DA REGION I HOLDS MOSAIC- POSTER MAKING CONTEST FOR WORLD FOOD DAY 2015
San Fernando City, La Union - A total of 34 Grade VI students from 12 out of 14 School Divisions in Region I gathered at the Regional Education & Learning Center (RELC) here on September 28, 2015 to participate in the Regional On-the-Spot Mosaic Poster Making contest.
The contest is a yearly activity of the Food & Agriculture Office (FAO) in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in celebration of World Food Day.
The 34 young artists focused their work of art in depicting this year’s World Food Day theme “Social Security and Agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty.”
The theme highlights the importance of Social Security together with Agriculture in reducing rural poverty and granting access to food or means to buy food.
Social Protection pertains to range of solutions, often combined with each other such as work opportunities, food provision, money and services (ex. DSWD’s Conditional Cash Transfer) that are designed to support the vulnerable and help the poor in society move out of hunger and poverty.
DA REGION 1 HOSTS LUZON AFC CONGRESS
TheDepartment of Agriculture – Region I, in coordination with the Philippine Council for Agriculture & Fisheries (PCAF), gathered together the Agriculture & Fishery Councils (AFCs) of Luzon in a successful AFC Luzon Congress held on September 16-17, 2015 at One Vittoria Hotel, Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
Focusing on the theme “AFCs: Sumasabay sa Hamon ng Makabagong Panahon”, the Congress aims to highlight the efforts of the AFCs as integral partners of DA in ensuring a smooth and proper implementation of the various programs and projects for the agriculture and fishery sector in the regions.
The presence of Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food who was invited as the Keynote Speaker during the event gave more significance to the conduct of the activity.
Expressing her full support to the AFCs as voluntary leaders of the agri-sector, Sen. Villar encouraged them to be strong and resilient amidst the challenges and changes that the industry is facing. “Kailangan sumabay tayo hindi lamang sa hamon ng makabagong panahon kundi pati sa pagbabago sa sector ng agrikultura”, she challenged. She assured that as the current Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture & Food, “in the best of my ability, I support farmers and fisherfolk as well as other industry stakeholders to cope with all the changes and challenges confronting them and our industry.”, she added.
USEC PALAD LEADS CEREMONIAL PLANTING OF COFFEE SEEDLINGS FOR CONVERGENCE PROJECT IN PIDDIG, ILOCOS NORTE
USEC PALAD LEADS CEREMONIAL PLANTING OF COFFEE SEEDLINGS FOR
CONVERGENCE PROJECT IN PIDDIG, ILOCOS NORTE
Piddig, Ilocos Norte – In a display of full force support from the different converging agencies comprising the Regional Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (RCI-SRD) in Region 1, the Department of Agriculture, being the Chair of the RCI-SRD 1 and the Municipal Local Government Unit of Piddig, Ilocos Norte headed by Mayor Eduardo Guillen, successfully organized and conducted the Ceremonial Planting and Project Visitation for the Piddig Inclusive Organic Coffee Production Project held last July 23, 2015 in said municipality.
Attended by Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson U. Palad who was the Guest of Honor and Speaker on said event, together with National Convergence Initiative Focal Person Oscar Parawan, also present to show their support were heads and representatives of the member-agencies of RCI-SRD Region I.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG FARMER’S DREAMS COME TRUE
Sinait, Ilocos Sur - He was wearing a worn out long sleeve polo, a humble looking young man with a suntanned skin. He looked on with a shy smile on his face but when he speaks about farming, he does so with courage and full of hope, he was a proud young farmer then.
This is Romeo H. Yapit, Jr. of Sinait, Ilocos Sur five years ago when the Department of Agriculture (DA)- Region I, through the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID) visited him at their humble nipa hut farm house in Sinait, Ilocos Sur in 2009 for the documentation of the Gawad Saka Search for Outstanding Young Farmer. He was then Region I’s nominee for the national level search along with other outstanding young farmer hopefuls from other regions of the country.
Like a typical story of a farm family, Romeo is the youngest in a brood of four and his parents are both farmers. Romeo was forced to stop schooling because his father got sick and could no longer tend to their farm.
Still considering himself lucky compared to other farmer’s son who could not go to school due to lack of financial capability, Romeo was on his second year mechanical engineering course when he stopped so he could tend to their farm and help provide for their family’s needs.
As Romeo narrated his story then, he became emotional and teary eyed as he revealed an inner hurt and disappointment he has kept for not being able to pursue his career. He said he wanted so much to finish his studies and not be tied down in the farm doing daily chores as a farmer enduring the scorching heat of the sun. He said that if he had the choice, he would choose to be in a classroom studying than being in the field farming.