2016-10-4thMIMAROPAOrganic AgricultureMr. Mariano B. Racelis (inset), keynote speaker, delivers his speech during the 4th MIMAROPA Organic Congress. (Photo by: Denice Joelle Benosa)

ODIONGAN, ROMBLON. Best known as the marble-making province of MIMAROPA, Romblon was the venue of the 4th Regional Organic Agriculture Congress (ROAC) last September 19-21, 2016 at Romblon State University (RSU) Main Campus. It was spearheaded by Organic Agriculture Program in collaboration with Agri-business Marketing and Assistance Division. The congress was guided by the theme “Genuine Food for Healthy Living – Save the Earth, Go Organic”.


IMG 0452The LGU awardees stand proudly for a photo opportunity with the representatives of DA-MIMAROPA namely Ronie Panoy (first row, center), Chief of Field Operations Division; Helen Aceret, Chief of Regulatory Division (far left), Dr. Maria Teresa Altayo (woman in blue), ACCII and Regional Livestock Focal Person and Dr. Hugo Untalan, Jr. (2nd row,first person from left), Regional Rabies Coordinator and Vet II. Also with them are the representatives from the DOH regional field office.

National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee (NRPCC) declared two (2) island municipalities of Romblon namely, San Jose and Romblon,as rabies-free zone in line with the celebration of the 10th World Rabies Day on September 28. While the province of Marinduque was recognized among the 37 best Local Government Unit (LGU) Implementer of Rabies Program.


IMG 9604RIARC-Certified Organic Operator. (L-R) Ronie Panoy, Chief of Field Operations Division and Regional Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) Focal Person with Coleta Quindong, ACCIII; Rotelo Gabani and Marigin Mendoza of Oriental Mindoro Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Center (RIARC) pose for a photo opportunity showing their organic certificates during the 4th MIMAROPA Organic Congress at Romblon State University.

Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) certified three private organic operators from three different municipalities of Oriental Mindoro.


2016-09-Brown4GoodChallenge Up for the challenge. (L-R) Mr. Samuel Torreliza, owner of Yma’s Vegetarian Resturant; Ms. Melissa Macasaet, Puerto Princesa City Agriculturist;Atty. Cipriano Santiago, DA-4MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director; Erika Padilla, Brown Rice Ambassadress and GMA artist; Dr. Marissa Romero, PhilRice Senior Science Research Specialist; and Mikael Daez, Brown Rice Ambassador and GMA artist post for a photo opportunity after signing on the “Riceponsible Ako, Kakain Ako ng Brown Rice” commitment board. (Photo by DA-MIMAROPA, RAFIS)

Department of Agriculture-MIMAROPA Region has launched on August 30 its regional Brown4Good Challenge at Palawan State University (PSU), Puerto Princesa City.


2016-08-createsRegionalCacaoIndustryCouncil MIMAROPA Cacao Industry Council. In the photo are the elected officials together with the speakers from Davao Region.  (First row, L-R) Vice Chairperson from private Sector Lenlie Lecaroz, Marinduque; Regional Technical Director (RTD) Engr. Elmer Ferry(representative of Executive Director Atty. Cipriano Santiago, automatically designated as Vice Chairperson from government sector); DTI-Davao Assistant Regional Director Engr. Edwin Banquerigo; Chairperson Engr. Bernardo Sampayan, Palawan;  Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao (CIDAMI) Executive Director Valente Turtur; Member Sandra dela Cruz, Palawan. Other members are (Second row, L-R) Rustico Yap, Marinduque; Danton Arevalo, Romblon; Salvador Alfonso, Oriental Mindoro; Representative from Provincial Agriculturist Office of Marinduque, Armando Pedrigal; Celso Salgado, Occidental Mindoro; Lucien Landicho, Occidental Mindoro; Jesus Dimapilis, Occidental Mindoro. Not in the photo are Angelita Andao and Eric Concepcion elected members from Puerto Princesa City and DTI-4B representative and designated Secretary of the council, Hazel Salvador.



Regional Executive Director 

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