CdeO hog raisers are seen to benefit from the INSPIRE program of DA-10. 


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Backyard hog raisers in sitio Tuburan of barangay Lumbia and other nearby localities here are seen to benefit from the P10-million (M) Integrated National Swine Production Initiative for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) program of the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) through DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado.

On August 30, the agri department led by Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga together with the benefitting local government of CdeO through Acting City Administrator Atty. Roy Hilario P. Raagas along with Perla T. Asis, city veterinarian, and its department heads, led the groundbreaking for the construction of the almost P6-M biosecured swine facility in said sitio.

DA-10 Livestock focal person Jamaica L. Docdoc explained that the infrastructure is one of the components of the INSPIRE program, and is now being implemented in the area, following the grant of sentinel pigs to help the city bounce back in repopulating and upgrading the local swine industry in its bid to produce sufficient supply of hogs and pork.

It can be recalled that CdeO was first hit by African swine fever (ASF), a highly contagious viral disease of pigs early in the year 2021.

“Dili siya usual nga tangkal lang nga inyong adtuan, apan kini na facility naa gyud siya’y disinfection, maligo gyud ta kay dili kapataka og sulod ang mga tawo, ug kung maka relate mo sa commercial farms, gi adopt ang iyang biosecurity measures.” Docdoc detailed.

Besides the soon-to-rise facility, the package of interventions under INSPIRE is composed of 300 head of piglets as initial stock (P2.55-M), 550 bags of feed (1.375-M), and drugs and biologics (P75K).

RTD Madriaga is pinning her hopes that said project will provide help to the people, especially the affected backyard hog raisers.

She added, “We are ensuring that the LGU will manage and operate the facility to safeguard its sustainability.”

The director furthered the importance of the city’s availment of assistance through DA’s National Livestock Program, as the region is one of the top swine producers across the country.

Per PSA report released last August 22, NorMin’s volume of hog production from April to June 2023 is recorded at 50.98K metric tons (liveweight).

On behalf of CdeO City Mayor Rolando A. Uy, Atty. Raagas lauded the national government’s support through DA as it also aligns with the city’s “Rise” framework which highlights metropolization as key for economic recovery.

“Mautro ang dagway sa atong resource mobilization sa atong nasud, akip na sa atong dakbayan. Ang dako na pahat didto nato itutok sa economic productivity apil na, ilabina ang agricultural production,” the official articulated.

Said community-based swine production facility is just one among the seven funded by DA-10 for the current year.

Also supporting the groundbreaking rite is DA-10 Provincial Operations Center chief for Misamis Oriental Wilson V. Lagdamin, Tuburan local officials and residents, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).# (JLO)

The RCI-TWG conducts a final review and critiquing of the Muleta Watershed Convergence Area Development Plan to jointly help in achieving clean and sustainable water resource for agriculture, industry, and economy


PANGANTUCAN, BUKIDNON — In its concerted efforts to advance a clean and sustainable water resource for agriculture, industry, and economy, the Regional Convergence Initiative – Technical Working Group (RCI-TWG) spearheaded the final review and critiquing of the Muleta Watershed Convergence Area Development Plan (CADP) on August 24, 2023.

The meeting follows the CADP writeshop conducted by the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City last May 16 to 19, 2023.

Members of the RCI-TWG in attendance include the Department of Agriculture – 10 (DA-10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado as lead convener, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-10), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-10), and officials of the local government unit (LGU) of Pangantucan.

Discussed during the meeting were salient points of the Muleta CADP, presented by Pangantucan Municipal Agriculturist Teodoro B. Quirante III, including the watershed profile, major goals and strategies of the CADP, and the budgetary requirements for implementation from 2023 until 2027.

DA-10 Executive Assistant III Joel S. Rudinas enjoined the RCI-TWG to continuously offer their inputs to improve the plan and underscored the potential benefits of the CADP for the community of Pangantucan when approved.

“Through this CADP, we hope to convey that this kind of investment is urgent, very important, and very necessary because we have a vision and an end in mind. We are more excited about this project on account of the fact that there is an opportunity where we can work together [to] build up development in these areas,” Rudinas said.

Pangantucan Municipal Administrator Ian Boy A. Garcenila thanked the support of the RCI-TWG in developing the said plan toward progress and the development of their community.

Comments and suggestions from members of the RCI-TWG will be incorporated into the final document before the final presentation to the National Steering Committee for review and approval in October this year.# (GDA)

Agri-10 thru its RSL and FCAL undergo PAB accreditation audit for ISO 17025


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To ensure the provision of quality and competent services through its laboratories, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado undergoes an accreditation audit on August 15-18, 2023, at the agency compound, in this city.

Particularly, the Integrated Laboratories Division (ILD)’s application for ISO 17025 accreditation for its Regional Soils Laboratory (RSL) and Feed Chemical Analytical Laboratory (FCAL) were evaluated by the Philippine Accreditations Bureau (PAB) headed by its team leader Florean Cunanan.

ISO 17025 is a global quality standard for testing and calibration laboratories. Said audit aims to assess the region’s laboratories with regard to their compliance with management and technical requirements.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Cora A. Dumayaca highlighted the importance of the said activity to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results to provide quality service to agricultural clientele.

On one hand, RSL offers soils and fertilizers tests and analyses, refill of soil test kits for mobile soil analyses, and production of compost fungus activator.

On the other hand, FCAL extends feed, feed element and mineral analyses, activity tests, feed microscopy examinations, and aflatoxin tests.

Following a thorough inspection, audit findings will be presented to take the necessary corrective actions. # (AMBManto)

Agri-10 turns over about P295K agri inputs to LGU CdeO to help mitigate the impact brought by El Niño. 


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To mitigate the potential effects of El Niño, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, turned over a total of nine boxes of assorted vegetable seeds, and 25 plastic water drums, to the City Government of Cagayan de Oro (CLGU) on August 14, 2023, at the agency compound.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga handed over in detail 360 packets of Pinakbet, 360 packets of Sinigang and 750 packets of Chopsuey seeds to City Agriculturist Paterno L. Gonzales, Jr.

According to RED Collado, the provision of vegetable seeds from DA aims to enhance agricultural resilience and mitigate the adverse effects of changing weather patterns among our local farmers and gardeners.

Gonzales said the interventions will help the agricultural sector and the well-being of the farming communities by ensuring water resiliency against El Niño.

The assortment of vegetable seeds is funded under the agency’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).# (DLVicente)

Some DA-10 existing, new and would-be supervisors undergo SDC on Communication.


DALWANGAN, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – Thirty-nine personnel of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) were conferred as completers by the Civil Service Commission – Regional Field Office X (CSC-X) after finishing the Supervisory Development Course (SDC) on Communication: The Secret to Organizational Effectiveness on August 24-25, at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex here.

Said training course aims to equip some of the existing, new and would-be supervisors, ranging from salary grades 11 to 22, on honing their communication skills toward effective communication by avoiding the faultlines within the organization, at the same time, achieving purposeful and productive listening.

On behalf of DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, Administrative and Finance Division chief Patrick Ian F. Pedarse highlighted the importance of undergoing such course, as supervisors, especially the unseasoned ones, can learn and relearn an essential skill such as communication, as they take on or transition into leadership roles.

Leading CSC-X and one of the training subject matter experts, Acting Director Noemi Rabe-Torres also underscored listening as an integral part of communication.

“Effective listening lays the foundation for success. It enables you to tap into the vast resources available to you and to tune in to the flow of information that can make you a better supervisor, a more effective employee and a truly successful person.” the director remarked.

Other topics tackled include the steps to effective communication, challenges in communication, among others, which overall put premium that active listening coupled with effective sharing of information translates into effective communication.

In his closing remarks, recognizing the near end of this quarter, Pedarse added that hopefully, through the SDC course, the participants will serve as the agency’s staunch allies in bridging the gaps of communication within the office, for better delivery of services and interventions to agricultural clienteles and other relevant stakeholders.

Also acting as the subject matter experts are CSC Bukidnon Field Office director Lourdes B. Pelaez and Marianne V. Andrade. # (JLO)

DA-10 equips LFTs on hydroponics.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To promote the adoption of vegetable production through hydroponics, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) capacitates Local Farmer Technicians (LFTs) on August 10-11, 2023 at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC), Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

Spearheaded by the Various Production Support Services (VPSS), around 56 LFTs from the region gathered for the package of technology training on hydroponics.

Agriculturist II Ronald Allan P. Camaddo from the agency’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) demonstrated how lettuce can be grown in styrofoam boxes by using a nutrient solution.

Further, the LFTs were briefed on their duties and responsibilities as extension workers in promoting and disseminating technologies and submissions of monthly reports. (AMBManto)

Agri-10’s sixth batch of newly promoted and transferred employees for the year take oath of office in CdeO City.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – This year’s sixth batch of employees from the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) under the helm of Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, took their oath of office before Atty. Edith Abut Docdocil, Notary Public, on August 25, 2023, in this city.

Below is the list of the five promoted and one newly transferred personnel with their corresponding positions and assignments:

Newly Promoted

1. Mae Carmela G. Fabela – Market Specialist III, Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division
2. Gilbert A. Apa-ap – Agriculturist II, Field Operations Division (FOD)
3. Marnie S. Suarez – Agriculturist II, FOD
4. Jesson R. Ucat – Agriculturist II, FOD
5. Angel Lou Grace A. Ral – Administrative Assistant II, Administrative and Finance Division

Newly transferred from Caraga Region

1. Bensive M. Gabitano – Agriculturist I, Integrated Laboratory Division
Also gracing the ceremony were the concerned division chiefs and other agri-department staff. # (RDMElloren)

DA-10 supports the food production initiatives of Barangay Kauswagan, CdeO City thru the provision of veggie seeds.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To assist their sustainable food production efforts, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado through its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) turns over vegetable seeds to Barangay Kauswagan, CdeO City on August 16, 2023, at the agency compound.

On behalf of RED Collado, DA-10 Executive Assistant III Joel S. Rudinas and HVCDP focal person Kersten S. Pagalan handed over 50 packets of vegetable seeds (pinakbet and sinigang variants) to Barangay Kauswagan SK Treasurer John Rey P. Galan.

As the barangay joins in the observance of the International Youth Day and Linggo ng Kabataan 2023, Galan bared that the said provision will be utilized for its household container gardening contest.

He detailed it is a month-long competition for the youth of Barangay Kauswagan that provides fundamental gardening skills by using recyclable containers in their respective gardens.#(MPMTablon)

DA-PRDP conducts an appraisal review for two Camiguin FMR subjprojects.


MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN – Two Farm-to-Market Roads (FMRs) project proposals in the province of Camiguin underwent a Subproject Appraisal Review (SPAR) of the DA-Philippine Rural Development Project on August 15-16, 2023.

The two FMR proposals under the PRDP scale up include the 1.68 KM Rehabilitation and Improvement of Sitio Cabadiangan to Canaum, Pagatpatan, Barangay Bacnit, Sagay Road, and the 2.04 KM Rehabilitation of Barangay San Miguel to Sitio Tacangon, Barangay Poblacion, Mahinog Road.

Camiguin Provincial Governor Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo extended his gratitude to the DA-PRDP and he is hopeful for the go signal of the proposals.

“We are putting a special focus and emphasis on agriculture and we are seeking any help and assistance from the national government (and one is DA-PRDP) for the development of our agriculture sector,” Gov. Romualdo said.

The findings of the validation were then discussed with the body and are up for compliance from the LGU.

The SPAR was conducted by the RPCO 10 together with the National Project Coordination Office and Mindanao Project Support Office.

The DA-PRDP team comprised the following: representatives from NPCO are Engr. Legario B. David, NPCO IBUILD Component Head and Jerome M. Suarez, GIS Data Officer; PSO Mindanao, Engr. Danessa N. Llagas IBUILD Rural Infrastructure Engineer, Jovito L. Liberato, GIS Data Officer and Imma L. Requilme and Jerson B. Patosa, Economists.#

DA supports the bamboo procurement act for sustainable development in Northern Mindanao.


MANOLO FORTICH, BUKIDNON – Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Deogracias Victor Savellano, together with DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, assured its support for the bamboo procurement act during the House of Representative (HREP) – Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Public hearing on August 11, 2023 in Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

According to Bukidnon 1st District Representative Jose Manuel F. Alba, Vice Chairman of the Committee, said this venue serves as a consultation regarding a measure entitled an act mandating government agencies to allot at least five percent (5%) of their budget for furniture and fixtures by 2030 using engineered bamboo and other bamboo-based products.

Usec. Savellano expressed his gratitude for the development that can improve people’s lives by providing them with additional income, particularly farmers.

“Ang makikinabang din nito ay ang farmers natin, we just have to teach them on how to propagate, teach them the treatment side. Kasi kung titingnan natin sa mga farm or sa backyard natin, yung mga vegetables na kinakain natin, hindi yan makakatayo kung walang kawayan na sumusuporta, yung mga kinakain nating isda, kung walang gagamitin na katig yung mga mangingisda, di makakarating sa pinagkukunan niya, so kailangan pagtulongan natin,” he conveyed.

Likewise, the meeting focused on using engineered bamboo as an alternative to hardwood for its sustainability and socio-economic impact in the community.

Meanwhie, Dir. Collado extended his support for the draft bill in support of the bamboo development of the country.

“To the 5% allocation of our budget, we are very much willing to support not only the minimum, but we can even support more than 5% through our High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP). We will also encourage our Local Government Units (LGUs) and local farmers to venture into the bamboo industry; in fact, we will be buying bamboo seedlings as a gesture of support to the bamboo development,” Collado said.

Also extending their support are the government agencies coming from the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) Executive Director Rene Madarang; Department of Science and Technology, Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), Deputy Director Dr. Rico J. Cabangon; Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region X (DENR X), Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado, PhD; National Economic and Development Authority 10 (NEDA 10), Assistant Regional Director Leonila G. Cajarte; and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon Provincial Director, Famelah Racquel Villanueva.

From the LGUs are Sumilao Mayor Jose Antonio A. Villo, Manolo Fortich Mayor Rogelio N. Quino, Talakag Mayor Vergito Factura, Baungon Mayor Rogelio D. Jaraula, Iligan City Mayor Frederick W. Siao, and Bukidnon Vice Governor Clive D. Quino.

Furthermore, the group also visited Rizome Philippines in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro, where Russell Smith showcased bamboo-based construction materials, including bamboo poles, boards, furniture and fixtures, handicrafts and artworks, and other bamboo products.

Also present during the activity are Xandrix L. Jadman, General Manager of Del Monte Philippines, Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative; Robert Palomares, Home Business Craft; Edgardo C. Manda, Philippine Bamboo Foundation; Lilian Valencia, Bamboo Center of the Iligan Institute of Technology; Cindy Evangelista-Aritrangco Bambuhay; Atty. Olive Owen Garcia, Ultrawoods; Atty. Calvin Patrick Domingo, Chief of Staff, Philippine House of Representatives; Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba, Former 1st District Bukidnon Representative; and Anna Victoria Veloso-Tuazon, Vice Chair of the Committee SDG, 3rd District of Leyte.#(RDMElloren)

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