The rural improvement clubs (RICs) of the Cordillera region were challenged to keep improving their projects and contribute to the thrust of the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) towards food security.

In pursuit of implementing and enhancing their livelihood projects with support from the agency and the government as a whole, the RICs were also urged to be mindful of the common responsibility that they must share in feeding their communities and the nation.

This was highlighted during the RIC Convention last February 6-9 at the ATI-CAR, BSU Compound, La Trinidad Benguet, by DA-CAR Regional Technical Director Danilo P. Daguio. He represented the Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo in the said convention.

The RIC is a non-government women organization technically assisted by the Agricultural Technician of a local government unit. It is a voluntary barangay-based organization, composed of 20-30 rural women with varied interests and capabilities and is mobilized for the implementation of socio-economic projects in the community.

Daguio said the RIC members, as a mothers in their homes were the one who assures that food must be served at the table which means they were the front liners in securing food.

Also from the message of RED Edillo, the department recognized the role of the women towards nation building and always as partner in development.

We value the strengths, capabilities, creativeness and resourcefulness of the RIC as a community-based association which serves to alleviate poverty and hunger, as well as the attainment of food security, RTD Daguio added. 

He encouraged the members of the RIC to join the annual Gawad Saka Search with a sizable the prize that can also help them implement more livelihood projects for their members.

The theme of the said event was “Women key towards securing food for the home, community and the nation”.// Alfredo C. Canero III


Organic agriculture regional focal persons from all regions of the country convened in Baguio City on February 8, 2018 for a post-evaluation of the 14th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC).

A planning workshop for the implementation of the 15th NOAC was also conducted as part of the event.

The occasion aims to assess the 14th NOAC that was held in Cagayan de Oro last October 2017, particularly to identify windows to improve the conduct of the 15th NOAC this year (2018).

NOAC is an event conducted yearly by the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP) which gathers major industry players including farmer producers/practitioners, operators of organic establishments, researchers, educators, policy makers and other industry enthusiasts.

It is an event that opens opportunities for key players to learn more about organic farming and share related experiences, as well as drum up support to the sector in advancing its social, environmental, and economic contributions to nation building.

Regional Technical Director for Operations, Engr. Danilo P. Daguio emphasized the importance of planning in achieving the goals of the program stating that “whenever you plan, you plan to succeed.”

Also, he assured the support of the region in the promotion of organic agriculture in the country in making every Filipino live a healthy life.

Director Christopher V. Morales, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Program, challenged the focal persons to think of a different way on how to implement the congress in a special way. “We encourage everyone to think out of the box and share to us any idea that can be adopted in the changing needs of the event,” Morales said.

Participants agreed to have a thematic focus this year which will be their guide in achieving the goals and objectives of the program.

Present during the activity were representatives from the implementing agencies such as Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), Bureau of Plant in Industry (BPI), Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), and DA-CAR-OAP staff headed by Ms. Lilibeth C. Paraoan, CAR Organic Focal Person.// Leny Mendoza