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Aggie Trends January 2011

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Vol. XXVI No. 1
A monthly publication of the Department of Agriculture
Vol. XXVI No. 1
A monthly publication of the Department of Agriculture

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Vol. XXVI No. 1 A monthly publication of the Department of Agriculture January 2011
Mindanao LMindanao LMindanao LMindanao LMindanao LGUs pr GUs pr GUs pr GUs pr GUs pr opose P6.4-B pr opose P6.4-B pr opose P6.4-B pr opose P6.4-B pr opose P6.4-B pr ojectsojectsojectsojectsojects
DA allots P12.8B for irrigation
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 Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (left) shares with World  Bank country director Bert Hofman (2nd from right) and MarkWoodward (right), WB sustainable development leader, the success stories of two lady farmers who now live comfortably as their in- comes have increased considerably by selling their produce directly at the
Sentrong Pamilihan ng Produktong Agrikultural sa Quezon
(SPPAQ) in Sariaya, one of the country’s major trading posts.
Provincial and municipal gov-ernments in Mindanao have pro-posed a total of P6.38-billionworth of rural infrastructureprojects under the second phaseof the World Bank funded-Mindanao Rural DevelopmentProgram (MRDP2), implementedby the Department of Agriculture.“The total project proposalshave exceeded our original tar-get of P4.3B by 50%,” said Agri-culture Secretary Proceso J.Alcala in his report to PresidentBenigno S. Aquino III.Such favorable development,Secretary Alcala added, was aresult of the DA’s strategy to helpMindanao LGUs raise the requiredcounterpart of 50% for every in-frastructure project .Participating or ‘enrolled’ mu-nicipalities need only to raise10% of project cost as equity,while the DA will shoulder 40%.The MRDP will provide one-halffrom the WB loan.“In a way, this also shows thetrust and confidence of Mindanaolocal executives on HisExcellency’s administration, asparticipation in MRDP projectsfrom 2007 to 2010 was only15%,” noted Sec. Alcala in hisreport to President Aquino.Of the total P6.38-B infrastruc-ture projects, P1.22B are eithercompleted, ongoing and underprocurement; P2.1B-worth areunder review; and P3.04 B are be-ing packaged for submission byLGU proponents.
100 LGU Chiefs Attend Forum
Meanwhile, more than 100Mindanao LGU executives at-tended
the MRDP consultation,January 27, in Cagayan de OroCity.The one-day event was unprec-edented, as it gathered nine gov-ernors, seven congressmen andmore than 80 city and municipalmayors, and vice mayors, dis-cussing ways and mutual coop-eration to speed up the imple-mentation of various MRDP infra-structure and livelihood projects.The MRDP2 covers Mindanao’s
PCIC pays P245M in crop claims 
Senator Francis Pangilinan (right), chair of the Senate agriculture committee and Congressional Oversight Committee on Agricultural  and Fisheries Modernization (COCAFM), suggests some topics to be discussed at the COCAFM organizational meeting, Jan. 30, 2011, at the DA-BSWM convention hall, With him are (from left) Agricul- ture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, COCAFM co-chair Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza, and COCAFM members Rep. Jesus Sacdalan and Rep. Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo.
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The National Irrigation Admin-istration (NIA) is getting the lion’sshare of the 2011 budget of theDepartment of Agriculture, atP12.79 billion, representingroughly 37% of the DA’s totalbudget for the year.“As irrigation is directly propor-tional to rice production, weshould provide it the neededfunds so we can attain our riceself-sufficiency target by 2013,”said Agriculture SecretaryProceso J. Alcala.Of the total NIA budget, about61% or P7.75B is allotted for 43locally-funded projects (LFPs),while the rest is for six foreign-assisted projects (FAPs), addedNIA administrator Antonio Nangel.Altogether, Sec. Alcala said theprojects will contribute to increas-ing rice production this year andin succeeding years, as addi-tional areas will be irrigated, to-talling some 156,000 hectares.At an average yield of five tonsof palay per hectare per cropping,and two croppings a year, suchadditional hectarage will contrib-ute at least 1.56 million tons ofpalay annually, Nangel said.When completed, the local andforeign-funded irrigation projectswill irrigate a total of 27,131 hect-The Department of Agriculturethrough the Philippine Crop Insur-ance Corp. (PCIC) has paid a to-tal of P245.5 million to 28,419farmers, enabling them to recoverand start anew, from crop dam-ages due to El Niño in the firstsemester and typhoon ‘Juan’ inthe latter half of 2010.In a report to Agriculture Sec-retary Proceso J. Alcala, PCICpresident Jovy Bernabe said theamount was the biggest indem-nification the agency has paid inthe last 30 years.Despite this record, Sec.Alcala has instructed the PCICto further reduce the processingtime, ranging from 9 to 19 days,to seven to 10 working days.He issued the order during ameeting of the regional manage-ment committee (RMC) inCARAGA, middle of January.In all, the PCIC in 2010 insuredP5.95-B worth of agricultural in-vestments, 13% more than in2009, at P5.2B.
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Contributors:
DA-RFU Info Officers, Public Info Officers and Staff of DABureaus, Attached Agencies & Corporations, Foreign-Assisted Projects
is published monthly by the Department of Agriculture InformationService, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City. Tel. nos. 9288762 loc 2148,2150, 2155, 2156 or 2184; 9204080 or tel/fax 9280588. This issue is availablein PDF file. For copies, please send requests via email: da_afis@yahoo.com.
Editor-In-Chief 
: Noel O. Reyes
 Associate Editors:
Karenina Salazar & Cheryl C. Suarez 
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Jose Lucas, Alan Jay Jacalan, & Kathrino Resurreccion
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Editorial
Game na!
Mula sa dating pagbibigay ng subsidyo at pinansyal na tulong sa mga magsasaka,mas inuuna na ang pagsasaayos ng imprastraktura para mas matagal ang benepisyo at mas marami ang makinabang.Ito ang isa sa mga malaking pagbabago sa direksyon ng Department of Agriculture.Kasabay nito ay ang patuloy na pagsuporta sa mga magsasaka at lokal na industriya, kahit pa sabihin na mas murang bumili ng bigas sa ibang bansa.Ganito ang layon ni Sec.Proceso ‘Procy’ J. Alcala sa pamunuan ng DA, alinsunod sa balangkas o ‘framework’ ng Agri-Pinoy.Mula ngayon, ani Sec ‘Procy,’ ang anumang programa ng DA ay dapat tutugon sa apat na prinsipyo ng Agri-Pinoy.Ang mga ito ay: 1) Food security and self- sufficiency; 2) Sustainable agriculture and fishery; 3) Natural resource management; 4) Local development.Maliban sa mga prinsipyong ito, ang bawat programa ng DA ay kailangang tumugon sa mga sumusunod na ‘check list:’ 1) Broad-based o marami ang nakikilahok at makikinabang; 2) May pagtutulungan sa mga samahan ng magsasaka, lokal na pamahalaan, at iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno; 3)Tumutugon sa mga pangangailang binhi,kagamitan, teknolohiya at sistema sa produksyon,postharvest, processing at marketing o tinatawag na ‘farm-to-table;’ 4) Sustainable farming systems 5) Resilient o tumutugon sa mga pagbabago ng panahon at sa pandaigdigang kalakalan.Ilan lamang ito sa mga direktiba ni Sec ‘Procy’ sa mga kasapi ng DAmanagement committee o ManCom nitong unang linggo ng Enero.Inilatag niya ang ilan sa mga guideline upang mas maiging maipatupad ang mga programa at adhikain ng DA, lalung-lalo na ang mga pamamaraan upang makamit ang kasapatan sa bigas sa taong 2013.Binigyan niya rin ng diin sa bawat pinuno ng DA na dapat nilang ipaalam sa mga lokal na pinuno--Governor,Congressman, Mayor at maging Kapitan ng Barangay--ang anumang programa o proyekto na ipapatupad ng DA sa kanayunan.Sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa kanila, makasisiguro na magkakaroon ng isang kaisipan, layunin at galaw ang pagpapatupad ng anumang programa, mas maluwat at matagumpay na maisasagawa ang anumang adhikain at proyekto.Gayundi din dapat ang antas ng pakikipag-tulungan at ugnayan sa mga samahan ng magsasaka at mangingisda, NGOs at pribadong sektor.Totoo nga na napakalaki ng hamon na hinaharap ng buong pamunuan at kawanihan ng DA, lalung-lalo na ni Sec Procy.Mabigat ang nakaatang na responsibilidad at mataas ang expectation sa kanya ng taong bayan.Halimbawa, ngayon pa lamang ay marami na ang nagsasabing hindi natin makakamit ang kasapatan sa bigas sa 2013.Kaya naman, buong puso nating ibigay ang ating pakikiisa at anumang tulong kay Sec Procy at sa buong Kagawaran.Game na! 
 Mindanao LGUs ...
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26 provinces and 225 municipali-ties. It commenced in 2007 andends in 2012.To date, the MRDP has ap-proved and currently implementsvarious projects, totalling 15% ofprogram loan. This level, Secre-tary Alcala said should be in-creased to 60% by March 31,2011.One major concern proposedduring the consultation was theconcreting of critical portions ofFMRs, alloting up to 75% of totalproject cost, and the remaining25% for maintenance.Hence, the cost of ‘pipelined’FMRs will be revised accordingly,said MRDP director LealynRamos.For his part, MRDP deputy pro-gram director Arnel de Mesa saida workshop involving provincial,city and municipal engineers, andMRDP project coordinators will
Sec. Alcala (top, left) keynotes the MRDP consultation in Cagayan de Oro, attended by more than 100 Mindanao governors, congress- men, mayors and vice mayors (bottom).
be held on February 7 to 11,2011, in Davao City. The groupwill revise and evaluate existingFMR and other infrastructureprojects, finalize project propos-als and submit these for approval,on or before March 31, 2011.Sec. Alcala, who is a civil en-gineer by profession, said he willfrom hereon act as the MRDP’s‘playing coach’ and personallyoversee the implementation ofvarious projects. He committedto visit Mindanao at least onceevery two or three weeks to moni-tor MRDP projects.Among the governors presentwere: Oscar Moreno (MisamisOriental), Rodolfo del Rosario(Davao del Norte), Adolf EdwardPlaza (Agusan del Sur), EsmaelMangudadatu (Maguindanao),Ronaldo Yebes (Zamboanga delNorte), Antonio Cerilles(Zamboanga del Sur), CorazonMalayanon (Davao Oriental),
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 Floods damage P463-M crops; DA provides seeds, other farm inputs
Provide self-less service.Stay ‘clean’ and govern well tocleanse the DA’s image.Improve the lives of small farm-ers, fishers, and provide a betterfuture for their children.These are some of the initialmarching orders of AgricultureSecretary Proceso J. Alcala toall DA regional, bureau and ser-vice directors, and heads of at-tached agencies and corpora-tions, and foreign-assistedprojects, during the DA family’sfirst national ‘command confer-ence’ or management committee(ManCom) executive meeting,January 6, 2011, at the DA-Bu-reau of Soils and Water Manage-ment (BSWM) convention hall.He said the DA family officialsand staff have a lot to do in thearea of good governance, and pro-vision of quick and efficient ser-vice to clienteles, and qualityfarm inputs, equipment and infra-structure to farmers’ and fishers’groups and local governments.During the meeting, he alsopresented the “Agri-Pinoy” stra-tegic framework that will set thedirection of all exisitng and newDA programs.He said Agri-Pinoy has fourguiding principles, namely: foodsecurity and self-sufficiency; sus-tainable agriculture and fishery;natural resource management;and local development.These guiding principles shouldserve as the barometer or ‘mea-suring stick’ of current and andnew DA initiatives and programs.He urged concerned nationalcoordinators of major commod-ity programs (rice, corn, highvalue crops, fishery and live-stock) to finalize their respectivecommodity roadmap, taking intoaccount the four guiding prin-ciples of Agri-Pinoy.He told all DA regional execu-tive directors (REDs) and otherDA family officials to regularly in-form their respective provincial,city and municipal executives ofany DA project or activity--togather their support and coopera-tion, more particularly so theycould provide needed support andcounterpart funds to implementmore farm and fishery projects aspossible.He asked the DA-REDs to leadthe regular meetings of the Re-gional ManCom (RMC), composed of respective head of DAfamily agencies in the region--in-cluding the regional or districtmanager of the Land Bank of thePhilippines (as the DA Secretaryserves as a member of the LBPBoard of Directors)--to discussmajor agricultural and fishery con-cerns and issues.One such critical RMC meet-ing, Sec. Alcala said, should beheld weeks before the start of thecropping season to discuss theinterventions and assistance thatthe DA should provide farmers.He asked the REDs to helpstrengthen the seed industry intheir respective area, particularlythe seed growers’ associations.He told them to conduct an in-ventory of seed banks or storagewarehouses, if any.Under his watch, he said theDA should build at least one seedbank per province to ensure aready supply in times of calami-ties.He said planting quality seedsis the ‘bedrock of agriculture,’ fol-lowed by irrigation and sustain-able farming technologies andpractices.He rallied all DA officials to con-tribute their share in attainingAquino government’s rice self-suf-ficiency goal by 2013.He asked the National Agricul-tural and Fisheries Council(NAFC) to coordinate with otheragencies so it could streamlineand refine its proposed AKBaylivelihood program intended tobenefit poor and marginal farm-ing and fishing communities.
Sec. Alcala (3rd from right) presides over the DA family’s first na- tional ManCom executive meeting, January 6, 2011, at the BSWM  convention hall. With him (from left) are USec. Antonio Fleta, NFA Adm. Angelito Banayo, USec. Joel Rudinas, STAG member Ed delaTorre, and USec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
For its first organizationmeeting, the CongressionalOversight Committee on Agri-culture and Fisheries Modern-ization (COCAFM)--chaired bySenator Francisco Pangilinanand co-chaired by Rep. MarkLlandro Mendoza--discussedrespective updates on the threemajor laws that impact on thecountry’s agriculture and fish-ery sector.The committee members,welcomed by Agriculture Sec-retary Proceso J. Alcala, werebriefed on the implementationof the Agriculture and Fisher-ies Modernization Act (AFMA)by DA Undersecretary (USec)Segfredo Serrano, followed byUSec Antonio Fleta on the Ag-ricultural Competitiveness En-hancement Fund (ACEF), andDir. Gilberto Layese of the Bu-reau of Agriculture and Fisher-ies Product Standards on Or-ganic Agriculture Act. Alsopresent was DA USecBernadette Romulo Puyat.
COCAFM tackles updateson AFMA, ACEF, Organic Act
The meeting commencedwith Sec. Alcala welcomingSenator Pangilinan, Rep.Mendoza, and other COCAFMmembers.Thereafter, COCAFM OIC-ex-ecutive director JocelynBadiola gave an overview of thecommittee’s tasks, amongthem to oversee and monitorthe implementation of the Agri-culture and Fisheries Modern-ization Act (AFMA), and otheragri-related laws, as well asprovide legislative support tothe respective committee onagriculture at the Senate andHouse of Representatives.Senator Pangilinan said thatunder his chairmanship theCOCAFM will conduct regularconsultations and dialogueswith farmers, fishers and otherindustry stakeholders to gathertheir pulse and feedback onhow government and the legis-lature can sustain the develop-ment, modernization and com-
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Continuous rains due to a lin-gering cold front early this monthflooded farmlands and fishpondsin several regions of the coun-try, exacting an estimated lossof P463-million worth of variouscrops, livestock and fish stocks.Field reports submitted to theDepartment of Agriculture CentralAction Center (DACAC) showthat the floods submerged some47,480 hectares of crop lands ineight regions (4-B, 5, 6, 8, 9,10, 11, and 13), damaging a totalof 2,795 tons of rice, corn, andhigh value crops.Minimal damage was reportedin the fisheries and and livestocksub-sectors, with damages atP2.9M and a little over P0.5M,respectively.To enable affected farmers toreplant again, the DA has ex-tended assistance to seven re-gions (Bicol, Western Visayas,Eastern Visayas, ZamboangaPeninsula, Northern Mindanao,Davao, and CARAGA), wherefarmlands where flooded due tocontinuous rains early thismonth.Sec. Alcala personally distrib-uted said assistance when he vis-ited St. Bernard, in SouthernLeyte, along with PresidentAquino, and in other provinces.
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