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posted Jul 19, 2017, 9:33 PM by Francis Ebalo

The province of Pampanga under the leadership of Hon. Governor Lilia G. Pineda aims to boost even more its agricultural output using the material interventions from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Provincial Local Government Unit. Recently, the province purchased assorted vegetable seeds under the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) headed by Ms. Marieta Ocampo, Provincial HVCDP Coordinator, which were given to various municipalities with IPS and 4Ps, while the DA provided farm machinery and equipment to accelerate rice and corn production.

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) whose is currently under the supervision of Mr. Edilberto E. Salenga, Officer-In-Charge, OPA, in coordination with the different municipalities continue to conduct Farmers Field School on Palay Check and Organic Vegetable Production to directly disseminate mature technologies to farmers. There were 4 municipalities and 4 barangays involving 108 farmers and RIC members who graduated and benefited.

Trainings and Workshop on Organic Agriculture and Rice Crop Manager continue to be one of the activities of DA, OPA and Municipal Local Government Units partnership to ascertain that basic agricultural services are delivered in manners/ methods that can maintain required agricultural production without harming the natural eco-system.

Congratulations is hereby extended to 4H Club awardees through the stewardship of Mrs. Loreta Magauay, Chief, Institutional Development Section, OPA, in the recently concluded Regional Summer Youth Camp 2017, held at Malolos, Bulacan on April 18-20, 2017, receiving the following awards:

3rd Place Quiz Bee Contest
Miss Heart Award on Popularity Contest
Certificate of Appreciation – Pampanga

Special Recognition for Mabalacat City as awardee in the Search for Outstanding Performers on Organic Agriculture in the following categories:

Outstanding City/ Municipal Local Government Unit – Mabalacat City
Outstanding Agricultural Extension Worker – Mr. Alex Layson
Outstanding City/ Municipal Focal Person – Ms. Elizabeth Reyes

Once again, the collective efforts of all stakeholders goes beyond receiving awards and recognition, but demonstrate the extraordinary willingness and dedications to do more to ensure food security.

By: Documentation and Publication Section 

Planning Division - OPA-Pampanga 

KALASAG Farmers Producers Cooperative receives GAP Certification Award

posted Apr 3, 2017, 12:31 AM by Francis Ebalo

KALASAG Farmers Producers Cooperative receives
GAP Certification Award
            San Jose City, Nueva Ecija – Through the collaborating agencies and partnership with Jollibee Group Foundation, Allied Botanical Corporation, Department of Agriculture Region III (DA-RFO III) and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), 41 members of KALASAG Farmers Producers Cooperative of San Jose City, Nueva Ecija awarded as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certified on Onion Harvest Festival last March 31, 2017.
            With that received award, APCO Nueva Ecija Evelyn Fernando of DA-RFO III encouraged the cooperative to enjoin again at Gawad Saka Awards due to their higher chance of recognition at national level.
            KALASAG FPC Chair Arnold Dizon gave his welcoming message. Dizon acknowledged the local government units (LGU) and other agencies and bureaus that gives help to get the said award.
            San Jose City Mayor Mario “Kokoy” Salvador also gave his message where he mentioned that one of his dreams for his people is to have a vegetable storage in the city.
            “Makakaasa kayo sa aking panunungkulan na kung ano ang puwedeng maging tulong ng pamahalaan, ipagbigay-alam ninyo lamang po para tayo ay magkatulungan”, he added.
            Meanwhile, City Agriculturist Wilfredo Alfonso gave an overview of the Onion Harvest Festival and GAP awarding. Also, Jollibee Group Foundation Assistant Program Manager Ruth Ramirez, Bureau of Plant Industry Assistant Executive Director Jennifer Remoquillo and Allied Botanicals President Michael Caballes encouraged the farmers’ cooperative to continue and exert more effort for their success.
            There were also a field walk at the Demo Site at Barangay Kalinawagan, San Jose City before the ceremony.
            They showcase different varieties of onion through ‘product expo’. Some of these were 10039 F1 Hybrid Red Onion, Red Colorado Onion, Rio Bravo F1 Hybrid Yellow Onion and Superstar Hybrid Yellow Granex Onion.
            Eighteen more members of the cooperative will receive the said award next batch.
            The certification aims to facilitate adoption of GAP aimed at ensuring food safety and assuring produce quality while keeping high regard for environmental protection and that of workers’ health, safety and welfare; Produce quality and safe agricultural crops for consumers; and facilitate access of Philippine agricultural crops to neighboring ASEAN markets and other foreign markets.###
(Justine Trey Cubos, Information Section-DA-RFO III)

29 farm owners graduate on Climate-Smart Farm Business School training

posted Mar 30, 2017, 2:26 AM by Francis Ebalo

29 farm owners graduate on Climate-Smart Farm Business School training
By: Justine Trey Cubos

City of San Fernando--Twenty-nine (29) farm owners and LGU representatives from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Region and Central Luzon graduated on Training on Climate-Smart Farm Business School implemented by the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Office III in partnership with Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) Foundation at Orotel, San Fernando City, Pampanga yesterday.
The graduation ceremony was attended by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food and the managing director of the Villar SIPAG Foundation Senator Cynthia Villar who also served as the Guest Speaker.
“We have to empower our farmers to continue on their family-farming and while they continue their family-farming, they are earning”, Senator Villar said during her speech on the succession of graduation ceremony.
Sen. Villar hopes that the graduates’ experiences can be used for the development of business plan to be implemented to their own farms and wants every town in the country has farm school.
“In fact, ako po, talagang ngayong congress, ay really work hard to be able to pass a bill about providing insurance to all agricultural crops and the small and micro enterprises”, Villar said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III (DARFO-III) Regional Director Roy Abaya also delivered his message where he mentioned the highlights of the DA programs with the collaboration of attached bureaus and agencies for the farmers and fisherfolks in the region.
The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Deputy Director Alfredo Aton was also one of the speakers.
The said training aims to explain the opportunities in the implementation of AEC; discuss the transformation leadership; discuss climate change and its impact to agriculture and Participatory Disaster Risk Assessment; identify the different Climate Smart practices: Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies; discuss farming as a business; conduct market survey and farm assessment; discuss the RA 10861; explain the Big Brother, Small Brother extension model; and develop a farm business plan.
The training was held on March 12-23, 2017 at Orotel Pampanga, City of San Fernando, Pampanga and Villar SIPAG Farm School, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. ###

DA CL culminates Women's Month Celebration

posted Mar 30, 2017, 2:24 AM by Francis Ebalo   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 2:27 AM ]

DA CL culminates Women's Month Celebration
By: Arminda Racasa

City of San Fernando, Pampanga—The Department of Agriculture Central Luzon staffs dances an aerobic exercise to formally close the Women's Month Celebration yesterday.
​With a theme "We Make Change Work for Women", it aims to promote the equality of women base on the implementation of R.A. 9710 of 2009 or the Magna Carta of Women of the Philippine Constitution.
​DA RFO III has been successfully undertaken the different activities scheduled within a month. This includes the Kick-off Aerobic Dance on February 27, reading inspirational quotes for women every Monday of March, gathering representatives of each agency at GSIS Manila with the theme "We make change: Women inspiring Women Series" and providing Lecture for Wellness- breast and cervical cancer.
​Meanwhile, DA-Gender and Development (GAD) Program with the help of the Philippine Commission on Women led the distribution of IEC materials to each member of the agency that contains information about the Magna Carta of Women on the beginning of the celebration of Women's Month last February 27.
​The month of March is an opportunity for women to get the community know them and let the women know their roles in the society, and reflect the rights of women guaranteed under the Law of Magna Carta.
​Some of these were protection from violence;participation and representation of equality before the law;equal access and elimination of discrimination in education; and equal rights for all matters regarding marriage and family relationships.###

DA holds 1st quarter assessment

posted Mar 30, 2017, 2:23 AM by Francis Ebalo

To report the accomplishment of the programs and projects implemented by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III (DA-RFO III) in the region, conducted its 1st quarter assessment for physical and financial accomplishment yesterday.

The said activity was attended by the heads of divisions, sections and offices and concerned employees to every achievement accomplished by the DA-RFO III.

“Compared to other regions, number one ang Central Luzon sa first quarter ng financial obligation”, said DA-RFO III Director Roy M. Abaya during his opening message. “I would go to quality rather than quantity”, he added.

The regional banner programs of the DA-RFO III such as Rice Program, Corn Program, High Value Crops Development Program, Livestock Program and Organic Agriculture Program reported by the chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Division (PMED) Edwin Paningbatan.

During the reporting, Regional Director for Research and Extensions Crispulo Bautista suggested orders and guidelines for proper encoding of data prior for banner programs.
Meanwhile, Budget Officer Elizabeth Grace Canlas reported the status of funds obligations; Accountant Norina David reported the status of cash availability; and Amelda Santos, Chief for Administration and Finance reported the status of procurement.

The National Color-Coded Agriculture and Fisheries Map which identified as one of the basic foundations of a sound agriculture and fisheries program under Duterte Administration was also introduced in the activity. The map aims to determine which crop or agricultural activity would be best in a specific area based on geographic, climatic and soil type conditions.

Other DA-RFO III programs and projects included in Marketing and Assistance Division (MAD), Research Division, Regulatory Division, Integrated Laboratory Division, Farm-to-Market Roads (FMR), PRDP-RPCO 3, and Project MANA were also reported.###

DA-RFO3, naki-isa sa 2017 National Women’s Month Celebration

posted Feb 27, 2017, 5:02 PM by Francis Ebalo   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 5:19 PM ]

VIVA FILIPINA! Naki-isa ang DA-RFO3 staffs sa pamamagitan ng Aerobic Dancing kasabay ng selebrasyon ng National Women’s Month 2017.
San Fernando, Pampanga— Umindak, kumembot at nakisaya kalakip ang pagsuporta at pakiki-isa sa pamamagitan ng Kick-off Aerobic Dancing ang mga miyembro ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka ng Regional Office 3 kasabay ng paglulunsad ng Women’s Month Celebration nitong ika-27 ng Pebrero, 2017. 

Ang nasabing aktibidad ay may temang “We Make Change, Work for Women” na nagpapalawig ng adbokasiya ng pantay na pagtingin sa kababaihan base sa implementasyon ng R.A. No. 9710 of 2009 o Magna Carta of Women ng Philippine Constitution of 1987. 

Sinabi ni Dr. Andrew Villacorta, Regional Executive Director ng DA-RFO3 sa kanyang mensahe na Empowered na ang kababaihan sa nasabing ahensiya. Ibinanggit niya rin na ang bawat opisina ng ahensiya ay hindi mawawala ang kababaihan lalo na raw kung titingnan pa sa organizational structure na mas marami ito kumpara sa kalalakihan. “Kung may women’s month, dapat mayroon din men’s month”, pabiro pa niyang sinabi. 
Ang Magna Carta on Women (R.A. 9710) ay isang komprehensibong batas ukol sa karapatang pantao ng kababaihan na naglalayong wakasin ang diskriminasyon sa pamamagitan ng pagkilala, paggalang, pagbibigay proteksyon, at pangangampanya para sa karapatan ng kababaihang Pilipina, lalo na sa “marginalized sectors”. 

KEMBOT PA! Ang mga DA-RFO3 staffs habang umiindak kasabay ang masiglang tugtugin
Ang marginalized sectors ay tumutukoy sa sektor ng lipunan partikular ang kabataan, mangingisda, moro, mga may kapansanan, senior citizens, mga maliliit na magsasaka at manggagawa sa rural, solo parent, mga mahihirap sa sektor ng urban, mga manggagawa sa formal economy, migrant workers, at maging ang mga katutubong Pilipina. 

Samantala, pinangunahan ng DA-Gender and Development (GAD) Program sa tulong ng Philippine Commission on Women ang pamimigay ng IEC materials sa bawat miyembro ng ahensiya na naglalaman ng impormasyon ukol sa Magna Carta for Women. 

Layon nito na mas maintindihan pa ng bawat miyembro ang kaukulang batas sa mga karapatang mayroon ang kababaihang Pilipina. Ilan dito ay proteksyon mula sa karahasan, partisipasyon at representasyon, pantay na pagtingin sa mata ng batas, pantay na daan at eliminasyon sa diskriminasyon sa edukasyon, scholarships, at training, non-discriminatory at non-derogatory portrayal ng kababaihan sa media at maging sa pelikula, at pantay-pantay na karapatan sa lahat ng usapin patungkol sa marriage at family relations. 

Bukod dito, mayroon din forum na gaganapin sa GSIS Manila sa ika-8 ng Marso na may temang We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Series, Lecture on Wellness (breast and cervical cancer), at Filipino Games sa pagtatapos ng selebrasyon. Inaasahan din dito na palawigin pa ang suportang iniaabot ng DA-RFO3 sa nasabing selebrasyon kasama ang iba pa nitong kawanihan, ahensiya at korporasyon. 

BEAT ENERGY GAP! Ang (Administrative) Staff habang namimigay ng almusal matapos ang aerobic dancing
Taun-taon ay idinaraos ang gawaing ito ng DA-Gender and Development (GAD) Program upang magbigay rekognisyon ng kahalagahan ng papel na ginagampanan ng kababaihan sa buong bansa kaya naman patuloy itong nag-oorganisa ng mga programang nagpapakita ng suporta sa nasabing adbokisiya. 

Ang aktibidad ay nagsimula noong ika-27 ng Pebrero at magtatapos ng ika-31 ng Marso. 

Matatandaang nagsagawa ng Fun Run ang DA-RFO3 noong nakaraang taon para sa selebrasyon ng 2016 National Women’s Month. ### 

- Justine Cubos 

Sec. Piñol, namahagi ng isang daang bangka sa Zambales

posted Oct 2, 2016, 6:06 PM by Francis Ebalo

Upang lalong mapalakas ang sektor ng pangisdaan sa lalawigan ng Zambales, namahagi ang Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources o BFAR ng isang daang 30 ft. fiber glass fishing boat sa isang pagtitipon na ginanap noong August 10, 2016 sa bayan ng Masinloc, Zambales.

Ang naturang pagtitipon ay dinaluhan ng humigit kumulang 200 mangingisda sa iba’t ibang bayan ng Zambales.

Personal na pinangunahan ni Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol ang turn-over ceremony ng mga bangka at fishing gears. Ayon sa kalihim ipinadala siya ng Pangulong Duterte upang abutin ang mga magsasaka at mangingisda, at alamin ang inahing ng mga ito.

Nais din ng kalihim na magpatayo ng Cold Storage facility at pagawaan ng yelo sa bayan ng Masinloc upang magsilbing imbakan ng mga nahuling isda bago ito dalhin sa mga trading centers sa loob at labas ng rehiyon. Nangako din siya na magsasagawa ang Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka at BFAR ng pagsasanay na kung saan tuturuan ang mga mangingisda ng naturang lalawigan na gumawa ng sarili nilang fiber glass boat.

Dagdag pa ng kalihim, balak niyang bigyan ng parangal ang mga fishing community sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa sa pamamagitan ng Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan o M-M-K awards. Ang mananalong komunidad na magpapamalas ng disiplina sa pangingisda at pag kalinga sa kapaligiran ay tatanggap ng sampung milyong piso na maaari nilang gamitin upang lalo pang mapaunlad ang kanilang pangkabuhayan.

Nagkaroon din ng open forum sa pagtitipon na kung saan personal na idinulong ng mga mangingisda ang kanilang mga inahing, magiliw naman itong sinagot at binigyan ng solusyon ng kaliihim.

#Brown4good Challenge

posted Oct 2, 2016, 6:05 PM by Francis Ebalo

Bilang suporta sa RICEponsible advocacy campaign ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka inilunsad ng ahensya ang Brown4good challenge na layuning palakasin ang kampanya sa pagkonsumo ng brown rice sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa.
Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng pagkuha ng larawan ng inilutong brown rice at pag p-post nito sa social media na may nakalagay na #(Hash tag)BROWN4good at #(ang inyong rehiyon ex. #region3) , pagkatapos ay i-tag ang inyong kaibigan at hamunin sila na gawin din ang Brown4good challenge.
Sa bawat hash tag na makukuha ng rehiyon ay magbibigay ang Kagawaran ng isang tasa o 100 grams ng brown rice sa mga kababayan nating kapos palad o sa napiling charity sa rehiyon.
Ang brown rice ay mayaman sa vitamin B1, B2, B9 at E, sagana din ito sa protein, dietary fibers, minerals at antioxidants. Pinipigilan din nito ang pagkakaroon ng type 2 diabetes, cancer at cardio-vascular diseases.
Kaya ano pa ang hinihintay ninyo, halika’t mag #BROWN4good na tayo!

Project MANA, layuning makamit ang sapat na bigas sa ating bansa

posted Oct 2, 2016, 6:03 PM by Francis Ebalo

Isa sa kasalukuyang programa ni Secretary Manny Piñol ay layuning maghanap ng potensyal na isang milyong ektarya ng palayan sa iba’t ibang bahagi ating bansa, ito ay ang Project Maunlad na Agrikultura sa Nayon o Project MANa.

Inaasahan na makatutulong ang proyektong ito upang makamit ng ating bansa ang food security at self-sufficiency na isa sa pangunahing direktiba ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kay Secretary Piñol.

Sa ilalim din ng proyektong ito ay magkakaroon ng rehabilitasyon sa mga lugar na lubhang naapektuhan ng nagdaang El Niño at pagbuo ng plano upang mapaghandahan ang epekto ng La Niña.

Magkakaroon din ng mapping analysis sa mga rice rain fed areas sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa upang malapatan ang mga ito ng tamang irigasyon.

Upang labis na maunawahan ang Project MANa, nagsagawa ang  Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka at Bureau of Soils and Water Management o B-S-W-M ng Technical Orientation at Workshop para sa naturang proyekto. Ito ay ginanap sa Widus Hotel, Clarkfield, Pampanga na nilahukan ng mga kinatawan mula sa DA Regions 1, 2, 3 at Cordillera Administrative Region o CAR.

Sa naturang pagpupulong ay iprinisinta ng B-S-W-M ang inisyal na mapping analysis ng potensyal na expansion area sa apat na rehiyon. Tinuruan din ang mga dumalo sa pag gamit ng mga kagamitan na kakailanganin upang makalap ang mga datos na gagamitin sa mapping.

1st Region 3 Kakao-Konek Congress, matagumpay na nailunsad

posted Oct 2, 2016, 6:02 PM by Francis Ebalo

Sa pagtutulungan ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka ng Gitnang Luzon (DA-RFO 3), Kapampangan Development Foundation (K-D-F), Alyansa Agrikultura at Pamahalahang Panlalawigan ng Pampanga at naidaos ang kauna-unahang Regional Kakao Konek Congress na ginanap sa Heroes Hall, Siyudad ng San Fernando, Pampanga.

Layunin ng kongreso na lalong palakasin ang industriya ng cacao sa rehiyon sa pamamagitan ng angkop na mga programa at proyekto para sa cacao growers.

Nagsilbing panauhing pandangal si Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol na malugod na tinaggap ng humigit kumulang 700 cacao growers mula sa pitong lalawigan ng Gitnang Luzon.

Ayon sa Kalihim nakikitaan niya ng malaking potensyal ang rehiyon na maging top producer ng cacao sa bansa.

Sa unang bahagi ng taong 2016, nakapamahagi ang Kagawaran ng 199,900 cacao seedlings sa iba’t ibang lalawigan ng Gitnang Luzon, maliban dito ay nabigyan din ng  100 square meters Cacao Processing Facility ang dalawang barangay sa lalawigan ng Aurora na top producer ng cacao sa rehiyon.

Sa kasalukuyan, ang Davao ang nangunguna pagdating sa produksyon ng Cacao na kung saan pinupunan nito ang walumpong porsyento (80%) ng supply ng cacao sa ating bansa.  Dahil sa kakulangan ng suppy sa merkado, naisipan ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasakana isagawa ang Cacao 2020 Challenge na kung saan layunin ng programang ito na makapag produce ng isang daang metriko toneladang (100,000 MT) cacao sa taong 2020.

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