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MAY 2011
ZamPen's youth race well at 4-H National convention
May 31, 2011
Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize in Sergio Osmena May 30, 2011

ZamPen's youth race well at 4-H National convention May 31, 2011

Mohammad Zen Nuño Johan is Zampen's pride who won 2nd Place in the Extemporaneous Speech competition. The 19-year old Johan is an AB Economics student at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. He expounded the role of a 4-H'er in facing the challenges of food security and self sufficiency

Region IX's 4-H Club members bagged at least four top awards in the recently concluded 4-H National Covention at the Eden Nature Park & Resort, Toril, Davao City.

Michele T. Cirunay's Boneless Chevon was 2nd Best Chevon recipe in a Cooking Competition. Cirunay, incoming 4th year at the Zamboanga del Sur National High School has already earned from her recipe for a year now.

Xyra Claire Cabases from Mahayag was 5th place for the Handicraft contest using rice- based materials. Joining Cabases is Girlie Mae Agngarayngay was 4th runner-up in the Miss 4H Dream Girl contest. The contest includes beauty and money where Zampen's bet was able to raise P31, 126.00 in a glass dance. Agngarayngay is a 4-H'er from Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

The 4-H of the Philippines is a youth development program supported by the Department of Agriculture. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health in motion towards food security and self-sufficiency.

It was the 59th 4-H National Convention where DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala was invited to speak before the over 600 youth leaders and members throughout the country.
 

In his message delivered by Assistant Secretary Edilberto M. de Luna, the Secretary emphasized that DA does not only believe that the youth are the hopes of the nation, but they are our collaborators and partners in creating a progressive, innovative and the strength for agricultural development. We recognize the vital role of the young people in creating a better nation.

"We believe that by constantly empowering your choices and improving your capabilities, we can altogether create change where it is needed. By teaching you with community development programs and livelihood activities, we also empower you with the hope to build a better life."

Citing the theme: 4-H'ers Working Together Towards Food Security and Self-Sufficiency, Alcala states that it fits to the department's prime concern to realize the Medium Term Socio-Economic plan of the government dubbed as Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.

Alcala shared the success story of 4-H Club Federated President of Siguijor Elnard Ympal who was due to receive his Presidential Trophy and Citation as Outstanding Young Farmer 2009-2010.

"There is indeed money in farming" as he puts his stake in agriculture with passion, he was able to realize his dreams of having a better life instead of finding opportunities in the cities, agricultural production could not only create jobs in the countryside. It can also trim down the possibility for global trade and it keeps the youth from flocking in the cities because there is already livelihood right in the localities.

To date, 4-H Clubs in the Philippines has 3, 609 chapters with 101, 569 members.

It is sad to note however that one of ZamPen's Volunteer Leader Jason Arcillas died in a vehicular accident. Lorna Bautista and Maria Fe Domingo from the City Agriculturist Office had serious injuries. Others including some delegates from Regions 2 and 6 had different degrees of injuries. The accident happened on their way to their temporary residence when their vehicle's break failed to function. Head of Delegation and DA chief of the Institutional Development Section Vivian Paule decided to withdrew from participating in the two contests, Quiz Bee and Poster Making, and other activities because ZamPen delegates especially those from Zamboanga City needs medical care and assistance. The accident happened at the middle of the weeklong event. (Mark Brian U. Laride and Remai Alejado, DA9)
TOP | MAY NEWS


Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize in Sergio Osmena May 30, 2011

Among the 14 research papers recently presented during the Research and Development in-house review of the Department of agriculture, the first prize winning paper went to Mr. Felizardo Salomes , et al. The study was “Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize in Sergio Osmeña.”

The second and third prizes were Practices of the DA-MLPC Chiquinina Cattle in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte by Vicente G. Balingit, et.al. and CPAR on Integrated Rubber-based Farming System by Ernie C. Camacho, et.al, respectively.

Mr. Salomes cited that his paper on “Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize in Sergio Osmeña” is an integrated approach to the use of available nutrient sources such as the soil’s indigenous nutrient supply. It advocates the use of biofertilizers and organic amendments where only deficit nutrient needs are satisfied with inorganic fertilizers in a specific site or location.

The paper on “Practices of the DA-MLPC Chiquinina Cattle in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte by Vicente G. Balingit” showed that adopting acclimatization techniques, breeding strategies, feeds and feeding practices, and management practices of the DA-MLPC will improve the reproduction performance of the chiquinina cattle in terms of quality and quantity.
 

The third winning paper “Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) on Integrated Rubber-based Farming System by Ernie C. Camacho, et.al aims to augment farm productivity and profitability in the community through complementation of participatory action and research. As stated in their research that “with the introduced system, farmers’ net income reached Php88,143.16 with a Return on Capital (ROC) of 299.98% compared to the farmers’ practice which had only a net income of Php16,800.00 and an ROC of 110.53%. The introduced system also had an excellent Marginal Benefit Cost Ratio (MBCR) of 2.99.”

Said winning papers will have the chance to compete in the regional and national levels. The Regional Symposium will be conducted by Western Mindanao Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESMARRDEC) and the National symposium by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR). Research sectors involved are crops, livestock and poultry its research disciplines on Socio-economics, farming systems, among others.

The panel of evaluators were Mr. Rodolfo Galang from the Burea of Reserarch, Dr. Emilie C. Enriquez, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and WESMARRDEC Consortium Director, Mr. Elmer Enicola and Ms. Maria Adelia C. Belen both from the Philippine Council for Agriculture Resources, Research and Development. (PCARRD).

Judging of the papers were based on Creativity, Originality and Quality of Work 30%,Significance of Findings- 40%, Manuscript/Write-up- 15% and Presentation- 15% a total of 100%. Cash awards were given to the winners. The Review was held at the DA's Western Mindanao agriculture Research Center (WESMIARC) (ytavellaneda/DA9)
  TOP | MAY NEWS



JUNE 2011
Isabela City opens 4th Barangay Food Terminal
June 8, 2011
School Gardens also Open this June June 2, 2011

Isabela City opens 4th Barangay Food Terminal June 8, 2011

Another Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) project was recently launched in the region and this time it is in Carbon, Malamawi Island, Isabela City. This is a project of the Department of Agriculture thru its agribusiness division in coordination with the Office of the City Agriculturist of Isabela.
The BFT in Brgy. Carbon will be catering areas in Diki, Tampalan, Sta. Barbara and Lukbutan serving 3,000 households. This will be operated by the Malamawi Women’s Association under chairwoman Ms. Jamal L. Usman.

It is expected that the BFT functions as a barangay-based food depot and distribution system offering affordable, safe and quality food products like meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, among others. Just like what Mr. Ferdinand Gamorot, Chief of Agribusiness Marketing and Assistance Division (AMAD) said that the BFT’s concern is to help market agri-fishery goods and bring BFT in your area.

During the launching, on behalf of Regional Executive Director Carlos B. Mendoza, Regional Technical Director Aida P. Cariño inspired the women by saying “ the involvement of women is doing good. Let’s help each other sustain the project.” Dr. Cariño also challenged the women to increase what they have and if there’s a need for expansion then DA is willing to help.

Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council Coordinator Buduriya Parawan advised the women to also bring-in their agri-fishery by-products as they were also trained on this. In response, Ms. Usman gave the assurance of giving their best in sustaining the BFT with the support of the City Agriculturist in the person of Ms. Gina Alberto in providing technical assistance in terms of market linkages to prospective suppliers.

BFT Malamawi received equipment from DA such as two chest freezers, two chillers as cold storage, 25 pieces plastic crates and five weighing scales, three styropore boxes and two heavy duty calculators to supplement its operation. DA will also provide financial assistance to supplement its operation upon completion of necessary documents. (Yvette Avellaneda/DA9).
TOP | JUNE NEWS

School Gardens also Open this June June 2, 2011

Not only will the Universal Kindergarten be implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) this June but also the Gulayan Sa Paralan by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Not only will the Universal Kindergarten be implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) this June but also the Gulayan Sa Paralan by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The Gulayan sa Paaralan program has a total target of 42,076 public primary and secondary schools from all 17 regions in establishing a vegetable garden in the next five years.

Starting this school year June 2011, the DA in partnership with other government agencies like DepEd, DILG, DOH, NNC, DSWD, LGUs and the Private sector will promote and increase consumption of vegetables among children.
 

DA - High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) Regional Coordinator Mr. Marcial B. Fantone said that in Region IX, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay are the priority provinces of the Gulayan sa Paaralan since they remain to be in the country’s top 10 poorest provinces with high rate of malnourished children. “We have a target of 498 public schools for the establishment of vegetable gardens. We will first launch in Zamboanga del Norte this June and also provide trainings for the teachers on proper vegetable growing and management. We hope that the participating schools would sustain our project to show the young/ children that eating vegetables is important to stay healthy. This would also contribute to the DA’s goal of food security and self-sufficiency in the coming years.” Fantone added.

The DA will provide assorted vegetable seeds and other plant materials for distribution to schools in coordination with the DepEd. A competition for the Best School garden will later take place; also as one strategy to maintain the school gardens.

All participating schools must have at least a 200sqm vacant space, others may use a container gardening technology to establish the garden. The harvests, sales or income will go to the school to be used for its supplementary feeding program and maintenance for the next cropping.

The Programang Agrikulturang Pilipino – Gulayan sa Paaralan aims to promote self help food production activities and values (appreciation of agriculture as a life support system) among children. It also intends to promote vegetable production through natural/organic farming; maintain school gardens as source of vegetables to supply feeding programs; and to showcase a small-scale food production model in schools for the households and communities to replicate purposely to promote family food security. # (CC,DA9)
TOP | JUNE NEWS



JULY 2011
31.6M worth of Agri projects underway for ZC
July 21, 2011
RAFC spearheads farmers' forum in Malamawi July 20, 2011
San Pablo operates food terminal July 12, 2011
DA completes P102M infra project in Aurora July 11, 2011
Barangay Bolong shows off Jardin July 4, 2011
La Paz receives VETCAP from DA, OCVET and AFP July 1, 2011

31.6M worth of Agri projects underway for ZC July 21, 2011

The Department of Agriculture in partnership with the city government of Zamboanga are now evaluating Rural Infrastructure projects for the two congressional districts estimated at thirty-one million six hundred thousand pesos (P31,600,000.00) from 2011 to 2016 under the ZIADP special project. Construction is expected to start anytime within this quarter. Raul Ramon “Poch” Bucoy, Agriculture Program Coordinator (APCO)

The Department of Agriculture in partnership with the city government of Zamboanga are now evaluating Rural Infrastructure projects for the two congressional districts estimated at thirty-one million six hundred thousand pesos (P31,600,000.00) from 2011 to 2016 under the ZIADP special project. Construction is expected to start anytime within this quarter. Raul Ramon “Poch” Bucoy, Agriculture Program Coordinator (APCO) for Zamboanga City and newly appointed Zamboanga Integrated Agricultural Development (ZIADP) Coordinator for Region 9 said some of the targeted projects are about to start its construction the earliest possible time as the evaluation have been approved and with corresponding amount.

For the First District under Congresswoman Ma. Isabelle Climaco - Salazar, the projects are farm-to-market roads, rehabilitation of Irrigation System and rehabilitation of the different seaweed stilt dryers all located in the different barangays in the west coast of the city. For the Second District under Congressman Erbie A. Fabian, projects are concreting of roads in barangays Mercedes, Sangali and Cabaluay.

Bucoy said the evaluation team is composed of engineers and officials from the Local Government Unit, national agencies and representatives from non government organization (NGO). He said the involvement of the NGOs is one of the mandated requirements by the present administration to be included in the evaluation, recommendation and approval of any government projects all over the country. Bucoy disclosed that more agricultural-related projects are in the pipeline for implementation in Zamboanga City. The infrastructure projects have significant benefits to the rural economy as it links production areas to markets and stimulate economic activities in the communities. It will enhance the agricultural and fishery productivity and increase the income of the farmers and fisherfolk. All projects are always properly coordinated with the LGU. (WPeñaflor/DA9)
TOP | JULY NEWS

RAFC spearheads farmers' forum in Malamawi July 20, 2011

At least 120 farmers and fisherfolk from barangays Sta. Barbara, Carbon, Marang-Marang, Panigayan, Balatanay, Tampalan, Lampinigan, Diki and Lukboton participated in the recently conducted forum at the White Beach of Malamawi Island, Isabela City, Basilan Province.

Led by the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council IX (RAFC), the forum was formally opened with the raising of banners of participating barangays by respective chairman. One of the highlights of the forum is the Agri-Fair showcasing each barangays’ produce. Some products showcased include crabs, fish, squid, seaweeds and other seafoods, muslim delicacies and decorative wood handicrafts.

During the Opening Program, Department of Agriculture Regional Technical Director Constancio G. Alama appreciated the beauty of Malamawi. He said “you have rich resources in fisheries. If you put some value adding in your products you can get better return of investment.”
Several topics were presented such as Implementing Rules and Guidelines of FARMC; Cultural Management on Selected Vegetables; Organic Farming; Rubber Production; PCA’s Program and Brontispa; and BFAR’s Program.

Aside from lectures, there were three organizations created and formally inducted by DA Regional Executive Director Carlos B. Mendoza during the Closing program. The organizations were Pambansang Manalon, Mag-uuma, Mababaul, Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP) - Isabela, Isabela Coconut Development Council and White Sand 4H Club.
Two projects were also turned over; one under the Support to Emergency Livelihood Assistance Program (SELAP) for the Malamawi Women’s Association and another under the Zamboanga Peninsula Integrated Agricultural Development Program (ZIADP) for the Farm- to-Market Road (FMR).

The Malamawi Women’s Association received a livelihood assistance for Food processing and handicraft project amounting to P100,000.00. The FMR is a one kilometer rehab of Lukboton- Lukkabang road amounting to P 1.4M.

RED Mendoza lauded that Malamawi can be the Boracay of Region IX. He further said “I challenge you for an agri-tourism program. Tourism will not be achieved without agriculture since food is the basic need for both tourist and residents.”

“Let’s do our best in partnership with the government. The project is for you, make the most of it.” Mendoza added. (YTAvellaneda/DA9)
TOP | JULY NEWS

San Pablo operates food terminal July 12, 2011

Showcase and sell your products in the food terminal, ” says Agriculture and Marketing Services (AMAS) Director Leandro H. Gazmin during the recent project launching in Barangay Kapamanok, San Pablo, Zamboanga del Sur. Director Gazmin recognized the potential resources of Kapamanok which if harnessed could serve as a food buffer not only to the municipality but also to its adjacent municipalities.

With a project cost of one million pesos, the Municipal Food Terminal (MFT) which is known before as the Bagsakan Center, Director Gazmin turned over the project to San Pablo Mayor Belman Mantos who assured “we will strengthen this food depot and let this grow with our products.”

Governor Antomio H. Cerilles in his message read by Board Member Eriberto A. Sumalinog said “this Municipal Food Terminal will help our farmers and fisherfolk sell their produce without manipulation from the middlemen. It will also encourage them to observe healthy lifestyle by patronizing our farm products using organic fertilizers.”

The MFT is a project of the Department of Agriculture in partnership with the local government of San Pablo. Mr. Ferdinand Gamorot, Chief of DA-Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division said the project was done in an 80-20 counterparting scheme and commended barangay Kapamanok and the LGU of San Pablo for their full support.

To date, only two MFT’s have been opened (Diplahan, ZSP and San Pablo, ZDS) and four are still underway for operation.

On the other hand, the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT), also a food terminal project of DA in partnership with the LGU in providing market for farmer’s produce. It is a barangay-based food depot and distribution system that offers safe, quality and affordable agri-fishery products to consumers at a barangay level. Since 2008; it was known as Barangay Bagsakan. Thus far, there are already 54 BFT’s established in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula. (Mark Laride/DA9)
TOP | JULY NEWS

DA completes P102M infra project in Aurora July 11, 2011

The 28.914 kilometer s farm-to-market road (FMR) project in the Municipality of Aurora, province of Zamboanga del Sur is now ready to serve 2,741 households. Nine potable water systems (PWS) benefit 1,892 farmers.

Amounting to P103 million pesos, five segments road projects and nine potable water systems (PWS) were completed and recently turned over to the municipality of Aurora. The road segments are in Brgy. Kahayagan - Mandaue - Balintawak; Brgy. Sapalobok - kauswagan - Kahayagan; Brgy. Lintugup - Tagolalo - Mahayahay - Gubaan - Inatagan - Campo 1; La Victoria - San Juan; and Barangay Cabilinan. The PWS are constructed in Barangays Monpila, Bag-ong Mandaue, Tagolalo, Waterfall, Lubid, Bag-ong Maslob, Inroad, Napo and Kahayagan East.

Mayor Enrique "Jun" Cabahug said " I owe this project to the people of Aurora and the Sangguniang Bayan for endorsing the Appropriation Ordinance required by the project. Thank you for supporting this project . We braved the trials in the name of development. This is our legacy."

Mayor Cabahug also thanked the Department of Agriculture especially then Director Oscar O. Parawan for his motivation to finish the project and conformed by now Regional Executive Director Dr. Carlos B. Mendoza.

For his part, Department of Agricul-Regional Technical Director Constancio G. Alama who represented RED Mendoza described the LGU of Aurora as consistent, persistent and insistent. "Finally we have completed this project together. " He reminded the beneficiaries to maintain said projects.

Project Manager Roy Abaya congratulated the local government of Aurora for their active participation and hoped that their support will continue in all agricultural projects. "I know your problems in this journey but you have hurdled the obstacles and end up as victorious as you are today."

Barangay Captain Petronilo Gumapon of Barangay Inroad was teary eyed while delivering his message in behalf of all barangay officials and beneficiaries. "At first, we doubted the project but now that it is handed to us, we could hardly believe it is true."

The Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector (InfRES) is a special project of the Department of Agriculture. Projects are implemented on a counterparting scheme. For FMR, Aurora LGU counterparted 37.7%, DA 12.3% and 50% from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). For the PWS, LGU Aurora shared 47.7%, DA shared 2.3% and ADB shared 50%.

The DA-InfRES project in Aurora is the biggest in the region and second nationwide. (Mark Brian Laride/DA9)
TOP | JULY NEWS

Barangay Bolong shows off Jardin July 4, 2011

In promoting vegetables to be part of healthy diet and an alternative livelihood to gain income, the Jardin na Barangay Bolong is determined to send a message to other barangays in Zamboanga City that it is possible to maintain a vegetable garden without high maintenance.

The vegetable garden in Sitio Mala, barangay Bolong in Zamboanga City was adjudged as one of the finalist to the interbarangay Jardin na Barangay contest. Its farm manager Ruben Coros, also a Kagawad, said that they started the vegetable garden in February by planting pechay and all the income from the harvest was used as capital for planting the next crop and expanding the area.

Coros as well plans to use part of the income to loan small farmers in the community for their starting capital to vegetable production.
Jardin na Barangay is a program coordinated by the Office of the City Agriculturist and Councilor Reynerio Candido, Committee Chairman on Agriculture; with the support of the Department of Agriculture in providing vegetable seeds.

According to Mr Antonio Magsino Jr from the City Agriculturist office, there are eight official entries to the interbarangay contest on 'Jardin' from which only four barangays were selected as finalists - barangays Culianan, Mercedes, Bolong and Sinubong. Mr. Magsino mentioned the awarding will be held sometime this July with a grand prize of P300,000.00 worth of infrastructure facility project to be given to the winning barangay.

Bolong barangay captain Antonio Evangelista fully supports the project. He said the project in Sitio Mala welcomes visitors to the area where the barangay can showcase vegetable production using organic fertilizer. (CC-DA)
TOP | JULY NEWS

La Paz receives VETCAP from DA, OCVET and AFP July 1, 2011

In a recent activity celebrating the 113th-year Anniversary of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the office in coordination with the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVET) and the Veterinary Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conducted a one-day Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP) in Camp Susana, Barangay La Paz in Zamboanga City.

Veterinary health services such as Deworming and Vaccination for swine (Hog Cholera), cattle, carabao, goat, sheep (Hemosep), dog (Rabies), horse and poultry (New Castle Disease) were administered by veterinarians to animals for free.

La Paz Kagawad Edgardo Serna, also chairman on the committee on agriculture, expressed his gratitude to the organizers of the VetCAP, and the veterinarians of DA, OCVET and the AFP. He mentioned that when the people in the community first learned that veterinary services will be brought up to Camp Susana, they were all very eager since this kind of opportunity comes once in a while only. Serna hopes that there will be another service-activity to be conducted in the future at La Paz.

Leading the veterinarians were Dr. Carlos Mendoza, DA Regional Executive Director, Dr. Arnedo Agbayani, Chief, Animal Health Div.(OCVET), Dr. Don Beckett from the AFP with Command Veterinary Officer Major Beda Sluggo Elegado.

Also present were Staff of the DA Livestock Division Rowena Pajes, Cedrick Paule, Bing Modina and Baby Telmo, OCVET Staff Dr. Portia Pelayo, Dr. Luz Grace Gimenea and the staff of the AFP Veterinary Corps. (CC/DA)
TOP | JUNE NEWS



AUGUST 2011

DA intensifies mass production of cassava
August 21, 2011
The search is on for DA-BFAR Scholars August 17, 2011
The search is on for outstanding Liberal Projects August 17, 2011
DA prepares corn seeds for this season August 17, 2011
DA joins Nutrition celebration August 11, 2011
Ipil receives 27.38 kilograms Veggie Seeds for AgriPinoy GSP August 11, 2011
Miss 4H Zamboanga City 2011 winner August 9, 2011
Food Handicraft Livelihood set for Isabela City August 8 2011
Aflatoxin is Alarming August 4 2011
DABAFPS conducts Food Safety and Quality Seminar August 2 2011
Gulayan sa Paaralan begins in ZaNorte August 1 2011

DA intensifies mass production of cassava August 21, 2011

Farmers are encouraged to venture in cassava because there are multi -national companies willing to buy it in bulk at reasonable price provided it conforms to their requirements.

Cassava production will augment farmers’ income and address the pressure on rice and corn. It will also cater the needs of the cassava- eating communities. Muslim and nomads in Mindanao prefer to eat cassava as an alternative for rice and corn.

Nahul said an initial three hectares as project sites in Barangay Tictapul, Tumitus and Tagasilay, Zamboanga City were established as the propagation areas and nurseries for planting materials of high quality cassava for distribution and planting to the different target areas in the region. Land preparation for food consumption variety is also being undertaken in some areas of Dumingag Municipality, Zamboanga Del Sur; Siraway, Siayan, Sindangan andManukan all in Zamboanga Del Norte. For Industrial variety, a two-hectare area was established in Dinas Municipality, Zamboanga Del Sur; Tungawan, ZamboangaSibugay. Some eight hectares will be identified as nursery sites for cutting propagation.TOP | AUGUST NEWS

The search is on for DA-BFAR scholars August 17, 2011

The FCSP is on its 6th batch in providing scholarship to students. To date a total of 30 graduates benefitted this program.

This time, BFAR has increased the number of slots allocated per region from three slots to ten. However, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has twenty slots.

Application forms and pertinent information about this scholarship program are available at the BFAR website www.bfar.gov.ph or at the national secretariat. For clarifications and further inquiries in the Zamboanga Peninsula, contact Dr. Pilar F. Fontelar, Chief Executive Officer, Fisheries Scholarship Program with telephone no. (062) 991-1140 or to the nearest BFAR Provincial Office.

Submission for the application will be on August 25, 2011 at the BFAR Provincial offices since examination date is scheduled on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 9:00am to 12:00nn at the BFAR-Conference Room, Zamboanga City.(MLaride/DA9)
TOP | AUGUST NEWS

The search is on for outstanding Liberal Project August 17, 2011

The Local Government Units (LGUs), communities, organizations and schools are invited to join and submit their application forms and nominations via online to www.fnf.org.ph/theliberalproject/ or by filling up the form and mailing to MCPO Box 3196, Makati City 1271. Anyone can nominate, and projects do not necessarily have to be initiated by the Liberal Party or its members and network to qualify.

The Liberal Project aims to recognize outstanding initiatives that apply the liberal values of good governance, human rights, free trade, and freedom with responsibility. It seeks to acknowledge legislation, policies, and programs that made an impact in the national or local scene, and that translated liberal principles into practical ideas that engage the public.

The Philippines, under a Liberal Government, has had several liberal reforms. It is also the intention of the Liberal Project to raise the public awareness on these accomplishments, and encourage support for the liberal agenda. It also hopes to inspire replication of liberal ideas to allow more people to appreciate liberal solutions. It is an affirmation that good governance, human rights, and free trade reinforce the value of freedom.

The winner will receive a Plaque of recognition and cash incentive to be awarded by Liberal Party leaders on October 27, 2011. The representative of the project will be given a chance to participate in a seminar in Germany to learn more about liberal practices.

Deadline of nomination is not later than midnight of August 31, 2011. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) FUR DIE FREIHEIT was established in Manila in 1986. (Mark Laride/DA9)
TOP | AUGUST NEWS

DA prepares corn seeds for this season August 17, 2011

Felizardo Salomes,regional corn coordinator of DA RFU 9 said the distribution of certified corn seeds being procured from the University of Southern Mindanao, Kabakan, Cotabato composed of two varieties USM-VAR- 10 and Institute of Plant Breeding IPB VAR 6 with high protein, high lysine and tryptophan variety ideal for human consumption. He said the distribution and planting will start as soon as the seeds will arrive. Under the DA's Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) white corn seed exchange program, each targeted farmer beneficiary will be given nine kilos of seeds which they will pay in form of seeds to the agency at 18kilos after harvest. This will be distributed to the farmer beneficiaries in queue for the next planting season. The same seed varieties will serve for three generations to sustain seed availability every cropping season.

Regional seeds coordinator Dionisio Adante said they already have the official list of farmer beneficiaries and the areas where it will be distributed and planted in coordination with the different local government units regionwide.

For Zamboanga del Norte, Districts I and II will receive 800 bags of white corn each. This includes a special project for the Siayan Municipality and another 800 bags in support to National Agribusiness Corp (NABCOR)postharvest facility soon to be inaugurated in the Municipality of Liloy. For ZamboangaSibugay, districts I and II will have 600 bags while Zamboanga del Sur and Isabela City will have 500 and 100 bags, respectively. Each bag contains 9 kilos certified corn seeds.

Salomes said the distribution and planting of certified corn seeds is in support to the food sufficiency program of the government, to ease the pressure in rice production, minimize rice importation and to teach the people to eat corn in lieu of rice specially for Visayas and Mindanao. The corn production program of the DA is increasing every year to cope up with the demand both for human consumption and industrial use.(WPeñaflor/DA9)
TOP | AUGUST NEWS

DA joins Nutrition celebration August 11, 2011

DA9 Nutrition focal person Evelyn del Mar said that theme “Isulong ang Breastfeeding: Tama, Sapat at Ekslusibo” is timely because there are still some mothers who do not opt for breastfeeding their children. She said, “we have to help push this very important issue on breastfeeding babies up to two years old. Aside from saving finances on buying commercial milk, breastmilk contains antibodies that will help resist infections on babies; a combination of balanced protein, carbohydrates and vitamins which will help the babies grow healthier with stronger immune system."

As part of DA’s goal of sustaining food, the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) distributed vegetable seeds to all mothers, the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and other participants of the program. Ms Ana Aying, DA-Gulayan sa Paaralan focal person also said that the DA is always supportive to endeavors of the National Nutrition Council, when once the NNC was part of the DA, and later transferred to the DOH.

The Nutrition month celebration was spearheaded by the NNC with its head Ma. Del Pilar Tarroza in coordination with the LGUs and Provincial Nutrition Committee in Zamboanga Sibugay; coinciding with the 47th founding anniversary of the Municipality.

Meanwhile, the DA also distributed vegetable seeds to the mothers and Rural Improvement Club (RIC) members of San Miguel, province of Zamboanga del Sur. During a one-day lecture on Basic vegetable gardening, the speakers presented the different topics about nutrition. Evelyn A. del Mar Regional RIC coordinator discussed the topic on the nutritive value of vegetables and the big importance of eating vegetables to lactating mothers, Ms. Ana Aying, HVCDP Staff also presented a lecture on the importance of vegetables and basic vegetable gardening. Yolanda Enriquez the Provincial RIC coordinator discussed the updates of the Provincial RIC programs and activities. (Cadiz & Laride/DA9)
TOP | AUGUST NEWS

Ipil receives 27.38 kilograms of Veggie Seeds for AgriPinoy GSP August 11, 2011

Tomitom Elementary School in Ipil has been selected as pilot area for the launching of the Agrikulturang Pilipino Gulayan sa Paaralan project (Agri-Pinoy GSP). Schools Division Superintendent Amelia P. Toralba, Division Supervisor Elizabeth Camohoy, and Tomitom Teacher-In-Charge Daisy Mae Sabijon received the vegetable seeds from Edgardo Tabal, Operations Chief who represented DA Regional Executive Director Carlos B. Mendoza in the presence of the ZSP-LGU and MLGU.

During the launching program held at Tomitom, Edgardo Tabal, DA Operation Chief conveyed his message stating, "this project is important it unites some agencies together to achieve one goal. The GSP will help provide nutritious food for the children and student for them to be active in school at hindi sakitin ang mga bata. Malaking tulong din ito for the school para sa kanilang feeding program kung saan hindi na sila mamomoproblema sa pagkukunan ng mga gulay para sa kanilang mga estudyante."

In another message, ZSP Provincial Agriculturist Renato Manginsay, who represented Gov. Rommel Jalosjos, said, "Farmers play a vital role that provides food to attorneys, engineers, teachers, doctors or in short to all of us. Farmers feed us nutritional food for us to be healthy and gain energy in our daily works." Manigsay was grateful for the food production projects to be implemented in schools. He hopes that all the schools will implement the project.

Immediately after the launching program, a vegetable planting ceremony was held inside the Tomitom Elementary School in Ipil. Together with the DepEd Regional Director Dr. Walter Albos, Medical Officer Dr. Miriam Indin, National Nutrition Council Head Ma. Del Pilar Tarroza, Ipil Municipal Agriculturist Edgar Apao, Tomitom Elementary School TIC Daisy Mae Sabijon, and DA Gulayan focal person Ana Aying planted eggplant as the initial vegetable to be grown in the school garden.

DA HVCDP Regional Coordinator Marcial Fantone said that the two provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte are the first to receive the Agri-Pinoy GSP assistance in Region IX with a total distribution of 84.51 kilograms of vegetable seeds.

Other guests are personnel from the DA and different cooperating agencies, teachers, students and representatives from the East West seed company.# (CC, MBL, DA9)
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Miss 4H Zamboanga City 2011 winner August 9, 2011

Her special awards include Best in Production Number, Best in Farm Wear and Miss CJ Feeds Muscle Max. The runners-up Miss Head (1st runner-up), Miss Heart (2nd-runner-up), Miss Hands (3rd runner-up) and Miss Health(4th-runner up) also received a crown, trophy and a cash of three thousand pesos. Ms Capin has the chance to compete in the regional search for Miss 4H. TOP | AUGUST NEWS

Food Handicraft Livelihood set for Isabela City August 8 2011

The Department of Agriculture IX in coordination with the Office of the City Agriculturist of Isabela City, Basilan will conduct a Handicraft and Food Livelihood Seminar within this quarter of 2011, at Malamawi Island, Isabela City. The seminar is in response to the request of the LGU to train the Malamawi Women’s Association to help augment their respective family income, uplift their living conditions.

Antonio Lojera, Agricultural Program Coordinator (APCO) for Isabela City said the seminar will introduce livelihood project such as handicraft making and food processing utilizing materials available locally, process native food and pastries for sale within the island and neighboring barangays in Isabela. The handicraft production will include mat weaving, basket making, plate making made of coconut midribs and nito.

Lojera also mentioned that a rich land owner in the island offered free use of a hectare land to be planted with pandan leaves and nito for the handicraft materials to hasten their productions.

During the Farmers and Fishermen Forum held recently in the island the DA thru its Support to Emergency Livelihood Assistance Program (SELAP) turned over one hundred thousand pesos (P100) worth of kitchen utensils, equipment, machinery and start-up capital to the Malamawi Women’s Association purposely to start the project the early possible time. Lojera said the low income of the family and the big number of unemployed persons in the island, and the increased number of beggars mostly coming from the island, prompted the government to come up with the project to ease their day to day poor conditions. Lojera said he is inviting regional and local experts in handicrafts making and food possessors to conduct the hands on seminar.

The Malamawi Women’s Association (MWA) was organized by Mrs. Buduriya Parawan, Regional Coordinator of the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council 9 (RAFC) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 9. (WPeñaflor, /DA9)
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Aflatoxin is Alarming August 4 2011

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxin produced by fungi/molds. It is a toxic metabolite produced by the fungi, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus that is hazardous to human and animal health. Agricultural commodities susceptible to aflatoxin are corn, peanut, cassava and copra.

AFLATOXICOSIS is a condition that results from ingestion of high levels of aflatoxin contaminated foods. Symptoms for such intake include hemorrhage, edema of the brain, abdominal pain, vomiting, pulmonary edema, convulsions and fever. In severe cases, absorption of aflatoxin is fatal.

Just this year, the Regional Feed Analysis Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture headed by Ms. Gemma Genaldo conducted random sampling in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte to test presence of aflatoxin in corn.

Result showed that some harvested corn in the areas was found with aflatoxin content having an alarming level of more than 100 ppb parts per billion (ppb). The maximum tolerance for food grade is only 20ppb. Some areas had lower content and even within tolerable level, however, majority are with high content. Ms Genaldo, DA's chemist said that it is important to consider proper handling as well as availability of postharvest facilities to reduce aflatoxin content in corn.

Presence of Aflatoxin can be detected thru a laboratory test with a minimal fee that is available at DA's Feed Laboratory in Tumaga, Zamboanga City headed by the DA's Chemist Gemma Genaldo with contact number (062) 991-6350.

With the establishment of the Aflatoxin Laboratory, the region will have a safe, healthy, productive and profitable corn and livestock industry. (ytavellaneda/DA9)
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DABAFPS conducts Food Safety and Quality Seminar August 2 2011

The Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agriculture and Fishery Products Standards (DA-BAFPS) conducted a one day seminar on Food Safety and Quality Standards recently in one of the hotels in Zamboanga City.

The seminar aimed to identify safety and quality standards of fresh meat, poultry products, fresh fruits and vegetables, to learn the general principle and practices of food safety, purchase, receive, store food and prepare & serve food safety.

Carlos B. Mendoza, Regional Executive Director DA RFU 9, in his message read by Ferdinand Gamorot, AMAD chief, urged the participants to disseminate the relevant information on what food safety and quality is all about, its general principles and practices of food safety and quality standards for fresh meat and poultry products, fresh fruits and vegetables in their respective area of responsibilities. He also said that the learnings that will be generated will have a long lasting beneficial effect on farmers, fisher folks and their families and the consumers as a whole.

The seminar is being conducted in the different regions of the country in response to the need to protect consumers against health risks through education on product safety and quality standards.

Discussed during the seminar were, home food safety, safe fresh meat and poultry products, safe fresh fruits and vegetables, food safety quality from market to table, personal hygiene, microbiological hazards, chemical and physical hazards in food.

The seminar was participated by national, regional and local government units, state colleges and universities officials all over the region. It was conducted in coordination with the Department of Agriculture - Zamboanga City. (WPeñaflor/DA9)
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Gulayan sa Paaralan begins in ZaNorte August 1 2011

The Municipality of Roxas in Zamboanga del Norte has been chosen as one of the pilot areas for the launching of the Agrikulturang Pilipino Gulayan sa Paaralan (AgriPinoy-GSP) program of the Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED), DOH-National Nutrition Council (NNC) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Over 150 high school students in Langatian National Highschool (LNHS) in Roxas participated in the launching ceremony of the vegetable gardening in a 200sqm space in the school.

Ms Eliza Bagtasos, T.L.E. teacher and LNHS Gulayan point person expressed her enthusiasm with the project. She said, “(We) our school, is so happy with this kind of project even when we already promote gardening before, this is different because this is bigger and we are supported by other government agencies like DA and NNC. With the DepEd and NNC School’s feeding program, we can also use some of the future harvests in this vegetable garden.”


It was reported by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) in the National Poverty Map some four years ago, Zamboanga del Norte was among the ten poorest provinces in the Philippines basing from the indicators of incidence of malnutrition, income level, sanitation facilities, the lack of housing and access to clean water.

Ms Bagtasos added, “We hope to encourage the students to bring home what they learn from school. They should also plant vegetables in their homes and parents should also teach their children to eat vegetables. The produce of the Gulayan sa Paaralan will be given to the students; it will be their choice either to sell the vegetables for income or just take them home for consumption.”

In the turnover program held recently at the Bamboo Garden in Dipolog City, an initial of 57.13 kilograms of vegetable seeds were turned over to the Schools District Superintendents together with the officials of DepED, NNC, DA and the ZDN Provincial local government unit. According to Ms Ana S. Aying, DA Gulayan Focal Person, there will be another batch of seeds to be distributed in the coming months. “The East-West Seeds company is also with us in making this program possible. The assorted seeds distributed for gulayan sa paaralan includes Ampalaya, Eggplant, Tomato, Sweet pepper, Pole sitao, Pechay, Upland kangkong, Radish, and Okra,” Aying said.

Among those present in the Launching Program of the Agri-Pinoy GSP are Mr. Jay Adraincem (representing Governor Rolando Yebes), ZDN Provincial Agriculturist Ms Maybel Bustaliño, DepEd Reg’l Medical Officer Dr. Miriam Indin, ZDN OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Elsa Cruz, DepEd GSP focal person Dr. Cheryl Ocupe, Langatian HS Principal Arnulfo Subebe, DepEd Dipolog Dr. Sonia Uy, DA HVCDP Reg’l Coordinator Marcial Fantone, DA-RSO Dipolog OIC Reynaldo Campomanes, and other support staff from ZDN –DepEd, NNC, and DA. # (CC,DA9)
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SEPTEMBER 2011
Alicia gets liquid freeze facility
September 30, 2011
DA promotes Ceylon Tea September 13, 2011
DA-OCA introduce submerged drought tolerant on rice September 5, 2011

Alicia gets liquid freeze facility September 30, 2011

The Department of Agriculture-National Agribusiness Corporation (DA-NABCOR) recently turned over one unit Liquid Quick Freeze (LQF) machine to the Municipality of Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay. The ceremony was held at Barangay Kawayan, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay attended by Mrs Jayd-da N. Mayoralgo, NABCOR vice president and Dr. Carlos B. Mendoza, DA 9 Regional Executive Director.

Samuel Simbajon, NABCOR area manager said the LQF is a freezer and ice maker with a size of 2mx1.9x3m. It produces a minimum of 3tons ice block a day and an average of 1.5 tons quick-freeze multi-commodities of agri and fisheries products. It is one of the revenue generating projects of the LGUs and recipient organizations focused on fisherfolk and farmers cooling services and freezing of agri and fishery products. It can even supply the needed ice of the municipality. The project is under the national cold chain program of the national government, aimed at increasing farmers/fisherfolk’s income; meet the demand of the market for a year-round supply of commodities; and extend the freshness and shelf life of agri and fishery perishable products.

Simbajon said, the LQF is a donation of the DA-NABCOR, a government owned and controlled corporation, to any legally registered cooperatives or foundations or community organization or local government units. Recipients must have the capability to provide for the required counterpart such as space, electricity, water and operating capital to operate the facility. The target recipients can avail of the project, but must conform with the qualifications, terms and conditions stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), to be signed by both parties to maintain and sustain the project in the locality where it will be established.

Under the MOA, the donor agency will donate the LQF complete with accessories. They will also equip the recipient with the necessary training, and technical knowhow to operate and maintain the facility. The recipient as their counterpart, will provide for the utilities such as, one unit transformer, single phase at 37.7 KVA, main service electrical feeder line, circuit breaker with 150amperes, packaging materials and vacuum sealer. They will also provide the covered facility or existing warehouse, which is a minimum of 40 square meters, floor area with cleared height of 6 meters, and potable water supply line.

Same agreement also stipulates the roles of the recipient and NABCOR to make the project successful, and for the upliftment of the economic condition of the farmers and fisherfolk in the countryside.

Simbajon said there are six operational LQF regionwide. One unit each in the Municipalities of Katipunan and Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte; Vincenso Sagun, Zamboanga del Sur; and Alicia Municipality, Zamboanga Sibugay; two units in Barangay San Pedro, Dapitan City, to augment the existing 300 metric tons cold storage facility inaugurated by Sec. Proceso J. Alcala in April this year. (WPeñaflor,DA9)
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DA promotes ceylon tea September 13, 2011

The Department of Agriculture, La Paz, Experiment Station, Barangay La Paz, Zamboanga City is undertaking the propagation of La Paz Tea (Ceylon Tea variety) for planting materials in preparation for the establishment of a tea production center in the area.

Mr. Orlando Telmo, Station Superintendent of La Paz Experiment Station, said the DA has allocated funds for the project to plant La Paz Tea in the Barangay .The wild and abandoned matured Ceylon Tea varieties in the bushes of the barangay, caught the attention of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala during his first visit to Zamboanga City. He encouraged the farmers to plant the tea as it demands a high importance to the tea drinkers and can give significant source of income to landowner and laborers in Barangay La Paz. The humidity, cool temperatures, and the high altitude of the area can provide a climate that favor the production of the high quality tea. Secretary Alcala is promoting the planting of Ceylon Tea all over the country.

Telmo said the Ceylon Tea variety in La Paz was planted way back 1980s by Bureau of Plant Industry in some selected area of DA La Paz Experiment Station but its efficiency remained static without research component to backstop its development in Western Mindanao . There is a need to refine the technology for more efficient operation. The Secretary is eyeing the planting of Ceylon tea on large scale. There are several fully matured Ceylon tea trees existing that served as the mother tree and the source of the planting materials. Telmo said the DA and the Alternative Center for Organizational Reform and Development Inc. (ACORD) an NGO, agreed to produce and expand the Ceylon Tea production in Zamboanga City due to its high demand at an alternative price in both the domestic and export market. It is highly profitable when cultivated with the use of modern technologies. It can be processed into finish product and essential to human health. Under the agreement the DA will conduct research and development, undertake the training, establish techno demo farm, central nursery for mass production of planting materials.

The Department of Agriculture, La Paz, Experiment Station, Barangay La Paz, Zamboanga City is undertaking the propagation of La Paz Tea (Ceylon Tea variety) for planting materials in preparation for the establishment of a tea production center in the area.

Mr. Orlando Telmo, Station Superintendent of La Paz Experiment Station, said the DA has allocated funds for the project to plant La Paz Tea in the Barangay .The wild and abandoned matured Ceylon Tea varieties in the bushes of the barangay, caught the attention of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala during his first visit to Zamboanga City. He encouraged the farmers to plant the tea as it demands a high importance to the tea drinkers and can give significant source of income to landowner and laborers in Barangay La Paz. The humidity, cool temperatures, and the high altitude of the area can provide a climate that favor the production of the high quality tea. Secretary Alcala is promoting the planting of Ceylon Tea all over the country.

Telmo said the Ceylon Tea variety in La Paz was planted way back 1980s by Bureau of Plant Industry in some selected area of DA La Paz Experiment Station but its efficiency remained static without research component to backstop its development in Western Mindanao . There is a need to refine the technology for more efficient operation. The Secretary is eyeing the planting of Ceylon tea on large scale. There are several fully matured Ceylon tea trees existing that served as the mother tree and the source of the planting materials. Telmo said the DA and the Alternative Center for Organizational Reform and Development Inc. (ACORD) an NGO, agreed to produce and expand the Ceylon Tea production in Zamboanga City due to its high demand at an alternative price in both the domestic and export market. It is highly profitable when cultivated with the use of modern technologies. It can be processed into finish product and essential to human health. Under the agreement the DA will conduct research and development, undertake the training, establish techno demo farm, central nursery for mass production of planting materials.
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DA-OCA introduce submerged drought tolerant on rice September 5, 2011

Drought tolerant certified rice varieties( inbred), will soon be available in Zamboanga City and region 9, this was the result of a study developed entitled Adaptability Yield Trials on Drought Tolerant, pesticides- free, research This study was conducted by the researchers from the Office of the City Agriculturist (OCA), Zamboanga City recently at Sitio Gapuh, Barangay Talabaan, Zamboanga City. Three of the 12 registered drought resistance varieties such as NCIC Rc -222, Rc 192(rainfed) and Rc 11(Upland),planted during the trials, bear good grains, and was recommended for field trial managed by the farmers in the different rainfed areas in Zamboanga City. If proven viable it will be highly recommended for adaptation for seed and rice productions later, following the technology used in the study.

The three varieties were thoroughly evaluated by the researchers and were also chosen on the spot by the farmers present during the field day, from among the fully grown 12 varieties in the rainfed areas planted where the study was conducted. The different rice varieties were provided by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice), purposely to look for the best varieties suitable to be planted in rainfed areas in region 9.

Hon.Reynaldo Candido, member of the city council and chairman of the committee on agriculture in Zamboanga City, in his message said, “it is high time that we should make the vast rainfed areas productive by planting suitable rice varieties with less cost of production.”

He stand firm not to allow riceland areas converted into industrial center because it deprives the farmers in planting more crops. It will also decrease the areas for more food production that will result to food shortage even for local consumption. “With intact agricultural lands opportunities are open for more studies such as this than can be facilitate the farmers in increasing their productivity.”

Raul Ramon Bucoy,agriculture program coordinator (APCO) for Zamboanga City said “ it will make the idle and wide rainfed areas in region 9 productive and can help in the efforts of the government to achieve rice self-sufficiency in the years to come.” He urged the land owners and rice farmers present, to take advantage by adapting the technology in their respective rainfed areas for replication under their care for seed and rice productions later if found suitable in their area.

The study headed by Muhaimin Albani, research division head of the Office of the City Agriculturist was represented Alfredo Arceo, during the recent Field Day program held in Sitio Gapuh, Barangay Talabaan, Zamboanga City attended byseveral rice farmers from the different rice areas in the city, land owners,farmers’ association officials, Barangay officials, LGUs, DA regional officials and some rice technicians from the province of Sulu. Arceo said aside from the drought tolerant study, they are also conducting two other studies on rice production, the Saline variety which is ongoing in Recodo Barangay and Submergence rice variety in Barangay Guiwan all in Zamboanga City. He said studies were encouraged by the IRRI/PhilRice to all the researchers in the country to address climate change and global warming. At least there will be rice varieties that can be planted and grown in saline and submerged environment, to sustain rice production.

Mr Reynerio Bejerano, president of the farmers’ association of Zamboanga City offered to shoulder all the expenses and assist the OCA to conduct the farmers- managed trials by planting the two drought resistant varieties for the welfare of all rice farmers in the city. The Office of the City Agriculturist of Zamboanga City headed by Mr Diosdado N. Palacat, is considering expanding the studies to the different rainfed areas all over the city and region 9, adapting the technology to make the farmers more productive and increase their income. (WPenaflor/DA9)
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OCTOBER 2011
Military retirees get livelihood seminar
October 20, 2011
Strengthening BFTs in ZamPen October 4, 2011
DA 9 distribute cassava grater and presser to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi October 4, 2011
WMSU bags 1st place in 2011 poster making contest October 4, 2011

Military retirees get livelihood seminar October 20, 2011

The Department of Agriculture (DA-IX) through the Livestock Program and High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) recently conducted a two-day seminar for 89 military retirees and soon-to-retire personnel of the 1st Infantry TABAK Division, Philippine Army in Kuta Major Cesar L. Sang-an Camp, Pulacan, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur.

The seminar tackled topics on livestock management specifically on cattle, swine, goat and poultry raising and management. The HVCDP program focused discussion on vegetables production, mango propagation, rubber production and organic fertilizer farming.

During the opening program, Lt.C. Casimero Royme Tamparong, GSC said that many of those who applied for retirement stated the reasons for venturing into agri-business after the service in the military. “Time will come that your pension cannot anymore cater the increasing demands of your expenses. It is worthy na mag-invest kayo sa business, so you will not solely rely on your pension. You will have additional income, dagdag pagkain sa mesa at may exercise tuwing umaga,” he said.

On the second-day of training, the 89 participants were given a hands-on demonstration on mango grafting, rubber budding and poultry vaccination.

One of the participants, MSg Nestor Jumawan, 55 said that the kind of seminar the DA is giving is very much helpful for those who are interested in going into agribusiness. He said that he is particularly interested in livestock production and might start with the business once his retirement benefits are released.

Among the presentors and demonstrators during the seminar were DA Veterinarian Dr. Darwin Lloyd Sulay, Myra Gemeniano, Anita Gallebo, Lorena Cabatingan and Elmer Acoymo. (DA9)
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Strengthening BFTs in ZamPen October 4, 2011

All Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) operators from Zamboanga City, Isabela City (Basilan) and Zamboanga Sibugay participated in the first BFT Operator’s Summit held on October 10-11, 2011 at Tumaga Porcentro, Zamboanga City. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Efforts Toward Project Enhancement and Sustainability”.

Department of Agriculture IX – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) Chief Ferdinand Gamorot said that this is the first summit conducted in the region. The second summit will gather BFT operators from the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte. He also mentioned there are 19 BFTs regionwide targeted to be opened for the year 2011.

There are a total of 55 established Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs) regionwide since its first launching in 2008. Of the total established BFTs, 10 have temporarily stopped operation due to unprecedented issues on management transfers and finances, while all 45 are operating smoothly with an estimate of 1000 pesos income daily.

BFT Coordinator for Region IX Ms Trinidad S. Dela Cruz who represented AMAS Director Engr. Leandro H. Gazmin, in her message said that the BFT Operator’s Summit is the second phase of the BFT implementation to strengthen existing BFTs. “This is our vision. Palaguin at Patatagin, Mapaunlad ang mga BFTs” Ms Dela Cruz encourages the BFT managers to make project proposals and submit to DA-AMAD for evaluation. Once the project proposals have been approved, a grant assistance of P50,000.00 will be given to the BFT. The financial support can help cover operation costs, transport costs, equipment/facilities and additional capital.

The BFT Summit discussed the Techniques of Business Negotiation and Market Linkage Establishment presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Engr. Rolando Acuña; Credit Programs for Food Terminal Operators presented by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Development Assistance Head Lino Sustiguer and LBP – Zamboanga Lending Center Roel Tarroza.

Also included is the discussion on the guidelines on the requirements of the DA regional and national Search for Gawad Saka Outstanding BFT for LGU and Non-LGU Operators; which has a cash prize of P350,000.00 for the national winner. (DA9)
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DA 9 distribute cassava grater and presser to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi October 4, 2011

Some 46 units cassava grater and presser will be distributed by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field 9, Zamboanga Peninsula, to the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, before the year ends, as part of the commitment of DA Secretary Processo J. Alcala when he first visited Sulu early this year.

Cassava or pangi in the Muslim dialect is being eaten by most of the resident of the three provinces. It is abundant and available as most of the farmers are engaged in planting and selling cassava as their main livelihood. The distribution of cassava grater and presser can boost cassava production and help the cassava farmers in increasing their income.

Aside from being used as food and feed ingredients, cassava is also used in the manufacture of industrial products. It is used as a raw material in the production of ethanol. Moreover, cassava can be processed into different food products with higher economic value.
Edgardo Tabal, DA operations chief said cassava is included as the country’s major crops under the corn program. “It is also identified under the Department’s Food Staple and Stability Program (FSSP) as an alternative to rice, to minimize rice importation,” Tabal said who represented Regional Executive Director Carlos B. Mendoza during the recently concluded Technology Training and Program Orientation on Cassava For Food Project held in Zamboanga City.

Resource speakers were Dr. Candido Damo, national cassava project leader and Dr. Algerico Mariscal, professor, Philrootcrops, Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte. Topics discussed were the national cassava roadmap; regional interventions for cassava; and updates on the distribution of cassava planting materials; recommended cassava varieties for food; rapid propagation of cassava its nursery management; cassava cropping system; cultural management; postharvest practices; and cassava food preparations.

DR. Damo in his lecture said the DA has set a separate funding support to promote cassava and other root crops as major products. A combined team of root crops experts from DA, academe, state colleges and universities is preparing root crops program to be included in the Philippine Industry Development Roadmap that will serve as the guideline in the massive productions of root crops nationwide. He admitted that the country at present lagged behind other countries in Asia especially Thailand in the production of root crops. However, with the importance given to this commodity now, the country can be competitive in the years to come as far as production is concerned. On the other hand, Dr.Algerico Meniscal said that based on the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics Office (BAS), the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has the biggest consumption of cassava in the country, followed by Region 9, Bicol, Northern Mindanao, Sorsogon, and the National Capital Region,(NCR)as the lowest consumer. He said with the focus now on cassava production, the consumption of cassava in the country can be increased especially at the NCR by increasing awareness on its consumption, preparation, and other important uses.

The Philippine Industry Development Roadmap includes the issues and concern in the production of root crops in the country such as low of production; inadequate credit; low adoption of recommended cassava production technology; limited planting materials of quality and high yielding varieties; high cost of transportation; low cassava per capita consumption; low quality of primary products; and lack of location specific cassava production technology.

The training culminated the region’s commitment to spearhead massive root crops productions by conducting series of trainings, propagation of cassava seedlings and expansion of areas to be planted with cassava and other root crops that can maximize its production all over the Zamboanga Peninsula. (WPeñaflor/DA9)
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WMSU bags 1st place in 2011 poster making contest October 4, 2011

Amina Shyane B. Halil, Grade VI pupil of the Western Mindanao State University – Integrated Laboratory School bested 25 young artists from 13 different elementary levels from both public and private schools during the Poster Making Contest on September 29, 2011 held at the Cecille’s Convention Hall conference, Zamboanga City. Second and third places went to Raffyboy Lanoza of Catalina Vda. De Jalon Memorial School, and Anne-Nora Sakirin of San Jose Gusu Elementary School, respectively.

Highlighting the World food Day Celebration is the On-the-Spot poster Making Contest spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), and the National Agricultural and Fishery Council ( NAFC ).

This year’s theme “Food Prices: from Crisis to Stability,” is the concept of the poster and this was well interpreted by the kids in their work of art. Young as they are, they can still be a part of life’s advocacy to food security.

There were 13 schools who participated the contest these were: Tetuan Central School, Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Sta. Maria Central School, Zamboanga East Central School, Zion Evangelical School, Catalina Vda. De Jalon, Pilar College, San Roque Elementary School, San Jose Gusu Elementary School, Baliwasan Central School, Ferndale International School, Ebenezer School and WMSU- Integrated Laboratory School.

The official judges were Heriberto Payopelin, Jr. from DA, Isidro Floreta and Rorie Tan Aradanas, all Professional Artists.

Ms Amina Shyane B. Halil, the winner will represent the region to compete for the national level on October 12, 2011 in Manila. She will be doing an entirely new poster, on the spot, with a totally different design from her winning regional entry.

Judging will be in the afternoon of October 12 and awarding on October 13, 2011. The national winner will receive a cash prize of Fifteen Thousand pesos and none winning entries will receive a cash prize of one Thousand Pesos. The winner together with his/her escort will also be provided with an all-expense-educational tour including food and hotel accommodation sponsored by the National Agriculture and Fishery Council (NAFC). (ytavellaneda, DA-9)
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DECEMBER 2011
Prime Movers' Forum held in ZdN & ZSP
December 27, 2011
Brgy. Buenavista & Boalan IAs receives CIS worth 5MPhP December 22, 2011
Cooperatives get PhP1M Bio-N Mixing Plants December 21, 2011
NBACA conduct Year-End meeting in Zamboanga City December 15, 2011

Prime Movers' Forum held in ZdN & ZSP

Two Information Officers' fora were recently conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (DA-RAFID) in the provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula, first in Zamboanga del Norte and second in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Dubbed as the " Prime Movers' Forum: Advocating and mobilizing information officers towards food sufficiency. "the activity aims to Update participants with the Agri-Pinoy Programs on Rice, Corn, High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), Livestock and Special Projects; Discuss the roles of information officers;

To speed-up the dissemination of DA's programs, a networking of provincial and municipal information officers is needed to ensure that agricultural plans, programs and projects of the national government harmonize with their efforts in agricultural information.

Capability building follows after establishing a network with the LGUs. Topics discussed were: Updates on Advocacy and IEC Process and Strategies; The Role of Information Officers, Issues & Concerns and Networking; Social Mobilization and Communication Convergence; Production and Design of Advocacy and IEC Materials and Planning and Designing of Advocacy and IEC Campaigns.

These were shared by Noel T. Provido, a multi awarded writer and chief of the Information, Advocacy, Communications and Education (InfoACE) Unit under the Program Support Office (PSO) of the DA's Mindanao Rural Development Program,(DA-MRDP), Sherwin B. Manual, Information and Advocacy Specialist, also from DA-MRDP and Maria Melba B. Wee, Chief of DA-RAFID.

RED Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said that "We assure our support to the LGUs and encouraged for harmonious teamwork between the region and the LGUs. "

Dr. Aida P. Carino, Regional Technical Director for Planning,Policy and Research is hopeful that the pool of Information Officers regionwide would motivate the farmers and fisherfolk to be proud of their career as the nation's provider of food. She said, "We should look at agriculture as an enterprise and that there is money in agriculture, thus the farmers/fisherfolk can stand tall and proundly say, I am a farmer." She added "first, we have to develop and sustain agriculture before we shift to industrialization. Our strength is in agriculture. The farmers/fisherfolk can be profitable businessmen and you are the best group to disseminate this message."

The Prime Movers Forum for Zambonga del Sur participants is scheduled on the last week of January next year at the Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City. (ytavellaneda/DA9)
TOP | DECEMBER NEWS

Brgy. Buenavista & Boalan IAs receives CIS worth 5MPhP

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) turned over two Communal Irrigation System (CIS) to the Irrigators’ Associations (IAs) of Buenavista - Curuan and Boalan barangays in Zamboanga City on December 16 and 20, 2011, respectively.

In the turnover ceremony, Mr. Raul Ramon Bucoy, APCO for Zamboanga City represented RED Eduardo B. Holoyohoy. He reiterated his appeal to the irrigators to maintain, sustain the projects and pay the amortization on time. “More small scale irrigation projects will be constructed in this area to contribute to food staple sufficiency efforts of the government.” Bucoy also mentioned that the national government has increased the budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA) by next year; substantive amount is allocated for irrigation projects all over the country aimed to curtail or minimize the rice importation next year and make the country rice exporter by year 2014. Bucoy acknowledged the 100 % irrigation amortization of the IA’s of Buenvista as confirmed by the NIA officials. He assured that with the good performance, he hopes to recommend to the Department of Agriculture and Zamboanga City government in continuing to support and to establish more agricultural projects to increase the income of the rice farmers.

In Buenavista, Curuan, the Pump Irrigation system completed project is the 40 thousand litres Reservoir (potable water) with water pipes distribution to the different household around 66 beneficiaries with service area of 50 hectares. The project cost is Php 2.5Million. While in Boalan, the project include the concreting of 200 meters irrigation canal, 75 meters rip rapping of river wall and the rehabilitation of cross bridge with service area of 60 hectares and 60 beneficiaries. The projects total cost is PhP 2.5Million, payable within the prescribe period agreed. Both projects was turned over by Engr. Benedicto Isagani Pulis, Jr., Irrigation Management office head, ZAMBASULTA, to the president of the Buenavista and Boalan irrigators association in two separate turnover ceremonies.

Ms Leni Enriquez, senior institutional officer of the NIA, region 9, said under the law, NIA will still retain supervision of the different communal irrigation systems. The IAs will manage, maintain and sustain the operation while under amortization depending on the number of years agreed. The ownership of the projects can only be transferred to the irrigators after they will be able to pay, or the LGU, the 30% amortization of the total amount of the cost of the construction of the projects to the national government thru NIA. For 2011, NIA were able to complete and turnover three CIS projects in Zamboanga City. They are located in Barangay Lapaz, Buenavista and Boalan. Among those present during the turnover ceremonies were Hon. Lilia M. Nuño, IA Federation Preseident Hdja. Aida Nuño Loong, officials and employees of DA, NIA, DA, OCA, Barangay, and rice farmers.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is a government owned and controlled corporation primarily responsible for irrigation development and management in the Philippines. It supervises the operation, maintenance and repair, or otherwise administer temporarily all communal and pump irrigation systems constructed, improved or repaired wholly, partially with government funds. NIA also charge and collect from the beneficiaries of water from all irrigation system constructed by or under its administration such fees or administration charges. (WPeñaflor, CCadiz, DA9)
TOP | DECEMBER NEWS

Cooperatives get PhP1M Bio-N Mixing Plants

Two cooperatives in Region 9 recently received 500 thousand pesos each from the National Food Authority – Corn Development Fund. In coordination with the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) Bio-tech and the University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB), the fund was granted for the establishment of a Bio-N Mixing Plant.

Recipients were the the Siarri Valley Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SVARBEMCO) in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte and Lapuyan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAPMUCO) in Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur.

The project aims to enhance efficiency of corn production, provide stable, reliable and affordable supply of Bio-N and at the same time gives profitable business enterprise to coops as briefed by Mr. Eduardo A. Jarcia of National Food Authority – Technical Research and Services Department and one of the members of the Bio-N Technical Working Group.

During the turnover, Mr. Reynaldo Campomanes, Agricultural Provincial Coordinator (APCo) for Zamboanga del Norte who represented RED Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said in his message that “the use of Bio-N will help farmers minimize its cost of production especially nowadays with the high cost of chemical fertilizer available in the market.”

BIOTECH was established in 1980s to help address this problem. One of the mandates of BIOTECH is to search for alternative fertilizer technologies in line with the government’s thrust on energy conservation. Since then the search for alternative fertilizers started.

BIO-N was initially developed at Biotech in 1985. In 2003 the DA initially provided budget for the development and extension of BIO-N for value crops.

For now, there are five Bio-N mixing plants in the region to include the two newly launched projects. The P500,000 grant includes Hammer Mill, Mixer, Oven Dryer, Pressure Cooker and Laboratory supplies. (YTAvellaneda/DA9)
TOP | DECEMBER NEWS

NBACA conduct Year-End meeting in Zamboanga City

The Department of Agriculture-National Bids and Awards Committee Association (DA-NBACA) conducted a three-day meeting at Garden Orchid Hotel recently.

Dr. Aida P. Carino, Regional Technical Director (RTD) of DA RFU 9, lauded the officers and members of the association for holding their year-end meeting in Zamboanga City during the opening program.

She commended the group for the important and memorable affair in the City. Carino was confident that the association will be able to come up with resolutions to resolve issues and concerns to complete the DA Customized Procurement Manual (CPM) that will be incorporated to the Official Bids and Awards national guidelines; for one direction, mission and vision to lessen the problem in equipment procurement for the agency.

She also conveyed to the participants her sharing of experiences and delightful moments as member and the Vice President for Luzon of the association, when she was then the RTD of DA RFU 4A. Cariño also encouraged the participants from other regions to take advantage of their stay in the Asia’s Latin City by visiting the tourist attraction such as the popular Paseo del Mar, Pasonanca Park, Fort Pilar and other places in the City, particularly the widely popular Canelar Barter Trade centre.

The three-day meeting focused on the agreement of the resolutions approved during the past meetings held in the different regions, presentation and critiquing of the updated CPM, year-end updates on the DA-NBACA accomplishment and action planning of the association for the coming year.

The series of meeting conducted by the association is as an offshoot to the training on procurement process conducted by the World Bank last June 1-3, 2009 in Bacolod City, a Special Order No.429 dated August 14, 2009 was issued for the creation of a National Bid and Awards Committee (BAC) association for the department which was later refer to as the Department of Agriculture- National Bids and Awards Committee Association (DA-NBACA).The association is composed of the DA BAC chair, BAC secretariat chairs and BAC TWG head for RFUs, bureaus, attached agencies and government- owned and controlled corporations.

The association shall be responsible for enhancing/improving the capability of the BAC members thru continuous training and capacity building as well as in facilitation of resolutions of issues/concerns on procurement.

The association aims to promote the government principles on government procurement among the members of this association which are transparency and competitiveness in the procurement process, accountability, streamlined process and public monitoring.
The NBACA also strengthens various BAC’s functions and processes in developing a network to assist any member of the association who is subject of a suit or legal action in the performance of his/her official function as BAC member; and to assist any BAC chapter conducting post-qualification of a certain bidder coming from other regions.

The association has the following major accomplishment; to conduct series of orientations/fora re: Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for RA 9184 of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB), establish linkage/coordination with GPPB, conduct of quarterly meeting alternately sponsored by the regions, sharing of experiences resulted in resolution of procurement-related problems, creation of Website for DA-NBACA, ratified the constitution and by-laws of the association and registration (in process). The participants were treated to sightseeing on the tourist attractions of the city before their departure to their respective regions all over the country. (WNP/CC, DA9)
TOP | DECEMBER NEWS

MAY 2011
ZamPen's youth race well at 4-H National convention
May 31, 2011
Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize in Sergio Osmena May 30, 2011

ZamPen's youth race well at 4-H National convention May 31, 2011

Mohammad Zen Nuño Johan is Zampen's pride who won 2nd Place in the Extemporaneous Speech competition. The 19-year old Johan is an AB Economics student at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. He expounded the role of a 4-H'er in facing the challenges of food security and self sufficiency

Region IX's 4-H Club members bagged at least four top awards in the recently concluded 4-H National Covention at the Eden Nature Park & Resort, Toril, Davao City.

Michele T. Cirunay's Boneless Chevon was 2nd Best Chevon recipe in a Cooking Competition. Cirunay, incoming 4th year at the Zamboanga del Sur National High School has already earned from her recipe for a year now.

Xyra Claire Cabases from Mahayag was 5th place for the Handicraft contest using rice- based materials. Joining Cabases is Girlie Mae Agngarayngay was 4th runner-up in the Miss 4H Dream Girl contest. The contest includes beauty and money where Zampen's bet was able to raise P31, 126.00 in a glass dance. Agngarayngay is a 4-H'er from Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

The 4-H of the Philippines is a youth development program supported by the Department of Agriculture. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health in motion towards food security and self-sufficiency.

It was the 59th 4-H National Convention where DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala was invited to speak before the over 600 youth leaders and members throughout the country.
 

In his message delivered by Assistant Secretary Edilberto M. de Luna, the Secretary emphasized that DA does not only believe that the youth are the hopes of the nation, but they are our collaborators and partners in creating a progressive, innovative and the strength for agricultural development. We recognize the vital role of the young people in creating a better nation.

"We believe that by constantly empowering your choices and improving your capabilities, we can altogether create change where it is needed. By teaching you with community development programs and livelihood activities, we also empower you with the hope to build a better life."

Citing the theme: 4-H'ers Working Together Towards Food Security and Self-Sufficiency, Alcala states that it fits to the department's prime concern to realize the Medium Term Socio-Economic plan of the government dubbed as Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.

Alcala shared the success story of 4-H Club Federated President of Siguijor Elnard Ympal who was due to receive his Presidential Trophy and Citation as Outstanding Young Farmer 2009-2010.

"There is indeed money in farming" as he puts his stake in agriculture with passion, he was able to realize his dreams of having a better life instead of finding opportunities in the cities, agricultural production could not only create jobs in the countryside. It can also trim down the possibility for global trade and it keeps the youth from flocking in the cities because there is already livelihood right in the localities.

To date, 4-H Clubs in the Philippines has 3, 609 chapters with 101, 569 members.

It is sad to note however that one of ZamPen's Volunteer Leader Jason Arcillas died in a vehicular accident. Lorna Bautista and Maria Fe Domingo from the City Agriculturist Office had serious injuries. Others including some delegates from Regions 2 and 6 had different degrees of injuries. The accident happened on their way to their temporary residence when their vehicle's break failed to function. Head of Delegation and DA chief of the Institutional Development Section Vivian Paule decided to withdrew from participating in the two contests, Quiz Bee and Poster Making, and other activities because ZamPen delegates especially those from Zamboanga City needs medical care and assistance. The accident happened at the middle of the weeklong event. (Mark Brian U. Laride and Remai Alejado, DA9)
TOP | MAY NEWS


Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize in Sergio Osmena May 30, 2011

Among the 14 research papers recently presented during the Research and Development in-house review of the Department of agriculture, the first prize winning paper went to Mr. Felizardo Salomes , et al. The study was “Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize in Sergio Osmeña.”

The second and third prizes were Practices of the DA-MLPC Chiquinina Cattle in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte by Vicente G. Balingit, et.al. and CPAR on Integrated Rubber-based Farming System by Ernie C. Camacho, et.al, respectively.

Mr. Salomes cited that his paper on “Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize in Sergio Osmeña” is an integrated approach to the use of available nutrient sources such as the soil’s indigenous nutrient supply. It advocates the use of biofertilizers and organic amendments where only deficit nutrient needs are satisfied with inorganic fertilizers in a specific site or location.

The paper on “Practices of the DA-MLPC Chiquinina Cattle in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte by Vicente G. Balingit” showed that adopting acclimatization techniques, breeding strategies, feeds and feeding practices, and management practices of the DA-MLPC will improve the reproduction performance of the chiquinina cattle in terms of quality and quantity.
 

The third winning paper “Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) on Integrated Rubber-based Farming System by Ernie C. Camacho, et.al aims to augment farm productivity and profitability in the community through complementation of participatory action and research. As stated in their research that “with the introduced system, farmers’ net income reached Php88,143.16 with a Return on Capital (ROC) of 299.98% compared to the farmers’ practice which had only a net income of Php16,800.00 and an ROC of 110.53%. The introduced system also had an excellent Marginal Benefit Cost Ratio (MBCR) of 2.99.”

Said winning papers will have the chance to compete in the regional and national levels. The Regional Symposium will be conducted by Western Mindanao Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESMARRDEC) and the National symposium by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR). Research sectors involved are crops, livestock and poultry its research disciplines on Socio-economics, farming systems, among others.

The panel of evaluators were Mr. Rodolfo Galang from the Burea of Reserarch, Dr. Emilie C. Enriquez, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and WESMARRDEC Consortium Director, Mr. Elmer Enicola and Ms. Maria Adelia C. Belen both from the Philippine Council for Agriculture Resources, Research and Development. (PCARRD).

Judging of the papers were based on Creativity, Originality and Quality of Work 30%,Significance of Findings- 40%, Manuscript/Write-up- 15% and Presentation- 15% a total of 100%. Cash awards were given to the winners. The Review was held at the DA's Western Mindanao agriculture Research Center (WESMIARC) (ytavellaneda/DA9)
  TOP | MAY NEWS



JUNE 2011
Isabela City opens 4th Barangay Food Terminal
June 8, 2011
School Gardens also Open this June June 2, 2011

Isabela City opens 4th Barangay Food Terminal June 8, 2011

Another Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) project was recently launched in the region and this time it is in Carbon, Malamawi Island, Isabela City. This is a project of the Department of Agriculture thru its agribusiness division in coordination with the Office of the City Agriculturist of Isabela.
The BFT in Brgy. Carbon will be catering areas in Diki, Tampalan, Sta. Barbara and Lukbutan serving 3,000 households. This will be operated by the Malamawi Women’s Association under chairwoman Ms. Jamal L. Usman.

It is expected that the BFT functions as a barangay-based food depot and distribution system offering affordable, safe and quality food products like meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, among others. Just like what Mr. Ferdinand Gamorot, Chief of Agribusiness Marketing and Assistance Division (AMAD) said that the BFT’s concern is to help market agri-fishery goods and bring BFT in your area.

During the launching, on behalf of Regional Executive Director Carlos B. Mendoza, Regional Technical Director Aida P. Cariño inspired the women by saying “ the involvement of women is doing good. Let’s help each other sustain the project.” Dr. Cariño also challenged the women to increase what they have and if there’s a need for expansion then DA is willing to help.

Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council Coordinator Buduriya Parawan advised the women to also bring-in their agri-fishery by-products as they were also trained on this. In response, Ms. Usman gave the assurance of giving their best in sustaining the BFT with the support of the City Agriculturist in the person of Ms. Gina Alberto in providing technical assistance in terms of market linkages to prospective suppliers.

BFT Malamawi received equipment from DA such as two chest freezers, two chillers as cold storage, 25 pieces plastic crates and five weighing scales, three styropore boxes and two heavy duty calculators to supplement its operation. DA will also provide financial assistance to supplement its operation upon completion of necessary documents. (Yvette Avellaneda/DA9).
TOP | JUNE NEWS

School Gardens also Open this June June 2, 2011

Not only will the Universal Kindergarten be implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) this June but also the Gulayan Sa Paralan by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Not only will the Universal Kindergarten be implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) this June but also the Gulayan Sa Paralan by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The Gulayan sa Paaralan program has a total target of 42,076 public primary and secondary schools from all 17 regions in establishing a vegetable garden in the next five years.

Starting this school year June 2011, the DA in partnership with other government agencies like DepEd, DILG, DOH, NNC, DSWD, LGUs and the Private sector will promote and increase consumption of vegetables among children.
 

DA - High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) Regional Coordinator Mr. Marcial B. Fantone said that in Region IX, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay are the priority provinces of the Gulayan sa Paaralan since they remain to be in the country’s top 10 poorest provinces with high rate of malnourished children. “We have a target of 498 public schools for the establishment of vegetable gardens. We will first launch in Zamboanga del Norte this June and also provide trainings for the teachers on proper vegetable growing and management. We hope that the participating schools would sustain our project to show the young/ children that eating vegetables is important to stay healthy. This would also contribute to the DA’s goal of food security and self-sufficiency in the coming years.” Fantone added.

The DA will provide assorted vegetable seeds and other plant materials for distribution to schools in coordination with the DepEd. A competition for the Best School garden will later take place; also as one strategy to maintain the school gardens.

All participating schools must have at least a 200sqm vacant space, others may use a container gardening technology to establish the garden. The harvests, sales or income will go to the school to be used for its supplementary feeding program and maintenance for the next cropping.

The Programang Agrikulturang Pilipino – Gulayan sa Paaralan aims to promote self help food production activities and values (appreciation of agriculture as a life support system) among children. It also intends to promote vegetable production through natural/organic farming; maintain school gardens as source of vegetables to supply feeding programs; and to showcase a small-scale food production model in schools for the households and communities to replicate purposely to promote family food security. # (CC,DA9)
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JULY 2011
31.6M worth of Agri projects underway for ZC
July 21, 2011
RAFC spearheads farmers' forum in Malamawi July 20, 2011
San Pablo operates food terminal July 12, 2011
DA completes P102M infra project in Aurora July 11, 2011
Barangay Bolong shows off Jardin July 4, 2011
La Paz receives VETCAP from DA, OCVET and AFP July 1, 2011

31.6M worth of Agri projects underway for ZC July 21, 2011

The Department of Agriculture in partnership with the city government of Zamboanga are now evaluating Rural Infrastructure projects for the two congressional districts estimated at thirty-one million six hundred thousand pesos (P31,600,000.00) from 2011 to 2016 under the ZIADP special project. Construction is expected to start anytime within this quarter. Raul Ramon “Poch” Bucoy, Agriculture Program Coordinator (APCO)

The Department of Agriculture in partnership with the city government of Zamboanga are now evaluating Rural Infrastructure projects for the two congressional districts estimated at thirty-one million six hundred thousand pesos (P31,600,000.00) from 2011 to 2016 under the ZIADP special project. Construction is expected to start anytime within this quarter. Raul Ramon “Poch” Bucoy, Agriculture Program Coordinator (APCO) for Zamboanga City and newly appointed Zamboanga Integrated Agricultural Development (ZIADP) Coordinator for Region 9 said some of the targeted projects are about to start its construction the earliest possible time as the evaluation have been approved and with corresponding amount.

For the First District under Congresswoman Ma. Isabelle Climaco - Salazar, the projects are farm-to-market roads, rehabilitation of Irrigation System and rehabilitation of the different seaweed stilt dryers all located in the different barangays in the west coast of the city. For the Second District under Congressman Erbie A. Fabian, projects are concreting of roads in barangays Mercedes, Sangali and Cabaluay.

Bucoy said the evaluation team is composed of engineers and officials from the Local Government Unit, national agencies and representatives from non government organization (NGO). He said the involvement of the NGOs is one of the mandated requirements by the present administration to be included in the evaluation, recommendation and approval of any government projects all over the country. Bucoy disclosed that more agricultural-related projects are in the pipeline for implementation in Zamboanga City. The infrastructure projects have significant benefits to the rural economy as it links production areas to markets and stimulate economic activities in the communities. It will enhance the agricultural and fishery productivity and increase the income of the farmers and fisherfolk. All projects are always properly coordinated with the LGU. (WPeñaflor/DA9)
TOP | JULY NEWS

RAFC spearheads farmers' forum in Malamawi July 20, 2011

At least 120 farmers and fisherfolk from barangays Sta. Barbara, Carbon, Marang-Marang, Panigayan, Balatanay, Tampalan, Lampinigan, Diki and Lukboton participated in the recently conducted forum at the White Beach of Malamawi Island, Isabela City, Basilan Province.

Led by the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council IX (RAFC), the forum was formally opened with the raising of banners of participating barangays by respective chairman. One of the highlights of the forum is the Agri-Fair showcasing each barangays’ produce. Some products showcased include crabs, fish, squid, seaweeds and other seafoods, muslim delicacies and decorative wood handicrafts.

During the Opening Program, Department of Agriculture Regional Technical Director Constancio G. Alama appreciated the beauty of Malamawi. He said “you have rich resources in fisheries. If you put some value adding in your products you can get better return of investment.”
Several topics were presented such as Implementing Rules and Guidelines of FARMC; Cultural Management on Selected Vegetables; Organic Farming; Rubber Production; PCA’s Program and Brontispa; and BFAR’s Program.

Aside from lectures, there were three organizations created and formally inducted by DA Regional Executive Director Carlos B. Mendoza during the Closing program. The organizations were Pambansang Manalon, Mag-uuma, Mababaul, Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP) - Isabela, Isabela Coconut Development Council and White Sand 4H Club.
Two projects were also turned over; one under the Support to Emergency Livelihood Assistance Program (SELAP) for the Malamawi Women’s Association and another under the Zamboanga Peninsula Integrated Agricultural Development Program (ZIADP) for the Farm- to-Market Road (FMR).

The Malamawi Women’s Association received a livelihood assistance for Food processing and handicraft project amounting to P100,000.00. The FMR is a one kilometer rehab of Lukboton- Lukkabang road amounting to P 1.4M.

RED Mendoza lauded that Malamawi can be the Boracay of Region IX. He further said “I challenge you for an agri-tourism program. Tourism will not be achieved without agriculture since food is the basic need for both tourist and residents.”

“Let’s do our best in partnership with the government. The project is for you, make the most of it.” Mendoza added. (YTAvellaneda/DA9)
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San Pablo operates food terminal July 12, 2011

Showcase and sell your products in the food terminal, ” says Agriculture and Marketing Services (AMAS) Director Leandro H. Gazmin during the recent project launching in Barangay Kapamanok, San Pablo, Zamboanga del Sur. Director Gazmin recognized the potential resources of Kapamanok which if harnessed could serve as a food buffer not only to the municipality but also to its adjacent municipalities.

With a project cost of one million pesos, the Municipal Food Terminal (MFT) which is known before as the Bagsakan Center, Director Gazmin turned over the project to San Pablo Mayor Belman Mantos who assured “we will strengthen this food depot and let this grow with our products.”

Governor Antomio H. Cerilles in his message read by Board Member Eriberto A. Sumalinog said “this Municipal Food Terminal will help our farmers and fisherfolk sell their produce without manipulation from the middlemen. It will also encourage them to observe healthy lifestyle by patronizing our farm products using organic fertilizers.”

The MFT is a project of the Department of Agriculture in partnership with the local government of San Pablo. Mr. Ferdinand Gamorot, Chief of DA-Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division said the project was done in an 80-20 counterparting scheme and commended barangay Kapamanok and the LGU of San Pablo for their full support.

To date, only two MFT’s have been opened (Diplahan, ZSP and San Pablo, ZDS) and four are still underway for operation.

On the other hand, the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT), also a food terminal project of DA in partnership with the LGU in providing market for farmer’s produce. It is a barangay-based food depot and distribution system that offers safe, quality and affordable agri-fishery products to consumers at a barangay level. Since 2008; it was known as Barangay Bagsakan. Thus far, there are already 54 BFT’s established in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula. (Mark Laride/DA9)
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DA completes P102M infra project in Aurora July 11, 2011

The 28.914 kilometer s farm-to-market road (FMR) project in the Municipality of Aurora, province of Zamboanga del Sur is now ready to serve 2,741 households. Nine potable water systems (PWS) benefit 1,892 farmers.

Amounting to P103 million pesos, five segments road projects and nine potable water systems (PWS) were completed and recently turned over to the municipality of Aurora. The road segments are in Brgy. Kahayagan - Mandaue - Balintawak; Brgy. Sapalobok - kauswagan - Kahayagan; Brgy. Lintugup - Tagolalo - Mahayahay - Gubaan - Inatagan - Campo 1; La Victoria - San Juan; and Barangay Cabilinan. The PWS are constructed in Barangays Monpila, Bag-ong Mandaue, Tagolalo, Waterfall, Lubid, Bag-ong Maslob, Inroad, Napo and Kahayagan East.

Mayor Enrique "Jun" Cabahug said " I owe this project to the people of Aurora and the Sangguniang Bayan for endorsing the Appropriation Ordinance required by the project. Thank you for supporting this project . We braved the trials in the name of development. This is our legacy."

Mayor Cabahug also thanked the Department of Agriculture especially then Director Oscar O. Parawan for his motivation to finish the project and conformed by now Regional Executive Director Dr. Carlos B. Mendoza.

For his part, Department of Agricul-Regional Technical Director Constancio G. Alama who represented RED Mendoza described the LGU of Aurora as consistent, persistent and insistent. "Finally we have completed this project together. " He reminded the beneficiaries to maintain said projects.

Project Manager Roy Abaya congratulated the local government of Aurora for their active participation and hoped that their support will continue in all agricultural projects. "I know your problems in this journey but you have hurdled the obstacles and end up as victorious as you are today."

Barangay Captain Petronilo Gumapon of Barangay Inroad was teary eyed while delivering his message in behalf of all barangay officials and beneficiaries. "At first, we doubted the project but now that it is handed to us, we could hardly believe it is true."

The Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector (InfRES) is a special project of the Department of Agriculture. Projects are implemented on a counterparting scheme. For FMR, Aurora LGU counterparted 37.7%, DA 12.3% and 50% from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). For the PWS, LGU Aurora shared 47.7%, DA shared 2.3% and ADB shared 50%.

The DA-InfRES project in Aurora is the biggest in the region and second nationwide. (Mark Brian Laride/DA9)
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Barangay Bolong shows off Jardin July 4, 2011

In promoting vegetables to be part of healthy diet and an alternative livelihood to gain income, the Jardin na Barangay Bolong is determined to send a message to other barangays in Zamboanga City that it is possible to maintain a vegetable garden without high maintenance.

The vegetable garden in Sitio Mala, barangay Bolong in Zamboanga City was adjudged as one of the finalist to the interbarangay Jardin na Barangay contest. Its farm manager Ruben Coros, also a Kagawad, said that they started the vegetable garden in February by planting pechay and all the income from the harvest was used as capital for planting the next crop and expanding the area.

Coros as well plans to use part of the income to loan small farmers in the community for their starting capital to vegetable production.
Jardin na Barangay is a program coordinated by the Office of the City Agriculturist and Councilor Reynerio Candido, Committee Chairman on Agriculture; with the support of the Department of Agriculture in providing vegetable seeds.

According to Mr Antonio Magsino Jr from the City Agriculturist office, there are eight official entries to the interbarangay contest on 'Jardin' from which only four barangays were selected as finalists - barangays Culianan, Mercedes, Bolong and Sinubong. Mr. Magsino mentioned the awarding will be held sometime this July with a grand prize of P300,000.00 worth of infrastructure facility project to be given to the winning barangay.

Bolong barangay captain Antonio Evangelista fully supports the project. He said the project in Sitio Mala welcomes visitors to the area where the barangay can showcase vegetable production using organic fertilizer. (CC-DA)
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La Paz receives VETCAP from DA, OCVET and AFP July 1, 2011

In a recent activity celebrating the 113th-year Anniversary of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the office in coordination with the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVET) and the Veterinary Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conducted a one-day Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP) in Camp Susana, Barangay La Paz in Zamboanga City.

Veterinary health services such as Deworming and Vaccination for swine (Hog Cholera), cattle, carabao, goat, sheep (Hemosep), dog (Rabies), horse and poultry (New Castle Disease) were administered by veterinarians to animals for free.

La Paz Kagawad Edgardo Serna, also chairman on the committee on agriculture, expressed his gratitude to the organizers of the VetCAP, and the veterinarians of DA, OCVET and the AFP. He mentioned that when the people in the community first learned that veterinary services will be brought up to Camp Susana, they were all very eager since this kind of opportunity comes once in a while only. Serna hopes that there will be another service-activity to be conducted in the future at La Paz.

Leading the veterinarians were Dr. Carlos Mendoza, DA Regional Executive Director, Dr. Arnedo Agbayani, Chief, Animal Health Div.(OCVET), Dr. Don Beckett from the AFP with Command Veterinary Officer Major Beda Sluggo Elegado.

Also present were Staff of the DA Livestock Division Rowena Pajes, Cedrick Paule, Bing Modina and Baby Telmo, OCVET Staff Dr. Portia Pelayo, Dr. Luz Grace Gimenea and the staff of the AFP Veterinary Corps. (CC/DA)
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AUGUST 2011

DA intensifies mass production of cassava
August 21, 2011
The search is on for DA-BFAR Scholars August 17, 2011
The search is on for outstanding Liberal Projects August 17, 2011
DA prepares corn seeds for this season August 17, 2011
DA joins Nutrition celebration August 11, 2011
Ipil receives 27.38 kilograms Veggie Seeds for AgriPinoy GSP August 11, 2011
Miss 4H Zamboanga City 2011 winner August 9, 2011
Food Handicraft Livelihood set for Isabela City August 8 2011
Aflatoxin is Alarming August 4 2011
DABAFPS conducts Food Safety and Quality Seminar August 2 2011
Gulayan sa Paaralan begins in ZaNorte August 1 2011

DA intensifies mass production of cassava August 21, 2011

Farmers are encouraged to venture in cassava because there are multi -national companies willing to buy it in bulk at reasonable price provided it conforms to their requirements.

Cassava production will augment farmers’ income and address the pressure on rice and corn. It will also cater the needs of the cassava- eating communities. Muslim and nomads in Mindanao prefer to eat cassava as an alternative for rice and corn.

Nahul said an initial three hectares as project sites in Barangay Tictapul, Tumitus and Tagasilay, Zamboanga City were established as the propagation areas and nurseries for planting materials of high quality cassava for distribution and planting to the different target areas in the region. Land preparation for food consumption variety is also being undertaken in some areas of Dumingag Municipality, Zamboanga Del Sur; Siraway, Siayan, Sindangan andManukan all in Zamboanga Del Norte. For Industrial variety, a two-hectare area was established in Dinas Municipality, Zamboanga Del Sur; Tungawan, ZamboangaSibugay. Some eight hectares will be identified as nursery sites for cutting propagation.TOP | AUGUST NEWS

The search is on for DA-BFAR scholars August 17, 2011

The FCSP is on its 6th batch in providing scholarship to students. To date a total of 30 graduates benefitted this program.

This time, BFAR has increased the number of slots allocated per region from three slots to ten. However, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has twenty slots.

Application forms and pertinent information about this scholarship program are available at the BFAR website www.bfar.gov.ph or at the national secretariat. For clarifications and further inquiries in the Zamboanga Peninsula, contact Dr. Pilar F. Fontelar, Chief Executive Officer, Fisheries Scholarship Program with telephone no. (062) 991-1140 or to the nearest BFAR Provincial Office.

Submission for the application will be on August 25, 2011 at the BFAR Provincial offices since examination date is scheduled on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 9:00am to 12:00nn at the BFAR-Conference Room, Zamboanga City.(MLaride/DA9)
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The search is on for outstanding Liberal Project August 17, 2011

The Local Government Units (LGUs), communities, organizations and schools are invited to join and submit their application forms and nominations via online to www.fnf.org.ph/theliberalproject/ or by filling up the form and mailing to MCPO Box 3196, Makati City 1271. Anyone can nominate, and projects do not necessarily have to be initiated by the Liberal Party or its members and network to qualify.

The Liberal Project aims to recognize outstanding initiatives that apply the liberal values of good governance, human rights, free trade, and freedom with responsibility. It seeks to acknowledge legislation, policies, and programs that made an impact in the national or local scene, and that translated liberal principles into practical ideas that engage the public.

The Philippines, under a Liberal Government, has had several liberal reforms. It is also the intention of the Liberal Project to raise the public awareness on these accomplishments, and encourage support for the liberal agenda. It also hopes to inspire replication of liberal ideas to allow more people to appreciate liberal solutions. It is an affirmation that good governance, human rights, and free trade reinforce the value of freedom.

The winner will receive a Plaque of recognition and cash incentive to be awarded by Liberal Party leaders on October 27, 2011. The representative of the project will be given a chance to participate in a seminar in Germany to learn more about liberal practices.

Deadline of nomination is not later than midnight of August 31, 2011. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) FUR DIE FREIHEIT was established in Manila in 1986. (Mark Laride/DA9)
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DA prepares corn seeds for this season August 17, 2011

Felizardo Salomes,regional corn coordinator of DA RFU 9 said the distribution of certified corn seeds being procured from the University of Southern Mindanao, Kabakan, Cotabato composed of two varieties USM-VAR- 10 and Institute of Plant Breeding IPB VAR 6 with high protein, high lysine and tryptophan variety ideal for human consumption. He said the distribution and planting will start as soon as the seeds will arrive. Under the DA's Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) white corn seed exchange program, each targeted farmer beneficiary will be given nine kilos of seeds which they will pay in form of seeds to the agency at 18kilos after harvest. This will be distributed to the farmer beneficiaries in queue for the next planting season. The same seed varieties will serve for three generations to sustain seed availability every cropping season.

Regional seeds coordinator Dionisio Adante said they already have the official list of farmer beneficiaries and the areas where it will be distributed and planted in coordination with the different local government units regionwide.

For Zamboanga del Norte, Districts I and II will receive 800 bags of white corn each. This includes a special project for the Siayan Municipality and another 800 bags in support to National Agribusiness Corp (NABCOR)postharvest facility soon to be inaugurated in the Municipality of Liloy. For ZamboangaSibugay, districts I and II will have 600 bags while Zamboanga del Sur and Isabela City will have 500 and 100 bags, respectively. Each bag contains 9 kilos certified corn seeds.

Salomes said the distribution and planting of certified corn seeds is in support to the food sufficiency program of the government, to ease the pressure in rice production, minimize rice importation and to teach the people to eat corn in lieu of rice specially for Visayas and Mindanao. The corn production program of the DA is increasing every year to cope up with the demand both for human consumption and industrial use.(WPeñaflor/DA9)
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DA joins Nutrition celebration August 11, 2011

DA9 Nutrition focal person Evelyn del Mar said that theme “Isulong ang Breastfeeding: Tama, Sapat at Ekslusibo” is timely because there are still some mothers who do not opt for breastfeeding their children. She said, “we have to help push this very important issue on breastfeeding babies up to two years old. Aside from saving finances on buying commercial milk, breastmilk contains antibodies that will help resist infections on babies; a combination of balanced protein, carbohydrates and vitamins which will help the babies grow healthier with stronger immune system."

As part of DA’s goal of sustaining food, the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) distributed vegetable seeds to all mothers, the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and other participants of the program. Ms Ana Aying, DA-Gulayan sa Paaralan focal person also said that the DA is always supportive to endeavors of the National Nutrition Council, when once the NNC was part of the DA, and later transferred to the DOH.

The Nutrition month celebration was spearheaded by the NNC with its head Ma. Del Pilar Tarroza in coordination with the LGUs and Provincial Nutrition Committee in Zamboanga Sibugay; coinciding with the 47th founding anniversary of the Municipality.

Meanwhile, the DA also distributed vegetable seeds to the mothers and Rural Improvement Club (RIC) members of San Miguel, province of Zamboanga del Sur. During a one-day lecture on Basic vegetable gardening, the speakers presented the different topics about nutrition. Evelyn A. del Mar Regional RIC coordinator discussed the topic on the nutritive value of vegetables and the big importance of eating vegetables to lactating mothers, Ms. Ana Aying, HVCDP Staff also presented a lecture on the importance of vegetables and basic vegetable gardening. Yolanda Enriquez the Provincial RIC coordinator discussed the updates of the Provincial RIC programs and activities. (Cadiz & Laride/DA9)
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Ipil receives 27.38 kilograms of Veggie Seeds for AgriPinoy GSP August 11, 2011

Tomitom Elementary School in Ipil has been selected as pilot area for the launching of the Agrikulturang Pilipino Gulayan sa Paaralan project (Agri-Pinoy GSP). Schools Division Superintendent Amelia P. Toralba, Division Supervisor Elizabeth Camohoy, and Tomitom Teacher-In-Charge Daisy Mae Sabijon received the vegetable seeds from Edgardo Tabal, Operations Chief who represented DA Regional Executive Director Carlos B. Mendoza in the presence of the ZSP-LGU and MLGU.

During the launching program held at Tomitom, Edgardo Tabal, DA Operation Chief conveyed his message stating, "this project is important it unites some agencies together to achieve one goal. The GSP will help provide nutritious food for the children and student for them to be active in school at hindi sakitin ang mga bata. Malaking tulong din ito for the school para sa kanilang feeding program kung saan hindi na sila mamomoproblema sa pagkukunan ng mga gulay para sa kanilang mga estudyante."

In another message, ZSP Provincial Agriculturist Renato Manginsay, who represented Gov. Rommel Jalosjos, said, "Farmers play a vital role that provides food to attorneys, engineers, teachers, doctors or in short to all of us. Farmers feed us nutritional food for us to be healthy and gain energy in our daily works." Manigsay was grateful for the food production projects to be implemented in schools. He hopes that all the schools will implement the project.

Immediately after the launching program, a vegetable planting ceremony was held inside the Tomitom Elementary School in Ipil. Together with the DepEd Regional Director Dr. Walter Albos, Medical Officer Dr. Miriam Indin, National Nutrition Council Head Ma. Del Pilar Tarroza, Ipil Municipal Agriculturist Edgar Apao, Tomitom Elementary School TIC Daisy Mae Sabijon, and DA Gulayan focal person Ana Aying planted eggplant as the initial vegetable to be grown in the school garden.

DA HVCDP Regional Coordinator Marcial Fantone said that the two provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte are the first to receive the Agri-Pinoy GSP assistance in Region IX with a total distribution of 84.51 kilograms of vegetable seeds.

Other guests are personnel from the DA and different cooperating agencies, teachers, students and representatives from the East West seed company.# (CC, MBL, DA9)
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Miss 4H Zamboanga City 2011 winner August 9, 2011

Her special awards include Best in Production Number, Best in Farm Wear and Miss CJ Feeds Muscle Max. The runners-up Miss Head (1st runner-up), Miss Heart (2nd-runner-up), Miss Hands (3rd runner-up) and Miss Health(4th-runner up) also received a crown, trophy and a cash of three thousand pesos. Ms Capin has the chance to compete in the regional search for Miss 4H. TOP | AUGUST NEWS

Food Handicraft Livelihood set for Isabela City August 8 2011

The Department of Agriculture IX in coordination with the Office of the City Agriculturist of Isabela City, Basilan will conduct a Handicraft and Food Livelihood Seminar within this quarter of 2011, at Malamawi Island, Isabela City. The seminar is in response to the request of the LGU to train the Malamawi Women’s Association to help augment their respective family income, uplift their living conditions.

Antonio Lojera, Agricultural Program Coordinator (APCO) for Isabela City said the seminar will introduce livelihood project such as handicraft making and food processing utilizing materials available locally, process native food and pastries for sale within the island and neighboring barangays in Isabela. The handicraft production will include mat weaving, basket making, plate making made of coconut midribs and nito.

Lojera also mentioned that a rich land owner in the island offered free use of a hectare land to be planted with pandan leaves and nito for the handicraft materials to hasten their productions.

During the Farmers and Fishermen Forum held recently in the island the DA thru its Support to Emergency Livelihood Assistance Program (SELAP) turned over one hundred thousand pesos (P100) worth of kitchen utensils, equipment, machinery and start-up capital to the Malamawi Women’s Association purposely to start the project the early possible time. Lojera said the low income of the family and the big number of unemployed persons in the island, and the increased number of beggars mostly coming from the island, prompted the government to come up with the project to ease their day to day poor conditions. Lojera said he is inviting regional and local experts in handicrafts making and food possessors to conduct the hands on seminar.

The Malamawi Women’s Association (MWA) was organized by Mrs. Buduriya Parawan, Regional Coordinator of the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council 9 (RAFC) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 9. (WPeñaflor, /DA9)
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Aflatoxin is Alarming August 4 2011

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxin produced by fungi/molds. It is a toxic metabolite produced by the fungi, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus that is hazardous to human and animal health. Agricultural commodities susceptible to aflatoxin are corn, peanut, cassava and copra.

AFLATOXICOSIS is a condition that results from ingestion of high levels of aflatoxin contaminated foods. Symptoms for such intake include hemorrhage, edema of the brain, abdominal pain, vomiting, pulmonary edema, convulsions and fever. In severe cases, absorption of aflatoxin is fatal.

Just this year, the Regional Feed Analysis Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture headed by Ms. Gemma Genaldo conducted random sampling in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte to test presence of aflatoxin in corn.

Result showed that some harvested corn in the areas was found with aflatoxin content having an alarming level of more than 100 ppb parts per billion (ppb). The maximum tolerance for food grade is only 20ppb. Some areas had lower content and even within tolerable level, however, majority are with high content. Ms Genaldo, DA's chemist said that it is important to consider proper handling as well as availability of postharvest facilities to reduce aflatoxin content in corn.

Presence of Aflatoxin can be detected thru a laboratory test with a minimal fee that is available at DA's Feed Laboratory in Tumaga, Zamboanga City headed by the DA's Chemist Gemma Genaldo with contact number (062) 991-6350.

With the establishment of the Aflatoxin Laboratory, the region will have a safe, healthy, productive and profitable corn and livestock industry. (ytavellaneda/DA9)
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DABAFPS conducts Food Safety and Quality Seminar August 2 2011

The Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agriculture and Fishery Products Standards (DA-BAFPS) conducted a one day seminar on Food Safety and Quality Standards recently in one of the hotels in Zamboanga City.

The seminar aimed to identify safety and quality standards of fresh meat, poultry products, fresh fruits and vegetables, to learn the general principle and practices of food safety, purchase, receive, store food and prepare & serve food safety.

Carlos B. Mendoza, Regional Executive Director DA RFU 9, in his message read by Ferdinand Gamorot, AMAD chief, urged the participants to disseminate the relevant information on what food safety and quality is all about, its general principles and practices of food safety and quality standards for fresh meat and poultry products, fresh fruits and vegetables in their respective area of responsibilities. He also said that the learnings that will be generated will have a long lasting beneficial effect on farmers, fisher folks and their families and the consumers as a whole.

The seminar is being conducted in the different regions of the country in response to the need to protect consumers against health risks through education on product safety and quality standards.

Discussed during the seminar were, home food safety, safe fresh meat and poultry products, safe fresh fruits and vegetables, food safety quality from market to table, personal hygiene, microbiological hazards, chemical and physical hazards in food.

The seminar was participated by national, regional and local government units, state colleges and universities officials all over the region. It was conducted in coordination with the Department of Agriculture - Zamboanga City. (WPeñaflor/DA9)
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Gulayan sa Paaralan begins in ZaNorte August 1 2011

The Municipality of Roxas in Zamboanga del Norte has been chosen as one of the pilot areas for the launching of the Agrikulturang Pilipino Gulayan sa Paaralan (AgriPinoy-GSP) program of the Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED), DOH-National Nutrition Council (NNC) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Over 150 high school students in Langatian National Highschool (LNHS) in Roxas participated in the launching ceremony of the vegetable gardening in a 200sqm space in the school.

Ms Eliza Bagtasos, T.L.E. teacher and LNHS Gulayan point person expressed her enthusiasm with the project. She said, “(We) our school, is so happy with this kind of project even when we already promote gardening before, this is different because this is bigger and we are supported by other government agencies like DA and NNC. With the DepEd and NNC School’s feeding program, we can also use some of the future harvests in this vegetable garden.”


It was reported by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) in the National Poverty Map some four years ago, Zamboanga del Norte was among the ten poorest provinces in the Philippines basing from the indicators of incidence of malnutrition, income level, sanitation facilities, the lack of housing and access to clean water.

Ms Bagtasos added, “We hope to encourage the students to bring home what they learn from school. They should also plant vegetables in their homes and parents should also teach their children to eat vegetables. The produce of the Gulayan sa Paaralan will be given to the students; it will be their choice either to sell the vegetables for income or just take them home for consumption.”

In the turnover program held recently at the Bamboo Garden in Dipolog City, an initial of 57.13 kilograms of vegetable seeds were turned over to the Schools District Superintendents together with the officials of DepED, NNC, DA and the ZDN Provincial local government unit. According to Ms Ana S. Aying, DA Gulayan Focal Person, there will be another batch of seeds to be distributed in the coming months. “The East-West Seeds company is also with us in making this program possible. The assorted seeds distributed for gulayan sa paaralan includes Ampalaya, Eggplant, Tomato, Sweet pepper, Pole sitao, Pechay, Upland kangkong, Radish, and Okra,” Aying said.

Among those present in the Launching Program of the Agri-Pinoy GSP are Mr. Jay Adraincem (representing Governor Rolando Yebes), ZDN Provincial Agriculturist Ms Maybel Bustaliño, DepEd Reg’l Medical Officer Dr. Miriam Indin, ZDN OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Elsa Cruz, DepEd GSP focal person Dr. Cheryl Ocupe, Langatian HS Principal Arnulfo Subebe, DepEd Dipolog Dr. Sonia Uy, DA HVCDP Reg’l Coordinator Marcial Fantone, DA-RSO Dipolog OIC Reynaldo Campomanes, and other support staff from ZDN –DepEd, NNC, and DA. # (CC,DA9)
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SEPTEMBER 2011
Alicia gets liquid freeze facility
September 30, 2011
DA promotes Ceylon Tea September 13, 2011
DA-OCA introduce submerged drought tolerant on rice September 5, 2011

Alicia gets liquid freeze facility September 30, 2011

The Department of Agriculture-National Agribusiness Corporation (DA-NABCOR) recently turned over one unit Liquid Quick Freeze (LQF) machine to the Municipality of Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay. The ceremony was held at Barangay Kawayan, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay attended by Mrs Jayd-da N. Mayoralgo, NABCOR vice president and Dr. Carlos B. Mendoza, DA 9 Regional Executive Director.

Samuel Simbajon, NABCOR area manager said the LQF is a freezer and ice maker with a size of 2mx1.9x3m. It produces a minimum of 3tons ice block a day and an average of 1.5 tons quick-freeze multi-commodities of agri and fisheries products. It is one of the revenue generating projects of the LGUs and recipient organizations focused on fisherfolk and farmers cooling services and freezing of agri and fishery products. It can even supply the needed ice of the municipality. The project is under the national cold chain program of the national government, aimed at increasing farmers/fisherfolk’s income; meet the demand of the market for a year-round supply of commodities; and extend the freshness and shelf life of agri and fishery perishable products.

Simbajon said, the LQF is a donation of the DA-NABCOR, a government owned and controlled corporation, to any legally registered cooperatives or foundations or community organization or local government units. Recipients must have the capability to provide for the required counterpart such as space, electricity, water and operating capital to operate the facility. The target recipients can avail of the project, but must conform with the qualifications, terms and conditions stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), to be signed by both parties to maintain and sustain the project in the locality where it will be established.

Under the MOA, the donor agency will donate the LQF complete with accessories. They will also equip the recipient with the necessary training, and technical knowhow to operate and maintain the facility. The recipient as their counterpart, will provide for the utilities such as, one unit transformer, single phase at 37.7 KVA, main service electrical feeder line, circuit breaker with 150amperes, packaging materials and vacuum sealer. They will also provide the covered facility or existing warehouse, which is a minimum of 40 square meters, floor area with cleared height of 6 meters, and potable water supply line.

Same agreement also stipulates the roles of the recipient and NABCOR to make the project successful, and for the upliftment of the economic condition of the farmers and fisherfolk in the countryside.

Simbajon said there are six operational LQF regionwide. One unit each in the Municipalities of Katipunan and Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte; Vincenso Sagun, Zamboanga del Sur; and Alicia Municipality, Zamboanga Sibugay; two units in Barangay San Pedro, Dapitan City, to augment the existing 300 metric tons cold storage facility inaugurated by Sec. Proceso J. Alcala in April this year. (WPeñaflor,DA9)
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DA promotes ceylon tea September 13, 2011

The Department of Agriculture, La Paz, Experiment Station, Barangay La Paz, Zamboanga City is undertaking the propagation of La Paz Tea (Ceylon Tea variety) for planting materials in preparation for the establishment of a tea production center in the area.

Mr. Orlando Telmo, Station Superintendent of La Paz Experiment Station, said the DA has allocated funds for the project to plant La Paz Tea in the Barangay .The wild and abandoned matured Ceylon Tea varieties in the bushes of the barangay, caught the attention of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala during his first visit to Zamboanga City. He encouraged the farmers to plant the tea as it demands a high importance to the tea drinkers and can give significant source of income to landowner and laborers in Barangay La Paz. The humidity, cool temperatures, and the high altitude of the area can provide a climate that favor the production of the high quality tea. Secretary Alcala is promoting the planting of Ceylon Tea all over the country.

Telmo said the Ceylon Tea variety in La Paz was planted way back 1980s by Bureau of Plant Industry in some selected area of DA La Paz Experiment Station but its efficiency remained static without research component to backstop its development in Western Mindanao . There is a need to refine the technology for more efficient operation. The Secretary is eyeing the planting of Ceylon tea on large scale. There are several fully matured Ceylon tea trees existing that served as the mother tree and the source of the planting materials. Telmo said the DA and the Alternative Center for Organizational Reform and Development Inc. (ACORD) an NGO, agreed to produce and expand the Ceylon Tea production in Zamboanga City due to its high demand at an alternative price in both the domestic and export market. It is highly profitable when cultivated with the use of modern technologies. It can be processed into finish product and essential to human health. Under the agreement the DA will conduct research and development, undertake the training, establish techno demo farm, central nursery for mass production of planting materials.

The Department of Agriculture, La Paz, Experiment Station, Barangay La Paz, Zamboanga City is undertaking the propagation of La Paz Tea (Ceylon Tea variety) for planting materials in preparation for the establishment of a tea production center in the area.

Mr. Orlando Telmo, Station Superintendent of La Paz Experiment Station, said the DA has allocated funds for the project to plant La Paz Tea in the Barangay .The wild and abandoned matured Ceylon Tea varieties in the bushes of the barangay, caught the attention of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala during his first visit to Zamboanga City. He encouraged the farmers to plant the tea as it demands a high importance to the tea drinkers and can give significant source of income to landowner and laborers in Barangay La Paz. The humidity, cool temperatures, and the high altitude of the area can provide a climate that favor the production of the high quality tea. Secretary Alcala is promoting the planting of Ceylon Tea all over the country.

Telmo said the Ceylon Tea variety in La Paz was planted way back 1980s by Bureau of Plant Industry in some selected area of DA La Paz Experiment Station but its efficiency remained static without research component to backstop its development in Western Mindanao . There is a need to refine the technology for more efficient operation. The Secretary is eyeing the planting of Ceylon tea on large scale. There are several fully matured Ceylon tea trees existing that served as the mother tree and the source of the planting materials. Telmo said the DA and the Alternative Center for Organizational Reform and Development Inc. (ACORD) an NGO, agreed to produce and expand the Ceylon Tea production in Zamboanga City due to its high demand at an alternative price in both the domestic and export market. It is highly profitable when cultivated with the use of modern technologies. It can be processed into finish product and essential to human health. Under the agreement the DA will conduct research and development, undertake the training, establish techno demo farm, central nursery for mass production of planting materials.
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DA-OCA introduce submerged drought tolerant on rice September 5, 2011

Drought tolerant certified rice varieties( inbred), will soon be available in Zamboanga City and region 9, this was the result of a study developed entitled Adaptability Yield Trials on Drought Tolerant, pesticides- free, research This study was conducted by the researchers from the Office of the City Agriculturist (OCA), Zamboanga City recently at Sitio Gapuh, Barangay Talabaan, Zamboanga City. Three of the 12 registered drought resistance varieties such as NCIC Rc -222, Rc 192(rainfed) and Rc 11(Upland),planted during the trials, bear good grains, and was recommended for field trial managed by the farmers in the different rainfed areas in Zamboanga City. If proven viable it will be highly recommended for adaptation for seed and rice productions later, following the technology used in the study.

The three varieties were thoroughly evaluated by the researchers and were also chosen on the spot by the farmers present during the field day, from among the fully grown 12 varieties in the rainfed areas planted where the study was conducted. The different rice varieties were provided by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice), purposely to look for the best varieties suitable to be planted in rainfed areas in region 9.

Hon.Reynaldo Candido, member of the city council and chairman of the committee on agriculture in Zamboanga City, in his message said, “it is high time that we should make the vast rainfed areas productive by planting suitable rice varieties with less cost of production.”

He stand firm not to allow riceland areas converted into industrial center because it deprives the farmers in planting more crops. It will also decrease the areas for more food production that will result to food shortage even for local consumption. “With intact agricultural lands opportunities are open for more studies such as this than can be facilitate the farmers in increasing their productivity.”

Raul Ramon Bucoy,agriculture program coordinator (APCO) for Zamboanga City said “ it will make the idle and wide rainfed areas in region 9 productive and can help in the efforts of the government to achieve rice self-sufficiency in the years to come.” He urged the land owners and rice farmers present, to take advantage by adapting the technology in their respective rainfed areas for replication under their care for seed and rice productions later if found suitable in their area.

The study headed by Muhaimin Albani, research division head of the Office of the City Agriculturist was represented Alfredo Arceo, during the recent Field Day program held in Sitio Gapuh, Barangay Talabaan, Zamboanga City attended byseveral rice farmers from the different rice areas in the city, land owners,farmers’ association officials, Barangay officials, LGUs, DA regional officials and some rice technicians from the province of Sulu. Arceo said aside from the drought tolerant study, they are also conducting two other studies on rice production, the Saline variety which is ongoing in Recodo Barangay and Submergence rice variety in Barangay Guiwan all in Zamboanga City. He said studies were encouraged by the IRRI/PhilRice to all the researchers in the country to address climate change and global warming. At least there will be rice varieties that can be planted and grown in saline and submerged environment, to sustain rice production.

Mr Reynerio Bejerano, president of the farmers’ association of Zamboanga City offered to shoulder all the expenses and assist the OCA to conduct the farmers- managed trials by planting the two drought resistant varieties for the welfare of all rice farmers in the city. The Office of the City Agriculturist of Zamboanga City headed by Mr Diosdado N. Palacat, is considering expanding the studies to the different rainfed areas all over the city and region 9, adapting the technology to make the farmers more productive and increase their income. (WPenaflor/DA9)
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OCTOBER 2011
Military retirees get livelihood seminar
October 20, 2011
Strengthening BFTs in ZamPen October 4, 2011
DA 9 distribute cassava grater and presser to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi October 4, 2011
WMSU bags 1st place in 2011 poster making contest October 4, 2011

Military retirees get livelihood seminar October 20, 2011

The Department of Agriculture (DA-IX) through the Livestock Program and High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) recently conducted a two-day seminar for 89 military retirees and soon-to-retire personnel of the 1st Infantry TABAK Division, Philippine Army in Kuta Major Cesar L. Sang-an Camp, Pulacan, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur.

The seminar tackled topics on livestock management specifically on cattle, swine, goat and poultry raising and management. The HVCDP program focused discussion on vegetables production, mango propagation, rubber production and organic fertilizer farming.

During the opening program, Lt.C. Casimero Royme Tamparong, GSC said that many of those who applied for retirement stated the reasons for venturing into agri-business after the service in the military. “Time will come that your pension cannot anymore cater the increasing demands of your expenses. It is worthy na mag-invest kayo sa business, so you will not solely rely on your pension. You will have additional income, dagdag pagkain sa mesa at may exercise tuwing umaga,” he said.

On the second-day of training, the 89 participants were given a hands-on demonstration on mango grafting, rubber budding and poultry vaccination.

One of the participants, MSg Nestor Jumawan, 55 said that the kind of seminar the DA is giving is very much helpful for those who are interested in going into agribusiness. He said that he is particularly interested in livestock production and might start with the business once his retirement benefits are released.

Among the presentors and demonstrators during the seminar were DA Veterinarian Dr. Darwin Lloyd Sulay, Myra Gemeniano, Anita Gallebo, Lorena Cabatingan and Elmer Acoymo. (DA9)
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Strengthening BFTs in ZamPen October 4, 2011

All Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) operators from Zamboanga City, Isabela City (Basilan) and Zamboanga Sibugay participated in the first BFT Operator’s Summit held on October 10-11, 2011 at Tumaga Porcentro, Zamboanga City. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Efforts Toward Project Enhancement and Sustainability”.

Department of Agriculture IX – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) Chief Ferdinand Gamorot said that this is the first summit conducted in the region. The second summit will gather BFT operators from the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte. He also mentioned there are 19 BFTs regionwide targeted to be opened for the year 2011.

There are a total of 55 established Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs) regionwide since its first launching in 2008. Of the total established BFTs, 10 have temporarily stopped operation due to unprecedented issues on management transfers and finances, while all 45 are operating smoothly with an estimate of 1000 pesos income daily.

BFT Coordinator for Region IX Ms Trinidad S. Dela Cruz who represented AMAS Director Engr. Leandro H. Gazmin, in her message said that the BFT Operator’s Summit is the second phase of the BFT implementation to strengthen existing BFTs. “This is our vision. Palaguin at Patatagin, Mapaunlad ang mga BFTs” Ms Dela Cruz encourages the BFT managers to make project proposals and submit to DA-AMAD for evaluation. Once the project proposals have been approved, a grant assistance of P50,000.00 will be given to the BFT. The financial support can help cover operation costs, transport costs, equipment/facilities and additional capital.

The BFT Summit discussed the Techniques of Business Negotiation and Market Linkage Establishment presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Engr. Rolando Acuña; Credit Programs for Food Terminal Operators presented by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Development Assistance Head Lino Sustiguer and LBP – Zamboanga Lending Center Roel Tarroza.

Also included is the discussion on the guidelines on the requirements of the DA regional and national Search for Gawad Saka Outstanding BFT for LGU and Non-LGU Operators; which has a cash prize of P350,000.00 for the national winner. (DA9)
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DA 9 distribute cassava grater and presser to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi October 4, 2011

Some 46 units cassava grater and presser will be distributed by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field 9, Zamboanga Peninsula, to the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, before the year ends, as part of the commitment of DA Secretary Processo J. Alcala when he first visited Sulu early this year.

Cassava or pangi in the Muslim dialect is being eaten by most of the resident of the three provinces. It is abundant and available as most of the farmers are engaged in planting and selling cassava as their main livelihood. The distribution of cassava grater and presser can boost cassava production and help the cassava farmers in increasing their income.

Aside from being used as food and feed ingredients, cassava is also used in the manufacture of industrial products. It is used as a raw material in the production of ethanol. Moreover, cassava can be processed into different food products with higher economic value.
Edgardo Tabal, DA operations chief said cassava is included as the country’s major crops under the corn program. “It is also identified under the Department’s Food Staple and Stability Program (FSSP) as an alternative to rice, to minimize rice importation,” Tabal said who represented Regional Executive Director Carlos B. Mendoza during the recently concluded Technology Training and Program Orientation on Cassava For Food Project held in Zamboanga City.

Resource speakers were Dr. Candido Damo, national cassava project leader and Dr. Algerico Mariscal, professor, Philrootcrops, Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte. Topics discussed were the national cassava roadmap; regional interventions for cassava; and updates on the distribution of cassava planting materials; recommended cassava varieties for food; rapid propagation of cassava its nursery management; cassava cropping system; cultural management; postharvest practices; and cassava food preparations.

DR. Damo in his lecture said the DA has set a separate funding support to promote cassava and other root crops as major products. A combined team of root crops experts from DA, academe, state colleges and universities is preparing root crops program to be included in the Philippine Industry Development Roadmap that will serve as the guideline in the massive productions of root crops nationwide. He admitted that the country at present lagged behind other countries in Asia especially Thailand in the production of root crops. However, with the importance given to this commodity now, the country can be competitive in the years to come as far as production is concerned. On the other hand, Dr.Algerico Meniscal said that based on the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics Office (BAS), the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has the biggest consumption of cassava in the country, followed by Region 9, Bicol, Northern Mindanao, Sorsogon, and the National Capital Region,(NCR)as the lowest consumer. He said with the focus now on cassava production, the consumption of cassava in the country can be increased especially at the NCR by increasing awareness on its consumption, preparation, and other important uses.

The Philippine Industry Development Roadmap includes the issues and concern in the production of root crops in the country such as low of production; inadequate credit; low adoption of recommended cassava production technology; limited planting materials of quality and high yielding varieties; high cost of transportation; low cassava per capita consumption; low quality of primary products; and lack of location specific cassava production technology.

The training culminated the region’s commitment to spearhead massive root crops productions by conducting series of trainings, propagation of cassava seedlings and expansion of areas to be planted with cassava and other root crops that can maximize its production all over the Zamboanga Peninsula. (WPeñaflor/DA9)
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WMSU bags 1st place in 2011 poster making contest October 4, 2011

Amina Shyane B. Halil, Grade VI pupil of the Western Mindanao State University – Integrated Laboratory School bested 25 young artists from 13 different elementary levels from both public and private schools during the Poster Making Contest on September 29, 2011 held at the Cecille’s Convention Hall conference, Zamboanga City. Second and third places went to Raffyboy Lanoza of Catalina Vda. De Jalon Memorial School, and Anne-Nora Sakirin of San Jose Gusu Elementary School, respectively.

Highlighting the World food Day Celebration is the On-the-Spot poster Making Contest spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), and the National Agricultural and Fishery Council ( NAFC ).

This year’s theme “Food Prices: from Crisis to Stability,” is the concept of the poster and this was well interpreted by the kids in their work of art. Young as they are, they can still be a part of life’s advocacy to food security.

There were 13 schools who participated the contest these were: Tetuan Central School, Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Sta. Maria Central School, Zamboanga East Central School, Zion Evangelical School, Catalina Vda. De Jalon, Pilar College, San Roque Elementary School, San Jose Gusu Elementary School, Baliwasan Central School, Ferndale International School, Ebenezer School and WMSU- Integrated Laboratory School.

The official judges were Heriberto Payopelin, Jr. from DA, Isidro Floreta and Rorie Tan Aradanas, all Professional Artists.

Ms Amina Shyane B. Halil, the winner will represent the region to compete for the national level on October 12, 2011 in Manila. She will be doing an entirely new poster, on the spot, with a totally different design from her winning regional entry.

Judging will be in the afternoon of October 12 and awarding on October 13, 2011. The national winner will receive a cash prize of Fifteen Thousand pesos and none winning entries will receive a cash prize of one Thousand Pesos. The winner together with his/her escort will also be provided with an all-expense-educational tour including food and hotel accommodation sponsored by the National Agriculture and Fishery Council (NAFC). (ytavellaneda, DA-9)
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DECEMBER 2011
Prime Movers' Forum held in ZdN & ZSP
December 27, 2011
Brgy. Buenavista & Boalan IAs receives CIS worth 5MPhP December 22, 2011
Cooperatives get PhP1M Bio-N Mixing Plants December 21, 2011
NBACA conduct Year-End meeting in Zamboanga City December 15, 2011

Prime Movers' Forum held in ZdN & ZSP

Two Information Officers' fora were recently conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (DA-RAFID) in the provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula, first in Zamboanga del Norte and second in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Dubbed as the " Prime Movers' Forum: Advocating and mobilizing information officers towards food sufficiency. "the activity aims to Update participants with the Agri-Pinoy Programs on Rice, Corn, High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), Livestock and Special Projects; Discuss the roles of information officers;

To speed-up the dissemination of DA's programs, a networking of provincial and municipal information officers is needed to ensure that agricultural plans, programs and projects of the national government harmonize with their efforts in agricultural information.

Capability building follows after establishing a network with the LGUs. Topics discussed were: Updates on Advocacy and IEC Process and Strategies; The Role of Information Officers, Issues & Concerns and Networking; Social Mobilization and Communication Convergence; Production and Design of Advocacy and IEC Materials and Planning and Designing of Advocacy and IEC Campaigns.

These were shared by Noel T. Provido, a multi awarded writer and chief of the Information, Advocacy, Communications and Education (InfoACE) Unit under the Program Support Office (PSO) of the DA's Mindanao Rural Development Program,(DA-MRDP), Sherwin B. Manual, Information and Advocacy Specialist, also from DA-MRDP and Maria Melba B. Wee, Chief of DA-RAFID.

RED Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said that "We assure our support to the LGUs and encouraged for harmonious teamwork between the region and the LGUs. "

Dr. Aida P. Carino, Regional Technical Director for Planning,Policy and Research is hopeful that the pool of Information Officers regionwide would motivate the farmers and fisherfolk to be proud of their career as the nation's provider of food. She said, "We should look at agriculture as an enterprise and that there is money in agriculture, thus the farmers/fisherfolk can stand tall and proundly say, I am a farmer." She added "first, we have to develop and sustain agriculture before we shift to industrialization. Our strength is in agriculture. The farmers/fisherfolk can be profitable businessmen and you are the best group to disseminate this message."

The Prime Movers Forum for Zambonga del Sur participants is scheduled on the last week of January next year at the Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City. (ytavellaneda/DA9)
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Brgy. Buenavista & Boalan IAs receives CIS worth 5MPhP

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) turned over two Communal Irrigation System (CIS) to the Irrigators’ Associations (IAs) of Buenavista - Curuan and Boalan barangays in Zamboanga City on December 16 and 20, 2011, respectively.

In the turnover ceremony, Mr. Raul Ramon Bucoy, APCO for Zamboanga City represented RED Eduardo B. Holoyohoy. He reiterated his appeal to the irrigators to maintain, sustain the projects and pay the amortization on time. “More small scale irrigation projects will be constructed in this area to contribute to food staple sufficiency efforts of the government.” Bucoy also mentioned that the national government has increased the budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA) by next year; substantive amount is allocated for irrigation projects all over the country aimed to curtail or minimize the rice importation next year and make the country rice exporter by year 2014. Bucoy acknowledged the 100 % irrigation amortization of the IA’s of Buenvista as confirmed by the NIA officials. He assured that with the good performance, he hopes to recommend to the Department of Agriculture and Zamboanga City government in continuing to support and to establish more agricultural projects to increase the income of the rice farmers.

In Buenavista, Curuan, the Pump Irrigation system completed project is the 40 thousand litres Reservoir (potable water) with water pipes distribution to the different household around 66 beneficiaries with service area of 50 hectares. The project cost is Php 2.5Million. While in Boalan, the project include the concreting of 200 meters irrigation canal, 75 meters rip rapping of river wall and the rehabilitation of cross bridge with service area of 60 hectares and 60 beneficiaries. The projects total cost is PhP 2.5Million, payable within the prescribe period agreed. Both projects was turned over by Engr. Benedicto Isagani Pulis, Jr., Irrigation Management office head, ZAMBASULTA, to the president of the Buenavista and Boalan irrigators association in two separate turnover ceremonies.

Ms Leni Enriquez, senior institutional officer of the NIA, region 9, said under the law, NIA will still retain supervision of the different communal irrigation systems. The IAs will manage, maintain and sustain the operation while under amortization depending on the number of years agreed. The ownership of the projects can only be transferred to the irrigators after they will be able to pay, or the LGU, the 30% amortization of the total amount of the cost of the construction of the projects to the national government thru NIA. For 2011, NIA were able to complete and turnover three CIS projects in Zamboanga City. They are located in Barangay Lapaz, Buenavista and Boalan. Among those present during the turnover ceremonies were Hon. Lilia M. Nuño, IA Federation Preseident Hdja. Aida Nuño Loong, officials and employees of DA, NIA, DA, OCA, Barangay, and rice farmers.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is a government owned and controlled corporation primarily responsible for irrigation development and management in the Philippines. It supervises the operation, maintenance and repair, or otherwise administer temporarily all communal and pump irrigation systems constructed, improved or repaired wholly, partially with government funds. NIA also charge and collect from the beneficiaries of water from all irrigation system constructed by or under its administration such fees or administration charges. (WPeñaflor, CCadiz, DA9)
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Cooperatives get PhP1M Bio-N Mixing Plants

Two cooperatives in Region 9 recently received 500 thousand pesos each from the National Food Authority – Corn Development Fund. In coordination with the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) Bio-tech and the University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB), the fund was granted for the establishment of a Bio-N Mixing Plant.

Recipients were the the Siarri Valley Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SVARBEMCO) in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte and Lapuyan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAPMUCO) in Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur.

The project aims to enhance efficiency of corn production, provide stable, reliable and affordable supply of Bio-N and at the same time gives profitable business enterprise to coops as briefed by Mr. Eduardo A. Jarcia of National Food Authority – Technical Research and Services Department and one of the members of the Bio-N Technical Working Group.

During the turnover, Mr. Reynaldo Campomanes, Agricultural Provincial Coordinator (APCo) for Zamboanga del Norte who represented RED Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said in his message that “the use of Bio-N will help farmers minimize its cost of production especially nowadays with the high cost of chemical fertilizer available in the market.”

BIOTECH was established in 1980s to help address this problem. One of the mandates of BIOTECH is to search for alternative fertilizer technologies in line with the government’s thrust on energy conservation. Since then the search for alternative fertilizers started.

BIO-N was initially developed at Biotech in 1985. In 2003 the DA initially provided budget for the development and extension of BIO-N for value crops.

For now, there are five Bio-N mixing plants in the region to include the two newly launched projects. The P500,000 grant includes Hammer Mill, Mixer, Oven Dryer, Pressure Cooker and Laboratory supplies. (YTAvellaneda/DA9)
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NBACA conduct Year-End meeting in Zamboanga City

The Department of Agriculture-National Bids and Awards Committee Association (DA-NBACA) conducted a three-day meeting at Garden Orchid Hotel recently.

Dr. Aida P. Carino, Regional Technical Director (RTD) of DA RFU 9, lauded the officers and members of the association for holding their year-end meeting in Zamboanga City during the opening program.

She commended the group for the important and memorable affair in the City. Carino was confident that the association will be able to come up with resolutions to resolve issues and concerns to complete the DA Customized Procurement Manual (CPM) that will be incorporated to the Official Bids and Awards national guidelines; for one direction, mission and vision to lessen the problem in equipment procurement for the agency.

She also conveyed to the participants her sharing of experiences and delightful moments as member and the Vice President for Luzon of the association, when she was then the RTD of DA RFU 4A. Cariño also encouraged the participants from other regions to take advantage of their stay in the Asia’s Latin City by visiting the tourist attraction such as the popular Paseo del Mar, Pasonanca Park, Fort Pilar and other places in the City, particularly the widely popular Canelar Barter Trade centre.

The three-day meeting focused on the agreement of the resolutions approved during the past meetings held in the different regions, presentation and critiquing of the updated CPM, year-end updates on the DA-NBACA accomplishment and action planning of the association for the coming year.

The series of meeting conducted by the association is as an offshoot to the training on procurement process conducted by the World Bank last June 1-3, 2009 in Bacolod City, a Special Order No.429 dated August 14, 2009 was issued for the creation of a National Bid and Awards Committee (BAC) association for the department which was later refer to as the Department of Agriculture- National Bids and Awards Committee Association (DA-NBACA).The association is composed of the DA BAC chair, BAC secretariat chairs and BAC TWG head for RFUs, bureaus, attached agencies and government- owned and controlled corporations.

The association shall be responsible for enhancing/improving the capability of the BAC members thru continuous training and capacity building as well as in facilitation of resolutions of issues/concerns on procurement.

The association aims to promote the government principles on government procurement among the members of this association which are transparency and competitiveness in the procurement process, accountability, streamlined process and public monitoring.
The NBACA also strengthens various BAC’s functions and processes in developing a network to assist any member of the association who is subject of a suit or legal action in the performance of his/her official function as BAC member; and to assist any BAC chapter conducting post-qualification of a certain bidder coming from other regions.

The association has the following major accomplishment; to conduct series of orientations/fora re: Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for RA 9184 of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB), establish linkage/coordination with GPPB, conduct of quarterly meeting alternately sponsored by the regions, sharing of experiences resulted in resolution of procurement-related problems, creation of Website for DA-NBACA, ratified the constitution and by-laws of the association and registration (in process). The participants were treated to sightseeing on the tourist attractions of the city before their departure to their respective regions all over the country. (WNP/CC, DA9)
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JANUARY 2012
8th PAFC Summit supporting opportunities for Mindanao
January 26, 2012
Zambo Farmers complete FFS January 25, 2012

8th PAFC Summit suppoting opportunities for Mindanao
Zamboanga City holds the 8th Mindanao-wide Provincial Agricultural and Fisheries Council (PAFC) with over 300 participants composed of provincial and municipal AFC officials and members to include famer and fishery leaders, youth and women (from regions 9,10,11,12,13 and ARMM). The summit was held recently at the Regency Convention Center in Pasonanca, ZC.

During the opening program, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, who represented Mayor Lobregat, in his speech said, “The local government unit under our administration is effectively addressing the problems affecting the agriculture and fisheries sectors with the Office of the City Agriculturist taking the lead in all efforts that promote production, protection and research and development of agri-fishery commodities with strong private participation. Last year, we implemented over P152.58 million worth of agri-fisheries related infrastructure broken down as follows: Irrigation – P21.51 million, Farm-to-market roads – P129.89 million and seaweed dryers amounting to P 1.81 million. This year, I am sure, the figures have tripled.”

Referring to Mindanao as the food basket of the country, he said, “Focus was also given to the implementation of RA 10068 or the Organic Act of 2010 to promote and develop organic agriculture in the city. This is expected to increase productivity, reduce environmental degradation and prevent depletion of natural resources, protect the health of the farmers and help cut expenses on imported farm inputs. We hope to have completed the construction, rehabilitation and improvement of 14 irrigation structures amounting to P32.8 million, construction of 12 prototype seaweed dryers/stilt dryers worth P11.1 million, strengthening of rural-based organizations, the conduct of livelihood trainings and farm demonstrations before the year ends.”

In his message, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy also pronounced and appeal to the AFCs to help DA amplify the mission of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of food security thru the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP). “Rice is not the only staple available in our country. Let us learn to eat other staples like corn grits, cassava, gabi or taro, sweet potato, banana and adlai or jobs tears.”

The summit discussed lectures on Guidelines for Halal Food, Roadmap on Coconut Industry, Organic fertilizer, White Corn as staple food, Cassava value chain, Fertilizer and pesticides registration and licensing, DA-DILG Joint Administrative Order No.1 for closed season sardine fishing, Legislative Agenda Under the 15th Congress and DA Priority Legislation, Climate Change, PCA Zamboanga Research Center, and the Proposed AFC Monitoring forms.

Edgardo C. Codilla, President, RAFC Chairmen Association also presented the AFC Mandates and its Manual of Operations; and discussed its amendments for submission and final approval by the Secretary of Agriculture and the National AFC.

Participants of the summit also took the time to visit the Philippine Coconut Authority – Zamboanga Research Center in San Ramon, Zamboanga EcoZone and Free port, and the NJB Dairy Farm in Ayala.

The most pressing of all concerns of the AFC is the fund for mobilization. Mr. Benjamin Donor, the national NAFC representative and National Coordinator for region suggested that the whole Mindanao will prepare resolutions for the release of mobilization fund for the RAFC/PAFC Coordinators and this to be signed by all counterparts. Mr. Donor said that in all his capacity he will bring the concern to the higher authority.
The conduct of the summit is cooperated by the RAFC-IX Chairman Rudy Iglesias, Regional Coordinator Ms Buduriya Parawan, the City Agriculturist Office, CAFC Chair Vicente Gregorio and the Department of Agriculture.#(YTA/CC)
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Zambo Farmers complete FFS January 25, 2012
Some 30 farmers, housewives and out-of-school youths of barangay Tagasilay, Vitali, Zamboanga City completed and received their certificate of completion for the season-long Farmers Field School (FFS) on Palay Check last Jan 18, 2012. Sixteen weeks or four months classroom and on-field classes started in October 2011 conducted by the Office of City Agriculturist in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 9. The FFS aims to transfer the latest and comprehensive rice technology in an effort to help the government in its self - sufficiency in rice production by 2013 and the years to come and increase the income of the farmers.

Representing DA Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy, Raul Ramon Bucoy, agricultural program coordinator (APCO) for Zamboanga City stressed the needs of the farmers, housewives and out-of-school youths to know the latest technologies on rice production due to the increase of population. The farmers also need to be self- reliant in rice productions, profitable and knowledgeable on how to plant the newly develop varieties of rice that can grow in drought, submerged and saline areas.

The Palay Check System is a technology that ensures higher yield once all the checks are properly followed. The Farmers Field School (FFS) is a group based learning process that has been used by a number of governments, NGOs and international agencies to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM).The first FFS was designed and managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Indonesia in 1989. Since then more than two million farmers across Asia participated in this season-long training.

Present during the occasion were the Barangay Chairman and their members, OCA and DA staff and some residents of the barangay. (WPeñaflor/DA9)
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FEBRUARY 2012
DA supports Farmers strategic Planning Workshop in ZaNorte
February 2, 2012

DA supports Farmers strategic Planning Workshop in Za Norte
Two cassava strategic Planning workshops will be conducted in Zamboanga del Norte on February 7-8 at Dapatan, Manukan and Feb. 9-10 in Miatan, Katipunan.

The activity is spearheaded by six municipalities namely; Dipolog, Dapitan, Polanco, Katipunan, Roxas and Manukan ( DDPKaRoMa) chaired by the Provincial Governor, Atty. Rolando E. Yebes in partnership with the Department of Agriculture under the leadership of RED Eduardo B. Holoyohoy.

A counterpart of P30,000 and technical assistance were extended by the Department and will be sending three technical staff to join the workshops; Felizardo M. Salomes, Ahmad Nahul and Vicente G. Balingit.

Fifty farmers for each workshop are expected to actively participate in the strategic planning. Expected outputs are the crafting of vision and mission statements for the next ten years, Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis and action planning.

Facilitators would come from the project management office of DDPKaRoMa, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU). (ytavellaneda/DA9)

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