CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY.....Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol conferred the National Organic Agriculture Achievers Awards to outstanding individuals, farmer groups, organic agriculture city/mun, provincial focal persons and city/mun and provincial LGUs implementing organic agriculture. The awarding was held at Limketkai Center here on Oct 24, 2017 during the opening ceremonies of the 3-day 14th National Organic Agriculture Congress.
Bicol region bagged three of the major awards.
Elmer Salazar, president of TAPFPAT in Tigaon, Camarines Sur won as national outstanding Small Farmer Individual. He received P200,000 cash award.
NAGA CITY - Over 200 stakeholders and officials from the different national government agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster or those involved in land, shelter and food (lupa, bahay at pagkain) took part in a forum dubbed as “Kilos Sambayanan” assembly held at the Tent of Avenue Plaza in this city on October 20.
Initiated and launched in July by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in partnership with various government agencies this program calls for a unified or convergent effort and commitment of various sectors to lift the poor from poverty. Liza Maza, NAPC secretary said Kilos Sambayanan aims to bring the government closer to the poor and marginalized sectors to create a strong mass movement politically and economically to ensure that the government meets their needs through active participation in governance and national development.
SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – Despite the heavy downpour brought by typhoon Paolo on October 19, DA Bicol regional executive director Elena B. delos Santos distributed a total of P47,438, 518 worth of agri-machineries to farmers, farmers’ organizations and local government units from the six provinces of the Bicol region. The mass distribution of farm machineries and postharvest equipment was held at the DA Bicol grounds.
Director delos Santos who has just arrived that day from a meeting with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol in Manila, said that the major marching order of Secretary Piñol and the Duterte administration is to focus on food security. “Makakamtan po natin ang kasapatan sa pagkain sa tulong ninyong mga magsasaka na hindi tumitigil sa pagbubungkal ng lupa. Sa pamamagitan po ng mga makinarya at kagamitan na ipamimigay ng DA sainyo, ay magiging magaan at maginhawa ang pagtatatrabaho nyo sa bukid at mapapataas pa ang inyong ani,” said Director delos Santos as she addressed the more than 100 farmer leaders, members of rural based organizations and extension workers present during the mass distribution.
NAGA CITY - Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo- Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Administration, Agribusiness and Marketing and Chairperson of the DA-GAD Focal System conferred the most prestigious GAWAD SAKA awards to five outstanding individuals and five outstanding groups. The awarding ceremonies of the 2017 Regional Gawad Saka regional winners, together with the Corn Quality and Rural Women Achievers was held on October 17 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel.