DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Bicol Region
Typhoon Urduja Advisory
Nin huli sa papaabot na Bagyong Urduja na pwedeng maglandfall sa Eastern Samar sa Byernes na aga, December 15, an Departamento kan Agrikultura igdi sa Bicol, nagpapa-abiso sa satuyang mga parauma na maghanda asin magpasiguro nin huli ta magdadara ini ning mahiwas na pag-uran sa mga probinsya nin Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon asin Masbate sa rehiyong Bicol.
Ipapasubli kan DA an duwang combine harvester/thresher kan opisina rehiyonal sa San Agustin, Pili sa mga interesadong parauma para anihon mga paroy na pwede nang anihon para maisalbar sa duros o sa baha. Apuwera sa duwang unit na nasa DA regional office igwa man nin mga combine harvester sa mga Research Outreach Stations kan DA sa Asid, Masbate City; Calasgasan, Daet, Camarines Norte; Cabid-an, Sorsogon City; asin Camalig, Albay na pig-abisuhan na sublion kan DA para magamit sa pag-ani kan mga pwede nang anihon. An DA an ma-asumir ngona kan konsumo sa krudo kan mga nasambit na combine harvester asin babayadan ini kan parauma pakatapos mag-ani.
VIRAC, CATANDUANES – The first leg of the series of provincial orientation for the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) in Bicol region started here on December 4, 2017. The island province of Catanduanes is one of the most typhoon stricken provinces in the country due to its geographical location in the eastern part of Luzon facing the Pacific Ocean where the typhoons are brewed. Thus Catanduanes is called the “Land of the Howling Winds.”
Catanduanes is one of the three Bicol provinces included in the 10 SAAD priority provinces for 2018. The other two provinces are Masbate and Sorsogon.
Speaking before the Municipal Agriculturists and Local Chief Executives of SAAD sites in Catanduanes, Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan said that SAAD is one of the strategies Secretary Manny F. Piñol introduced upon his assumption of DA’s top post to alleviate poverty and achieve food security. It started in 2016 in the 10 poorest provinces of the country, looking into the weaknesses of these areas, and their potentials in food production and livelihood programs. Each year from 2017 to 2022, SAAD will focus on 10 marginal provinces. The SAAD program anchors on Social Preparation and Food Production and Livelihood as tools to reduce poverty. To achieve greatest impact, Director San Juan explained that this program will reach the poorest of the poor in far flung areas who have not received any interventions from the regular programs of the Department of Agriculture.
QUEZON CITY – Rebecca Sanchez-Purisima, a Bicolana chieftain of Agta Tabangnon tribe in Tigaon, Camarines Sur was hailed as 2017 National Outstanding Rural Woman during the awarding ceremony of the Department of Agriculture’s Gawad Parangal sa Katangi-tanging Kababaihan sa Pagsasaka at Pangingisda sa Kanayunan held at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) this city on December 7, 2017.
Purisima received a cash prize of P150,000 and plaque. The winning agricultural extension worker will also receive P25,000. She was accompanied on the stage by her husband Bayani; DA Bicol Regional Executive Director Elena B. delos Santos; Mayor Pamela Fuentebella of Tigaon, Camarines Sur; and DA Bicol GAD focal person Aloha Gigi I. Banaria.
PILI, CAMARINES SUR –Some 200 school children in three barangays of this municipality had an early Christmas treat as they were chosen to partake of nutritious porridge (champorado) made from brown rice with cocoa powder and milk and given some gift items and tokens . This food sharing or feeding activity was part of the advocacy campaign of the Department of Agriculture towards responsible consumption and use of healthy rice grains. The activity also capped the observance of the month of November as National Rice Awareness month.