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JANUARY 2012
Zambo Farmers complete FFS
January 25, 2012
8th PAFC Summit supporting opportunities for Mindanao January 26, 2012

Zambo Farmers complete FFS
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)
TOP | JANUARY NEWS




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)
TOP | JANUARY NEWS




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)
TOP | FEBRUARY NEWS


MARCH 2012
DA & DTI join for Rubber Stakeholder Forum
March 7, 2012
Pinoy throws 3 tbsp rice daily, says Delima March 4, 2012
Youth gets informed March 2, 2012

DA & DTI join for Rubber Stakeholder Forum
Over 100 participants in attendance to the regional rubber stakeholders’ forum held recently in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. The Department of Agriculture RFU9 and Department of Trade and Industry jointly conducted a forum to gather rubber stakeholders and rubber processors to consult in the finalizing the regional Value Chain Map for Rubber Crumb.

During the opening program, RED Eduardo Holoyohoy said that rubber is an important commodity and a priority commodity under the DA- High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), where “we are expecting more lands to be planted with rubber.” “Rubber is one of the best alternatives to reforestation.” he said.

The forum in coordination with other agencies presented Updates of the National Greening Program (DENR), Rubber market-opportunities, investment priority plans (Board of Investment), Rubber Roadmap (DA) and the Value Chain Map Analysis (DTI).

Topping the issues and concerns yet to be resolved is the widespread use of “battery solution” as coagulant that makes inferior quality rubber. Despite the passing of the Provincial and municipal ordinances in the total banning/ stop usage on the use of Battery Solution in rubber, there is still the need to correct this malpractice of rubber farmers.

Moreover, the Technical Education, Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) will open a special course on Rubber Tapping, where rubber tappers will be properly trained and given license and certification.

Among those present in supporting for the maintenance and sustainability of the rubber industry in Zamboanga were DTI Asst Dir. Sittie Amina Jain, DA- AMAD Chief Ferdinand Gamorot, Regional Rubber Research Coordinator Engr Roger Bagaforo, DTI Provincial Director Edito Lumacang, Dante Oporto (DENR), Engr Nestor Arcansalin (BOI), Ferdinand Lazo (FIDA), Mr. Bonnie Tan (Makilala, Cotabato), Mr. Jun Calmohoy, Mr. Orlando Sta.Teresa, Mayor Joel Maturan and other representatives from DA, TESDA, and DOLE.# (DA9)
TOP | MARCH NEWS



Pinoy throws 3 tbsp rice daily, says Delima
It could have fed the nation for three years, says Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante S. Delima in his message during the recent First Mindanao Sustainable Organic Agriculture Congress and Agro-eco Tourism Fair held in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. “Tulo ka kutsarang luto ang atong mausik matag adlaw. Ug ato kining pilo-piluon sa sa 94 ka milyong Pilipino makapakaon kini nato sulod sa tulo ka tuig” (We waste three tablespoons of rice each day. If we multiply this by 94 million Filipinos, this could feed us for three years).

“Our per capita consumption of rice is 119 kilos compared to Vietnam which is only 80 kg and Malaysia 60 kg.,” Delima said. This is one of the reasons why rice should be eaten right to avoid wastage

Delima who is also the national rice program director said that food sufficiency in 2013 is attainable. By then, “ang tanan natong bugas produkto na sa mag-uumang Pinoy (our rice will be solely produced by Filipino farmers),” he said. In 2010, rice importation totaled 2.4 million metric tons. But Delima said that when Proceso J. Alcala took the reigns as DA Secretary, rice importation went down at 800 thousand metric tons in 2011. This year, because of the calamities, the country will import 500 thousand metric tons which is only 21 percent compared in 2010.

With 2013 as the target date for food sufficiency, Delima urged stakeholders to assist government of its cause to feed the nation. Banking on the youth as part of nation building, he lamented on their choice especially the children of farmers and fisherfolk who prefer to take all courses except agriculture. “Food is a basic need and being an agricultural country, there are more opportunities for those who will choose agriculture as a course,” Delima quipped.

Meanwhile, with DA Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy, and Organic Agriculture Consultant Teresita P. Saniano, Assec. Delima visited the women’s group in Tigbao who call themselves Kahugpungan s a recipient of a half million organic vegetable project from the DA’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP). He also visited the DA’s Research Outreach Station in Betinan, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur where he saw an array of rice varieties, soybeans, peanuts, and adlai. He passed by the Regional Crop Protection Center in Molave, where he observed biological control agents for rice, corn, and vegetables. He had a dialogue with the Ramon Magsaysay Mayor Pacifico B. Bulahan, Jr, and the Officials of Barangay Wakat, also in RM, headed by Chairwoman Nieves Cabasag. He verbalized support to sustain the Organic Agriculture Program of Dumingag Municipality led by Mayor Nacianceno M. Pacalioga. (Melba B. Wee, DA 9)
TOP | MARCH NEWS



Youth gets informed
Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur – Six public and private Secondary Schools actively participated in the Information Dissemination Drive recently conducted by the Department of Agriculture’s Mindanao Rural Development Program - Natural Resources Management (DA-MRDP – NRM) in partnership with Local Government Unit.

Participating schools were composed of three (3) public and three (3) private schools namely: Balintawak National High School, Torribio Minor National High School, Pax High School, Margosatubig Academy, Margosatubig Friendship School of Arts and Trade, and Kalian National High School.

The Information Drive was conducted to increase the level of awareness of the recipient municipality to include students about the various subprojects that their municipality had availed in the program like the Agro-forestry, Fish Sanctuary and Mangrove Rehabilitation. Pamphlets in Visayan version entitled “Fish Sanctuary,” “Pagpanilipud sa Kabakhawan”, “Ang Kagasangan: Ampingan ug Panalipdan” and an NRM poster, bearing the idea of “Caring for the Environment from Mountains to Seas,” were given to the students and faculty of the school which served as support reading materials. Video clips of the Natural Resources found in the region were also shown which greatly aroused the interests of the students.

The students verbalized support to protect the resources of the forests and the seas, one of which is proper disposal of garbage even outside the campus. They were also able to enumerate the DA-MRDP components, NRM projects in their area including the marine species that Margos is known for.

The Info Drive also promoted Agriculture as a course of choice as it offers vast opportunities to include financial gains as the Philippines is an agricultural country.

The teachers and the LGU were thankful for the opportunity gained from the activity. “We wish to have another Information Drive that will cater the college students,” says Ms Ludivina Salazar, MPMIU Head of Margos. This will be their next step in the near future.

The three-day activity was spearheaded by Ms Maria Melba B. Wee, DA- RAFID Chief and MRDP InfoACE Focal Person, Ms Flordeliza Saladaga, Agricultural Technologist and Mr. Teresito Tano, the NRM – IKM Officer of the Municipality. (Jessa Mae C. Mapula, DA-9)
TOP | MARCH NEWS



APRIL 2012
Agri-information officers attend writing workshop
April 24, 2012
Makilas Farmers exposure trip April 3, 2012


Agri-information officers attend writting workshop
Sixteen regions participated in the three-day training workshop on news, features and technical writing at El Cielito hotel in Makati City, recently.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) gathered 40 participants nationwide from all of its regional offices to hone the Information Officers’ writing skills and broaden their knowledge on the newest trend in news writing.

DA Agriculture and Fisheries Information Service (AFIS) director Noel O. Reyes said that the training aims to rehash and retool writers in the different regions to be able to capture space in the national papers. “It is about time to learn new ways of writing with our new way of technology,” he said.

Reyes also mentioned that this is the fourth training conducted by AFIS after the trainings on radio broadcasting (for farmcasters), desktop publication and photography. In the pipeline are scriptwriting and video production. that had been conducted through the AFIS, and the current training is fourth.

“This kind of training will continually improve our writing skills. It will increase our capacity to write more stories for more people, thus become effective information officers providing quality service and sharing the right information.” said media production specialist Anna Delza Barimbao from region VII.

Information officer II Nasrulah Dilangalen from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said that he ponders on the thought of “good writers are good readers, they write to express not impress.” Dilangalen believes that the future trainings are opportunities for learning new things and cope with the latest trends from the quad-media. “This will sharpen one’s skill and set higher and better standards for both the writer and the audience,” he said.

Among the resource speakers are GMA-7 news reporter Rawna Crisostomo, Copywriter and magazine editor Rosemarie Galvez, Philippine Star business editor Roman Floresca, Agriculture writer, Rudy Fernandez and PUP Professor Rolando Henson.#(DA9,CRC/YTA)
TOP | APRIL NEWS



Makilas Farmers exposure trip
With a 3.6 million village-type corn postharvest processing center in Makilas, Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay, at least 40 corn farmers from a multi-purpose coopeartive and women’s association joined the exposure trip yesterday to the corn farm of Mr. Leonardo Talania in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte.

The activity aims to encourage corn farmers in Makilas and its neighboring barangays to strengthen corn production since the Department of Agriculture (DA) established a village type corn post harvest facility in their area.

The Makilas Cooperative and Caparan Women’s association are also beneficiaries of the DA’s Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) under its Community Fund for Agricultural Project (CFAD). They both received a grant of P 225,000 each which is intended for their corn project.

The exposure trip was initiated through the DA’s Corn banner program and its research division in partnership with PLGU- Sibugay province and MLGU Ipil. In the morning, as the group walked through the farm in different growth stages, Talania explained his best practices in corn production.

In the afternoon, lectures were conducted including the presentations of Monsanto and Biostadt seed companies. On the issue of financing scheme, the group was informed that the First Valley Bank is giving individual loans to farmers just like in Pagadian City.

DA Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy for his part encouraged the farmers to plant more corn and utilize the newly established post harvest facility in their place which ready market for their produce.

The Makilas Coop committed to “maximize our resources in corn faming that we may achieve the expansion target.” Ipil Municipal Agriculturist Edgar Apao said “we will support you with the fertilizer discount; we will increase the four sacks per farmer to six sacks/farmer and we will also allocate budget for trainings like Farmers’ Field Schools. (FFS). Representative from the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay, Rene Rosales said “ we will give our 101% service.”

Felizardo Salomes, Corn program coordinator assured the participants of an all-out support of the department. “We put things in place that we may start right and end up successful,”he disclosed. (ytavellaneda/DA9)


MAY 2012
Young farmer returns home after Japan
May 29, 2012
DA awards 10 Regional Winner for 2012 Gawad Saka Search May 29, 2012
DA9 releases P1M for Fiber May 22, 2012


Young farmer returns home after Japan
Ryan Beronguez Sechico is one of 12 grantees of the committee of ASEAN Young Farmer Leaders Training Program in Ken, Japan. Sechico, from Barangay Balangao, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay province passed a series of exams conducted by the Department of Agriculture under the Farm Youth Development Program (FYDP) in coordination with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) through the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan (YFFTPJ).

Sechico qualified for the batch 2011 of YFFTPJ after the 75-day Pre-Departure Orientation Course (PDOC) from January to April 2011. The PDOC consists of two module courses in Davao and Manila that equipped the grantee with learning on the culture, discipline, language, technical skills and modern farming technologies of Japan. These courses prepared him on his stay in Japan from May 2011 to April 2012.

In his 11-month stay in Hyogo, Ken, Japan; Sechico specialized in rice and vegetable farming while living with his host family. His host family also trained him in livestock, orchard and wheat production. He shared that Japanese farming culture is totally different from our place. The Japanese are very hard-working and barely have time to chit chat. Their farms are highly run by machines htat it would only need two to five people to manage up to fifty hectares of farmland from farm preparation to harvesting. “Although we can’t totally copy the farming technology of Japan, we can still use the discipline and innovate from the new ideas that I learned from my host family and I will share it with my co-farmers in our region.” he said.

The YFFTPJ is a collaboration program of the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) in partnership with the local government units, JAEC alumni association of the Philippines and the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC) under the Department of Agriculture that envisions to equip our young farmers with modern skills and technologies that can help improve the farming system and livelihood of the Filipinos. (Roxan D. Ortaleza, DA9) TOP | MAY NEWS




DA awards 10 Regional Winner for 2012 Gawad Saka Search
A cash award of P25,000 (Individual) and P30,000 (Group), certificate of recognition and a trophy are given to outstanding agricultural achievers this year.

In the yearly celebration of the Regional Farm Family Forum (RFFF) conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), 10 outstanding farmers were awarded and recognized as to managing success in agriculture and fishery livelihood.

The winners will represent region IX in the national gawad saka search in the different categories: Outstanding Rice Farmer (Integrated) Annie E. Sitjar from Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding Rice Farmer (Hybrid) Raymund L. Teoganco Jr. from Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding Organic Farmer Teodolo F. Badillo from Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding High Value Crop Farmer Nestor C. Balolong from Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte, Outstanding Fisherfolk (Fish Culture) Roberto Ballon from Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Outstanding Coconut Farmer Barsiliso F. Mabasca from San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding Farm Family Rogelio Maata Sr. and family from Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding Young Farmer Organization Monte Verde 4-H Club from Culianan, Zamboanga City, Outstanding Small Farmer Organization - People’s, Officials, Employees, Community Multipurpose Cooperative (POEMCO) from Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte, and the Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) Women’s Grand Alliance for Development from Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur.

During the program, DA regional executive director said that in the 29th year celebration of the RFFF, the theme “4-H @ 60: Looking Back from Humble Beginnings and Moving to New Challenges & Opportunities” enlivens the spirit of the participants amidst the economic difficulties we experience, there is still hope for a brighter future in the farms.

The two-day event was held at the Meriam College Gymnasium in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province gathering over 300 delegates from 4H clubs, Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC) and Farmer Associations (FA) region wide. # (Marnette Daguro, DA9)
TOP | MAY NEWS



DA9 releases P1M for Fiber
Total of one million pesos was given to the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) in region IX for the production of abaca seedlings.

FIDA Administrator Cecilia Gloria J. Soriano received the check of P1M from Department of Agriculture IX Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy during the turnover ceremony held at WESMIARC, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay recently.

During the conduct of the Abaca Regional Stakeholders meeting and Validation of the Value-Chain Analysis on Abaca, Administratrix Soriano expressed her gratitude and support to the abaca promotion in the region, saying “Many innovations have been discovered with the use of the abaca parts such as making lotions and soaps, tea filters and more that it opens doors for entrepreneurship and exporting.” Soriano said “with the additional planting materials, the farmers will have more opportunities to boost their income through growing abaca.”

RED Holoyohoy is confident that with the fund provided to FIDA, abaca will surely make a positive contribution in abaca production. He said, “It is covered by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the DA Regional Field Unit (RFU-IX) and FIDA-IX will procure and distribute 50,000 pieces of disease-free abaca planting materials to identified abaca and rubber-planting farmers regionwide.”

FIDA-IX regional director Dr. Olympio Macarayan also said that the office is very grateful for the support of DA and RED Holoyohoy who granted additional resources to the abaca farmers to address their lack of planting materials.

DA RFU IX supports the abaca program, as it is identified as one of the champion commodities in the region as well as an important intercrop in rubber production areas. Abaca serves as an alternative source of income for rubber producers during the gestation stage of rubber.

The P1 Million fund is part of last year's fund of High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), and another P9 Million for abaca will be downloaded subject to the success of the project implementation.# (Roxan Ortaleza, DA9)
TOP | MAY NEWS




JUNE 2012
DA salutes 42 loyal employees
June 27, 2012
DA geotags agricultural funded projects June 18, 2012
Irrigators' Association receive farm machineries from DA June 17, 2012


DA salutes 42 loyal employees
On its 114th anniversary, the Department of Agriculture recognized employees who have served the office and its clients with excellence. This year's theme says "Sa matuwid na daan pagkain ay sapat, kabuhayan ay angat."

Employees who served for 40 years are Phil S. Dormitorio, Juanito Y. Loquias and Valeria S. Tolomia. For 35 years are Evangeline S. Cortez, Jaime I. Delfino, Gloria B. Jaylo, Apja S. Salim and Fe S. Sambulan. Thirty years were Russendyll L. Acuna, Antonio B. Calupez, Silvano DC Corpuz, Jr., Ferdinand D. Gamorot, Jose L. Isagani and Rowena I. Pajes and Habib Robbam Shariffcammah. For 25 years are Priscilla C. Jover, Carlito A. Larubis, Danilo C. Rodriguez, Delia M. Rodriguez, Crisente A. Sisican and Filipinieta P. Tuzon. Twenty years are Antonio P. Barredo, Crispin T. Castro, Jr, Isabelito D. Montecino and Jaime D. Sabijon. For 15 years are Junas P. Araya, Stephen A. Gonzales and Darwin Lloyd D. Sulay. For 10 years are Erlinda J. Baldorado, Cherry Vic R. Cadiz, Edgardo M. Cuanan, Eufracio S. Endaya II, Mary Joy P. Flores, Marie France Q. Jalao, Cynthia G. Litigio, Wajidda B. Majuddin, Ahmad A. Nahul, Ma. Criselda SJ Olarte, Bartolome R. Ombrezo, Josefina I. Sarad, Arcele P. Templa and Roque A. Tornandizo. Awardees were given cash and a plaque of service and loyalty yesterday at the grounds of the DA's Bureau of Plant Industry at the Port Area in Zamboanga City.

Phil Dormitorio, Farm Supervisor assigned at the Research Center in Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay said " I am proud working with the Department of Agriculture. This agency allowed my children to finish their studies." No matter how big or small the demand of the job is "we just have to work and do our share," Dormitorio added. " Valeria Tolomia, Sr. Agriculturist assigned at the Soils Laboratory said she spent half of her life with the DA and proud to meet "my one true love in this office. I traveled regionwide even in some critical areas to get soil samples for testing for the benefit of the farmers." She cited official travels outside the region as an indirect incentive and at the same time an opportunity for learning. Dormitorio and Tolomia served the DA for 40 years.

In behalf of Civil Service Commission Regional Director Macybell Alfaro Sahi, Alvin Araneta said that the civil servants are the best resources to sustain the mandates of any agency. "This activity is a manifestation of DA's support to its employees. Recognizing the loyalty and continuous service of the men and women in this agency will encourage them to exert more effort in the pursuit of food security."

For his part, DA Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said "we are facing the challenge of food staple sufficiency in 2013. I am sure that we can attain this with all your support and with the divine intervention because weather condition is not within our control." RED Holoyohoy also inducted the newly elected set of officers for the DA's Multipurpose Cooperative with Ferdinand Gamorot as the Chairman, Engr. Luisita M. Abella as Vice Chairman and five Board of Directors namely: Edgardo B. Tabal, Jaime T. Delfino, Constancio G. Alama, Engr. Gwendolyn B. Folgo and Engr. Roger Bagaforo. Also inducted were the Accountant, General Manager, Treasurer, Book Keeper, Secretary and the committees on Audit, Election, Training, Credit.

The anniversary also converged 21 attached agencies of the Department : ATI, BAI, BAS, BFAR, BPI, BSWM, FIDA, FPA, NABCOR, NDA, NFA, NIA, NMIS, NSQCS, PCA, PCA-ZRC, PCC, PCIC, PFDA, RAFC and QUEDANCOR. A sports fest was also held to foster camaraderie among the DA family. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) championed Volleyball men and women, Badminton women, Dart women, and Table Tennis men, while Badminton men, Chess, Bowling, Dart and Table Tennis women division were garnered by the National Food Authority (NFA). The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) bested all agencies in Basketball. Having the most number of points, NFA was declared the overall champion. (Melba Wee, DA 9)
TOP | JUNE NEWS



DA geotags agricultural funded projects
Both local and foreign funded projects are targets of the newest innovation of the Department of Agriculture –ITCAF program on Matuwid na DAAN (Department of Agriculture Accountability Network).

DAAN aims to geotag the different farm-to-market roads (FMR) postharvest and irrigation projects in all regions. This will later be available for the public to be accessed on a specified website, or through the Google Earth application.

DA-CO IT staff Froilan Robles said that the idea came from the ITCAF Director Gary Fantastico where a nationwide geo tagging will be conducted to document all priority projects and accomplishments under Secretary Proceso J. Alcala’s leadership that started in June 2010. Robles said “We will be here for two weeks to gather all necessary data. We are done in Zamboanga City, today we have scheduled Zamboanga del Sur, and next week will be Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay. We hope to finish before June 25 for the Launching of the Matuwid na DAAN website.”

Robles is travelling with another IT staff Bernardo Cunanan. “Soon all details of the different projects will be available online. We capture pictures and specifications, in every city and province, nationwide.” said Cunanan.

Using a geo-tag device, one can gather data on the projects’ exact location defining it coordinates on the map.

According to DA 9 ICT head Gilbert Almazan, this project is very favorable. This will help the local government units to view the projects and accomplishments in agriculture on the internet. “There will be no duplication of project request, for example on farm-to-market roads where it will clearly show that an FMR is already in place in a specific location. The public will also have access to view all these, and they can check if the project is really existing or not.” he said.

Geotagging (also written as GeoTagging) is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as a geotagged photograph or video, websites, SMS messages, QR Codes or RSS feeds and is a form of geospatial metadata. This data usually consists of latitude and longitude coordinates, though they can also include altitude, bearing, distance, accuracy data, and place names. (Wikipedia)

DA’s 114th anniversary is set on June 25 to coincide with the launching of the Matuwid na DAAN website to be held in Manila.#(CC/DA9)
TOP | JUNE NEWS



Irrigators' Association receive farm machineries from DA
Seventeen farm tractors and six rice threshers were accepted by representatives from different Irrigators’ Association (IA) in Zamboanga del Sur during a turnover ceremony held at the Department of Agriculture (DA) RFU IX, in Lenienza, Pagadian City recently.

23 Irrigators’ Associations availed of the On-Farm and Post Harvest Mechanization Program of the DA after the approval of their proposals with compliance of the 85%-15% payment scheme for the farm machineries.

“Instead of giving the machines to the farmers for free, we made the 85%-15% payment scheme, in which they have to pay for the 15% as their counterpart so that they will feel ownership and take more care of the machineries,” explained Winifreda P. Jose, DA Regional Rice Action officer.

The irrigators associations were very thankful of the program. “We really can’t afford to buy tractor for our association because it is too expensive. This program of DA really helps a lot because we only have to give minimal counterpart,” according to Mr. Jose S. Momongan, TIMPOBIA President.

Mrs. Genara T. Lantaca, PAGSUDOM Irrigators Association president, added that with the machine they availed they can now help with the program of the government of increasing food production because they can now increase their farm yield with the help of the tractor. Moreover, they will also make a policy for the maintenance of the machines so that they can use it for a long period of time.

The National Irrigation Authority (NIA) as represented by Engr. Salvio Retes assures that they will help in the monitoring of the use of the machines and to continue to work hand in hand with the DA to reach the goal for rice sufficiency in the country.

For 2012, the DA is accepting proposals from interested irrigators associations, cooperatives, and organizations who want to avail of the 2012 program subject to the guidelines prepared by the department.# (Roxan Ortaleza, DA9)
TOP | JUNE NEWS



JULY 2012
Upland Rice Development Program in the Region
July 25, 2012

Upland Rice Development Program in the Region
A total of forty participants attended the recently conducted Regional stakeholders Upland Rice Development Program (URDP) in Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay.

The Upland Rice Development Program aims to promote sustainable farming systems and practices in the upland farming communities that will help farmers increase their yields and income; and to develop a sustainable models of locally organized Community-based Seed Banks (CSB) and a viable seed production system;

As presented by Mr. Gilbert Romarez of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) , the country’s production capacity is only averaging from 1.5 to 2.0 tons per hectare. If this marginalized upland rice farms will be given the proper technology and assistance, it is estimated that its yield will increase to 4.0 to 4.5 t/ha which is significant enough to complement the production in the lowland and irrigated areas. Some areas like Region 10 have shown that with improved management technologies with Traditional Varieties (TVs) its 4.16 to 6.5 t/ha and with Modern Varieties (MVs) its 3.13-6.7 t/ha.

Mr. Ruben B. Miranda, National URDP leader said that “the establishment of CSB will help solve the lack of seed problem; utilization of quality seeds; and accessibility of seeds.”

The National URDP is strengthening its program by creating regional Agripinoy URDP team that will lead in the regions. The team is headed by the DA Regional Director and representatives coming from DA, PhilRice, IRRI, ATI, BSWM, NSQCS, BAS, NFA, PCIC, DENR, DAR, DSWD, Landbank, SUCs, NGOs, NCIP, PLGUs, MLGUs, CLGUs and Upland Farmers’ Organizations (UFOs).

Each agency was given their tasks as to their roles and responsibilities in the URDP Agri-Pinoy. The regions’s target for 2011-2013 is 6,169 hectares. (ytavellaneda/DA9) Long before the government has been involved with the organic farming movement, the organic practitioners in Zamboanga del Sur already exist in few numbers and strived to survive by practicing and experimenting with various natural, indigenous, and ecologically-friendly farm inputs and machineries.

With the approval of Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, funds have been poured out for the Organic Agriculture program all throughout the country. For this fiscal year, a budget of P18 Million is approved to address the needs of organic practitioners in the region as grant.

In order to avail of the grant, the group of organic farmers or the organization needs to make a proposal regarding their needs in which this has to be submitted in the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU) for approval.

While this program is intended for farmers to avail of free infrastructure, training, and production support, the proposal has to surpass the scrutiny of the National Organic Agricultural Board (NOAB) in proving that the proposal is intended for the improvement of the organic farming system in their community. Proposals amounting to Php1.5 million will be approved by the region while NOAB will approve proposals beyond said amount.

Interested organic farming practitioners who want to avail of this opportunity may visit the DA-RFU for better understanding on how to apply for the grant. (RDOrtaleza/DA9)



AUGUST 2012
Gulayan sa Paaralan: From School Grounds to Vegetables Gardens
August 27, 2012
DA-ATI promotes Organic Vegetable Production August 23, 2012
Organic Agriculture mainstream in ZamPen August 22, 2012
Zamboanga Sibugay bags best garden award August 16, 2012
PNS for dried Sea Cucumber August 15, 2012
ZamPen lacks cassava planting materials August 14, 2012
68 POs prepare for project implementation August 13, 2012

Gulayan sa Paaralan: From School Grounds to Vegetables Gardens
Organic farming practitioners in Zamboanga del Sur showed great enthusiasm as they participate in the Organic Agriculture Program Needs Assessment Meeting for public organizations and non-government organizations in Pagadian City.

Highlighted in the said assessment is the improvement of the organic farming infrastructures, trainings/extensions, and production support for the organic farmers.

Long before the government has been involved with the organic farming movement, the organic practitioners in Zamboanga del Sur already exist in few numbers and strived to survive by practicing and experimenting with various natural, indigenous, and ecologically-friendly farm inputs and machineries.

With the approval of Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, funds have been poured out for the Organic Agriculture program all throughout the country. For this fiscal year, a budget of P18 Million is approved to address the needs of organic practitioners in the region as grant.

In order to avail of the grant, the group of organic farmers or the organization needs to make a proposal regarding their needs in which this has to be submitted in the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU) for approval.

While this program is intended for farmers to avail of free infrastructure, training, and production support, the proposal has to surpass the scrutiny of the National Organic Agricultural Board (NOAB) in proving that the proposal is intended for the improvement of the organic farming system in their community. Proposals amounting to Php1.5 million will be approved by the region while NOAB will approve proposals beyond said amount.

Interested organic farming practitioners who want to avail of this opportunity may visit the DA-RFU for better understanding on how to apply for the grant. (RDOrtaleza/DA9)
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DA-ATI promotes Organic Vegetable Production
"Mag-uumang sinaligan niining atong katilingban (farmers trusted by our community)," expressed in lyrics of a song rendered by a proud farmer, during the Field Day of the Organic Vegetable Production Training of Trainers last August 9, 2012 at Sumadat, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

Some 250 farmers from six barangays in Pagadian City namely: Danlugan,. Gubac, Gubang, Begong, Baloyboan, and Macasing, showcased a wide array of organically vegetables such as pechay, tomatoes, eggplant, string beans, cucumber, bitter gourd, and swamp cabbage. The field day proved that organic farming can produce bountiful harvest aside from its health benefits.

Mr. Alberto Orot, a farmer from Brgy. Danlugan said, "kung wala kining programa dili nako masayran unsaon pagpalambo sa among mga tanom nga utanon gamit ang organiko nga mga paagi, kauban sa ubang mga mag-uuma (Without this program, I won't be able to know how to improve vegetable production the organic way together with other farmers).

Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said "Organic farming is the favorite of our Secretary Proceso J. Alcala that he put it into law when he was still Congressman of Quezon Province known as Republic Act 10068. We are thankful that we have organic practitioners who are wholeheartedly sharing with us the value of planting vegetables through organic farming. Vegetable under the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), is an important component in the food sufficiency program of the Department. It is good that we are gathered here as advocates using organic technology to have high volume of organic vegetables Our learning must not be left unheeded because there is a big market waiting for us. The DA programs will complement your dedication in this field."

GULAYAN SA PAARALAN: From School Grounds to Vegetable Gardens
The Philippines ranks second to the last among the ten countries surveyed for vegetable consumption.
The countries surveyed by Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in 2011 were Vietnam with the highest vegetable consumption at 78% followed by India at 63%, Nepal at 61%, Thailand at 60%, Sri Lanka at 58%, Malaysia at 49%, Indonesia at 37%, Pakistan at 35% and Bangladesh as the lowest at 18%.

The Philippines consumes less vegetable at 35% which puts the country as one of the lowest consumers of vegetables in Asia.
To ensure food security and self-sufficiency, and improve vegetable consumption, the Department of Agriculture through its High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), implemented the Gulayan sa Paaralan as an integral component to answer the country's dilemma in food security. DA looks forward that its partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) will help work things out for the ultimate realization of these efforts as it would be a good legacy not just to the vegetable industry but also to the children and future generations.

Sixteen municipalities in the Zamboanga Sibugay province were trained on the basic principles of vegetable gardening through the adoption of organic farming technology system from August 14-17, 2012 at DA's research center in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. The first batch consisted of the municipalities of Tungawan, RT Lim, Ipil, Titay, Naga, Kabasalan, Siay, and Payao. The municipalities of Alicia, Buug, Diplahan, Imelda, Mabuhay, Malangas, Olutanga, and Talusan made up the second batch of trainees. The said municipalities were represented by the teachers-in-charge in the Gulayan Sa Paaralan program therein.

Mr. Hannibal Bayo-ang, HVCDP focal person of Zamboanga Peninsula reminded the trainees that Sibugay was once the 20th poorest province. DA then gave an intervention through food self-reliance and self-sufficiency. It is the target of DA not just to put vegetable gardens in every home but in every school. The implementation of the Gulayan Sa Paaralan program is very promising in the target 75 schools in Zamboanga Sibugay this year.
Topics discussed include Importance of Vegetables and Its Nutritive Value; Basic Principles of Vegetable Production for Home and School Vegetable Gardening; Updates on the Cultural Management Practices of Vegetable Production; Process on Vermi-Composting; Natural Farming Technology System; and Collecting and Storing of Vegetable Seeds.

Mr. Felix Romy Triambulo, Assistant Division Superintendent of Zamboanga Sibugay province said "it is nice if we have our school gardens. The students can consume the produce from the gardens, and whenever the children are healthy, they can perform well. We have to internalize this program first for the children to follow. This program indeed will answer the problem of hunger and the problem of poverty. The school is the common ground for all of us."

Mrs. Elizabeth Camohoy, the Gulayan Sa Paaralan Program coordinator of DepEd Sibugay added that "the Gulayan Sa Paaralan program would bring unity to the parents, students, teachers, and officials of the local government, the DepEd, and DA. Among others, it answers our problem on poverty and malnutrition."

For his impression, Mr. Regendor Peralta, teacher-in-charge of Ipil National High School said "tomorrow I will have five sections of students who will be taught on gardening. This training is worth sharing to my students which could benefit them soon."
The increasing population of the country calls for an increasing demand for food. However, people tend to consume more meat than vegetables. DA looked into enhancing the capability of Filipino people to produce their own food through adoption of various means of vegetable production.(Alpha Solivio/DA9)
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Organic Agriculture mainstream in ZamPen
The Organic Agriculture is now taking mainstream in Zamboanga Peninsula as the Department of Agriculture sees its potential to answer the predicament of food security and self-sufficiency by our farmers under the Agri-Pinoy Program.

In the region, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), the training arm of the Department, is now busy training all stakeholders in order to disseminate the information of importance of organic farming. "Our schedule of trainings until December is already full and loaded as we train not only the farmers but also the educators and other stakeholders who play important role in instilling the knowledge of Organic Agriculture," said Dennis C. Procianos, ATI OIC-Center Director.

From August 13-18, 2012, the teachers of Pagadian City Division take their turn of participating in the Training of Trainers for Organic Agriculture in ATI-RTC IX Learning Site in Motosawa, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. Mr. Jose Ruel S. Flora, Pagadian City TLE (sp) Supervisor emphasized the gratefulness and support of the Department of Education in this program. He said DepEd sees its big role in honing the minds of the youth on the importance of Organic Agriculture as the sustainability of the program does not end by training our aging farmers but by conditioning the minds of our young potential land-tillers.

Organic Agriculture is not only a mere change of technology from using inorganic to ecologically-compatible fertilizers that can will help grow safe and nutritious produce. It is one of the answers of our government in combating global warming and climate change, prevention of the depletion of the natural resources, and the answer to the self-sufficiency crisis of our small farmers. #RDOrtaleza/DA9




Zamboanga Sibugay bags best garden award
Aguinaldo Elementary School of Aguinaldo, Naga, and Titay National High School of Titay, both of Zamboanga Sibugay province were recently chosen as the "Best Garden" awardees among the 498 participating schools in the elementary and high school levels, respectively.

Spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the awarding was held at the Roderic's Resort, Taway, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Both schools were awarded Php 35,000 each while the top 15 schools in the elementary and secondary levels received Php5,000P each.

The criteria for judging, includes Production Management (%), Nutrition Impact (%), Community and Parents Participation (%), and Innovation (%).

Dr. Amelia P. Torralba, Division Schools Superintendent of Sibugay said, "I am grateful to DA for making us a partner in this undertaking. Thank you for giving us the equipment and gardening tools for us to realize what we have dreamed before. I also thank the schools for the effort and for giving their best in this "Gulayan sa Paaralan" program. This is really organic and without chemicals so we are assured of healthy and clean products from our vegetable gardens. This will serve as an advocacy to the community because when the students brought home their produce from school, they will be inspired to make vegetable gardens at their backyards."

Mr. Hannibal Bayo-ang, DA- HVCDP Report Officer who represented Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said "HVCDP oversees the implementation of the Gulayan sa Paaralan program. The DA is also thankful for the cooperation of DepEd. At their young age, the students are now involved in the realization of the DA in its aim of achieving food sufficiency in our country."

The "Agrikulturang Pilipino - Gulayan sa Paaralan" (GSP) is a program of the DA which 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.

The GSP is coordinated with Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH) through its National Nutrition Council (DOH-NNC) and local government units (LGUs) in order to mitigate hunger and malnutrition in the rural areas by ensuring fresh vegetables in every household.

The awarding ceremony was also graced by National Nutrition Council Director Ma. Del Pilar Pamela R. Tarroza, Rey Manginsay, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist of Sibugay, Faculty, Barangay Officials and DA staff. (Alpha Solivo, DA 9)
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PNS for dried Sea Cucumber
The Philippines is a hotspot of sea cucumber (balat) in Asia.

Dr. Marie Antonette Meñez of UP Diliman quoted that "Over 40 commercially important sea cucumber species out of 100 species is found in the Philippines. From 1984 to 1993, Philippines is the number one sea cucumber producing country but now ranks third; Srilanka being the number one followed by Indonesia.

With this, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) whose mandate is to set and implement standards for fresh, primary- and secondary- processed agricultural and fishery products spearheaded the formulation of a Philippine National Standards (PNS) for dried sea cucumber.

A technical Working Group (TWG) was created for its drafting and series of consultative meetings to include Zamboanga City as one of its venue. The TWG is composed of representatives coming from BAFPS, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of the Philippines Los Baños and University of the Philippines Visayas.

Recently, a consultative meeting for the PNS draft was held at the Grand Astoria Hotel. Fifty participants coming from the private sectors, Local Government Unit of Zamboanga City and Government agencies actively interacted with the group.

A draft was presented by the TWG for comments and revisions of which output will again be deliberated in two other consultative meetings in Cebu City and Palawan. The final deliberation will be in Quezon City.

One of the issues discussed was the selling of sea cucumber in small sizes that is not within the premium grade size. This will contribute to low buying of 'balat' and unstable fisheries thus depleting our stocks.

Other problem identified is the poor quality of dried products. The poor quality would also devalue the product. Presented recommendations to this problem include: set product quality standards; improve processing and drying technology; and enhance the 'balat' value.

The creation of the PNS will strengthen the Dried Sea Cucumber industry and ultimately bring back the Philippines as the top producing country. (ytavellaneda/DA9)
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ZamPen lacks cassava planting materials
Known for its versatile use for foods, feeds, and industrial, among others, cassava production in the region remains low.

In a stakeholders' meeting held recently at the Ricomar's Pension House in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province, one of the identified causes for low production is the lack of quality planting materials. "The demand for cassava is high not only in the region but the country as a whole. That is why, we will campaign for the promotion and expansion of lands for cassava," says Felizardo Samomes, Department of Agriculture's (DA) Regional Corn Coordinator.

Other identified issues that limits cassava production in the region were: lack of facilities for drying, hauling and storage; climate change; location specific technologies; and the absence of farm-to-market roads within the cassava

It was agreed that DA and the local government units (LGUs) will provide trainings to the farmers especially those within the cluster production areas, with consideration of accessibility and strengthening of public-private-partnership.

The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) reported that the region's cassava yield per hectare for the first quarter this year is only 4.5 metric tons. "This is way too low compared that of Region 10 which is 22 metric tons per hectare," Salomes said

Cassava is one of the priority commodities under the Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP) which aims to strengthen national resiliency through the production of food staple that would minimize the impact of climate change. Cassava is under the corn banner program. In the region, it is consumed both as snacks and staple.

Cassava is easy to plant, needs less maintenance and one of the drought-tolerant crops. It Can be successfully grown in marginal soils and gives reasonable yield where many other crops do not grow well. It is rich in carbohydrates, calcium and vitamin C and contains a nutritionally significant quantity of thiamine, riboflavin and nicotinic acid. Cassava is a highly productive crop in terms of food calories.

With proper technology and other input components, cassava could give farmers a sustainable income.

Also present during the meeting were Ahmad Nahul- Regional Cassava Focal Person, Rosalita Tamba- KFI Manager of Zamboanga City, Engr. Roger B. Ladera- MPDC, Polanco Zamboanga del Norte, Rewel Galo- BOD Cahirman, RAMENCO, Zamboanga del Sur, Vicente G. Balingit- APCO/OIC, DA RSO, Dipolog City, Maria Melba B. Wee, DA Information Chief, cassava growers, processors and representatives from San Miguel Corporation's Assemblers, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and Lubigan farmers, of Zamboanga City. (Marnette Daguro, DA 9)
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68 POs prepare for project implementation
Rizal, Zamboanga del Norte - The Department of Agriculture through its Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) looks at the importance of watershed approach and integrated farming system by focusing on the protection of the mountains down to the seas. The interconnectivity of the activities experienced in the upland may affect or benefit the coastal areas.

Under its component on Natural Resources Management (NRM), 68 participants from 10 barangays partake in the conduct of Policy Systems and Procedures (PSP), Agro-Forestry Training and Mangrove Rehabilitation Training for both coastal and upland areas last July 31 to August 2, 2012.

The participating barangays were namely, Birayan, Nilabo, La Esperanza, Rizalina, Damasing, Mabunao, Nangca, Balubuhan, Sebaca, and Nacipang, of which four barangays are upland and six are coastal.

The said training aimed to enhance the capabilities of the Peoples' Organizations (PO) to make their own policies and memorandums of agreement in the implementation of NRM on the ground investment (OGI) and sustainable income generating activities (SIGA) subprojects, also to introduce new technologies and strategies in planting propagules and permanent crops, as well as nursery establishment and management. The making of PSPs and memorandum of agreements (MOAs) are needed documents for the transfer of funds from the LGUs to the POs as per required by the Program.

Meanwhile, representatives from partner agencies in the person of Mr. Florentino Agustin of Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), Ms. Liliosa Paredes from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Ms. Celerina Flores of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Ms. Mae Martinez from Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), were present.

Vermi-composting was introduced to the POs in support to the Organic Farming approach of the DA and as additional income to the organization. They were also given an actual presentation of Vermi Tea production during the site visit of the municipality's Vermiculture project

Hon. Roseller M. Manigsaca, Municipal Mayor said, "I hope that you will be responsible in sharing the goods to others. Let the members of the community know about the projects, especially on mangrove rehabilitation." He added "the Philex Mining Corporation also helped us in planting the propagules."

Now, the Peoples Organization officers and members, as well as the LGU, waits for the fund transfer for them to start putting their project in place. (Jessa Mae Mapula, DA-MRDP 9)
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SEPTEMBER 2012
DA Spots Organic Farmers' need in ZdS
September 13, 2012

DA Spots Organic Farmers' need in ZdS
Organic farming practitioners in Zamboanga del Sur showed great enthusiasm as they participate in the Organic Agriculture Program Needs Assessment Meeting for public organizations and non-government organizations in Pagadian City.

Highlighted in the said assessment is the improvement of the organic farming infrastructures, trainings/extensions, and production support for the organic farmers.

Long before the government has been involved with the organic farming movement, the organic practitioners in Zamboanga del Sur already exist in few numbers and strived to survive by practicing and experimenting with various natural, indigenous, and ecologically-friendly farm inputs and machineries.

With the approval of Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, funds have been poured out for the Organic Agriculture program all throughout the country. For this fiscal year, a budget of P18 Million is approved to address the needs of organic practitioners in the region as grant.

In order to avail of the grant, the group of organic farmers or the organization needs to make a proposal regarding their needs in which this has to be submitted in the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU) for approval.

While this program is intended for farmers to avail of free infrastructure, training, and production support, the proposal has to surpass the scrutiny of the National Organic Agricultural Board (NOAB) in proving that the proposal is intended for the improvement of the organic farming system in their community. Proposals amounting to Php1.5 million will be approved by the region while NOAB will approve proposals beyond said amount.

Interested organic farming practitioners who want to avail of this opportunity may visit the DA-RFU for better understanding on how to apply for the grant. (RDOrtaleza/DA9)
TOP | SEPTEMBER NEWS



OCTOER 2012
DA Targets Off-Season Corn Production
October 22, 012
High Value Crops Development Program train Teachers on Organic Vegetable Production October 18, 2012
CESE Rolls Out the Government Chief Information Officer Program October 10, 2012
DA Calls for Organic Farming Nationwide October 9, 2012
San Roque wins World Food Day Poster Contest October 4, 2012
Organic Dumingag: One World Award 2012 Winner October 2, 2012
RIC convenes in Zambo Sur's 60th Anniversary October 1, 2012


DA Targets Off-Season Corn Production
An estimate of 1,300 hectares of white corn will be planted in suitable areas regionwide in December and in January next year.

Identified areas for Zamboanga Sibugay are Diplahan, Imelda and Siay; for Zamboanga del Norte are Dapitan City and Polanco ; and for Zamboanga del Sur are Bayog, Lakewood, Tukuran, Mahayag and Dumingag.

It was disclosed by the Regional Corn Coordinator , Felizardo M. Salomes that he will soon call a meeting for identified target municipalities where corn can be planted on a "corn-after rice" cropping system.

The program aims to produce at least an average yield of 3.0t/ha or a total production of 3,900 metric tons of white corn grains in support to the Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the Department of Agriculture.

Seeds will be provided by the Production Support Services Component of the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program under its seed exchange subsidy. To minimize input requirements particularly Urea, five (5) packs of Bio-N seed inoculant will be given out per bag of corn seeds.

According to Mr. Salomes, Region IX is generally sufficient in white corn for human consumption and it can address high demand for white corn in Central Visayas as there are more Cebuanos whose staple is corn. In terms of market access, corn can be transported to Cebu via the port of Sindangan, Liloy and Dipolog City.

He further explained that "water may be the limiting factor in other areas but in the aforementioned target sites, water supply is just adequate even in the absence of rain. Harvest falls on the dry months and postharvest is not a problem. The advantage of off- season production is that price is high due to the scarcity of supply. This will provide better income for the farmers." (ytavellaneda/DA9)
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High Value Crops Development Program train Teachers on Organic Vegetable Production
Eighty-five teachers from the primary and secondary levels in Zamboanga City are trained by the Department of Agriculture RFU-IX under the High Value Crops Development Program (DA - HVCDP) to intensify the implementation of the Gulayan sa Paaralan (GSP) project in the different schools.

Ana Aying, the GSP focal person in region 9 said that they have conducted a total of 12 trainings for teachers (totaled 498 teachers) in the entire Zamboanga peninsula starting last August and the last batch in October. “This project started only for Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces where it was reported that the poverty incidence and malnutrition rate were high in these areas. But we are expanding the project to all public schools regionwide with the help of the Department of Education (DepEd).”

During the training, a ceremonial turnover of garden tools was awarded to the City Agriculturist office to the DepEd City schools Division by the DA-HVCDP as represented by DA-Agriculture Program Coordinator for Zamboanga City Raul Ramon A. Bucoy; DepEd representative Dr. Miriam Indin, and City Supervisor Estella Apolinario; City HVCDP coordinator Merida P. Garica. The support given by the DA to the schools include garden trowel, grab hoe, shovel, and water sprinkler, vegetable seeds and two sacks organic fertilizer.

According to Aying, the teachers who have undergone the training are the GSP coordinators and garden teacher-in-charge who will be responsible in helping implement the vegetable gardens; and will be monitored required to submit progress reports.

In the training, one of the major concerns is the utilization of organic fertilizer or natural waste materials that is strongly recommended. The proper procedure and management of Vermicomposting was also presented in the GSP training.

Among the training experts are Mr. Hannibal P. Bayo-ang and Ms. Anita U. Gallebo.

Additionally, the DA – HVCDP Gulayan sa Paaralan program will award the best schools in primary and secondary levels with cash awards. Last year’s winner was Aguinaldo Elementary School from the municipality of Naga in Zamboanga Sibugay province. #(CC/DA9) TOP | OCTOBER NEWS




CESE Rolls Out the Government Chief Information Officer Program
Twelve participants comprise the pioneering batch of the Government Chief Information Officer (gCIO) Program held at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center in Tagaytay City.

The gCIO program is a collaborative initiative of the CESB, the De La Salle University – College of Computer Studies and Ideacorp. It equips government managers with the knowledge and skills to lead an Information Communications Technology (ICT) - enabled transformation of public service and ensure the alignment of technology with the objectives / goals of the public organization.

Likewise, the program provides the space and structure for interaction, collaboration and networking of participants that result into realizable and demonstrable inter-agency ICT strategy plan.

The program, developed along four key competency areas of a gCIO, is delivered via four modules, namely: Leadership (September 19–21), e-Government Architecture (October 17 –19), Technology Life Cycle Management (November 21 – 23) and Communication (December 12 -14).

The program participants are: Ramah Dan R. Aguam (NCMF); Elizar S. Cantuba (DENR); Roberto D. De Leon (DENR); Catherine Socorro O. Estrada (CESB); Romeo D. Hordejan (DBM); Michael F. Laguio (CESB); Aida D. Madale (NCMF); Ricaredo V. Manzanilla (PCAARRD); Albert G. Mariño (PCIEERD); Belma G. Martinez (DBM); Cinderella S. Wayyas (PVAO); and Maria Melba B. Wee (DA). TOP | OCTOBER NEWS




DA Calls for Organic Farming Nationwide
The Organic Agriculture campaign of the Department of Agriculture has already advanced its implementation reaching out all organic practitioners all around the Philippines.

The National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) together with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) is visiting major regions in the country, updating all organic practitioners from the non-government organizations (NGOs), people organizations (POs) and local government units (LGUs) of the implementing rules and regulations of Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (R.A. 10068) as well as its programs that are beneficial to the farmers.

In Zamboanga Peninsula, the recent conduct of the Mindanaowide NGO-PO Forum in Dipolog City raised questions and presented major concerns that focused on the sustainability of the program and the technicalities of the proposal-making for the program grant.

During the opening, DA-Dipolog City Officer–In-Charge Vicente Balinguit read the message of Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy that said “the activity supports the Food self-sufficiency and nutrition security through sustainable organic and ecological agriculture in the Philippines and the production of ‘healthier’ food through organic farming. He also quoted Secretary Proceso J. Alcala saying “our emphasis on organic farming rests on our thrust to surmount dependency on imported agricultural chemicals which not only drain our foreign exchange reserves, but also contribute to environmental and land degradation.”

Rey Pedroso of the Badianagan Organic Farmers’ Association and Visayas Representative for Small Farmers said “The department is serious in its advocacy for the sustainability of the program but since the main thrust of DA is food security, we cannot abruptly shift from conventional to organic as it might cause food shortage in the country.”

In order to advance the program to the next level, grants are given in the form of organic farming infrastructures, trainings/extensions, and production support in which the organizations are required to submit proposal to be approved by the NOAB.

“Slowly and patiently we are trying to win the hearts of other entities to shift to organic farming as there is no question about its environmental sustainability and health benefits. The creation of R.A. 10068 means that you are already recognized as organic agriculture farmers, from there let’s create a common perspective,” added Dr. Charito Medina, of Magsasaka at Siyentipiko Para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG).

As part of the department’s support to the farmers, Mr. Peter Andalahao, DA-RFU-IX Organic Focal Person, proposed a proposal-making training as an aid for the approval of the requests of the farmers. (RDOrtaleza/DA9)
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San Roque wins World Food Day Poster Contest
Alidin Abbilul, a grade six pupil of San Roque Elementary School bagged 1st prize in the regional World Food Day (WFD) poster-making contest. He bested 31 other participants.

A total of 16 schools both private and public participated in the contest held recently at Grand Astoria Hotel in Zamboanga City. Eleven year old Abbilul explains his poster as people from all walks of life working together to produce food for all. He was awarded with a certificate of participation and P3,000.00 cash prize.

On October 16, 2012 – World Food Day, Abbilul will represent region IX in the National WFD poster making contest in Manila; where a cash award of P15,000 pesos awaits the national winner and the winning entry will be used in the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Christmas cards. He and his coach will go on an all-expense paid trip courtesy of the Department of Agriculture (DA), and FAO.

Alidin Abbilul, a grade six pupil of San Roque Elementary School bagged 1st prize in the regional World Food Day (WFD) poster-making contest. He bested 31 other participants.

A total of 16 schools both private and public participated in the contest held recently at Grand Astoria Hotel in Zamboanga City. Eleven year old Abbilul explains his poster as people from all walks of life working together to produce food for all. He was awarded with a certificate of participation and P3,000.00 cash prize.

On October 16, 2012 – World Food Day, Abbilul will represent region IX in the National WFD poster making contest in Manila; where a cash award of P15,000 pesos awaits the national winner and the winning entry will be used in the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Christmas cards. He and his coach will go on an all-expense paid trip courtesy of the Department of Agriculture (DA), and FAO.

The poster making contest utilized agricultural materials and fishery products like palay grains, mongo, squash seeds, corn kernels, peanuts, husks, sea shells, dried seaweeds, etc. Raffyboy Lanoza of Catalina Vda de Jalon Memorial School won 2nd place, and Luke Anthony Tacang of
Baliwasan Central School was third place.

DA’s Regional Information Officer Maria Melba B. Wee said that this year’s theme is “Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World” is timely since the department is now working closely with cooperatives all over the country; where agricultural projects are prioritized to be given to cooperatives such as irrigation, postharvest facilities and others.

In a similar event, a quiz bee and poster making contest were also conducted in celebration of the World Rabies Day on September 28. Sta. Maria Central School won 1st place in the Quiz Bee grade school level, while City High West won 1st place in Rabies day Poster making contest high school level. The activity was a collaboration between DA, DOH, DepEd, DILG-PNP, and the ZC-Office of the City Veterinarian.#(CC/DA9)
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Organic Dumingag: One World Award 2012 Winner
The Municipality of Dumingag Mayor Nacianceno M. Pacalioga, Jr. won the One World Award (OWA), an international competition jointly sponsored by International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM) and Rapunzel Naturkost.

On behalf of Dumingag town, Mayor Pacalioga received the award with a specially sculpted OWA lady statue and 25,000 Euro.

IFOAM is the umbrella organization of organic practitioners and advocates worldwide with over 800 member-organizations, while Rapunzel Naturkost is one of the biggest organic foodstuffs manufacturers in Germany.

In the awarding ceremony last September 14 at the Rapunzel headquarters in Legau, Germany, jury member Vandana Shiva said the OWA jury unanimously selected Mayor Pacalioga because there is hardly any mayor nowadays who is really focused in social development rather than in enriching himself.

Secondly, adopting organic agriculture, not merely as technology, but as a development framework and foundation of a program government is a very innovative strategy and successfully done by the local government unit led Mayor Pacalioga.

Since 2008, the OWA has been given every two years to individuals who have promoted globalization in a way that is not only oriented on profit maximization, but on the three pillars of sustainability: ecology, social aspects, and economic welfare.

Before leaving for Germany, Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, prepared a short send-off program for Mayor Pacalioga and his party which was highlighted with a Memorandum of Agreement signing for the strong support of the Department of Agriculture for the sustainable organic agriculture program in Dumingag.

The department hopes that the award received by the Municipality of Dumingag will serve as a catalyst to change the face of sustainable farming system in the Philippines. (RDOrtaleza/DA9)
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RIC convenes in Zambo Sur's 60th Anniversary
With the implementation of RA 8435, known as the Agriculture and Fishery Modernization Act of 1997, the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) was organized to provide its sound share and important role. The said Act encourages the participation and recognizes the contribution of rural women in agricultural development. Some 683 officially registered RIC members of Zamboanga del Sur were proven to be the most empowered women as they help the country and the province in particular alleviate poverty, achieve food security and develop rural areas.

In a week-long celebration of the 60th Zamboanga del Sur Founding Anniversary that started on September 11, 2012, the RIC members from the 27 municipalities of the province convened at the Capitol Grounds for their Convention. Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy being the keynote speaker said in his message as read by DA Information Chief Maria Melba B. Wee, "before, women were not very active in agriculture as they were left in the kitchen, and also take a major role in rearing children. Nowadays, we see women cultivating the lands as a perfect partner in ensuring food sufficiency. Through the years, the RIC has proven effective in uplifting the living standard of its members and making them effective and productive partners of the government in community development. We would like to appeal to the RIC to include in your projects the production of food at home. Please help the DA in promoting vegetable production and consumption."

Food czars in the province, Congressman Victor Yu of the 1st district, Congresswoman Aurora Cerilles of the 2nd district, and Governor Antonio Cerilles proudly said that Zamboanga del Sur has already parted from the brand of being "poor" because true residents from Zamboanga del Sur are hardworking.

Meantime, as the opening salvo of the province's anniversary, the RIC also demonstrated and competed in the cassava dessert preparation and most number of cassava recipes and dishes" contest. Cassava being under the corn program of the DA and also identified as one of the country's commodity in the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP), is also Zamboanga del Sur's priority commodity. The municipality of Tigbao bagged first place and hailed to have the "best cassava dessert" followed by the municipality of Margosatubig and Pagadian City respectively. In the "most numbered cassava recipes and dishes" category, Pagadian City bested the rest of the participating municipalities followed by Kumalarang, and Tigbao.

The event was also graced by Board members Hon. Juan Regala, Hon. Fred Asoy Sr., Hon. Miguelito Ocapan, and ex-officio Board member Hon. Rico Amigo, Margos Vice Mayor and RIC Provincial President, Hon. Felicidad Fontanilla, Evelyn del Mar, Regional RIC Coordinator, Ms. Marilyn Bersales, Provincial Agriculturist, Arlene Zacal, RIC Provincial Coordinator, Leonila Tecson, former RIC National President and current consultant, Mrs. Ana Aying, Focal person of Gulayan sa Paaralan program, Mr. Dennis Prosianos, ATI Center Director, and Mrs. Neddie Jumawan, ATI Project Officer. (ASolivo/DA9)
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NOVEMBER 2012
Sec. Alcala to strengthen PFRB
November 26, 2012
3rd BFT Regional Summit November 18, 2012
Organic Agriculture program to upgrade vermiculture/organic farming in Molave November 4, 2012

Sec. Alcala to strengthen PFRB
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala stood as the guest of honor during the recently conducted Communicators Roundtable on Biotechnology and Rural Broadcasters Conference in Cebu City.

Almost 80 broadcasters and information officers coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions actively participated in the conference.

The Secretary gave his full support to the Philippine Federation of Rural Broadcasters (PFRB) in the country for he believes that information on agriculture can easily be disseminated through radio broadcast. He also requested if the federation could come up with a map showing the existing stations and its coverage that we can identify areas that needs community stations.

Moreover, Sec. Alcala is looking forward for a synchronized broadcast information in the country and this can only be achieved with the support of the PFRB. The Department is willing to allocate a budget for this. He also said " ang ating Kagawaran ay handang tumulong sa inyo upang ating mapalagong mai-abot ang inpormasyong pang-agrikultura"

With the leadership of Chairman Louie Tabing, the federation is willing to act on this request. Chairman Tabing also initiated the creation of Manifesto supporting the Biotechnology information advocacy.

The two-day conference paved-way for information on Biotechnology, Communicating Biotechnology, Department of Agriculture's Projects under PhilRice, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization ( PhilMech) and Philippine Carabao Center (PCC).

Aside from this, the federation elected their new set of officers and area managers in their respective regions. Currently, the President is Dr. Rogie Matalang, Vice-President for Visayas is Mr. Chito Morante and for Mindanao Mr. Crismon Llanos.

Another Conference is scheduled in the early part next year to strengthen and update the PFRB projects and at the same time, encouraged more broadcasters to participate in the federation. (ytavellaneda/DA9)
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3rd BFT Regional Summit
A total of 160 participants coming from 48 Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) operators in the region joined in this year's summit held in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. This year's theme "Building and Strengthening Alliance Towards Greater Access to Fresh, Nutritious, Quality and Affordable Food" forged a partnership among BFT operators to work as one in achieving food sufficiency even through its BFTs.

One of the outputs of the summit was to create a set of officers for the Regional Federation of the Food Terminal Operators Alliance (FOTOA). The elected officers would come from the officers of the Provincial and City chapters of FOTOA. The newly elected officers took their oath of office in the presence of the Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy.

The officers were: President Ms. Susan Q. Empeynad; Vice Presidents, Rosemarie M. Bucoy, Crisminda R. Tomarong, Saturnina S. Sambilad and George R. Delos Reyes; Secretary, Ma. Lenita J. Gayapa; Treasurer , Mernalyn M. Fajardo; Auditor, Victor B. Abraham; P.I.O, Bernardita E. Cruz, Arcelie A. Caboverde, Lanie C. Saidal, Erwin C. Ayuda and Roberto O. Montano.

During its Opening Program RED Holoyohoy lauded the participants for a 99% attendance in the summit. He further stressed that " your attendance in this summit proves that you are supportive to DA's project particularly the BFT." He also pointed out to support the Food Staple Sufficiency Program of DA that is to introduce corn, camote, adlai and bananas as substitute to rice.

Mr. Ferdinand D. Gamorot, Regional Focal Person on Food Terminal Project reported that as of this year 55 BFTs are operational and nine more will be launched before the year ends. He also cited the different activities conducted in strengthening the BFTs such as Record/Bookkeeping seminar series, BFT Management Trainings and cross visits within and outside the region.

Five BFT Operators were chosen and asked to share their experiences in their operation. All of them gave importance to proper recording as one of the keys to attain a smooth operation. They were also asked to identify their Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) encountered in their operation through a group workshop. This was consolidated by province and presented to the summit.

Meanwhile , an agricultural exhibit was conducted. The three provinces and two cities in the region were given an area to display their products and by-products to showcase their local produce and at the same time an avenue for raising funds. The best booth was awarded to Zamboanga Sibugay . (ytavellaneda/DA9)
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Organic Agriculture program to upgrade vermiculture/organic farming in Molave
Representatives from different organizations in Zamboanga Peninsula Region actively participated the “Writeshop on the Project Proposal Preparation” held recently at Margarita Hall, Hotel Camila, Pagadian City.

During the program, Engr. Peter Andalahao, Regional Organic Agriculture Focal Person said that the writeshop is intended for stakeholders who are interested to avail of this program. “The participants made a draft project proposal earlier; which we will review together with the technical team who will help critique and after the revision, it will be presented to the director for approval.” he said.

The Regional Technical Group Committee composed of Mr. Felizardo Salomes, Regional Corn Coordinator, Dr. Olympio Macarayan, Regional Director - FIDA, Mr. Dennis Palabrica, Assistant Center Manager, ZAMPIARC and Engr. Peter Andalahao, Regional Organic Agriculture Focal Person.

Only one propject proposal was approved during the final presentation which is from LGU – Molave, ZDS entitled “Upgrading of Facilities on Vermi Culture and Organic Rice Farming”. The rest of the proposals presented are still subject for revision and approval. These are as follows: DA – SRRTDF (San Ramon Research and Techno Demo Farm) – Techno demo and learning farm on Organic vegetable seed production, ZDS Coordinator/PRIC – Urban Organic Vegetable Production, Gawad Kalinga, Kitabog, Titay Zamboanga Sibugay – Production of improve vermicast Bio – Organic Fertilizers using Probiotics, Sudlon, Molave – Organic Rice Marketing, Pagadian City – Native Chicken Production, Danlugan Farmers Multi Purpose Cooperative – Upgrading of an integrated organic farming and Balucot Farmers Masipag Association (BAFAMA) – Organic Rice Production.

And as part of department’s support to the farmers, a National Organic Agriculture Congress will be conducted on November 6-8, 2012 in Cebu City. (JM Templa/DA9)
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DECEMBER 2012
National Year of Rice 2013 launched in Mindanao
December 12, 2012
Tigbao on its 21st Highlights Agri-Trade Fair December 5, 2012

National Year of Rice 2013 launched in Mindanao
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PHILRICE) launched the National Year of Rice (NYR) 2013 with the goal of achieving rice self-sufficiency in the country.

During the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration at Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, an NYR marker was unveiled to formally declare 2013 as the year of rice, following the proclamation of 2013 as National Year of Rice by President NoyNoy Aquino.

Dr. Karen Barroga, Chief Science Research specialist of PHILRICE said that according to studies conducted, “Filipinos waste an average of two tablespoons of rice every day. The wasted rice of all Filipinos in a year can feed up to 2.6million people. We are promoting responsible rice consumption. We want them (food centers) to offer half-cup rice, not to really limit the rice but have an option for half-cup, so there will be less wastage of rice.”

The NYR program is now coordinating with the private sectors and congressmen to regulate rice consumption to minimize and eventually stop wastage of rice. This will help lessen rice importation and also help farmers increase income by consuming what Filipino farmers have produced.
In this campaign the DA and PHILRICE are inviting everyone’s cooperation and support in all sectors – farmers, policy-makers, consumers or the public to achieve the goal of the NYR.

NYR briefings were also conducted at Recodo National High School and Claret School of Zamboanga, by PHILRICE Rice specialists Alfred Franco Caballero and Mary Grace Nidoy. More regional NYR activities are set to commence by January 2013.

The Luzon NYR program was launched in Nueva Ecija while the Visayas launching was held in Dumaguete City, and the Mindanao launch in Zamboanga City.#
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Tigbao on its 21st Highlights Agri-Trade Fair
One of the remarkable events during the Phesalabukan festival of Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur held recently was the selection and identification of the "pinaka" among the participating barangays of the municipality. "Pinaka" introduced the best agricultural products displayed in the booths made from indigenous materials of the 18 barangays which comprised the municipality of Tigbao.

Mayor Danilo Dalid Jr., the municipal mayor, expressed his gratefulness to the residents of Tigbao and visitors from the neighboring municipalities who witnessed the 4-day event which positively depicted a concept for new beginning in their place to achieve peace and order after the threatening times of war brought by outlaws in their place.

As formulated by the panel of judges, the criteria for judging aimed precisely at its target on presentation of products and booth, product variation, volume of products, and volume of sales.
From the 18 exhibitors, 10 products were selected and hailed as the "pinaka." These were chicken, duck, egg, ampalaya, lakatan, tundan, and cardaba from Brgy. Timolan; cassava and squash from Brgy. New Tuburan; and camote from Brgy. Nilo. The best booth was awarded to Brgy. New Tuburan with an average of 90.3%.

Tigbao takes pride in showcasing that the best of agricultural products can be found right at their place. The Department of Agriculture pledged to give a nursery amounting to 100,000Php for the winner. (ASolivio)
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