The Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office 9 through its Agri – Pinoy Rice Program recently, conducted a mass turnover of farm facilities in Molave,Zamboangadel Sur.
“The Agri – Pinoy Rice Program aims to reach the most remote and the farthest areas in the region and bring farm mechanization to increase efficiency and reduce postharvest losses,” Dr. CarlitoLarubis said during the turnover.

 
A total of P657,789,000 is up for bidding for concreting of 60.698 kilometers farm-to-market roads (FMRs) across the three provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula.
 
Department of Agriculture Regional Director Constancio G. Alama disclosed recently after one year of assisting the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
 
Director Alama said that last December, four proposed FMR concreting from the three provinces were issued No Objection Letter 1 (NOL1) by National Project Coordination Office (NPCO) which signaled proponent provinces to proceed on the procurement process.
 
He said that Zamboanga del Sur has proposed 5 FMR subprojects but two got NOL1 first, namely: 1) Josefina-Mahayag to Molave segment connecting 18.218 kilometer FRMs from Gumahan-Leonardo-B. Tudela-Diwan-Gonosan-Parasan-Culo-Mabuhay-Sudlon. 2) rehab/concreting of Gapasan-Laperian-Buenaswerte-Sambulawan-Navalan FRMs covering 11.870 kilometers.

Business Plans of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte are now awaiting for approval and funding from theDepartment of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).
PRDP is a special project of the Department of Agriculture in which according to Regional Director Constancio G. Alama, DA IX has been assisting the Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs) to develop a Business Enterprise in partnership with the private sectors.

A totalof 13,727,500 pesos Farm-to-Market Road projects were officially turned over to Dinas and Mahayag in Zamboanga del Sur under the Department of Agriculture – Support to Emergency Livelihood Assistance Project 2 (DA-SELAP 2).
Each concreted FMR project has a length of 1 kilometer servicing agricultural areas of 250 hectares for Dinas and 648 hectares for Mahayag. Both projects are focused on rice, corn, cassava and coconut. A household of 344 in Mahayag and 1,080 in Dinas are benefiting from the concreted road.
As testified by one of the farmers present during the turnover Ms. Marcelina Aplaca, 72, cassava farmer of Mahayag said that her hauling cost was reduced from P20.00/sack to P10.00/sack thus increases her income.

Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 9
Zamboanga Peninsula

MANDATE

The Department of Agriculture is the principal agency of the Philippine government responsible for the promotion of Agricultural development growth. In pursuit of this, it provides the policy framework, helps direct public investment, and in support necessary to make agriculture and agri-based enterprises profitable and to help spread the benefits of development to the poor, particularly those in the rural areas.


VISION

A modernized smallholder agriculture and fisheries and a diversified rural economy that is dynamic, technologically advanced and internationally competitive. Its transformation is guided by the sound practices of resource sustainability, the principles of social justice, and a strong private sector participation.


MISSION

To help empower the small farming and fishing communities and the private sector to produce enough, accessible and affordable food for every Filipino and a decent income for all.


COVERAGE

The Department of Agriculture in Region IX serves the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Pagadian, Dipolog, Dapitan and Isabela in Basilan Province.

CONSTANCIO G. ALAMA
Regional Director
Contact No.0920 278 9816

DENNIS H. PALABRICA, DRDev
Asst. Director for Operations
Contact No. 09177102538

RONALDO I. MARAVILLA
OIC - Asst. Director for Research Policy, Planning and Regulatory
Contact No. 09177958955


DIVISION CHIEFS

REYNALDO C. CAMPOMANES
Field Operations Division
Contact No. 0908-8656552

ENGR. LUISITA M. ABELLA 
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division
Contact No. 0919- 838 -7579

ROWENA I. PAJES, MPA
Administrative and Finance Division
Contact No. 0921- 985-1771

ROGER O. BAGAFORO, RPAE
Research Division
Contact No. 0918-444-1920

ENGR. GWENDOLYN B. FOLGO
Regional Agricultural Engineering Division (Interim)
Contact No. 0919-355-9747

FERDINAND D. GAMOROT, CSEE
Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division
Contact No. 0920- 809- 9273

EDGARDO B. TABAL, MPA
Regulatory Division
Contact No. 0947-352-2213

ENGR. SILVANO C. CORPUZ, JR.
Integrated Laboratories Division
Contact No. 0916-343-9845


BANNER PROGRAM COORDINATORS

RICE
EVELYN P. ACADEMIA
Contact No. 0998-378-6173

CORN
TESSIE F. MONTANO
Contact No. 0920-817-1392

HVCDP
REYNALDO M. CAMPOMANES
Contact No. 0908-865-6552

LIVESTOCK
DARWIN LLOYD SULAY, DVM
Contact No. 0921-560-6605

ORGANIC AGRICULTURE PROGRAM
CARLITO LARUBIS DPA
Contact No. 0908-963-8525


FOCAL PERSONS

GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT (GAD) 
INELIN R. CABEGUIN
Contact No. 0927-6373776

AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS ENHANCEMENT FUND (ACEF)
JESUS C. ABELLA 

BOTTOM-UP-BUDGETING (BUB) / PAMANA
RUSSENDYL W. ACUÑA 
Contact No.  0927-9443169

PHILIPPINE RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (PRDP) / REGIONAL CONVERGENCE INITIATIVE (RCI)
DENNIS H. PALABRICA, DRDev
Contact No. 0917-710-2538

LEGAL UNIT
HANNIBAL P. BAYO-ANG
Contact No. 0929-581-2587

CLIMATE CHANGE
ERNESTO O. OLLER
Contact No. 0915-608-3794

EL NIÑO
ANTHONY RYAN M. CREDO
Contact no. 0926-5022173


AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM COORDINATORS (APCo)

Zamboanga City/ Isabela City ARNULFO O. ESTRADA
Contact No. 0927-9083012

Zamboanga Sibugay WINIFREDA P. JOSE
Contact No. 0999-842-7199

Zamboanga del Norte ANA S. AYING
Contact No. 0919-846-9622

Zamboanga del Sur CARLITO A. LARUBIS
Contact No. 0908-963-8525


STATION HEADS

Cluster I

ORLANDO O. TELMO
Head, Lapaz Experiment Station
Lapaz, Zamboanga City
Contact No. 0916-560-4245

JUNAS ARAYA
Head, San Ramon Research & Techno-Demo Farm
San Ramon, Zamboanga City
Contact No. 0936-472-5266

AGUSTILITO CARIÑO
Isabela City Research Outreach Station
Lantung, Isabela City, Basilan Province
Contact No. 0916-237-2814

Cluster II

EMILIO LANIT
Mindanao Livestock Production Center
Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte
Contact No. 0946-243-6512

EFREN S. RAGAY
Western Mindanao Horticulture Center
Siare-Inuman, Zamboanga del Norte

PEDRO L. AMBABANG
Surabay Rubber Research and Development Station
Mabini, R. T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay

JULIAN TESTA
R. T. Lim Animal Complex
Taruc, R. T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay
Contact No. 0921-216-3521

Cluster III

RUBEN I. BALTONADO
Betinan Research Station
Betinan, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur
Contact No. 0918-741-4235

CYNTHIA G. LITIGIO, DVM
Dumalinao Swine & Poultry Breeding Center
Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur
Contact No. 0915-919-6434 / 0999-993-3123

FELIXIA L. BOMES
Mahayag Livestock Breeding Center
Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur
Contact No. 0998-973-2028


INTEGRATED LABORATORIES DIVISION

JOSEPHINE D. DATOY, DVM
RADDL
DA-Tumaga Complex, ZC
Contact No. 992-4165

MARIA GEMMA S. GENALDO
SOILS
DA-BPI Compound, Port Area, ZC
Contact No. 991-2912

PRISCILLA JOVER
Regional Crops Protection Center
Sudlon, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur
Contact No. 0928-430-2711

ENGR. LUCENA P. JIMERA
Regional Animal Feed Analysis Laboratory
DA-Tumaga Complex, ZC
991-6350


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