Friday, March 31, 2023

DA-10 4Ks validates 5 sites in Impasug-ong town

The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) through the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) program, visited five sites in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon to conduct a Preliminary Social Investigation (PSI)

With the program focused on serving the Indigenous People (IP) and Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC), DA-10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that the undertaking is in response to the local government of Impasug-ong’s request of broadening the reach of the 4Ks program in their locality.

Sites included are sitios Ananaso, New Imbatug, Paculab, Paganahan, and Ulayanon in barangay Kalabugao, which are all inhabited by the Higaonon tribe.

April Grace M. Racines, DA-10 4Ks focal person, said that the PSI gauges the agricultural needs and identifies the available crops and livestock in an area through interviews, geotagging, site inspection, and validation.

Results of the investigation, she added, will then be used to determine the necessary interventions to be poured out in the identified sites.

On top of the mentioned sitios, Dir. Collado detailed that eight more sites are eyed to be validated soon.

The 4Ks is a three-year special project of DA that aims to aid the IPs through agri-fishery-related livelihood projects and to capacitate them through agricultural skills training and workshops to increase their knowledge and productivity. (CRSeraspe/DA-10)

Agri dept 10 links Bukidnon onion farmer to Cebu market

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To meet the market’s increasing demand for red onions, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) under the helm of OIC–Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado administered the market linkage and sale of ‘Red Pinoy’ onions to SariSuki Cebu on January 27, 2023

With help from DA’s recently turned over delivery truck to the local government of Sumilao, Bukidnon dubbed as the ‘Kadiwa on Wheels’, Joseph G. Aguilar, an onion farmer from barangay Kisolon, was able to transport 1 ton of his produce overall costing to P200K (at P200 per kilo) to the CdeO City port, which was later on shipped to Cebu.

On such initiative, RED Collado said that the agency through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) vigorously pursues the facilitation of linkages of farmers and fisherfolk enterprises (FFEs) and other agri-based MSMEs with consumer markets and institutional buyers.

Through DA’s Kadiwa displays, individuals, especially those farmers’ cooperatives, and associations (FCAs) may sell their harvest at competitive prices with an assured link to a market; thereby, ensuring the quality and freshness of their agricultural produce.

The said shipment was also assisted by the DA-Bureau of Plant Industry-Plant Quarantine Service Cagayan de Oro through its OIC-Manager, Arnold S. Dela Cruz.

Ahead of Aguilar’s Cebu market, he has also sold 1,488 kilos of red onions amounting to P431,781 to Gaisano Mall Malaybalay City on January 20. (MPMTablon/DA-10)

LGU Sumilao gets P2-M Kadiwa grant from DA-10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To ensure the availability and accessibility of food commodities, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) handed over the certificate of turnover of the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Financial Grant Assistance worth P2 million to the local government unit (LGU) of Sumilao, Bukidnon, at the agency compound

Said amount forms part of the total project cost amounting to P2.5-M, wherein DA-10 granted 80% of the portion and LGU Sumilao counterpart 20% amounting to P500K.

On January 27, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga and Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) Assistant Division chief Ferdinand F. Caraballe, led the turnover of the procured cargo transport delivery truck from the overall project amount to LGU Sumilao municipal agriculturist Melchora G. Dumayao.

DA-10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said the program will make it possible for farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs), and organizations to take part in the convenient and sufficient food supply distribution system and assure the stability of food and other basic commodities in the region with high consumer demand.

In return, Dumayao expressed her gratitude to DA which enabled them to purchase a said truck that is for priority use for high-value crop farmers in the municipality, to assist them in the reduction of their transportation costs.

DA-10 seeks to empower local farmers by providing a direct and effective farm-to-consumer food supply chain in order to address the continuing demand for agri-fishery products, including in helping stabilize the price of red onions in the market. (MPMTablon/DA-10)

Agri 10 grants P1.5-M for Baungon demo farm, training center on organic agriculture upgrade

Cagayan de Oro City – To aid in the continuous operations of the ATI-certified organic agriculture (OA) hub, the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) under the leadership of OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado handed over the P1.5 million worth of check to the Department of Education – Bukidnon District on January 20, 2023, this city

Funded by the agency’s OA program, the amount is for the rehabilitation and enhancement of the demonstration farm and training center on OA in barangay Imbatug, Baungon, Bukidnon purposely to boost the knowledge and skills of the students, and teachers of Baungon National High School (BNHS), farmers and other relevant stakeholders.

The conferred amount is set for the repair of the training center; enhancement of the poultry house, edible landscaping, stock room, and mushroom house; establishment of a greenhouse; construction of a perimeter fence; procurement of assorted vegetable seeds, agri tools, and equipment; and for the conduct of briefings.

The check release was led by Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, OA focal person Mark Lagamon and in the presence of other DA-10 officials, to DepEd-Buk thru Henry J. Lood, district in-charge and Nanette D. Soriano, BNHS principal, and also witnessed by Baungon municipal agriculturist Janel C. Redondo and other staff from DepEd-Buk, BNHS, and DA-10. (JLO/DA-10)

Php1.74-B PRDP IBUILD proposals up for technical review

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project 10 (DA-PRDP 10) is up for a Joint Technical Review (JTR) of Php1.74 billion proposed IBUILD subprojects (SPs) on January 16-20, 2023, in this city.

In his message, DA-10 OIC – Regional Executive Director and RPCO 10 Project Director Carlene C. Collado encouraged the participants to maximize the activity in enhancing and refining their project proposals for further review and approval of the Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB).

“For these subprojects, I am urging everyone to fast-track the preparation of the documentary requirements. The approval of your proposals depends on how responsive you are in complying with the needed documents. We are all willing to assist you in polishing your proposals until their approval.”

The subprojects under review are the following:

• 9.7 km Concreting of Sepac-Salimpono-Capundag-Ventura FMR w/ bridge worth Php 232,203,000.00 (Sapanga Dalaga, Mis.Occ)

• 11.16 km Concreting of Tipan-Binuangan-Senote-Clain Settlement FMR worth Php 200,000,000.00 (Oroquieta City, Mis. Occ)

• 3. 9.87 km Concreting of Mohon-Camanucan-San Juan FMR worth Php 197,400,000.00 (Panaon, Mis. Occ)

• 4. 12.32 km Concreting of Panalsalan – Cartagena – Luzaran – Damapalan – Macalibre Alto FMR worth Php 104,820,000.00 (Misamis Occidenta)

• 5. 13.11 km Concreting of Sinara Bajo – Sinara Alto – Dinas – Katipunan FMR worth Php 200,197,154.40 ( Misamis Occidental)

• 6. 12.6 km Concreting of Poblacion-Concepcion-New Eden-Portulin FMR amounting to Php 221M (Pangantucan, Bukidnon)

• 7. 12.08 km Rehabilitation and Concreting of Sumalsag-Comocomo-Mindagat-Lumbatan FMR worth Php 200M (Malitbog, Bukidnon)

• 8. 9.46 km Concreting of Farm-to-Market Road w/ Drainage at Sitio Cacawon, Kulasihan to Purok 2 Kangay, Capitan Juan to Purok 4 to Purok 5 Katiguman to Purok 6 Pinamanguhan, Capitan Juan to Block 2 Kaatuan amounting to Php 191,930,828.00 (Lantapan, Bukidnon)

• 9. 6.516 km Concreting of Farm-to-Market Road with Drainage at Balila Proper to Sitio Gahub to Purok 5 Kaatuan with a length of worth Php 133,327,268.80 (Lantapan, Bukidnon)

• 10. 4.736 km is the Concreting of Mabuhay-San Isidro Upper Pendulonan-Tenazas-Dao FMR amounting to Php 100M (Lala, Lanao del Norte)

• 11. Construction of Warehouse with Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP) worth Php 11M (Brgy. Andil, Lala, LDN)

• Construction of Warehouse with Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP) worth Php 11M (Brgy. Abaga, Lala, LDN)

• Construction of Warehouse with Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP) worth Php 11M (Brgy. Rebe, Lala, LDN)

• Construction of Warehouse with Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP) with cold storage worth Php 11M (Brgy. Lala Proper, Lala, LDN)

• Construction of Warehouse and Solar Dryer worth Php 11M (Brgy. Pendulunan, Lala, LDN)

• Construction of Double “A” Slaughterhouse with Cold Storage worth Php 90M (Misamis Occidental)

• Construction of Double “A” Slaughterhouse with Cold Storage worth Php 59M (Don Carlos, Bukidnon)

The technical review is conducted to find out the readiness of the proposals to comply with needed documents and requirements based on the standards set by the World Bank.

Further, to help improve the proposals to qualify for the Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) review and approval.

The full-blown proposals are expected to be reviewed and approved by the RPAB in February 2023 and project implementation to commence in the succeeding months.

The JTR is participated by the proponent LGUs and components/units of RPCO 10 and is virtually assisted by concerned units and components from the National Project Coordinating Office and Project Support Office of Mindanao. (DA RFO-10)

DA-10 stages workshop to bolster coffee industry in Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON — In an effort to strengthen support for the coffee farmers and industry in Mindanao, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA RFO-10) headed by OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, in partnership with Nestlé Philippines, Inc., held a workshop on January 16-20, 2023 to finalize the Mindanao Coffee Project (MCP), this city

Through the MCP, the agency aims to establish a globally competitive, sustainable, and product-diversified coffee industry in Mindanao to benefit local farmers, traders, manufacturers, and exporters.

In her welcome message, DA-10 OIC-Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Cora A. Dumayaca thanked the agency’s partners from the public and private sectors for the support they continuously extend to coffee farmers in Mindanao.

High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) and National Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (NUPAP) Director Gerald Glenn F. Panganiban, Ph.D enjoined the participants to actively participate in said event, as the workshop’s inputs contribute to the impactful work the agency does for coffee farmers in the country.

Meanwhile, Nestlé Philippines, Inc. Senior Vice President and Corporate Affairs Head Jose Uy III reaffirmed their company’s commitment to empowering coffee farmers in Mindanao, particularly those from the provinces of Bukidnon and Sultan Kudarat – two of the country’s leading coffee producers.

The five-day workshop highlighted proposed projects by the University of Southern Mindanao and Nestlé Philippines, Inc., which tackled the productivity of Robusta coffee to organic and inorganic fertilizers, fertilizer support for coffee farmers, and the establishment and improvement of integrated coffee centers in Sultan Kudarat and Bukidnon, respectively.

During the said event, representatives from DA regional offices 9 to 13 also presented their plans and upcoming projects for FY 2023 and 2024. They underscored the Philippine Coffee Industry Roadmap 2021-2025 and the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan.

As a showcase of its ‘regenerative’ agricultural farming practices, Nestlé Philippines, led by its SVP Uy, also facilitated a tour of the Bukidnon Integrated Coffee Center (BICC) and its model coffee farms in Maramag town.

Also supporting the activity were DA-10 RTD for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, Ph.D., Agribusiness, and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) Supervising Agriculturist Ferdinand F. Caraballe, and HVCDP focal person Kersten S. Pagalan. (GDAndres/DA-10)

One DA unifies food security, logistics plan for NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Jan. 18/PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and its attached agencies, bureaus, and corporations in northern Mindanao met on January 12, to craft a unified Regional Food Security and Logistics Plan for the year 2022.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado called on the said gathering in response to the identified action areas to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, African Swine Fever (ASF), and Typhoon Odette on the region’s food production and movement of basic food commodities.

The plan is guided by the region’s supply and demand situation with the ultimate goal of food availability and affordability.

The key activities of the said plan include the continuation of the issuance of food passes, improvement and mobilization of Kadiwa, close monitoring of planting and production areas, ascertaining NFA buffer stocks, availability of buffer seeds stocks (rice, corn, and vegetables) for the wet season.

Further, fast-tracking of Typhoon Odette rehabilitation programs and projects, minimizing impediments to free flow of goods especially to ‘Odette’-affected areas, strategic campaigns for urban, vertical, and backyard gardening, and coordination with concerned stakeholders to augment cargo allocation for hogs from the region to Luzon.

DA-RFO 10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said the services of the OneDA agencies should remain unhampered despite the challenges faced by the agriculture sector.

“The pandemic is not ending any soon. We need to learn to live with the virus. We need to be resilient,” she said.
Madriaga emphasized that to be resilient, there is a need to come up with a Food Security Plan that will direct the collective actions in achieving the goals of uplifting the lives of the region’s farmers and fisherfolk in the new normal era.