The Department of Agriculture Bicol through the Agribusiness and Marketing Division conducted a one day Seminar- Workshop on Product Packaging and Labelling on May 25, 2017 at the DA library. Participated by some 25 food processors/entrepreneurs mostly organic practitioners from Albay, Masbate , Sorsogon and Camarines Norte, the activity aimed to instil the importance of using appropriate packaging and labelling . Aside from this, new techniques were introduced to enhance competitiveness.
SORSOGON CITY -- Colorful buntings and festive music signal that it is no ordinary day in Sitio Purakay, Brgy. Pamurayan, Sorsogon City on May 15, 2017. Amid scorching summer heat, residents flock the shores of Sorsogon Bay and look over the horizon. After three hours of breathless waiting, everyone was filled with cheers as 20 red and blue non-motorized fiberglass boats parade the sea.
Among the crowd, two men moved closer to the seashore, clapping their hands in amazement—Roberto Salgado, president of the Samahang Mangingisda ng Tomalaytay (SMT) and Mariano Saldy Jesoro, president of the Samahang Mangingisda ng Gimaloto (SAMAGI). Salgado and Jesoro are the recipients of the fiberglass boats from the Philippine Rural Development Project’s (PRDP) microenterprise subprojects for calamity-stricken areas in Bicol.
VIRAC, CATANDUANES – To formalize the interagency convergence in support to the implementation of the Provincial Commodity Investment Plans (PCIP) aimed at making Catanduanes the country’s abaca and mangrove crab capital, an interagency convergence Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing initiated by the Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture (DA) was conducted on May 23, 2017 here.
The Local Government Unit of Ligao City in Albay won in the outstanding city/municipality category in the 2016 National Rice Achievers Search and received P1 million cash prize and trophy. Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the senate committee on agriculture led the awarding ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on May 23, 2017.
The DA gave away over P52 million in cash prizes to seven provinces, 15 municipalities and cities, four Irrigators Associations (IAs), and three Small Water Impounding System Associations (SWISAs).