RED Enriquez Exhorts Staff to Heed Secretary’s Call

red angel“Focus our minds, deliver the results”.

This was the call of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in a message read for him by Undersecretary Antonio Fleta at the recent DA internal budget hearing in Palawan.

OIC Regional Executive Director Angel Enriquez shared the secretary’s message during last Monday’s flag ceremony to serve as guidepost of staff in the delivery of services to clientele. The Director exhorted staff to heed the Secretary’s call which provide direction in agricultural development efforts.


DA Secretary Distributed Calamity Rehab Projects in Remote Bohol BarangayDA Secretary Distributed Calamity Rehab Projects in Remote Bohol Barangay

Catigbian, Bohol - Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala distributed last week in remote Barangay Baang of the municipality of Catigbian - - 35 kilometers north of the capital city of Tagbilaran - - rehabilitation projects intended for earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda victims.


Curbing malnutrition in school

“Goodbye malnutrition”.

Simeon Ayuda Elementary School (SAES) in San Vicente, Liloan, Cebu will soon say goodbye on malnutrition with the decrease in their school’s prevalence rate. The Gulayan sa Paaralan (GPP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in coordination with Dept. of Education (DepEd) was a means to curb this long-overdue problem among schoolchildren.




DA Secretary Aims Increased Corn Production, Turns Over Projects Anew

 The Department of Agriculture (DA) aims to increase corn production in Cebu and other areas where the crop is suitable to help ensure enough food stock during the lean months.


Region 7 finishes 2nd in the overall rank

Teddy Luzano , Chief of the Institutional Development Services  (IDS), brings home the bacon, as Region 7 bags the 2nd Overall Champion in the recent nationwide farm family competitions in Palawan.


RED Enriquez attended Global Summit of Women 2013 in Malaysia

Regional   Executive Director Angel  Enriquez  is one of three Department of Agriculture directors in the country  who attended the   Global Summit for Women in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last June 6 to 8.


Central Visayas tops in the number of animals produced from the Artificial Insemination technology.

Central Visayas tops in the number of animals produced from the Artificial Insemination technology.  
    This was announced by Paul Limson, national coordinator of the  Unified Artificial  Insemination Program  (UNAIP) during the recently concluded 3rd AI Congress in Dumaguete City.    He also   cited   Region  7  as the only region – out of three pilot regions – of having actively sustained the program.  He  said that Region 7 has the biggest allocation in terms of    calf drop incentive for AI technicians .


Unveiling of the NYR logo-Cebu


In Cebu, the National Year of Rice logo was unveiled by Acting Governor Agnes Magpale (right of logo) with DA OIC-Regional Executive Director Angel Enriquez (left of logo) and other high ranking government officials at the Capitol Social Hall last April 30, 2013.

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Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month.

Various activities are lined up  in celebration of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month.

The said celebration is in consonance with Presidential Proclamation No. 33, declaring every month of May as Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month, the purpose of which is to commend the contribution of the farmers and fisherfolk to Philippine society and to the  food security program of the government.

Currently, an on-going search for Outstanding Farmers’ and Fisherfolk in the region is conducted by the Department of Agriculture. Some 22 categories are being opened for  this year’s Gawad Saka Regional Search for  Outstanding Farmers and Fisherfolk. Among other  categories are rice, corn, high-value commercial crops , agri-entrepreneur, farm family, young farmer , large and small animal raiser, and coconut farmer. Winners of the said search will receive a cash prize of P30T ,a plaque of recognition from the DA   , and a chance to vie at the national level.

To address concerns in livestock genetic improvement, the DA livestock sector will be conducting an Artificial Insemination (AI) Congress on May 22-24, 2013 in Dumaguete City. Region 7 is recognized as a constant high performer of AI services nationwide.

Farmers’ , fisherfolk and rural women will be gathered in a downtown hotel to conduct the 23rd Regional Farm Family congress within the month. Different  contests on rice utilization , poster-making, livestock and poultry processing, kakanin cooking, indigenous handicraft among others will be conducted.

            Complementing the month-long celebration is the observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 434 otherwise known as the National Year of Rice (NYR). The four governors in the region have signified their support to the celebration by launching the logo of the NYR , creating  activities to boost the morale of the farmers and advocating for all consumers to save rice. (RAFIS/Anna Delza Barimbao)


Highlighting the Regional Farm Family Congress is the cooking contest of the members of the Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs).

Reliving the Ancient Treasure

Vermiculture is as ancient as the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who lived in 384 to 322 B.C. , when he mentioned in his writings the role of  earthworms in maintaining the soil. But the interest of  the lowly earthworms was stirred up by Darwin who published his article on ‘The Formation of Vegetable Mould  Through the Action of Worms.’ Environment degradation caused by heavy use of chemicals is the key factor why nature lovers  continue  to wield to  ancient  organic agriculture which uses mainly earthworms as  natural decomposers.

Creating a lifestyle to go organic is not a difficult task for the DA,  as many health buffs have expressd their willingness to support the idea. Aside from the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture , Proceso J. Alcala,  who authored the Organic  Agriculture Act of 2010 , known as Republic Act 10068 , the four governors of the Central Visayas provinces have as well thrown their hats to go organic.

The Mandaue Experiment Station (MES) showcases the biggest organic facility in Cebu. Seated in a 7.9 hectare area, the facility offers technical assistance to clients from all walks of life.  Adoption of organic agriculture is not  speedy but is steadily rising, Ronnie Jamola, Chief of the MES said.  






A MES staff explains the nature of African Nightcrawler to students.

The facility is often visited by students who go on a study-tour on organic agriculture. Though organic agriculture is relatively young in the region,   its demand in the market is increasing- the prime reason why   farmers begin to revive the ancient practice of organic farming.

Organic agriculture maybe ancient but it is a great find in the region.

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