Agri NorMin deliberates the applications of CSOs.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10), held a meeting for the deliberation of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) applications.

Fourteen submitted applications from the different farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs), non-government organizations, and CSOs were considered and reviewed, following the new guidelines for DA CSO accreditation.

Said undertaking is pursuant to DA Administrative Order (AO) No.13, Series of 2020; and AO No.19, Series of 2020 (amendment to AO No.13, S.2020), which is the creation of the Regional Technical Committee (RTC) and Secretariat with their modified functions.

DA NorMin Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla, who is also the vice-chair of the said committee emphasized, that CSO is one of the department’s development partners in the implementation of agri-fishery projects.

“DA sets the implementing guidelines for CSO accreditation, intended to receive public funds and interventions as the program beneficiary. As development actors, projects can be managed well with their social preparation,” RTD Bajarla shared.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, DA CSO accreditation aims to encourage people’s participation in agricultural development based on the principle of good governance.

He added that it also guarantees compliance with existing pertinent laws, rules, and regulations.

DA NorMin CSO Accreditation is composed of RTC members, headed by RED Collado, and the secretariat.

Also participating in the meeting were the new members of the accreditation RTC: the Regional Management Committee and the department’s program coordinators.# (EMBentulan)

Corn seed varieties of Bayer are among the top-performing seed varieties in DA-spearheaded corn derby implemented in its different research centers.  


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) named the top-performing seed varieties in terms of yield for the capped conduct in a series of Corn Derby last March of this year, implemented in its different research stations.

The corn seed variety entries of Bayer Crop Science, Bioseed Research Philippines, Inc., Evo Gene Seeds, Corp., Corteva Agriscience, and Syngenta Philippines, Inc. bested other participating seed companies.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, that the derby aimed to feature promising corn varieties and their corresponding planting protocols, to allow farmers in having more options on which corn seed varieties to plant to reap higher yield and income.

For the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon with an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, DK8131S, a seed variety being produced by Bayer ranked first yielding 12.36 metric tons per hectare (mt/ha) followed by DK8899S and DK8719S (Bayer); 3660YHR (Corteva) and NK306BGT (Syngenta).

Meanwhile, for the Research Center for Upland Development in Barongcot, Dangcagan, Bukidnon with an elevation of 600 meters above sea level, DK8131S of Bayer topped with a yield of 9.73 mt/ha followed by DK8899S (Bayer); NK306BGT (Syngenta); DK8719S (Bayer) and EVO 9815 (Evo Gene).

On the other hand, NK306BGT of Syngenta led in yield of 14.82 mt/ha followed by DK8899S (Bayer); EVO 709, EVO 9989 (Evo Gene) and BC108 (Bioseed) at the Research Center for Hillyland Development (RCHD) in Brgy. Lanise, Claveria, Bukidnon with 966.4 meters above sea level.

Said generated results of the corn derby will be one of the bases of the agency’s procurement of seeds, while also factoring in farmers’ and local government units’ preferences.

Also gracing the ceremony are DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, DA-10 Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, PhD., and DA-10 Research Division chief Cora A. Dumayaca. #(MPTablon)

DA-10 caps off its HVC week celebration thru a series of activities, which includes Mushroom Production and Processing, and Hydroponics demos, Seed and Seedling Identification contest, and turnover of agri interventions to coffee and cacao farmers.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As the culmination of the High-Value Crops (HVC) Week celebration, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) conducted a series of activities on April 11-12, 2022, here at the agency compound.

Bearing this year’s theme, “Farm Diversification with HVC: Key to Recovery and Sustained Growth”, DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, the observance of the HVC week underscores the promotion of the HVC program and its potential impact on food security and stability.

Among the festivity highlights are the Mushroom Production and Processing, and Hydroponics demonstrations, Seed and Seedling Identification contest, and turnover of agricultural interventions to coffee and cacao farmers.

Presenter, young farmer-entrepreneur and co-owner of Mushroom City (MC), Numeriano O. Quemado III of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon shared, “We are grateful to DA for trusting and giving us the opportunity to showcase our product. We hope to spark interest in agripreneurship and encourage my fellow young farmers to engage in sustainable and urban farming.”

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga conveyed, that farming innovations will harness the potential and talents of the smallholder farmers in improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness.

On the other hand, seeds and seedling identification contests were participated by the agency’s Field Operations, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Administrative and Finance, Regional Agricultural Engineering, Integrated Laboratories, Agribusiness, and Marketing Assistance, Regulatory and Research divisions, and the Office of the Regional Director.

Cacao and coffee farmers also showcased their locally produced coffee and chocolate drinks and featured the preparation process of tablea.

Overall, the HVC week lauded the contribution of HVC farmers in boosting food production, while at the same time, promoting the production, processing, consumption, and marketing of high-value crops. # (RDMElloren)

DA-10 thru RED Collado inks the MOA in support to the Yakap Bayan program, where the agency commits to extend agri interventions and skills training to improve the well-being and social functioning of RPWUDs.


CAGAYAN DE ORO- In further adopting the whole-of-nation and community approach, the Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development 10 (DSWD-10) on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 in support to Yakap Bayan program.

DSWD 10 Yakap Bayan Program Focal Person Jesryl A. Cale said the program assists the Recovering Persons Who Used Drugs (RPWUDs) to be socially functioning and maintain a lifestyle change from rehabilitation or treatment with a catalytic role of families, communities, and local government units service providers.

Cale added, the program aims to converge readily available resources from national government agencies, civil society organizations, and faith-based groups to provide former drug users with psychosocial, livelihood, and spiritual services, among others.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado explained that the agency will support through the provision of agricultural interventions and skills training to improve the well-being and social functioning of RPWUDs.

The endeavor is in collaboration with the different national government agencies: BJMP, CHED, DAR, DepEd, DENR, DILG, DOH, DTI, DOLE, and TESDA.

Present during the MOA signing were DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, Field Operations Division chief, Dr. Luz I. Guzman and Special Concerns focal person Rhoda Bernido.#(JCAnito)

Agri NorMin thru its F2C2 program convenes FCAs, with the aim to strengthen their capacities to augment their production, income and access to resources.  


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation (F2C2) Program of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) recently spearheaded a coordination meeting with the clustered farmers cooperatives, associations (FCAs) from the different provinces of the Region, this city.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that the F2C2 program will help FCAs to give priority to community production and processing projects in order to promote better coordinated and organized production and value chain systems towards increased productivity as against the small stand-alone traditional farming and fishing practices.

Drawing from the agency head’s statement, Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman added, that clustering and consolidation is one of the key strategies of DA to achieve its OneDA reform agenda to level up the region and eventually, the country’s agriculture by integrating government interventions to organized farmer and fisher groups.

Aimed at increasing production levels, incomes and better access to resources, technologies and markets, DA-10 F2C2 focal person Gay Nanette R. Aleria bared the strategies for adoption among clusters, which includes: mainstreaming of F2C2 in all of DA banner programs; enhance local governments, private sector, and state universities and colleges partnership; identification of existing clusters for strengthening; creation of new clusters; provision of appropriate assistance to existing and new clusters; and establishment and management of a cluster database.

On the other hand, attending attached bureau and agencies such as, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), and DA-10’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, also presented their programs and projects for availment of FCAs, in a bid to contribute in improving their capacities and raising farmers and fishers’ productivity, profitability and global competitiveness thru strengthened access and use of appropriate production and postproduction support.

Attending the blended meeting are the banner program coordinators and their report officers as well as representatives from the provincial operations centers of DA-RFO 10, its attached bureau and agencies, officials and representatives from the different FCAs. # (RDMElloren)

PhilMech, DA’s attached agency, spearheads a Training on the Operation and Maintenance of Rice Machinery attended by 24 FCA operators.


Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado graced the five-day Training Course on the Operation and Maintenance of Rice Machinery by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization in Lala, Lanao del Norte.

Attended by 24 farmer-cooperative and association (FCA) operators, the activity was spearheaded by DA’s attached agency through its Technology Management and Training and Facility Management and Field Operations divisions.

Of which, participants have learned land and seedling preparation, and mechanical transplanting with the use of different farm machineries through lectures and hands-on. # (AMBManto)

Cassava clusters and a consolidator from MisOr and Buk’non, ink a deal with Daesang to deliver fresh cassava tubers to their starch manufacturing plant in Tagoloan town, which is expected to be completed in November, this year. Officials from different partner government agencies also sign the MOA committing to channel their respective interventions to further empower the cassava clusters engaged in the marketing agreement.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A total of five cassava clusters and a consolidator from the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon, now have an alternative and assured market for their quality produce through a Korean food processing company, Daesang Philippines, Corp.

On April 12, 2022, said parties have officially sealed a business venture thru the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement, with officials from the different partner government agencies – Departments of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (Bureau of Investments), and Department of Agrarian Reform, and the Cooperative Development Authority, involved in providing support to empower cassava farmers for market linkages.

As per the agreement, fresh cassava tubers are to be delivered to the company’s starch manufacturing plant to meet a portion of Daesang’s 500 tons per day requirement, which is set to rise by November, this year at the PHIVIDECH Industrial Estate in Sta. Ana, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

Initially committing an overall 48,650 metric tons to Daesang are Bliss Lingion Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Mantibugao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) Cooperative, and Edwin Labrada, all from Manolo Fortich town, in Bukidnon province.

Completing the roster of linked cassava clusters are from MisOr municipalities – Mindulao Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative of Magsaysay; Kabangasan Mapua Dahilig Community Cooperative (KMDCC) of Balingoan; and Sampatulog ARB Farmers Cooperative of Alubijid.

Said undertaking is particularly aligned to DA’s pursuit of transformative agriculture using the key strategies on mobilization and empowerment of farmers as well as farm clustering and consolidation.

“The agri department pursues a policy of active participation and partnership with the private sector to establish more agri-based industries in the countryside and develop markets for agri products,” Carlene C. Collado, regional executive director of DA-Northern Mindanao said.

He added that the agency underscores cooperatives development, where the government integrates its interventions to achieve optimum yield and quality of desired crops.

On the other hand, Incherl Han, Daesang president conveyed his gratitude to have finally inked a deal with the various cassava clusters with help from the local and national government agencies, as a series of field visits and consultations went on for some time since they have been promoting their tapioca starch manufacturing business in 2017.

“This MOA [signing] is the first step towards a bright future with local farmers and consolidators. Our tapioca plant will hire local talent and purchase local raw materials. In addition, we look forward to the development of our company. We will create a bright future by combining our company and the community [cassava clusters] to develop together,” the Korean official added.

Meanwhile, KMDCC outgoing chair Erlinda D. Cagmat, whose cassava cluster committed 400 hectares with a potential area in the nearby town of Medina, lauded the feat for all those involved [in the MOA signing], especially that it translates to improving the lives of their coop farmer-members.

“We are thankful for the marketing agreement with Daesang, as this will encourage us, farmers, to engage in the planting of more cassava with an assured buyer for our produce. With the collaborative efforts of different government agencies in making this a reality, we sincerely hope that our business venture with the company will be sustained,” the coop official stated.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said, as  Daesang is set to maximize the operations of its processing plant, more cassava clusters are encouraged to similarly engage in a contract with the company, as DA-10 continues to extend technical support such as capability building, training and seminars, providing planting materials, farm machineries and equipment, and access to credit, and other support that can be pooled from different partner agencies. # (JLO)

DA-10 led by RED Collado, RTDs Bajarla and Madriaga, and AMAD chief Larry E. Paralumn, formally open the HVC week and Filipino Food Month celeb on April 11, 2022 at the agency grounds.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Celebrating the High Value Crops week and Filipino Food Month this April, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) kicked off the festivity, on April 11, 2022, at the agency compound.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado with Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga and RTD for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla graced the opening of said activities in recognizing the importance of high value crops and promoting their production, marketing, and distribution.

Meanwhile, Proclamation No. 469 declares April as Filipino Food Month to preserve and promote Filipino culinary traditions to ensure their transmission to future generations.

With this year’s theme “Pagkaing Pilipino, Susi sa Pag-unlad at Pagbabago,” the agency through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division conducted a Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Trade Fair and Cooking Contest.

“The trade fair seeks to help farmers and fishers reach a wider market for their products and for the general public to gain access to fresh products at reasonable prices,” shared RED Collado.

For the cooking contest, RED Collado explained, that it is participated by the different divisions of the department, which allows the personnel to display their talents and foster camaraderie, with the ultimate aim of showcasing local Filipino dishes.

Winners of the DA-10 cooking contest are Regulatory Division (1st), Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (2nd), Administrative and Finance Division (3rd), Research Division (4th), and Office of the Regional Director (5th). # (AMBManto)

PAGRO MisOr visits DA-10’s RCPC as they target to have their own distribution of biocon agents to their farmer-clienteles.


The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) thru its Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) provided the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRO) of Misamis Oriental assistance, as they eye their own distribution of biological control agents to their farmer-clienteles.

In their recent visit at the DA’s research stations in Bangcud, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, DA-10 provided some resources and guidance on how they can set up their own crop protection center for the province and conferred biocon agents, at the same time for distribution to local farmers.

The visiting PAGRO MisOr team was headed by Provincial Agriculturist Jose Apollo Pacamalan. #(AMBManto)

Agri NorMin spearheads a coordination meeting for the F2C2 program to tackle updates relevant to said program.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) organized a coordination meeting for Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation (F2C2) Program.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said under Administrative Order 27, Series of 2020, “Establishing the F2C2 program towards greater inclusive Agribusiness development in the country”, which aims to mainstream, promote and support clustering and consolidation, and enhance productivity and income of farmers and fishers.

The activity led by DA-10 F2C2 focal person Gay Nanette R. Aleria, tackled F2C2 updates and the possible interventions that could be provided for clusters through the agency’s banner programs based on the submitted Cluster Development Plan, including an introduction to the Agro-Enterprise Clustering Approach (AECA).

Pipelined projects for 2022 include swine repopulation and provision of facilities for the Livestock Program; agricultural machinery for Corn Program; combine harvester for Rice Program; and agricultural supplies for High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).

Meanwhile, DA-10 Agriculturist II Marnelly P. Flores introduced ACEA, a sequence of steps where farmers ‘learn by doing’ and a guide for smallholder farmers on agro-entrepreneurship where farmers and fishers shift their mindset from just being producers, but agri-entrepreneurs.

Following the coordination meeting, the team will undertake various activities such as validation of new clusters, finalization of development plan, registration of cluster members into the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), assess clusters to allow them to achieve more impact, and strengthen coordination that of clusters with DA-10 through its provincial operations centers.

Attending the meeting are DA-10 Supervising Agriculturist Audy G. Maagad, provincial and municipal agriculture officers, and other attached agencies of DA. # (MPMTablon)

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