DA-10 joins TESDA and DTI to boost support to mango farmers.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) under the tutelage of Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado coordinated with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the conduct of capacity building activities for mango processing on February 20, at the agency compound.

The brief meeting focused on the endorsement of DA Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel, Jr. of the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries National Sectoral Committee on Fruits and Vegetables Resolution No. 09, Series of 2023, recommending TESDA and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to prioritize the creation of capacity building program for farmers in upscaling mango processing, branding and packaging for more competitive and sustainable mango products.

Before the team from TESDA headed by Chief TESD Specialist Austolio V. Igot, the department through its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) initially committed the provision of a list and profile of mango growers’ association, and ensuing this, the conduct of consultation meetings with the different mango stakeholders.

RED Collado added that there is a need to also coordinate with the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council – 10 (RAFC-10) with the pool of knowledge of the council of the issues and concerns of mango producers in Northern Mindanao that will also contribute to determining the best interventions to upscale the operations of mango farmers, catering to small-scale and large-scale producers.

Courses of action undertaken are geared toward empowering farmers to improve the quality and competitiveness of their mango products, leading to increased incomes and improved livelihoods, as cited by PCAF.

Also present in the meeting are Agriculturist II Ronald Allan P. Camaddo, Supervising TESD Specialist Elisa May H. de Pedro and Technical Support Staff Louisse Diamond Phillip Macale.# (TJTL)

One DA NorMin commits P185-M agri-fishery projects to Camiguin province


MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN – Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado handed over a Certificate of Commitment to Camiguin Governor Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo for the implementation of P185-million (M) worth of agri-fishery projects on Tuesday, February 20, in this town.

The committed projects will be implemented this year by the One DA line agencies and bureaus, namely: the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Region 10 (BFAR-10), National Irrigation Administration – Region 10 (NIA-10) and the Philippine Coconut Authority – Region 10 (PCA-10).

According to Dir. Collado, for FY 2024, DA-10 alone has committed P175-M worth of agricultural development projects under its Rice, Corn, Livestock, High Value Crops Development and organic agriculture programs; as well as its special programs such as farm-to-market road development, Special Area for Agricultural Development and mainstreaming of climate-resilient agriculture for Camiguin province.

BFAR-10 through its fishery development and fishery extension programs has appropriated P5-M funds for its fishery projects in the province.

NIA-10 and PCA-10, on their part, committed P3-M and P2-M worth of projects, respectively, for the restoration of the communal irrigation canal and sustainable planting/replanting of local coconut cultivars in Camiguin.

During the handover ceremony, Dir. Collado and Governor Romualdo also signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the provision of office space to be utilized as DA-10’s Provincial Operations Center (POC) in the province, setting forth the formal operation of POC-Camiguin starting this month.

“With the operationalization of our POC in Camiguin, we will be able to further speed up our project implementation in the province. This will also greatly help us in expediting our field monitoring activities so that we can timely deploy necessary agricultural services and interventions to the farmers in Camiguin.” the agri chief exec remarked. # (ATT)

R-10 aggie department manifests its continued support to the municipality of Binuangan for the development of its agri sector.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado welcomed Binuangan Mayor Engr. Dann Isaiah D. Lusterio in his courtesy visit, discussed potential availment of agricultural interventions for the said town on February 21, at the agency compound.

With the local chief executive’s vision for the advancement in agri development in his locality, he and his team brought initial proposals, including the availment of fertilizers, hybrid seeds, and expansion of livestock output, amongst others.

Dir. Collado committed to having their proposals thoroughly reviewed and validated, adding that the department will be closely working hand-in-hand with the local government unit’s agricultural staff to realize said interventions.

Also present during the meeting were Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief Lana May S. Racines, Atty. Alberto R. Lagamon, Jr. and Binuangan Municipal Agriculturist Charise C. Mamaat.# (TJTL)

DA-10 turns over P299K portable feed pelletizer machine to MINFARCCO, a Magsaysay-town based cooperative.


MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) through its Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (CC-AMIA) program handed over P299K worth of portable feed pelletizer machine to a Magsaysay town-based cooperative on February 20.

Held at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex in Dalwangan here, the department turned over said unit with a 204-kilogram per hour pelleting capacity to the Mindulao Farmers Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative (MINFARCCO).

Formed in April 2021, MINFARCCO is primarily engaged in cassava and corn production, among other crops, and at the same time, is into raising ready-to-lay chicken, goats and cattle.

With CC-AMIA as the flagship program of DA for climate adaptation and mitigation, DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado remarked that the intervention will strengthen the livestock production activities of the coop, especially since such is regarded as an adaptive mechanism for farmers come unpredictable weather and more frequent typhoons.

RED Collado added that the assistance will empower the coop to produce their animal feed, allowing the farmer-members to customize the nutritional content of feed according to their animals’ needs as well as reduce production costs.

Likewise, he noted that producing balanced animal feed helps boost the productivity and survival of native livestock breeds that are well-suited to the local climate.

With the pelletizer that promotes climate-smart feed production, MINFARCCO is eyed to be more self-reliant and sustain an increase in their income through greater access to affordable and quality feed for livestock.#

PLGU Bukidnon wins as the Best AI implementor province awarded during the UNIAP forum.


MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10), through the Livestock Program, honors the top performing province and technicians of Artificial Insemination (AI) during the Unified Artificial Insemination Program (UNAIP) forum held on February 16 at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC), this city.

Emerging as the winner for Best AI implementor province among the five provinces in Northern Mindanao is Bukidnon.

Johnson C. Petalcurin, DA-10 Regional AI Coordinator explained that the winner was selected based on the number of calves dropped and animals inseminated for the population of breedable animals in a province.

Among other factors considered, he added, is the number of UNAIP-related activities conducted such as meetings, heat synchronization, paraphernalia distribution, information dissemination, and activation of AI technicians.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga commended Bukidnon and the other provinces for advocating AI in their respective areas.

She also assured the technicians that the department, through the leadership of DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, will fully support the livestock industry in the region.

Meanwhile, outstanding AI technicians were also named during the event for the Most Number of Animals Inseminated and Calf Drop categories.

Nix D. Melendez, AI technician of Quezon, Bukidnon, who recently retired from government service, bagged the first place for both categories with a record of 591 animals inseminated and 86 calves dropped.

Coming in second place for the calf drop category is Francis Ray B. Ditona of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon with 67 calves.

Alejandro C. Bag-ao of Libona, Bukidnon also won the third place for both categories with 219 animals inseminated and 66 calves dropped.

AI technician of the Provincial Veterinary Office of Camiguin, Cristopher Jiss C. Tabor, who inseminated 218 animals and won the second place for the said category, citing that AI is important for the province amid challenges on the limited number of bulls and the declining number of livestock head.

“With AI, we can increase the number [of heads], and help our farmers earn more. I’ve been told by some of my clients that they were able to send their kids to school because of their income by selling their cattle and that was possible because of AI. Indeed, AI is a great program that needs to be supported because of its impact, not just to the technicians, but to the farmers who need it as well,” Tabor added.

After the awarding, the Livestock program also distributed various AI paraphernalia worth P277,872 to AI technicians and AI coordinators, which included 108 bottles of lubricant, 101 packs of straw sheath, 4 boxes of arm length gloves, and 159 packs of drugs and biologics.

The UNAIP forum was participated by AI technicians from the different municipalities in the region and provincial AI coordinators of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental.

Gracing the activity are DA-10 Field Operations Division Chief Luz I. Guzman, PhD, chiefs and representatives of the DA-10 Provincial Operations Centers and DA-10 research stations, and DA-10 Livestock Program staff headed by their focal person, Jamaica L. Docdoc # (CRS)

DA-10’s 2025 proposed budget gets approval from RDC-X economic development committee.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao’s (DA-NorMin) P20.32 billion proposed budget for the year 2025 was approved for endorsement Tuesday, February 20 by the Economic Development Committee of the Regional Development Council – Region 10.

As presented by DA-NorMin Regional Executive Director, Carlene C. Collado, 24% of the said budget is proposed under Tier 1 of the 2025 General Appropriations Act (GAA), while the remaining 76% will be lodged under Tier 2.

As part of its priority programs for 2025, DA-NorMin seeks to fund catalytic projects such as farm-to-market road development; agricultural machinery, equipment, and facilities support services; irrigation network services; production support services; Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD); metropolitan and agri-based products cluster approach; corn processing center expansion; and biosecurity and climate-resilient production facility.

According to Dir. Collado, the proposed budget is a product of consultative planning, encompassing the needs and priorities of the agricultural stakeholders in the region.

“We craft the budget using a bottom-up approach. The projects we propose are mainly based on the endorsement of the LGUs and the validated intents we received from farmers’ cooperatives and associations in the region,” Collado said.

Statutory appropriation for gender and development, PWDs, elderly and the youth, capacity development programs and capacity building for devolved functions and services (Mandanas-Garcia ruling implementation) are also among the programs proposed for funding by the agency in 2025.

Under the proposed budget, DA-NorMin also seeks to complete the construction of its regional office, upgrade its research facilities, and establish a new Integrated Laboratory complex in the region.

This year, DA-NorMin secured a 19% GAA-approved budget from the RDC-X endorsed budget proposal.# (ATT)

DA-10 and Philippine Army support IPs in Misamis Oriental by the provision of carabaos for sustainable livelihood.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Five Indigenous Peoples Organization in Misamis Oriental received carabaos from the Department of Agriculture-Northern Mindanao through the efforts of the 58th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army on Thursday, February 8 in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

A total of 10 head of carabao worth P373,290 with farm tools, vaccines and vitamins were provided to the Anlag Ani Tapukanan Consumers Cooperative (Claveria), Dansuli, Kibanban (Sitio Lantad, Balingasag), and Camuayan Farmers (Balingasag) and Minabtan Sumonda Higaonon Tribal Organization (Eureka, Gingoog City).

The groups were also oriented on how to conserve, propagate, and promote the carabaos as a source of milk.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said the department’s endeavor through its Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4K) program aims to provide a sustainable livelihood for the members of the IP community in a bid to improve their living conditions and fight poverty among their communities.

The 4Ks is a special project in advocating an enhanced provision of agricultural and fisheries-related livelihood aside from investments and services to the Indigenous Cultural Communities.

Gilbert Apa-ap, 4Ks focal person of DA-10 shared that the program aims to help IPs maximize the use of the ancestral agricultural lands and turn it into productive, profitable, self-sustained and developed resilient agricultural enterprises.

DA’s partnership with the Philippine Army through LTC Christian C Cuy INF PA, Commanding Officer of the 58th IB supports providing dependable livelihood to fight against insurgency with the implementation of EO No. 70 or to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).#(ATC/Photos 58th IB & DA 4Ks)

BAFE and DA-10 convene to ensure implementation of after-sales service compliance monitoring in Region 10.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To assure the implementation of the Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Law (AFMech), the DA-Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) strengthens its coordination with the Department of Agriculture-RFO 10.

Engr. Mark Twain A. Limbo of the DA-BAFE discussed with DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado on the After-Sales Service Compliance Monitoring (ASSCM) in the region during his courtesy visit today, February 15 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Through DA-10 RAED’s Standards, Regulations and Enforcement Section, an interview were conducted in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City with agricultural and fisheries machinery manufacturers, fabricators, assemblers, distributors, dealers, importers, exporters (MFADDIEs) and project beneficiaries as respondents for the regulatory compliance monitoring.

The monitoring complies with the implementation of Section 17 of the Republic Act No. 10601, otherwise known as the AFMech Law, which stipulates that all agricultural and fisheries machinery assemblers, importers, suppliers, distributors and dealers are required to provide after-sales service and warranty to their respective clients which shall be monitored by the agriculture office of the Local Government Units (LGUs) and the BAFE.

The activity aims to assure consumers, industries and other stakeholders that the MFADDIEs provide the appropriate aftersales service under the law and standard.

Present at the discussion are RAED chief, Engr. Deliza Camaro, chief SRES Engr. Alden Tapio, and Engr. Ronald Orbeta.# (ATC)

Maramag, Bukidnon-based cooperative receives plant nursery project from DA-10.


MARAMAG, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) together with the Philippine Coconut Authority – 10 (PCA-10) turned over a plant nursery to the Narukdukan Kisanday Banana Cassava Corn Farmers Association (NAKBACCOFA) on February 20, in Barangay Kisanday, in this town.

According to DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the turned-over establishment amounts to a total of P465,001.15, and is eyed to benefit almost 100 farmer-members of said cooperative, consonant with the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Program (CFIDP).

Leading the nursery turnover, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga urged the member-beneficiaries to take on a unified approach to utilize and maintain said establishment, so that it may continuously serve the needs of the community.

Further, she mentioned that the nursery manifests the agency’s commitment and call to farmers to boost income-earning opportunities, foster agricultural development, and promote modernized agriculture under the Department’s ‘One DA’ advocacy.

On behalf of PCA-10 Regional Manager Manuel G. Octobre, PCA Bukidnon division chief Ma. Cherilyn A. Pace congratulated the recipients and encouraged them to comply with the documentary requirements to register as a cooperative, which will allow them to avail of additional funding and support from the DA and PCA for infrastructure and processing needs.

For her part, NAKBACCCOFA president Lilibeth P. Galendez expressed her gratitude for the assistance granted to their organization, citing its significance in increasing their current production and their capacity to follow through with plans to intercrop cacao and Liberica coffee variety under coconut.

Joining the ribbon cutting ceremony were DA Provincial Operations Center – Bukidnon chief Janet D. Lopez, DVM, and High Value Crops Development Program focal person Kersten S. Pagalan.

The event was also supported by the Office of the Municipal Vice-Mayor represented by Administrative Assistant VI Roger Olagir, Municipal Agriculturist Armand S. dela Cruz, Punong Barangay Luciano R. Omas-as, and association members.# (GDA)

Agri-10 through its HVCDP aids Kauswagan town school’s Gulayan program.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Consistent with its goal of attaining food self-reliance and self-sufficiency, the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) through the leadership of Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, intensifies its support to promote self-help food production activities and values among schools in the region.

On February 20, at the agency compound, in this city, DA-10 Supervising Agriculturist Chona H. Nacalaban together with Sr. Agriculturist Richan D. Lacanaria, handed over agricultural inputs to Cheryl Chona N. Baguhin, Teacher III of Tacub Elementary School (ES) of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte (LDN).

Said provision consists of 4 pieces of light hoe, 25 pieces of plastic seedling tray, 4 pieces of shovel, 4 pieces of sprinkler, 4 pieces of weeding bolo, and 3 packets of 5-in-1 Pinakbet vegetable seeds, which will be utilized for the enhancement of the school’s garden in support of the Gulayan sa Paaralan program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

In her message, Baguhin expressed her gratitude to DA-10 and to the Municipal Agriculture Office of Kauswagan, LDN, which supported the school’s availing of these agricultural inputs.

“I would like to thank DA-10 for granting us these seeds and garden materials. This provision will benefit our young learners and instill in them the value and importance of agriculture and the role it plays in sustaining our communities,” she said.

Tacub ES has been a three-peat winner in the Kauswagan town’s Agri-Aqua Livestock Trade Fair for the school gardening category. # (RDME)

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