CORN
The Department of Agriculture’s Agri-Pinoy Corn Program aims to increase production of quality corn and also cassava for human consumption, feeds and industrial uses, as well as empower the farmers and increase their income, thereby improving their quality of life.
Overall strategy is to fast track the expansion of hybrid corn, cassava and other feed crops production to achieve food and feed self-sufficiency, enhance the competitiveness of the domestic livestock and poultry sectors through cheaper feed inputs as well as generate jobs in rural communities.


PRODUCTION SUPPORT SERVICES

White Corn Seed Production and Exchange Subsidy
Production and distribution of quality registered and certified open-pollinated variety (OPV) corn seeds under counterpart arrangement with LGUs to farmers practicing coconut-corn intercrop and those in the uplands whose main staple is white corn grits.

Support to Cassava Production
Provision of high-yielding varieties of cassava seed pieces in support to contract growing arrangement between farmers and processors/end-users and distribution of post-harvest facilities under counterpart-funding arrangement.

Organic-based agriculture program
Establishment of Mixing Plants and Organic Fertilizer Production Centers and promotion on the use of Bio-N and organic fertilizer in partnership with LGUs,
Techno demos and distribution of lime/dolomite to farmer- cooperatives to correct soil acidity in the farm clusters,
Soil fertility mapping and sampling undertaken by the DA Regional Field Units (DA-RFUs) and the Bureau of Soils and Water Management,
AgriKalikasan Program promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

Farm Mechanization and Tractor Pool Program
Provision for farm tractors and implements (plow and other attachments, mechanical planters) under counterpart arrangements with LGUs, farmer-organizations and service providers.

Rehabilitation Assistance
Provision of production inputs, such as quality hybrid and OPV seeds and microbial innoculant, to assist farmers who are victims of natural calamities such as drought, typhoons, and floods to recover their losses.


IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT

Small Farmer Irrigated Corn Production Program
Provision and construction of shallow tube wells (STWs) under counterpart arrangement with LGUs and farmer-organizations for pilot irrigated corn cluster wide projects.

POST HARVEST DEVELOPMENT

Installation of Post-harvest processing and Trading Centers, Village type driers, corn mill, hammer mill, hermetic cocoon, cassava chippers, granulators and graters and other post harvest equipment under counterpart arrangement with LGUs, farmer-organizations and service providers.
Provision of technical assistance and evaluation and monitoring of LGU-based post harvest facilities by PHilMech.

EXTENSION SUPPORT SERVICES

DA continuously re-educates and establishes mechanisms to capacitate Agriculture Extension Workers in communicating the latest technologies to farmer-clientele.

Farmer Education Program
Training of Trainers’ (TOTs) Courses for LGU-based extension personnel, including curriculum development, through Agricultural Training Institute
Corn Cluster/IPM Farmer Field Schools (FFSs)

REGULATORY SERVICES

Corn Standards Development and Promotion Program
To develop and implement a classification and grading standards for the marketing of white and yellow corn grains thru the joint efforts of the BAFPS and NFA.

RICE

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program is one of the banner components of the Department of Agriculture mainly concerned in rice farming and uplifting the lives of Filipino farmers.

Guided by the principles of the Agrikulturang Pilipino (Agri-Pinoy) framework, the National Rice Program integrates government initiatives and interventions for the agriculture sector, namely: food security and self-sufficiency, sustainable resource management, support services from farm to table, and broad-based local partnerships.

Objectives
The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program plays a key role in the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP), the central focus of the country’s food security policy from 2011 to 2016 and beyond.

With the vision of a food-secure where farmers enjoy a decent and rising standard of living, the FSSP 2011-2016 aims to achieve self-sufficiency in food staples. Self-sufficiency means satisfying domestic requirements for food, seeds, processing, and through domestic production.

Beyond 2013, the aim is to strengthen national resilience in staples production. The key strategies are concentrated in the following (1) raising farmers productivity and competitiveness, (2) enhancing economic incentives and enabling mechanisms, and (3) managing food staples consumption.

PRODUCTION SUPPORT SERVICES

Establishment of Community Seed Banks; including rehabilitation and establishment, distribution of simple seed processing equipment; and locally adopted starter seeds

Support to Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Centers (RIARC) development and activation, including production and distribution of registered seeds, and purification and multiplication of traditional and locally-adopted varieties

Disaster response like buffer seed stocking and provision of insurance coverage

Establishment of pest control measures like bactericides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and light traps

Promotion of nutrient management tools as aid in formulation of Site Specific Nutrient Management (SSNM) options and varieties

IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT

Support DA-National Irrigation Administration in the restoration, rehabilitation, and generation of irrigation systems and their service areas
Provision of Small Scale Irrigation Projects in rice cluster areas to ensure that major waterways are functional to achieve high irrigation efficiency
Operating, monitoring and evaluation of irrigable areas or service areas expand through restoration, rehabilitation, and construction of Small Water Impounding Projects, Diversion Dams, and Small Farm Reservoirs


POSTHARVEST DEVELOPMENT

Distribution of postharvest equipment and machinery

Construction and rehabilitation of palay sheds and warehouses, and multi-purpose drying pavements


EXTENSION SUPPORT
Conduct of trainings and training-related events for farmers such as technology transfers, schools-on-the air, Farmers' Field Day, sustainable agriculture practices, Palay Check, Palayamanan, and other social mobilization activities
Conduct of technology demonstrations (Techno-Demo) such as varietal TD, compact hybrid/cluster, community-based MRC, LSTD, abiotic stress environments, etc.
Promotion and showcase of environment-friendly technologies adaptable to organic production
Technology commercialization for ratooned rice, upland, submergence, and saline rice varieties
Technology updating and re-tooling of agricultural extension workers (AEWs) and farmer technicians by conducting specialized trainings
Provision of logistical support to LGU Extension Workers and Technicians,
Organization and strengthening of Irrigators Associations (IAs) and farmers' organizations by forming and mobilizing clusters and conducting technical briefings

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Adopts research and development activities on new rice technologies, such as researcher and farmer-managed adaptability trials for new hybrids and inbred certified seeds; screening, selection and commercialization of special rice varieties like organic and biotic-stress resistant; assessment and validation of soil fertility of rice clusters for organic rice production;
Promotion and adoption of technology on controlled irrigation, irrigated and rain-fed rice systems

FARM MECHANIZATION
The way to progress in rice production is the introduction of farm machineries which allow timely production and post harvest operations, reduce labor productions and postharvest operation cost, and optimizes utilization of rice farms and labor productivity.
PhilMech in coordination with the Department of Agriculture's regional offices, and local government units, will subsidize the farmers' acquisition of farm machineries and equipment up to 85 percent. The farmers will only pay 15 percent as counterpart to the total amount of the machinery.
Farm Machineries Drying Facilities Storage Facilities
Hand Tractors MPDP Outdoor Storage Technology
Four-wheel Tractors Flatbed Fryer Warehouse
Threshers Recirculating Dryer
Rice Seed Cleaner Collapsible Dryer
Rice Combine Harvester
Floating Tiller

HOW TO AVAIL?
• a legitimate Irrigators Association, Farmers Association, or Cooperative
• registered under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)
• submit all requirements such as the letter of intent, (Municipal Agriculture Officer) MAO’s endorsement, Board Resolution, fill in the pro forma, and pay the equity of fifteen percent (15%) of the total amount of the machinery as their counterpart to the Department of Agriculture. (www.philmech.gov.ph)
Sa tamang proseso, tiyak ang asenso!

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Regional Field Office No. IX
Zamboanga Peninsula


2015 DIRECTORY OF KEY POSITIONS


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


DR. DENNIS H. PALABRICA
Assistant Regional Director for Operations
Contact No. 0917-710-2538


ENGR. PETER M. ANDALAHAO
OIC Assistant Regional Director for Policy, Planning, Research and Regulatory
Contact No. 0917-700-7035


Division Chiefs

EDGARDO B. TABAL, MPA
Field Operations Division
Contact No. 0919- 390- 1749

LUISITA M. ABELLA, RPAE
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

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


VICTORINO Z. GUILLERMO, DVM
OIC - Regulatory Division
Contact No. 0928- 381- 5859


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


GWENDOLYN B. FOLGO, RPAE
Regional Agricultural Engineering Division
Contact No. 0919-355-9747


Banner Programs Coordinators

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

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

HVCDP
ANA S. AYING
Contact No. 0919-846-9622

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

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


SPECIAL PROJECTS FOCAL PERSONS

AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS ENHANCEMENT FUND (ACEF)
Engr. JESUS C. ABELLA, CSEE
Contact No. 062-991-2594


BARANGAY FOOD TERMINAL (BFT)
FERDINAND D. GAMOROT, CSEE
Contact No. 0920-809-9273


BOTTOM-UP-BUDGETING (BUB) / PAMANA
RONALDO I. MARAVILLA
Contact No. 0917-795-8955


FARM – TO – MARKET ROADS (FMR)
Engr. GWENDOLYN B. FOLGO
Contact No. 0919-355-9747


GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT (GAD) / SAJAHATRA
MARISSA S. MOHAMMAD
Contact No. 0948-658-6343


ORGANIC AGRICULTURE PROGRAM
PRISCILLA C. JOVER
Contact No. 0928-430-2711

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


SUPPORT TO EMERGENCY LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SELAP-II)
Engr. JEROME L. JAMANULLA, CE
Contact No. 0917-710-3799



AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM COORDINATORS (APCo)

Zamboanga City/ Isabela City RONALDO I. MARAVILLA
Contact No. 0917-795-8955

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. 0908-963-8252

 

The GREAT Women Project 2 or GW2 is a project focusing on capacity building for women involved in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The Department of Agriculture RFO IX as implementing partner, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) as lead agency; has apportioned 5% funding utilization from its regular programs for the Gender and Development (GAD) activities which supports for the GW2 project in the region.
GREAT Women stands for Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women. With this project, it targets to advocate regulatory and policy reforms to institutionalizeWomen Economic Empowerment (WEE). This would build up entrepreneurial skills to help sustain and make women businesses more profitable.
In the recent orientation workshop held in Manila, DA9 - Agribusiness Division, Supervising Agriculturist Marissa S. Mohammad said that the Great Women Project 2 can locate deserving women groups in the Zamboanga Peninsula. “A number of women agricultural achievers/ women associations have been recognized, including young women organizations, and these women groups can be enrolled in GW2 to be more equipped with necessary entrepreneurial skills to sustain the projects and incomes.”

Brief History

Traces of Modern Philippine agriculture became most visible to the outside World at the height of the Spanish regime when industries were encouraged and develop and supplied the major needs of the colonizer Spain and the other European customers for tobacco, sugar and abaca.

At the proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898, which gave birth to the first Philippine Republic under the stewardship of President Emilio Aguinaldo, several offices and agencies were established. The then Department of Agriculture and manufacturing was created through a presidential proclamation on June 23, 1898.

By 1901, a policy of diversification was adopted under American Sovereignty, which gave emphasis to the development of other agricultural products, like rice and other basic commodities, and also fishing, forestry and mining. The insular bureau of Agriculture was then created under the department of interior through Act 271.

“These buildings will not remain as structures but will serve as a healthy and productive workplace to serve the people particularly the clientele of the Department of Agriculture, the farmers and the fisherfolk,” said Engr. Silvano D. Corpuz, Jr. Chief, Integrated Laboratory Division during the recent inauguration of the 11 DA buildings and facilities in Sanito, Ipil, ZamboangaSibugay.

The Integrated Laboratory costs 33Million. It is composed of 11 structures namely the Regional Soils Laboratory, Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Avian Influenza Laboratory, Regional Animal Feed Analysis Laboratory, Aflatoxin Laboratory, Chemical Stockroom, Animal House, Incinerator Building, Meat Laboratory, Tissue Laboratory, and Dormitory.

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