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Province of Ilocos Sur

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Agriculture, Fisheries and Livelihood

Ilocos Sur is Quality Corn Hall of Fame

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur through the strong leadership of Governor Ryan Singson was hailed as the most outstanding quality corn achiever of the Philippines which brought the province the Hall of Fame during this year 2017. During the past three years Ilocos Sur is consistent in developing the different programs in the agriculture section which the corn product is greatly attended. Ilocos Sur was awarded by the Department of Agriculture during the 5th National Quality Corn Achievers’ Awarding Ceremony held during the 13th Philippine National Corn Congress at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City Manila on November 22, 2017. Provincial Agriculturist Constante Botacion was again honored as outstanding provincial agriculturist of the Philippines and Oscar Tobia as outstanding provincial corn coordinator. The province was awarded the same title in the past two years for having an exemplary high grade corn produce with an average of 2.24 metric tons yield increment. This year, in the random sampling made by the evaluators from the DA, the corn productivity of the province has doubled into 5.8 metric tons. “This is a great success of our province. We are already a hall of famer but that doesn’t stop us to go through developing the corn products of our province, we will take it again as a challenge on how to sustain and even improve the corn industry. The cash award we received for the past two years aided the corn farmers in their post-production through the purchased machineries and hauling trucks. This year’s award will again be allotted to them but we will let our farmers decide of the kind of projects that would benefit them.” Gov. Ryan said. His administration has initiated different programs since he assumed office to increase the production and raise the quality of corn seeds planted in farmlands. These include production support, provision of farm implements, irrigation and water system, farm machinery extension and training support, and even marketing support that lead to high quality corn produce. The Ryan Corn Assistance Program is a flagship program establish by Gov. Ryan Singson’s administration. Under this program, the corn farmers are extended free hybrid corn seeds, fertilizers, farm machineries and equipment support and technical trainings. At present, there are 14,000 hectares planted with hybrid corn. 2,000 hectares are planted with white corn and 12, 000 hectares planted with yellow corn. These can produce five tons per hectare every cropping. In the span of three years the production of corn in the province was increased to 16.9 percent. A plaque was given to the Province aside from the five million pesos cash award handed by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol and other national officials of the Department of Agriculture. Aside from the cash price, additional 5 million pesos is being awaited by the Ilocosurians from the Department of Agriculture as promised by DA Secretary Piñol served as an additional price.

NTA, PGIS Deliver Financial Assistance to Tobacco Farmers

Dr. Robert Seares Sr., the new National Tobacco Administrator, who is from neighboring province of Abra came to the Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol to deliver financial assistance for the Tobacco Farmers in this province. In joint coordination with the Provincial Government, the agency was able to allocate 103.5 million pesos purposely to uplift the Tobacco Industry. The One hundred million pesos was given to those farmers whose tobacco farms were devastated by Super Typhoon Lawin last October 2016. The other 3.5 million pesos was given to the different Tobacco Farmers Association for the establishment of curing barn. A total of nine thousand tobacco farmers from the municipalities of Sinait, Cabugao, San Juan, Magsingal, Burgos, Sta.Cruz. Quirino, San Emilio, Tagudin and Candon City were benefited from these projects. Governor Ryan Singson said that the Tobacco Industry has been one of the pillars of success of Ilocos Sur. He further said that the proceeds of RA 7171 or the tobacco excise tax brings a lot of development such as the construction of several post-harvest facilities, farm-to-market roads, and provision of different farm implements. “We became a first class province with the great help of RA 7171. Tobacco is the lifeblood of our province that is why we should sustain and improve this industry,” Gov. Singson added. Now that the coordination of NTA and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur is strengthened, Gov. Singson wants to have a proper pricing of Tobacco products and he plans to establish a Tobacco Farmers’ Training Center here in the province.

Ilocos Sur Fishermen receives 10 motorized Bangka from BFAR

Fisherfolks from the municipalities of Sto. Domingo and Santa, Ilocos Sur received ten (10) units of motorized bangka through the initiative of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur. These fishing equipment were given as assistance under the program called “Ayuda” of the National Government to develop the fishery industry among provinces. The bangka are made of fiberglass making them more durable and convenient to use for the fishermen. The distributed boats were not fully furnished. The BFAR will provide skills training among fishermen for the finishing touches and proper maintenance of the equipment. In return, the Bureau will provide cash for work for the labor of the fishermen. Governor Ryan Singson wants to pamper the fisher folks to eliminate illegal fishing in the province to preserve marine animals and in order to create a sea food hub in the province through giving assistance and projects. In return, the Governor wants to develop discipline among fishermen that would lead to a progressive livelihood and tourism in the province. “We need the cooperation of every fisherman because we want to create a seafood hub in our province to make our eighteen coastal barangays more productive”, Gov. Ryan concluded. In line with this, the Governor invited a marine expert to teach the fishermen in preserving different fishes. Region 1 BFAR Director Nestor Domenden also reiterated to the fishermen to promote peaceful seashores in support to their conservation program which all provinces in the Philippines will be competing for the this program. Eighteen (18) more motorized bangka from the BFAR are coming ahead for the other coastal barangays in the province.

Ilocos Sur receives “Gawad Pagkilala” Award

The provincial government of Ilocos Sur was awarded with “Gawad Pagkilala” from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources during the awarding ceremony held at the Philippine Coconut Authority Office in Diliman, Quezon City on October 21, 2016. The award is in recognition of the province’s efficient and effective implementation of fishery development programs such as the strictly implementation of anti-illegal fishing, provision of fishing paraphernalia to the fisher folks, conduct of trainings and provision of different livelihood to coastal barangays. The provincial government sees the needs of the people living in the coastal areas who are dependent on fishing that is why one of the priority projects of Governor Singson’s administration is to improve fishery production and uplift the life of the fishermen. He believes that this attainment of award was made possible through the concerted efforts of PGIS, stakeholders and the different fishermen association. “I thank all our fisher folks for supporting our projects in the implementation of aquaculture development in our province. We received such award because of their efforts and cooperation.” Gov. Ryan expressed. Provincial Agriculturist Constante Botacion received the award from BFAR in behalf of Governor Ryan Singson. Ilocos Sur was the only provincial government awardee. The two other awardees are both municipalities.

Ilocos Sur is Back To Back National Corn Achiever

For the second time in a row, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur under the leadership of Governor Ryan Singson was adjudged as outstanding province under the National Quality Corn Achievers Award 2016. Ilocos Sur was awarded by the Department of Agriculture during the 4th National Quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony held at The Farm, Koronadal City, South Cotabato on November 16, 2016. The Municipality of Sta. Maria was also a grand slam awardee for the municipal category. Provincial Agriculturist Constante Botacion was again honored as outstanding provincial agriculturist of the Philippines and Oscar Tobia as outstanding provincial corn coordinator. Along with them were Grace Cardona and Diosdado Mendoza of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur as outstanding municipal agriculturist and outstanding municipal corn coordinator respectively, while agricultural technologists Ronan Tumbaga of Bantay and Oliver Quidangen of Burgos, Ilocos Sur were recognized as outstanding agricultural extension workers. The province was awarded the same title last year at Clark, Pampanga for having an outstanding high grade corn produce with an average yield increment of 2.24 %. This year, in the random sampling made by the evaluators from the DA, the quality of the corn produce in the province is premium grade. Gov Ryan said that this back to back award is a great achievement which was realized through the strong support of the provincial government, the Department of Agriculture and the Local Government Units and also not to discount the great performance demonstrated by the farmer's sector. His administration has initiated different programs since he assumed office to increase the production and raise the quality of corn seeds planted in farmlands. These include production support, provision of farm implements, irrigation and water system, farm machinery extension and training support, and even marketing support that lead to high quality corn produce. “This is again a success of our province but it is also a challenge to us on how to sustain and even improve the corn industry. The cash prize we received last year will aid the farmers in their post-production through the purchased hauling trucks. This year’s award will again be allotted to them but we will let our farmers decide of the kind of projects that would benefit them.” Gov. Ryan added. A plaque was given to the Province aside from the three million pesos cash prize handed by the Department of Agriculture National Officials.

PGIS accepts Brown4 Good Challenge

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Ryan Singson accepted the Brown4 Good Challenge of the Department of Agriculture in celebration of Rice awareness month with a theme “Be RICEponsible in your own way”. In participation, the PGIS employees and pupils together with their teacher of Burgos East Elementary School ate brown rice together in a boodle fight at the provincial capitol grounds. Before eating, they took selfies and immediately uploaded to social media with a hash tag Brown4 good and hash tag Region 1. This year, the Department of Agriculture highlights the production and consumption of brown rice to help the farmers increase their income and to contribute to rice self-sufficiency in our country. The Philippine Rice Research Institute started to promote the consumption of brown rice last September 23 this year through simply taking pictures while eating brown rice and uploading it to social media with a hash tag Brown4 good hash tag Region 1. Every hash tag is equivalent to 100 grams of brown rice to be donated to poor families in the country. “We can say that it benefits the farmers because brown rice has a higher milling recovery compared to white rice. Brown rice has 75 percent milling recovery while polished rice has only 65 percent.” Mr. Constante Botacion, Provincial Agriculturist said. Brown rice has a higher dietary values compared to white rice. It also helps reduce the risk for type II diabetes. National Rice Awareness Month is celebrated every November pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 524, s.2004.

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