Over 300 farmers gained knowledge on balanced fertilization, use of biological controls and good agricultural practices during the recently concluded Corn caravan in Sindangan (ZDN); Ramon Magsaysay (ZDS) and Siay (ZSP).
Dubbed as the Corn Roadshow, the activity targeted corn producing municipalities aimed at intensifying the information dissemination on the different corn services offered by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in all of Zamboanga Peninsula.
DA OIC-Assistant Director Maria Melba B. Wee said that “Through proper dissemination of the upgraded technologies in (corn) farming we can help increase the production of our farmers; together with other assistance the DA offers.” Wee said.

About 3,600 beneficiaries, 80% of which are school children have benefited from the Pagkain para sa Masa program since it was launched in February last year.

The municipalities of Gutalac, Tampilisan, Kalawit, Gutalac, Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte; Siay, Imelda in Zamboanga Sibugay; Dimataling, Midsalip, Ramon Magsaysay, Kumalarang, Lakewood, San Pablo, Pitogo, Tigbao, Dumalinao, Tukuran in Zamboanga del Sur and Bolong in Zamboanga City are selected as target areas by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in coordination with the Department of Health Nutrition Council (DOH-NNC) and the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In celebration of Women’s month, Construction and Supervision Engr. Fe Batilona of Zamboanga del Norte beams in front of the laborers constructing the line ditch canal along Galingon stretch.

“As a quality controller, we follow technical specifications – word for word. In this case, the expected life span of the project is attained.”

The strong-willed veteran lady engineer Fe Batilona of Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Engineering Office bares her job heading the male-dominated Construction and Supervision Team for the on-going construction of 13.82 kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Tampilisan. This road concreting and rehabilitation project is funded by the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) worth over P188 Million.

The compliance of the pre-conditioned resettlement of project affected persons (PAPs) in Biswangan, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur was recently checked and validated by the Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)..
SES and M&E are two I-SUPPORT units of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) that ensure conformity and observance of the project’s policy and procedure during the preparation and implementation of the project.

MOA signing by TESDA Director Lorenzo G. Macapili, Gov Roberto Y. Uy, DOLE Director Sisinio B. Cano and LBP Manager Vinicius S. Hamoy.

Convergence of government agencies for cacao industry.

The first interagency MOA signing in Mindanao for cacao industry took place last week with the local government unit of Zamboanga del Norte initiated by the Department of Agriculture together with 12 other government agencies in the region. The signing aims to institutionalize interagency support for Zamboanga del Norte’s Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) implementation for its emerging commodity which is cacao.
The 12 agencies are Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Interior and Local government (DILG) and department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

For many inmates, livelihood opportunities are very scarce especially serving jail time. But this week, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in coordination with the Inmates Welfare Development (IWD) Program of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP9) – Zamboanga City Jail have come up with hands-on demonstration training for food production.
“Our inmates must also be given attention, we can help them change and become productive individuals. This Mushroom Production Training will provide a healthy food alternative; learn food production, and serve as livelihood for income generation.” said Orlando Telmo, Mushroom Head Trainer of DA.

In celebration of the National Volunteer’s Month this December, the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF), the advisory body of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to ensure the success of its programs and activities, will hold its second Volunteers’ Day Celebration on December 14 in Clark, Pampanga.

Part of the highlight of the Volunteers’ Day Celebration will be the awarding of the 2016 Outstanding Agriculture and Fishery Council (AFC) Chairpersons and Coordinators.

The AFCs are PCAF’s mechanism for private sector participation in the development processes of the DA at the regional, provincial and municipal levels.

The first of three batches, thirteen elementary teachers of the Maluso East District School, Basilan Province attended the Mushroom Production training in Zamboanga City.
The Department of Agriculture – RFO IX in coordination with the Soils Laboratory and La Paz Research Station (LPRS) held the hands-on training for the participants. Certified trainors, Soils Lab mushroom training head Ma. Lina Repollo presented the first part of the training which covers Mushroom Culture Preparation and Spawn Production and Planting process, while LPRS Head Orlando Telmo presented the Fruiting bag preparation, Fruiting process and Harvesting.

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