Agri-10 provides support to Magsaysay town’s Gulayan program.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) helmed by Director Carlene C. Collado turns over recently various agricultural inputs to the Department of Education 10 – District of Magsaysay I for its Gulayan sa Paaralan program.

Norman P. Sayson, public schools district supervisor, received 50 packets of 5-in-1 Sinigang vegetable seeds, 14 light hoes, 28 plastic seedling trays, 14 shovels, 14 sprinklers, 14 weeding bolos from DA-10 thru Field Operations Division chief Eduardo N. Pit, PhD and High Value Crops Development Program focal person Kersten S. Pagalan.

Sayson shared that the interventions will be shared among 14 schools in their district.

“The Gulayan sa Paaralan program aims to educate learners on how to be sufficient in terms of food production.” he said.

Likewise, the school official conveyed his gratefulness for DA-10’s response to their request, assuring that they will use the seeds and garden tools accordingly. # (AMBM)

FCAs and LGUs from Bukidnon receive agri machineries and technology support from DA.


MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON — About 60 farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs) and local government units (LGUs) from Bukidnon received agri interventions worth almost P122 million from DA-PhilMech on December 12, at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex, Dalwangan, in this city.

Some 94 units of rice production technologies and agricultural machineries were turned over by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) to the FCAs and LGUs from the municipalities of Malitbog, Cabanglasan, Impasug-ong, Lantapan, San Fernando, Damulog, Don Carlos, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Maramag, Quezon, Kalilangan, Pangantucan, and the cities of Valencia and Malaybalay.

Said interventions was funded under the mechanization component of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), as provided under RA 11203, otherwise known as the Rice Tariffication Law.

PHilMech Interim Director for Extension Rodelio G. Idago, PhD. said that the interventions have been turned over to Bukidnon’s four congressional districts amount to a total of P121,855,000.

These include 29 units floating tiller, 22 units four-wheel tractor, 20 units mobile rice mill, 16 units rice combine harvester, 15 units rice thresher, 4 units recirculating dryer, 4 units hand tractor, 3 units rice reaper, 2 units single pass rice mill, and 1 walk-behind transplanter.

According to DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the said turnover of agri-machineries is harmonious with the agency’s thrust to boost the productivity and profitability of rice farmers in the country, including Northern Mindanao.

Per 2022 PSA data, Bukidnon ranked as the top rice-producing province in Northern Mindanao, with an annual production of 295,686 metric tons, accounting for almost 63% of the total rice production of region 10.

In support of the activity were Bukidnon Acting Provincial Agriculturist Jacqueline Julia A. Lagamon, municipal agriculturists Roan R. Fernandez (Impasug-ong), Coleen Ambos (San Fernando), Herberto L. Tan (Damulog), Merlyn C. Los Baños (Don Carlos), Armand S. dela Cruz (Maramag), Edgar A. Cantones (Kalilangan), Teodor B. Quirante III (Pangantucan), and other PHilMech staff.# (GDA/Photo supplied)

DA-10 thru RED Collado signs a MOA with local chief executives across the region for the implementation of agricultural marketing projects.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CIRY – As part of its continuing commitment to elevate Northern Mindanao’s agriculture sector, the Department of Agriculture – Region 10 (DA-10) enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with four Local Government Units (LGUs) for the roll out of P18 million agricultural marketing projects in the region.

Simultaneous with the NorMin Regional Development Council (RDC-10) Full Council Meeting, Friday, December 15, DA-10 Regional Executive Director, Carlene C. Collado signed the Kadiwa Financial Grant Assistance (KFGA) MOA with Lanao del Norte Governor, Imelda Q. Dimaporo, , Iligan City Mayor Frederick W. Siao, Gingoog City Mayor Erick G. Canosa and Mayor Jayfrancis D. Bago of Opol town in Misamis Oriental.

The grant is deemed an enabling mechanism for the LGUs to create stable food supply in their respective localities, and minimize disruption in the supply chain, particularly for basic food commodities.

“We aim for holistic agricultural development. We are not just fortifying our support to the farmers and the LGUs in terms of production. Part of the goal is to go the extra mile and assist our stakeholders to establish sustainable food supply chain to ensure availability of basic food needs at all times,” Collado accounted.

Through the KFGA, the cities of Gingoog and Iligan, and the province of Lanao del Norte will receive P4 million financial grant for the procurement of agricultural hauling truck, while the town of Opol will get P5 million in grant for the establishment of trading post.# (ATT)

Twenty-three GIP beneficiaries complete their internship in working for the government through DA-10.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) under the leadership of Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, through its Human Resource Management Section (HRMS), conducted a culminating activity for the beneficiaries of the Government Internship Program (GIP) on December 13, at the agency compound, in this city.

Under Executive Order (EO) No. 139, the GIP engages beneficiaries aged 18 to 30 years old, who have graduated from a technical-vocational course, junior or senior high school, or its equivalent under the Alternative Learning System (ALS), without work experience.

As a GIP partner agency, the Department’s implementation of the internship arrangement is consonant with the Program’s objectives of employment generation, inclusive growth, and substantial poverty reduction by immersing said beneficiaries in public service through the government’s programs and projects.

A total of 23 deployed youth were assigned to the different operating units of the agency: Administrative and Finance Division (5), Integrated Laboratories Division (5), Office of the Regional Director (4), Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division (4), Regional Agricultural Engineering Division (3), and the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (2).

In her welcome message, HRMS chief Sky Love A. Sarmiento commended the interns who successfully rendered service through the Program, citing its implications on the productivity of the agency during the past months.

Through the Program, beneficiaries underwent an internship agreement for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months, rendering eight hours of service at regular office hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) from Monday to Friday.

Further inspiring the interns, RED Collado encouraged them to explore opportunities to serve in the government and to uphold their learnings as they embark on professional career development.

“As you take the next step in your professional development, may you always bring with you the good name of the Department and the work ethics you have amassed during your brief stay with us,” the director said.

In recognition of their invaluable contributions to the agency, said beneficiaries were awarded certificates of recognition and also received special tokens.

The event was capped by the sharing of their internship impressions by select GIP beneficiaries Donnabel L. Vicente and Christian Paul R. Regidor from the first and second batches, respectively, sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-10), as well as Anjanice Catherine Pearl B. Uy, who is among the three GIP beneficiaries sponsored by the Office of Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez.

The culminating activity was also supported by some of their mentors from the various operating units, Administrative and Finance Division chief Patrick Ian F. Pedarse, Supervising Administrative Officer Marilou A. Santua, GIP coordinator Marilou C. Hebia, and other HRMS staff.# (GDA)

DA-10 honors its retirees in a Salamat, Mabuhay tribute.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-NorMin) honored its retired employees in a Salamat, Mabuhay tribute Thursday, December 7, here.

With the theme DAOG (DA’s One Goal): Ten for One, the agency lauded the stellar service of 13 DA employees who formally concluded their tenure of office this year.

In his message, DA-NorMin Regional Executive Director, Carlene C. Collado extended his gratitude to the retirees for their contribution in continuously making the DA a premier agency in serving the region’s agriculture sector.

“On behalf of DA-NorMin, I deeply appreciate all you have done to create an environment where each of us strives for excellence. May your success continue to flourish for many generations ahead,” he said.

For her part, DA-NorMin Regional Technical Director for Operations, Carlota S. Madriaga commended the retirees’ dedication and commitment in their service to DA. She particularly cited their pivotal roles in bolstering the agency’s performance at the national level.

Recounting the shared challenges and triumphs as colleagues in service, DA-NorMin Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations, Cora A. Dumayaca thanked the retirees for their unwavering cooperation and support in the attainment of the agency’s yearly goals in the course of their tenure.

In recognition of their selfless service and exceptional leadership, the retirees received a plaque and token of appreciation from DA-NorMin and the Department of Agriculture Employees’ Association (DAEA).

This year’s retirees are:

Alanita A. Jumalon, DVM – Chief Agriculturist
Lourdes P. Rudinas – Project Evaluation Officer IV
Berly F. Tatoy, PhD – Agricultural Center Chief III
Cleofe O. Ampatin – Senior Agriculturist
Jocelyn A. Gementiza – Market Specialist III
Guillermo L. Duran – Senior Science Research Specialist
Betty G. Betonio – Science Research Specialist II
Gleen A. Janubas – Agriculturist II
Alma May T. Dejoras – Administrative Assistant II
Bernadette M. Manduro – Science Research Assistant
Romulo P. Mahinay – Security Guard I
Priscillano A. Tuquib – Science Aide I
Liebeco B. Mahilum -Laboratory Aide I

DA-10 strengthens its climate-resilient agriculture campaign.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Climate and Environment Risk Reduction Management Unit (CERRMU) of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Northern Mindanao recently held a Coordination Meeting for Climate Resiliency on High Value Crops at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

Consistent with DA’s effort to attain food security amid climate-related challenges, personnel of the provincial and municipal agriculture offices in Bukidnon province were apprised on relevant updates and systems employed by DA’s Climate Change – Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (CC-AMIA) Program, pest management on high value crops and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

According to DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado that the activity primarily aims to streamline inter-governmental efforts in broadening developmental goals at the ground level to meet the increasing demand on high-valued crops under changing climate.# (ATT)

DA-10 and PhilRice apprise stakeholders on Malusog rice production in Bukidnon province.


MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – To introduce and promote Malusog Rice production in Bukidnon province, the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-NorMin) under the helm of Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado through its Research Division, and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) recently held a Farmers’ Forum at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC), in this city.

In the forum, prospective farmer-cooperators were acquainted with Malusog Rice in terms of production and marketing potentials, considering Bukidnon’s climate and market opportunities as a new rice variety for the Filipino palate.

In his message to Bukidnon rice farmers, Dr. Gerardo Estoy, Jr., DA-PhilRice Agusan branch director, underscored the viability of Malusog Rice farming as the production of which is highly identical to commonly known rice varieties.

Formerly known as Golden Rice, the Malusog Rice is beta carotene-enriched rice variety developed by the PhilRice mainly to address malnutrition. Malusog Rice is specifically beneficial to those at risk of Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) such as pre-school children and pregnant and lactating mothers.

Together with DA-NorMin, PhilRice is intensifying its promotion of the Malusog Rice in Northern Mindanao, particularly in Lanao del Norte where a high prevalence of VAD was recorded.

For his part, NMACLRC chief Carmelito R. Lapoot, emphasized the market potential of Malusog Rice as the preferred healthy staple for the locals.

He urged rice seed producers and commercial rice growers in Bukidnon to venture into Malusog Rice production not just as a viable livelihood, but more so as a way of helping the community in producing healthy food options.

In support of the Malusog Rice Program, DA-NorMin Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that the agency has established two demonstration farms in its research stations in Bukidnon, one in NMACLRC and another at the Research Center for Upland Development (RCUD) in Dangcagan, Bukidnon.

Located in Southern and Northern Bukidnon which differ in elevation and rainfall patterns, the demonstration farms will showcase climatic suitability for expansive Malusog Rice production in the province.# (ATT)

Agri-10 signs a MOA with FCAs and LGUs from MisOr and Bukidnon for the Kadiwa implementation.


MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) recently inks a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs) and local government units (LGUs) from the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon for the implementation of the P25.5 million (M) worth of Kadiwa Financial Grant Assistance program.

According to DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the said program aims to help facilitate food accessibility, quality, and affordability to consumers through partnerships with LGUs and FCAs, and improve the food distribution system at the same time.

Held at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Dalwangan here, DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado together with Bukidnon mayors Anthony A. Uy (Impasugong) and Ernie R. Devibar (Lantapan) signed the agreement for the P5 million (M) construction of trading posts in their respective localities, in the presence of their municipal staff.

The agri department also sealed a partnership with the Mindanao Farmers Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative (MFARCC) of Magsaysay, and Kabangasan, Mapua Dahilig Agrarian Reform Community (KMDARC) of Balingoan, both from MisOr to finance each their P3.5-M transport and delivery vehicle.

Further, Pangantucan, Maramag, Kalilangan Farmers’ Dairy Cooperative (PMKFDC) of Pangantucan and PITAC Multipurpose Cooperative (MPC) of Malaybalay City, both from Bukidnon are set to avail P3.5-M for the purchase of a refrigerated van and equipment for the enhancement of their milk processing plant and P5-M for the purchase of a wing van, respectively.

For the FCAs’ part, they have inked the agreement through their respective chairpersons: Romil C. Ravilla (MFARCC), Weny N. Enterina (KMDARC), Rodolfo Belleza (PMKFDC) and Christery May Dinoy (PITAC MPC).

As counterpart for the said program, all beneficiaries have also counterparted at least 20% of the total project cost.

Locally funded for the current year, the Kadiwa program is implemented by DA-10 through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division.# (TJTL)

Agri-10 lauds the YFC regional and provincial winners in a simple ceremony.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – With the recent conduct of the provincial level judging for the second batch of the 2023 Young Farmers Challenge (YFC), the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, officially awarded the ten outstanding provincial awardees and two regional awardees in Northern Mindanao, on November 30 here.

The event honored the youth in the region for their outstanding contributions to the development of the Philippine agri-fishery industry that is implemented through the agency’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD).

Said winners from the provincial level will receive P80K for their start-up capital, and the regional winners will also receive P150K in the form of competitive financial grant assistance from DA.

Below is the complete list of the provincial and regional YFC honorees with their corresponding agri-enterprises by province:

Provincial Awardees

Misamis Oriental
1. Allaine Mae G. Janolino – Aling’s Native Chicken

2. Dianie N. Jadman – Stingless Bees Colony and Honey Production
3. Alpha G. Jalagat – Green Leafy Hydroponic Farm (Lettuce production)

Misamis Occidental
4. Jury Rey A. Catapang – OZ Fresh Greens Hydroponics
5. Jumar J. Pacas – Oyster Mushroom Production (Growing House Enhancement)

Cagayan de Oro City
6. Sandy Ver M. Obsioma – Dolyn’s Integrated Farm Bukidnon
7. Jayhan M. Pedros & April Gay A. Abasula – Salsalan Goat Farming
8. Jayasree Harsha A. Bayag – Natural Sweetener: Stevia by-products
9. Loover B. Veloso – Veggie Krunch Crackers
10. Edrea Mae T. Onduran – Dream’s Arabica Coffee

Regional Awardees

Misamis Oriental
1. Ariel Alber R. Arbuis – Isidro’s Hito Farming
2. Michael Angelo L. Losito – Pak na Bet

Present during the activity is DA-10 Field Operations Division chief Eduardo N. Pit, PhD, AMAD Assistant Division Chief Ferdinand F. Caraballe, and other DA staff.# (RDME)

Agri-10 supports for a VAW-free Philippines and honors the outstanding rural women across Northern Mindanao.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-NorMin) is one with the government in its campaign for unity toward Violence Against Women-Free (VAW-free) Philippines.

In a symposium organized for the observance of the annual 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) in this city, on Wednesday, November 29, DA-NorMin Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado affirmed the agency’s stand in supporting causes creating safe spaces for the vulnerable segment of the community, the women and children, in particular.

To rally advocacies on the prevention and response to gender-based violence, the youth and women groups in CdeO City were apprised on the salient provisions of the Anti Violence Against Women and their Children Act (RA 9262), and the prevention of early, child and forced marriage among children.

Apart from criminalizing violence on women and children, the symposium highlighted the importance of communicating government programs in education, economy and health as strategic approach to curtail gender-based violence.

To recognize the role and contribution of women in agricultural development, the DA-NorMin’s Gender and Development (GAD) Unit together with the Department of Agriculture Women Employees’ Association (DAWEA) honored NorMin’s Outstanding Rural Women to highlight the 2023 anti-VAWC symposium.

Mylin V. Tayapad of Lagonglong town, in Misamis Oriental was hailed as NorMin’s Outstanding Rural Woman this year.

Tayapad’s awe-inspiring story spread across her triumph in outfighting cancer to founding and leading a women’s livelihood organization in her community, and how she upturned her family’s life with agriculture.

Fe Q. Sangco of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, and Francis B. Malatamban from Malaybalay City, also in Bukidnon, were lauded as the second and third placer, respectively of the search for 2023 NorMin’s Outstanding Rural Woman.

The winners received cash prize worth P50k, P30k and P20k, respectively, a plaque of recognition and token from DA-NorMin.

As the search’s regional winner, Tayapad will represent NorMin in the national leg of the competition, the “Gawad Parangal sa Katangi-Tanging Kababaihan sa Kanayunan” of DA.

“We support the endeavors that uplift women with inclusivity in providing equal opportunity and equipping them with skills to innovate and participate in the development of the (agriculture) sector,” Dir. Collado remarked.

Member agencies of the DA-NorMin Regional Management Committee (RMC) – the ATI, PCC, NFA, NMIS, NIA and Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (RAFC-10) also participated in the symposium.# (ATT)

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