Food security in the countryside. Police Regional Office - Cordillera Regional Director PGEN R’Win Pagkalinawan and DA - CAR OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, with DA Secretary William DAR as witness signing a MOA for the “Binhi ng Pagpapapala” program, wherein PRO-Cor through the Regional Mobile Force Batallion will distribute agricultural inputs and assist in backyard farming of DSWD 4Ps household members and people in identified ELCAC barangays. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Urban Agriculture. BFAR - CAR Lilibeth Signey and DA - CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey with Agriculture Secretary William as guest of honor, awards a Solar Powered AquaPhonics System for Miss Earth Philippines Roxanne Allison Baeyens for being DA - CAR';s ambassador for Urban Gardening. The AquaPhonics System was received by her mother Julia Baeyens. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gulayan sa Barangay. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, assisted by DA - CAR officials headed by OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, awards agricultural inputs and gardening equipments with a total amount of 769,596 for vegetable gardeing projects of 12 barangays in La Trinidad Benguet. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

50 Kapangan farmers complete KSK sustainable agri training program

KAPANGAN, Benguet, Oct.  31 (PIA) -- At least 50 farmer-beneficiaries in Kapangan graduated from the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KsK-SAP)  training on Monday (October 26).


The farmer-beneficiaries comprising  Batch 219 of the program  underwent a six week-long lecture and hands-on training in a  demo farm in Kapangan through the guidance of Pat Acosta of the Master’s Garden Farm School. 

The participants were taught how to grow safe and sustainable crops, vegetables and fruits in their own backyards, and  inspired  them to become entrepreneurs amidst economic challenges, limited planting space and resources, and changing weather conditions. 

The KSK-SAP is a holistic training program designed to prepare farmer participants in becoming productive and effective farmer entrepreneurs through the convergence private and government sectors and offices. 

The partnership is spearheaded by SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) with SM Supermalls, SM Markets, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Agriculture, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Information Agency, St. Isidore “The Farmer” Learning Center Inc., Macondray Phils., the Provincial Government of Benguet and Municipal Government of Kapangan.

The program was launched in March this year but its implementation was delayed due the COVID-19 pandemic. It was revived in August until it was completed earlier this month. 

In a video message, SMFI Assistant Vice President for Outreach Programs Cristie Angeles said that despite the challenges, the SM Foundation and its partner agencies from both the private and government, pushed through with the program and fulfilled  their promise to help the farmer -beneficiaries learn farming techniques through training program. 

Angeles said that due to the pandemic, they have to adjust to the new normal and took up the challenges thru the support of the different partners and the farmer beneficiaries as well. 

Normally, the training program would take up to three months and upon graduation would be a Harvest Festival at the nearest SM Mall to showcase the products which were produced by the farmers during their training. This would also kick off the sale of the farmers’ produce in the SM outlets. 

The KSK-SAP training  graduates received National Certificate or NCII on Agriculture Crop Production from the TESDA thru Benguet Provincial Director Vilma Cabrera during the graduation ceremony. They also received their training fees   from TESDA. 

Kapangan Mayor Manny Fermin thanked all the stakeholders for their support to the people of the municipality  particularly in the KSK-SAP which trained some of the farmers to level up in their farming skills. 

He said  the training program not only encouraged the farmers to learn to farm and improve their skills in the fields but also it made them realize the importance of farming particularly in food production and food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fermin hopes that SM Foundation and the other partners agencies continue to come up with training programs that help uplift the knowledge of the people in farming and other aspects in far flung and rural areas.

Messages of support and congratulations were also delivered thru video messages by TESDA Secretary General Isidro Lapena, DA Sec. William Dar, DA Usec. Evelyn Lavina, DA-CAR Regional Director Cameron Odsey, DSWD Sec. Rolando Bautista, DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program National Director Resitituto Macuto, DSWD-CAR Regional Director Leo Quintilla, PIA-CAR Regional Director Helen Tibaldo, St. Isidore “The Farmer” Learning Center Engr. Romeo Cordova, SMFI DDG John Bertiz III and SM Market Senior VP Operations Reynaldo Del Valle. 

The SM Foundation is now coordinating with the SM City Baguio and other malls for the possible monthly sale of the produce of the farmer- beneficiaries. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic Cawis




Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.


  • Ifugao PLGU provides financial aid to landslide victims

    BANAUE, Ifugao, Nov.19 (PIA)--The provincial government released a total of Php440, 000.00 as financial aid to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in the province and a nearby province.

  • DSWD provides Php1.4M financial assistance to Ifugao FRs

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13(PIA) – More than P1.4 million financial assistance was awarded  to  former rebels from the province  who surrendered to government authorities  and embraced peaceful life in their respective communities.

  • OCD turns over financial aid to 12 Ifugao typhoon-affected families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 19 (PIA) - - Twelve families affected by typhoon “Ompong” in the  municipalities of  Mayaoyao and Tinoc received financial assistance from the government through the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR).  

  • Ifugao town resumes market days with compliance to health protocols

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 20(PIA) - - Regular market days in this municipality resumed recently with strict compliance to  the mandatory proper wearing of face mask/shield and physical distancing ordinance and other issued health protocols.

  • Ifugao reorganizes Provincial Task Force-ELCAC

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 14 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Development Council (PDC) passed Joint Resolution No. 2020-01 reorganizing the membership of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).





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