PRESS RELEASE
Department of Agriculture RFU 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
May 7, 2012


Sec. Alcala distributed over P13.7M worth agri goods in Cam. Norte


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 5)

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)