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For the first time in the history of the search for Outstanding Rural Women, Cordillera Administrative Region made it to the finals this year. This was after Mrs. Evelyn A. Duldulao from Luna, Apayao was included in the top six (6) national finalists out of the 14 nominees throughout the country.

The Search for Outstanding Rural Women is an annual search being conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Gender and Development (DA-GAD) to honor women who have shown exemplary contribution in the development of agriculture and fisheries.

Evelyn Duldulao was also recognized during the DA-CAR 30th Founding Anniversary last June 29, 2018 at Baguio City as the Regional Outstanding Rural Women under the Gender and Development Award.

This year, following the desk evaluation being done nationwide, a field validation was conducted in Luna, Apayao last August 16, 2018 and other finalists in other regions to assess and validate the documents submitted to them.

The field validation team was led by the DA Central Office, DA- Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), DA- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and among others.

A mother of three, Duldulao, 55, cited how their integrated farm started. She used to own a business on “Buying and Selling” of fruits and vegetables. To be able to support her family, she decided to plant vegetables in their own farm. Aside from vegetables, they also ventured in rice farming in a one half hectare area.

To gain more income, the family adopted the Palayamanan concept of farming system. They integrated fish, livestock and poultry production in their rice and vegetable area. She also attended several trainings conducted by the concerned agencies such as Farmers Field School on Climate Smart Farm Business School, Palay Check Systems, Good Agricultural Practices in Rice and Corn, and among others.

Having flourished due to her improved knowledge in farming and good farm management, their one half hectare farm area expanded into two hectares.

Being the president of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) of their municipality, she also led the members to opportunities such as trainings, seminars and special occasions of the barangay.

At present, they is managing their learning site that was named after her husband and Mrs. Duldulao, “REVELYN DULDULAO’S FARM-Learning Site for AGRICULTURE”. The learning site was also accredited by the Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Training Institute- Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-ATI-CAR) last 2016.//HDanis


 

Local government units (LGUs) of Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga and representatives from various line agencies recently converged in a consultation workshop for the enhancement of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) 2018 – 2023, at City Travel Hotel, Baguio City last July 31 – August 1, 2018.

The AFMP is a six-year plan to develop and modernize the agriculture and fisheries sector as mandated by the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) Section 13 which will serve as basis for determining the priority programs of the government as well as private investments.

With the institutionalization of the AFMP as basis for annual planning, the science-based tools used in the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) planning and budgeting processes were adopted. This includes the Value Chain Analysis (VCA), expanded Vulnerability and Suitability Assessment (eVSA), Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA), and Provincial/City Commodity Investment Plan (P/CCIP); as well as the results framework approach and partnerships within government and to private sectors.

“The AFMP is for the entire agriculture and fisheries sector which aims to expand economic opportunities for those engaged in producing agriculture, fishery and forestry products; and to increase access of small farmers and fishefolks to economic opportunities,” said Armylene Posada from the DA National Office.

During the consultation workshop, DA-CAR Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division Chief Susan D. Balanza discussed the main objective of the workshop which is to gather specific interventions identified by stakeholders particularly on priority commodities without roadmap, PCIP, and VCA.

“The data in the PCIPs will be automatically incorporated in the AFMP. However, the commodities with roadmap and those that has already VCAs will no longer be included in the selection of commodity to be prioritized,” said Balanza.

To brief the participants on the process of selecting commodities to be prioritized, the PCIP process was explained along with the regional development framework for rice, corn, livestock, fisheries, high value crops, organic, research and development, agriculture and marketing, production, policy, regulatory, rural infrastructure, extension, credit and Halal.

Workshop mechanics and the “AFMP Investment Capture Matrix” were also presented to guide the participants in their planning exercises.

Balanza emphasized that the selection of priority commodities should be based from the criteria for interventions which are sustainable, accessible and acceptable to small and poor farmers, does not contribute to environmental degradation, should be climate resilient, and should benefit majority of the farmers.

Meanwhile, similar activities were previously conducted for the province of Benguet, Mt. Province, and Abra. Cutflower and ornamentals were identified by Benguet; citrus for Mt. Province; and cacao, livestock and lowland vegetables for Abra.

For this batch, all three (3) provinces identified livestock as a priority commodity with the inclusion of pineapple for Apayao, and highland vegetables for Ifugao.

During the presentation of workshop outputs, representatives from the DA banner programs and line agencies provided inputs for the consideration of the provinces in their planning.

“Let us take into consideration our watersheds so that we can take care and protect our forest areas as we plan for these interventions,” said Nova Lee P. Rodriguez of Apayao Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). She emphasized the importance of convergence among different agencies in providing interventions in support to the identified commodities.

Balanza said that the data from the consultation workshops that were conducted will be finalized and refined taking into consideration, the comments/ suggestions and inputs of DA and other agencies before it would be encoded in the system.

The AFMP is formulated to flesh out the agriculture and fisheries chapter of the Philippine Development Plan 2018 - 2023 and to comply with the PRDP loan covenant to develop the successor AFMP by 2018.// ELVY S. TAQUIO, DA-PRDP RPCO-CAR InfoACE