Panatang Makapalay

Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima (left) leads the recitation of ‘Panatang Makapalay,’ a consumers’ pledge to reduce rice wastage, at the National Year of Rice (NYR) commitment day, February 25, 2013, at the Liwasang Aurora of the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

The event, including a signing of an NYR commitment wall (at right), was attended by about 1,500 officials and employees of the Department of Agriculture (DA), its bureaus, regional offices and attached agencies, including those from nearby government agencies. It is part of the year-long NYR advocacy campaign to increase rice production and farmers’ incomes, and lessen rice wastage, towards attaining national sufficiency by end of 2013. President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 494, on October 18, 2012, declaring 2013 as ‘National Year of Rice,’ an advocacy campaign led by the DA.

Stop rice Smuggling

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (middle, seated) signs a covenant which aims to stop smuggling of agricultural produce especially rice in the country during a dialogue with the rice industry's multi-sectoral group held at the Philippine Coconut Authority Executive Hall, February 21, 2013.

The group led by Nueva Ecija 2nd District Representative Joseph Gilbert Violago (left, seated) aired their issues and concerns on the influx of imported rice in the market. In support of the DA’s rice sufficiency program, rice millers and other industry stakeholders agreed to work hand in hand with the Department of Agriculture, National Food Authority (NFA) and the Bureau of Customs to protect the country's farmers and other stakeholders by effectively monitoring and stopping the entry of smuggled rice and other farm products into the country. Looking on are NFA Orlan Calayag (right, seated), and members of the rice industry group. (Photo by Jose Lucas, DA Information Service)



UP Arboretum Conservation

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (3rd from right) joins hand with (right to left) Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Asst. Secretary Atty. Jonas Leones), University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) Chancellor Caesar Saloma, UP-Beta Sigma UP-Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. President Rolando Reyes, UP-Beta Sigma Alumnus and national scientist Dr. Teodolo Topacio,

and UPD Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Melania Flores to signify their joint effort towards forest conservation. The Memorandum of Agreement, forged between DA and the three parties, aims to rehabilitate and conserve the 16-hectare arboretum forest within the grounds of UP Diliman campus. The arboretum is the last remaining rainforest in Metro Manila where exotic and endangered tree species are found. (Photo by: Kathrino Resurreccion, DA-Information Service)


P321-M farm equipment for Soccsksargen

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (inset, left) recently awarded P321-million worth of farm machinery and equipment to farmers' groups and LGUs in Soccsksargen which forms part of the continuing efforts of the Aquino administration to further increase farmers' productivity and incomes.

Photo shows Alcala and South Cotabato Governor Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. congratulating a farmer who won a carabao with farm implements—one of the many farm items raffled off during the 'Ulat sa Bayan' and 'Farmers’ Heart Day,' February 11, 2013, at DA research station, in Tupi, South Cotabato. DA provided farm assistance package which include 4-wheel drive tractors, hand tractors, floating tillers, shallow tube well engines, disc plows and harrows, power and knapsack sprayers, water plastic drums and pipes, village-type corn dryers, shredders, granulators, moisture meters, and onion seeds. (Photo by DA12 Info Div)


DA Chief urges Batangas sugar planters to be more competitive

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (top, 3rd from left) urges Batangas sugarcane farmers to be more cost-efficient and competitive through farm mechanization and adoption of organic farming technologies, during the 60th general assembly of the Batangas Sugar Planters’ Cooperative Marketing Associations, Inc. (BSPCMA), in Balayan, Batangas.

As such, Alcala stressed that the DA will support the establishment of an organic fertilizer manufacturing facility in partnership with the BSPMCA and local government units. During the affair, DA raffled off various farm equipment, inputs and livestock animals. Joining him at top photo (from left) are Balayan Mayor Emmanuel Fronda, Batangas 1st District Representative Tomas Apacible, DA Region 4-B Director Vilma Dimaculangan, DA-Sugar Regulatory Administration Director Lito Sandoval of the Sugar Regulatory Administration, and BSPCMA chairman Danilo Zuñiga. (Photo by Kathrino Resurreccion, DA Information Service)

Raising veggies, while serving time

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (inset, 2nd from right) hands over packs of vegetable seeds to Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Rafael Marcos to sustain a DA-BuCor project — called ‘Yaman sa halamanan: Gulayan sa bilangguan, gabay sa pagbabagong buhay’ — during a simple graduation ceremony, on February 13, 2013,

of 22 inmates and 13 BuCor staff who trained on vegetable production under the DA’s high value crops development program (HVCDP). In addition to providing seeds, farm tools and equipment, the DA will also establish facilities to produce organic fertilizers and wood vinegar at the New Bilibid Prison, in Muntinlupa City. Also shown at inset are DA-HVCDP national coordinator Dir. Jennifer Remoquillo (left) and DA-RFU 4-A Dir. Vilma Dimaculangan. Since July 2010, the DA has partnered with BuCor to transform idle prison and penal lands into productive rice farms such as in Iwahig, Palawan and Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. (Photo by Alan Jacalan, DA Information Service)

P-Noy visits IRRI

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala listen as Dr. Emerlinda Roman (right), board of trustees chairperson of the International Rice Research Institute, updates them on IRRI’s various programs,  including joint initiatives with the Department of Agriculture, during the President’s visit, February 14, 2013, in Los Baños, Laguna.

The DA and IRRI renewed their partnership in December 2012 to ensure attainment of the country’s rice sufficiency and food security goals. It entails the conduct of long-term breeding program to develop the next generation of high-yield, pest- and disease-resistant, climate change-resilient rice inbred and hybrid varieties. It also involves mapping of rice areas using GIS and remote sensing to get a better estimate of total production, and obtain other relevant information. (IRRI photo)

P89-M agri projects for Cavite

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (inset) urges Cavite farmers, fisherfolk and local government officials to take advantage of their proximity to Metro Manila to further increase farm and fishery productivity and incomes in the province.

Alcala made the call during the “Alay sa Mamamayan” forum, which was also attended by President Benigno S. Aquino III, on February 7, 2013, in Imus City. During the event, Alcala distributed P89-million worth of agricultural equipment, inputs and infrastructure projects and committed to help revive and expand Cavite’s coffee and vegetable industries, as well as production of green mussels and oysters along coastal towns. (Photo by Kathrino Resurreccion, DA Information Service)

DA grants Bondoc Peninsula farmers P33-M farm equipment, inputs

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (3rd from right) joins Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes (left), Human Rights Commission Chairperson Loreta Ann Rosales (2nd from right), and National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Joel Rocamora (right) as they meet the latest batch of Aquino Administration’s agrarian reform beneficiaries, composed of 1,000 farmers and their families from Bondoc Peninsula, who received their respective certificate of land ownership award, in Mulanay, Quezon, February 6, 2013.

The DA provided them and their respective farmers’ groups and local government units P33-million worth of farm equipment and inputs that include three farm tractors, a small water impounding project, two village-type dryers, dozens of farm implements, and quality seeds of rice, yellow and white corn, assorted vegetables, coffee and coconut seedlings, and organic fertilizers. (Photo by Kathrino Resurreccion, DA Information Service)

Bureau of Animal Industry anniversary

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (2nd from right) leads the ground breaking ceremonies for the new National Veterinary Quarantine Service (NVQS) Building at the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) compound as part of the bureau’s 83rd anniversary on February 5, 2013.

The P5million-worth structure will serve as the NVQS office and collection area for experiment specimens among others. Apart from the construction of the new building, Alcala also wants to expedite the establishment of an initial world-class slaughterhouse for ducks. The project is part of the Department of Agriculture’s initiative to improve the duck industry in the country. Joining Alcala are: (L-R) BAI Quarantine Chief Dr. Florence Silvano, BAI Dir. Rubina Cresencio, and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Dir. Patricio Faylon. (Photo by: Rino Resurreccion, DA-AFIS)

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