Department of Agriculture RFU 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
May 7, 2012
Sec. Alcala distributed over P13.7M worth agri goods in Cam.
DAET, Camarines Norte - Agriculture secretary Proceso
J. Alcala capped his two- day visit last May 3 to May 4 in this
province by distributing farm equipment, fishing paraphernalia,
and other agricultural goods amounting to over P13.7M and interacting
with some 1,000 agriculture and fishery stakeholders. He announced
that upon the recommendation of NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel
who was with him during the visit. The province of Camarines
Norte will be getting an additional P60M over and above its budget
allocation for 2012 for various irrigation projects in the province.
Moreover, Alcala committed to give an additional P5M for the
improvement of the Alawihao Dam, one of the projects he visited
in Daet where he also released tilapia fingerlings.
He also led the inauguration of the P1.6M Tramline with landing
and shed in Barangay Matacong, San Lorenzo Ruiz. This facility
reduces transport time from 2 hours to 6 minutes and generates
savings by as much as 60 percent for hauling cost and benefits
about 120 farmers. Upon request of the barangay officials secretary
Alcala Alcala commits to provide funds for the concreting of
an access road leading to the tramline landing. H instructed
Director Jose V. Dayao and the RAEG to make the necessary workplan
and budgetary proposal.
He visited existing agricultural projects and interacted with
projects beneficiaries to ascertain they are benefitting from
the projects implemented for them and to determine what other
assistance they need to fully enjoy the benefits of the projects.
Among the projects he visited was the Basud Coconut and Pineapple
Cooperative (BACOPICO) in Barangay Laniton, Basud, Camarines
Norte which is engaged in processing of coco husk into coir and
recipient of grant assistance from the Spanish government. He
committed to provide plot maker for the cooperative.
He likewise, visited the Labo Progressive Multipurpose Cooperative
which is engaged in the processing of the locally grown "queen"
pineapple whose leaves are being processed into fibers and its
fruits into packed juices and other products. The DA has been
assisting this cooperative which has been a recipient t of a
grant assistance from the Spanish government worth P2.3M. The
project directly benefits 854 members or 170 households.
He also interacted with over 35 local media persons and held
a meeting with the mayors and other local officials in Barangay
Bagasbas of this municipality.
His visit was capped by the Stakeholders' Forum held at the Camarines
Norte Sports Complex in the Capitol Compound in Daet where he
delighted over 700 farmers, fisherfolk and other stakeholders
with his bantering and witty remarks and with the agricultural
and fishery goods he turned over to beneficiaries and raffled
off to lucky attendees. He rallied the farmers and fisherfolk
to take pride of their occupation and with full confidence proclaim
who they are.
From Camarines Norte, the secretary proceeded to Naga City where
he addressed Local chief executives from Luzon who attended the
Awareness Seminar on RA 10068 or Organic Act. He was supposed
to be joined by DILG secretary Jesse M. Robredo to sign the Joint
Memorandum Circular (JMC) but the later was not able to make
it due to an urgent meeting in Malacañang. Robredo was
represented instead by DILG Bicol regional director Blandino
Maceda who delivered his message and signed the JMC on his behalf.
Senator Francis Pangilinan, who is the chairperson of the senate
Committee on Agriculture and Food also joined secretary Alcala,
delivered his message to the participants and signed the JMC
and covenant of support.
As in his previous provincial sorties Alcala was accompanied
by NIA administrator Antonio Nangel; PCA administrator Euclides
Forbes; BSWM director Silvino Tejada; PCA board director Rafael
Sarucam; DA regional executive director, Jose V. Dayao; BFAR
regional director Dennis V. del Socorro, NIA regional director
William Ragodon; FIDA regional director Edith Lomerio; PCIC manager
Cora Realubit; PCA Regional Manager Eduardo Allorde; BAS RASO
Cesar Calleja; DA RTDs Elena B. de los Santos and Edgar R. Madrid.
(Emily B. Bordado -DA-RAFID5).
Secretary Alcala and Governor
Tallado hold the Queen Pineapple locally grown in Camarines Norte,
and one of the commodities being transported via the tramline
from the upper barangays down to Barangay Matacong landing which
reduces transport time from 2 hours to only 6 minutes. Also in
photo is former Congresswoman Liwayway Vinzons Chato. (Emily
Bordado - DA RAFID 5)
Secretary Alcala and former Congresswoman
Liwayway Vinzons Chato hold the soft brooms made of tiger grasses,
one of the products transported via the tramline from upper barangays
of San Lorenzo Ruiz down to its landing site in Barangay Matacong.
Also in photo are Governor Edgar Tallado (beside Chato) and barangay
captain Felix Quebral in black and with shirt) (Emily Bordado
- DA RAFID 5)
Secretary Alcala watches a weaver
manually weaves pineapple fiber while listening to Mario Espeso,
Manager of Labo Progressive Multipurpose Cooperative which is
engaged in the processing of locally grown "Queen"
Pineapple leaves into fibers and fruits into packed juice. The
DA has been assisting this coop which has been a recipient of
funding assistance from the Spanish government amounting to P2.3M
which was used for the construction of a building, decorticating
machine, bailing machine, delivery van, motorcycle with hauler
and a fiber mechanical dryer. The project directly benefits 854
members or 170 households. Also in photo is former Congresswoman
Liwayway Vinzons Chato, Governor Edgar Tallado and DA RTD for
Operations and Extension Elena delos Santos. (Emily Bordado
- DA RAFID 5)
Secretary Alcala led the ceremonial
planting of aromatic coconut within the Basud Coconut and Pineapple
Cooperative (BACOPICO) compound in Barangay Laniton Basud, Camarines
Norte. Looking on are (L-R) DA RTD for Research and Regulations
Edgar R. Madrid; Governor Edgardo "Egay" Tallado; Basud
Mayor Dominador Davocol, Jr.; Provincial Board Member Rodolfo
Marmol (bending); BSWM Dir. Silvino Tejada; and Vice Governor
Jonah Pimentel (in white polo). (Emily Bordado - DA RAFID
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala addresses
the members of the Basud Coconut and Pineapple Cooperative (BACOPICO)
and other agri-stakeholders in Barangay Laniton, Basud, Camarines
Norte. Said coop was assisted by the DA as one of the recipient
coop with funding support worth P3.3M from the Spanish government.
The fund was used for the processing facility for coconut husks
which include the construction of a building, workshed with drying
pavement, purchase of truck, decorticating machine and other
equipment and machineries. He commits to provide plot maker for
the coop. With the secretary on the presidential table (L-R)
PCA Board of Director Rafael Sarucam, BSWM Director Silvino Tejada,
DA Regional Exec. Director Jose V. Dayao, PCA Administrator Atty.
Euclides Forbes, Governor Egardo Tallado, Basud Mayor Dominador
Davocol, Jr., and BACOPICO Chairperson, Pedro Mancera. (Emily
Bordado - DA RAFID 5)
Secretary Alcala assisted by
Governor Edgar Tallado (to his left) and former Congresswoman
Liwayway Vinzons Chato (to his right) and DA director Jose V.
Dayao cut the ribbon to officially mark the inauguration of the
P1.6M tramline constructed by the DA and PhilMech at Barangay
Matacong, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Camarines Norte. Also in photo are
(L-R), Provincial Agriculturist Francia Pajares, PCIC Regional
Manager Cora Realubit, DA RTD for Operations and Extension Dr.
Elena delos Santos, FIDA Regional Director Dr. Edith Lomerio,
DA RTD for Research and Regulatory Dr. Edgar R Madrid; San Lorenzo
Ruiz Mayor Nelson P. delos Santos, Vice Governor Jonah Pimentel,
Board Member Ligaya Lo Pedron and Erwin Lausin. (Emily
Bordado - DA RAFID 5)