On May 17, DA-NorMin meets with farmer-leaders to activate the SUCBEM cluster of the RTF-ELCAC in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.


MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) convened with the farmer-leaders to activate the Sectoral Unification, Capacity-Building Empowerment and Mobilization (SUCBEM) cluster of the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) on May 17.

DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director (RED) Carlene C. Collado discussed with the farmer-leaders, who are the municipal agri-fishery council (MAFC) chairs of of the region to identify and discuss issues and concerns in their respective areas.

SUCBEM is one of the 12 clusters of RTF-ELCAC which was created under Executive Order (EO) No. 70. It recognizes insurgency and local communist armed conflict as not only a military and security concern but also the National and local government agencies working as one.

Nick P. Campomanes, Mindanao head of the National Anti-Poverty Commission said, SUCBEM’s first step is to detail policy gaps at the local level to process an output that can be streamlined to form part of the peace and development agenda of the sector.

The output of SUCBEM consultation was presented to the Department of Interior and Local Government, thru the Regional Conference for Peace and Development (RCPD) consultation with other line agencies and sectors to come up with SUCBEM cluster State of the Nation Address (SONA) Campaign Plan, which will be part of the President’s legislative agenda.

RED Collado remarked that peace and development is hard to achieve without promoting agricultural development and the help of extension workers and farmer-leaders, especially in the far-flung areas.

“With the support of the attached agencies thru ‘One DA approach’ and the assistance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, various agri-interventions were brought in to remote communities, changing the lives of indigenous peoples and the former rebels in said areas,” he said.

Attending the RCPD to represent the region’s agri-fishery sector were the MAFC chairs Marcelino M. Patindol (Claveria), Rosauro M. Suazo (Balingasag), Richard Olmilla (Damulog), and Raul S. Ybañez (Maramag).

MAFC chair Marcelino M. Patindol of Claveria, Misamis Oriental shared, “The government has provided the farmers with various agri-fishery interventions and livelihood. It is our obligation to look out and preserve the projects for them to sustain longer, while we live harmoniously in our community.”

The MAFC chairs were joined by DA-RFO 10 Provincial Operations Center Chief for Bukidnon Dr. Janet D. Lopez and Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division Project Evaluation Officer III Lana May S. Racines as they inked the Northern Mindanao Peace and Development Manifesto to attest their commitment to President Rodrigo Duterte.

SUCBEM-RCPD was attended by the youth, women and other sectors of the region, which was held at Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon on May 18.# (EMBentulan)

DA-10 RED Collado administers the oathtaking of the fourth batch of 2021 newly promoted and appointed agency personnel.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Six newly promoted and two newly appointed employees of the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) have been sworn into their newly promoted positions and appointments.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado administered the oathtaking ceremony, in the presence of concerned division chiefs of said personnel.

RED Collado reminded the newly promoted employees, marking the fourth batch this year, to continue of help in delivery of efficient and effective programs, projects and interventions for the farmers and fisherfolk regionwide.

“Every one of you is an essential part of the (DA) system, and we expect for you to do your best in delivering agri-services to our clienteles,” the director conveyed.

The newly promoted and appointed DA-10 personnel with their corresponding positions and assignments are the following:

Newly Appointed Regional Soils Laboratory, Integrated Laboratory Division

  1. Iree Grace D. Bince – Laboratory Aide II (SG 4)
  2. Frances Deza C. Gamboa – Laboratory Technician II (SG 8)

Promoted Field Operations Division (FOD)

  1. Luisito S. Ofngol – Development Management Officer V (SG 24)
  2. Rosel Joy V. Fabrigas – Agriculturist II (SG 15)

Administrative and Finance Division

  1. Marilou C. Hebia – Administrative Officer IV (SG 15)
  2. Joana Sara D. Amores – Administrative Officer III (SG 14)
  3. Kathleen M. Pacana – Administrative Officer I (SG 10)

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division

  1. Jeffrey Baja – Planning Officer III (SG 18)

Also witnessing the rite are DA-10 Regional Technical Director and Placement and Selection Board Chair Carlota S. Madriaga and other PSB members and DA-10 staff. # (JCAnito)

CdeO farmers are seen to boost the city’s production in terms of quantity and quality corn with the recent provision of corn seeds by DA-NorMin.


The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 thru the Corn Program has delivered 50 bags (at 9 kilos per bag) of hybrid corn seeds (J505) to the Office of Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez, 2nd district of Cagayan de Oro, at the barangay hall of Nazareth, on May 17, 2021.

Sourced from CY 2020 funds under the Production Support Services of said Program, the P200,000.00 worth of agri farm inputs is targeted to be distributed to a total of 50 farmers within the city.

Further, the provision of seeds is seen to ensure the city’s production in terms of quantity and quality corn by aiding farmers to increase their productivity and income, as well. # (JLO)

DA-10 thru its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division facilitates the conduct of the KDK to assist R-10 farmers and fisherfolk and other merchants to directly link them to consumers to sell their agri-fishery products, its by-products and essentials.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In observance of the Farmer’s and Fisherfolk’s Month, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA-RFO 10) opens its Kadiwa at Diskwento Karavan (KDK) at the DA-10 Compound, Antonio Luna St., in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla along with other agency officials, led the opening of the activity which features fresh, quality and affordable agricultural produce, its by-products and other food products and essentials from local farmers and fisherfolks, DA’s research stations and other merchants.

Below are the list of exhibitors and their corresponding products:

RJ Agri Products – vegetables

CNQ Agri Ventures – turmeric powder, powdered malunggay, fruits

Manzano Farm – fruits

Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives – fresh and flavored milk

NAS Agricom – ground coffee, coco sugar and syrup, fishery products

Tagpuangi Farmers and Fisherfolk – fishery products NM Foods – banana chips

ANT Products – eggs DA research stations – vegetables

San Miguel Purefoods, Corp., Vitalize Food, Corp. and Fivel and Big 8 – essential goods

With the FFM’s theme for the year: “May Pandemya Man o Wala, Magsasaka at Mangingisda Maaasahan ng Bansa”, the event also paid tribute to the farmers and fisherfolk for their labor and toil to provide food for every Filipino household. # (JLO)

To strengthen the Animal Health Program of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) thru its partner institution, the agency turned over various drugs and biologics to Central Mindanao University (CMU) on May 11, 2021.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado stated, that said intervention will be used to strengthen CMU’s livestock services and animal biosecurity measures.

On receiving the aid, Research Assistant Dr. Chopit Chrinli E. Camacho of the African Swine Fever (ASF) Project of CMU shared, “DA’s assistance on drugs and biologics will greatly help the farmers that we are also assisting. For our part, it will also be easier for us to conduct our field operations.” # (AMBManto)

Starting May 9, the AAFF is open every day from 10 AM to 8PM to serve mallgoers with their agri-fishery product needs.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – With the goal of promoting Northern Mindanao’s agri-fishery products at the same time providing fresh and healthy foods to the locals, the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) facilitates the ‘Alagang Ayala Farmers’ Fair’ (AAFF) at Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.

Said exhibit features the agricultural produce and its by-products of nine farmers and fisher cooperatives and associations (FCAs) namely: RJ Agriproducts, Manzano Farm, Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives, Farmgrown Association of Claveria, N

M Foods, Mylin Products, CNQ Agriventures, Kape Mindanaw, and Homegrown Marketing.

According to DA-10 Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division OIC-Chief Larry E. Paraluman, the trade fair will run for a year starting May 9, of which exhibitors can participate in the trade display free-of-charge for the rental space.

He detailed, that said arrangement is Ayala Malls – CdeO Gateway, Corp.’s commitment, as part of their social responsibility to help small enterprises, on top of their regular exhibitors of herbal and ornamental plants.

Since its kickoff activity, Farmgrown shared that among their saleable products in their stall are turmeric powder, banana chips, sautéed shrimp, salted eggs and bottled fresh milk; while for Manzano’s Farm are the lemon and mangoes.

AAFF is open every day from 10 AM to 8PM.# (EMBentulan)

DA-NorMin rolls out a community pantry extending help to Brgy. 29 and other nearby barangays in CdeO City.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 10 – To commence the simultaneous celebration of the National Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month (NFFM) across the country, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) conducts the ‘One DA Community Pantry at the agency compound today.

Around 1,000 residents from Barangay 29 and nearby barangays in the city received fresh agri-fishery products such as rice, vegetables, fruits, root crops, flavored cow’s milk (bottled), fish, among others.

Adopting the ‘One DA’ approach, said activity is spearheaded by DA-RFO 10 and its research stations headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, its attached bureaus and agencies: Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Dairy Authority, Philippine Coconut Authority, Bureau of Plant Industry-Plant Quarantine Service, Philippine Crop Insurance, Corp., Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, Bureau of Soils and Water Management, National Tobacco Administration and other partners from the private sector, including the Northern Mindanao Hog Raisers Association.

This year’s NFFM theme is “May Pandemya Man o Wala, Magsasaka’t Mangingisda Maasahan ng Bansa.”

Further, said activity is coordinated with the region’s Philippine National Police, Roads and Traffic Administration, and the local government of Brgy. 29. # (EMBentulan)

KCC receives P4.5-M worth of check under DA’s Enhanced Kadiwa program to aid them to step up their production, marketing and other farming-related activities.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 6 – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) handed over a check amounting to P4.5 million to the Kahusayan Consumers Cooperative (KCC) of Kitaotao, Bukidnon under the agency’s Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Inclusive Food Supply Chain program.

Said amount is part of DA’s P5-M commitment to KCC for the procurement of 1 unit hauling truck (wing van), building establishment, working capital and other equipment.

The remaining 10 percent (P500,000) will be released as soon as they complete their liquidation of the initial fund release.

Carlene C. Collado, DA-RFO 10 regional executive director, encouraged the cooperative to have their farm produce consolidated to supply and expand their market.

He added, that they can also venture into food processing and value-adding products to gain more income.

Nilo S. Lanzaderas, KCC chair said, the financial grant will surely boost the income and productivity of every member and the cooperative itself, which currently has three outlet stores in the town: Sitio Raware, Bagong Silang and Barangay Kahusayan.

“Kung makapalit na kami sa van, mamenusan na ang among gastos sa pagpangumpra ug paghatud sa among mga produkto. Mahatagan usab og dugang nga kapital ang mga mag-uuma alang sa pagpalit sa abono ug uban pang mga kinahanglanon sa umahan,” Lanzaderas expressed.

[If we can acquire the van, our transportation cost will be lessened in purchasing goods and other essentials for the stores. Farmer-members will also have additional capital to purchase fertilizers, among other needs in farming.]

Also present in the turnover are the department’s Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division OIC-Chief Larry E. Paraluman, and Kitaotao Municipal Agriculture Officer Romeo D. Limbaga. #(EMBentulan)


Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado in a discussion with Mayor Diosdado T. Obsioma and OIC-Municipal Agriculturist Gracecil P. Lomongo of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental on May 5 for the availment of additional interventions for further development of the agricultural sector in their locality.

RED Collado, along with DA-10 Program Evaluation Officer III Lana Mae S. Racines, presented the agricultural-related programs and projects that they can possibly avail from the agency, provided that they can submit their letter of intent and will be further subjected for validation. # (AMBManto)

Honoring the food security frontliners, DA-NorMin eyes to drum up its delivery of agri-assistance, in time for the FFM celebration this month of May.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 8 – Farmers and fisherfolk continues to be recognized as heroes for fueling agri-fishery development regionwide, as the Department of Agriculture of Northern Mindanao (DA-10) announced that the agency eyes to drum up its delivery of agricultural assistance, in time for the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month (FFM) celebration with the theme, ‘May Pandemiya Man o Wala, Magsasaka’t Mangingisda Maasahan ng Bansa.’

According to DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the department with its attached agencies pursuing the ‘One DA’ approach continue to come up with different strategies, programs, projects, and interventions to primarily aid in food production, benefitting farmers and fishers.

“The focus of the present administration emphasizing on the whole-of-government approach aims to achieve the vision of a food-secure and resilient Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk,” director Collado relayed, in an interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin M. Andanar during the CORDS-X podcast.

He noted that farmer- and fisher-producers should have continuous productivity, unhampered movement of its agricultural commodities and price stability, while ensuring that every Filipino has access to available, quality, nutritious and affordable food.

Earlier this week, DA-10 held a series of groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of poultry houses in the agency’s research stations in Dangcagan town and Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; and a turnover of the P5.2-million Solar-Powered Irrigation System in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

On May 9 and 17, the department will stage its Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita at Centrio Ayala Mall and at the agency compound, respectively, to enable farmers and fishers to directly sell their products to consumers.

In the following day (May 10), DA-10 along with its counterpart in the Central Office and other regional offices across the country, will simultaneously launch the national FFM celebration, and will roll out a community pantry to extend help to nearby residents belonging to the vulnerable sector.

On May 11, rice and fertilizers distribution under the agri department’s Rice Resiliency Program will likewise be held in Bukidnon cities and towns.

Slated to equip more agripreneurs, DA-NorMin will conduct a Capability Enhancement Training for the Management of Livestock-Based Livelihood Project and Enterprise Development for Goat in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon from May 17-21; and the Young Agripreneur and Enterprise Development Training Seminar-Workshop in CdeO City on May 24.

Capping of the last week, on May 27 and 28, a market matching will be conducted to establish linkages between buyers and suppliers and to forge a marketing agreement among parties.

Further, the month of May will pave way to carry on DA-10’s distribution of assorted vegetable seeds at the agency compound, and enlisting more farmers and fishers to the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture in coordination with the different agriculture offices regionwide.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, which are exacerbated by challenges such as the African Swine Fever threat, upsurge in pork prices, dipping buying price of agri-commodities, among others, RED Collado underscored, that the region is coping even posting food sufficiency milestones for the second quarter, of this year.

Rice at 67,391.83 metric tons will last for 15 days, yellow corn (170), white corn (638), pork (852), beef (2,093), poultry (691) and eggs will be good for 3,261 days, the agri exec further concluded.

FFM is annually observed in the month of May pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 33 issued on May 21, 1989. # (JLO)

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