Corn, cassava top performers honored by DA

December 7, 2017


MANILA --- Four local government units from Camarines Sur  and their respective municipal/city agriculturists and extension workers who have exceptionally performed in the implementation  of  the Department of Agriculture’s Corn Program were   among those honored and given awards  during the 5TH National Quality Corn Achievers Awards (NQCAA)  and  13th National Corn Congress  at the Philippine International  Convention Center in Pasay City on November 23, 2017.
Awarded as  among the country’s  top 16 outstanding municipalities /cities  were  Iriga City, Calabanga, Tigaon and Naga City and the  outstanding  municipal/city agriculturists  are  Ruben los Santos, Gil Gabriel  H. Bordado III, Lea M. Beltran and Edna B. Bongalonta , respectively.   Each winning municipality/city was awarded a project grant worth P1M and a trophy while the municipal agriculturists were awarded P30 thousand check,  a trophy and a medallion.  On hand to receive the award for their respective LGUs were Mayor Eduardo A. Severo of Calabanga and Mayor  Chiqui Fuentebella of Tigaon.

They were accompanied on the stage by DA Bicol Regional Executive Director, Dr. Elena B. De los santos, OIC-Regional technical director for Operations and Extension Rodel Tornilla and Regional Corn Program coordinator Lorenzo Alvina.

Moreover , ten agricultural extension workers  were also recognized and given  P20 cash prize and a trophy.  They were: Marly Corporal and Honesto  Sirios, Jr and Jonafel Taduran of Iriga; Joshua Ipo and Ryan Calatrava of Calabang; ; Buster Ibarbia and Noel Manaog of Buhi.  Hector Llagas of Bato; Jerry Mercado of Goa and Annie Lumanog of Bula.   Both Mercado and Lumanog  who have been awardees for the past 3 consecutive years  joined the Agriculture secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol in  his keynote  speech underscored  that the  three  vital needs of the agriculture sector  are technology, financing and market.  If these needs are addressed then  farmers will be better off.   He gave the assurance : Ang kasalukuyang administration ay Kumakalinga sa mga magsasaka.”

He also  announced the launching  of the “Bigas Kamais  rice corn blend program”   a collaborative and  innovative marketing   and promotion  project of the DA, Phil. Maize Federation, Inc. and the National Food Authority as a strategy to augment  rice as a staple, to address malnutrition and provide  additional income to farmers.

 Another first during this years’  Corn event  was the awarding of the Cornucopia Awards  which according to secretary Piñol was his  idea.    This awards seeks to recognize  and provide incentive to farmers organizations implementing value adding on corn and cassava and also  aims to promote the development/production of different processed products from corn and cassava.  Five organizations  were declared winners but the grand prize was bagged  by the Cassava growers and Processors Association  of Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Sur.   The original prize of P1 million  for the Cornucopia Award was raised by Sec. Piñol  during his keynote speech.

They were evaluated by a panel of evaluators from various national government agencies based on their performance  in  the promotion and development of the corn sector in their area giving  premium to sustained production  of safe and quality  corn  grains and adoption of good agricultural practices by the  farmers they  serve or support.

This year’s corn congress and awarding ceremonies also featured technical sessions, machinery display, product demo and exhibits.  Over 2000 delegates from the different regions of the country attended the event.     The other luminaries who graced the occasion were: DA undersecretary  Ariel T. Cayanan; Dr. Luz Taposok, ATI Director;  Lt. Co;. Jason L.Y. Aquino (Ret.) PA, NFA Administrator; Engr. Roger Navarro, PhilMaize, president;  DR. Edralina P. Serrano UPLB professor  and national chair, NQCAA-TWG; Dir. Antonio G. Gerundio, National Corn Program Director; Roderico R. Bioco, PhilMaize chairman, Emeritus; DA regional executive  directors  and other regional officials and officers and members of PhilMaize Board.


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