In line with the upcoming search for the Annual Rice Achievers Awards (RAA) 2017, the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) convened at the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office, Conference Hall on April 17, 2018 to prepare and share updates related with the said activity.

The meeting aims to discuss the tasks of the members of the RTWG and activities to be undertaken during the entire duration of the search for the outstanding local government Unit (LGU) provinces, municipalities/cities, Irrigators’ Associations (IAs), Small Water Impounding Systems Associations (SWISAs), Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) and Local Farmer Technician (LFT). The revised Regional Supplemental Guidelines on the RAA was also presented for the members to be informed of the minor changes in the guideline specifically in the search and selection of the RAAs.

The Department of Agricultures’ Regional Search Committee was tasked to search and select one (1) outstanding municipality/city, one (1) outstanding LFT and 15 outstanding AEWs. Ms. Virginia Tapat, OIC-Field Operations Division Officer said that the Region is lucky to be given a 15 slots for the outstanding AEWs because in the previous years, we were only given 13 slots. Also, winners from the above mentioned categories for two consecutive years are disqualified for nomination to give chance for the others to join the search.

In line with these, a technical presentation was scheduled on April 24-25, 2018. Municipal Agriculturist of Municipalities who will join the search will present their accomplishments and collective efforts in paving ways towards improving the rice industry and attaining the goal for rice sufficiency. Members of the National Technical Working Group (NTWG) and RTWG will serve as panel during the presentations.

Moreover, the RAA-NTWG will be the once to select the outstanding Province, outstanding SWISAs, and outstanding IAs based on the criteria set by the NTWG and the respective evaluators for the said categories.//mjmaguide


Baguio residents brought their pets to receive free several vet services on April 13, 2018 at the Peoples Park, Baguio City.

The Department of Agriculture - Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) in collaboration with the Baguio City Veterinary Office, Department of Health (DOH-CAR), the private sector, and ABS-CBN as the official media partner, gave out free anti-rabies vaccinations, deworming, and pet consultation. After completing the round of services, each pet were also given a free soap and a scarf indicating that they are vaccinated.

A total of 140 dogs and cats were vaccinated and dewormed.

Dr. Cecilia Capuyan, Veterinarian II of DA-CAR, says that this activity is in support to the Rabies Prevention & Control Program of the Philippines which aims to rid the country of the deadly virus by 2020. Rabies is 100% deadly but also 100% preventable through vaccinations.

A video was also being played and brochures were given out containing information about rabies.

According to DOH, if bitten, the wound must be washed with soap and running water then immediately proceed to the nearest Animal Biting Treatment Center (ABTC) and seek medical attention.

The biting animal must be leashed and confined during the 14-day observation period. If it dies within that time, a sample should be sent to the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) located in the Baguio Stock Farm, Greenvalley, Baguio City for testing. Laboratory services are free until 2020. In the case that the biting animal lives, it should be vaccinated if it has not received its rabies shot yet.

Statistics from the RADDL showed that as of April, 16 rabies cases was monitored in the Cordillera. Six in Ifugao, Four in Kalinga, three in Apayao, and one each for Mountain Province, Abra, and Baguio City.//Ayra Galanza