), is also a recipient of the program where hectares of
land are also planted to organic rice. They have also a spacious
area for raising several heads of native hogs both for fattening
and breeding purposes. They adopt the profitable, innovative
growing system known as odorless piggery.
On the other hand, Occidental Mindoro is also implemented the
Organic Farming program. The Mindoro Allium Growers' Multi-Purpose
Cooperative in the municipality of Magsaysay is in the process
of producing vermi-compost, while the LGU of San Jose is developing
an area for Organic products. They have a plan of making the
area a one-stop mini park where organic enthusiasts, students
and visitors can have a tour and could unwind during holidays.
IN SABLAYAN, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO
SABLAYAN, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO. The National Year of Rice (NYR)
2013 was launched in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro last January
27 during the celebration of their "Dugoy Festival"
held at Sablayan Sports Complex. The activities kicked off with
a parade and street dancing participated by 22 barangays and
high school students under DepEd.
From the Sports Complex, the launching ceremony started with
the entrance of colors led by the Sablayan National Comprehensive
High School (SABNAHIS) students, followed by the unveiling of
the NYR tarpaulin led by Hon. Mayor Eduardo B. Gadiano, Vice
Mayor Andres D. Dangeros, Municipal Agriculturist Lina T. de
Leon and Ms. Theresa Aguilar, DA-4B Rice Focal Person. Ms. Sheeren
Razon and Mr. Joy Bartolome Duldulao, both from PhilRice, discussed
the Overview of NYR and the Farmers' Policy Makers and the Public
Role focusing on not wasting rice and eating rice. Another highlight
of the launching was an intermission number regarding Rice Festival
which was interpreted by the SABNAHIS students followed by the
pledge of Panatang MakaPalay led by Mayor Gadiano. After reciting
the pledge, almost everyone was one in saying that they will
limit their rice consumption from now on. And to seal a promise
like this, the LGU-Sablayan even had created a policy for the
school canteen and restaurant operators to include a half-cup
rice instead of the usual one cup in their food menu.
"Ang bayan ng Sablayan ay
malaki ang kontribusyon sa pagpapanatili ng kasapatan sa bigas
sa Pilipinas. Makilahok ang lahat sa Panatang MakaPlay at ipakita
ang pagmamahal sa ating Palay at bigas at isa puso ang ibig sabihin
sa nasasaad sa Panatang MakaPalay", Mayor Gadiano said.
While Vice Mayor Dangeros told the crowd - " isulong at
ating suportahan ang lahat ng programang pangsakahan".
The NYR 2013 was declared by
the President Benigno S. Aquino III under Proclamation No. 494
dated October 18, 2012 to enjoin everyone in the achievement
of rice self-sufficiency in the country. The NYR aims to help
achieve rice self-sufficiency to ensure that there is enough
rice in the table of every Filipino, promote better health among
all Filipinos, and increase the income of Filipino rice farmers.
The launching of NYR in the Municipality
of Sablayan was one of the highlights in the celebration of their
"Dugoy Festival. Thousands of students, farmers, government
employees, cooperatives members, local press group, and people
from all walks of life had witnessed the celebration. Tarpaulins
were installed at the lamp posts and at the entry and exit of
the municipality. The activities were joint undertakings of the
DA-4B, LGU of Sablayan and the Department of Education and Culture
headed by Mr. Arnaldo Ventura of SABNAHIS.
The DA-4B distributed t-shirts,
caps and calendars during the parade. Slogan contests were also
done in the schools then has it printed and shown during the
parade. Certificates of Appreciation were given to the barangays
and LGU for their time and participation during the launching
Food Terminal Lakbay-aral MIMAROPA Cluster
|Food Terminal operators,
officers and members (MIMAROPA Cluster) posed for
a souvenir picture with AMAD 4-B personnel during the Lakbay-aral
in Sariaya, Quezon on September 25, 2012. The main
goal of the activity is to observe and study the secret of success
of the Sentrong Pamilihan ng Produktong Agricultura sa Quezon
as one of the successful Food Terminal in the country today.
|About one hundred
(100) persons mostly Food Terminal (FT) operators, officers and
members from the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro,
Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, joined the one-day Regional
Food Terminal tour at the Sentrong Pamilihan ng Produktong Agrikultura
sa Quezon, one of the most successful FTs in Quezon province
and in the country as well.
Mr. Carlo Cena, FT Administrator briefed the group on the history
and different activities of the center from the managerial aspect
to the technical and marketing aspects of the center. All queries
and clarifications were satisfactorily answered by Mr. Cena.
After the briefing, they were able to roam around the facilities
and observed the daily activities and some practices involved
in the operation of the FT, including the transport and selling
of goods. Also they were able to interview the operators and
traders on how the center operates and what the secret of its
With their short stay in the center, the group has learned a
lot. The knowledge they achieved would serve as guide in improving
their respective food terminals. They were hoping that few years
from now, their respected FTs will be as successful as the Sentrong
Pamilihan sa Quezon. With this viewpoint, they may able to help
improve farmers' lives in their localities.
Marketing Assistance Service (AMAD) Director Engr. Leandro H. Gazmin in red t-shirt,
posed for souvenir picture with the Agribusiness Marketing Assistance
Division (AMAD) Chiefs during its Mid-Year Assessment Workshop
held in Coron, Palawan on August 27-29, 2012. Seated from left:
Evelyn Mionda-Reg. 8, Biadido Samama-Reg. 12, Nida M. San Juan-Reg
4B, Ma. Christine de Leon-Reg. 1, Mirepe Lansem-Reg 10. Standing
(L-R) Ferdinand Gamorot-Reg. 9, Teofista Garcia-Reg. 4A, Patrocinio
Ananayo-CAR, Tess Solis-Reg. 6, William Valdez-Reg. 3, Vivien
delos Santos-Reg. 2, Servilla Balaan-Reg. 13, and Gerry Avila-Reg.
7. Not in photo: Nene Losa-Reg. 5, Honey Gladys Valledor- Reg.
11, and Felix Mosne-ARMM.
|Coron, Palawan - The Agribusiness Marketing and
Assistance Service (AMAS) of the Department
of Agriculture (DA) convened in this tiny island of Busuanga
for the AMAS-AMAD Mid-Year Assessment and Catch-Up Plan Workshop
held at Coron Village Lodge, Coron, Palawan on August 27-30,
2012. Hosted by AMAD-MIMAROPA, about seventy (70) participants
holding key positions in the AMAS-AMAD family from all over the
country took part on the said occasion and presented their accomplished
work for the first half of the year and their plans for the next
At the opening day, Coron Vice-Mayor and Acting Mayor Ajerrico
Barracoso welcomed the participants and thanked the organizers
in choosing their town as the venue of the said activity. He
said that Coron is just a small town but it offers plenty of
tourist destinations. And to ensure a memorable stay for the
participants, he offered a free tour and a farewell dinner together
with some of the Sanggunian Bayan members.
On the other hand, AMAS Director Engr. Leandro H. Gazmin gave
his message before the AMAD Chiefs and Staff presents their respective
accomplishment reports. He reminded them on some issues such
as market matching with consolidated order and agreement, suggested
retail price (SRP) before and after the calamity, and the prescribed
layout of tarpaulin to be displayed at the food terminals including
those congratulatory tarp for Gawad Saka nominees.
The three-day workshop was a huge success not only on the part
of the host Region but on the participants as well. They successfully
presented their accomplishments and plans for the year. Aside
from the rigid day-to-day activities, the participants reserved
enough time and energy to roam around the different tourist spots
so when they go home they will bring with them the good memories
Food Terminal Operators Enhanced their Marketing Skills
Princesa City - The Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division
(AMAD), DA 4-B conducted a Management Strengthening and Enhancement
for Food Terminal (FT) Operators in the province of Palawan on
July 10-12, 2012. It was held at the Palawan Agriculture and
Experimental Station (PAES) Function Hall. It aim was to strengthen
further the managerial ability of the Food Terminal operators
in handling and marketing agricultural produce. About sixty (60)
personnel from the sixteen (16) FTs in the province attended
the activity. They had gone through accounting workshops and
other related activities during the 3-day activity.
Ms. Nida M. San Juan, OIC-Chief AMAD, and Mr. Ramon Policarpio,
FT focal person were the speakers during the training. They tackled
several topics that are useful in the operation of the FTs in
the province like cashering, merchandising, basic accounting,
standardizing and reporting system. Participants were very enthusiastic
to learn especially during the accounting workshop where had
they actively participated. They tried to cope with the lessons
based on the data provided by the speakers, while others were
equipped with records of their Food Terminals. The workshop is
very significant to the participants because they were required
to accomplish the accounting works in their respective FTs, as
requisite for additional trading fund and a unit of multi-cab
to be used in hauling agricultural goods from those areas with
limited access to transportation.
They also planned to have an educational tour to successful food
processors in Region 4-A particularly at the Sentrong Pamilihan
of Sariaya, Quezon for them to conduct interview and witness
actual food handling, processing and FT operation. They may duplicate
what they were going to see during the tour when they go back
to their respective barangays. This may develop and improve the
current processing practices in their locality which will benefit
not only the processor and operators but their clienteles as
GMP training for Banana, Calamansi processors in Or. Mindoro
Or. Mindoro - Banana and calamansi processors in Oriental Mindoro
gathered at Barangay Barcenaga in this municipality for a four-day
training workshop at the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)
on June 26-29, 2012. It aimed to update the technical know-how
of local processors on the latest processing and packaging technique
to maximize employee's productivity and job satisfaction, and
to make products "export ready".
training was organized and facilitated by the DA 4-B Agribusiness
and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) headed by Ms, Nida M.
San Juan, with the assistance from the Office of the Provincial
Agriculture (OPAG). The organizer tapped the expertise of two
speakers from major government lending institutions like Landbank
of the Philippines (LBP) and Development Bank of the Philippines
(DBP) who discussed the requirements and procedures of loan application
for farmer processors.
other hand, a representative from the Department of Science and
Technology (DOST) talked about the correct and appropriate packaging
materials in processing agricultural goods, whereas a representative
from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discussed the requirements
for product licensing. Both speakers assured that their office
will provide technical assistance to those farmer processors
who are willing to avail their services.
The province of Oriental Mindoro is known as the major producer
of Saba Banana and Calamansi products. During its peak seasons,
market prices of these commodities declined to its lowest point
because of oversupply, hence, there's a need to process the products.
there are several processed banana and calamansi products that
are available in the market like banana chips and calamansi juice,
calamansi concentrate and puree. However, packaging and labeling
of these products need more improvement so it can compete with
the leading brands in the local and global market. To address
the problem, the AMAD 4-B and DOST 4-B have joined forces and
opted to pour in more interventions for processed product improvement
to benefit the farmers in the region. ##debentoy##
Palawan - The Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division
(AMAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 4-B launched
a Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) in Brgy 6, Coron, Palawan on April
26, 2012. Food Terminal in the barangays will not only enhance
the marketing system of agricultural goods but it will also showcase
the produce of farmers in the locality which is more affordable
and accessible to consumers.
Farm products from the adjacent barangays of Tagumpay, Guadalupe,
Salvacion, and Barangays 4 and 5 will be accommodated and sold
in the BFTs at a much lower price compared to those found in
the public market. In this case, both farmers and consumers will
benefit because of the accessibility and availability of fresh
and cheaper commodities in the neighborhood.
Coron Vice-Mayor and Acting Mayor Ajerrico Barracoso was the
guest of honor during the launching. He pledged to support and
promote the BFT by plugging it in their local TV station so the
people of Coron will know the advantages of having a BFT in the
area. He also encouraged his constituents to cultivate their
backyards and plant vegetables for their consumption but if there
is surplus, it can be sold at the BFT during market day which
falls every Saturday.
Vegetable seeds are provided by DA, while the LGU reserves fifty
thousand pesos (P50,000) annually for seed procurement, according
to Acting Mayor Barracoso. "This time, seeds will be directly
distributed to the Barangay Captains so farmers could have fast
access on it, and it should be with corresponding information
materials" the Vice-Mayor said. He stressed that the LGU
has also some programs for other crops such as rice and some
fruits like pineapple which is proven to be adaptable in the
locality. The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, thru Mr.
Gerry Gevela is also giving free seeds to farmers.
Ms. Nida San Juan, OIC-AMAD, explained the importance of the
BFT as well as the benefits derive from it. She also mentioned
that an additional trading fund of not less than seventy-five
thousand pesos (P75,000) will be granted to them on a condition
that the BFT will operate continuously. But if it will be non-operational
for three (3) consecutive months, AMAD will have the right to
interfere. Such condition will also be applied to one-unit multi-cab
from DA which is intended for hauling the produce from the farm
so farmers could save hauling expenses of their agricultural
products. And to ensure that the BFT could be effectively handled,
AMAD is willing to assist the operators by conducting free trainings
to BFT officers such as management training, bookkeeping, and
Mr. Ramon Policarpio, Food Terminal Focal Person, also mentioned
the mechanics and procedure on how to operate the Food terminal.
The highlight of the program was the turnover and acceptance
of the BFT certificate. Ms Nida San Juan handed the certificate
to Vice-Mayor Barracoso as BFT recipient, and turned over the
same to Brgy, Captain of Poblacion 6, who also handed it to Mrs.
Florida M. Arsioga, President of the Samahan ng Kababaihan ng
Poblacion 6, as operator of the terminal.
on Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (RA 10068)
Marinduque - The Regulatory Division of the Department of Agriculture
(DA) Region 4-B headed by OIC- Chief Mr. Ronie F. Panoy, Organic
Agriculture Focal Person, conducted a seminar on Organic Agriculture
Act of 2010 (RA 10068) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations
(IRR). It was held at Goodchow Dining & Function Hall on
March 7-8, 2012. The two-day seminar aims to educate people on
the importance of a chemical-free environment by simply adopting
the organic way of farming instead of using synthetically-compounded
fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators and livestock feed
additives that can affect the health of the consumers. To attain
its objective, an organic demo and training farms should be established
in the locality that will serve as show-window, where farming
aficionados could see and learn the proper way of organic farming.
The group also
organized a field trip for an actual site evaluation of a private
farm in the municipality of Buenavista which will serve as the
first organic demo and training farm in the province. The site
will have to undergo a thorough evaluation based on the outcome
of the ocular assessment, interview and photo documentation using
the specific criteria and guidelines in the site selection process.
The participants also went to the Sama-sama sa Ikauunlad ng Kinabukasan
ng Ating Pamumuhay (SIKAP), a coco sugar processing center and
the only farmers' cooperative that produces coco sugar in the
province. According to the center caretaker, all the members
are coco sap collectors so the center has the capacity to produce
20 kilos of coco sugar daily, depending on the demand of the
The training was attended by more than fifty (50) participants
coming from the six (6) municipalities of the province, mostly
LGUs, Agricultural Technicians, farmers and even Sangguniang
Bayan officials who are already venturing on organic farming
and very much willing to cooperate with DA for the success of
the program. #deb#
ALCALA TURNS OVER P72.2 M AGRI PROJECTS IN THE PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala arrived in San Jose, Occidental Airport
together with Occidental Mindoro Congresswoman Ma.Amelita Villarosa,
selected directors from the Bureaus and Attached agencies under
the Department of Agriculture. He was welcomed by Governor Josephine
R. Sato and Mayors, employees of the Local Governments units,
officers and members from the farmers, fisher folks and irrigators
from the bus, Secretary and party proceeded in four (4) four
activity sites - Sablayan Penal Farm (SPF), Sablayan, Occidental
Mindoro where he met the waiting 1000 plus from 22 farmers and
cooperatives organizations in Sablayan. Others came from Mamburao,
Sta. Cruz, Paluan and Abra de Ilog and other local officials.
NIA Provincial Manager Engr. Rey Calusin presented the Phase
I plan for the construction of Diversion works and canal structures
for SPF with the total budget of P35M and will irrigate around
200 hectares, benefiting 125 farmers. Secretary Alcala happily
announced that the Phase I project will start on April 2012.
Memorandum of Agreement for the DA-NIA-PGLU-SPF was signed by
Secretary Alcala, Gen. Romeo Fajardo BuCor Asst. Director, and
Governor Sato. It was witnessed by thousands of farmers in Penal
stop was in Calintaan where the graduation of 12 batches of FFS
under rice program with collaborative effort conducted by DA-RFU-
4B, PhilRice and LGUs. Secretary Alcala acknowledged the support
of DepEd in cooperating with the DA for the "Gulayan sa
Paaralan Projects" where 26 schools received sets of garden
tools. Third place visited was in Magsaysay where the Annual
General assembly of the Onion Growers was being held and likewise
blessing and inauguration of the Hanger-Type Onion Dryer worth
P1.3M and turned over to the Magsaysay Allium Growers Multi-purpose
Cooperative. Fourth stop was in National Food Authority (NFA)
wherein the warehouse was inaugurated led by DA Secretary with
Governor Sato and Cong. Villarosa and NFA officials and staff
at San Roque, San Jose. The last leg was a Press Conference with
14 media people for print and broadcast held at Seacost Hotel
and Restaurant. Agri-related even personal questions were directly
answered by the secretary with no hesitations.
message, Alcala said that the activity he is doing - projects
visitations in the different provinces is part of the directions
of President Noynoy Aquino to give proper feedback and deliver
the proper services to the farmers to feel the presence of the
government's effort in helping them uplift their everyday living.
"Kami sa Kagawaran ay tulungan kayong humanap ng mapagbebentahan
ng inyong mga produkto. Partnership ito walang iwanan. Natutuwa
po ang Pangulo sa convergence ng DA at Bureau of Corrections
kasi pagsama- sama mas madali ang asenso ng buhay". Alcala
gave emphasis on the Indigeous people to give them projects.
"Bigyan nating sila ng proyekto tulad ng pagtatanim ng mga
fruit bearing trees para maiwasan nila ng paglipat lipat ng lugar
at yung tiyak na meron silang babalikan.
Governor Sato challenged the Agriculture Secretary to assist
the province in irrigation, post harvest, FMR, STW projects and
trainings "kung ano ibibigay tatapatan namin, sa amin ang
huli" she said. Gov. Sato also thanked the Department of
Agriculture for continuous support given for her province and
to the farmers as well as encouraged everyone to continue working
for the agricultural development of Occidental Mindoro. She said
that the time of Occidental Mindoro to shine in terms of agriculture
has finally come through the secretary of the Department of Agriculture
- you have touch our lives made a difference, Gov. Sato said.
the event was giving of P72.2M certificates of turned-over for
Flat Bed Dryers, Multi-purpose Drying Pavement, Village type-
dryers, knapsack sprayers, pH meters, coconut seeds, garden tools,
polyethylene pipes, cassava graters, trading funds for the food
terminals, 4-wheel tractor and combine harvester, aquasilvi culture,
tilapia hatchery and lambaklad projects for fisheries, cattle
projects for livestock and for irrigation projects.
surprisingly announced raffles who attended the farmers' forum.
These includes 100 bags of open pollinated white corn, 100 bags
of CS palay, 5 Saanin Breed Goat, 2 draft animals 2 units of
rice threshers, one unit of Hand tractor with trailer, 50 laminated
sacks. In Calintaan-Rizal the secretary will sponsors agri-related
courses scholarship 3 from Rizal and 3 from Calintaan.
the event were Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members, Sanggunian Bayan
of Sablayan, officers and members from IAs and cooperatives,
millers, fisherfolks, mayors and other municipal, provincial
and national officials and officers and civilian employees from
Bureau of Corrections and Penal Farm.###(CMSANFELIPE-DA-RFU-4B)
- Ten outstanding rice-producing provinces in the country were
proclaimed winners and each received P4-M worth of agricultural
projects from the Department of Agriculture (DA) through Sec.
Proceso J. Alcala (left), during the 2011 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers'
Awarding Ceremonies held at the Philippine International Convention
Center (PICC) in Manila on February 10, 2012.
Josephine Ramirez-Sato, (3rd left) and Alfonso V. Umali Jr. (4th
left) of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, respectively, received
the awards together with the governors from the other provinces.
The municipalities of San Jose, Rizal, and Sablayan, Occ. Mindoro
also won in the municipal level category and each received P1-M
worth of similar projects, while sixteen (16) Agricultural Extension
Workers (AEWs) from these municipalities received P20,000 each.
This is the first time that DA allotted more than P100-M to reward
high performing individuals in the field of rice production that
would contribute in the attainment of food sufficiency program
of the government. Other winning provinces include Ilocos Norte,
Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Southern Leyte, Davao del Norte, Davao
del Sur, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur.
Isinalin ni Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago, Regional
Executive Director ng DA 4-B (2nd kaliwa) ang symbolic key ng
mga makinaryang pansakahan sa mga miyembro ng San Miguel Multi-purpose
Cooperative (SAMUCO) ng Brgy. Claudio Salgado, kaalinsabay sa
pagdiriwang ng ika-110 taong anibarsaryo ng pagkakatatag ng bayan
ng Sablayan noong ika-26 ng Enero 2012.
ibang samahan at kooperatiba ang nabiyayaan ng mga kagamitang
pansakahan na kailangan sa pagsasaka bilang tulong ng pamahalaan
sa mga magbubukid upang mapaunlad ang industriya ng pagsasaka,
tumaas ang ani at matamo ang minimithing Food Sufficiency sa
darating na mga taon. Nasa larawan sina Occidental Mindoro Gov.
Josephine "Nene" Sato (dulong kaliwa), Sablayan Mayor
Eduardo Gadiano, (3rd kanan) at si Pastor Ariel Gonzales, pinuno
ng SAMUCO (dulong kanan).
- Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (4th
left) handover the symbolic key for the farm tractors to Aborlan
Mayor Jaime M. Ortega during the turnover rites of agri-machineries
and equipments in Aborlan, Palawan on January 16, 2012.
also turnover several units of same equipments during the opening
of dam gate in Balsahan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP)
in Iwahig Penal Colony, Pto. Princesa City, on the following
day. A total of P42 million worth of projects and equipments
were turned over to farmer organizations, cooperatives, and LGU's
in the province of Palawan. Also in photo are (L-R) MAO Clemente
Cacatian, Palawan Gov. Abraham Khalil B. Mitra, DA 4-B RED Cipriano
G. Santiago and NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel. (DA 4-B)
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala handed over the symbolic key
of the combine harvester worth P2.0M to Naujan municipal Mayor
Maria Angeles C. Casubuan and Municipal Agriculturist Ely Vargas
as part of the P25M worth of farm machineries, green houses,
fishing paraphernalias and livestock (piglets, quails pullets,
layer chicken, slaughtering equipments) that was awarded to various
Farmers Associations, Cooperatives, and Local Government Units
(LGU) during the 61st Foundation Day Celebration of Oriental
Mindoro held in Calapan City on November 15, 2011.
distributed checks amounting to P2.09M in the municipality of
San Teodoro as part of the livelihood support project of the
government to 209 farm households. In photos (from left) are
Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso V. Umali, MAO Ely Vargas, Naujan
Mayor Maria Angeles C. Casubuan, DA Sec. Proceso J. Alcala, and
DA 4-B Regional Executive Director Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago.
turnover P25M worth of agri-equipments and projects
Calapan City - About P25M worth of farm machineries
and equipments were turn-over by the Department of Agriculture-Regional
Field Unit (DA-RFU) 4-B to the province of Oriental Mindoro during
its 61st Foundation Day Celebration. The turnover was done by
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala on November 15, 2011
at JJ Leido Memorial National High School oval in Calapan City.
Assorted units of farm machineries and equipments were turned-over
to various Farmers Associations (FAs) and Cooperatives, Local
Government Units (LGUs) as the recipients of the program. The
municipality of Naujan thru its Mayor Maria Angeles C. Casubuan
with her Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO) Ely Vargas received
the symbolic key for the combine harvester, while one unit of
4-wheel tractor was handed over to the Naujan Farmers Association.
Four (4) units of hand tractor were turned-over to FAs in the
municipalities of Naujan, Baco, San Teodoro and Calapan City.
Another two (2) units of thresher were received by the farmer
organizations in Victoria and Calapan City, while the Mina de
Oro Agrarian Reform MPC (MAREBEMCO) is the recipient of the rice
milling machine worth P3.4M.
Eight (8) units of green houses were granted to FAs in San Teodoro,
Puerto Galera, Gloria and Victoria with one (1) unit each, while
Naujan and Mansalay received two (2) units each from the High
Value Crop Development Program (HVCDP). The Bureau of Fisheries
and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) provided 200 units of 6.5 Hp motor
engine and fishing paraphernalia for fisher folks in the province,
while the Livestock
Division also turned-over 50
heads of piglets for 25 recipients members of the Soro-soro Ibaba
Development Cooperative and 1,200 heads of quail pullets for
the Community Multipurpose Cooperative Inc. in the municipalities
of Pinamalayan and Gloria respectively.
Meanwhile, the Mary Help of Christian School (Mindoro) Inc. in
Calapan Ciry received 100 heads of layer chicken, P500 thousand
for the expansion of its piggery farm, and P200 thousand for
the procurement of slaughtering equipment for the benefits of
their Mangyan students.
Other DA attached agencies such as the Philippine Coconut Authority
(PCA) provided seednuts and fertilizers for farmers, whereas
the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) will implement
an Expanded Modified Rural Composting (EMRC) about 100 hectares
in Pinamalayan and Calapan City; while the Fiber Industry and
Development Authority (FIDA) provided 10,000 pieces of abaca
plantlets as planting materials worth P50 thousand..
Sec. Alcala also handed a check worth P2.09M to the municipality
of San Teodoro for its 209 households as a livelihood support
project from the Agrikultura Kaagapay ng Bagong Pinoy (AKBay).
After the turn-over ceremony, Sec, Alcala graced the Strategic
Intervention and Community-Focused Action Towards Development
(SIKAD) partnership forum held in Filipiniana Hotel. As guest
of honor, he stand as witness on the MOA and MOU signing by the
different partner agencies with the Presidential Adviser on Climate
Change Sec. Neric Acosta. (DA RAFID 4-B)
launches 3 Food Terminals in Oriental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro - Three (3) Food Terminals (FTs) were
launched by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Agribusiness,
Marketing and Assistance Division (AMAD) in Oriental Mindoro
last September 6-7, 2011 in the municipalities of Naujan and
Pola. Food Terminals will cater the agri-fishery products of
our farmers and fisherfolks to minimize or eliminate the activities
of traders and middlemen.
The municipality of Naujan through the effort of its Municipal
Agriculturist Mr. Elly Vargas is a recipient of two (2) Food
Terminals, a Municipal Food Terminal (MFT) located beside the
town's public market, and a Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) in Brgy.
Barcenaga built near its Barangay Hall.
Launching of both MFT and BFT in Naujan was attended by Gov.
Alfonso Umali and by the local official of Naujan headed by Mayor
Maria Angeles Casubuan and some of the Sangguniang Bayan members,
Barangay Captains, market vendors in the locality and Mrs Rosalinda
Leido, the Agricultural Production Coordinating Officer (APCO)
of Oriental Mindoro.
Food Terminals in Naujan, Barcenaga and Pola are situated in
strategic areas where farmers/producers can directly market their
products in a whole sale basis without the intervention of middlemen,
thus, higher income for farmers.
The Local Government Units (LGUs) of Naujan and Pola and the
Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro has assured support
for the project. For instance, Gov. Alfonso V. Umali promised
to provide hauling equipments if producers can prove to him that
it is badly needed and if they can guarantee him that there are
enough goods to be hauled to the MFTs/BFTs. He also advice the
farmers to practice crop rotation and observe proper scheduling
of planting of crops so to avoid over supply of goods.
Mayor Casubuan of Naujan on her part said that expansion of MFT
in Naujan and BFT in Barcenaga will be her concerns. She added
that improving the BFT facilities in Barcenaga is her priority
because she herself is a residence of the said barangay and she
thinks it is a common way of thanking her constituents.
On the other hand, Pola Vice-Mayor Raul Pagcaliwagan said that
the presence of BFT in their town is beneficial to the residents
of the Barangay Bayanan and its adjacent barangays. He said that
the farmers have to practice sorting or grading their products
in the BFT so it can command high price in the market, but reminded
them to maintain honesty in sorting since it is the most important
values among Filipino.
Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago, Regional Executive Director, DA RFU
4-B agreed what Vice-Mayor Pagcaliwagan said. He gave emphasis
on the importance of honesty for the business to prosper. He
further assured the people who attended the launching that the
department will continue to extend its assistance but the people
must also do their share.
Ms Nida San Juan, AMAD OIC-Chief said, the regional office will
be granting cash assistance to each Food Terminal as an additional
trading fund amounting to P50,000.00 but the release will be
done in two-equal installment basis.
BFTs were launched in Palawan
Puerto Princesa City - Another set of Barangay Food Terminals
(BFTs) were successfully launched and turned-over in the two
municipalities of the province on September 22, 2011.
One BFT is situated in Barangay Tabon in Quezon, Palawan and
attended by the Baranagay and some Sangguniang Bayan officials
headed by Mayor Ronilo Caputilla. The Mayor highly appreciated
the presence of BFT because farmers produce will be catered in,
thus improving their lives particularly residents of Brgy Tabon
and its nearby barangays.
Another BFT was also launched in the Municapility of Narra with
former Mayor Lucy Demaala who welcomed the Staff from the DA
Central and Regional Office headed by Ms. Nida M San Juan, OIC-Chief,
Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) Regional
Field Unit (RFU) 4-B. in her statement, Mrs. Demaala said that
the office of Mayor is in full support of the BFT. She is hoping
that later on all barangays of Narra will have its own BFT so
farmers will have a certain market for their produce. And besides,
residents need not go to the public market, instead may patronize
the BFT because of its proximity to their houses, the former
Mrs. Trinidad Dela Cruz from the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance
Service (AMAS) DA Central Office who is the representative of
Director Leandro H. Gazmin said that the major beneficiaries
of BFTs are farmers and fisherfolk whose agri-fishery products
can be sold in BFTs. She added that DA is willing to extend it
assistance but the people must work together because the presence
of BFT is a commitment of everyone.
Governor Abraham Khalil Mitra was represented by his Chief Executive
former Aborlan Mayor Celsa Adier who was very enthusiastic about
the project. She said that the office of the governor is very
supportive in all the undertakings of the Department of Agriculture.
The Chief Executive added that because of the presence of BFT,
the barangays of Tabon and Malatgao will be known not only in
their respective municipalities but in the adjacent towns as
well. Lastly, she added further that her dream is to make all
the municipalities in Southern Palawan more progressive someday.
The certificate of turn-over was handed on by Ms Nida M. San
Juan to the Mayors who passed it on to the Brgy. Captains, and
accepted by their respective BFT Operators as the final recipients.
In return, the operators assured the public that they will manage
the BFT properly, with the guidance of the LGUs and the support
of DA-AMAS-AMAD officials.
Terminal Summit in Palawan
Princesa City - The third and final leg of the Provincial Cluster
Food Terminal Summit in MIMAROPA Region was held in the VJR Multi-Purpose
Hall, Capitol Compound, Puerto Princesa City on September 20-21,
2011. Food Terminals in Region 4-B were divided into three clusters
based on its geographical location to facilitate monitoring system.
Two Mindoro provinces belong to cluster 1, while cluster 3 comprises
the provinces of Marinduque and Romblon.
Palawan falls under Cluster 2 which was composed of fourteen
(14) Food Terminals distributed in the nine (9) municipalities
and one city in the province. Out of the said number, three (3)
of these are Municipal Food Terminals (MFTs) and eleven (11)
Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs) scattered in the municipalities
of Roxas, El Nido, Coron, Aborlan, Narra, Quezon, Sofronio Española,
Brookes Point, Rizal and Puerto Princesa City.
The summit were participated by the producers, operators, technicians
and some Municipal Agriculturists and their staff and officers
of the Provincial Agriculturist. Its main purpose is to identify
problems concerning the management of Food Terminals and how
to address it. The participants were divided into four (4) groups
namely; Northern Palawan, Southern Palawan, Local Government
Units, and the Producers Group.
Several issues and concerns were discussed during the summit
including the supply and demand of some commodities. The Producers
Group reported that Palawan produces 300 metric tons of Saba
banana, and 5 metric tons of Cassava per month throughout the
year. At the same time, the fishery sector in Northern Palawan
can supply 20 tons of fish per day but reported zero production
of poultry products.
During the output presentation, Dr. Romeo Cabungcal the Asst.
Provincial Agriculturist (APA) observes that data presented by
suppliers were inconsistent with that of the MAOs group. He advised
both party to sit and consolidate for them to have a synchronized
data. He also gave emphasis on eliminating illegal activities
of traders in Food Terminals.
Regional Executive Director Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago on the
other hand said that the producers play a vital role in the success
of Food Terminals operations. There must be a proper programming
in the production of goods, and to consult other FTs so business
will prosper. He stress on the importance of proper recording
system as one of the requisite when an FT is nominated for the
Gawad Saka Award.
Director Engr. Leandro H. Gazmin of the Agribusiness and Marketing
Assistance Service (AMAS) said that the DA Central Office is
very much willing to support the needs of the Food Terminals
but the operators must also do their share by strengthening further
their strength and eliminate its weaknesses. He added the if
ever there are surplus products in Palawan, the Agribusiness
and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) of DA 4-B through its
OIC-Chief Ms. Nida San Juan and her Staff is ready to assist
the producers in selling their products in other Food Terminals
not only in the MIMAROPA region but in the NCR as well.
At the last day of the summit, the participants have chosen among
them selves' two (2) focal persons and their members. These persons
will be the official representative for the Northern and Southern
Palawan and the contact persons for FTs concerned activities.
Before the two-day summit ended, the participants who are willing
to go with the Lakbay Aral at Ugayan (LAKARAN) were listed, for
them to observe successful FTs in Regions I, III and CAR to be
held in November 14-17, 2011.
FARM MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT ROADSHOW
City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. The Department of Agriculture
conducted the 1st Luzon AGRIMAC or Agricultural Farm Machinery
and Equipment Roadshow held in PHilMec compound last August 23-24,
2011. Attended by 1,126 participants where original expected
participants is 600 to 800 only compost of Irrigators Association
and Farmers Association Presidents, officers and members, LGUs,
Rice, Corn, HVCDP program coordinators from Regions 1, 2, 3,
4A, 4B, 5 and CAR.
" Aangat ang Ani at Kita sa Paggamit ng Tamang Makinarya"
was spearheaded by the Rice Program gathered all manufacturers,
suppliers, importers, and dealers of Agricultural Machinery and
Equipments and exhibited to the farmers their products for the
farmers to be aware, to choose from the different products/brands
in the country appropriate for their farming activities and for
them to acquire needed farm machinery through counter parting
Secretary Proceso j. Alcala was glad to announce the reduction
fee under the counter parting scheme from the original 70% to
30% to 85% - 15% for the qualified group of farmers or LGUs so
they can acquire needed farm machinery through counter parting.
Alcala also announced that the road show will be now be done
or schedule annually.
units of hand tractors and one unit moisture meter were raffled
after the open forum with the Secretary. The seven (7) units
hand tractors were raffle on a basis - one per region. Then the
remaining units were raffled by putting all together the names
of IAs, and FAs. The raffles were sponsored by the rice program
and the one (1) unit hand tractor from P.I. Farm Machinery.
manufacturing company had given away different types of freebies
from bags, raincoat, mugs, key chain, ref holders, umbrella,
t-shirts, jackets, and caps for every participant who visited
officials who graced also the occasion were Rice Program Director
Dante de Lima, PhilMec Director Ricardo L. Cachuela, Regional
Executive Directors Andrew Villacorta and Jose Dayao of Regions
3 and 5 respectively and Regional Technical Directors from RFU-3.
Ms. Paz Mones, Ms. Vilma Dimaculangan of RFU-4A and Mr. Antonio
R. Creencia of RFU-4B and Vice Mayor Ester A. Lazaro of Muñoz,
CLUSTER FOOD TERMINALS SUMMIT
St. Benedictine House of Prayer
Brgy. Salong, Calapan City
City - The Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD),
of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 4-B headed by Ms.
Nida San Juan conducted its first ever Food Terminal Summit for
Cluster 1 held at Saint Benedictine House of Prayer in Brgy.
Salong, Calapan City on August 16-17, 2011. The said activity
aims to know the current situation of the Municipal Food Terminals
(MFTs) and Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs) in the region through
proper evaluation and report validation.
Presently Oriental Mindoro has eight (8) MFTs and seven (7) BFTs.
Out of this figure, two (2) MFTs and two (2) BFTs are about to
be launched on September and October of this year. On the other
hand, Occidental Mindoro has a total of six (6) Food Terminals,
three (3) MFTs in the municipalities of Mamburao, Abra de Ilog
and Lubang, while three (3) BFTs located in the barangays of
the municipalities of Magsaysay, San Jose, and Abra de Ilog.
To facilitate movement and easy monitoring, MFTs and BFTs in
the entire region were divided into clusters; Cluster 1 composed
of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, while Romblon and
Marinduque provinces belongs to Cluster 2, whereas the lone province
of Palawan fall under Cluster 3.
Mr Ramon Policarpio of AMAD said that the establishment of new
MFTs and BFTs is not the priority of the region instead, the
focus will be on the strengthening, enhancement, and rehabilitation
of all existing projects for any assistance that the department
can extend to them. He added that after the series of summit
in the region, there will be a "Lakbay Aral sa Karunungan"
(LAKARAN) so that the participants will be able to witness and
may acquire information in some of the successful MFTs and BFTs
in the country, probably in Regions I, III and CAR.
The two day summit considered successful. The participants were
able to make their own SWOT analysis, a 3rd quarter catch-up
plan for 2011, followed by presentation for comments and recommendations.
Most of the Food Terminals were represented in the forum both
from the government and private sectors. On the side of the government,
most of them are Agricultural Technicians, MAO/MAs, City Agriculturist
of Calapan, the Provincial Agriculturist of the two Mindoro provinces,
and a few barangay captains, while the private sector was represented
by BFT operators/officers and selected vegetable growers.
|Iwahig rice hectarage
to double via irrigation
The Department of Agriculture recently forged a partnership with
the Iwahig Penal Colony that will restore and repair irrigation
to double existing rice areas to about 700 hectares, and thus
produce additional rice supply for Palawan.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J.
Alcala and Iwahig Penal Colony Superintendent Mario Trasmonte
forged the agreement, and witnessed by Palawan Governor Abraham
Khalil Mitraa and National Irrigation Administion (NIA) region
4B manager Conrado Cardenas Jr.
Cardenas said there are still some
1,500 hectares of rainfed areas that could be irrigated and provide
additional rice harvest to supply the demand of Palawan and nearby
To which, Sec. Alcala instructed
Cardenas to validate the potential expansion areas and submit
his recommendations soonest to speed up restoration and repair
of irrigation systems.
For this part, Transmonte said
Iwahig farm has manpower to transform idle lands into productive
rice farms, and all it needs are funding support and technical
supervision from DA and NIA. " These effort will contribute
in part to attaining the government's target of rice self-sufficient
by 2013," Alcala said.
While in Palawan , Sec. Alcala
distributed more than P2-million worth farm macheniry and equipment-a
four-wheel drive hand tractor, low lift pumps, shallow tube wells,
and shredders to farmer's group and Palawan municipal LGUs.
Incentives where also given to
farmer under the Participatory Coconut Planting program, while
certificates of entitlements under the Salt Fertilization Program
and the Philippine Coconut Authority were distributed.
Alcala assured the farmers and
fishers that the DA will continue to craft policies and implement
sustainable programs to enhance Palawan's agri-fishery sector.
" We have to work together to attain the goal of rice self-sufficiency".
He added urging everyone to take part in the main agenda of the
Aquino government geared at sustainable food production.
Alcala said the DA will also put up community seed banks in Palawan,
and other parts of the country, to empower rice seed growers
and enabled them to produce quality seeds in sustainable basis.
DA help expand Iwahig rice areas. Secretary Alcala (right) instruct
NIA 4B regional officer Conrado Cardenas, Jr. (left) to validate
potential expansion areas of the Iwahig Penal Farm in Palawan,
and speed up the restoration and repair of irrigation systems
that double rice hectarage.
May 11, 2011 press release by the Department of Agriculture
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala recently approved a P4.27-million
project for the conduct of a sustainable agriculture training
program for children of indigenous Mangyans and out-of-school
youth (OSY) in Oriental Mindoro. The P4.27 million will bankroll
the "Mangyoung Entrepinoys Organic Farming sa Mindoro"
training project spearheaded by the Salesian Sisters of St. Bosco,
who since 2002 have been operating the Mary Help of Christians
School (Mindoro), Inc., in Barangay Parang, Calapan City.
School directress Sister Phebe G. Lacse said the fund will be
used to continue the integrated formal and informal education
program on organic farming and sustainable agriculture technologies,
which has trained an average of 50 to 60 students per year since
the school began in 2002.
Aside from hands-on farming chores-growing rice, vegetables,
cassava and fruit trees-the students likewise learn entrepreneurial
skills. They also undergo on-the-job training in private and
DA techno-demonstration farms.
Secretary Alcala personally visited the students, who performed
for him an emotional song and dance number. They said they pin
their hopes on agriculture to become productive and responsible
citizens, and to contribute their share in uplifting their respective
Sister Lacse said about 40 percent of out-of-school youth in
Calapan City and Puerto Galera, aged 13 to 23 years old, work
as helpers, vendors, porters, fishermen, or entertainers. Others
are idle or help in household, farming, or fishing chores.
She said the school has an existing tie-up
government units in Mindoro, which sponsor or shoulder one-half
of the P20,000-per-student for tuition and miscellaneous fees.
The rest is shouldered by private individuals and groups as benefactors.
In this regard, Sec. Alcala commended the provincial government
of Oriental Mindoro for sharing a counterpart of roughly P1.8
million to complement the P4.27- million fund given by the DA.
Sister Lacse said under their one-year program, graduates are
required to share and transfer their acquired knowledge and skills
in agriculture and other enterprises to family members and others
in their community.
Chief visits Mangyans, farm youth in Oriental Mindoro.
Secretary Proceso 'Procy' J. Alcala (right, top photo) listens
intently as Sister Phoebe G. Lacse-directress of the Mary of
Help Christians School, in Parang, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro-shares
with him various livelihood projects undertaken by the school
that include the production of wood vinegar (foreground, left).
Sec. Alcala approved the school's proposed P4.2-million project,
called "Mangyoung Entrepinoys Organic Farming sa Mindoro."
Below, students perform a song and dance number during his visit,
along with DA Region 4B Director Cipriano Santiago, (2nd from
right, top photo) and other guests.
grants P4-M project for Mangyan, Mindoro farm youth
City. Touched by the transformation of children of indigenous
Mangyans and out-of-school youth (OSY) in Oriental Mindoro who
are now profitably engaged in agriculture, Agriculture Secretary
Proceso J. Alcala recently approved a P4.27-million project for
the conduct of a sustainable agriculture training program for
- aptly called "Mangyoung Entrepinoys Organic Farming sa
Mindoro" - is spearheaded by the Salesian Sisters of St.
Bosco, who since 2002 have been operating the Mary Help of Christians
School (Mindoro), Inc., in Barangay Parang, Calapan City,
directress Sister Phoebe G. Lacse said the fund will be used
to continue bankrolling their training program in organic farming
and sustainable agriculture technologies, where they have trained
an average of 50 to 60 students per year since the school began
Lacse said the one-year training per batch is an integrated formal
and informal agricultural education program. Aside from hands-on
farming chores - growing rice, vegetables, cassava and fruit
trees - the students likewise learn entrepreneurial skills. They
also undergo on-the-job training in private and DA techno-demonstration
Alcala was personally gratified mingling with the students, who
performed an emotional song and dance number during his visit.
The students said they pin their hopes on agriculture to become
productive and responsible, God-fearing citizens, and contribute
their share in uplifting their respective communities.
Lacse said about 40 percent of out-of-school youth in Calapan
City and Puerto Galera aged 13 to 23 years old work as helpers,
vendors, porters, fishermen, or entertainers. Others are idle
or help in household, farming or fishing chores.
the school has an existing tie-up with local government units
in Mindoro that sponsor or shoulder one-half of the P20,000-worth
of tuition and miscellaneous fees of the students. The rest is
shouldered by private individuals and groups as benefactors.
regard, Sec. Alcala commended the Provincial Government of Oriental
Mindoro for sharing a counterpart of roughly P1.8 million to
complement the P4.27-M fund given by the DA.
Lacse said under their one-year program, graduates are required
to share and transfer their acquired knowledge and skills in
agriculture and other enterprises to family members and others
in their community. ###
agriculture gets a boost from Secretary Alcala
mainly agriculture-based economy got a boost from Department
of AgricultureSecretary Proceso Alcala who visited the province
last April 4 and 5.
The visit was made possible through the efforts of Romblon Governor
Eduardo "Lolong" Firmalo. The Governor said, "Secretary
Alcala's visit provided a clearer roadmap in harnessing Romblon's
potentials in agriculture.""Romblon has a great potential
in agriculture," declared Alcala upon arrival at the Port
in Looc, Romblon where a well-protected fish sanctuary is also
In a short arrival speech before the crowd of Bantay Dagat and
town officials led by LoocMayor Leila Arboleda, Alcala pledged
to provide the town's small fishermen 18 new fish cages (payao)
on a rent-to-own basis to boost their income thru aqua-culture.
He also encouraged the fishermen to apply a "bibingka strategy"
by growing abalones and sea cucumbers underneath those payaos.
"Para may kita na sa itaas, may kita pa sa ibaba,"
the jovial cabinet secretary explained.
Locally known as "balat", "sabra-sobra",
"lapas" or "kapinan", abalones command high
price in Chinese restaurants and especially when exported to
Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Australia,
USA, Canada, Spain and, Netherlands. The same is true with sea
cucumbers (with 23 local names) which price ranges from PhP 180
to PhP 850 per kilo depending on size and the kind of specie.
Alcala had lunch at the popular Aglicay beach in another town,
Alcantara, where he met with Mayor Eddie Lota to discuss the
town's needs for agriculture.
After Alcantara, the Secretary proceeded to Odiongan where he
graced the town's Agro Fair and a turn over ceremony of a newly-built
food terminal warehouse. His visit also coincided with Odiongan's
164th foundation day and town fiesta.
In his speech at the food terminal's turnover ceremony, he assured
Governor Firmalo, Odiongan Mayor Boy Firmalo and other town officials
that his department will do all it can to provide Romblon the
necessary assistance to develop its agriculture, including the
idea of putting up a trading post which he pioneered in Quezon.
"Kung anong maitutulong ng national government, ating pangungunahan,"
he told the euphoric crowd of Odionganons who appreciated the
secretary's down-to-earth style in dealing with the people.
In a public forum that followed, he responded positively to the
request that liquid freeze facilities be provided in Odiongan,
Romblon, and for other towns if possible, to prolong and broaden
the marketability of the province's fish catch. The liquid freeze
facilities, which he had been discussing with Governor Firmalo
prior to his visit, will come in two weeks time. He likewise
offered Odiongan the rent-to-own scheme for payaos that he offered
to fishermen in Looc.
He also instructed the National Irrigation Administration (NIA)
regional director to evaluate the province's irrigation and water
impounding systems to see if there is a need to rehabilitate
them or if necessary build new ones; the Bureau of Animal Industry
(BAI) to upgrade the animal culture in the province; and for
other agencies under the DA to make additional farm to market
roads and other facilities such as flatbed driers, shallow tube
wells, as well as supplies of seedlings.
The DA also handed down checks representing tuition fee subsidies
for the province's Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) scholars.
After the turnover ceremony, Governor Firmalo showed Secretary
Alcala the Farmers and Youth Training Center at Barangay Rizal
which needs additional funding support to become operational.
Boracay as market
Throughout his visit, Secretary Alcala kept stressing on the
importance of making Boracay Island as Romblon's main market
owing to its proximity to the province and the island resort's
ever growing need for high value agricultural products such as
seafoods, vegetables and fruits. Boracay is host to almost a
million tourists every year.
He told the town officials and the crowd that a DA team is going
back as soon as possible to formulate a master development plan
for the whole province of Romblon and integrating it to the national
He also recognized the inexhaustible energy of Governor Firmalo
in trying to make Romblon a great province. Alcala and Firmalo
became friends as they were both members of the 13th Congress.
On his part Firmalo thanked Alcala for taking the time out to
With Miss Gina Lopez
A dinner hosted by the provincial government on the night of
April 4 had Secretary Alcala and ABS-CBN Foundation Managing
Director Ms. Gina Lopez as main guests. Lopez was also in town
advocating the rejection of mining operations in the whole province
Speaking before the ecumenical gathering jointly organized by
the Aglipayan and theRoman Catholic churches, Alcala echoed Gina
Lopez's view that by experience mining does not necessarily bring
development to host communities. He told the faithful that the
real alternative rests on the development of Romblon's agriculture
and that the national government is willing to help the province
achieve this goal.
Meeting with local leaders
On the morning of April 5, Alcala was accompanied by Firmalo
to Barangay Canduyong where a possible site for the PhP 15 million
marine breeding station is to be built. Once implemented, the
project is expected to enhance the development of aqua culture
industry in the province.
Before proceeding to the town of Calatrava to join local officials
led by Mayor Bong Fabella in inaugurating the new fishport terminal,
Alcala went back to a resort in Odiongan to meet with top local
leaders from Romblon's 17 municipalities.
In Calatrava, he instructed his aides to evaluate the possibility
of expanding the fishport terminal and putting up a coco coir
And before catching up a flight back to Manila, Alcala led the
release of baby sea turtles in the beautiful coastal barangay
of Bunsoran in Ferrol town where he also met with local officials
led by Mayor Jason
8 April 2011
Office of the Governor
Province of Romblon
Contact: Wilson Fortaleza
ng magsasaka at mangingisda nagkaroon ng bagong pag-asa
ni Secretary Proceso J. Alcala ng Department of
Agriculture nitong nakaraang lingo dito sa lalawigan,
nagkaroon ng panibagong pag-asa ang sector ng magsasaka at mangingisda
dahilipinangako nito na bibigyan nya ng prioridad na tulungan
ang mga ito upang mapaangat ang kasalukuyang kalagayan nila sa
Dahil dito, inasahan ng ating mga magsasaka at mangingisda na
mabigyan na sila ng sapat na atensyon kung saan, sa mga nakalipas
na panahon, ay ginawa lamang sangkalan, upang kumita ang ilang
mga ganid na opisyal ng ating lalawigan.
Katunayan, madalas nag awing rason ng ating mga opisyal, partikular
nung nakalipas na administrasyon, ang paglaan ng pondo para sa
magsasaka at mangingisda bilang suporta umano sa mga ito lalo
na noong tumama ang bagyong Undoy, ngunit hanggang sa mga oras
na ito, hindi maramdaman ng nasabing sector ang tulong na kanilang
Kung may ipinamigay man silang tulong sa mga magsasaka at mangingisda,
ito ay noong kasagsagan ng kampanya noong nakalipas na Mayo 10
local at national na election kung saan, bumuhos ang sako-sakong
bigas ng NFA galing sa kapitolyo na may nakalagay na litrato
nina Budoy Madrona, Jojo Beltran, at DE Perez sa plastic na supot
na lalagyan nito.Lumabas na hindi ito bilang ayuda sa kahirapan
ngmga tao kundi, ito ay malinaw na pamumulitika lamang!
Sa kasalukuyang administrasyon ni Governor Lolong Firmalo at
sa pangakong binitiwan ni Secretary Alcala, muling nakabanaag
ng panibagong pag-asa ang ating magsasaka at mangingisda dahil
sa prioridad ni Gov. Firmalo ang agrikultura at napatunayan na
rin ni dating congressman at kasalukuyang Agriculture Secretary
Alcala na sa pamamagitan ng pagsasaka at pangingisda ay nabago
nila muli sa dating mahirap na lalawigan ang Quezon patungo sa
isang maulnlad na pamayanan sa ngayon.
Sana lang, sa lalong medaling panahon ay magkaroon ng realidad
ang mga programang ito ng ating gobyerno upang sa ganun, hindi
tuluyang mawala ang tiwala ng sector ng magsasaka at mangingisda
sa ating mga opisyal sa pamahalaan.
allots P2-M funding for stalled Marine Breeding Research Center
07 April 2011 19:59 Cai U. Ordinario / Reporter
being put on hold in the last four years, the Department of Agriculture
(DA) disclosed that it is keen on developing a Marine Breeding
and Research Center (MBRC) in Romblon and has already set aside
P2 million of its budget for the project.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said
finding a location that is "typhoon and pollution-free"
was the key factor in pushing through with the project. The MBRC
will be in a two-hectare coastal area in Canduyong, Odiongan,
The establishment of the MBRC is an offshoot of Republic Act
9460 establishing the MBRC in Odiongan, Romblon which was passed
in 2007. The law provides that the DA shall set aside funds for
the development of the MBRC.
"This is part of the directives of President Aquino for
us to go to the farthest barangay and extend government assistance.
We want the people to feel the assistance of the government,"
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director Malcolm
Sarmiento said the operation of the MBRC will include research
and experimentation as well as breeding, propagation and distribution
of spawners, fry and fingerlings.
The project will be supervised by the BFAR in close coordination
with the provincial government. Alcala also instructed BFAR to
coordinate closely with the provincial government of Romblon
to fast track the release of funds.?
"We will also seek the assistance of the Southeast Asian
Fisheries Development Center because of their expertise in aqua
research and development," Sarmiento said.
Alcala added that under the Master Development Program of the
government, a team of experts from the DA will visit the province
to assess and look into possible agricultural projects for the
Aside from job generation, the MBRC seeks to improve existing
fishery technologies and maximize potentials of the fishing industry.
"We will encourage the culture of a variety of marine species
native to Romblon, thereby attracting investments. These combined
efforts aim to improve the lives of the local fishers and their
families," Gov. Edgardo Firmalo said.
IN PHOTO -- Fish aplenty During his recent visit to one of the
country's most fertile fishing grounds, Agriculture Secretary
Proceso J. Alcala expressed optimism that Romblon has the potential
to supply fish products to Boracay and other nearby tourist destinations
during his visit at the Looc Fish Sanctuary and Fish Pen recently.
The sanctuary, located at the center of Looc Bay, serves as a
refuge for various high-value marine species. With Alcala is
Romblon Gov. Edgardo Firmalo.
breeding station to aid Romblon fishers
An April 7, 2011
press release by the Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Department is setting aside P2 million in funds for
the development of the Marine Breeding and Research Center (MBRC),
which will rise in the island province of Romblon soon.
The Center, which will be established in a two-hectare portion
of coastal land in barangay Canduyong in Odiongan, is an offshoot
of Republic Act No. 9460, which was passed in 2007.
"The project will finally push through after four years,
as we have found a suitable area that is typhoon and pollution
free," Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said.
"Ito po ay bahagi ng utos ng Pangulong Aquino, na kami ay
pumunta sa mga malalayong barangay upang maipaabot ang tulong
ng pamahalaan [This is part of the directives of President Aquino
for us to go to the farthest barangay and extend government assistance],"
"Gusto po naming iparamdam sa mga mamamayan ang tulong ng
gobyerno [We want the people to feel the assistance of the government]."
During a site visitation, Alcala instructed Dir. Malcolm Sarmiento
of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to closely
coordinate with the provincial government of Romblon and fast
track the release of the funds.
Dir. Sarmiento stressed that the operation of the Center, which
will include research and experimentation as well as breeding,
propagation and distribution of spawners, fry and fingerlings,
will be supervised by BFAR in close coordination with the provincial
"We will also seek the assistance of the Southeast Asian
Fisheries Development Center because of their expertise in aqua
research and development," Sarmiento said.
Aside from job generation, the MBRC seeks to improve existing
fishery technologies and maximize potentials of the fishing industry.
"We will encourage the culture of a variety of marine species
native to Romblon, thereby attracting investments," Governor
Edgardo Firmalo said. "These combined efforts aim to improve
the lives of the local fishers and their families."
Alcala added that under the Master Development Program of the
government a team of experts from the DA will visit the province
to assess and look into possible agricultural projects for the
dept. allots P2M for Romblon mariculture
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala expressed optimism that Romblon has
the potential to supply fish products to Boracay and other nearby
tourist destinations during his visit at the Looc Fish Sanctuary
and Fish Pen.
of Agriculture has earmarked P2 million for the development of
a multispecies breeding station to improve existing fishery technologies
and maximize potentials of the fishing industry in Romblon province.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that
the Marine Breeding and Research Center would be established
in a 2-hectare coastal land in barangay Canduyong, Odiongan.
The coastal area of Canduyong was the most suitable place to
put up the project since it was typhoon and pollution-free, Alcala
"This is part of President [Benigno] Aquino [3rd]'s directives
for us to go to the farthest barangay and extend government assistance.
We want the people to feel the assistance of the government,"
Alcala added that under the Master Development Program of the
government a team of experts from Agriculture department would
visit the province to assess and look into possible agricultural
projects for the residents.
During a site visitation, Alcala instructed Bureau of Fisheries
and Aquatic Resources Director Malcolm Sarmiento to closely coordinate
with the provincial government of Romblon and fast track the
release of the funds.
Sarmiento said that the operation of the Center would be supervised
by the bureau in close coordination with the provincial government-the
operations would include research and experimentation as well
as breeding, propagation and distribution of spawners, fry and
"We will also seek the assistance of the Southeast Asian
Fisheries Development Center because of their expertise in aqua
research and development," Sarmiento said.
Besides job generation, the center seeks to improve existing
fishery technologies and maximize potentials of the fishing industry.
James Konstantin Galvez
center going up in Romblon
MARVYN N. BENANING
April 7, 2011, 5:04pm
Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has earmarked
P2 million for the Marine Breeding and Research Center (MBRC)
The center will be established in a two-hectare coastal area
in Barangay Canduyong in Odiongan in compliance with Republic
Act 9460 passed in 2007.
"The project will finally push through after four years,
as we have found an area that is typhoon- and pollution-free,"
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said.
"Ito po ay bahagi ng utos ng Pangulong Aquino na kami ay
pumunta sa mga malalayong barangay upang maipaabot ang tulong
ng pamahalaan (This is part of the directive of President Aquino
for us to go to the farthest barangay and extend government assistance),"
Alcala stressed the need to establish the MBRC in Romblon to
do research and experimentation as well as breed, propagate and
distribution spawners, fry and fingerlings to boost fish production
in the island-province.
The center's operation will be supervised by the Bureau of Fisheries
and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in close coordination with the provincial
and Turn-over of incoming & outgoing Regional Executive Director
March 29, 2011
DA-RFU 4-B Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Cipriano G.
Santiago (left) accepts the duties and responsibilities from
Outgoing RED Antonio G. Gerundio (right) during the turn-over
ceremonies on March 29, 2011. The simple rites had been witnessed
by the DA-IV B regional officials and staff.
Atty. Santiago is a former Regional Executive Director of Region
I, while RED Gerundio who served the region for three years will
be assigned in Region VIII.
Turn-over in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro
Municipal Vice-Mayor Bolet Dimapilis together with Mr Alex Ronquillo
of DA- RFU 4B and some LGU staff led the ribbon cutting during
the inauguration and turn-over ceremony of the Farm-to-Market
Road (FMR) on January 18, 2010. The length of the project is
about 5.02 km interconnecting the 6 barangays of the municipality
with a total cost of P12.4 M benefiting 3,783 households. Marketing
of agricultural produce in these remote areas are now made easy
because of vehicle accessibility, thus, increasing farmers profit
of InfRES Project in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro
Municipal Mayor Hercules A. Umali, Vice-Mayor Alfonso A. Montalbo,
and Mrs. Umali, wife of Congressman Umali together with Mr. Alex
Ronquillo led the ribbon cutting during the inauguration and
turn-over ceremony of the P24.3M rehabilitated Bongabong Rural
Water Supply System comprising 36.4 km water pipeline on January
19, 2010. Package 1 benefited around 9,344 individuals in six
barangays while package 2 served 1,099 households of the other
six barangays. Project beneficiaries have improved their health
conditions specially the children because of the clean and potable
water that the project brought to them.
Project Proposal for Occidental Mindoro
Josephine Ramirez-Sato and Mr. Roger Wong, a Chinese-American discuss
the possibility of establishing a cassava ethanol industry in
Occidental Mindoro on January 25, 2011 at the DA-RFU 4B Conference
Room. The proposal is significant since the bulk requirements
of cassava needed by the feed manufacturers in the country were
imported from the neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.
DA 4-B key officials attended the meeting are RTD Antonio
R. Creencia, Admin Chief Ms. Lucille E. Odejar, and Dr. Candido
Damo, D.A. National Cassava Project Coordinator. (DEBentoy)
of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala is sworn into office
by President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang on July
1, 2010. The newly appointed Agriculture chief hopes for zero
rice importation by 2013 by propping up rice production in the
country. Joining him in this momentous ceremony are members of
his family (L-R) son-in-law Joseph Lucentales, grandson Jeff,
youngest daughter Ivy Alcala, eldest daughter Ingrid Alcala-Lucentales,
wife Corazon Alcala, grandson Josh, daughter-in-law Mimilanie,
grandson Theoden, only son Congressman Irvin Alcala, and grandson
is New Department of Agriculture Chief
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala receives from outgoing Agri chief
Bernie G. Fondevilla the Department of Agriculture (DA) flag
symbolizing the turnover of leadership and responsibility of
overseeing the development and modernization of the Philippine
agriculture and fishery sectors, during simple ceremonies held
at the DA Central Office, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City,
Monday, July 5, 2010. Alcala vows to maintain a transparent leadership
and enjoins DA officials and employees to provide efficient service
and adequate support to small farmers and fishers so they can
earn profitable income and produce enough food for all. ###
STRENGTHENING THE CORN INDUSTRY OF CORON
just a few days before their town fiesta, farmers of Coron, Palawan
willingly shared their time to meet with other farmers and the
staff of the Department of Agriculture's Corn Program with the
optimism of increasing corn production and strengthening the
corn farming industry thru the Training on Corn and Vegetable
Production with Emphasis on IPM.
Dr. Romeo Cabungcal, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist, in his
welcome message emphasized the need to strengthen agriculture
in Coron since the town is considered as the gateway to tourism
in Northern Palawan. Dr. Cabungcal added that an event such as
this is timely because of Gov. Mitra's slogan - "The HEAT
is on!" which pertains to strengthening the province by
improving the Health, Education, Agriculture and Tourism sectors.
Municipal Agriculturist Antonio Mendez urged the farmers to actively
participate in discussions based on the speakers' lectures and
Mr. Arnold Centeno, Municipal Planning & Development Officer,
said that the training will be helpful for the upliftment of
Coron farmers and added that Coron has plenty of lands waiting
Mr. Celso Olido, Agriculturist from the DA RFU 4B, told the participants
that Agriculture will be pushed towards the island provinces
since the mainland is geared towards urbanization. He discussed
topics about vegetables, its production and pest management.
Engr. Christine Inting, Regional Corn Program Report Officer,
explained that the training hopes to encourage locals of Coron
to venture into corn farming. She explained programs lined up
by the Regional Corn Program among these are acquiring post-harvest
facilities and the balik-binhi program. The group established
ways on how to increase the demand in corn: (1) livestock industry
- backed up with the proposal to submit a resolution to SB for
no importation of corn & corn by-products; (2) invite potential
investors i.e. contract growing; (3) invite feed millers.
With the help of Mr. Milo delos Reyes from the DA National Corn
Program, the participants were clustered into five groups. One
cluster consists of group of farmers with physical land area
of at least 200 hectares expandable to 400 hectares. Mr. delos
Reyes advised them to know the demand first to determine the
amount of production. "Ayaw naming magpatanim ng mais kung
walang demand," he stressed. He added that it would be better
as an island town that corn products leaves the island in the
form of processed meat. Exercises were done by the clusters such
as mission and vision formulation and setting of plan for the
next six years. Other topics discussed were Pest & Diseases
of Corn by Mr. Edmar Mendoza and Management of Corn using Trichogramma
and Earwigs by Ms. Elsie Ricablanca.
Engr. Teresita Guian, Palawan Provincial Agriculturist and former
Aborlan Municipal Mayor Celsa Adier graced the last day of training
and congratulated the participants and the DA's Corn Program
for spearheading such activity that will help in uplifting Coron
farmers' livelihood. ### tanitullano
farmers took the part in strengthening their corn industry through
active participation in the recently conducted training/seminar
by the Regional Office's Corn Program.
varietal trial in Romblon
Romblon - The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU)
4-B Research Division in collaboration with the Romblon State
University (RSU) has propagated about forty (40) varieties of
cassava obtained from the Philippine Root Crop Research and Training
Center (PhilRootcrops) based in Leyte State University, Baybay,
Leyte. Said root crops were planted in a hectare research station
of RSU in Brgy. Agpudlus, San Andres, Romblon to determine the
variety suited in the province current soil and climatic condition.
Its main objective is to determine the possible highest yielding
variety of cassava that suits the needs of the region either
for human consumption and industrial purposes.
On July 22, 2010 harvesting of these cassava varieties were witnessed
by people coming from the different provinces of MIMAROPA region
who are also interested on the outcome of the project. They want
to replicate the activity in their respective provinces to find
out the right cassava variety that would produce high yield in
Cassava production is highly encouraged nowadays because of the
problem that the country is experiencing, the effect of "Climate
Change". Cassava plant is known to be tolerable to drought
or when there is a scarcity of water especially during El Niño.
And besides, it needs less cultural attention compared to other
Marketing of this root crop is not a problem since the San Miguel
Corporation (SMC), the leading livestock feed manufacturer in
the country, gave an assurance of accommodating bulk supply of
this commodity as their commitment made during the regional cassava
stakeholders meeting held in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro recently.
The only requisite they need so far is for the farmers to organize
an assembler so the company will negotiate only to one group.
At present, the province of Occidental Mindoro has already an
existing cassava plantation in Brgy Canturoy in the municipality
of Rizal. The crop is scheduled to be harvested in October. The
local government is planning to double or even triple the area
if there are enough planting materials, said Ms. Dominga U. Españo,
head of the General Service Office (GSO) and project in-charge
for cassava production in the municipality of San Jose. She added
that some of their planting materials were even purchased from
Antipolo City just to compensate for the necessary planting materials
needed in establishing a cassava plantation.
However, the participants are interested in acquiring new varieties
from Romblon but unfortunately, the planting materials coming
from the newly harvested cassava under the varietal program are
insufficient even for Romblon province alone. It requires large
areas for propagation before the proponent can distribute planting
materials to the interested farmers within the locality and even
in the entire province. It will take more time before the appropriate
variety can be allocated outside the province for the benefit
of cassava farmers in MIMAROPA.
Those who attended the harvest festival were Dr. Candido Damo,
National Cassava Project Coordinator; Antonio R. Gonzales, Regional
Corn and Cassava Coordinator; Engr. Christine Inting, Corn and
Cassava Focal person; representatives from Oriental Mindoro,
Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, RSU Officials, DA regional staff,
and the proponents from the Research Division of DA and RSU,
BAGSAKAN CENTER IN PALAWAN LAUNCHED
The Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Unit No. 4-B through
the AMAD and the City Agriculturist Office of Puerto Princesa
City has launched another Bagsakan Center (BC) near the New San
Jose Market last July 15, 2010. The first BC is located
in Abo-Abo, Sofronio Española.
Bagsakan Center was established to bring producers closer to
buyers and consumers and to enable the farmers to earn more profits
and the consumers to enjoy cheaper but quality agricultural products
and create employment opportunities," says Ms. Nida M. San
Juan, AMAD chief.
The displayed and ready for sell products are produced by 25
farmers from the different barangays in Puerto Princessa City.
Mr. Bienvinido Dayao, a farmer in his message during the launching
said that "lubos po ang pasasalamat namin sa pagkakaroon
ng Bagsakan Center na ito dahil kami po ay minsan ay walang mapagdalhan
at mapagsilungan ng aming mga kalakal, malaking tulong po sa
aming mga magsasaka at mamimili ang Bagsakan Center na ito".
The Bagsakan Center is worth P 1 million and turned-over to the
City Government by Director Antonio G. Gerundio, Regional Executive
Director of DA-RFU-4B to Vice Mayor Cecil Bayron.
"The Bagsakan Center is the vehicle where you can integrate
produced and served as an alternative market. You must study
your production schedule to get a good price. Kung magaling kayong
sa timing madali kayong yayaman sa pagtatanim ng vegetables",
RED Gerundio, told to the farmers. While Vice-Mayor Bayron announced
that the collection fees for "arkabala" is suspended
and he is glad and thankful to the Department of Agriculture
for giving such BC structure to the City of Puerto Princesa and
most especially to the farmers and fishermen. "Umaasa ako
na di ninyo pababayaan ang facility na ito kasi ito ay para sa
inyong mga magsasaka," Vice Mayor Bayron told to the farmers.
The launching ceremony was attended also by SB Mark Hagedorn,
City Agriculturist Ms. Melissa Macasaet and Agricultural Technicians
from Puerto Princesa City, farmers, Mr. Ramon Policarpio, BCs
and BBs Focal Person and Ms. Ludivina Rueda of DA-AMAS among
Stake Holders Meeting
Jose, Occ. Mindoro - The first regional meeting for cassava
stake holders of MIMAROPA was held in Sikatuna Beach Hotel in
this municipality on July 8-10, 2010. Issues regarding on the
improvement of the current variety of cassava being planted by
the farmers in the region together with the expansion of area
planted were the main concern during the meeting.
The said meeting was organized by the GMA Corn and Cassava Program
Regional Coordinator Mr. Antonio R. Gonzales who is represented
on the said occasion by Engr. Chritine Inting, regional corn
report officer and cassava focal person of the Department of
Agriculture - Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU) 4-B. It was attended
by the provincial corn coordinators and report officers representing
the five provinces of the region, since cassava crop is a commodity
being integrated under the program. Because the crop is quite
familiar to them, everyone is interested about the project. They
said that the planting of cassava is very much timely since it
will not need much attention compared to other crops. It can
be also propagated even during dry season or when water supply
is insufficient, hence it can also defy the effect of climate
Several varieties of cassava were introduced during the power
point presentation of Mr. Hernani Lapid, researcher of Department
of Agriculture - Research Outreach Station (DA-ROS) and the current
in-charge of the cassava varietal trial in Romblon State University.
About 40 varieties are now planted in a hectare research farm
of the university and scheduled to be harvested on the third
week of July. The woody matured cassava stems after harvest will
be distributed to interested farmers in Romblon or even in other
provinces with in the region for rapid propagation of this plant.
At present, the provincial government of Occidental Mindoro has
already planted about 30 has of cassava in Brgy Canturoy in the
municipality of Rizal. They planned to double or even triple
the area by the next cropping season as they recruit more farmers
to plant cassava since marketing of the produce is not a problem.
Mr. Raymond Britanico area representative of San Miguel Corporation
assured that dried cassava products will be absorb by the company
since they have 3 mixing plant in the south Luzon alone that
can handle bulk produce. He encouraged the participants to organize
first an assembler before encouraging farmers to plant cassava
since the company will just negotiate only to one group.
After the meeting, the group visited the cassava plantation in
Brgy Canturoy, in the municipality of Rizal where the 30 has
of cassava plantation of the province is situated. They also
conducted a side trip in the Calumpit Multipurpose Cooperative
to observe the department's three-million pesos grant village
type corn-on-cob dryer in Brgy Calumpit in the municipality of
of Bagsakan Center in Roxas
- Another Bagsakan Center (BC) in the province of Palawan was
launched by the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Unit
(DA-RFU) 4-B in this municipality on June 3, 2010. The BC was
second of its kind in the province next to the Tabuan Center
in Brgy Abo-abo, in the municipality of Sofronio Española.
There are same projects including Barangay Bagsakan (BB) are
now being processed by the Department thru the Agribusiness and
Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) to be implemented in the
northern municipalities of the province before the year ends.
During the open forum, some of the market vendors are timid regarding
the presence of BC near the public market and worried that this
may affect on their source of living. But at the end, they were
enlightened and appreciated the positive effect of it as explained
by Mr. Ramon Policarpio, BC and BB focal person, and Ms. Nida
San Juan AMAD OIC-Chief.
As agreed upon, BC will operate only beyond market hours in a
whole sale basis so there's no effect on the livelihood of the
The launching and turn-over ceremonies were attended and witnessed
by Roxas municipal Mayor Dennis M. Sabando with some of his Sangguniang
Bayan members, Agriculture Production Coordinating Officer (APCO)
for northern Palawan Vicente Binasahan, Ms. Ludivina Rueda of
DA Central Office, Regional and Local DA Staff, farmers, officers
and members of the Market Vendors Association of Roxas. (DEBentoy)
- The 4-H Club of Quezon in the province of Palawan conducted
their local 4-H Congress held in the municipal gymnasium on June
5-7, 2010. It was participated by the 4-members coming from
the different barangays in this remote town of the province in
preparation for the forth coming provincial, regional and even
for the national 4-H congress to be held sometime next year.
Ms. Guadalupe Laylo the Regional Farm Youth Coordinator together
with her provincial counterpart Ms. Mila Veneranda graced the
occasion and served as resource speakers for the gathering. They
encouraged the participants especially the out-of-school youth
to actively join the different activities of the organization
to further develop their talents. Ms. Laylo said, among the municipalities
of Palawan, only two (2) had conducted such activity; admiring
the towns of Quezon and Brooke's Point for the leadership they
showed. She also encouraged the out-of-school youth 4-H members
to organize theme selves and form a group of not less than 15
members for them to avail a livelihood program from the government.
Several activities were lined during the congress such as poster
making contest, quiz bee, seed identification, and a search for
Miss 4-H was also conducted. (DEBentoy)
of Village type corn dryer
- The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU)
4-B had turned-over two (2) units of Village Type Corn Postharvest
Processing Facilities (Corn on Cob Dryer and Recirculating Dryer
with Biomas-Fired Furnace) to the Calumpit Multi-Purpose Cooperative
(CAMPCO) in Brgy. San Vicente, and Mindoro Progresive Multi-Purpose
Cooperative, (MPMPC) in Brgy. Tangkalan, in the municipalities
of Sablayan and Mamburao, respectively.
These P3 million worth facility is a grant under the Ginintuang
Masaganang Ani- Corn Program and will be used to ensure a safe
and quality grains toward increased productivity, reduce losses,
improved food and feed quality and maximize the benefits to the
stake holders. It has a capacity of 10 tons wet corn on cobs
equivalent to an output of about 5.3 tons dry shelled corn per
day. More so, corn cobs or rice hull can be used as fuel for
the two bio-mass furnaces to minimize expenses. Such facility
is first of its kind in the province of Occidental Mindoro and
in the entire MIMAROPA region as well.
Dir. Antonio G. Gerundio of DA 4-B led the ribbon cutting and
the turn-over ceremony on May 28, 2010 in two different venues.
He congratulated the recipients of the facilities particularly
the officials and members of the Board of Directors (BOD) for
the effort exerted in providing building structures and for the
clustering of not less than 200 has. of corn areas as the basic
requirements for granting a Village Type Dryer. He also lauded
the contribution of rice farmers because of the high percentage
(42%) of the total NFA rice purchased came from the province
which is equivalent to P2 billion, a huge amount for Occidental
With so, he urged the coop officials to organize a crop insurance
policy system as farmer's assurance during calamities since 80%
of the people particularly in Sablayan are farmers. He added
that federating all the coops in the region may also have a good
chance for a seat in the congress in the form of party list for
the benefits of coop farmers in MIMAROPA.
Witnessing the ribbon cutting and turn-over ceremony are PA Rommel
Yngson, OIC PA for Mamburao, Paluan, Sta. Cruz and Abra de Ilog
(MAPSA) area Nonoy Baranda, Provincial Board Member and the Chairman
Committee on Agriculture Antonio Rebong, DA 4-B Operations Division
OIC-Chief and Regional Corn Coordinator Antonio Gonzales, Asst.
Regional Corn Coordinator Marietta Alvis and someregional and
local DA officials and coop members. (DEBentoy)
Farm Family Congress
- The municipality of Odiongan in the island of Tablas played
as host for this year's Regional Farm Family Congress participated
by the different Rural Based Organizations (RBOs) such
as the 4-H Club, Rural Improvement Club (RIC), and the
Farmers Association (FA) coming from the four (4) provinces
of MIMAROPA region which was held at the newly converted Romblon
State University in Odiongan, Romblon. This year's theme "Sama-Samang
Pagtataguyod ng Pansakahang Kabuhayan sa Gitna ng Pagbabago ng
Klima" is so significant because it coincides with
the problems that the country is facing which is associated with
the effect of climate changed.
The organizer headed by Ms. Maria Guadalupe Laylo, Regional
FYDP coordinator has tapped the expertise of former Bureau
of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) Director Dr. Rogelio
Concepcion who tackled the topic on the "Effect
of Climate Change on Crop Production and Adaptation"
to enhance further the knowledge of the participants on the ill
effect of El Niño and so with the climate change.
Dir. Antonio G. Gerundio, Regional Executive Director
on the other hand gave his words of inspiration to boost the
morale of the participants especially the youths whose views
in agriculture were weakened due to the promising demands and
opportunity in the field of information and computer technology.
In this regards, several activities were incorporated in the
three-day activities not only to combat the effect of climate
change but also to train the youth on different livelihood programs
and projects for them to be able to cope up with the poverty
problems that most of the people are experiencing today.
Contests in fruit/vegetable carving for RICs were integrated
and so with the corn-husk based handicraft making and cooking
competitions for the 4-Hers were also included. Such activities
will serve as their training grounds; provide additional income
for the family before translating this into a real business someday. (DEBentoy)
Galera's Barangay Bagsakan
Galera, Or. Mindoro - The Department of Agriculture Regional
Field Unit 4-B thru the Agribusiness and Marketing
Assistance Division (AMAD) have launched another Barangay
Bagsakan project in Oriental Mindoro's tourism capital on April
13 2010. The Barangay Bagsakan was located near the Balatero
Port in barangay Balatero in this municipality for better access
of farmers and fisherman's produce. This will cater not only
the agriculture products of farmers and fisher folk of the municipality
of Puerto Galera but also those surplus goods coming from the
other municipalities of northern Oriental Mindoro.
The official launching and ribbon cutting was headed by Regional
Executive Director Antonio G. Gerundio (left, upper left
photo) and Mayor Hubbert Christopher A. Dolor, ( 2nd from
right, upper left photo) assisted by the AMAD Chief Ms. Nida
San Juan and Barangay Captain Wilbert Candava of Brgy. Balatero
(upper left photo).
Residents of Puerto Galera will directly benefit the existence
of the bagsakan project in the area, since agricultural produce
found in the Barangay Bagsakan was sold in much lower price compared
to those goods available in the local market. (DEBentoy)
8th NATIONAL VEGETABLE
CONGRESS HELD IN PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, PALAWAN
800 vegetable stakeholders all over the Philippines, private
suppliers of seeds and equipments, farmers, representatives from
the national local government agencies private processors, buyers
and traders attended the 8th National Vegetable Congress which
was held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on February 23-25,
2010 with the theme "Refocusing the Philippines Vegetable
Industry Amidst the Challenges of Climate Change". It aims
to raise the productivity, quality standards and profitability
of farmers despite the effect of climate change and to serve
as an avenue for knowledge sharing and networking.
The three-day activities were highlighted by lecture-forum, farm
visits and city tour. There were also exhibits showcasing the
produced of the selected municipalities in the province and product
display from seed growers and agricultural manufacturers.
Topics discussed during the congress are: Vegetable Industry
Updates; Overview and Climate Change Act; Impact and Effects
of Climate Change in the Philippines Vegetable Industry, Regional
Gainers and Losers as Affected by Climate Change, ASEAN Standards
on Horticultural Produce, DA's Plans and Programs for Vegetable
Industry, Export Market Opportunities for Fresh & Frozen
Vegetables, and Climate Change Mitigation Through Organic Agriculture.
Speakers were Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan, Drs. Rodel Maghirang,
Ma. Victoria Espaldon and Florencia Pulhin from UPLB, Ms. Rusy
G. Abastilla, Weather Specialist from PAG-ASA, BAFPS Dir. Gilbert
Leyese, HVCC Program Director Dr. Rene Rafael Espino, Dr. Wilfredo
Sanidad from BSWM and Mr. Philippo San Luis from NABCOR were
among the speakers.
On the message of OIC, Secretary Bernie G. Fondevilla read by
Regional Executive Director Antonio G. Gerundio that the congress
theme is very apt and timely as there no better time to address
the adverse effects of weather extreme to agriculture. Climate
change on vegetables brings about lower yields and low quality
produce. Vegetables have to adapt to the environment/ change
in planting patterns. "Mas madali nating matutugunan ang
climate change dahil maganda ang ugnayan sa pagitan ninyo at
ng DA". We welcome your efforts in bringing forth concerns
in the industry, and act on those. We are also fortunate for
the support given by private associations and companies and local
officials. Looking at the industry now, we plan to continue pouring
in investments, particularly in infrastructures, putting up and
rehabilitating irrigation facilities, provide shallow tube wells
and pumps. We will also work on reducing post harvest losses
by continuous training on post harvest practices for farmers.
Let me assure you that the DA will continue to extend support
to the industry.
The others who graced the occasions were Congressman Baham Mitra,
Mon Mitra, Jr. and AGAP part list representative Nicanor Briones.
The 8th National vegetables Congress was be led by a private
sector - the Palawan Vegetable Growers, Inc. in cooperation with
the Provincial Government of Palawan City Government of Puerto
Princesa City, the National Agricultural and Fishery Council
(NAFC), the National Vegetable Council and the Department of
Agriculture -Regional Field Unit No. IV-B (MiMaRoPa).