DA Bicol Regional Executive Director Elena B. delos Santos turns over the P1 million check to Ernesto Tabanang, Manager of the Masikap Multipurpose Coop based in Cobangbang, Daet, Camarines Norte. The amount was given by the DA to serve as working capital for the previously turned over Rice Processing Center 1 for their palay trading. The Masikap coop has 113 members composed of rice (90%), corn and vegetable farmers. It was organized in 1991. Also in photo are (L-R) Bryan Elgario of AMAD; Adelina A. Losa, chief of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division; Engr. Nilda T. Albano, chief of Engineering Division; Rodolfo Salamero, coop chairman and Gil Del Barrio, BOD chairman. (Photo credit: Jun Collantes, RAFIS)
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.