With the resumption of cockpit operations and the return of sabong, DA-10 spearheads a consultation meeting on the guidelines on the movement of gamefowls.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado spearheaded a consultation meeting regarding the guidelines on the movement of gamefowls in Northern Mindanao.

DA-10 Veterinarian II, Julesben Caesar C. Maquiling, DVM shared, that the activity was conducted to address issues and concerns and discuss the additional preventive measures concerning the movement of gamefowls.

The meeting was attended by the provincial, city and municipal veterinary offices, DA-Bureau of Animal Industry National Veterinary Quarantine Services, DA-10’s Regulatory Division and Integrated Laboratories Division through its Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

He added that since the resumption of cockpit operations and the return of traditional cockfighting (sabong), many gamefowl handlers are now transporting their fighting cocks from one area to another.

DA Memorandum Circular No. 16, series of 2022 provides guidance and movement restrictions on several poultry-related commodities across different regions in the Philippines.

Among its salient provisions indicated that transport or movement of gamefowls from MIMAROPA, Visayas and non-affected cities/towns in Mindanao to any part of the country is allowed, provided that a veterinary health certificate and a negative Avian Influenza test result have been secured.

The body proposed on adopting a clustering approach for subject to approval or consensus of the different agencies.

It was further cited that should there be any depletion of test kits, private stakeholders may contribute thru their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives by providing test kits and testing fees may also be free of charge.

Tentatively on June 27, another set of consultation meeting is set to tackle the gathered data from different game fowlers from the LGUs. # (RDMElloren)

DA-NorMin hosts the Minda-wide stakeholders meeting for soybean and sorghum.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In order to develop and implement industry plans for soybean and sorghum, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the national Corn Program, conducted a Mindanao-wide stakeholders’ meeting on June 8-10, 2022 at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC), Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

In his message, Rodolfo N. Panganiban, national focal person for soybean, said the meeting is conducted in view of DA memorandum 15 providing the inclusion of soybean and sorghum under the national Corn program since both crops are well-adapted to the country’s condition and are being used as ingredients in animal feeds and processed into value-added food products.

“This meeting is also done to assess the situation of soybean and sorghum production in Mindanao, consult with the stakeholders on their demand in the island, and draft a multi-year road map for the development of the mentioned crops.”

He added, to identify the existing varieties of soybeans in Mindanao, particularly in Bukidnon.

Further discussed is the creation of a Technical Working Group for soybean and sorghum at the regional levels.

Meanwhile, Cora A. Dumayaca, DA-10 Research Division chief said, the meeting is a way forward for developing the soybean and sorghum industry in Mindanao.

“It is a stepping stone, especially that both crops have great roles in achieving food security and sustainability in the country.”

On behalf of DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, she expressed her gratitude for the presence of multi-stakeholders at the event.

Gracing said meeting are focal persons of corn, soybean, and sorghum from regions 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, processors, and feed milling companies which include Anakciano, Global Agro Milling Industry, CJ Feeds, San Miguel Food, Inc., and Gama Foods. # (CRSeraspe)

Some employees of DA-10 join the Phl Independence Day celeb on June 12, 2022 at the Plaza Divisoria.


The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado joins the 124th Philippine Independence Day celebration, earlier today, June 12, 2022 at the Plaza Divisoria in Cagayan de Oro City.

Centered on the theme: “Pagsuong sa Hamon sa Panibagong Bukas (Rise towards the Challenge of a New Beginning)”, CdeO City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno said, the observance is a way of honoring our heroes for their sacrifices, efforts and even their lives for a better country.

Addressing before a crowd of representatives from the different sectors and mostly, national government agencies, the local chief executive further highlighted that “everyone is a hero of his/her time”, adding that one’s contribution will help “ensure that the gains that they [heroes] have achieved will not be lost or wasted.”#(JLO)

DA-NorMin joins the Philippine Environment Month celebration by participating in the tree planting activity spearheaded by DENR and PRC.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As part of the Philippine Environment Month celebration, employees from the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) who are members of the Philippine Association of Agriculturist – Pineapple Chapter planted about 150 pieces of narra tree seedlings on June 8, 2022, at the Malasag Hills, Cugman, this city.

Spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), the said tree growing activity aims to raise awareness of the importance of growing and saving trees in order to help reduce the unfavorable effects of climate change.

Along with other national government agencies, said participating employees will earn six Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units as a mandatory requirement for the renewal of the professional identification cards of all registered and licensed professionals under the PRC. #(MPMTablon/Photo Credits: RDMElloren)

Agri dept in NorMin assures continued support to the agri-development of Malaybalay City under its Mayor-elect Pabillaran. 


MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – To keep up and further boost the province’s agricultural production capacity, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado paid a courtesy visit to the newly elected mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

The said meeting discussed ways forward in implementing more potential programs and projects between DA and the local government to aid farmers within the city under its new headship.

This includes the Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Financial Grant Assistance, and farm mechanization assistance under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, among others.

Also present during the meeting were DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations, Carlota S. Madriaga, DA-10 Field Operations Division chief, Luz I. Guzman, PhD, and Provincial Operations Chief for Bukidnon, Janet D. Lopez, DVM. # (RDMElloren)

Corn farmers of Manolo Fortich is the first batch to get their fuel discount amounting to P3,000.00 each.


Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon – To cushion the impact of fuel price hikes on farmers and fishers in ensuring food security, the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) officially launched the Fuel Discount Program for Corn Farmers at the Municipal Gym of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon on June 3, 2022.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C Collado said, under the program, each qualified corn farmer is granted with P3,000.00 in fuel discount as part of DA’s instituted measures with the constant increase of fuel prices which affects agricultural operations, thus maximizing the utilization of farm machineries and facilities.

Some 131 corn farmers from said town were the first batch of the fuel subsidy program-recipients throughout region 10, which were pooled from funds of the DA-Corn Program.

Pursuant to the Special Provision of the General Appropriations Act for the current fiscal year, a total amount of P500 million (M) is apportioned to provide fuel discount to corn farmers, including that of fisherfolk for the machineries used in corn production from land preparation to postharvest activities and motorized boats for fishing operations.

For NorMin, the target is pegged at about 9,500 corn farmers with a total allocation of P28-M.

According to Richan D. Lacanaria, DA-10 corn focal person, the subsidy shall only be used to buy gasoline or fuel diesel from accredited petroleum retail outlets.

To qualify for the fuel subsidy, he added, a corn farmer must be duly registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and encoded in the Farmers and Fisherfolk Registry System (FFRS), and an individual or his/or farmer’s cooperative or association must also own functional machinery with proof of ownership and must be further listed in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Management Information System (ABEMIS).

Marymee H. Castro of the Aggies Multi-Purpose Cooperative of barangay Maluko conveyed her appreciation for said assistance saying, “Lubos ang aking pasasalamat sa DA na naisipan nila ang programang ito na makakatulong talaga sa aming mga magsasaka dahil sa taas ng bilihin ngayon, at halos ang mga gamit naming pansaka ay gumagamit ng gasolina na nakakadagdag sa production cost sa aming tinatanim na mais.”

She added that the fuel subsidy will be used for their coop’s corn sheller, corn mill and other postharvest facilities.

Recognizing that most of the municipality’s fuel discount program-beneficiaries are farmer cooperatives, association-members, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga further urged the attending farmers to form into clusters in order to avail more agri interventions from the government, especially those big-ticket projects such as the provision of farm tractors, combine harvesters, solar dryer facilities, warehouses, among others.

Under the Duterte administration and Secretary Dar’s helm, she said, that the agri department is advocating for farm consolidation and clustering, as it involves the integration of government interventions to organized farmer-groups, with the aim to empower stakeholders to reduce production costs and reap benefits in the agri value chain.# (Joanne L. Olson)

DA-10 conducts an agribiz coordinators meeting for said group to revisit the different services under AMAD.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A two-day agribusiness coordinators meeting was spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) on May 30-31, this city.

Provincial and municipal agribusiness coordinators from Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Camiguin converged to beef up the implementation of programs, projects and services under DA-10’s agribusiness division in coordination with the different local governments.

Discussions focused on credit facilitation and availment, market development services, and price monitoring of various agri commodities.

In her message, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations, Carmelita T. Bajarla recognizes the crucial role of the agribiz coordinators, as they serve as the bridge between the farmers and that of DA, to extend agri interventions down to the grassroots level.

Being the chair of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) accreditation, the director also urged the local governments to closely work hand-in-hand with the different CSOs in their respective areas.

“DA recognizes the role of CSOs in community development and acknowledges capacities in the successful implementation of agri-fishery programs and projects, that is why we encourage them thru the agribiz coordinators to enlist and register themselves for documentation and accreditation,” RTD Bajarla concluded. #(JCAnito)

DA-10 and PA signs an MOU for the provision of various agri inputs for the implementation of the Army Green Camp program.


DALWANGAN, MALAYBALAY CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and the Mindanao Army Training Group (MATG), Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Philippine Army, Executive Officer Major Gerald Dennis J. Loneza (Infantry), Philippine Army (PA) signed a memorandum of undertaking (MOU) on May 30, 2022, at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex, this city.

As a convergence partner in the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), MATG requested from the department farm machinery and equipment and other agri-related interventions for their Army Green Camp Program.

Included in the P3.18 million worth of production-related assistance set aside for the group are 1 unit farm tractor with trailing harrow, disc plow, and trailer, 1 unit corn sheller, 1 unit hand tractor/multi-cultivator, and 5 heads of cattle as a source of livelihood to promote the culture of food-sufficiency.

According to DA-10 RED Collado, the signing is in support of the said program, which is essential to mitigate food shortage and hunger and to secure from the threats of insurgency.

The cited interventions were procured under the Socio-Economic Component of the Normalization Process and Special Area for Agricultural Development programs as part of DA and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ collaborative efforts to bring government services closer to the communities, he added.

Also witnessing the MOU signing are DA-10 Field Operations Division Chief Luz I. Guzman, PhD and Provincial Operations Chief of Bukidnon Janet D. Lopez, DVM. # (RDMElloren)

Former DA officials Lorenzo and Delima visit Agri NorMin’s soils lab which offers services such as soil and fertilizer tests, plant tissue analysis, among others.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Former agriculture officials paid a visit to the Regional Soils Laboratory (RSL), Integrated Laboratories Division of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) at Antonio Luna Street, this city, to see the agency’s facilities and services.

Welcoming the ex-DA chief Luis Lorenzo, Jr. and Dante S. Delima, former DA undersecretary, is RSL chief Engr. Elena C. Susaya. Engr. Susaya highlighted that the lab offers free-of-charge services for those farmers listed under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture, who have two hectares and below of the farm area.

DA-10 lab services include soil and fertilizer tests, plant tissue analysis, among others.

Both former agri officials are now engaged in farming and expressed how the extension of lab services would be beneficial, especially in aiding marginalized farmers.

Lorenzo cited that the department’s services can help cushion the plight of farmers, who have been indirectly affected by the Russia-Ukraine dispute.

Delima said that with the delivery of timely and accurate results from the soils lab, unnecessary farmer expenses can be reduced; which would contribute to increased farmers’ income.

Reportedly, the soils lab receives and tests an average of 140 soil samples a week using the Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) technique, major and minor compositions of soils are identified.

Along with the Feed Chemical Analytical Laboratory, RSL of DA-10 acquired Certificate of Authority to Operate (CATO), through the Professional Regulatory Board of Chemistry pursuant to the Chemistry Profession Act, a law regulating and modernizing the practice of chemistry in the Philippines, the first-ever DA regional field office to do so for two of its laboratories.# (EMB)

DA-10 SAAD program hands over native chicken and feeds to Anlag-Ani Tapukanan Coop represented by Compas.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As part of its Integrated Agriculture Livelihood Project, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture-Northern Mindanao (DA-10) provided manok pinoy or native chicken and feeds to Anlag-Ani Tapukanan Cooperative of the 1st CAFGU Active Auxiliary Company-II headquarters in Mandangoa, Balingsag, Misamis Oriental.

The poultry inputs worth P35,122.72, comprised of 10 male and 40 female native chicken and five bags of grower feeds, were received by former rebel Julio Romania Compas, a member of the Anlag-Ani Tapukanan Cooperative.

Compas surrendered to the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion (58th IB) in 2019 and has been raising chicken and goats in the headquarters.

“Pasalamat lang po ako sa DA sa ibinigay nila sa akin, yung manok, aalagaan ko yan ng mabuti para magawa kong hanapbuhay sa sarili ko. Yun ang pinkamalaking pasalamat ko sa DA,” Compas said.

Compas shared that his life was hard when he was still a member of the rebel group as he had to travel under the heat of the sun and the rain while being chased by the military troops.

“Dahil dito, makakatulog na ako, makakain at merong sariling trabaho at negosyo hindi kagaya doon na wala,” he said.

After the turnover of the chicken, Compas with the soldiers under the 58th Infantry Battalion also underwent chicken raising orientation conducted by SAAD’s Veterinarian Dr. Dianara Celeste Ua-o.

The native chicken, sourced from the SAAD Chicken Multiplier Farm in the DA’s Research Center for Upland Development (RCUD) in Dangcagan, Bukidnon, is expected to lay eggs by late July or early August this year.

The stocks produced from the chicken will be dispersed to the other members of the said cooperative.

For his part, First Lieutenant Vincent Mark Maddul, the Civil-Military Operation officer of the 58th IB, expressed his gratitude to the DA-10 and SAAD for the livelihood projects that have been a big help to the former rebels for them to sustain their living and help their families.

“Itong mga livelihood projects na binibigay ng ating mga agencies, especially Department of Agriculture, is a big help for them (former rebels) to have a sustainable livelihood in support sa kanila na bago sila makabalik sa mainstream society, meron silang livelihood to sustain their living and also to help their families,” Maddul said.

“As part ng Civil-Military Operations ng 58th IB, natutuwa kami na nagsa-succeed or successful ang ating mga former rebels tungod sa mga programs and livelihood nga gihatag ng ating DA,” he added.

The DA-10 through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado is continuously giving free agricultural assistance to uplift the lives of the former rebels in support of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).#(DA-10 SAAD)