With the aim of being disaster resilient, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) joins the coastal cleanup in observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month 2019.

Spearheaded by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council – Region 10 (RDRRMC-10), the DA RFO-10 together with the different government agencies in the region and community members took part in cleaning the 500-meter coastal area in Molugan, El Salvador City, earlier today, July 12, 2019.

“The coastal cleanup has a huge impact. It is not only a noble activity but also a form of information campaign and awareness to the community that we should clean the coastal areas,” said CDRRMC head Teddy Bombeo of El Salvador City.

Meanwhile, OIC-Administrator and City Agriculturist Nolly Adrian B. Gabule highlighted the importance of mangrove as the breeding ground of marine species aside from protecting the coastal areas from strong waves and currents.

This year’s celebration bears with the theme, “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago.”#

DA-PLGU IOs get to channel their learnings on the fundamentals of news writing, as they listen on to Honorio S. Cervantes, an urban square gardening advocate during its mock press conference in their two-day capabuild.

Thirty information officers (IOs) from the Department of Agriculture (DA), its attached bureaus and agencies and a provincial local government unit (PLGU) in Region 10 convened for the conduct of a Capability Building on News Writing.

Angelilah T. Cabig, Public Relations Officer II and OIC-Chief of the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS) of DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) said that the activity is an opportune time for the IOs and their alternates to revisit the fundamentals of news writing, which forms part in their responsibility of informing and updating agricultural stakeholders.

As the trend of communicating has evolved, she underscored the need for IOs to enhance their knowledge and skills in news writing to better communicate key messages.

Accordingly, Cabig said this will ultimately help the IOs encourage more agri-clienteles to contribute in achieving DA’s thrusts and priorities through the availment of its programs and services, as well as from the PLGUs.

News writing, ranging from its sources, attribution, basic facts, types, patterns, leads and styles were discussed through writeshops and a mock press conference, guest starred by Honorio S. Cervantes, an urban square gardening advocate.

Participating are representatives from DA-RFO 10, its attached bureaus and agencies: Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, Philippine Coconut Authority, National Irrigation Administration, National Food Authority, and from PLGU-Bukidnon.

For this year, the said capabuild is just one among the targeted trainings for the IOs and their alternates, which is spearheaded by RAFIS of DA-RFO 10.

Also serving as the resource speaker is Uriel C. Quilinging, a veteran news writer and editor. # (JLOlson)

Cagayan de Oro, January 30 – To facilitate interventions for animal health and food safety, Korean consultants from KMAC and Seoul National University convened with Region 10’s livestock stakeholders for a meeting on the Establishment of Philippine Food Animal and Animal Products Traceability and Quality Evaluation Systems. Said meeting primarily solicited inputs from participating agencies and an association relative to their laws for institutionalization, functionalities, structure, work flows, challenges and targeted projects.

Accordingly, this information will help the Korean consultants together with implementing agencies such as the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to determine appropriate interventions for its potential Project site. Of which, will enhance the transparency and quality assurance in the production of meat and meat products, distribution and marketing.

The pool of livestock stakeholders from Northern Mindanao comprises the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional field office, NMIS, provincial and city veterinary offices of Misamis Oriental and CdeO, National Veterinary Quarantine Services, and the NorMinHog Raisers Association, Inc.

Counterparts from the Central Office were also in attendance from DA through its Project Development Service and Information and Communications Technology Service, NMIS and BAI.

Further, site observations and interviews were also done by the Korean team to DA-10’s Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, different farms, a dressing plant, slaughterhouse and a major market within the city. #

Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental – Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol underscored the need for farmers to adopt to the different agri-machinery and equipment innovations to foment the mechanization rate in the country.

This, he bared, during the opening of the two-day Farm Machinery and Equipment Roadshow, held in the town earlier today, January 29, 2019, where the DA chief added that it is imperative for farmers to plant some more because of the country’s increasing population. Of which, he explained, can be ably done through farm mechanization.

Recognizing the roadshow will spark the interest of farmers and local government unit representatives in the availment of agri-machinery and equipment, Sec. Piñol reported that just three weeks ago, he approved the Agri-Fisheries Mechanization Loaning Program.

Said Program, he stressed, will assist farmers in having access to loans for the procurement of their preferred farm machinery and equipment. Further, he said that more help is on the way with the impending approval of the Rice Tariffication Bill, which will apportion Php5-billion annually for farm mechanization in the next six years. # (JLOlson)

To contribute in drumming up the mechanization level in the country, the Farm Machinery and Equipment Roadshow kicks off on January 29, 2019, in the town of Laguindingan.

In his message during its opening, OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado said that with the increasing population, there is a need to increase the level of farm mechanization to produce more food with efficiency and quality, which will be beneficial for farmers and consumers alike.

He added, that through gaining knowledge and soon, adopting the state-of-the-art farming technologies featured in the road show, DA is hopeful that the farm mechanization rate of the country will increase from 2.31 horsepower (hp) per hectare to 4 hp/ha.

Said roadshow was realized through DA and Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization together with Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative and FIT Corea Trading Philippines. # (JLOlson)

The Mindanao Zonal Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Network assembled for its first quarter meeting on January 23-25, 2019 in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

Delegates from the Research Divisions in Mindanao along with the representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Bureau of Soils and Water Management gathered to discuss issues and matters on research and development as well as upcoming activities for the year 2019.

Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) Regional Technical Director Carmelita T. Bajarla, who presided the meeting, presented the agenda of the activity which included the participation to the National Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Congress, DA- Bureau of Agricultural Research’s (DA-BAR) memorandum on data validation request for DA projects, among others.

One of the issues raised was on the Intellectual Property (IP) rights application for Mindanao-generated technologies for the protection of local researchers.

To this, the researchers have agreed to elevate the issue to the Research Management Meeting next month for a more detailed discussion.

Meanwhile, in his message, DA-RFO 10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado shared that the region is currently pushing for an agro-tourism accreditation for its research stations and encouraged the other regions to do the same.

He also noted the importance of securing land titles for DA properties and concreting of its fences to avoid issues with illegal settlers.

With this, a resolution by the body will be crafted to push for land titling on DA properties, most especially for research stations.

Meanwhile, the RDE network seeks for the unity of Mindanao researchers in addressing research and development concerns. #(AMBManto)

Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA renders his message to RAFC-10 members during its first quarter meeting on January 23, 2019 in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

To strengthen partnerships among agri-fishery stakeholders in Region 10, the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council-10 (RAFC-10) met for its regular consultative meeting on January 23, 2019 in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

RAFC-10 Chair, Edgardo D. Layug, presented the agenda which include AFC monitoring activities, 2018 Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF)-RAFC fund, 2018 adopted resolutions, 2019 DA plans and programs and other issues and concerns.

Meanwhile, Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado emphasized in his message, the importance of strengthening the partnership of the stakeholders in helping the agency in implementing its programs and projects for the benefit of the farmers and fisherfolk.

Collado also recognized the attendance of the uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army for their support to the agriculture sector. It can be recalled that the troops rendered their support during the conduct of the National Volunteers’ Day on December 6, 2018, held in Cagayan de Oro City.

To this, they were also awarded with certificates of appreciation along with the other stakeholders who supported the activity. He also noted that for this year, one of DA-10’s thrust is to help the uniformed personnel.

“The agency can provide the troops with farm machineries and inputs as long as they have available areas for farming in their respective camps,” Collado shared.

He then urged them to submit project proposals and scheduled a meeting with them to further discuss the details regarding the matter.

Also in attendance were line agencies such as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Crops Insurance, Corp. (PCIC), Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) who also help the council in promoting its mandates and programs. # (AMBManto)

Cagayan de Oro City – Moving forward with the government’s program in providing assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) of the recent Marawi siege, the Department of Agriculture – Project Management Office (DA-PMO) staged a coordination meeting for the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (BMCRRP).

Presided by DA Assistant Secretary Dr. Andrew B. Villacorta, the meeting aimed to identify and prioritize the masterlist of beneficiaries and update on the drafted implementing guidelines for the Plan, including other required documents to start the implementation of various projects.

DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) allocated about Php211.78 million (M) for projects such as the dispersal of livestock animals and the provision of post-harvest facilities and equipment.

In particular, ensuring the quarantine area prior the dispersal of animals, comprising heads of goat and cattle were tackled. Likewise, the conduct a training-workshop with emphasis on livestock animal handling, to be attended by the IDPs was discussed.

For their part, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – 10 apportioned about Php56.58-M worth of fishery projects.

Specifically, the design and lay-out for the establishment of the Php3-M Ice Plant and Cold Storage facility is reportedly now on the bidding process.

Meanwhile, the Agricultural Credit Policy Council has already distributed activated Electronic Money Cards to 174 recipients, each receiving Php5,000.00 as of November 2018. Total beneficiaries set for such financial assistance is at 1,400 individuals.

Also present in the meeting is National Organic Agriculture Program Coordinator Engr. Christopher V. Morales; Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao Secretary Alexander G. Alonto, Jr.; representatives from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management and BFAR-10, and the host, DA-RFO 10 led by OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA. # (EMB)

DA-RFO 10 Regional Director hopes that through KAMMP it will help the farmers grow.


The Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) thru the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) in coordination with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc. conducted another batch of the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) on November 19-23, 2018 here in Cagayan de Oro City.

In his message DA-RFU 10 Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA said that through these, DA hopes that it will help them grow. The purpose of the KAMMP is to help stakeholders be agri–preneurs and connect them to direct buyers.

It aims to equip the agri-preneurs with the proper production techniques; help farmers bring their mindset and values that are essential to run a successful agri-enterprise; and to equip agri-preneurs with practical knowledge and strategies, and consultation services to foster successful and sustainable agri-enterprises.


DA Reg’l Info Officers, farmcasters conference underscores SOA livestreaming

“If we, the farmcasters won’t use social media, who else will persuade younger people to get back and do farming as a business?,” Region 11 School-on-the-Air (SOA) anchor Janoz S. Laguihon said during the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Information Officers (RIOs) and Farmcasters Conference cum Assessment and Workshop, held in Davao City.

As part of the event speakers, Laquihon, also known as “Kuya Janz” of DXFE 1197 AM Radio – “Balik Kita sa Uma” host imparted the transition of the 45-year old program originally hosted by his father in terms of technology. As he can recall, his father used to repeat his audio recording several times early in the morning just to come up with a better output. Today, audio recording can be polished through audio editor.

In 2016, Laquihon realized the need of reviving the program with the evolution of communication and technology, pushing him to engage the program into social media through Facebook.

He said, social media plays a significant role in the conduct of School-on-the-Air (SOA) programs, a distance learning system employed by DA to educate local farmers using radio stations. Since it is a web-based program, it can engage netizens who care about farming not only in the region, but as well as other countries.

Further, he introduced the use of Open Broadcasters Software (OBS), a free and open-source streaming application for video-sharing via internet.

With OBS, agricultural information-dissemination will become more convenient and efficient thru Facebook Live. Moreover, SOA will be enhanced digitally even without the radio station equipment and can be previewed through the record setting.

The event is spearheaded by DA-Central Office, thru the Agricultural and Fisheries Information Division (AFID) from November 19-21, 2018. # (EMB)