Alcala leads distribution of machinery, funds to Region 12 farmer groups, LGUs

November 11, 2015 7:37 am 

KORONADAL CITY, Nov. 11 — For the third time this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will again dish out today (Wednesday) more than PHP.5 billion worth of projects to local government units (LGUs) and farmer groups in SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

The activity will take place in front of the new DA RFO 12 building, Regional Center, Barangay Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.

Amalia Jayag-Datukan, DA-12 regional executive director, disclosed that DA RFO 12 is set to turn-over more than PHP538 million worth of projects composed of farm machine and fund transfers which will serve as the highest point of the “Grand Ulat sa Bayan” cum Distribution of Farm Machines and Other Projects.

The lady director also confirmed that Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will lead the grand activity which is expected to muster not less than 2,500 farmers, fisherfolk, barangay and local officials, and other agriculture industry stakeholders.

Aside from the distribution of projects, Datukan said the activity will have a twist compared to previous “Ulat sa Bayan” where the DA-12 did all the talking and divulging to the public what it has done, has been doing and planned to do in the future.

“This time, we will let our local chief executives and our farmers to speak for us by sharing their experiences in the implementation of our projects,” she said, adding that these recipients are expected to make known to the public the projects that they received from the DA.

Datukan also said that these farmers and LCEs will share how these projects from the DA have led them to attain greater productivity and translated to bigger incomes which will serve as concrete testaments that government interventions definitely produce good results and yield.

Among farmers who will speak during the activity is Jerry Soguilon, president of an irrigation association (IA) in M’lang, North Cotabato whose IA received various farm machinery from DA like rice combine harvester, four-wheel drive tractor with backhoe, among others.

For the local officials, sharers include T’boli Mayor Dibu Tuan where his town received more than PHP125 million worth of farm-to-market roads from the government’s peace-building program.

Of the PHP538 million worth of projects to be given to LGUs and farmer groups, PHP157.7 million will be spent on farm-to-market roads (FMRs) and other infra projects implemented under the Philippine Rural Development Project; PHP125.4 million for FMRs under regular fund, and PHP89.6 million worth of FMR sub-projects under SOCSKSARGEN ADPO; and PHP1.25 milllion livelihood program from Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB).

From the Agri Pinoy Program, the projects to be turned-over are: PHP27.6 million from Rice Program; P42.5 million under Corn Program; P11.8 million from High Value Crops Development Program; and Php3.5 million from the Organic Agriculture Program.

Meanwhile attached agencies that include Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC 12) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR 12) will also be handing-over checks and certificates of turn-over to their identified recipients.

Different incentives such as farm machine and other agricultural inputs are up for grabs as incentives to those who will take their share in the activity.

Today’s activity is the third time in 2015 following Alcala’s visit on July 30 at the Region 12 Center in line with the inauguration of the new DA RFO 12 building where around Php1.50 billion worth of projects were turned over to their recipients.

His first visit this year was on April 10 where he distributed PHP400 million worth of agri-based projects among conflict-affected areas in North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City.

Datukan said all these are geared toward an increased productivity to sustain food sufficiency program of the national government, especially with the impending drought to hit Mindanao.

SOCCSKSARGEN is composed of the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Saranggani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong and Gen. Santos City. (PNA)



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