DA-10 orients COA-10 on its programs and services.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Geared towards working harmoniously with the agency in terms of handling financial transactions and operations, the Department of Agriculture – RFO 10 helmed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado conducted a brief orientation with the Audit Team – NGAs Cluster 8 Team 07 of the Commission on Audit (COA)-10 on August 9, at the agency compound.

Said meeting is in response to the audit team’s clamor to be apprised on the different programs, projects, services and other interventions of DA-10, for a deeper understanding that government funds spent by the agency are used judiciously, following auditing laws, rules and regulations.

Anchored on DA’s vision of a modernized agri-fishery sector with a diversified rural economy that is dynamic, technologically advanced, and internationally competitive, chiefs and some senior staff from the eight divisions and a center of the agency, have bared their respective deliverables.

Per mandate, COA has the power, authority, and duty to examine and audit all accounts pertaining to the revenue and receipts of, expenditures or uses of funds and property, owned or held in trust by, or pertaining to, the Government, or any of its agencies such as the agri department.

The audit team is led by Regional Supervising Auditor Marilou C. Mampao together with State Auditor IV Jurhea M. Lomondaya, State Auditor II Nashiba L. Macaraob, and State Auditor I Kaycee P. Matito.# (JLO)

DA-10 RED Collado administers the oathtaking of Tubaon, the newly promoted employee of the agency.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A newly promoted employee of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) took the oath of office on August 7, 2023, at the agency compound.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collando administered the oathtaking of Rosell P. Tuba-on, who is promoted to Senior Agriculturist of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division from being the Agriculturist II.

Attending the ceremony were DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations and Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB) chair Carlota S. Madriaga and RTD for Research and Regulations Cora A. Dumayaca together with the concerned division chief and HRMPSB committee members.# (MPMTablon)

DA-10 turns over P7-M village-type dryer to CARC of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon.


CABANGLASAN, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) under the helm of Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, turned over a P7 million village type dryer (VTD) to Cabanglasan Agrarian Reform Cooperative (CARC), of this town.

On August 4, 2023, DA-10 Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, PhD, and Bukidnon Provincial Operations Center chief Janet D. Lopez, DVM, handed over the key of responsibility to CARC president Orlando T. Adaptar.

According to Guzman, the project aims to help corn farmers reduce postharvest losses and improve grain quality for high market prices; thereby, increasing farmers’ productivity and profit.

“I’m looking forward to this project being sustained. DA is always here to support and is willing to give more projects through the endorsement of the local government unit,” Guzman conveyed.

Funded under the agency’s corn program, the VTD includes one unit corn on cob dryer with 20 metric tons of capacity; one unit corn sheller with 2.5 metric tons per hour shelling quality; one unit recirculating batch grain dryer with 12 metric tons of holding capacity; and a multi-fuel biomass furnace and bagging bin, among others.
Likewise, the VTD’s shed has a floor area of 375 square meters that can fully accommodate the dryer, sheller, furnace, and other accessories.

Cabanglasan has an estimated area of 7,108 hectares for yellow corn and 274 hectares for white corn, with around 5,000 corn farmers.

Furthermore, Cabanglasan Mayor Lolita N. Bullecer urged the farmers to use the facility with care and continuously maintain it in order to provide development for farmers’ profit and satisfaction.

Also present during the activity is Cabanglasan Municipal Vice Mayor Renante V. Inocando, REE with local officials and DA-10 staff.# (RDMElloren)

RAFC-10 presents its newly elected officers.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council – Region 10 (RAFC-10) conducts a sectoral meeting highlighting the election of officers on July 26, 2023, in this city.

Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that the RAFC serves a consultative body of the agri department and the different local government units, to assist in the successful implementation of agri-fishery programs, projects, services and interventions.

The newly elected officers are:

Nilda B. Salas – Chairperson
Roldan B. Maglungsod – Vice-Chairperson
Honorio S. Cervantes – Treasurer
Jaime C. Go – Auditor
John C. Mangcao – Public Information Officer (PIO)

Based on the revised Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) guidelines, said officers will hold the office for three consecutive years to usher in the continuing discussions of the challenges besetting the agri-fishery sector with the ultimate goal of finding solutions.

Said activity was led by the electoral board members, namely: Executive Assistant III Joel S. Rudinas, Misamis Oriental Provincial Operations Center for Misamis Oriental and Camiguin chief Wilson V. Lagdamin, and Alanita A. Jumalon, Integrated Laboratories Division chief, all of DA-10, and witnessed by representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).# (MPMTablon)

Region 10’s youth participate in DA’s Young Farmers Challenge. 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To engage more youth in agriculture, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) conducts the Young Farmers Challenge (YFC) Program Start-Up Search for Outstanding Business Model Canvas at the Provincial Level for FY 2023 from July 26-28, 2023, in this city.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that the YFC program, specifically its start-up portfolio, aims to provide financial grant assistance for the youth who are interested to venture into a new or start-up agri-fishery enterprise.

He added that through such initiative, the department can support young farmers and fishers to actively take part in food security, agricultural development, and modernization by encouraging them to engage in activities in agriculture, agribusiness and agripreneurship as catalysts for sustainable development.

Some 34 participants aged from 18 to 30 years old, consisting of 31 individuals and 3 groups regionwide participated, where they presented their respective BMCs.

Represented were the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, and the cities of Iligan and CdeO.

The presentations were evaluated by a panel of provincial judges based on the innovativeness, viability, and sustainability of the agri-fishery business concepts of the young farmer-aspirants, which can either be operated by an individual youth or as a joint venture between two or more individuals.

The panel of evaluators is composed of the Department of Trade and Industry Supervising Development Specialist Lorraine C. Brillantes, Highly Urbanized City Agricultural and Fishery Council chairperson Roger E. Butlig, DA-10 Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief Lorena V. Duna, High Value Crops Development Program focal person Kersten S. Pagalan, and Livestock focal person Jamaica L. Docdoc.

Presenters who will be hailed as provincial winners will receive a grant worth P80K in support of the implementation of their proposed micro- and small-scale agri-fishery enterprises.

Furthermore, they will continue to vie for the seven spots as regional awardees, with categories ranging from production, processing, and digital agriculture, and at stake is P150K financial grant per awardee, while P300K awaits once declared as one of the national level winners.#

DA-10 through its Corn program turns over corn seeds and fertilizers to Damulog town.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Targeted to ease farmers’ brunt on the increasing costs of farm inputs, the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, turned over seeds and fertilizers to 16 farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs), at the Municipal Gymnasium, Poblacion, Damulog, Bukidnon.

Funded by the Corn program, the roster of interventions conferred by the agri department is composed of 625 bags of hybrid corn seed (9 kilograms per bag) complemented with 625 bags of complete fertilizer (50 kgs/bag), which are targeted for distribution to select FCA members who are enrolled in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

Facilitated by the agri office of said municipality, the turnover was graced by DA-10 Provincial Operations Center chief of Bukidnon, Janet D. Lopez, DVM, Mayor Melino L. Burro, Councilor Ronald Virtudazo, committee on agriculture, and Herberto L. Tan, MAO officer-in-charge. # (JLO/Photos supplied: POC Bukidnon)

Agri-10 thru RED Collado updates IP farmers on how to avail DA’s various agri assistance.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado convened on Friday, July 21, with the Talakag Living Waters Agro-Forestry Farmers Association (TALIWA FA), at the agency’s compound in this city to discuss appropriate agri-assistance to help augment the FA’s farm production.

The TALIWA FA is a newly-formed association of 60 farmers, primarily indigenous peoples (IPs) from the Talaandig and Higaonon tribes of Bukidnon.

Dir. Collado discussed with the group the DA programs and projects they can avail through the DA’s Rice, Corn, Livestock, High Value Crops Development, and Organic Agriculture program as well as other special projects of the Department.

He also detailed the agency’s SOPs in granting DA interventions to eligible recipients. Mr. Kennek Suarez Lake, Interim President of TALIWA FA, particularly requested from DA the grant of draft animals (horses, cows, water buffalo), livestock (pigs, goats), vegetable and corn seeds, organic fertilizers, agricultural training, irrigation system, storage facility and mechanical equipment.

To be eligible DA beneficiaries, Dir. Collado urged the FA to enroll its members to the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA), and closely coordinate with their Municipal Agriculture Office to guide them in their pursuit to grow as an association. (RDMElloren)

DA-10 provides veggie seeds in support of BLEC’s food sufficiency efforts


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In an effort to extend its services to the public, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, turned over an assortment of vegetable seeds to the Binuangan Lourdes Eagles Club (BLEC) on July 19, 2023 at the agency compound.
Funded under the High Value Crops Development Program, over 80 packets of vegetable (pinakbet) seeds were turned over by Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, PhD and High Value Crops Development Program focal person Kersten S. Pagalan to club representative Engr. Jenefe B. Durotan.

The said provisions, Durotan said, will be distributed to two beneficiary sites in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental to aid the organization’s initiatives on backyard gardening for the said community.

Further, Durotan thanked the Department for its seeds provision assistance, citing its impact on their efforts to secure a supply of fresh produce in the area. #(DLVicente)

DA-10 reaffirms support for affordable nutrition in Region 10.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In observance of the Nutrition Month, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) helmed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, reaffirmed its support for affordable nutrition in Northern Mindanao, during the Talakayan sa Philippine Information Agency (Talakayan sa PIA) on July 20, in this city.

With the year’s theme, “Healthy diet gawing affordable for all”, the Nutrition Month celebration centers on raising public knowledge of the value of a healthy diet in preserving health and preventing diet-associated diseases, and dissemination of useful knowledge regarding nutrient-rich foods, balanced diet, and healthy eating practices.

In an interview with PIA, DA-RFO 10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga highlighted the Kadiwa ng Pangulo Program (KNP) of DA as a key initiative of the Department in making fresh and affordable agri-fishery products more accessible to the consumers to help address food insecurity and malnutrition.

Farmers and fishers can sell their products directly in identified KNP centers across the region to help them earn higher income by eliminating middle traders in the value chain, while providing the public with cheap and nutritious food options.

National Nutrition Month is observed every July in the Philippines, by virtue of Presidential Decree 491, which was signed into law in 1974.

The Talakayan was also attended by representatives from the National Nutrition Council (NNC)-X, CdeO City Health Office (CHO), Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) from Barangay Balulang, and members of local media.# (MPMTablon)

LARC, a corn and rice-based farmers’ group from Malaybalay City, Bukidnon receives a P3-M combine harvester from DA-10.


MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Linabo Agrarian Reform Cooperative (LARC), a ninety-active-membered farmers’ group is eyed to augment their productivity and income after being granted a combine harvester worth P3 million (M) from the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado.

On July 21, Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, PhD together with Bukidnon Provincial Operations Center chief Janet D. Lopez, DVM of DA-10 led in conferring the certificate of turnover thru the City Government of Malaybalay helmed by Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran represented by its Chief Executive Assistant Anthony James Mondia, and finally, to the benefitting coop, LARC led by its Chairperson Aurelio E. Salem.

Pooled from CY 2022 funds under the agency’s Corn program, said unit is a grain crop, labor- and time-saving harvesting machine that combines reaping, threshing, cleaning and bagging into a single operation.

It is targeted to serve LARC’s existing production area, which is composed of 236.7 hectares for corn, and 196.7 hectares for rice, with a potential area of 200 hectares.

Dr. Guzman urged them to value and maximize the use of said machinery by setting aside funds for its repair and maintenance, which would overall help elevate LARC’s operations.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mondia noted the synergistic efforts – from the national, provincial, city and down to the barangay governments, for the acquisition of a combine harvester unit that would directly benefit the farmers in barangay Linabo.

In response to the messages of support and anchoring on the coop’s mission of uplifting the life of its members and agrarian reform beneficiaries, LARC chairperson Salem is grateful that the government has seen its potential to manage the combined harvester.

Likewise, the coop head committed that under his wing, they will exercise responsibility, accountability and transparency, in whatever available resources they have for the benefit of their members, fellow farmers and their community.

Apart from the provided machinery, LARC has also availed other forms of assistance from DA-10 such as agricultural inputs and financial assistance.

Now in its silver year, it continues to venture into production, processing, and marketing, with reach not just limiting to the locality, but also in the cities of Valencia, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and the towns of Maramag and Cabanglasan in Bukidnon.

Also supporting the cooperative during the turnover ceremony is the City Government of Malaybalay thru its agriculture and engineering offices, the local barangay of Linabo, and the Department of Agrarian Reform. # (JLO)

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