Four hundred farmer students from the province of Zamboanga del Sur successfully graduated the School On-the-Air (SOA) for Palay Check System under the Rice Commodity Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). The closing ceremony was held at Events and Amusement Center, Provincial Capitol, Pagadian City on October 10, 2018 with the theme “Check na Check. Aprobado Kita. Asenso Sigurado.”

Charles Arbas, the Pagadian City Farm Caster said “education for our farmers is made easy and convenient. Since most of our farmers are home at 6:00 in the evening and play the radio, the DA took the initiative to enroll our farmers in our SOA under the DA Rice Program which aired on radio station RMN DXPR 603 from Mondays to Fridays 6:00 – 7:00pm.”

Arbas said the farmers enrolled and took the exams under the course of Palay Check System for four (4) months. The program aims to teach and raise our rice farmers’ awareness in good agricultural practices and pest management to increase rice production and heed the call for rice self – sufficiency.

The ten (10) outstanding students who topped the course are 1. Sonia R. Bote, 2. Alicia J. Umpay, 3. Ponciana P. Plantig, 4. Victoria P. Perez, 5. Marietta D. Sandalan, 6. Jerusalem E. Pintac, 7. Krsitita Q. Kumagao, 8. Marcos Q. Empalmago, 9. Vilma D. Endoy, and 10. Rogelio S. Canilo. Each received a medal and a radio transistor.

“I’m grateful to the DA for the SOA because the Palay Check System has been a great help to our farming activity. I have applied on the field what I’ve learned and also I shared the good practices to my children and neighbors what I heard on the radio,” said Sonia R. Bote, Outstanding Student from Tulawas Pagadian City.

“Listening on the radio at night is our regular past time in the family while preparing dinner. The course was very informative. The knowledge I gained makes me an efficient partner to my husband in the farm,” Victoria P. Perez, Outstanding Student from Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.

Mr. Jessie Munda, DA 9 Rice Coordinator, Ms. Annie Tenorio, City Agriculturist, Mr. Lauro Mendoza, City Administrator, and Hon. Mario Cerilles, Provincial Board Member were present to grace the closing ceremony. The Municipal Agriculturists in the province were also present to support their graduates. (ICabeguin/ DA9)

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