The Department of Agriculture Region 9 through its Gender and Development (GAD) program recently sponsored the 1st Regional Women’s Forum at Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City.
Some 100 women officers and members from different women organizations in Zamboanga Peninsula attended the said forum. Mrs. Marissa Mohammad, GAD Regional Focal Person said “women play a crucial role in our society. This forum aims to enhance women’s awareness on their rights and promote gender equality through community initiatives and advocacy.”Ms. Rosalyn Romo Echem, Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Accredited Speaker presented the different roles of women elaborating the Magna Carta for Women. This is strengthened by Republic Act 9710, an act defining women empowerment, the rights of the women to be protected, to participate and to be represented in decision and policy making.
The Department of Agriculture fortified its extensive technology transfer on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Corn.
After the schedules of trainings on GAP for corn in different provinces in the Zamboanga Peninsula which was attended by municipal corn coordinators, DA’s Corn Banner program team went on by municipalities to conduct equal training to farmers’ association and cooperative presidents and barangay captains.
Among the corn achievers in different regions nationwide, the Local Government
Unit of San Miguel, Zamboangadel Sur was awarded Outstanding Municipality during the
3rd National Quality Corn Achievers Award in Pampanga.
The awarding was conducted along with the celebration of the 11th Philippine
National Corn Congress. Bearing the theme “Moving Forward, Enhancing Competitiveness:
Philippine Corn towards ASEAN Integration,” the Philippine Maize Federation,
Incorporated in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture gave recognition to the efforts and contributions of corn stakeholders on the increment of the corn industry in the country.
“Bantayan natin na maayos ang pag-implementar ng kalsada dahil ang magbabayad nito ay lahat tayo, ang mga anak at ang magiging mga apo natin.”
National Deputy Project Director Arnel V. De Mesa of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), gave this message recently to the people of Zamboanga del Norte particularly from Tampilisan Municipality after the ground breaking ceremony of the Rehabilitation/Concreting of Poblacion- Farmington-Galingon-Balacbaan-Cabong-Tilubog farm-to-market road covering 13.82 kilometers worth more than P188 Million.
De Mesa pointed out that PRDP is a loan of the national government from World Bank. The national government has borrowed over US$500 Million for rural development to achieve inclusive growth for both the agriculture and fishery sectors. This will be implemented throughout the country. In the case of Tampilisan, the P188 Million shall be shared of which the 80 percent or more than P150 Million would come from the WB loan proceeds, the Department of Agriculture gives the 10 percent equity while PLGU Zamboanga del Norte has put up the other 10 percent counterpart.