PRESS AND RADIO RELEASE
17 March 2014
PASAY CITY --Top provinces, cities and municipalities as well as irrigators associations and agricultural extension workers who contributed significantly to the rice self-sufficiency efforts of the government were honored during the Agri- Pinoy Rice Achievers Awarding ceremonies. Held on March 14 at the Resorts World in Pasay City, Manila. Agriculture secretary Proceso J . Alcala awarded over P117M in cash prizes and project grants as prizes: P4M each for the top 6 provinces; P1M for the top 48 municipalities/cities. The top 10 Irrigators Association (IAs) and the top 3 Small Water Impounding System Associations (SWISAs) also received project grant worth P1M and P500,000 each respectively. The agricultural extension workers from the outstanding provinces and those others who made it to the finals were also recognized and given cash prize of P20,000 each as incentives for their effort in helping the farmers and LGUs increase their rice yield.