DA-10 inks MOU to contribute in mitigating hunger and reducing poverty under EPAHP. 


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado inks the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Program on July 13, 2023, at the agency compound.

The program aims to aid in reducing hunger, eliminate poverty in urban and rural areas, including marginalized communities, and ensure food security.

With the said agreement, DA-10 shall provide agricultural and fishery inputs and services, capacity building, and organizational strengthening assistance to farmers and fisherfolk organizations.

Also, assist groups acquire funding from microfinance and other credit institutions and mobilize resources for agricultural produce cultivation, processing, and postharvest facilities.

Other national government agencies have also marked their commitment ahead on June 23, 2023.

It can be recalled that RED Collado has already signed the same MOU, which previously had a one-year validity, while said document that the DA official has just signed, will be in effect until 2028.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga and EPAHP – Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) Capacity Building and General Administration Officer Jesamor B. Daculos witnessed the signing.# (MPMTablon)

OneDA family in R-10 attends investment programming workshop spearheaded by PMS-IPD and hosted by Agri-10.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Eleven DA attached bureaus and agencies participated in an investment programming workshop hosted by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) helmed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado on July 10 to 14, 2023, in this city.

Spearheaded by the Planning and Monitoring Service – Investment Programming Division (PMS-IPD) of the DA-Central Office (DA-CO), the capacity building centered on the foundation and principles of investment programming in an effort to strengthen the policy making and planning of the agency.

In her message, DA Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and Regulations Mercedita A. Sombilla underscored the importance of the event and the attendance of the OneDA members, citing that it aligns with DA’s efforts toward the efficient delivery of services for our farmers and the Filipino people.

Event resource speaker and planning consultant Catherine G. Vidar discussed the National Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization and Industrialization Plan (NAFMIP) Agenda for Transformative Investment and basic concepts on investment planning.

Workshop activities on drafting an investment framework, conducting a problem-solution analysis, and identifying programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) were also conducted.
The said event forms part of a series of capacity building activities by PMS-IPD slated this year for the updating of the Public Investment Program (PIP) 2023-2028 and the Three-Year Rolling Infrastructure Program (TRIP) 2025-2027 as integral input to the formulation of the FY 2025 Plan and Budget.

Heading the PMS-IPD of DA-CO is Joseph C. Manicad, together with Maricar H. Tayco, deputy chief and other staff, while DA attached bureaus and agencies in attendance are PhilFIDA, BFAR, BPI, NFRDI, PCAF, BAFS, PRRI, FPA, BAI, PhilMech and ACPC. # (GDAndres)

DA-10 is set to assist Daesang in tapping more FCAs to supply fresh cassava tubers to said Korean company.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) helmed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado met with the representatives from Daesang Philippines, Corp., to tap more farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs) to meet their volume requirement for cassava.
In a meeting on July 12, 2023 at the agency compound, the Korean company sought assistance from the agri department to forge more partnerships with FCAs to maximize their operations by satisfying their 400 metric tons of fresh cassava tubers requirement per day.
In which, the firm’s manufacturing plant is set to open in August, this year at the Phividech Industrial Estates in Sta. Ana, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
Salient points raised during the meeting are Daesang’s updated buying price, their required starch content which is pegged at 25%, and the potential tie-up of FCAs and said company thru the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
With these concerns, the body agreed to have other rounds of meeting.# (AMBManto)

DA-10 turns over veggie seeds to San Simon National HS


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To instill deeper appreciation among students on agriculture, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, recently turned over a total of 30 packets of Open Pollinated Variety of vegetable seeds (5-in-1 value pinakbet pack), to San Simon National High School (SSNHS).

On behalf of RED Collado, DA-10 Assistant Field Operations Division chief Chona H. Nacalaban handed over the seed packets to Mary Flor Babia, SSNHS representative in support to its senior HS students’ practicum.
Funded under the High Value Crops Development Program, said provisions will specifically cater to the needs of the school’s Grade 11 and Grade 12 students under its Agriculture strand for their School Gardening.

Babia said that through the agri inputs, they will be able to promote school gardening in their school, while underscoring in boosting and sustaining food production and self-sufficiency. # (DLVicente)

DA-10 grants CLGU Iligan City with corn seeds and fertilizers. 


ILIGAN CITY – To cushion the impact on farmers on increasing production costs, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) helmed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, turned over P9.35 million (M) worth of agricultural farm inputs to the City Local Government Unit (CLGU) of Iligan on Monday, July 10, this city.

Funded by the agency’s Corn Program, DA-10 Executive Assistant III Joel S. Rudinas, together with Lanao del Norte Provincial Operations Center chief Abdulharis P. Paporo, handed over the certificate of turnover of said interventions to Iligan City mayor Frederick W. Siao during the CLGU’s flag ceremony and opening of their Pakaradjaan festival.

Said agri inputs, comprising 1,000 bags of hybrid yellow corn seeds amounting to P6-M, will benefit 23 identified farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs) and some eligible farmer-beneficiaries of the city.

Together with the seeds, 1,000 bags of Inorganic Fertilizer (14-14-14) worth P3-M and 3,500 packets of Bio-N fertilizer (P350K), were also conferred to boost Iligan City’s corn production area and increase farmers’ income through balanced fertilization.

In his remarks, Mayor Siao thanked DA for its continuous support to the city, particularly for the corn farmers to lessen their production costs by providing farm inputs for the upcoming dry cropping season.

“Together with the City Agriculture Office, we will assure the propagation of the assistance from DA to our farmers,” he said.

In an interview, Tiburcio M. Tagactac, president of Scions Rural Farm Workers Association (SRFWA) conveyed, “Malaking bagay talaga ang makatanggap ng libreng abono at binhi, dahil nakakatulong itong maibsan ang gastos sa aming pagtatanim. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa DA at sa aming pamahalaang lungsod sa walang sawang suporta at tulong na binibigay sa aming mga magsasaka ng mais.”

He added that the assistance given to them will benefit the association’s 36 members, covering about 20 hectares of corn area.

Also present during the activity is DA-10 Corn program Agriculturist I Richard G. Apare, Iligan City Agriculture’s Office consultant/focal person Kevin R. Fernan, and city agriculturist Marie Ann J. Beley.# (RDMElloren)

OneDA family convenes with MisOcc guv to bolster the delivery of agri services.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) Regional Executive Director and Regional Management Committee (RMC) head, Carlene C. Collado, convened with Misamis Occidental Governor Henry S. Oaminal, Sr. to explore ways how to collectively and seamlessly deliver various agricultural assistance to the farmers of said province.

Anchored on his 5Ms (Misamisnon Magpuyong Malinawon, Malambuon ug Malipayon) thrust, the meeting was joined by the DA-10 banner program coordinators and focal persons of special projects, and some officials from DA’s attached bureaus and corporations.

Under his helm, he conveyed that he targets to put utmost value on the programs, projects, services, and other agricultural interventions being implemented in his province for his constituents, especially the marginalized farmers.

Briefly tackled are the provision of agricultural inputs such as seeds, seedlings, and fertilizers, cash subsidies, training and extension support, mechanization assistance, road access, and facilities for livestock animals.

Among the officials present were Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center Maria Lydia A. Echavez, Philippine Coconut Authority – 10 Regional Manager Manuel G. Octubre, and National Food Authority – 10 Assistant Regional Manager Rejorie R. Onde. # (JLO)

LGU Tubod is one of the recipients of DA’s Enhanced Kadiwa grant.


TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division’s (AMAD) Enhanced Kadiwa Grant (EKG), turns over P6.5 million worth of logistic support to an employees’ cooperative, a federation, and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, on July 4, 2023, at the Mindanao Civic Center, this town.

Senator Imee R. Marcos led the official turnover of certificates and checks together with DA spokesperson and Assistant Secretary for Consumer Affairs Kristine Y. Evangelista, LDN Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo, Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga of DA-10, and other key officials of said province.

A total of P3-M was handed over to LGU Tubod for their Kadiwa on Wheels project, comprising of 1 unit Cargo Transport – Delivery Truck.

A certificate for the Enhancement of their Barangay Food Terminal was also given to the Paglingkawas Women’s Federation (PAWFED), the overall cost of P1-M, and for the Kadiwa Rolling Store to the Iligan City Government Employees’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative amounting to P1-M.

According to Dir. Collado, the cited program aims to ensure the availability and accessibility of food commodities in high consumer demand sites.

Further, it provides particularly among the economically challenged and low-income families by harnessing private sector participation, capacity enhancement of farmer’s cooperatives, and associations (FCAs), and engaging community organizations’ participation in the food supply distribution system.

Said financial grants are also part of the financial livelihood assistance of the Office of Senator Marcos coursed through DA’s Bayanihan Act II-Kadiwa program, by providing logistical and marketing support to enhance the capacities of farmers and fishers in the supply and delivery of food and food products to consumers.

Prior to the event, DA Asec Evangelista conducted a site visit to the beneficiaries to ensure they maximize in reaping gains such as productivity and income through projects implemented.# (RDMElloren)

Agribiz coordinators undergo training on descriptive statistics


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10), through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), staged a capability enhancement training on descriptive statistics for agribusiness coordinators on July 4 to 7, 2023, in this city.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said the training aims to capacitate municipality and city agribusiness coordinators enrolled in the web-based Bantay Presyo Monitoring System on the necessary background and competencies for data collection, monitoring and analysis of price data of basic and prime agri-fishery commodities.

As the resource speaker, Karen Debbie J. Cosrojas, PhD of the College of Agriculture at the Central Mindanao University apprised agribusiness coordinators from the municipalities of San Fernando, Manolo Fortich, Damulog and Maramag, and Malaybalay City of Bukidnon; Balingasag, Alubijid, Initao, and the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog of Misamis Oriental; the town of Aloran, Misamis Occidental; and Iligan City of Lanao del Norte on basic concepts in statistics, data collection and data presentation methods.

Further, the participants were also immersed in workshops on the concepts of summary measures and basic statistical analysis and interpretation during the second and third day of the workshop.

The four-day event was capped with a completion ceremony, where participants shared their impressions of the capability enhancement training.

Supporting the event were DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Cora A. Dumayaca with AMAD staff.# (GDAndres)

Agri-10 provides seeds in support for Cabanglasan town’s resettlement project.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Aligned with its efforts to ensure food sufficiency in the region, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado continues to partner with the National Housing Authority – Region 10 Program Office (NHA-10) for the provision of vegetable seeds to communities in Northern Mindanao.

A total of 50 packets of vegetable (pinakbet and chopsuey) seeds were turned over by DA-10 Executive Assistant III Joel S. Rudinas and High Value Crops Development Program focal person Kersten S. Pagalan to NHA-10 Community Relations Officer Kent Wilson M. Sususco at the agency compound, in this city.

The recipients of the said provisions are beneficiaries of NHA-10’s housing resettlement project in Cabanglasan, as well as Indigenous People communities in the area.

Sususco said that through this assistance, residents will be able to grow their own food through urban gardening, promote self-sufficiency, and foster reliable and sustainable food production within the relocation site.# (GDAndres)

DA-10 turns over agri assistance to Pangantucan, Bukidnon during its 25th Farmers’ Week celebration (Silver Anniversary). 


PANGANTUCAN, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) under the helm of DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, turned over and committed various agricultural interventions to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Pangantucan during the 25th Farmers’ Week celebration (Silver Anniversary) on June 27, 2023, at the Municipal Grounds, Poblacion here.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga handed over the certificate of turnover amounting to P14,588,508.00 of agri assistance from the different banner and special programs of the agency.

According to RTD Madriaga, said intervention aims to modernize and industrialize agriculture’s value chains in an inclusive way to enhance productivity, uplift rural people from poverty, improve livelihoods, and increase farmers’ income.

Included in the package of agri assistance are the following: Rice Program (P5,961,936.00): Public Hybrid Seeds, Commercial Hybrid Seeds, Inbred Rice Seeds, and Inorganic Fertilizers; Corn Program (P6.7-M): Hybrid Yellow Corn Seeds, Inorganic Fertilizer (14-14-14), Bio-N Fertilizer; Livestock Program (P1,385,512.00): Forage Seeds, LN2 Tank, Semen Straws, Native Swine, Free Range Chicken, Duck, and Village-type Feed Mill with Multi-Crop Drying Pavement.

Further, the assistance comprise of the following: High Value Crops Development Program (P212,350.00): Mini Chainsaw, Technology Demonstration for Coffee and General High Value Crops; Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Phase 1 (P328,710.00): Hybrid Yellow Corn Seeds, Complete Fertilizer, Urea Fertilizer, Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) Vegetable Seeds (Pinakbet), OPV Vegetable Seeds (Sinigang), Vitamin A, D and E, Vitamin B Complex injectable, Ivermectin injectable, Wound Spray; Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program (P75K): Egg Layer Production Package.

Likewise, Dir. Madriaga also handed over the certificate of commitment to LGU Pangantucan for the Integrated National Swine Production Initiative for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) Program Swine Clustering, consisting of 1 unit Biosecured and Climate-Controlled Finisher Operation Facility, Swine, Feeds, Weighing Scale, Drugs and Biologics, overall costing P5.5-M.

Meanwhile, Municipal Vice-Mayor Manolito G. Garces extended his gratitude to DA and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), one of its attached corporations for the showered support to their municipality, especially to their farmers.

“It is very timely and relevant, as we also celebrate our Farmers’ Week, here in our municipality. This intervention will surely benefit our farmers by boosting their agricultural productivity, and we, in the LGU, will also take part in achieving our goal of sustainable agriculture,” the Pangantucan official remarked.

On the other hand, RTD Madriaga also expressed her appreciation to LGU Pangantucan, including the participating Rural-based Organizations (RBOs), Farmers’ Cooperative, Associations (FCAs), and barangay councils for supporting activities that honor farmers for their tireless efforts in providing food for our everyday needs.

Further, she urged the farmers to continue their hard work and for the LGU to continue supporting them by patronizing their produce, encouraging them to work more efficiently with their farming operations.

During the event, Bukidnon PCA Division Chief I, Ma. Chyrelyn A. Pace also turned over 50 pieces of coconut seedlings (Catigan Dwarf) and bared other interventions that their agency can offer.

Also gracing the event is DA-Provincial Operations Center in Bukidnon, LGU officials, the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation and the Provincial Local Government of Bukidnon.# (RDMElloren)

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