Seven out of the eight regional winners of this year’s search for the National Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Award (NOAAA) made it to the national level.

This was confirmed by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office Cordillera (DA-RFO-CAR) through its Organic Agriculture Program (OAP).

The 6 finalists from Benguet include the MLGU Tublay as Outstanding Municipality, Teresita Guevarra of La Trinidad as Outstanding Provincial Focal Person, Berto Bayeng from Itogon as Oustanding Municipal Focal Person, Tublay Organic Practitioners Association Inc. (TOFPAI) as Outstanding Farmer’s Group, Jose Sacley Family from Atok as Outstanding Organic Farming Family and Romeo Kimbungan from Tuba as Outstanding Small Farmer.

Shiela Maie Butic is the lone finalist from Lamut, Ifugao as an Outstanding Agriculture Extension Worker.

The National Organic Agriculture Program together with the National Technical Search Committee will be conducting a field validation for the shortlisted nominees for the 2018 NOAAA. 

The NOAAA is given by the DA to LGU’s provincial and municipal, focal persons, agricultural extension workers, farmers’ organizations, small farmers and farming families in recognition for their exemplary contribution and unwavering support towards the implementation of RA 10068 and achievement of the National Organic Agriculture Program’s envisioned goals.

The 7 finalists were nominated to the National Search for Organic Agriculture Achievers Award (NOAAA) after they were selected as Regional Organic Agriculture Achievers Awardee.

In recognition to their significant contribution in the region, DA-RFO- CAR will be awarding the 7 national finalists together with the Province of Benguet as an Outstanding Province on the Regional Organic Agriculture Achievers Awarding on June 29, 2018 at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City.//RDibdiben


Pet owners and their furry friends walked with pride as they strutted around Tabuk City as part of a series of veterinary mission activities by the Tabuk City Veterinary Office (CVO) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region during the Matagoan Festival on June 21-22, 2018.

Free veterinary services such as rabies vaccination, deworming, pet consultation, and neutering were made available at the Tabuk City Hall grounds.

A total of 29 pets were neutered with a breakdown of 18 dogs and 5 cats castrated, and 4 dogs and 2 cats spayed.

There were 41 pets vaccinated then they were given a tag which indicates the date of vaccination and a scarf with the text “I’m Rabies Vaccinated” emblazoned on it.

Dr. Carmen Wanas of the CVO-Tabuk said that the activity is in line with the Rabies Prevention and Control Program of the Philippines.

“This vet mission also serves as rabies information campaign to the people of Tabuk. The activity was conducted during the Matagaon festival so that we can show and instill responsible pet ownership to a bigger audience,” she added.

Also, through neutering, Dr. Wanas hoped to lower the population of stray animals in the city that may be potential sources of rabies.

Accordingly, the rabies virus is 100% fatal but also 100% preventable through vaccination.

As of the present, Kalinga has six positive cases of rabies with three specifically in Tabuk City, as recorded by the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory-CAR.//Ayra Galanza