Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Regional Gawad Saka Awarding and the 2nd Regional Organic Agriculture Congress were jointly held on November 30, 2014 at the Sablayan Astrodome in Sablayan, Occ. Mindoro. After the Doxology and the singing of the National Anthem, DA Hymn and the Sablayan Hymn by the Dance and Chorale Group of students from SABNACOMHIS, MAO Lina de Leon of LGU-Sablayan, had acknowledged the awardees, participants and guests. Around 3,000 persons had been welcomed by Ms. Tess Gallus, Municipal Administrator. Afterwhich, DA-MIMAROPA Operations RTD Ronie F. Panoy had formally declared the opening of the double event. Messages had been given by Mr. Alfredo Ventura, representing Mayor Eduardo Gadiano and by Mr. Pat Andrew Barrientos, ATI Center Director in Oriental Mindoro, Inspirational messages were given by the provincial leaders of Occidental Mindoro namely Vice-Governor Peter Alfaro, Asst. Provincial Agriculturist Sofronio Barranda (in lieu of Rep. Josephine Sato), and Governor Mario Gene Mendiola. The abovementioned officials went up the stage for the distribution of plaques, cash awards and tokens to the 2014 Regional GS awardees in 10 categories. Intermission numbers had been rendered by the SABNACOMHIS Dance and Chorale Group.
After the joint Opening Ceremonies of the Gawad Saka Awarding and the 2nd Regional Organic Congress, the participants to the latter proceeded to the Sablayan Convention Center for the Congress Proper. All five provinces of MIMAROPA had presented their accomplishment reports and best organic practices.
Invited resource speakers during the congress were Ms. Vera Ysabel dela Cruz of the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standard. National Organic Agriculture Program and Policies and Organic Standards and Certification/Guarantee System updates, and Dr. Albert Jo of Organic Wellness Farm in Negros Occ. who discussed “Your food is your medicine” (Pagsasaka - Relationship in Health and Envornment). Mr. Patrick Belisario, on the other hand had presented the flashback of the 1st MOAC held in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro in 2013.Other activities included forum and workshop.
The Closing Ceremony was highlighted by the symbolic turn-over and acceptance for the 2015 hosting of Organic Congress which will be in Puerto Princesa City. APCO Gerardo Laredo gave the Closing Remarks.