The outgoing officers of DAEA-10 turn over the key of responsibility to the newly elected officers of said association.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – With their recent oath of office on May 17, which was administered by DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the Department of Agriculture Employees’ Association-10 (DAEA-10) held a turnover ceremony on May 22, 2023 before agency personnel at the agency compound, in this city.

In a simple turnover of command, outgoing DAEA chairperson Lourdes P. Rudinas handed over the key of responsibility to its incoming chair, Viralou L. Tuquib, DVM along with its vice chair, Engr. Alden C. Tapio, and other Board of Director (BOD) members.

Outgoing chair Rudinas shared in her message, “It is with sheer enthusiasm that I value the honor of serving and working with you.”

She extended her gratitude for the moral support given to her and with a hope to the new sets of officers in sustaining the welfare of the DA-RFO 10 employees.

Meanwhile, in her acceptance speech, Dr. Tuquib took note and thanked all the previous BOD for their unwavering efforts and love for work, especially in implementing their responsibilities throughout their tenure.

“I firmly believe that with our shared vision, resilience, and determination, there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome as an association. Let us embrace change, learn from our experiences, and remain adaptable in the face of adversity.”

She added that such efforts will not only help in achieving the association’s goal but will leave an impact on the organization in achieving the goal of DA-10 for one.

Witnessing the ceremony are Farmer-Director Reynaldo M. Cabanao, Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Cora A. Dumayaca and other DA-10 staff.# (RDMElloren)

DA-10 RTD Madriaga tackles the optimization of water resources allocation in agriculture during the 2023 NorMin Integrated Water Security Summit, held in Opol, Misamis Oriental.


OPOL, MISAMIS ORIENTAL – In a bid towards pitching in the region’s water future, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 helmed by Director Carlene C. Collado, underscored the optimization of water resources allocation in agriculture on Thursday, May 25 during the 2023 Northern Mindanao Integrated Water Security Summit here.

Being the agri department’s delegate to the confab, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga tackled on the agency’s contribution in providing access to water as one of the sectoral goals indicated in the Philippine Development Plan for the 2023-2028 period.

For rice, the country’s staple food crop, the director reported that irrigation development in Region 10 is pegged at 67.3% where 83,557 hectares are already irrigated out from the total of 124,200 hectares of irrigable areas.

“The remaining 32.7% or 40,643 hectares will be proposed for irrigation development under the National Irrigation Administration and Small-Scale Irrigation Projects (SSIPs) of DA-10,” the agri official remarked.

In the past five years, DA-10 has completed 34 SSIPs amounting to P215,743,530.00 and serving 653 hectares. Funded by DA’s banner programs, namely: Rice, Corn and High Value Crops Development, these projects range from Small Water Impounding Project, Small Farm Reservoir, Spring Development, Ram Pump and Solar Powered Irrigation System, RTD Madriaga detailed.

In addition to DA-10’s strides on its irrigation projects, she bared that the department has also allocated P48.239-million for the construction of 12 SSIPs across the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte for the 2022-2023 period. Eyed to serve a total of 274 hectares, majority (seven) are still for procurement, four are ongoing, while one has already been fully established.

With DA vigorously pushing for farm clustering in the availment of big-ticket projects such as irrigation projects, the DA official encouraged registered farmers’ organizations with at least 15 members, to submit their Letter of Intent (LOI) endorsed by their respective local chief executives.

“Upon receipt of the LOI, DA-10 through our Regional Agricultural Engineering Division (RAED) will validate the site in terms of criteria set by [a particular] irrigation project that you are applying for, and later on, compliance of documentary requirements will follow,” the assistant director stressed.

RTD Madriaga further conveyed that covered in the implementation of SSIPs are those production areas for development or improvement depending on the type, and she maintained that as a mandatory requirement, Right of Way (ROW) should be settled for any proposed project sites, while encouraging LGU-owned lots as the seat for SSIPs.

Said summit was organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which mustered more than 500 participants, comprising of legislators, local officials, the academe, national government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other water stakeholders on its first day, who overall helped in identifying development dimensions, policies, programs and projects, and other institutional mechanisms to curb and address water security challenges in NorMin. # (JLO)

DA-10 hosts a corn derby with private seed companies for this wet cropping season, starting off in its research complex in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.


DALWANGAN, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado together with private seed companies, introduces the latest yellow and white corn varieties via a corn derby, kicking off with a ceremonial planting here, on May 16, 2023.

The activity aims to champion the performance of 17 corn cultivars this wet cropping season under said area’s soil and climatic conditions at an elevation of 968 meters.

According to Dir. Collado, the corn derby will be a good showcase for corn farmers to witness first-hand the performance of different corn varieties in terms of their yield, resistance to pests and diseases, drought tolerance, production cost and returns, when selecting their preferred cultivars.

Eight seed companies participated, bringing in their respective corn varieties, with each being planted to a 764 square meter area in the agency’s research complex, Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC).

These include Syngenta Philippines, Inc. (NK505BGT), Bayer (DK8899S and DK8131S), Bioseed Research Philippines (H101G and B9909G), Corteva Agriscience (P3660YHR, P3645YR and P4124YHR), RJR Agro-Industrial Enterprises (Maharlika 315, Maharlika 514 and Maharlika 8888), and Evo Gene Seeds, Corp. (Evo 9307).

Rounding up the list of participating entities are Asian Hybrid Seed Tech, Inc. (AH Supreme 5150 and J505) and Vigour Seeds Dev., Inc. (Mais Swerte, Maize D30 and Mais Tisa), with the last two entities deferring their planting due to their early maturing corn variety entries.

“We thank DA-10 for this [corn derby] initiative as this will be a great help for our corn farmers to determine which cultivars are appropriate and fit to be planted here in Northern Mindanao,” Allan L. Presillas, Research and Development manager of Vigour remarked, as their company embarks on their first ever participation.

In a briefing, NMACLRC chief Carmelito R. Lapoot also reminded them as DA-10’s partner seed companies to provide packages of their planting protocol for proper generation of corn derby results, at the same time for information-dissemination purposes.

For the current year alone, DA-10 is set to procure Php265.2-million hybrid yellow corn seeds intended for 22,100 hectares of corn farms.

Leading the ceremonial planting is Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga with Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, PhD, Bukidnon Provincial Operations Center chief Janet D. Lopez, DVM and other staff from the Research and Operations divisions of DA-10, and representatives from the seed companies. # (JLO/Photo credits: RDMElloren)

DA-10 through the 4Ks program provides P613K agri-interventions to Manobo-Matigsalug tribe association.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) program turned over P613K worth of agricultural interventions to the Minole Tigwahanon Manobo Matigsalug Tribe Association (MINTIGMAMATA) of San Fernando, Bukidnon on May 11, 2023.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado together with Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, conferred the certificate of turnover to Datu Martin P. Dagoluan, MINTIGMAMATA chair.

The roster of agri-interventions comprises cattle (10 heads), piglets (6 heads), forage seedlings (100 pieces), free range chicken (2 packets), cacao certified seedlings (100 pieces), upland rice seeds (8 bags), Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) white corn seeds (7 bags) and organic fertilizer (35 bags).

According to RED Collado, the interventions intend to strengthen the agricultural and livelihood sectors of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) and Indigenous Peoples (IPs), as well as assist its surrounding communities.

“Isip usa ka lumad nga nagbarog sa naghimo og panginabuhian sa tribo, ako nagpasalamat sa DA-10 sa dakong suporta nga gihatag. Kini dako na og tabang sa mga miyembro alang sa pagpanginabuhi matag adlaw,” said Datu Dagoluan.

[As an IP who stands for the livelihood of the tribe, I thank DA-10 for the great support it has given to the members for their livelihood.]

4Ks Focal Person April Grace M. Racines also detailed that the project is funded under various banner programs and special projects of the agency, namely: Livestock, High Value Crops Development, Rice, Corn, Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), and Balik Probinsya Bagong Pagasa (BP2).

Together with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and other partner organizations, the DA-4Ks was developed to advance food security and improve opportunities for livelihood in order to improve the welfare and living standards of tribal people.# (MPMTablon)

DA-10 through HVCDP conducts a SNAP Hydroponics Training on PDLs in the city of Cagayan de Oro.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To ensure available food and promote urban agriculture practices, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA RFO – 10) through DA-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado conducts a Simple Nutrient Addition Program (SNAP) Hydroponics Training on May 12, 2023, in this city.

Thirty Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) from the Cagayan de Oro City Jail – Male Dormitory training attended the training which was facilitated by the department’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).

DA-10 Agriculturist II Ronald Ian Camaddo briefed the participants on the potential of SNAP hydroponics, a system that utilizes mineral nutrient solution in water for vegetable production.

“It is a sustainable production system even under urban setting and we are able to obtain high quality produce requiring lesser maintenance,” Camaddo added and later demonstrated the procedure using Lettuce seeds.

Meanwhile, Senior Jail Officer 3 Aldous S. Ybañez shared that they are planning to continue to adopt the hydroponics system in their area.

“Training like this is beneficial to our PDLs, especially since they are able to earn from it. It would also be of great use to them when they are set free,” he concluded. # (AMBManto)

DA-PRDP 10 turns over the P8.5-M abaca project to Tambo Farmers Marketing Cooperative in Munai, Lanao del Norte.


MUNAI, LANAO DEL NORTE – Another remarkable feat is felt by the members of the Tambo Farmers Marketing Cooperative (TFMC) as the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project 10 (DA-PRDP 10) turns over the Abaca Fiber Processing and Marketing project on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

The subproject, worth PHP 8,547,972.73 includes a delivery van, decorticating machine, and bailing machine along with a transformer to power the equipment.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director and DA-PRDP 10 Project Director Carlene C. Collado, congratulated the coop for the said achievement.

Director Collado further emphasized that the subproject will help expand the abaca fiber processing and marketing activities through the provision of value-adding equipment and logistic support.

It further aims for increased volume and improved quality of fiber outputs, resulting in increased incomes and improved livelihoods of farmer members.

“I am proud to see the eagerness of the cooperative in availing this subproject under DA-PRDP. Your presence today is a manifestation of support for the successful implementation of this project as it opens economic opportunities for the TFMC abaca farmers and the residents as well. Your efforts towards agricultural development are worthy of emulation,” he added.

Munai Municipal Mayor Racma D. Andamama shared, “I am overwhelmed today because the people who supported and helped in making this turnover possible are here. This will be the beginning of our journey to progress. Surely, our humble municipality will see great heights.”

Meanwhile, Lanao del Norte Provincial Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo challenged Mayor Andamama and other officials to continue their plans to further develop the province.

Gov. Dimaporo stressed that as public officials, it is their social responsibility to look after the welfare of their constituents.

“We are now witnessing the fruits of our labor as this infrastructure and enterprise project endowed to the town of Munai by DA-PRDP will mark a positive impression of a progressive municipality and eventually the province of Lanao del Norte will become the food basket of Northmin,” Gov. Dimaporo added.

After fully accepting the duties and responsibilities as co-owner of the subproject, TFMC Chairman Ali O. Raso shared that the cooperative has gone through many struggles in order to avail the project.

He said that despite difficulties, he is still grateful because the said project will help in the agricultural development of the municipality and the province as well.

Witnessing the turn-over ceremony are former LDN Governor and 2nd District Representative, Abdulla D. Dimaporo, Munai Vice Mayor Abdulazis A. Batingolo, dignitaries and officials from the municipalities of Bacolod, Tagoloan, Kauswagan and Kapatagan, and officials and members of TFMC.#

DA-10 holds a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a P5.3-M biosecurity swine facility in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Department of Agriculture – 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and Farmer-Director Reynaldo M. Cabanao led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P5.3 million biosecured swine facility at Barangay Rebucon, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, recently.

Dir. Collado said that the project aims to improve the local swine industry and adopt a calibrated repopulation strategy to restore the sector’s ability to generate an adequate quantity of hogs and pork.

“Through this project, people can allocate the stocks for breeding in which the local population will have a means of livelihood,” RED Collado added.

Beside the facility, the agency will provide 300 head of swine piglets worth P2.5 million and 550 bags of feeds, drugs and biologics amounting to P1.4 million, after its completion.

As counterpart, the local government unit provided the lot for the project which has a total land area of 1,197 square meters, wherein 331.8 sq. m. will be used for the facility.

The soon-to-rise facility will have a perimeter fence, climate-controlled animal house, waste management, basic farm equipment, and a shower area.

DA-10 Livestock Focal Person Jamaica L. Docdoc added that project will be managed by the LGU under funding from the National Livestock Program (NLP) through its program called Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE).

LDN Provincial Operations Center chief Engr. Abdulharris P. Paporo, Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division chief Larry E. Paraluman, officials at the provincial and municipal level, and LGU representatives were also present during the ceremony. # (MPMTablon)

DAEA-10 newly elected officials take oath before DA-10 RED Collado


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Nine newly elected officers of the Department of Agriculture Employees’ Association, Inc. (DAEA-10), the employees’ association of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10), took their oath of office on May 17, 2023 at the agency compound, in this city.

Administering the oathtaking ceremony is Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, in the presence of outgoing board of directors, Patrick Ian F. Pedarse and Lourdes P. Rudinas.

Below is the list of the newly inducted DAEA officers:

  1. Jenny D. Alcobilla
  2. Angelilah T. Cabig
  3. Engr. Rona M. Quiao
  4. Engr. Alden C. Tapio
  5. Marilou C. Hebia
  6. Viralou L. Tuquib, DVM
  7. Novie T. Suello
  8. Joel J. Gabo
  9. Gay Nanette R. Aleria
DA-10 turns over about P1-M Free-Range Chicken Multiplier Farm Livelihood Enterprise project to Jasaan town.


The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10, through the Livestock Program, officially turned over a Free-Range Chicken Multiplier Farm Livelihood Enterprise project to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental on March 30, 2023.

With a total project cost of P1,099,420.51, the package of intervention includes a poultry house, 350 head of free-range chicken, comprising 50 males and 300 females, and various agri-supplies.

DA-10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said the project aims to establish a farm that can produce quality poultry materials to be distributed as livelihood assistance to farmers in said locality.

Jasaan Mayor Redentor S. Jardin is thankful for the said intervention, as it will economically help his constituents, particularly the farmers, in the municipality as an added livelihood opportunity.

“This intervention will also help the farmers with their daily food supply since the multiplier farm will not only serve as a livelihood project but a potential source of food, as well, which our beneficiaries can provide to their families.”

The local chief executive also said that a training will be conducted for the project-beneficiaries so they can better manage the chicken stocks.

Meanwhile, Junny B. Cellion, officer-in-charge, municipal agriculturist of Jasaan, said that they will prioritize areas with high cases of malnourishment.

“It’s like hitting two birds with one stone through this enterprise; we are providing livelihood to the association, and at the same time, provide food, especially for their children.”

Likewise, RED Collado lauded the LGU for being one of the project-recipients, and reminded to utilize it well so more farmers and residents can benefit from it.

As agreed, part of the responsibilities of LGU Jasaan is to repay at least 10 head per female parent stock to be delivered annually within three years, and will start on the second year after the turnover. Once fulfilled, the recipients will then own the project fully.

Also present in the turnover ceremony are the officials of the barangay Capistrano headed by Barangay Captain Nestor R. Flores, Jasaan Vice Mayor Jannus Ray A. Estor, LGU Jasaan and DA-10 Staff.# (CRSeraspe)

Agri-10 provides veggie seeds in support to XSF’s food security efforts.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — In an effort to meet the need for food security among the region’s indigenous peoples communities, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA RFO-10) headed by OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado turned over assorted vegetable seeds to the Xavier Science Foundation (XSF).

A total of 60 packets of vegetable (pinakbet and sinigang) were handed over by DA-10 High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) Kersten S. Pagalan to XSF project staff Mark Auditor at the agency compound.

The said provision is in support of the foundation’s food security program dubbed as ‘Mt. Kalatungan BioCon: Creating Innovative Environmental Solutions and Sustainable Livelihoods’ which aims to promote sustainable agriculture and increase access to fresh food through community gardening.

It further addresses the escalating climate and biodiversity challenges in the 21 barangays within the Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park landscape.

“We are coordinating with six indigenous peoples organizations (IPOs) in Talakag, Pangantucan, and Maramag for the project implementation, and are aiming to establish at least 10 family-beneficiaries of the said initiative,” Auditor said.

He added that XSF is grateful for DA-10’s eagerness to partner and support the initiative for the IP communities in Northern Mindanao.# (GDAndres)

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