The provincial government of Ilocos Sur received a cash incentive amounting to one hundred seventy nine thousand one hundred pesos (P179,100.00) from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). PCA representative, Engineer Bobbie Simon handed over the award to Governor Ryan Singson and Provincial ENMRO Officer Raymund Sinay during the ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol on April 12, 2016. The cash incentive serves as an award for the successful implementation of projects for coconut production. The provincial government was able to grow more than eight thousand coconut seedlings of two feet height pegged at eighteen pesos for every seedling. “We strongly support this project and we encourage the coastal barangays to plant more coconut trees. This also provides livelihood to the people and we can make different local products out of coconut trees.” Gov. Ryan added. The Philippine Coconut Authority said that giving cash incentive is one way to encourage the community to grow coconut trees in order to protect our environment. Coconut is one of the most useful trees in the country. “It is so called the ‘tree of life’ because every part of the tree from roots to fruits has many uses. It is the source of virgin coconut oil, the source of different food products and different handy craft products,” Engr. Simon stated. Meanwhile, the two feet height coco seed nuts are distributed to the coastal barangays in order to rehabilitate the beach forests in the province. There will be a monitoring to be conducted after three to four and the barangay will also receive cash incentive of twenty two pesos for every fully grown coconut tree.
The province of Ilocos Sur bags seven awards in the 11th National Corn Congress and 3rd Quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony held at Clark, Pampanga on October 22, 2015. The Department of Agriculture has chosen Ilocos Sur as one of Five Outstanding Provinces recognizing the milestones of the province in quality corn production. The other provinces in the top five are Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Occidental Mindoro and Agusan del Norte. Governor Ryan Singson together with Vice Governor DV Savellano and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members received the plaque and the cash award of three million pesos. Aside from this, Mr. Constante Botacion Jr. was chosen as outstanding Provincial Agriculturist and Oscar Tobia was awarded as outstanding Provincial Corn Coordinator. The efforts of the some municipalities in their contribution in corn production was also recognized where the Local Government Unit of Sta. Maria was selected as Outstanding Municipality, its Municipal Agriculturist Grace Cardona and Corn Coordinator Diosdado Mendoza also received plaques and cash awards. Ronald Tumbaga from Bantay Ilocos Sur was chosen as Outstanding Agricultural Extension Worker. “These awards will serve as inspiration and at the same time challenge to us to continue the programs in order to maintain quality production of corn in Ilocos Sur. We aim for another year of success until we will get a hall of fame”. Gov. Ryan Singson said. Gov. Singson believes that this achievement is through the full support of the provincial government to the farmers sector. 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. The three million pesos cash award will be allotted by the Provincial Government in purchasing a hauling truck to be used by the corned farmers in traveling their produce.
Sinait, Ilocos Sur- The provincial government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson inaugurated the newly paved farm to market roads in the municipality of Sinait. Three farm to market roads were built in the Barangays of Calingayan, Marnay and Barikir to lessen the cost of post-harvest production of the farmers. This will result to an efficient travel of their goods to the market and eliminate the middlemen who usually benefit from the farmer’s products. With this project, low price, fresh and nutritious foods will be accessible to arcades. It gives advantage to both producers and consumers resulting to agricultural productivity and food security. “Farm to market roads will not only improve our agricultural sector but also the lives of our farmers and their families. This will lessen their difficulties in bringing their goods to the people.” Gov. Ryan said. Apart from the FMR, Brgy Gongogong in the town of San Ildefonso was also extended help by the provincial government through funding of the construction of the barangay hall. The building was constructed with the cooperation of the Citizen’s Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party list thru Representative Sherwin Tugma. The Barangay officials expressed their sincere thanks for having a conducive and ventilated workplace. The hall will serve as a place for serving the residents of Gongogong.
The provincial government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson distributed goat breeder to the different goat raisers in the province. Each association received one male and two female goats to produce youngs. This will serve as additional source of income for the raisers where they can sell the animals to restaurants or make products such as milk candy or cheese. The distributed animals are hybrid goats. In a span of four months, it can now be sold amounting to more than five thousand pesos per head. Aside from the animals, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) also provided trainings and seminars to equip the goat raisers in maintaining their livelihood. They also gave out vitamins for the animals and grass to be planted as food for the goats. “The provincial government wants to provide livelihood for our goat raisers to aid them in gaining profit without spending a big capital” Gov. Ryan said. The association of goat raisers were very thankful for the assistance they received. “We are blessed for having this kind of livelihood. We will take good care of this beautiful present” goat raiser, Benjamin Tabor said.
Vigan City- The province of Ilocos Sur was chosen as one of the top 5 quality corn achiever for producing high quality corn among the corn-producing provinces in the country. The other provinces in the top five are Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Occidental Mindoro and Agusan del Norte. The provincial government has been in full support and implementation of improved corn production. The Hybrid Corn Assistance Program was established in the year 2012. Under this program, the corn farmers are extended free corn seeds, fertilizers, farm machineries and equipment support and technical trainings. For this reason, that the province achieved its goal to improve the agricultural sector producing high quality yields and increased production in the period of three years. 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 5 tons per hectare every cropping.
Vigan City- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources headed by Gov. Ryan Singson distributes seedlings that can protect the shorelines and marines lives from the crucial impact of climate change. The seedling includes Mangrove, Batong and Talisay. These were given to eight barangays and three municipalities including Sinait, Tagudin and Sta. Catalina. The program aims to promote environmental awareness that would help to the recovery of our mother earth especially on shorelines. These seedlings will serve as a fighting tool for the crucial impact of climate change by preventing the shorelines from degradation, absorbing carbon dioxide and prevents water pollution. They can also give captivating view along the seashore and can provide shelter to the different species of marine lives. “I encourage you to keep in mind a caring concern that through our collaborated efforts and determination, our efforts today will not go to waste.” Gov. Ryan said.