The Department of Agriculture Cordillera through its Heirloom Rice Project (HRP) in partnership with Agriculture Training Institute pushes for the preservation of the organic entity of Cordi’s very own heirloom rice thru the training on Integrated Nutrient and Pest Management for Heirloom Rice Growers last August 23 and 24.

The Regional Avian Influenza Task force and stakeholders convened for an emergency meeting to discuss and come up with possible solution to the Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak. The meeting was held at the DA-CAR Conference Hall, Guisad, Baguio City on August 22, 2017.

The Cordillera is a landlocked region, conducive to coffee production in some 7,700 hectares of suitable climate in mountainous and rolling terrains.

The importance of coffee as an industrial crop is being championed in a region that is dubbed as the watershed of Northern Luzon, the main source of irrigation and hydropower. All four major varieties of coffee: Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa grow well in the region.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol is seeking to revive the traditional raising of chickens in the farms through a Nationwide Backyard Chicken Raising (NBCR) Program.

Piñol announced during a farmers’ forum on Wednesday/May 10 in Tabuk City, Kalinga province that the Department of Agriculture would encourage Filipinos to raise their own food to lessen the country’s dependence on imported food.

Baguio City - May 2, 2017 - May is farmers’ month. 
That is old and common knowledge. What is new about the month of May being a farmers’ month?
DA-RFO-CAR OIC-Regional Executive Director would heighten our awareness of May as farmers’ month even more. “Every day, we should thank a farmer(s) for their heroic roles and accomplishments in food production. If we cannot acknowledge this in our hearts privately or when we are in their company, we do not deserve to eat,” he said. 

An official recognition of the contribution of farmers to community and nation building, particularly as key players in agricultural and rural development was recently issued by Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol through Memorandum Order, dated March 27, 2017. The Order designates the Chairman of the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC) “as “Farmer-Director” in every DA-RFO during the whole month of May.” 

“The Agriculture and Fishery Council or AFC is the mechanism for private and public sector partnership in the development processes of the agriculture and fishery sectors at the regional, provincial, and municipal levels,” according to Secretary Pinol. 

The organization of AFCs at the regional and local levels was through the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF), formerly National Agriculture and Fisheries Council (NAFC). 

“To date, there are 16 Regional Agriculture and Fishery Councils (RAFC), 81 Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Councils (PAFCs), 21 independent Component City Agricultural and Fishery Councils (HUCAFCs), and over a thousand Municipal and Agricultural Fishery Councils (MAFCs/City Agricultural and Fishery Councils (CAFCs) across the country, Secretary Pinol said.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the DA-RFO-CAR through its OIC-Regional Executive Director Lorenzo Mamuag Caranguian, executed the turnover of the key of responsibilities that the farmer-director shall perform for the month of Vanessa May Vera 2017, in today’s turnover ceremonies, right after the Special Flag ceremony, May 2, 2017.

Our farmer-director is Ms. Balbina A. Ernesto, RAFC Chairperson, CAR, 76 years old, and a pure blooded Ibaloi from Irisan, Baguio City. 

Ms. Ernesto is a retiree from the DepEd Non-Formal Education and a multi-awarded citizen for her civic duties and volunteerism with government and private institutions, advocacies and causes.

RED Enzo looks forward to a successful reign for Ms. Ernesto as farmer-director for the DA-RFO-CAR. In a meeting, this morning, both RED Enzo and Director Ernesto leveled out their functions and duties for the month, prior to the conduct of the Management Committee Meeting at the DA-CAR conference hall.

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The Cordillera livestock sector will hold their “First Quarter Livestock Assessment and Workshop Meeting" at the DA-RFO-CAR Conference Hall, May 3-4, 2017.

Provincial Veterinarians, livestock technicians, and farmer representatives from the region’s six provinces will be attending the meeting.

Corn farmers from Apayao, Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province attended and participated the 2nd Regional Corn Congress in Bangued, Abra.


Assistant Secretary for Field Operation Service (FOS) Federico E. Laciste Jr. graced the congress. He said that the corn congress is a good venue for consultation and dialogue. Aside from showcasing best accomplishment and best practices from the success stories, it is also a venue to build linkages with the market and with the stakeholders, he added.

After two decades of supporting the Cordillera farmers evolve a viable corn industry, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Cordillera – Corn Program will kick off   its   2nd Regional Corn Congress in the municipality of Bangued, Abra on March 1-3.

Barangay Loacan Organic Farmers Association (BLOFA) of Sitio Bacong, Loacan, Itogon received a Php 690,000 worth mini retailing organic trading center during the center’s inauguration last January 26, 2017. 

The low temperature in the terrain of Benguet results to frost that brings slight damage to vegetables and other crops.


As reported to the local media frost were found in Madaymen, Kibungan; Cada, Mankayan; Paoay, Atok and in Lam-ayan, Buguias just this week.

BAGUIO CITY—The Department of Agriculture-CAR recognized on December 23 outstanding farmers and farmers’ group in the 2016 Regional Gawad Saka, Organic Agriculture Achievers, and Corn Quality Achievers Awards held at the Prince Plaza Hotel, this city. 

Expected to add to the joys of their Christmas celebrations, the outstanding men and women from the agriculture sector along with members of their families took time out from their farming routine and came over to receive their plaque of recognition and cash award from the DA for their great contribution towards the growth and development of the agriculture sector in the region.

Coffee organizations from the Cordillera surpassed the top 3 recognitions during the 2016 Coffee Expo in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental last December 1-2, 2016.


Sagada Arabica Coffee Growers Producers Organization (SACGPO) headed by Manager Vincent Andawe was recognized as 1st in the Promotion of Coffee products in the said Coffee Expo. While Tuba Benguet Coffee Growers Association (TUBENGCOGA) led by Ms. Shirley Palao-ay and Bobok Bisal Organic Arabica Arabica Coffee Producers and Growers Association Incorporated (BBOACPGAI) headed by Ms. Josefa Bengeg were recognized as 2nd and 3rd respectively. They were given certificates of recognition.

The Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) of the Department of Agriculture- Cordillera (DA-CAR), continues to reach and support organic farmers in the region.
The Organic Agriculture Cordillera listed about 44, 676 organic practitioners; 140 organic farmer organizations, 19 organic market outlets, 4 certified organic farms, 17 organic learning sites, 18 organic concoction centers and 10 Organic Trading Posts.
Out of 177, 839 ha of agricultural land in the region, 8,892 ha will be devoted to organic farming by the end of this year, coupled with the increase volume of production of the priority commodities and the increase of organic farmer practitioners.

Good news! The Secretary of Agriculture extended the free laboratory services for rabies examination by the DA’s Animal Disease and Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (ADDRL) of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), and the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories (RADDL) until December 31, 2020.

The Department of Agriculture-High Value Crops Development Program (DA-HVCDP) thru the Provincial Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Office (PAENRO) conducted a cacao investment forum at Bahawit Nursery, Lagawe, Ifugao. It was attended by 150 farmers from the different municipalities of Ifugao attended the activity.

Consumers, buyers and farmers alike contribute in expanding the market of one of Cordilleran’s pride – the traditional or heirloom rice.
As healthy foods are garnering attention in the world as people are becoming health conscious, the market of organic products is increasing. International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) Dr. Bob Zeigler said, “Some consumers are even ready to pay extra money for high quality foods that are rich in specialized nutrients.” 

The #BROWN4Good Challenge is extended until the 5th day of December 2016.

Let us continue to help feed the less fortunate!
Join us and spread the goodness of brown rice.

1 hashtag is equivalent to 100g of brown rice that will be donated to various charities. 


As of November 2, an initial report of Php 2,241,276,844.75 worth of damages was recorded for the agricultural sector in the region. 
Abra has the highest damage amounting to Php 683,331,966.53 followed by Kalinga with Php 614,743,181.65 and Apayao with Php 424, 163,437.50.
Aside from the ravaged areas of corn, rice, highland value crops, cassava and livestock in the provinces, some of the municipalities of Apayao and Kalinga are still semi-isolated; some of the roads are passable but unsafe and several communities have no current and communication access. 
Lawin left a distressing situation to the farmers in the provinces of the Cordillera where farming is still the major livelihood. Most of the farmers said that it was their first time to experience the kind of damage they are suffering now.

Tabuk City- Serving as key players from the community, around 170 barangay officials and health workers representing the 42 barangays were united to support the campaign against rabies through an orientation seminar held at Davidson Hotel on September 28, 2016.

Aiming to alleviate poverty through provision of livelihood programs, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol introduced the new special program known as the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) during his visit in the Cordillera Administrative Region specifically in Apayao.

The biyaheng bukid campaign of the Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol continues to reach out and touch the lives of the farmers in Apayao through a consultation meeting with farmers and chief executives held at Luna, Apayao on August 12, 2016.

Hungduan received 6 units Knapsack sprayer, 1 pack  Assorted Vegetable seeds (Lettuce green fire 5g, Upo 50g, Chinese cabbage 50g, Tomato 9g, Bush Sitao 15g, Broccoli 10g, Lettuce ice berg 5g, French beans 500g, Okra 50g) and 14 bags OPV White Corn Seeds amounting to  58,267.73 pesos in total.

The High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) under the Department of Agriculture is working closely with provincial and municipal agriculture offices to revisit blueprints on high value crops development in the region.

Joan Bacbac, Regional HVCDP focal person, said that the provincial meetings discussed the status of current projects being implemented in the region as well as production interventions to be endorsed for final approval. The priority commodities of each province were also subjected for revisions and reprogramming.

Banaue, Ifugao- Three banner programs under the Department of Agriculture distributed some 11 million worth of farm implements to 11 municipalities of Ifugao.

The Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol’ s visit in Ifugao in his continuing quest to consult with farmers on how to reformat the Philippine Agriculture has brought interventions that would benefit 47 farmers group in the province.