PRESS RELEASE
Department of Agriculture RFU 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
April 11, 2012


DA allocates P52M worth of projects in Catanduanes


VIRAC CATANDUANES - This island province of Bicol which is often visited by typhoons but seldom visited by top national government officials was visited last April 9-10 by agriculture secretary Proceso J. Alcala who turned over P 12M worth of agriculture and fishery project, farm equipment, fishing paraphernalia, livelihood checks other and agricultural goods. Likewise, he committed the immediate release of additional funds totaling over P40 M for various projects as requested by the various stakeholders whom the secretary interacted with during his visit.

In the town of Bato the secretary acceded to the request of the Irrigators Association for an additional P30M for the completion of the Baniaga Communal Irrigation Development Project which could irrigate 91 hectares ricelands that could potentially produce 720 cavans per cropping and will benefit 185 farmers. NIA Administrator, Antonio Nangel said half of the budget will be released this year and the 2nd half next year.

In barangay Sipi of the same municipality where he visited the Tramline project currently being used for transporting abaca hemps and fibers and other agricultural products he committed to provide additional funds for the extension of the tramline , replacement of the carrier /container fit for transporting humans from the mountain barangays in case of emergency and the construction of a drying shed. According to Philmech director, Ricardo L. Cachuela about P3M will be the cost of this proposed project. The secretary also considered the request of the barangay council for an access road to the site of the tramline project and instructed DA bicol regional executive director Jose Dayao to make the proposal and estimate for an FMR in the area.

In barangay Batalay the secretary led the ceremonial planting of mangrove propagules He committed to allocate funds for a community-based hatchery and aqua-silvi project. He likewise, urged Bato mayor Eulogio Rodriguez to develop the area as a tourism site as offered technical assistance and training to the LGU in this endeavor.

Alcala also offered the provincial government through Governor Joseph C. Cua to avail of the rice grain processing center equipped with multi-pass rice mill, dryer and a truck which the DA is currently promoting to increase milling recovery. The province' counterpart would be a one hectare lot for this project. This project is estimated to cost P15M.

All the eleven (11) mayors of the province attended the meeting with the secretary and as a token of appreciation for their presence each municipality was given 1 unit shallow tube well. Lucky attendees to the stakeholders forum brought home agricultural equipment and other goods which were raffled off. These include 9 gill nets, 3 fish cage nets,10 multiple handlines ,2 motorized bancas , 2 units engine, 100 bags certified seeds; 3 palay threshers with engine; 5 carabaos with plow and harrow, and 3 hand tractors with trailers.

The secretary was joined in his sortie in Catanduanes by Governor Cua, lone district representative Cesar V. Sarmiento, Vice governor Bong Teves, Ako Bicol Partylist representatives Alfredo A. Garbin Jr. and Christopher S. Co, NIA administrator Antonio Nangel, BSWM director, Silvino Q. Tejada, PhilMech director Ricardo L. Cachuela, FIDA administrator Cecilia Gloria Soriano. The DA regional officials and heads of attaché agencies also came in full force led by DA regional director Jose V. Dayao, BFAR director, Dennis del Socorro, the 2 RTDs of DA - Dr. Ellen B. de los Santos and Dr. Edgar R Madrid , William Ragodon of NIA., Dr. Edith Lomerio of FIDA,. Eduardo Allorde of PCA, Cora Realubit of PCIC, Cesar Calleja of BAS, and Efren Sabularse of ATI.

Meanwhile, in Masbate where secretary Alcala dropped by to lead the opening ceremonies of the Rodeo Festival, he also visited the Potot SWIP project in Milagros town which was given a budget allocation of P6M this year by NIA for the CHB lining of main canal and repair of its existing office. He also offered the provincial government a rice grain processing facility provided the LGU could provide a one (1) hectare lot. (Emily B. Bordado- RAFID 5)

Secretary Alcala congratulates one of the recipients of hand tractor which was awarded during the Stakeholders' Forum held on February 10 at Virac Sports Center. Also in photo (L-R) are: Vice-Governor Bong Teves; Governor Joseph C. Cua; Ako Bicol Party List representative Christopher Co; Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento; Ako Bicol Party List representative Alfredo A. Garbin, Jr., DA regional executive director Jose V. Dayao; Bato Mayor Eulogio Rodriguez and DA Regional Technical director Edgar R. Madrid. (DA-RAFID5)

Agriculture secretary Proceso J. Alcala delighted some 500 agri stakeholders with his witty bantering and with the various agricultural farm machineries, fishing paraphernalia, livelihood checks and other agricultural goods he turned over to beneficiaries worth over P12M during the Stakeholders Forum held on February 10 at Virac Sports Center in Catanduanes. (DA-RAFID 5)

Agriculture secretary Proceso J. Alcala led the planting of macapuno coco seedlings at the provincial office ground in Virac, Catanduanes. With him are: (L-R) PCA, Regional manager Eduardo Allorde, Governor Joseph C. Cua; and RTD Edgar Madrid. (DA-RAFID 5)

Secretary Alcala addresses the fisherfolk after inspecting the Mangrove Reforestation Project in Batalay, Bato, Catanduanes. (DA-RAFID 5)

Secretary Alcala was toured around the 35-hectare mangrove plantation in Brgy. Batalay, Bato, Catanduanes which has recently been reforested. He committed to provide funding assistance for the establishment of a community-based hatchery and aqua-silvi culture. With Alcala aboard the banca are: Governor Joseph C. Cua (in stripes), lone district representative Cesar V. Sarmiento and Bato Mayor Eulogio Rodriguez. (DA-RAFID 5)

Secretary Proceso J. Alcala led the ceremonial planting of mangrove propagules at the Mangrove Reforestation Project in Batalay, Bato, Catanduanes where he offered to provide funds for a community-based hatchery and aqua-silvi project. Behind him is Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento, Bato Mayor Eulogio Rodriguez and BFAR director Dennis del Socorro. (DA-RAFID 5)

MILAGROS, MASBATE. During his visit to Potot Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) managed by Paranara Irrigators Association, Paraiso, Milagros, Masbate, he instructed NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel to conduct a technical study in order to increase the water capacity of the dam to be able to irrigate additional area of around 350 hectares. He also committed to support the Irrigators Association in putting a modern rice milling complex in Masbate. (DA-RAFID 5)

MASBATE CITY. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (top photo) who was guest of honor during the annual celebration of the Rodeo Masbateño 2012 held at Rodeo Arena, Masbate City last April 9, 2012 exhorted the livestock raisers, local government units and stakeholders to join forces in the implementation of the various agricultural programs of the Department of Agriculture in Masbate. In support to the cattle industry in the province, the Secretary has awarded 6 head heifers to Governor Rizalina Lanete intended for the Rodeo Masbateño Inc. Lower photo shows Secretary Alcala doing ceremonial branding of cattle. With him are Senator Antonio Trillanes, Masbate Governor Rizalina S. Lanete, Gov. Gwen Garcia of Cebu, Vice-Gov. Vincent Homer B. Revil. (DA-RAFID 5)