The Department of Agriculture MIMAROPA Region held the 3rd Quarterly Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) meeting in RAMADA Manila Central Hotel in Binondo, Manila last September 16-18, 2015. The AEWs are composed of the Provincial Agriculturists, Municipal Agriculturists, Municipal Agricultural Officers, Agricultural Provincial Coordinators and Provincial Veterinarians of the different provinces in the Region. This two days meeting will provide not just updates about the different banner programs of the region but will also give information on other matters that is needed to accomplish thye department’s goal.

OIC-Regional Director Renato P. Manantan on his message congratulated everyone most especially the Occidental Mindoro for being the Hall of Famer for the Corn Quality Awards. He also reminded AEWs to finish their roadmaps because these roadmaps will be their guide for the next budget hearing and for the allocation of the needed projects of the provinces in the region. Director Manatan also provided the AEWs with the overview of the topics to be discussed like the certifications and the preparation for El Niño. After his message the issues, concerns and updates on the last quarterly meeting was discussed by Ms. Baby Clariza San Felipe, Information Chief, updated the AEWs about the actions taken on their concern on the previous meeting,

On the first day, the first speaker, Ms. Mary Grace Mandigma of the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards discussed the process of the Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) Certification and she even challenged the AEWS to build their own GAP Team for the Region. This team will implement the GAP in the region and they were the ones that are responsible to extend technical assistance to the farmers. After her discussion, Ms. Annalisa Solis, Sr. Science Specialist from PAGASA discussed the possible impact of El Niño in the region. She also discussed what months are the driest so that the farmers can prepare. Afterwards, Ms. Ligaya Lozano from the Philippine Statistics Authority presented the production performance of different commodities like rice, corn, fruits, vegetables and livestock. She presented the numbers of production since 2013 to present to provide the AEWs with the information on what products they needed to improve in terms of production. Lastly, the Provincial Agriculturists of the Region each discussed their rehabilitation plan for the El Niño. They were given a chance to enumerate the materials or equipment that they need for this rehabilitation process.

The next day, Engr. Elmer Ferry,OIC RTD for Operations welcomed the AEWs for their second day and he challenged the AEWs to improve our productivity for the ASEAN Integration. He also mentioned that we are development managers. Dr. Andrea Inocencio from the Bureau of Plant Industry explained the guidelines for an accreditation of a nursery. They have also talked about the possible sanctions of the producers of the commodities being given to the farmers if they provided a low quality seeds.  Then, Mr. Danilo Dannug also from the BPI discussed the Plant Material Certification that includes Registration, Accrediatation and Certification, while Mr. Leo Retamar from Bureau of Soils and Water Management presented the Importance of Soil Mopping to Crop Production. He mentioned that soil mapping is needed for a better harvest. Afterwards, the different banner program focal person provided an update to the AEWs starting with the introduction of the Community based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) discussed by the Research Team. An update about the BUB, Livestock, Organic, HVCDP, Corn and Rice was discussed by their respective focal person. Ms. Marilyn Bienes and Dr. Celso Olido from the Planning Team along with Mr. Ramon Policarpio from AMAD provided a sample guide on making and presenting a commodity roadmap. After all the discussions, Director Renato Manantan closed the program by asking the AEWs to contribute information for the different commodities in the roadmaps and he also reminded them that a clear roadmap leads to a clear operational plan.

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