Ending 2017 with a bang… DA distributes farm machineries & equipment
The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office I made its last hurrah for 2017 as it distributed 205 units of various farming equipment and machineries worth P23.9M to lucky farmer association-beneficiaries in the province of Pangasinan on December 27, 2017.
Group of farmers from the 1st, 2nd and 6th districts of Pangasinan received from DA around 109 units of various farm machineries and equipment worth P16 million while the 3rd, 4th and 5th districts received 96 units worth P7.7 million from DA.
Ms. Jessica Guico, representative of 3rd District Congresswoman “Baby” Arenas and 2nd District Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil graced the event who committed their full support in all the programs and projects of DA that would further enhance the farming sector.
Leading the distribution are the officials of DA headed by Regional Executive Director Lucrecio Alviar, Jr., who encouraged the recipients to be more active in availing of the programs and projects especially in 2018 by submitting more project proposals to the DA-Pangasinan Research & Experiment Center.
“We are encouraging everyone to submit as early as now your letter of intents along with the requirements, so that we will have an ample time to validate your request,” Dir. Alviar said.
Ms. Erlinda Manipon, RTD for Operations likewise encouraged the farmer association-officers and members to update the DA on their needs other than the units that they have received to determine the next priority areas to be provided with farming equipment. She said that DA is looking for the sufficiency in terms of the farm machineries and equipment distributed so that priority areas will be identified in the next distribution activity.
“Merong mga lugar kasi na sumusobra na ang kanilang mga nakuha, samantalang may mga lugar naman na kulang pa,” Ms. Manipon added.
To remind the officers and members of the farmer association on the requirements and process in availing of the DA’s farm mechanization project, Ms. Josephine Cabanban, the Regional Farm Machinery Focal Person discussed in detail the mechanics on how to avail DA projects.
Dr. Connie Diaz, Chief of the Pangasinan Research and Experiment Center (PREC) and Dr. Annie Bares, Chief of the Operations Division reminded the participants about their duties and obligations as recipient of the projects in order to maximize or lengthen the productivity life of the farm machineries distributed.
The distribution in Pangasinan is a subsequent activity after the ceremonial turn-over of farm machineries conducted in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and La Union on December 20-21, 2017, respectively.###