A Korean company visits the farm and offices of cassava-growing FCAs in Bukidnon and MisOr provinces, in the hopes of finalizing the latter’s supply of fresh cassava tubers.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Executives and representatives of a Korean company conducted farm and office visits to the different farmers, cooperatives, associations (FCAs), in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental set to finalize a partnership, with the latter supplying fresh cassava tubers.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Investments (DTI-BOI) facilitated said visit to 13 FCAs on February 16-18, 2022.

The said FCAs are from Malitbog, Salvacion, Kadingilan, Don Carlos, Pangantucan, Maramag, Cabanglasan, Lantapan of Bukidnon, and Claveria of Misamis Oriental, who have beforehand signified their intent to supply to the Korean’s targeted tapioca manufacturing starch plant in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

During the field visits, the Korean team met the chairpersons and other farmer-leaders of the different FCAs, where they have laid out their terms and conditions, for the eventual sealing of a marketing agreement between said parties.

With the presence of the Korean investors, DA-10 Regional Executive Director expressed, that farmers can also avail loan assistance from the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), DA’s credit arm, in aid to the needed added logistics and capital that the FCAs may need for such marketing opportunity.

“This year, the agency continues to implement several projects, that are already in the pipeline, to help raise agricultural productivity, resiliency, and access to more market linkages for farmers in the region,” Collado said.

The Cassava Program of the Field Operations Division, the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division of DA-10, and DTI-BOI facilitated the second batch visit of the Korean buyers.# (JCAnito)

On February 14, 2022, DA-10 inaugurates P33.5-M worth of facilities to boost its research centers’ technology transfer initiatives.


DALWANGAN, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado inaugurated 14 infrastructure and information technology projects at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) on February 14, 2022, in this city.

Funded under DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research-Bayanihan to Act as One (Bayanihan II) with a total amount of P33.5 million (M), ranging from upgrading, renovation, improvement, installation, and construction projects implemented in the different research centers of the agency.

Housed at NMACLRC, upgrading projects include the Modular Screen House, Existing Water Harvesting Facility (for Livestock and Crops), Tunnel Screenhouse, Diagnostic Laboratory, and Plant Tissue Laboratory, while the Processing Building and Upgrading of Water Harvesting Facility with Concrete Tank are situated at DA-10’s Research Center for Hillyland Development (RCHD) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

Renovation projects cover both the Crops and Livestock Administration Building at NMACLRC, and the Animal Shed and Feedlot at RCHD.

On the other hand, the installation project comprises the CCTV System at NMACLRC.

Rounding up the list of projects are the Improvement of Technology Commercialization Center with access road, and the construction of various irrigation projects, both located at NMACLRC.

“The presence of the state-of-the-art, science-based infrastructure projects with laboratory facilities, can attract more farmers, local government units, and stakeholders that will encourage them to visit the research station. The matured technologies showcased can then be replicated by the visiting farmers upon return to their respective areas. With all these, the agri-tourism research center in Region 10 will be within reach,” Collado conveyed.

Meanwhile, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said that the stations’ facilities will enable its personnel to boost their level of performance by transferring improved technologies to farmers and stakeholders in the region.

NMACLRC chief Carmelito Lapoot assured the management that all will be maximized according to their intended use, adding that they can now cater to more farmers in the conduct of a series of training, technology showcasing, and meetings for the current and coming years.

“We can improve the delivery of our services that will eventually help farmers increase their productivity and income,” Lapoot concluded. # (MGBS/Photo credits: EMB, RDME)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 commenced the first leg of the harvest festival for the cluster Hybrid Rice Technology Demonstration in South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon on February 11, 2022.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, the cluster hybrid rice techno demo showcases different hybrid rice varieties, which aims to identify the most suitable variety in the locality and to determine the cost-benefit ratio of different hybrid rice varieties.

In said town, 11 participating seed companies with 17 hybrid rice varieties were planted in 35 hectares of land.

Janet D. Lopez, DVM, DA-10 provincial operations center chief of Bukidnon is grateful to the local government, seed companies, farmer associations, especially to the Patag Coroña Irrigators Association who hosted the techno demo, and the farmer-landowners who offered their lands to have the hybrid seeds planted for said techno demo.

“We are thankful to those who made this techno demo possible because the results of this activity will greatly help the department in providing our farmers the better seeds suitable in your area.”

Dr. Lopez also emphasized that conducting a techno demo is in support to the modernization pillar of the ‘OneDA reform agenda’, which includes the promotion of new technology such as hybrid rice seeds in attaining a prosperous and resilient Philippines with empowered farmers and fisherfolk.

Meanwhile, Karl Roman O. Wong, the project leader of the rice techno demo under the agency’s Rice Program, said that a farmer’s forum will also be conducted in March, to present the gathered data and the results of said activity.

Further, a consultation between farmers and technicians will also ensue in said forum.

The next leg of the harvest festival for cluster hybrid rice techno demo will soon be conducted in the cities of Valencia and Malaybalay, and Kalilangan town clusters.

Gracing the said activity are Bukidnon Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Jacqueline Julia Lagamon and staff, officials of the municipal LGU of Maramag, officials, farmers, and residents of South Poblacion and DA-10 staff. # (Cyrus R. Seraspe)

DA-10 inaugurates the P4.93-M Admin and BioCon Lab Building in RCPC, Bangcud, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on February 14. This is to increase the production of BioCon agents for distribution to farmers.


BANGCUD, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 eyed an increased production of biological control (biocon) agents for distribution to farmers, with its newly inaugurated Administrative and Biological Control Laboratory Building in the Regional Crops Protection Center (RCPC) on February 14, 2022, in this city.

RCPC Chief, Luz I. Guzman, PhD emphasized that said building supports the center’s production of biological agents that will be used in the management and prevention of plant pests and diseases.

“This is one of the components of the Integrated Pest Management, that will reduce the production cost of farmers by regulating the use of synthetic pesticides. The biocon agents will not only preserve the helpful and friendly insects but will also regenerate soil fertility that will eventually, help attain food security and sufficiency of the country,” Guzman added.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado congratulated RCPC for bracing with the challenges from the preparation of the documentary requirements until the P4.93 million project was completed.

“The project is expected to help the farmers, and I hope that this will become instrumental in ensuring quality services to our farmers and stakeholders in the region,” Collado said.

Meanwhile, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations, Carlota S. Madriaga encouraged the staff and employees of the center, to maximize the use of the laboratory that would enable them to respond immediately to the needs of farmers, especially during pests and diseases outbreak.

“With this facility, you are expected to level up your accomplishment, strengthen your capacity on the production side and control the spread of pests and diseases, to serve more farmers,” Madriaga said.

For the availment of said biocon agents, interested farmers may request at the agriculture’s office in their respective area, for them to be endorsed by the local government unit to DA-RCPC. # (MGBS)

In support to the Organic Agriculture program, DA-BSWM turns over six units of composting facilities for biodegradable waste amounting to P5.7-M to different LGUs and farmer groups in Region 10.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In addressing waste management, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) turned over six units of composting facilities for biodegradable waste (CFBW) amounting to P5.7 million.

The beneficiaries include the local government units of Sinacaban, Panaon of Misamis Occidental; Provincial LGU –Lanao del Norte; CLGU Cagayan de Oro City; Oroquieta Dangan Volunteers Association, Oroquieta City; and, Lantapan Vegetable Farmers Marketing Cooperative, Lantapan, Bukidnon.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said the facility package for biodegradable waste comprises a shredder machine with a rotary composter.

He added that the intervention is in support to the promotion and development of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines through appropriate technologies and practices to restore soil fertility.

Soil and Water Area Coordinator Engr. Armando B. Arcamo of DA-BSWM and his team also demonstrated the proper handling of the machine in consonance with the mandate of the agency’s proper composting of biodegradable wastes.

Engr. Arcamo urged the LGUs, academe, farmer associations to venture into organic farming through the utilization of biomass, and not to only rely on inorganic farming but promote the proper waste management in their areas. # (MPMT/Photo credits: MPMT, Prov’l Agri LDN)

Region 10 has an allocation of P75-M from DA-ACPC under its SURE Assistance program for relief and recovery of farmers and fishers affected by typhoon Odette.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) has allocated a P500 million (M) credit fund for the implementation of its Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance program across the country, including areas in Norther Mindanao declared under a state of calamity caused by typhoon Odette.

“Of the total amount, we have an allocation for Region 10 amounting to P75-M in support to the government’s goal in helping agricultural households badly hit by the typhoon,” said Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado of DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10).

This, he bared, during a consultation meeting spearheaded by the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, in the presence of its Provincial Operations Center chiefs, provincial and city/municipal agriculturists.

During the meeting, discussed were the timelines for the submission of the certified list of borrowers, the amount that one could avail, and the requirements to be complied for the release of the funds by the lending conduits of DA-ACPC at a minimal service fee of up to three percent.

Under the SURE Assistance program, small farmers and fishers may borrow with no interest and collateral, while loan amount is payable up to three years, wherein only one borrower is allowed per household.

DA-ACPC Program Development Division Chief and Visayas-Mindanao Head, Noel Clarence M. Ducusin emphasized, that the loan amount is intended to provide relief and aid in rehabilitating the farming and fishing activities of affected farmers and fishers thru credit for the purchase of production inputs, repair of farm/fishery assets, and acquisition of livestock/work animals.

Priority shall be those farmers and fishers identified and endorsed by the provincial/municipality/city agriculture’s office and are duly registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and FishR.

Of which, their engaged farming and fishing activities were assessed and validated as totally damaged.

Small farmers refer to those who cultivate not more than five hectares of land; raising poultry with 2,000 layers or 5,000 broilers; or rearing livestock (swine – 10 sows/50 fatteners; goat/sheep – 50 heads for meat and/or dairy; cattle – 10 fatteners or 5 breeders; and dairy – 10 milking cows/carabaos), while marginal fishers are those operating not more than three-ton capacity fishing vessels within municipal fishing waters.

Also in attendance virtually is DA-10 Regional Technical Director Carlota S. Madriaga, who conveyed, that no calamity or pandemic can hinder the services of the agency, especially in these trying times where the agency is needed the most.

“This is our way of helping our small farmers and fisherfolk, as they play a crucial role in ensuring food availability and security in our region,” RTD Madriaga concluded.

Reportedly, Region 10 has a total of 17,000 affected farmers and fishers due to typhoon Odette. # (JCAnito)

Agri NorMin joins the coordination meeting headed by DA-ACPC with the aim of heightening farmer’s and fishers’ awareness on the available credit assistance from said attached agency.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Set in drumming up the implementation of agri-fishery credit programs, the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s credit arm spearheaded a coordination meeting on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Convened were the regional agri-credit desk officers (RACDOs), regional information officers (RIOs), and other representatives from the DA regional field offices, including Northern Mindanao, and other staff and officials from DA-ACPC.

Held virtually, the brief meeting tackled how the body can work towards increasing the farmer’s and fishers’ awareness on the available credit assistance from DA-ACPC, including loan acquisition, utilization, repayment, among other concerns.

Discussions focused on benchmarking from last year’s best practices in the conduct of a series of information caravan on agri-fishery programs; an upcoming partnership of DA-ACPC with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the BDO Foundation on the Financial Education project; use of the compendium of agri-fishery development programs; and the reiteration of the crucial role of the loan facilitation teams (LoFTs) across the regions. # (JLO)

Agri NorMin provides an P8-M worth of cacao-based dev’t project to Naawan, MisOr to expand the municipality’s existing enterpise for said commodity.


NAAWAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL – In support to the expansion of existing cacao-based enterprise in the locality, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) awarded a certificate of turnover to the local government of Naawan, Misamis Oriental for the P8 million (M) worth Cacao Community-Based Development Enterprise project.

Handing over the certificate is DA-10 Regional Technical Director Carlota S. Madriaga to Naawan Mayor Dennis I. Roa and TOMAMA AMC chair, Rudy M. Fragata.

On Thursday, February 10, the 1 unit hauling truck and 28,571 pieces certified cacao seedlings were turned over ahead of the other interventions, in order to drum up the production of cacao and aid the cacao farmers in transporting their harvest to the different buying stations.

Under the headship of DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the agri department provided said enterprise project, particularly for the 96-membered Toburan-Mapulog-Maputi Arc Marketing Cooperative (TOMAMA AMC) covering 67 hectares of land, with some already growing cacao and producing tableya, and selling these to agri-development centers.

Included in the package of interventions are the provision of a P2-M hauling truck, planting materials (P1-M), Multi-Commodity Solar Dryer (500K), nursery establishment (500K), cacao processing equipment (P2-M), cacao processing facility (P1-M), training (P750K), and P250K to defray for the administrative-related expenses.

“I am very grateful to DA for the project we have received which can greatly help our farmers, especially now that we have our sights on expanding and developing our agricultural sector, here in Naawan,” Mayor Roa conveyed.

Meanwhile, TOMAMA AMC pinned their hopes on the agri-provisions, adding these will help them increase their productivity while ensuring the quality production and processing of cacao.

Fragata expressed, “Mula sa aming kooperatiba, nais kong ipa-abot ang pasasalamat sa ating gobyerno lalo na sa DA at sa iba pang ahensya, sa walang humpay na pagtulong at suporta sa gitna ng pandemya. Itong proyekto na natanggap namin ay magsisilbing pundasyon tungo sa pag-unlad ng cacao industry dito sa aming lugar.”

In response, DA-10 RTD Madriaga emphasized, that the government has invested in the agri-potential of Naawan, and posed a challenge to properly utilize and sustain the project with a productive outcome.

Pooled from its CY 2021 funds, said enterprise project is realized through the High Value Crops Development Program of DA-10.

Also witnessing the turnover ceremony are DA-10 Provincial Operations Center Chief for MisOr Chona H. Nacalaban and HVCDP Focal Person Kersten S. Pagalan.# (RDMElloren)

On February 10, 2022, Agri NorMin and MSU-LNAC inaugurate the P5-M goat multiplier breeder farm to give boost to the SND, Lanao Norte’s goat industry, and to also serve as a show window in raising goats to faculty, students and farmers.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) in collaboration with the Mindanao State University – Lanao del Norte Agricultural College (MSU-LNAC) inaugurated the Sa-Goat Kita Multiplier Breeder Farm Project in barangay Ramain, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte.

DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and MSU-LNAC Campus Head/Superintendent II, Dr. Indihra B. Dimaporo-Tawantawan, Alhadja, led the ribbon cutting of the newly constructed facility on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

Aiming to improve the goat breeds in the region, said P5 million worth of project was funded through DA’s National Livestock Program under the Bayanihan Act II, comprising of goat breeders, supplies, equipment, farm housing facilities, and administrative cost.

Dir. Collado lauded the continuous partnership with said institution, especially in unleashing the potentials of the students for the improvement of the region’s agricultural sector, particularly for the goat industry.

“Indeed, it is a privilege to have a valuable partnership with MSU-LNAC in our quest for agri-fishery development, catering to our farmers and other stakeholders with a commitment to serve. I wish for your continued success in nurturing coming generations of students to help them realize their vital potentials and become responsible and contributing members of the community,” the director expressed.

He further committed the provision of 10 heads of cattle intended for a breeder farm, and planting materials such as corn and sorghum seeds, and coconut seedlings to benefit more farmers in the locality.

With this, Dr. Tawantawan extended her gratitude to DA-10 and urged the faculty members and the barangay local government to be cooperative and supportive, especially in securing the facilities to sustain the project; thereby, future generations can gain from it.

One of the local farmer-technicians and Ramain barangay Secretary Lilian V. Ferolino conveyed, “The project does not only provide a livelihood to the locals, but it will nourish the children with the fresh and nutritious goat’s milk.”

In Northern Mindanao, SND and Tubod towns have availed and completed the NLP’s goat multiplier project under the said fund.# (EMBentulan)

One newly hired and one promoted employee of DA-10 takes their oath of office on February 7, with RED Collado as the administering officer.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In addition to the second batch of 2022, one newly hired and one promoted employee of the agriculture department in Region 10 (DA-10) took their oath of office, earlier today, February 7, 2022 at the agency compound, here in this city.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado administered the oath-taking ceremony of the following personnel with their corresponding positions and assignments:

Newly hired

         Ferdinand F. Caraballe – Supervising Agriculturist, Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division


          Viralou L. Tuquib, DVM – Veterinarian IV, Integrated Laboratories Division

Witnessing the ceremony is Regional Technical Director for Operations and Placement and Selection Board chair Carlota S. Madriaga, Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla together with other division chiefs. # (RDMElloren)