CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Research teams from the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) won first and third place, respectively in the recently concluded 33rd Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH).

Conducted by the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (NOMCARRD), held virtually on the first week of December aims to establish the future direction in research and development in agriculture, fisheries, natural resources, and environment.

Bagging the top spot for the Best Paper Award for Development Category is the “Enhancing Quality and Promotion of Products and By-Products from Sweet Potato, Adlay, Soybean, and Roselle in Region 10,” by Maridith A. Flores, Juanita B. Salvani, Antonieta S. Tumapon, Lorena V. Duna, Carmelito R. Lapoot, and Dafni C. Carreon.

Extensive researches were conducted to fine-tune the developed technologies, especially on the development of product quality, promotion, and marketing.

Meanwhile, the research paper “Development of a Clustering Framework for the Marginalized Sectors of Indigenous People and Former Rebel Communities: A Bayanihan Inclusive Growth Approach towards Adlay Enterprise Development” got the 3rd Best Paper Award also for the Development Category.

The researchers Lorena V. Duna, Mae Odimyrl A. Morales, Marivic L. Paday, Carmelito R. Lapoot, and Nilo S. Panugaling emphasized on the study the tripartite collaboration of the DA, the 403rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, and the LGUs in implementing peace and food security clustering framework in marginal Adlay areas in Lantapan, Talakag, and Impasug-ong, Bukidnon.

“The winning papers were inspired by DA’s goal of uplifting the livelihood of farmers by utilizing the by-products of various commodities in ensuring added income,” shared Lapoot, one of the co-authors of both papers and the chief of DA-10’s Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex Lapoot is hoping that the results of the said studies will be fully utilized to improve the income of the farmers.

“I hope that other organizations will adopt and promote this technology for greater impact,” he added.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado recognized the achievements of the agency’s researchers emphasizing the impact of research and development in creating opportunities for improving the lives and livelihood of the farmers.

The annual RSRDH also aims to evaluate various research conducted by the different member-agencies and to provide a venue where science and technology based-farm project results are presented.# (CRSeraspe)

DA-10 and its employee association send relief assistance to R-13’s typhoon-stricken communities.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Relief assistance from DA Northern Mindanao and its Employees Association has arrived in DA CARAGA in Butuan City, today December 28 for the TY Odette affected communities in Caraga.

Four vehicles loaded with assorted relief assistance comprising of 758 packs of rice (5 kgs per pack), assorted vegetables (3.5 tons squash, 4 sacks potato, 2 sacks chayote, 6 tons banana) will benefit around 1,000 individuals in Dinagat Island and Surigao del Norte Province.

Meanwhile, 1,000 gallons of water (20 liters each gallon) is on transit from Cagayan de Oro City.

DA-10 Regional Executive Carlene C. Collado said that four DA Mindanao regions will converge today in Butuan City to hand over the gathered assistance for the Caraga region, which was identified as the most affected region in Mindanao.

Dir. Collado is grateful to the President of Jejor’s Construction Corporation, Mr. Jordan G. Tiu for lending their 10-wheeler truck in transporting the water gallons, the DA-10 employees, DA Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and the Lantapan Vegetable Farmers Marketing Coop. for extending their assistance. # (ATC/Photo Credits: DA-10 and DA-13)

In a simple ceremony, DA-10 recognizes the regional winners for YFCF: Kabataang Agribiz Competitive Grant Assistance Program.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To encourage the youth to pursue agriculture, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) recognizes its Regional Winners for the Young Farmers Challenge Fund (YFCF): Kabataang Agribiz Competitive Grant Assistance Program on December 13, 2021, held in Cagayan de Oro City.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado led the awarding of the three regional winners who each received P150K and certificate of recognition with Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga.

The three regional winners: Andre Paulo O. Paraguya (Impasugong, Bukidnon) – Bottled Fresh Milk Processing and Marketing; Gretchen G. Raiz (Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental) – Cacao Processing (Tablea and Cacao Spread); and Daryl Ann M. Gonzales (Malaybalay City, Bukidnon) – Agro-Tourism Venture through Farm Diversification.

“It is the utmost desire of DA to encourage more youth to participate in the development of the agriculture sector,” shared Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar, in a video message, extending his wishes for their success in their respective endeavors.

Meanwhile, DA-10 RED Collado stressed the great need to encourage the youth to engage in crop production to ensure the country’s food security.

“Your voice and engagement in agriculture can help us introduce to more youth the potential of agriculture and what it can offer in providing solutions to poverty, by growing enough food to feed the populace,” he added.

Daryl Ann M. Gonzales, one of the shortlisted candidates for the national level competition is thankful to DA for said program and expressed, “Meron talagang pera sa agriculture. Sana meron pang YFCF version 2.0 para marami pang kabataan ang matulungan nitong proyekto.” # (AMBManto)

DA-10 conducts a Orientation/Re-Orientation on GPRA to apprise and revisit said law in view of the updated composition of the agency’s BAC in-charge on the procurement of other goods, infra and services.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To beef up its procurement activities, the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) staged an Orientation/Re-Orientation on Republic Act 9184 or otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA) on December 13-14, 2021, in this city.

GPRA was enacted for the purpose of setting the rules and regulations for the modernization, standardization, and regulation of the procurement activities in the government, including a national government agency such as DA.

Primarily, it aimed to apprise and revisit said law in view of the updated composition of the department’s Bids and Awards Committee – A.2 – Other Goods, Infrastructure and Services, including its members, Technical Working Group, secretariat, regional canvassers and support staff.

In his message, DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, that it is timely for the Committee to come up with a refresher on GPRA, as the agency intends to fast track the conduct of its early procurement activities to implement its programs and projects, in light of the coming elections.

Likewise, RED Collado recommended to extend the same activity to the different programs and operating units, to collectively enhance the procurement processes of DA-10.

Overall, the activity was conducted in pursuit of the agency’s continual commitment of adhering to the GPRA towards good governance, accountability, transparency, equity, efficiency and economy in all its procurement activities. # (JLO)

DA-10 caps the conduct of its clustered Hybrid Rice Techno Demo in Valencia City, Bukidnon.


VALENCIA CITY, December 14 – The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) conducted the final leg of the Hybrid Rice Technology Demonstration in Valencia City, Bukidnon.

Valencia is the third cluster of farmers, where the department conducted a hybrid rice techno demo, after Maramag and Kalilangan, Bukidnon, this year.

“Region 10 has targeted three cluster techno demo with a target of at least 6 metric tons per hectare on this dry season,” said DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado.

Dir. Collado noted, that between March and February next year, the demo farms will have their harvest festival to determine the best performing hybrid rice varieties in terms of yield.

In which he said that the top 5 performing varieties will be the basis of the agency’s rice seeds procurement.

“Achieving higher productivity in rice primarily entails the use of high-quality seeds and sufficient fertilization, on top of other important considerations such as sustainable and sufficient water supply, the use of appropriate technology and equipment, and access to credit and financing,” he remarked.

With a farm area of 9.24 hectares in barangay Pinatilan, the different hybrid rice varieties and technologies of SL Agritech, Corp., Seed Works, RAMGO International, Corp., LongPing, Leads Agri, Green and Grow, Inc., Davao Oriental Seed Producers Cooperative, Corteva Agriscience, Bioseed, Bayer, and Amtrac will be showcased.

According to Valencia City Agriculturist Connie L. Dalangan, the clustered hybrid rice techno demo can benefit 5,855 rice farmers in the city.

The activity was conducted in partnership with the provincial and city local government of Bukidnon and Valencia City, respectively through its Provincial Agriculture Office headed by Engr. Alson Quimba and farmer co-operators.  # (EMBentulan)

DA-10 extends cash subsidies through its RCEF-RFFA program to about 653 rice farmers from MisOr and CdeO City.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – About 653 rice farmers from Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City received cash subsidies under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RCEF-RFFA) from the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 on December 13, 2021, in this city.

In partnership with Universal Storefront Services, Corp., each rice farmer from the municipalities of Alubijid, Initao, Manticao, Naawan, and Villanueva, and the cities of El Salvador and Cagayan de Oro, received cash assistance of P5,000.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado emphasized that the said farmer-beneficiaries till rice areas of two hectares and below and are enrolled in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

Misamis Oriental including Cagayan de Oro City has a total of 2,322 eligible rice farmers.

Also gracing said cash distributions is DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga with Rice Program Focal Person Chona H. Nacalaban, and CdeO Mayor Oscar S. Moreno. # (AMBManto)

DA-10 receives ASF equipment and supplies from BAI to boost region 10’s diagnostic capabilities.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) received African Swine Fever (ASF) equipment and supplies from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) for the development of its Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL).

Comprising the said items are one unit Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine, one box equipment accessories, one unit desktop, one unit monitor, one kit 7500 Chemical Install Kit and three kits Agpath through the National ASF Prevention and Control Program (NASFPCP).

DA-10 Integrated Laboratories Division Chief, Dr. Alanita A. Jumalon, emphasized that the equipment and test kits will be used to further enhance the diagnostic capability of the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) on the detection of ASF, which will be beneficial in safeguarding the region against the threat of ASF.

DA-10 through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado has been intensifying its disease response against ASF as some areas in Northern Mindanao were affected with the said virus and to prevent its entry in the green zones of the region. #(RDElloren & MPTablon)

DA-10 through its SAAD program hands over agri inputs and equipment to FAs in Kalilangan, Bukidnon with the aim of increasing productivity and reducing poverty among poor communities in the agri-fishery sector.


KALILANGAN, BUKIDNON – Three farmer associations (FA) of Kalilangan, Bukidnon received agricultural inputs and equipment from the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado turned over the said agri assistance worth over P1 million on Monday, December 13, 2021 in Kalilangan, Bukidnon.

The Kinura SAAD FA received 1 unit mechanical corn sheller while the Bangbang SAAD FA and the Malinao Imbariz Pud-ong FA, Inc. (MAIMPU) each received 1 unit mobile corn mill.

The agri inputs comprising of 326 packs open-pollinated variety (OPV) 5 in 1 vegetable seeds and 74 bags complete fertilizer will benefit around 166 farmer-beneficiaries of the said town.

“Maraming magsasaka na nagtatanim ng mais ang makabenepisyo dito sa natanggap naming mobile corn mill. Dahil mobile ito, mas maserbisyohan namin ang aming mga miyembro na nasa iba’t-ibang sitio,” shared Eduardo G. Hubayan, president of MAIMPU farmers association.

Director Collado emphasized that the agri assistance is in support of the thrust of the department to increase productivity and reduce poverty among the marginalized sectors in agriculture and fishery.#(ATC with reports from RDElloren)

KALILANGAN, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao is pushing for increased rice production and sufficiency through cluster hybrid rice techno demo in Kalilangan, Bukidnon.

“With this activity, the farmers will have the options to use hybrid rice varieties that will suit their areas. They will also learn new technologies to adopt, based on the practices of the different seed companies,” said DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado during the official launching of the activity on Monday, December 13.

The different hybrid rice varieties will be showcased in a consolidated 8.6 hectares of the Gamay-gamay Communal Irrigators Association (GCIA) in barangay Pamotolon of the said town.

Aside from the use of high-yielding varieties, Dir. Collado added that the cluster rice farm will demonstrate irrigation technology, use of machinery, and pest/disease and nutrient management.

Dir. Collado bared that the agency will allocate around 45-50 thousand bags of hybrid rice seeds for Bukidnon in 2022 to bolster local rice production.

It is also a quick response measure that addresses food security amidst the pandemic, focuses to intensify campaign for the adoption of hybrid rice technology among local farmers.

He also urged the LGU to facilitate and organize other small rice farmers to avail DA-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (DA-PhilMech) farm machinery under the Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

Meanwhile, Kalilangan Municipal Agriculturist, Teresita F. Buhi-an said that the techno demo will motivate the farmers to plant the hybrid rice varieties adopting the recent technologies.

Eleven participating seed companies include SL Agritech, Corp., Seed Works, RAMGO International, Corp., LongPing, Leads Agri, Green and Grow, Inc., Davao Oriental Seed Producers Cooperative, Corteva Agriscience, Bioseed, Bayer, and AmTrac.

The activity was in partnership with the LGU Kalilangan through Mayor Omaradji C. Pizarro, Municipal Agriculture Office and the farmer associations.# (EMBentulan)

DA-10 through the RCEF-RFFA releases cash subsidy to around 357 rice farmers in Claveria, MisOr.


CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL – Around 357 rice farmers of Claveria, Misamis Oriental received its financial assistance through the Department of Agriculture’s Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RCEF-RFFA) program on December 10, 2021.

DA-10 through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado has released a total amount of P1.8 million to the farmer-beneficiaries from the town’s 19 barangays who were enrolled in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) with landholdings of two hectares and below.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga led the distribution of the Intervention Monitoring Card (IMC) that will serve as identification and cash cards of the farmer-beneficiaries.

“Malaking tulong sa aming sakahan ang natangap kong pera para sa abono at binhi,” shared Arlene P. Adina of barangay Punong.

Claveria is a landlocked municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental with an estimated area of 420 hectares for rice farmlands.

Supporting RTD Madriaga during the distribution were DA-10 Provincial Operations Center Chief of Misamis Oriental, Chona H. Nacalaban with the PLGU MisOr and MLGU of said town.#(RDElloren)

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