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Apayao gets P278M ... agricultural and irrigation projects. Of the total P278M investment, the DA through the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is alloting P237M to construct or repair 45 irrigation proj ects in seven municipalities. W hen completed, the 45 systems will irrigate an additional 2,290 hectares (ha), said NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel. Of the 45 projects, two are national irrigation systems, with an initial budget of P100M this year: P80M for the newlylaunched Marimay Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (MSRIP); and P20M for the rehabilitation and expansion of the W est Apayao-Abulug Irrigation System (WAAIS). The MSRIP is a four-year project with a total budget of P499M, while the WAAIS is a five-year project with a total budget of P399M, funded by the World Bank under the Participatory Irrigation Development Program, said Nangel. When completed in 2015, the MSRIP will irrigate an additional 1,200 ha in Flora, Apayao, and benefit 600 farm-families; while the WAAIS, when completed in 2016, will serve 1,742 ha in Pudtol and Luna towns, in Apayao, and 2815 in Abulug and Pamplona towns, in Cagayan, benefiting a total 3,363 farmfamilies, said NIA Cordillera regional manager John Socalo. Secretary Alcala said with the completion of the MSRIP and WAAIS, Apayao will become a major rice surplus producer in the Cordilleras, including a supplier of fancy, aromatic and upland rice varieties for both the domestic and export markets. Last year, Apayao produced close to 98,500 metric tons (MT) of palay, according to the DA’s Bureau of Agricultural Statistics. The volume is equivalent to 64,017 MT of rice at 65 percent milling recovery. With an estimated population of about 120,000 in 2011, and a provincial per capita consumption of 125 kilograms (kgs), Apayao’s total rice requirement would amount to a maximum of 18,000 MT, including 20 percent for seeds, postharvest losses and wastage, said NIA-CAR manager John Socalo. This leaves a surplus of more 45,000 MT, which is traded and sold in rice-deficit provinces in the Cordilleras and other Luzon provinces, Socalo said. During a Stakeholders’ Forum and Irrigators’ Associations’ (IAs) Congress, in Luna, Apayao, on June 11, 2012, Secretary Alcala also handed over certificates of awards and entitlement for various agricultural and livelihood

(from p1) projects worth P36M to farmers’ and fisherfolk’s groups, IAs, rural women and youth, and their respective local government units. The forum was attended by more than a thousand participants, led by Governor Elias Bulut, Jr., Rep. Eleanor BulutBegtang, and Mayor Betty C. Verzola of Luna, Apayao. In appreciation for their attendance and active participation during the forum, the DA chief raffled off to lucky attendees P5.4-M worth of farm machinery, equipment, inputs, and farm animals. These included a hand tractor with trailer, 30 rice threshers, 10 cutter/harvesters, 10 power and knapsack sprayers, 10 laminated storage sacks, 100 fruit tree seedlings, three head of carabao with implements, and dozens of native pigs, upgraded Anglo-Nubian bucks, and rabbits.

Vol. XXVII No. 6

June 2012

DA shares P510M Secretary ‘Procy’ Alcala (right) leads the ceremonial switching of the P499-million Marimay Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (MSRIP), June 11, 2012, in Luna, Apayao. When completed, the MSRIP will irrigate 1,200 hectares and benefit 600 farm-families, and further solidify Apayao’s distinction as a rice surplus producerand supplier of fancy, aromatic and upland rice for domestic and export markets. Also shown (from left) are NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel, Apayao Governor Elias K. Bulut, Jr., and Representative Eleanor Bulut-Begtang.

DA allots P24M for Maguindanao The Department of Agriculture has provided Maguindanao small farmers’ and fisherfolk’s groups, and local government units with P24.2-million (M) worth of agricultural and fishery projects, machinery, equipment and inputs to increase their productivity and incomes. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala handed over the various projects to respective beneficiaries during his two-day trip (June 18-19, 2012) in Maguindanao, the 80th province he visited since he assumed office in July 2010. At his first stop at the capital town of Buluan, Secretary Alcala keynoted a provincial ‘Agri-Pinoy Stakeholders’ Forum,’ and dialogued with about 1,500 farmers, fishers and local government officials, led by Governor Esmael

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Mangudadatu. He also handed over an initial P24-M worth of projects, consisting of the following: • P7.9-M worth of farm equipment and inputs through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), led by Regional Secretary Sangkula Tindick. The amount also included a 95-HP farm tractor for the provincial government from DA-Region 12, led by Dir. Amalia Datukan; • P7.3-M worth of farm reservoir, small water impounding projects, and engine pump sets for shallow tube wells, from the DA’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management; • P5-M worth of irrigation projects to be undertaken by the

Secretary Alcala (2nd from left) hands over to Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu a certificate for P24-million worth of agricultural, fishery and irrigation projects for the benefit of Maguindanao farmers and fisherfolk. Maguindanao is the 80th province Secretary Alcala has visited since he assumed office in July 2010. Also shown are Buluan Mayor Datu Ibrahim Mangudadatu (left) and Maguindanao provincial agriculturist Dr. Salik Panalunsong.

DA’s National Irrigation Administration (NIA). The allocation is part of the total 2012 NIA budget for Maguindanao worth P471 M to rehabilitate and repair existing systems. W hen completed, these would irrigate an additional 5,327 hectares; and • P4-M worth of fishery projects, implements and inputs, consisting of boat engines, payaos, a multi-species hatchery, gill nets, and hook and line paraphernalia – from the DA-ARMM Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), led by Dir. Janice Musali. Secretary Alcala said the assistance will enable Maguindanao farmers and fisherfolk engage in sustainable farm and fishery projects, produce adequate food for their families, and earn decent incomes. More importantly, he said the Aquino government’s initiatives through the DA also aim to rebuild the image of Maguindanao as a peaceful and developmentoriented province. He said the P24-M assistance is on top of the regular projects and interventions funded through the DAF-ARMM, DA national commodity programs (rice, corn, high value crops, livestock, and fisheries), and foreign-assisted projects like the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP). The MRDP alone has allotted P285M for Maguindanao to undertake infrastructure projects like farm-to-market roads, acquisition of farm machinery and equipment, and livelihood and natural resources management projects. Aside from the capital town of Buluan, Secretary Alcala also visited the towns of Talayan, Datu Ondin Sinsuat, and Sultan (Pls turn to p10)

for ARMM FMRs, agri projects The Department of Agriculture is alloting an additional P510 Million (M) to increase the productivity and incomes of small and marginal farmers and fisherfolk in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the fund serves as the DA’s share and forms part of the Aquino administration’s P8.59-billion Transition Investment Support Plan (TISP) or ‘stimulus fund’ for the ARMM. The DA’s share will mainly bankroll farm-to-market roads (FMRs) worth P293M, and several agri-fishery projects, which are part of DA’s continuing initiatives to transform the region into a major farm and fishery producer. The DA will also construct a halal livestock facility (worth P23 M), establish a rubber nursery (Pls turn to p11)

Apayao gets P278M for irrigation, agri projects The Provincial government of Apayao will receive P278 million (M) this year from the Department of Agriculture to bankroll several irrigation and agricultural projects that will further solidify its distinction as a surplus rice producer, and a potential exporter of fancy, aromatic rice in succeeding years. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the investment also aims to transform Apayao into a major producer of corn, coffee, vegetables, fruits and other high value crops. He made the commitment during his two-day (June 1112, 2012) visit, where he dialogued with thousands of farmers and local government officials, and visited several (Pls turn to p12)

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (4th from left) leads the celebration of the DA’s 114th anniversary with a tribute to former DA secretaries — incumbent Sorsogon 1st District Rep. Salvador H. Escudero III (right), who received a DA Lifetime Achievement Award, and Bohol 3rd District Rep. Arthur C. Yap (3rd from left) — and ‘soft’ launch of a Food Staples Sufficiency Program policy document, on June 25, at the DA-BSWM hall, in Quezon City. Also shown (from left) are DA Undersecretary Joel Rudinas, Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Rey Umali, and DA Assistant Secretary Dante Delima.

DA honors former chiefs, unveils FSSP Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala led the men and women of the DA family in paying tribute to thier former bosses, during the agency’s114th anniversary celebration, at the DA’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) convention hall, June 25, 2012. Among the past DA chiefs present were Sorsogon 1st District Rep. Salvador H. Escudero III and Bohol 3 rd District Rep. Arthur C. Yap, while former Sec. Domingo Panganiban was represented by Dr. Jess Binamira. The event also featured the ‘soft’ launch of a policy document on the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP), which serves as the medium-term banner program of the Aquino administration to attain sufficiency in rice and major staples. The 72-page FSSP document was formally launched on July 5, during Makina-Saka 2012 or 2nd agricultural machinery exposition, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, with President Benigno S. Aquino III as guest of honor and speaker. Secretary Alcala said the crafting of the FSSP document was

not an easy task, and the implementation of programs to achieve self-sufficiency in food staples is a continuing challenge. “We need all the help we can get from all sectors, and the gesture of unity and support of former DA secretaries on this occasion makes the load a lot lighter,” he said. In his foreword, President Benigno S. Aquino III said “the government has invested in agriculture with a record budget of P61 billion in 2012. This is our investment in the future: to secure the food for our people. “We expect the commensurate returns on these investments in terms of more irrigated areas, climate-resilient farm-to-market roads, community seed banks, postharvest facilities, and effective research, extension, financial and marketing service.” He also commended Secretary Alcala and the members of the DA family “for pursuing our national goal of food staples sufficiency that will favorably impact on the lives of our food producers.” Further, he said the broad par ticipation of irrigators’ associa-

tions and other farm-based groups in implementing and monitoring FSSP interventions is our assurance that the benefits actually reach the farmers. (Pls turn to p6)

Common banana packing facilities to rise in Davao The Department of Agriculture in partnership with small Davao banana growers and exporters will put up common packing facilities that comply with required export standards. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the DA in tandem with the Mindanao Banana Farmers and Exporters Association (MBFEA) will initially put up two common facilities at barangays Kinnamon and Casigan, both in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, worth P3.1 million (M) each. The DA chief visited the prospective sites on June 20, 2012, accompanied by MBFEA officers, led by their chairman Romeo (Pls turn to p2)


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Patuloy nating anihin ang kaunlaran, kasaganahan Ngayong buwan ng Hunyo, kasabay ng kasarinlan ng ating bansa, ay ipinagdiriwang din natin ang ika-114 anibersaryo ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka, na may temang: ‘Sa matuwid na daan, pagkain ay sapat, kabuhayan ay angat.’ Malayo na ang narating ng ating ahensya, mula nang ito’y itinatag ni Pangulong Emilio Aguinaldo noong ika-23 ng Hunyo 1898. At nakakataba ng puso ang pagpuri ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III: “Saludo po ako sa idinidilig na pawis, sakripisyo, at dedikasyon sa panglilingkod ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka upang maihatid ang kaukulang serbisyo sa kanayunan. “Tuloy-tuloy ang pagsasakatuparan natin ng mga de-kalidad na proyekto, … upang mapataas pa ang produksyon at kita ng ating mga magsasaka at mangingisda. “Isa-isa po nating nagagapas ang mabuting bunga ng pagbagtas sa tuwid na landas.” “Kung makikiayon ang panahon, maari na po nating marating ang minimithing kasapatan sa pambansang kamalig ng bigas. “Kasabay ng inyong pakikipagsapalaran ay ang pagsiguro nating may pagkain sa hapag ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino. “Ang hiling ko lang po, huwag sana tayong magpapalunod sa negatibismo o magpapalinlang sa pain ng tukso at katiwalian. Para kay Secretary Procy Alcala naman, buong puso niyang ipinagmamalaki — kasama ang mga pinuno at kawani ng Kagawaran sa buong bansa — ang pagbabalik-tiwala ng ating mga kababayan sa pamahalaan, bilang matatag na sandigan upang sila’y mahango sa kahirapan at gutom, at guminhawa ang kanilang kabuhayan. At malaki ang naiambag ni Sec Procy upang maisakatuparan ito — dahil siya mismo ang naging kinatawan ni Pangulong Aquino sa kanyang pagtungo sa lahat ng walumpong lalawigan sa buong bansa. Siya marahil ang kauna-unahang miyembro ng gabinete ni Pangulong Aquino ang nakagawa nito. Dahil sa kanyang ‘paglalambing’ nailapit niya ang agwat sa pagitan ng ating mga kababayan at ng pamahalaan, at sabay niyang ‘hinaplos’ ang kanilang mga puso upang manumbalik ang kanilang tiwala sa pamahalaan Sabi nga ng mga batang kawani ng DA, ‘kina-reer’ ni Sec Procy ang adhikaing ‘Bridging the gap, touching the heart’ sa ilalim ng panuntunang Agri-Pinoy. Kaya naman, dapat lamang na tapatan din ng ating mga pinuno at kawani ang ginagawa ng ating mahal na Kalihim sa pagbibigay ng mabilis at makabuluhang serbisyo at ayuda sa ating mga kababayan. Akmang-akma rin ang temang napili sa taong ito ng komite na pinangunahan ni Undersecretary Antonio Fleta at Assistant Secretary Allan Umali at Ophelia Agawin. Nawa’y sa tulong ng Poong Maykapal at sa ating patuloy na pagsasama-sama, ating makamit kasapatan sa pagkain, at maiangat ang kabuhayan ng ating mga kapatid sa kanayunan, lalung-lao na ang maliliit na magsasaka at mangingisda. Ani nga ni Pangulong Aquino: “Patuloy po tayong magpunla ng integridad, katarungan, at katapatan tungo sa lalo pang pagyabong ng makabuluhang pagbabago sa ating bayan. “Sama-sama po nating anihin ang kaunlaran at kasaganahan ng Pilipinas.”

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Secretary ‘Procy’ Alcala (2nd from left) inspects bananas for export at the packing facility of the Philippine Fresh Fruits Corp. (PFFC), in Davao City, one of the 44 packing facilities accredited by the DA’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). The DA will initially put up two facilities at barangays Kinnamon and Casig-an, in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, funded under President Aquino’s Social Fund. Also shown (from left) are Dicky Puyod of PFFC, BPI Dir. Clarito Barron, and DA -HVCDP national coordinator Jennifer Remonquillo.

Common banana packing facilities... Garcia, and DA officials. Secretary Alcala said the amount and other expenses are sourced under President Aquino’s Social Fund, which allotted P50M to construct common packing facilities and upgrade existing ones to enable small banana farmers comply with international sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS). Meanwhile, he said the DA through the BPI is currently inspecting small banana packing facilities in Davao region, and accrediting those that meet required standards. To date, the DA-BPI has accredited 44 facilities, operated by small and medium banana growers and exporters. The DA chief urged the MBFEA members to form themselves into clusters so they could be served by the common BPIaccredited packing facilities. He made the call during a June 20 consultation in Tagum City with MBFEA, and other small and multinational banana growers and exporters, along with Davao local government officials, led by Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr. During the forum, the DA chief urged the ‘big players’ — or members of the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters

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Association (PBGEA), headed by its executive director Stephen Antig — to share their technologies and good agricultural practices with the small growers and exporters, so they could be more productive and meet the stringent export standards. He said the DA will also provide small banana growers and exporters technical and marketing assistance, and training through the BPI, DAAgribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), and DA-HVCDP. However, he cautioned some of them not to resort again to ‘pole-vaulting’ or reneging on marketing contracts with multinational companies and dealing with other buyers and importers whenever export prices of banana spike or shoot up, and in the process hastily skipping or relaxing on the required SPS or export standards. Meanwhile, he said the DA, represented by AMAS Director Leandro Gazmin, and officers of the MBFEA and PBGEA, along with trade industry officials went on a trade mission to explore more export markets for Philippine bananas. The group left June 23, for the Middle East, Brussels, Netherlands and Italy.

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(P5 M), and provide farmers’ groups with cassava graters with pressers (worth P5.75 M). To formalize the fund allocation, Secretary Alcala forged a memorandum of agreement with ARMM Governor Muj iv S. Hataman, June 19, 2012 in Davao City. Secretary Alcala said the P510-M fund is on top of the budget that the DA provides the ARMM through its Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). The budget includes those from the DA commodity programs (rice, corn, high value crops, fisheries and livestock), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and foreign-assisted projects like the Mindanao Rural Development program (MRDP) For instance, Secretary Alcala said the DA is allotting this year an initial P52 M for the ARMM to pursue rice program projects and initiatives. In addition, under the MRDP the ARMM has a total portfolio of P726 M for FMRs and other rural infrastructure and agri-fishery livelihood projects, Secretary Alcala said. For irrigation proj ects, Maguindanao alone has a budget allocation of P470 M, he added.

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tion inputs like palay seeds, garden tools, training supplies and other agricultural items. The DA-12 also granted assorted vegetable seeds to the National Nutrition Council to be distributed during the celebration of Nutrition Month this July. The celebration also featured a motorcade that kicked-off the fete. DA-Research Outreach Station-Tupi led the ceremonial planting of various vegetables on plastic drums and other empty containers at the DA-12 Compound. Ten water plastic drums were drawn for DA 12 employees. Agri-Pinoy Livestock conducted free anti-rabies vaccination while the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) turned-over certificates for organic trading posts to the recipients. DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan said, “We should reflect on our attitude, performance and contributions to make our targets achievable.” She also encouraged DA employees to work little by little but at the end of the day, “giving the best services to the farmers and fishers to make them happy and satisfied.”

June 2012

The Aquino government is implementing TISP to fast-track development initiatives in the ARMM, institute governance reforms, improve service delivery, create enabling environment and attract public private partnership investments, and more importantly promote justice and social equity, and attain lasting peace.

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P5.5 million. On the other hand, the 1.82 kilometer Yungod FMR (P3.9 million) is now nearing its completion. “While the constructions of the FMRs were done on track, LGU Salay consistently adheres to the transparency and accountability mechanism upheld by MRDP,” Ramos said. “Transparent bidding procedure was instituted and technical team was assigned to oversee various stages of project development,” she added. Salay municipal agriculturist Danilo Maputol said barangay road and operation maintenance (BROM) teams to ensure that operation and maintenance will be observed beyond project completion. “The creation of BROM teams was supported with barangay resolutions which include regulating the passage of vehicles especially heavy vehicle during rainy days as this will affect the road condition,” Maputol said.

DA allots P7.5M ... (from p8) farm lands in the said municipality. The rubber plantations cover five barangays in Lake Sebu namely; Takonel, Tasiman, Ned, Lamlahak and Lake Lahit. The DA-HVCDP through NABCOR shouldered the 80% of the total project’s cost or 6 million pesos while the LKKFPI provided the remaining 20% or 1.5 million pesos and the production areas as its counterparts. Region 12 ranked 2nd in rubber production the country’s with a total production of 157,701.56 metric tons (MT) in 2011 posting a 5.16% increase compared to 2010’s 149,964.88 MT. Launching ceremonies on the implementation of Sustainable Area Development Project through Rubber Enterprise Development was done last June 14, 2012 in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. (PDERana/LMSalvo)

High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) National Program Coordinator Jennifer E. Remoquillo (2nd from left) proudly holds a bunch of ripe Lakatan banana during the 1st Harvest Festival in Maguindanao. With her are Dir. Kalunsiang B. Dimalen (left), Field Operations Service Director of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries-Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM); Dr. Salik B. Panalunsong (center), Provincial Agriculture Officer of Maguindanao and P4MP Reg’l President Datu Yamashita Mangacop (2nd from right); and HVCDP Regional Coordinator Ali Tatak (right). . The local government has also passed a municipal ordinance PhilRice announces ... appropriating a minimum of P50, (from p5) 000 per kilometer per year for the In a related development, operation and maintenance not only of MRDP infrastructure PhilRice and Bulacan projects but other projects under Agricultural State College the DA. (BASC) agreed on a five-year “We are glad that with the reforms introduced by MRDP, a Memorandum of Understanding fourth class municipality such as entailing collaborations on rice Salay was able to allocate its lo- research, training, cal resources and governance to communication, extension, and better serve its constituents. It human resource development. also shows that the President’s Under this tie-up, BASC vision of Tuwid na Daan can be undergraduate and graduate done at the local level, “ Ramos said. (Noel T. Provido/DA-MRDP). students are encouraged to conduct rice researches while BIARC ... (from p10) the university’s faculty members create a Department of Fisher- are welcome to work, on a short ies and Aquatic Resources, to- stint, as PhilRice research or tally distinct and separate from postdoctoral fellows. the Department of Agriculture. Prospective fellows can He also challenged the research download the application, thesis/ managers to come up with a dissertation, and proposal form compilation of 300 technologies at on crops and 300 technologies DA-PhilRice is a governmenton fisheries complete with com- owned and –controlled prehensive technical, financial corporation that aims at and marketing study for dissemideveloping high-yielding and nation to farmers and fisherfolks. cost-reducing technologies so Also present during the workfarmers can produce enough rice shop/meeting were DA 5 Refor all Filipinos. gional Executive Director Jose V. For more information, please Dayao; RTD Orlando Lorenzano visit or contact DA-PhilRice at of Region 2; RTD Yvon Viñas of Maligaya, Science City of Region 4B; Rosario Segundina Gaerian, OIC ARD for fisheries Muñoz, Nueva Ecij a with of Region 1; Noemi Lanzuela, telephone number (044) 456Chief of Fisheries and Extension 0285 loc 511/512 or any PhilRice Division of BFAR Region 5; and station near you. You may also their website at Ms. Luz R. Marcelino, RIARC visit Manager of the DA 5, the host or text your region. (Lovella P. Guarin) questions to 0920-911-1398.


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of/2.5 kilometers of irrigation system to irrigate 106 hectares of rice paddies, reforestation of 25/ hectares of watershed, increase in forest cover in 12 hectares of communal forests called/ ”pinugo,” establishment of one barangay nursery, and improvement of 5 kilometers of farm-tomarket roads. Delima noted the rice terraces’ restoration and upgrading plan also includes three major/components, namely, production, extension support, and agri-infrastructure support/components. The Unesco decided to/delist the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras from the “World Heritage Site in/Danger” during its 36th session in Russia. Dubbed as the Eighth Wonder of the World, Unesco typified the rice terraces as an “outstanding/ example of an evolved, living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as two/millennia ago in the pre-colonial Philippines.” The hand-carved terraces have deteriorated due to a number of factors including the effects/of climate change and neglect due to the perceived unattractiveness of palay farming./ The Unesco had provided the Philippine government $153,200 to help in its efforts to restore/ the paddies. The Philippine government had requested to have the rice terraces included in the “World/ Heritage in Danger” list in 2001 to “raise national and international support and cooperation in/the preservation of these remote high fields.”(Business Mirror)

Kudarat — where he consulted and discussed with farmers, fishers and local government officials collaborative projects to develop their respective agri-fishery resources, and increase their productivity and incomes. At Talayan, he visited a 1,060hectare palm plantation and nursery of the Talayan Agri-Farm Marketing Cooperative chaired by Datu Ali Midtimbang, Sr., and dialogued with hundreds of farmers and local officials, led by Mayor Tungkang Midtimbang. At Datu Ondin Sinsuat, he visited a rubber nursery and budwood garden and dialogued with farmers and local officials, led by Maguindanao Rep. Bai Sandra Sema. Finally, in the town of Sultan Kudarat, Secretary Alcala keynoted a farmers’ forum, where he dialogued with thousands of farmers and fisherfolk and local officials, led by Mayor Hadji Tucao Mastura and Vice Governor Datu Dustin Mastura. The DA chief also handed over various agri-fishery projects, machinery, equipment and inputs to Sultan Kudarat farmers’ groups and irrigators’ associations. As a regular attraction in every site and town hall dialogues, the DA chief raffled off farm and fishery machinery and equipment, livestock animals and farm inputs to lucky attendees. In Maguindanao, the raffled

DA Chief promotes organic farming at agriculturists’ convention. Secretary ‘Procy’ J. Alcala (left, top photo) encour-

ages the country’s agriculturists (foreground) and Department of Agriculture regional directors to intensify efforts to achieve sufficiency in rice and other major staples by the end of 2013, during the national convention of the League of Municipal Agricultural Officers, and Municipal/City Agriculturists of the Philippines (LeMMCAP) in Aklan, with the theme: “Organikong pagsasaka tungo sa malusog na mamamayan at kaaya-ayang kalikasan.” The DA chief, who authored the ‘Organic Agriculture Act of 2010,’ said the DA promotes organic farming to restore the soil’s fertility, enable farmers save on chemical inputs, increase farm productivity and income, and provide consumers with natural, more nutritious food products. Top photo also shows (from left) DA-NAFC Director Ariel Cayanan, Assistant Secretary and national rice program coordinator Dante Delima, LeMMCAP President Jesusa Noveda, and Aklan Governor Carlito Samson Marquez. items consisted of hand tractors with trailers, small fishing boats (bancas) with engines, gill nets, rice and corn seeds, knapsack sprayers, laminated tarpaulins and collapsible dryers, draft carabao with implements, goats and sheeps, and fruit tree seedlings for all attendees.

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BIARC hosts ... (from p9) through Integrated Management using CPAR Approach with region 5 as the lead agency; Establishment and Promotion of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) For Mango in Major Production Areas in Luzon by the DA RFUs 1 and 3; Establishment of the Quality Plan for “Pinakbet” Vegetables in Support to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Implementation in Luzon Cluster of the Region 4A; and “Calibration of Fertilizer Recommendations for N, P & K using Yield Response to Corn” by Cagayan Valley Region. Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) technical staff headed by Tito Arevalo presented the updates on BAR 2012 activities which include the drafting of the adlai roadmap during the national adlai review and planning workshop held at Clark, Pampanga on May 29-31, 2012. Community –based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) re-orientation on CPAR concepts and implementation for CPAR implementers. To date, there are 93 CPAR projects nationwide with 230 sites managed by 2,420 farmer co-operators. The project has 3,684 other

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adoptors. Another future activity of BAR is the regional deployment of e-Pinoy FARMS CPAR Monitoring and Evaluation System for Agriculture and Fisheries. Dr. Edgar Madrid , DA5 RTD for Research and Regulations who presided over the business meeting said that the gathering aimed to clear out issues on the implementation of the various BAR funded projects in Luzon and to widen access of research proponents especially LGUs to BAR funded projects. Representative Luis R. Villafuerte of the 2 nd district of Camarines Sur in his message said that the role of the fisheries in the Philippines as an archipelagic country is very critical, the very reason why he is pushing for the passing of his bill that will (Pls turn to p11)

DA chief urges private sector to invest in food sufficiency program Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala is encouraging more private sector partners to invest and support the Aquino government’s program to attain sufficiency in rice and other food staples by the end of 2013. He said they could consider investing in grains handling and processing, and farm services outsourcing that could result in more efficient rice production, lesser post-harvest losses, and more profitable operations. He made the call during the June 27 rice industry forum, at the Banco De Oro (BDO) corporate headquarters, in Makati City, where he presented the Aquino administration’s Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP). The forum was attended by top officials of BDO, Land Bank of the Philippines, and rice industry agribusinessmen. “We can minimize post harvest losses in palay that reaches over 1 million tons year if we have enough drying facilities,” the DA chief said. We can make palay production a lot cheaper, more efficient, and more convenient for farmers if we have enough farm machineries in place,” Secretary Alcala said. He thus encouraged the pri-

vate sector to invest in rice production, processing and trading, including exports when the country eventually achieves sufficiency by 2014 and beyond. He also urged bankers and financial institutions to provide farmers and fishers with affordable credit. “Bawa’t magsasaka ay nangangailangan ng financing. Mas epektibong magpahiram

ang pribadong sektor kaysa sa gobyerno. The Agri-Agra Law exists as a source of sound financial services for the agriculture. Panahon na upang gawing bankable ang pagsasaka at ang mga magsasaka,” he added. “Let us do the groundwork now, as the Philippines aims to become a major agri-fishery trader in Asia,” he said. He also urged the private sec-

tor to invest in outsourcing farm services. “We are looking forward to the day when farm chores and services — like field preparation, paddy diking, input purchasing, harvesting and processing and marketing — may be outsourced or contracted out to workers who are not necessarily from the same farm or locality,” he said. (Pls turn to p8)

Best performing LGU. President Benigno S. Aquino III and

1M tons palay saved means no rice imports If only the country had enough drying and post harvest facilities, it could have saved at least one million metric tons (MT) of palay yearly, Secretary Alcala said. At a conservative milling recovery of 60 percent (%), such savings is equivalent to 600,000 MT of rice. This means the country would have enopugh rice supply, and thus would have not imported 500,000 MT this year. Studies conducted by the DA’s Philippine Center for Postharvest Development Mechanization (PhilMech) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) show a total of 16 per cent is lost or wasted from the time palay is harvested from the field, threshed, dried and then milled into rice and stored. W ith enough harvesting, threshing, drying and milling equipment, the country’s farmers would have saved a maximum of 2.66 million metric tons (MMT), based on last year’s total palay harvest of 16.68 MMT,

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according to PhilMech. Bringing the total wastage or losses to a single-digit, say six percent, is an achievable target, said newly-installed PhilMech Director Rex L. Bingabing. This would be equivalent to roughly 1 MMT of palay. PhilMech and PhilRice studies show that in terms of percentage the biggest amount of palay lost is during drying and milling, combining for more than 11%. As much as 5.8% of threshed palay is lost during drying, as most farmers dry along roads. During milling, another 5.5% is wasted, as majority of rice millers still use single-pass facilities, with low milling recoveries ranging from 50% to 57%. Modern multi-pass mills have 65% to 70% milling recoveries, PhilMech said. Other manual postharvest operations that result in palay losses are threshing (2.2%), harvesting (2%), storage and piling (1%).

Secretary Procy Alcala (left) handed over the Award as Best Performing LGU for MRDP Rural Infrastructure Project to Salay Mayor Romeo Gue, Sr. (3rd L) during the people’s organization congress held in May in Davao City. Joining them is Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno.

MRDP cites Salay’s infra reforms, devt The Mindanao Rural Development Program has cited the municipal government of Salay, Misamis Oriental for initiating reforms in infrastructure development. “The local government unit [LGU] of Salay had been making headway in implementing farm-to-market roads [FMR] having shown good construction supervision and management of their rural infrastructure projects including their contractors,” said agriculture director in Northern Mindanao Lealyn Ramos. MRDP as a special project under the Department of Agriculture (DA) is implementing various anti-poverty alleviation projects such as rural infrastructure, livelihood, and natural resource management. The program is jointly funded by the World Bank, national government, and LGUs. The program is also introducing governance reforms that promote transparency and greater

accountability among its LGU beneficiaries. These include efficient and participatory bidding process and enhancement of LGUs’ capacity in implementing basic agricultural services. President Benigno S. Aquino III and Secretary Proceso Alcala during the recent people’s congress handed to Mayor Romeo Gue, Sr. the award citing the town for its exemplary performance in rural infrastructure implementation. The goes with a cash incentive of P5 million worth of infrastructure project. Ramos who is also the currently MRDP program director said it was a well deserved recognition for LGU Salay having implemented two FMR projects without slippage and were able to complete and turned over ahead of schedule. These covered the upgrading of 2.6 kilometer Guinalaban FMR amounting to P4.1 million and 3 kilometer Alipuaton FMR amounting to (Pls turn to p11)


Unesco removes Banaue rice terraces from endangered list Coco water sales THE World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) announced that the Banaue rice terraces have been officially removed from the “List of the World Heritage in Danger” following conservation measures implemented by the government. The Ifugao rice terraces were inscripted in the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites in 1995 for its outstanding cultural landscape. But in 2000, the majestic cultural heritage of the Ifugaos was placed under the List of World Heritage in Danger due to long years of neglect, particularly its irrigation system. “The preservation of the rice terraces required better management and development plus the country also needed increased national and international support. Both actions were successfully undertaken, leading to the conservation of the remote high rice fields,” said a Unesco statement on Thursday. The Unesco also hailed the removal of the Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Pakistan from the list of World Heritage in Danger, commending the Philippines and Pakistan for the conservation measures implemented on the respective sites.

The List of World Heritage in Danger is intended to inform the international community of the threats to the outstanding universal values of sites inscribed on the World Heritage List. More importantly, it was designed to encourage corrective action and support, said Unesco. Ambassador Cristina G. Ortega, Philippine permanent delegate to Unesco, said the Philippines achieved the restoration of at least 50 percent of the collapsed terraces and the required documentation and rehabilitation of major irrigation systems in the site had been accomplished. She said the Unesco also recognized the government’s efforts to implement policies and laws preserving the site. “Communitybased land use and zoning plans are being developed and measures ensuring the site’s proper management and its protection from natural disasters had been implemented.” “The decision is a historic moment for the Philippines,” said Ortega. “To have the international community recognize our commitment and effort reinstating the rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras in the World Heritage List is, for us, a great honor and accomplishment. Its

removal from the list of the World Heritage in Danger reinforces anew its grandeur and relevance as a globally important cultural landscape.” Meanwhile, the government is targeting to complete the rehabilitation of the Banaue rice terraces by the/first quarter of next year and is setting its sights on crafting a plan that would ensure the/preservation of the world-famous site. Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima, coordinator of the national rice program, said the government will encourage the cultivation of rice, particularly the traditional variants such as tinawon, unoy and ulikan in the rice terraces. “A management structure and system should be put in place to protect the rice terraces after it has been rehabilitated,” said Delima. The DA which spearheads the rehabilitation of the rice terraces started its rehabilitation and upgrade of the terraces in March. The national and local governments and Sen. Francis Pangilinan committed P36.25 million for its restoration. The plan targets the restoration of 8,700 cubic meters of eroded stone walls, rehabilitation (Pls turn to p10)

DA allots P30M for Dinagat farmers, fisherfolk. Secretary ‘Procy’ Alcala assures farmers, fish-

ers and local government officials the Aquino government through the DA will provide needed assistance to increase their productivity and incomes, and raise their standard of living. He made the commitment during a farmers’ and fisherfolk’s forum, June 1, 2012, in San Jose, Dinagat Islands, where he handed over certificates of award to beneficiaries of various farm and fishery projects, implements and inputs, including construction of farm-to-market roads, totaling P30 million. Inset shows DA-CARAGA regional director Edna Mabeza (right) handing over a certificate of award to a beneficiary, while Dinagat provincial agriculturist Oswaldo Borja looks on. Also shown is Administrator Euclides Forbes of the DA’s Philippine Coconut Authority.


jump 260% The value of coconut water exports rose by 260.55 percent to $1.32 million in the first quarter of 2012, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said in a statement. PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes said the Philippines sold 4.49 million liters of coco water in the first quarter, a 300percent jump from the 1.12million liters sold in the same period last year. Forbes said that this year’s volume of coco water export will exceed the 2011 total of 16.68-million liters. This was equivalent to $15.11 million in receipts, the PCA said. Just like last year, the United States was the main buyer of Philippine coco water. Export earnings from the US increased by 426.75 percent to $3.94 million in the first three months of the year. Americans bought 3.72 million liters of Philippine coco water in the first quarter of 2012, against 796,887 liters in 2011. When he visited the United States last year, President Benigno Aquino III promoted coco water, meeting with US businessmen who had put up a coconut water processing firm in Camarines Sur. Coco water also made a strong showing in the Netherlands, which bought 189,800 liters, from 32,000 last year, and Australia, which registered a 362.55-percent volume increase to 65,2919 liters. Forbes said coconut water had become a popular energy drink abroad because of its natural qualities and lack of chemical preservatives. Coconut water is rich in potassium and magnesium, and contains a considerable amount of vitamin B which aids in strengthening the muscles, delaying fatigue and maintaining normal heart function. It is also regarded as a good source of electrolytes and glucose and has been found suitable for intravenous rehydration. It is also a healthy and effective treatment for urinary stones. Forbes stressed that the country needs to plant more coconut trees to be able to meet the growing demand for coconut products. He said the PCA is currently implementing an aggressive program to replace mature trees and fertilize coconut plantations.

DA-1 gives P8.1M worth of farm machineries In line with its thrust of modernizing agriculture in Ilocos Region via its On-Farm Mechanization Program, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit I through OIC-Regional Executive Director Valentino Perdido handed over P8.1M worth of four wheel drive tractors and implements to nine Farmers Associations (FA) in the region. Out of the nine units distributed, the province of Pangasinan received five units. These were equally distributed to the Casala Irrigators Association of Brgy. Capulaan, Balungao, Pangasinan, Talibaew Kasama Irrigators Association of Brgy. Talibaew in Calasiao, Balite Multi Purpose Cooperative, Inc. of San Leon, Umingan, Sta. Cruz Multi Purpose Cooperative, Inc. of Sta. Cruz in Sta. Maria and the Cabison Bolaney Niyog CIS Irrigators Association of Mangatarem, Pangasinan. Ilocos Norte was granted with two units of tractors, equally distributed to the De-gulla Bubuigan Zanjera of Vintar c/o Mr. Jaycee Villanueva and the Batac Federation of Zanjeras, Inc. in Batac City c/o Batac City Mayor Jeoffrey Jubal Nalupta. Ilocos Sur and La Union also each received one unit for use by the

BIARC hosts Luzonwide research centers’ meeting Some 80 participants composed of Managers of Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Centers (RIARCs), and Regional Technical Directors for Research of regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, 5 and CAR convened at the LRV Agri-Science Farm in San Bernardino, Calabanga, Camarines Sur for the 1 st and 2 nd quarter meeting of the Zonal Research Center for Agriculture and Fisheries on June 19, 2012. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation, review and evaluation of the different zonal BAR funded projects conducted by the regions. Among these projects are “Comparative Performance and Communitybased Production of Native Chicken in Luzon” by the lead agency DA RFU IV-B; “Enhancing Goat Production (Pls turn to p10)

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members of the Bagnus MultiPurpose Cooperative, Inc. of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur and the Seed Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. La Union, respectively. The On-Farm Mechanization Program is one of the priority programs of Sec. Proceso Alcala as part of the the DA’s Agri-Pinoy Food Staple Sufficiency Program which aims to provide farm mechanization facilities and equipment to interested and deserving FAs towards improving farmers’ productivity and income. To avail of said project, interested FA must comply with all the eligibility requirements. These include the latest certificate of registration issued either by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as well as a letter of intent from the FA and a Board resolution which specify for the need of the technology and the associations capacity to manage the project. Aside from these requirements, the proponents are also required to submit a project proposal. In addition, the FA’s representative or proponent must enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DA and the supplier of the machineries to signify their interests of accepting their duties and responsibilities in the course of implementing the project.

Jaycee Villanueva of the Zanjera de Gulla of Vintar in Ilocos Norte receive from DA-RFU I’s OIC- Regional Executive Director Valentino Perdido the keys of the two units’ four-wheel drive tractors as part of the DA’s On-Farm Mechanization Program in a turn-over ceremony held at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Center located at Brgy. Tabug, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. As specified in the MOA, part of the beneficiaries’ responsibility are to utilize the mechanization facilities in accordance with their intended use, allow access and use by farmer-members and shall not in any way sell or mortgage the units. Likewise, the proponents are required to formulate their own lending operation scheme of the machineries to ensure that the members would definitely benefit from the project. Apart from these requirements, the proponents shall pay the 15% equity of the total estimated cost of the machinery in addition to the 85% being shouldered by DA. Before the actual turn-over of

the machineries, the trained Regional Agricultural Engineers of DA through the Regional Agriculture Engineer Division staff conducted a technical inspection, testing and evaluation of the units. This is to ensure that the units are in place, of good quality and will satisfy the farmers’ aspirations to own durable farm machineries. Moreover, a training on the operation and maintenance will be conducted by the suppliers in collaboration with the DA-RFU I and the Philippine Center for Mechanization (PhilMech) to equip the operators with the technical know-how in operating and maintaining the machine.

P3.65M agri assistance extended by DA 12 The Department of Agriculture Region 12 (DA-12) has distributed various farm machinery and agricultural implements worth more than P3.65 million (M) to mark the department’s 114 th founding anniversary celebration. Both local government units (LGUs) and various farmers’ groups received grants from DA12 in monetary form or in kind. The LGU beneficiaries Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat received the following: P2 M for the establishment of one unit each of small farm reservoir, postharvest equipment and storage, village level coffee processing equipment; Malapatan, Sarangani, P500, 000 for the construction of one unit each of small farm reservoir and postharvest equipment storage; Malungon, Sarangani, P350,000

for the rehabilitation of bio-organic fertilizer plant and establishment of three units rain shelter, one unit nursery and one unit each of screen house; Tantangan, South Cotabato, P100,000 for the establishment of one unit spring development; General Santos City, 30 pieces (pcs.) water plastic drums and 2,000 meters HDPE pipes; and Glan, Sarangani, five kilograms of assorted lowland vegetable seeds, two sets farm implements, 10 pcs. water plastic drums, 2500 meters HDPE pipe and rehabilitation of one unit nursery. The farmers’ groups beneficiaries on the other hand include: Matutum B’laan Farmers Association which received P200,000 for the procurement of 23 units of coffee processing equipment; Moro National Liberation Front in

Pres. Quirino, Sultan Kudarat, one unit farm tractor; and Federation of Farmers’ Association of Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato, 1,000 kgs of soybean seeds. Moreover, Magsasakang Siyentista Mr. Edward Pesario was granted P 50,000 for the establishment of technology demonstration for Organic Vegetable Production in his farm, while the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of South Cotabato received 20 pcs. of water plastic drums. Farmers of the provinces of Sarangani and North Cotabato stricken by calamities also received assistance from DA 12. To coincide with the event, the AgriPinoy Rice Program has named this year’s six model farmers as the beneficiaries of Palayamanan Program. As farm models, they were given produc(Pls turn to p11)


DA-BFAR to transform Guiuan into top aquamarine producer

DA turns over P20M for agri-fishery projects in E. Samar, Biliran The Department of Agriculture has extended over P20-million (M) worth of assistance to farmers, fishers and local government units in Eastern Samar and Biliran to increase their productivity and incomes. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala handed over the certificates of awards to beneficiaries, during his two-day (May 31 – June 1, 2012) visit, where he also dialogued with thousands of farmers, fishers and local government officials. Of the total agri-fishery projects, farm equipment and inputs, Eastern Samar received P12M, while Biliran got P8M, including a P2.8M from the DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for an aquasilviculture project of the Naval State University (NSU). The DA-BFAR is tapping selected agri-fishery state universities and colleges to promote aquasilviculture which aims to rehabilitate mangrove areas and increase the production of marine fish species, including crabs and other crustaceans. The various equipment distributed to farmers’ and fishers’ groups include hand tractors, rice threshers, flatbed dryers, multi-purpose drying pavements, corn mill, pump and engine sets, cassava granulators, seed cleaners, banana chips processing equipment, and fish cages, fishing paraphernalia and implements. Secretary Alcala also distributed certified rice seeds, hybrid and OPV corn seeds, coconut seedlings, salt and organic fertilizers, assorted vegetable seeds, seaweed planting materials, veterinary drugs and medicines, and several livestock animals like Brahman bulls, carabaos, dozens of sheep and anglo-nubian bucks. He also raffled off to lucky forum participants in three separate locations dozens of farm and equipment, paraphernalia and inputs that include hand tractors, boat engines, several head of carabao with implements, and anglo-nubian bucks. Recognizing a large number of farmers and ruralfolk in Biliran and Eastern Samar who eat white corn grits as their staple, Secretary Alcala committed to provide them with quality white corn seeds that include hybrid, OPV and traditional


Secretary ‘Procy’ Alcala (inset) encourages the private sector to invest in grains handling and processing, and farm services outsourcing for more efficient rice production, lesser post-harvest losses, and more profitable operations, during the rice industry forum at the Banco de Oro headquarters in Makati City on June 27, 2012. tiniguib,along with several units of corn mill. He also encouraged coconut farmers to intercrop white corn and raise goat and sheep under the coconut trees. They will be assisted by the DA through the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) under its nationwide coconut replanting, intercropping and livelihood program called Kasaganahan sa Niyugan ay Kaunlaran ng Bayan (KAANIB). In all, Secretary Alcala visited several agri-fishery projects and consulted with thousands of farmers, fishers and local officials at eight different sites. These include: a DA-BFAR mariculture project in Barangay San Roque, Biliran town; KAANIB proj ect in Barangay Busali, Biliran town; Calumpang communal irrigation system in Barangay Atipolo, Naval; lunch meeting with Biliran local officials led by Governor Gerardo Espina, Jr. and Rep. Rogelio Espina; provincial farmer’s and fisherfolk’s forum at Naval, Biliran; media conference and meeting with top officials of various DA family agencies in Eastern Visayas; visit and dialogue with fishers at DA-BFAR’s Guiuan marine fisheries research center; and provincial farmers’ and fisherfolk’s forum at Quinapondan, Eastern Samar, with Governor Conrado Nicart and Rep. Ben Evardone. During these fora, he enjoined provincial and local government officials to enlist Biliran and Eastern Samar, and their respective municipalities under the proposed Central Philippines Rural Development Program (CPRDP), which the DA is finalizing for possible funding by the World Bank. The CPRDP entails the construction of needed infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, agrifishery trading centers, and postharvest facilities, including

the implementation of sustainable farm and fishery enterprises and livelihood projects. After Eastern Samar, the DA chief visited the island-province of Dinagat. Since July 2010 when he assumed office, Secretary Alcala has gone through 78 provinces to fulfill his self-imposed target to visit all 80 provinces by June 2012, in his journey to bring the government closer to the people, as instructed by President Aquino himself, and feel the pulse and resolve the needs of small farmers, fishers and other ruralfolk, including local officials.

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“After all, among food distribu tors like supermarkets, the practice of contracting the fresh produce that they will sell in their outlets has already started to take root,” he added. “Let us unite in believing that we are all winners when we produce, process and distribute enough food, and ensure increased incomes for our food producers and industry workers,” Secretary Alcala said. (Adam O. Borja, DA Rice program)

DA allots 7.5M to optimize rubber production in South Cotabato The Department of Agriculture is currently strengthening the optimization of rubber production as one of the priority high value crops in Region 12. As part of this undertaking, the DA through its AgriPinoy High Value Crops Development Program (DA-HVCDP) allotted a total fund of 7, 500,000 pesos to boost the Rubber Enterprise Development Project in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. This initiative is in collaboration with the New National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) and the Likas Kayang Kaunlaran Foundation Philippines, Incorporated (LKKFPI). “This project was established to develop the rubber nursery in the locality that would build up the enterprise where agribusiness should be the utmost frontline in advancing economic growth,” cited Honesto F. Baniqued, NABCOR President. The project, Baniqued further stressed will also address farmers’ needs like the availability of rubber seedlings.

“The development of this rubber project seeks to improve the quality of life of the communities through generation of job opportunities,”Mr. Martin P. Atinen, Jr., LKKFPI Executive Director expounding the project’s endeavors. Besides enhancing the skills of the members of these communities, the project is also a means of reforestation thereby cushioning the effects of climate change. Included in the project package were one hectare rubber nursery, one hectare budwood garden and 40-hectare rubber plantation. Planting materials needed for this project will be sourced from the established rubber nursery and budwood garden. Moreover, each component of the project is considered a project investment where farmers in the locality and other areas could source out rubber seedlings from this project. Direct beneficiaries of the project were the farmers with (Pls turn to p11)

At the eastern most part of the Visayas region, particularly in the pristine coastal town of Guiuan, frequented by beach lovers and international and Filipino surfers, one could also find a haven filled with a variety of aquamarine species. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Guiuan Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center (BFARGMFRDC), is a 1.25-hectare multi-species hatchery for blue crabs, abalones, sea cucumbers, giant clams, and lapu-lapu, and soon for lobsters and mub crabs, too. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the center mainly aims to produce quality seedstocks of aquamarine species that will be ‘seeded’ or dispersed back to the wild or coastal waters and revive depleting stocks in Eastern Visayas. Initially, the DA-BFAR plans to make the center a source of quality blue crabs for dispersal at municipal waters, and for interested fisherfolk groups and entrepreneurs who wish to go into commercial crab production and crab meat processing. Guiuan center chief Nonita Cabacaba said they started their blue crab hatchery operations in 2009, and since May 2010, they have cultured and dispersed more than 10,000 blue crablets back to the wild or awarded to municipal fishermen. She said they regularly buy 'berried' or blue crab spawners from fishermen at a premium price of P170 per kilo. She said such strategy is cheaper and more convenient than raising female crabs, as culturing them until they spawn is more expensive in terms of food and shelter. The berried crabs from the wild are 'nursed' at the facility, which serves as a 'lying-in' or maternity clinic, which they lay their eggs in just a couple of days, said Cabacaba. A week after, the mother crabs are returned back to the wild. The eggs then hatch and grow into crablets in a span of 35 days. Each spawner lays from 600,000 to 1.2 million eggs – of which only about three to five percent survive and develop into crablets, ranging from 30,000 to 50,000, Cabacaba said. At present, GMFRDC focuses on seeding back or stocking crablets at fish sanctuaries like Monbon Reef and Manapag Reef, in Eastern Samar. Further, Cabacaba said they

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can also raise and produce ‘softshelled’ crabs, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine which sells more than ordinary crabs. In all, Secretary Alcala commended Cabacaba and her staff for their continuing efforts, and assured them the DA-BFAR will invest more in GMFRDC to serve as a major 'lying-in' center or hatchery, not only for blue crabs and also for lobsters and mud crabs (alimango). For her part, Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan said she will encourage investors to set up a crab meat processing facility, as she aims to transform Guiuan into a major crab producer in two to three years' time. At a fisherfolk’s forum after touring the center’s facilities, Secretary Alcala dialogued with fisherfolk and committed to provide them technical and marketing assistance to increase their catch and income. He assured them that the Center will continuously produce crablets, which will be dispersed in the wild or municipal waters for their benefit. He said the DA-BFAR will install payaos for tuna fishermen in Guiuan.

Secretary ‘Procy’ Alcala holds a ‘berried’ or spawner blue crab, as Nonita Cabacaba (left), chief of the Guiuan Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center in Eastern Samar, explains that it could lay as much as 1.2 million eggs, of which only about 30,000 to 50,000 survive and grow into crablets. Secretary Alcala said the DABFAR is putting up similar multi-species hatcheries and ‘lying-in’ centers nationwide to increase the production of blue crabs, mud crabs, lobsters and other high value marine fish species. Also shown are DA-BFAR Eastern Visayas Director Justerie Granali (2nd from right), Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan (3rd from left), National Irrigation Administrator Antonio Nangel (2nd from left), and a Guiuan facility technician. In appreciation for their attendance, Secretary Alcala raffled off prizes from DA-BFAR to lucky fishermen, who won five units of

First quarter virgin coconut oil export up by 138.65% Philippine Coconut Author- The Administrator added ity (PCA) Adm inistrator Euclides G. Forbes reported a 138.65 percent increase in export earnings for Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) for the first quarter of this year with earnings of $7,566,132.00 compared with figures of the same period last year in the amount of $3,170,394.00. He added that the first quarter 2012 volume likewise registered an increase of 93.58 percent with 1,719.23 MT compared with last year’s 888.11 MT. According to the Administrator, VCO is exported to 27 countries in Asia, Europe and the United States of America. He said that the first quarter export to France registered the highest with a 1,011.76 percent increase in value with earnings of $76,000 for this quarter compared with last year’s figures of $6,836.00. Volume also increased by 662.96 percent with this quarter’s volume recorded at 16.48 MT as against last year’s 2.16 MT.

that last year’s total VCO export was a high 0f 169.74 percent increase in value with $22,498,130.00 as against $8,340,742.00 in 2010. It was also up by 79.51 percent in volume with 4,913.50 MT as against 2,737.17 MT the previous year. The administrator attributes increasing demand for VCO to the growing awareness on the health benefits of VCO. He reiterated the announcement of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala early this year that VCO intake is good for the body based on the PCA sponsored study conducted by the University of Santo Tomas Research Team on the Effect of VCO on Human with Emphasis on Cholesterol. VCO is obtained from fresh mature, kernel of coconut by mechanical or natural means with or without the use of heat is suitable for consumption without further processing. (Coconut Media Service)

7-horsepower motor boat engines, 10 anglo-nubian bucks, and one boat complete with engine.

PhilRice announces research grant Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the country’s lead agency in rice research and development, is calling on scientists, researchers, and thesis students to avail of the Institute’s research fellowship program. Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr, PhilRice executive director, said the program aims to provide career growth opportunities while helping the country achieve rice self-sufficiency. Research proposals fostering rice science for improved productivity and profitability will be accepted until July 15 for the first semester and Sept. 30 for the second semester. Fellowships on research and thesis/dissertation and graduate research assistantship range from P150,000-P300,000 and monthly stipend of P30,000P50,000. Research fellowship for outstanding research and development practitioners covers six months to two years. On the other hand, thesis and dissertation funding and graduate research assistantship cover two semesters. (Pls turn to p11)



114th DA Anniversary Celebration

Kaisa ng sambayanang Pilipino, binabati ko ang mga opisyal at kawani ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka sa pagdiriwang ng inyong ika-114 Anibersaryo ng Pagkakatatag. Binabati ko rin po ang ating mga magsasaka, mangingisda, at iba pa nating kababayan sa kanayunan na siyang ugat ng tagumpay sa mga programang agrikultural ng ating pamahalaan. Patunay ang pagyabong at pag-unlad ng sector ng agrikultura sa malwak na oportunidad na maaring matamasa sa labas ng lungsod. Ito rin and patuloy na nagpapalusog at nagpapasigla sa takbo ng pambansang ekonomiya. Saludo po ako sa idinidilig na pawis, sakripisyo, at dedikasyon sa panglilingkod ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka upang maihatid ang kaukulang serbisyo sa kanayunan. Tuloy-tuloy ang pagsasakatuparan natin ng mga de-kalidad na proyekto tulad ng patubig, kalsada, pamilihang-bayan, daungan, community seed bank, at post-harvest facilities upangmapataas pa ang produksyon at kita n gating mga magsasaka at mangingisda. Ikinalulugod nga po nating kung makikiayon ang panahon, maari nap o nating marating ang minimithing kasapatan sa pambansang kamalig ng bigas. Isa-isa po nating nagagapas ang mabuting bunga ng pagbagtas sa tuwid na lands. Kasabay ng inyong pakikipagsapalaran ay ang pagsiguro nating may pagkain sa hapag ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino; katumbas ng inyong pagsisikap ay ang paghakbang natin palapit sa katuparan n gating mga pangarap. Ang hiling ko lang po, huwag sana tayong magpapalunod sa negatibismo o magpapalinlang sa pain ng tukso at katiwalian. Patuloy po tayong magpunla ng integridad, katarungan, at katapatan tungo sa lalo pang pagyabong ng makabuluhang pagbabago sa ating bayan. Sama-sama po nating anihin ang kaunlaran at kasaganahan ng Pilipinas. Muli, isang masaya at makahulugang anibersaryo po sa inyong lahat.

Thanksgiving Mass

Loyalty Awardees 30 years

Sec. Alcala and Asec. Delima visit the exhibit.

40, 41 and 42 years 20 years

Benigno S. Aquino III Pangulo, Republika ng Pilipinas

My warmest greetings to officials, colleagues and the hardworking staff of the Department of Agriculture on the celebration of the Department’s 114th Anniversary. More than the services rendered and programs we have implemented, it is the commitment and dedication of the men and women that propels the Department – realizing targets and program beneficiaries, but more importantly earning the trust and confidence of farmers, fishers and entrepreneurs. For our 115th year, we will continue to push the sector forward. Focus is on providing the necessary infrastructure and technical assistance, so as to assure long-term benefits: stable food supply, lower production cost and in turn decrease market prices. To this end, we are happy to note that we are on course to reach our irrigation targets. Trainings on proper soil preparation, cultivation and harvesting practices are conducted all-year round. Research & development efforts have yielded positive outputs: headlined by high-yielding and new varieties such as the drought-resistant and submergencetolerant rice varieties. Providing cold chain facilities and farm-to-market roads will complement the trading posts we will put-up – ensuring that produce and other agricultural products reach the consumer faster and fresher at less cost. Kaya naman, inaasahan natin na patuloy na lalago ang sektor ng agrikultura. Mula sa pagtaas ng produksyon, pagpapababa ng gastusin, at higit sa lahat, mas mapabilis ang pag-asenso ng buhay ng magsasaka at mangingisda. Tutulungan natin silang maging negosyante – matuto ng value-adding processes ng mga produkto. Ito ay para mabawasan ang middlemen, mapalaki ang kanilang kita at mapaunlad ang farming at fishing communities. Mabuhay! Proceso J. Alcala Kalihim, Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka


Sec. Alcala and Usec. Fleta present Plaques of Appreciation to former DA Secretaries Salvador Escudero III and Arthur C. Yap. A Lifetime Achievement award was also given to Sec. Escudero. 25 years

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During the anniversary program, Secretary Alcala received copies of the FSSP document from DA Undersecretary for Operations Joel Rudinas and Assistant Secretary and National Rice Program Coordinator Dante Delima. They led a DA technical team that crafted the FSSP document. The FSSP features three major interventions, namely: production support – which includes irrigation, quality seeds, post harvest facilities, and other com-

ponents; enhancing economic incentives and enabling mechanisms - which include market reforms in palay procurement and rice distribution, and provision of credit and expansion of crop insurance coverage; and managing food consumption - which relates to conservation of rice and reduction of food wastage, consumption of alternative food staples, and intensifying production of other staples like sweet potato, banana, corn, and cassava.


Lavender Team, overr-all champion May 2012


AT JUNE 2012 Resized  
AT JUNE 2012 Resized