RAED chief Engr. Filemon Salvador explaining the technical logistics of the construction of Manawag SWIP to farmer beneficiaries.


APAYAO—Farmers of Barangay Luyon, Luna, Apayao have switched on the green light and gave their full approval for the Department of Agriculture-CAR to start the construction of the Manawag Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) .

The approval of the barangay was given during a consultation cum social preparation meeting held at the Luyon, Barangay Hall on March 6, 2018. The meeting was organized and facilitated by the Regional Agricultural Engineering Division (RAED) headed by Engr.Filemon Salvador, RAED Chief and his staff. The consultation was attended by farmers from the Luyon Farmer’s Association, LGU representatives and Municipal Agriculturist Florencio Agustin.

“This is what you’ve been waiting for. After years of waiting and undergoing all needed processes, finally we are ready for the construction of the Manawag SWIP. It has been approved with an allotted budged of PHP 17,500 million,” Engr. Salvador told the farmer beneficiaries gathered in the meeting. He informed them further that, the notice to proceed in the construction of the SWIP has already been issued by the agency last February to the contractors of Star Pacific Directors who committed to finish the project in 180 days or 6 months upon commencement. Some 15% or 2.6M of the total project budget was released as mobilization fund.

Ensuring the smooth acceptance of the farmers on the construction of the project and avoid future misunderstandings from farmer land owners that could halt the SWIP’s construction work; where the access road will pass; location of temporary camps; clearing of the SWIP area; and measurements of structures to be built were discussed during the meeting.

Both, Luyon Farmer’s Association President Mr. Melinio Sibayan and Municipal Agriculturist Florencio Agustin respectively, expressed their gratitude that the project has finally come through to benefit some sixty five farmer families around the Barangay and contribute further to the current administration’s thrust toward the country’s rice self-sufficiency.

The Municipal Local Government Unit is encouraged to hasten the securing of the environmental compliance certificate for the project. The Small Water Impounding System Association (SWISA) is also expected to inspect the site soon upon the start of the construction.//Ynapuy


    A writeshop that sought to enhance the learning module of the School-on-Air (SoA) Program of Department of Agriculture (DA)-CAR for corn farmers in Paracelis, Mountain Province; and, Tanudan, Kalinga was held on March 8 and 9, 2018 at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City.

    The two day activity was participated by the agricultural technicians (ATs) from the local government units (LGUs), farmer representatives, and personnel from the Corn, Rice and Livestock banner programs; Regulatory Division, and Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS).


     According to Betty C. Listino, resource person, the reason of the enhancement is to address the suggestion and concerns from the pre-orientation held at Tabuk, Kalinga last February.

     “The content of the previous module was too technical in terms of content and also we are doing this to develop the module in a participatory manner,” said Listino.

     Issues such as soil erosion, depletion of the soil, culture of the people and other matter that may occur before, during and after the implementation of the program were discussed and taken into consideration during the writeshop.

      On the other hand, the activity was made possible through the participation and collaboration of the representatives from the different banner programs of DA.

     Moreover, the activity was able to complete the initial write-up for nine modules with different lessons including the special courses, Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Areas (SCoPSA); and, Rice-Corn Blend which was added during the activity.

     Evaluation tools, and broadcast forms for feedback, pre and post diagnostic test, general course evaluation and, practicum form were also enhanced to complement the revamped module.//Krizzalyn M. Gavino, BSU DevCom 2018