SAN AGUSTIN, Pili, Camarines Sur---Sisters Ellen and Ena Alferez were feeling happy and excited this September 26, 2017. Both knew that their old school supplies will be replaced with new ones, plus a Jollibee meal and dairy milk for snacks.
However, they were also sad for their sister Edilyn who was absent on that day to take care of her younger siblings.
But according to the representatives of the Department of Agriculture-Bicol, absentees will still receive their new school supplies.
Thus, putting back the smiles in them.
The Alferez sisters belonged to a family of 12. Their parents have no regular jobs and could hardly make both ends meet.
Thus, the gift-giving activity of DA-Bicol in celebration of the 117th Civil Service Anniversary with the theme “Tugon sa Hamon ng Pagbabago:Malasakit ng Lingkod-Bayan” on September 26, 2017 is like an early Christmas party for them.
IROSIN, SORSOGON--- “We cannot win the war unless we address the root cause.” This is the message of Secretary Jesus G. Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) as he led the inauguration and turn over of the 1.7 kilometer PAMANA funded tramline in Cawayan this municipality. The P3.3 million tramline is the longest among the five tramlines established by the Department of Agriculture in the Bicol region.
Starting from the mountainous area of barangay Cawayan, the tramline ends at the beautiful Irosin Eco Zoo Park in barangay Patag.
Secretary Dureza emphasized the importance of peace and order in every community. “We must learn from the lessons of what is happening in other areas like in Marawi. “What’s the use of this beautiful eco park if the people are apprehensive because of the armed men? Any kind of development will be useless if there is a problem with security, Sec. Dureza pointed out.”
SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – As the dry cropping season starts, the Department of Agriculture hastened the turn over of a total worth of P33,654,432.00 of farm machineries and postharvest equipment to farmers associations regionwide.
DA Bicol Regional Executive Director said she directed the immediate mass distribution of equipment and machineries to aid farmers in their land preparation, harvesting and portharvest works. She also engaged the banner programs to conduct a monthly turn over and distribution of farm machineries to farmer recipients.
The Rice Program headed by OIC RTD Rodel Tornilla turned over 4 units rice transplanter to four farmers organizations and 43 units hand tractor to 43 farmers organizations, totaling P6,564,000.
SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – The Department of Agriculture gathered all the Small Water Irrigation Systems Association (SWISA) and Irrigators Association (IA) presidents from all over the region to update them on the new guidelines of hybridization program coming from Agriculture Secretary Manny F. Piñol.
OIC Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension Rodel Tornilla said the DA Bicol targets to plant hybrid rice in a total of 20,473 hectare area this dry season starting on September 16, 2017 to March 15, 2018. Target beneficiaries are farmers’ associations, cooperatives, irrigators’ association and SWISA with SEC or DOLE registration.
OIC RTD Tornilla said the hybridization program is different from the hybrid rice techno demo and rice model farms currently being implemented by the DA. The latter caters to clusters of 10 hectares. OIC RTD Tornilla added that the hybridization program will give chance to farmers’ organizations that did not qualify in the techno demo and model farms.