TAGFA receives the P1-M financial aid under DA’s enhanced Kadiwa program.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Aimed at empowering more farmer and fisherfolk cooperatives and associations (FCAs) to become more reliable food commodity suppliers, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office turned over a P1 million financial grant to the Tagpuangi Fisherfolks Association (TAGFA) of barangay Agusan, this city.

On October 8, DA Undersecretary for Consumer and Political Affairs, Kristine Y. Evangelista together with DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, handed over the check to TAGFA President, Lilian L. Antigua.

Funded under the Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Inclusive Food Supply Chain program, the assistance is intended for the purchase of the association’s utility van worth P690,000, machineries, and equipment (P210,000), and P100,000 as working capital.

Antigua conveyed, that said aid is of great support in expanding their market and in generating additional income for the association.

CdeO City Councilor and Agriculture Committee Chair Jay Roa Pascual said, that the local government is thankful for the agency’s assistance in alleviating the lives of farmers and fisherfolk in boosting their farming and fishing activities, especially on the marketing aspect which results in more productive livelihoods and sustainable associations.

Meanwhile, Brgy. Agusan Chairman Andrew E. Melliza shared, “In the past, the association struggled on its logistics and transportation, but with this assistance [financial grant] provided by the department, it could help them improve the quality of their agri-fishery products, allowing them to earn more income.”

Apart from farmers and fisherfolk reaping gains, consumers are also eyed to have greater access to fresh and affordable agri-fishery products and other basic commodities through the enhanced Kadiwa program. # (JCAnito)

DA-NorMin extends aid to marginalized communities in Buk’non province


National government agencies, including the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao provided aid to the marginalized communities in Bukidnon province as part of the Aid and Humanitarian Operations Nationwide (AHON) convergence program.

Among the assistance provided by DA is the provision of 250 packets of vegetable seeds and 100 kilograms of organic fertilizers amounting to P196,500 per benefiting site.

Recipients include the towns of Kibawe, Damulog, Kadingilan and Dangcagan, and Valencia City all in Bukidnon, which said agri support was conferred from October 4 to 7.# (JLO/Photos Supplied)

Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and Central Mindanao University (CMU) President Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derije, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for new agricultural undertakings on October 6, 2021. #

Five Agri NorMin employees take their oath of office on October 5 to their newly promoted positions.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- Five newly promoted employees of DA-10 took an oath before Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado on October 5, at the agency’s conference room.

The following are the newly promoted:

  1. Audy G. Maagad – Chief Agriculturist, Regulatory Division
  2. Dr. Alanita A. Jumalon – Chief Agriculturist, Integrated Laboratories Division (ILD)
  3. Patrick Ian F. Pedarse – Chief Administrative Officer, Administrative and Finance Division (AFD)
  4. Evelyn B. Collado – Science Research Technician, Research Division
  5. Hershe B. Jabines – Accountant II, AFD

Witnessing the ceremony were regional technical director for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla and RTD and Chair of the Regional Human Resource Merit, Selection and Promotion Board-10 Carlota S. Madriaga. # (EMBentulan)

DA-NorMin conducts a virtual briefing for the effective and efficient PAFES implementation.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Province-led Agriculture and Fisheries Extension System (PAFES) under the OneDA reform agenda in Transforming Philippine Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) conducted a virtual briefing on October 1, 2021.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga noted, that said activity aims to update members of the Regional Program Management and Technical Support Team (RPMTST) on its activities.

“We have already begun coordination activities with our pilot province, Bukidnon – being the food basket of Northern Mindanao and having the biggest production area for agriculture,” she reported.

Through PAFES, the province serves as an extension hub that synchronizes agricultural plans programs, including in orchestrating the activities of various stakeholders.

It further seeks to strengthen the collaboration of DA, local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders to ensure the delivery of agri-fishery programs and services amid the challenges of devolution.

Spearheaded by the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the agency and attended by representatives from its attached bureaus and agencies along with other stakeholders, the virtual meeting tackled updates and future plans concerning the series of workshops for local government units for its harmonious implementation. # (AMBManto)

On September 30, 2021 DA-NorMin installs the new RAFC chairperson in the person of Reynaldo M. Cabanao.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-RFO 10) installed Reynaldo M. Cabanao, as the new Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Council (RAFC) chairperson on September 30, 2021.

Cabanao is the current Asian Farmers Regional Network-Philippines president and incumbent board of director for Region 10 of the PhilMaize Federation, Inc. replacing Professor Edgardo D. Layug, who had a 13-year stint as a chairperson and is recently honored as AFC chairperson emeritus, the highest title conferred to an AFC chairperson serving ten years and more.

Cabanao was nominated and duly endorsed by the council members and will take the seat for a year.

“I have big shoes to fill in since Chair Emeritus Layug has made notable contributions for the agri-fishery sector during his chairmanship,” Cabanao expressed.

He further committed to building a more synergized council in collaboration with more stakeholders, continually encourage and toughen capacities thru a more involved and collective governance.

Further, he emphasized upholding a multi-stakeholder commitment, transparency, and accountability in policy and program development processes towards agricultural development.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado led the installation, providing insights of more mobilized and empowered partners under the OneDA reform agenda key strategies.

Dir. Collado added, that the Council will be a great help in realizing and implementing those guided strategies and build more developed and driven agriculture.

RAFC is a consulting body with strong, vibrant, and visible private sector partners responsible for the attainment of a conducive policy environment towards the globally competitive and sustainable agriculture and fisheries sector. # (JCAnito)

DA-10 RED Collado urges OFIS to invest in NorMin agriculture during the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan Webinar.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) urged Overseas Filipino Investors (OFIs) to invest in Northern Mindanao specifically in the agriculture sector, as he graced the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) Webinar organized by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center based in Washington DC, USA, on Wednesday, September 29.

Director Collado puts forward convincing growth and promising potentials in the region’s agriculture sector as key investment consideration for OFIs based in the US.

Northern Mindanao is an ideal business location.

The region serves as gateway to various parts of Mindanao and offers key investment advantages such as vast agricultural lands, rich natural resources, expansive road networks, presence of power generation services, and huge potential for industrial development.

Director Collado said OFIs may consider investing in agriculture in the region in many ways. “For one they can utilize the land they have acquired (to start agribusiness) through their relatives. Second, they can lease their lands to big corporations who are engaging in the production of pineapple, papaya, banana and other crops or become a (contract) grower”.

“We can also link them to the LGUs who are in need of property to establish their technology demonstration farms. They can enter into profit-sharing scheme with the said LGUs” he furthered.

Having solidified the region’s reputation as one of the top producers of pineapple, coconut oil, high value crops, fiber-based products, hogs, cattle, goat, carabao and duck, the DA-10 is now priming Coffee and Adlai production as the next-big-things in the region, and potential investment opportunities for overseas Filipinos.

Adlai, a healthy staple substitute to rice and corn now being commercially produced in the region after extensively introduced by the DA-10 to local farmers.

While Robusta and Arabica coffee varieties are massively grown in Bukidnon, predominantly by Indigenous Peoples farmers.

To date, the agency has been providing various production, processing and marketing assistance to spur investment in Adlai and coffee production in the region.

“DA is implementing the OneDA approach wherein DA and its attached agencies, bureaus and corporations are involved in the implementation of projects, so that we can better help the farmers and would-be investors with their needs” Director Collado said.

He also underscored the OneDA family’s initiatives in providing its stakeholders agri-fishery interventions such as farm inputs, infrastructure, machineries and equipment, credit facilities and technical assistance to up the region’s agri-fishery sector.

The TNK Webinar is an avenue to help OFIs to explore investment opportunities back home, particularly in regions favorable for agriculture-related ventures, seizing the silver lining in the midst of the lingering pandemic, and contribute to the country’s economic recovery.# (ATalib)

DA-10 RED Collado administers the oathtaking of the agency’s newly promoted employees.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado led the oathtaking of Eleazar A. Jumalon as Agricultural Technician I and Helen M. Roldan as Agriculturist II on October 1, 2021.

Eleazar A. Jumalon, a former contract of service worker, will take his position at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) under DA-10’s Research Division.

Promoted Agriculturist II, Helen M. Roldan will remain in the agency’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division.

This is the ninth batch of promoted employees for this year of the agency.

Also witnessing the ceremony are DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations and at the same time, the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board Chair Carlota S. Madriaga, OIC-Administrative and Finance Division Chief Patrick Ian F. Pedarse along with the division chiefs and other staff.# (JCAnito)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-RFO 10) handed over 16 heads cattle of upgraded female/heifer Brahman bloodline amounting to P799,200 to various tribal groups regionwide.

From Bukidnon province, the recipients are the Tagoloan Mulahaya Kabulakagan Agriculture Cooperative of Malaybalay City and Higaonon tribe of Impasug-ong town; and the Subanen tribe of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, where each group received 4 heads.

Likewise, four heads were provided to the Bayug-Iligan Ancestral Domain-Higaonon Tribe of Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, which at the same time serves as the agency’s support to Executive Order No. 70, establishing the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) in said area.

Particularly, the interventions are funded under the agency’s Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks), a comprehensive program targeted for the improvement of tribal communities aiming to capacitate and empower IPs through community organizing, agricultural skills training and workshops to intensify knowledge and productivity.

4Ks is a three-year special project of DA where it provides assistance to the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the form of agricultural and fisheries-related livelihood opportunities.# (JCAnito)

DA-10 under the helm of RED Collado emerges as one of the NorMin RDC Amihanan recipients for this year.


The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 through the headship of Regional Executive Director, Carlene C. Collado, hailed among the recipients of the Northern Mindanao Regional Development Council Amihanan Awards this year.

The awards honor outstanding members of the RDC-X who demonstrated unwavering commitment and embodied excellence in carrying out the Council’s mandated functions to drive the region’s economic growth and development.

With the theme “Advancing Regional Development amid the Pandemic”, the awards particularly cited outstanding RDC-X members’ exemplary effort in implementing timely, relevant, and responsive programs, projects, and activities to mitigate poverty, conflict, and public crisis in the region.# (ATalib)

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