DA-RFO I honors top aggie-performers in a Gawad Saka rites
The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 1 successfully conducted the 2017 Gawad Saka Awarding Ceremonies with Assistant Secretary Waldo Carpio of the Department of Agriculture who represented Undersecretary for Administration & Finance, Atty. Francisco Villano, Jr. as the Guest of Honor and Speaker at the Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur on September 29, 2017.
The Gawad Saka is an annual undertaking of the Department of Agriculture to recognize the valuable contributions of farmers and fisherfolk including institutional groups who have displayed exemplary dedication and hard work which immensely contributed to agricultural development.
The Regional winners consisting of nine individuals, three institutional groups and one special award under the Gender and Development Categories were awarded with plaque of recognitions and cash amounting to P30,000.00.
Leading this year’s awardees is the province of Ilocos Norte with 10 regional winners out of the 13 regional awardees. This was followed by the province of La Union with two regional awardees and Ilocos Sur with one awardee.
In his welcome remarks during the program, Director Erlinda F. Manipon, RTD for Operations informed the participants that out of the 10 regional entries to the Gawad Saka National level, seven entries were included to the top three national finalists and were evaluated by the National Gawad Saka panel of evaluators on the second and third weeks of September. DA-RFO I officials and the Gawad Saka Secretariat are still waiting for the final result of the national evaluation to be concluded in a national awarding rite by the end of the year.
Other key officials who graced the awarding ceremonies include Ilocos Sur Vice Governor Jeremias Singson, Vintar Mayor Larissa Foronda, and Paoay Mayor Jessie Galano.###