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DA-10 SETS ACTIVITIES FOR FARMERS’ AND FISHERFOLK’S MONTH

In observance of the celebration of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month this May, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) sets its activities for the month.

With the theme, “Makabagong Magsasaka at Mangingisda, Maunlad na Kinabukasan,” the agency aims to recognize the efforts of farmers and fisherfolks who have made significant contributions to the country.

To kick off the celebration, DA-RFO 10 welcomed Professor Edgardo D. Layug as the Farmer-Director for the month of May. The said Farmer-Director Program was launched by the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) last year which seeks to strengthen the partnership of the government and private sector.

A holy mass will then be held on May 15, 2018 in honor of St. Isidore the Laborer – patron saint of farmers and fisherfolks. This will then be followed by the opening of the Farmer’s Market, in which products from farmers and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region will be showcased directly to the consumers at an affordable price. The said fair will take place in the DA-RFO10 compound, Antonio Luna Street, Cagayan de Oro City.

Finally, the culmination program of the Farmer’s and Fisherfolk’s Month celebration will be held on May 29, 2018, in which regional achievers awardees will be recognized and awarded with certificates and plaques of recognition, cash prizes, and project grants. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO 10)

DA-RFO 10 RAED OIC-Chief Engr. Pedro U. Bergado, Jr. (left) reports on the procurement and delivery of farm machineries and equipment of the region and introduces all RAED staff to BAFE OIC-Director Engr. Cristy Cecilia P. Polido and EPDSD OIC-Chief Noemi L. Carpio in the presence of DA-RFO 10 Assistant Regional Director Engr. Roxana H. Hojas, CESO IV.

BAFE VISITS DA-RFO 10 FOR ORIENTATION, ASSESSMENT MEETING

As a newly-formed bureau under the DA, the Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (BAFE) visited the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) on January 25, 2018 to provide an overview of the functions of the bureau, discuss the roles of the RFOs in the new set-up, and to assess accomplishments of the region in 2017.

As mandated, BAFE will serve as the central engineering arm of the entire DA and its attached agencies, in which its functions include coordinating, overseeing and monitoring of national planning and implementation of agri-fishery engineering farm-to-market roads and other agri-fishery infrastructure projects; to assist in the mechanization programs; and to provide technical assistance to the operations of the agricultural engineering divisions of the DA-RFOs (RAED).

According to the first director of the bureau, Engr. Cristy Cecilia P. Polido, it is in this respect that BAFE has visited the RAED of DA-RFO 10 to get to know their regional counterpart in its operations and to highlight the importance of the partnership between the bureau and the RFOs in the overall engineering works of DA.

As provided in the new set-up, in addition to the current function of RAEDs which is to oversee the planning, implementation and monitoring of infrastructure and postharvest projects, three functions are added as per Section 37 of RA 10601, otherwise known as “Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization (AFMech) Law,” Director Polido mentioned.

These additional functions are to “formulate the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Mechanization Plan, to train the farmers and fisherfolk on agri-fishery mechanization technologies and practices and to assist the Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center (AMTEC) in field testing of agri-fishery machinery and equipment,” she added.

BAFE and RAED 10 employees, led by OIC-Chief Engr. Pedro U. Bergado, Jr. also had assessment on the farm equipment, infrastructure and irrigations projects of DA-RFO 10 in 2017. Engr. Bergado reported that most of the machineries were already delivered to recipients while a few are still up for delivery. With this, Engr. Bergado committed to have these remaining machineries delivered before January 2018 ends. Infrastructure and irrigation projects that were not fully completed upon reporting at DA Central Office last December 2017 were assured by the chief to be completed before January 2018 ends, as well.

Aside from the meeting, DA-RFO 10 have also assisted BAFE in their visit to cassava processing facilities at Phil. Agro Industrial Corporation, Baungon, Bukidnon and at the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR), Talakag, Bukidnon. The said visit was an initiative by BAFE and DA-RFO II to benchmark on the machineries and other necessary equipment used by these companies for the 25-million cassava processing facility project of DA-RFO II. #

DCACI representative Lemuel C. Luspo along with DA-10 OIC-RD Carlene C. Collado, CPA and DA-11 Market Assistant Glenn B. Gayanilo turned over relief goods to PRO-10 through PSSUPT Tyrone V. Masigon and families of evacuees in Iligan City last December 13, 2017.

ASSISTANCE TO TROOPS AND RESIDENTS IN MARAWI GIVEN

Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI) turned over a total of around 100,000 canned goods to the troops and residents in Marawi City through Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 and 11, last December 13, 2017.

The fifth batch of relief assistance was handed out by DCACI and Sub-zero Ice & Cold Storage representative Lemuel C. Luspo, assisted by DA-10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA and DA-11 Market Assistant Glenn B. Gayanilo. It was then received by the Police Regional Office-10 (PRO-10) through Senior Superintendent Tyrone V. Masigon, 4th Infantry Division (4ID) through Brigadier General Tyne T. Bañas, 1st Logistic Support Brigade in Marawi City through Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Reginio, Local Government Unit (LGU) of Marawi City through Chief of Staff Dr. Jun U. Gandamra who represented Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra and 15 families of evacuees in Iligan City.

The assistance donated by the DCACI is a Halal-processed food with viand and rice that comes in three flavors, namely Chicken Curry, Chicken Adobo and Afritada. Previously, there were 28,000 canned goods given this August, while 25,000 was given in September and followed by 25,800 and 27,428 delivered last November 7 and November 22, 2017, respectively.

Further, the said assistance is part of DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol’s commitment in supporting the troops and evacuees in the city. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO10)

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