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The Department of Agriculture once again recognized the efforts of the outstanding rice producers in the Philippines. The 2017 Rice Achievers Cluster Awarding Ceremony for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region 1 and Region 2 was conducted last August 30, 2018 at Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City.
The Rice Achievers Award is an annual event that aims to give recognition to the local government units (LGUs) for their significant contributions to the rice industry.
Among the achievers were the 140 outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) and 25 outstanding Local Farmer Technicians (LFTs) from the three regions.
At the same time, the outstanding provinces were also recognized. These were the province of Kalinga (CAR) under the category B (production performance of greater than or equal to an area harvested of 25,000 ha); and province of Cagayan and Isabela (Region II) under category A (production performance of greater than or equal to 250,000 MT and area harvested of 50,000 ha).
Meanwhile, the outstanding municipalities/cities were Tabuk City, Kalinga (CAR), San Mateo, Isabela (Region 2), and Manaoag, Pangasinan (Region 1).
Guest Speaker Director Lorenzo M. Caranguian, Special Assistant of the Office of the Secretary (OSEC) of the Department of Agriculture graced the said activity. Caranguian commended the achievers for their important roles in supporting the farmers in their respective communities.
The convergence led the Regional Executive Directors Cameron P. Odsey of CAR, Lucrecio R. Alviar Jr. of Region 1, and Narciso A. Edillo of Region 2 to support each other particularly to attain rice self-sufficiency in the country which is one of the agenda of DA under the leadership of Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.
There were also participants from the regional offices of CAR headed by Dr. Danilo P. Daguio, OIC- Regional Technical Director for Operations, and Dr. Virginia Tapat Chief of Field Operations Division; Region 1 headed by Erlinda F. Manipon, OIC- Regional Technical Director for Operations; Region 2 headed by Generoso M. Oli, Chief of Field Operations Division; Balbina Ernesto, CAR-RAFC Chair, and other staff from the three regions.//HDanis
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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