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Western Visayas rural women empowered

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DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter commends the efforts of the rural women in sustaining agricultural development and ensuring food nutrition and security.

Considered as the backbone of sustainable livelihood, rural women contribute in the attainment of food security and the country’s sustainable development goals. The Department of Agriculture (DA) recognizes their efforts in the quest to end poverty and hunger and promote food nutrition.

Around 260 women farmers from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Iloilo gathered for the Regional Rural Women’s Month Celebration organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 6 on October 24-25 at Punta Villa Resort, Arevalo, Iloilo City.

Themed “Babaye, Katuwang sa Pagbag-o Para sa Kauswagan”, the activity was aimed at enabling women’s ingenuity and resourcefulness towards the improvement of rural life.

“We celebrate the International Rural Women’s Day every October 15 to recognize the efforts of the women especially in the agricultural and rural development and in ensuring food security in the community,” said DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter.

DA and other government agencies allocates five percent of its total budget for the Gender and Development (GAD) Program. “Through the GAD Focal Point System in DA and its attached bureaus and agencies, we are committed to provide the five percent fund for the operations and implementation of projects for women,” added Recoter.

She also mentioned that the DA coordinates and partners with the different Rural Based Organization especially the Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs) in implementing projects and services for women empowerment.

“The DA promotes equal development opportunities for both men and women as an imperative and practical necessity for the viability and sustainability of rural development,” cited Lorna Villegas, DA Central Office Gender and Development Head Secretariat.

DA Region 12 Regional Technical Director for Field Operations Fe Ybañez encouraged rural women to look into farming as a business. She also added that rural women are now given equal access to education, credit, training and other government intervention, thus making their roles very critical in advancing the agricultural economy.

On the otherhand, Melodie Buendia, program coordinator of Philippines Good Return, enumerates the necessities of financial management to improve the economic status of rural women. Salient features of the Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women and RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004 were discussed by Atty. Ma. Nazelle Infante of the Iloilo City’s Prosecutors Office.

Dir. Recoter also awarded the regional winner for the Search for Outstanding Rural Women. Lea Deala, an integrated farmer from Brgy. Tinocuan, Dingle received a plaque, P30,000 cash prize and P50,000 worth of project grant from the DA.

The (RICs) of the five provinces displayed various agricultural products and handicrafts in the two-day Agri Trade Fair and Exhibit. RIC members in Guimaras generated the highest sales inventory, thus awarded with P10,000 cash and a set of microwave oven with cooking utensils.

The rural women also had the chance to show off their talents in a group cultural presentation. And it was the competing group from the Province of Aklan who emerged as champion in the contest and received P10,000 cash and a set of pasta maker with double burner and cooking utensils.# (Sheila Toreno/DA6Information)

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DA pushes for development of cattle industry in Western Visayas

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Jaime San Buenaventura, Science Research Specialist of BAI discussed the importance of the establishment forage and pasture during the two-day training on Cattle Fattening at Regatta Hotel, Iloilo City.

Developing the region’s cattle industry is one of the priorities of the Department of Agriculture (DA), thus, the Livestock and Poultry Development Sector spearheaded the conduct of two-day training on cattle fattening. This training was aimed at imparting knowledge among the agricultural extension workers, cattle raisers and stakeholders about the latest technologies and techniques on cattle raising.

Western Visayas contributes about 9.77 percent of the country’s total cattle industry.  The region has produced 245,160 heads of cattle and it ranks fourth as top producing regions in backyard cattle farming as of the first semester of the year.

While hog raising predominates the livestock raising activities in Region 6, the promising growth of cattle industry and the increasing demand of beef also offers income opportunity to our farmers.

DA Regional Technical Director Peter S. Sobrevega said most of the farmer-raisers are used to conventional way of raising and feeding their animals through cut and carry or just feed them with any available grasses along the roads.

“Many farmers had lost interest in cattle raising therefore, we should maximize the potential of the cattle industry by keeping our farmers well informed of the new technologies and encourage them to establish forage and pasture to feed their animals for its sustainability,” added Sobrevega.

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 DA Regional Technical Director Peter S. Sobrevega urged the participants to adopt the latest technologies in cattle raising and encouraged the establishment of forage and pasture to boost the cattle industry in the region.

 During the training, Jaime San Buenaventura, Science Research Specialist II of Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) discussed the forage and pasture establishment and feeds and feeding. He explained that ruminants like cattle require food nutrients to maintain their growth and production.

On the other hand, Larry Lariosa, Agriculturist II of BAI, talked about the general guidelines in selection of stocks, proper care and management practices, and disease control and management.

The DA Regional Field Office 6 provides quality breed of semen through artificial insemination for genetic improvement and upgrading of stocks and distribution of planting materials of grasses and legumes among cattle raisers in Region 6.

Around 50 livestock technicians, interested cattle raisers and large ruminant coordinators from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental participated in the training held on August 24 to 25 at Regatta Hotel, Iloilo City. # (MSSubang)

Recoter talks on Project ‘MANa’ among Guimaras agri leaders

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Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter detailed the Project “Maunlad na Agrikultura sa Nayon” (MANa) among municipal agriculturists and rice program coordinators of the province of Guimaras during a recently held Municipal Agriculture Officers (MAOs) meeting.

Project MANA, according to Director Recoter, aims to rehabilitate El Niño damaged areas and to prepare mitigation plans for La Niña comes the last quarter of the year. “Another component of this Project is the expansion of one million hectares of rice areas in the country,” she added.

As a special project of DA, MANa would espouse an enhanced provision of agricultural investments and services that would empower greater number of farmers and fisherfolk. It also encompasses the overall priority thrust of the Department towards attainment of food security and self-sufficiency.

Based on a report, 85 percent of Guimaras’ 11,000 hectares rice areas are rainfed.

“We are hoping that the municipal agriculturists together with the Provincial Office for Agricultural Services will be able to identify 100 hectares or more rainfed areas so that the DA could provide assistance through the small scale irrigation projects,” Director Recoter explained.DSC_1041.jpg

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has new policy directives that will complement the purpose of Project MANA. It includes the establishment of a color-coded map that is being worked out by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management and the Regional Soils Laboratory. This is to help the agency in determining suitable and vulnerable areas for crop production. On other hand, Sec. Piñol also pushes for the national food consumption quantification survey, redirects agency’s focus in facilitating farmers’ food production, and strengthens technology adoption among farmers.

“We gear towards food affordability and availability. To materialize that, the farmers should use modern farm technologies that will eventually reduce the production costs, thereby increasing their profitability,” Director Recoter pointed out.

She also added that the agriculture chief allots P1 million fund per region to be loaned to farmers through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council. This will help the DA in the expansion of one million hectare rice areas and in the attainment of food self-sufficiency by 2019. # (SMHToreno)

Recoter bares agri directives to municipal agriculturists in Western Visayas

 Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter talked on the policy directives for the agriculture sector during the monthly regular meetings of the Municipal Agriculturist (MAs) of the six provinces in the region.

 

 Director Recoter who has assumed office as DA 6 Head last July 18 started her meetings with the MAs last August 9 by attending Iloilo MAs monthly meeting at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol, then on August 10 with Antique MAs at Tobias Fornier Municipal Hall and on August 11 with Guimaras MAs at Guimaras Provincial Capitol and on August 12 with Capiz MAs.

 

The policy directives aimed to lay down the foundation of the new administration’s program towards rice self-sufficiency by the end of the term of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

 

She said that the Maunlad na Agrikultura sa Nayon (MANa) project is a six month initiative of the department to use science-based tools to facilitate gathering of accurate information by direct observation in the farms. “These accurate data will ultimately serve as a foundation for reliable programs and intervention for the agriculture sector,” Director Recoter added.

Through project MANa, the DA will enhance production of hybrid rice to all irrigated rice farmers by giving all seeds, fertilizers and insurance coverage to ensure 10 to 14% increase in production and income in a cycle of five cropping seasons which will start next year.

 

The department will also fast tract the rehabilitation of El Niño affected areas by providing rice and corn seeds intervention and prepare for the forecasted La Niña occurrence later this year.

 Recoter said that there will be expansion of one million hectares nationwide for irrigated areas which will come from existing rain fed areas and other unutilized lands through the provision of small scale irrigation projects (SSIPs) in coordination with the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).

She said that encouraged all MAs to help identify potential irrigable areas in their respective towns and extend logistics to DA-BSWM validating teams when they arrived for validation.

 

 BSWM was also mandated to produce color-coded agriculture guide map which will determine a particular commodity or agricultural activity best suited in an area based on geography, climate and soil conditions.

           

The National Food Consumption Quantification survey will be conducted to determine what food and the volume of food commodities a certain area consume to better determine the regions food requirement.

           

Director Recoter also shared that there will be intensified agri. technology dissemination, continuance of financing programs like Sikat Saka, ACPC programs, Agriculture and Fisheries Financing Programs (AFFP) and agrarian reform financing.

Postharvest provision to ensure decrease in production losses, marketing activities, collaboration for the protection of watershed areas and enforcement of agri-fishery laws will be undertaken.

 

She stressed that DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has suspended land conversions and move for the introduction of basic agriculture in Elementary Curriculum.

Recoter who successfully led DA Region 11/Davao Region for three and a half years vows to elevate Western Visayas especially Iloilo to become once again the rice granary of the country with the completion of the Jalaur River Dam.#(JEEOgatis)

Upland villagers in Alimodian get KOICA small scale projects

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The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 6 turned over on July 20 the small scale projects to the upland residents of Alimodian, Iloilo.

One hundred twenty-three households from the barangays of Dao, Umingan, Manasa, Lico and Cabacanan Rizal benefitted in the phase one implementation of the Panay Island Upland- Sustainable Rural Development Project (PIU-SRDP).

PIU-SRDP aims to improve living and community environment, and to increase household incomes, sustainability, strengthen value chain marketing, and promote ecological awareness of the upland farmers through sustainable rural development.

The initial phase, which was launched last December 23, had focused on the improvement of household conditions including the construction of toilets, concreting of floors, and repair of kitchen and walls, and development of barangay facilities like the construction of barangay and multi-purpose halls, and road riprapping with drainage.

According to DA 6 Regional Technical Director for Operations Manuel O. Olanday, this Korean government-assisted project emphasizes values reorientation and community empowerment adhering to Saemaul Undong’s values of diligence, self-help and cooperation.

Olanday thanked the KOICA group and the residents who worked together for a year to materialize the phase one implementation. He encouraged everyone to be ready for the next phase which will highlight community participation through the provision of income generating projects.

Jina Park, KOICA field manager assigned in barangays of Manasa and Umingan, shared that the second phase, which aims for income generation in selected barangays, will commence on September. She personally thanked the upland villagers for their hardwork and cooperation to complete the projects by themselves through the practice of Bayanihan system.

On the otherhand, municipal mayor Geefre A. Alonsabe said that the Korean government’s intervention will help in making Alimodian as an agri-tourism site soon. Alonsabe also expressed gratitude to KOICA, DA, and the Provincial Government of Iloilo for the successful implementation of small-scale projects in the ‘Seven Cities’.

Three phases of the project—the improvement of living environment, income generation, and promotion of self-confidence among the target beneficiaries are set to be completed by 2020. Other PIU-SRDP pilot sites are in Tapaz and Jamindan in Capiz; Patnongon in Antique; and Libacao, Aklan.#(SMHToreno)

Recoter is new DA 6 regional director

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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has recently appointed Engr. Remelyn R. Recoter as the new Regional Executive Director (RED) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas effective July 1.
Recoter had worked for the DA-Agricultural Training Institute 6 for 18 years then she became the Regional Technical Director for Operations since 2007 until 2012. In 2013, Recoter was designated to lead the DA in Davao Region after the onslaught of typhoon Pablo.
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Outgoing Regional Executive Director Larry P. Nacionales
During a simple rite held at DA 6 Admin Compound on July 18, outgoing RED Larry P. Nacionales turned over the responsibility to RED Recoter.
Nacionales assured all members of the organization that the new director is a ‘good shepherd’ who knows how to deal people and a new environment. He lauded Recoter for proving her capability when she successfully managed an agency during her stint as the DA Davao Region head for the past three and a half years.
“It’s high time to work as a team, let’s focus and produce more results, be positive and avoid human element,” Nacionales urged.
On the other hand, Recoter assured Nacionales that she will continue the good things implemented by the office.
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New DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter
“To where I am now, I owe it a lot to Director Larry for shaping me as a leader.I would like to thank the person for giving me the opportunity to soar high,” Recoter said.
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She further explained, “Kung may pagkukulang, pupunuannatin. This will not be ‘business as usual’.With the new administration we have to work fast, we have to act fast.
The marching order of President Duterte is to produce more affordable and available food, and to stop corruptions in the department. We will have a participatory approach in all our decision-makings toward the attainment of our goals.”
Recoter advised DA 6 employees to follow Sec. Piñol’s facebook page to keep updated with the new policy directions on agriculture and fisheries. #( SMHToreno)

DA 6 links Caluya farmers, fisherfolk to insurance program, agri services

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Sonie Guanco of DA-Regulatory Division explains the importance of Good Agricultural Practices among farmer-participants during the information caravan held on June 8 in Caluya, Antique.

Aiming to keep the farmers and fisherfolk aware of government support to the sector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office (RFO) 6 conducted an Agricultural Information Caravan and Technology Forum in the island-municipality of Caluya which is located in the northernmost tip of Antique, June 8.

 
“This is the first time that we conduct an agricultural information caravan in Caluya. DA seeks to help farmers and fisherfolk in increasing their production and income,” Agricultural Program Coordinating Officer for Antique Dominador Marquez also noted that the department is preparing farmers and fisherfolk become competitive for the free trade liberalization.

James Earl E. Ogatis, public relations officer of DA RFO 6, said that the department has been conducting agricultural information caravan since the early 1990s and it aims to bring information on agri technologies closer to the stakeholders to improve farm production, marketing, utilization of postharvest facilities and mechanization. He also cited that agri projects and services are given to registered and active farmers and fisherfolk associations.
 
Around 150 farmers and fisherfolk from the 18 barangays of Caluya were briefed about the various agri-fishery projects of DA and its attached agencies that they can access through the support of their local government unit.
 
Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) Regional Manager CharlitoBrilleta said that farmers of Caluya can avail of different insurance services covering palay, corn, high value commercial crops, livestock and farm implements, and accident insurance under the Agricultural Producer Protection Plan.
 
Since 2013, the DA gives free insurance to farmers and fisherfolk listed in the Registry System of Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA). With no premium to pay, every RSBA-listed farmer can get an insurance covering a maximum three hectares (ha) area of palay, corn or high value crops. Meanwhile, each livestock raiser can also insure up to three heads of swine, carabao, cattle or goat and can obtain an indemnity claim of P15,000 to P20,000 for every mortality. Also, fisherfolk can receive P6,000 payments for their damaged pump boat without engine and P50,000 for pumpboats with marine engine.

Given that the island is the second largest seaweed producing town in the country, Municipal mayor Genevive L. Reyes said that fisherfolk must be given assistance to keep their production sustainable and producers protected in times of natural disasters. The island has produced1,889.12 metric tons (MT) in 2014 and 2,583 MT in 2015. “We have also tallied 576 MT seaweeds production in the first quarter of this year,” she added.
 
She also promised to subsidize the premium fees for PCIC’s insurance program of farmers and fisherfolk who are not included in the RSBSA.
 
Brilleta responded that PCIC will craft a proposal for the insurance program of seaweeds planters in Caluya. To protect the seaweed producers during typhoons, each planter can insure up to 500 square meters seaweed farm.

“PCIC, as a government controlled corporation under DA, is tasked to give protection to farmers and fisherfolk in times of natural disasters. As of now, we have already given P70 million indemnity claims to farmers of Iloilo who were affected by El Niño,” Brilleta urged Caluya farmers and fisherfolk to coordinate with their Municipal Agriculturist Shirley T. Jiancillan in their application for insurance.

Furthermore, AileenNecor of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) VI enumerated several projects which can be accessed by the fisherfolk and fish vendors of the island. These include the establishment of community fish landing centers, BoatR and FishR programs, joint mobile registration and licensing, and protection of marine areas against illegal fishing as mandated in the Republic Act 10654.
 
Necor also added that BFAR will turnover patrol boat units this June to the local government unit of Caluya to strengthen the town’s drive versus illegal fishing activities.

Banner program representatives from DA RFO VI and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist- Antique also equipped the farmer and fisherfolk-participants about the agricultural projects and services from DA such as technology trainings, production input subsidies, establishment of irrigation facilities, marketing, and use of farm machineries and postharvest facilities which they can avail.
 
Farmers were also urged to adopt Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) which aims to support food safety, production of quality products, environmental sustainability and workers’ health safety and welfare.
 
To ascertain the needs of the locality, farmers and fisherfolk were asked to raise questions and their concerns. Majority of them signified their need to access DA’s insurance services, conduct of production trainings, and establishment of small irrigation facilities—for the lack of adequate water supply is their main problem in crop production.

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James Earl E. Ogatis (right) of DA 6 Information 6 gives various copies of crop and animal production guides to Caluya municipal agriculturist Shirley T. Jiancillan.
DA RFO VI distributed assorted vegetable seeds, OPV corn seeds, cashew and guyabano planting materials, certified palay seeds, and production guides and manuals of various agricultural crops, livestock and poultry to the farmer-participants. #(SMHToreno)