Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

Benguet farmers, govt agencies receive assistance from DA-CAR

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture - Cordillera turned over seeds, equipment and other agricultural inputs to farmer beneficiaries in seven Benguet towns as part of the continuing  support during the COVID-19 pandemic.


 DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative Eric Go Yap, the Benguet Legislative Caretaker, and   Governor Melchor Diclas assisted by Provincial Agriculturist Lolita Bentres and DA-CAR High Value Crop Development Coordinator Joan Dimas, turned over the project assistance to the farmer- beneficiaries and some local government officials during a simple program at the Benguet Provincial Capitol in La Trinidad on Thursday (Aug. 27).

Turned over  were  hand tractors, seed storages, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, plastic sheets and assorted vegetable seeds were received by farmer organizations and their members with their  respective municipal agriculturists of the towns of Atok, Mankayan, Kabayan, Kibungan, Bakun, Buguias and Kapangan. The DA-CAR earlier distributed the farm assistance to the other six towns in the province.

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative  anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker  Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn  over assiatnce to  farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to   DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and  rge Department of Education  Benguet for the  Gulayan sa Paaralan programon    at the Benguet Capitol on  August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

 Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-CAR and the Department of Education -Benguet Division Office also received project assistance from the DA-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay project for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the region and for the Gulayan sa Paaralan program in identified schools in Benguet, respectively.

The DSWD and DepEd received plastic drums, rubberized garden hoses, knapsack sprayers, vegetable seeds, soil enhancers and assorted garden tools.

 The Gulayan sa Barangay project aims to encourage individuals, families and communities of Pantawid Pamilya to implement community gardening activities that will eventually promote food production at the household and community level and ensure provision of access to fresh, organically produced food while the Gulayan sa Paaralan aims to support the hunger mitigation initiatives of the government and to encourage public elementary and secondary schools to establish their own gardens.

Odsey said that the turn over of farm inputs and equipment is part of the support of the DA-CAR to the farmer organizations identified by their respective municipal agriculture office under the High Value Crop Development Program.

Benguet Legislative Caretaker and ACT-CIS Representative Eric Go Yap lauds  the support of the DA-CAR to the farmers of t Benguet in his keynote message during the turn over of farm inputs. He also assured his support personally and thru his office, with the various measures and projects to help the farmers of the province  during the COVID-19 crisis. RMC PIA-CAR

 DA-CAR has been extending support to the agricultural community, the local government units and the public amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to cope up with the crisis thru the different projects, programs and activities. Among these are the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) COVID-19 or the Plant, Plant, Plant Program;   the Enhanced KADIWA, a direct marketing system between the farmers and consumers; the Expanded Survival and Recovery (E-SuRe) Aid, a loan program to help farmers affected by the enhanced community quarantine and the other regular programs of the agency, Odsey said . 

Yap lauded the efforts of the DA-CAR to support the farmers in Benguet. He expressed gratitude to the DA for the continuing support of the agency to the farmers who were also among the most affected during the COVID-19 crisis

Yap assured support to the farmers of Benguet that include the proposed 31 kilometer farm-to-market road project to be implemented next year.  He has also filed a bill which urges restaurants, hotels and catering services to prioritize the purchase of agricultural produce from local farmers.

The lawmaker also offered   P25 million   from his personal funds which would be used as loan without interest for small farmers in the province.
For his part, Gov. Melchor Diclas thanked the DA-CAR and Secretary William Dar for their continuing support to the Benguet farmers. He also thanked  Yap for his support to   Benguet particularly the farmers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Diclas said that thru the efforts of the DA thru Sec. Dar and Cong. Yap, the challenges and problems of the vegetable industry would be addressed and at least provide cushion to the situation of the farmers and the vegetable industry in Benguet during this challenging time. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas thanks  the support from the DA-CAR and also from Cong. Yap to help the farmers of the province especially those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (RMC -PIA-CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis



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Mt. Province

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