The ordinance authored by Sangguniang Bayan members Cerilo Tega, Bernabe Basingan, Abraham Aromin, and Rex Dulansi, ensures regular funding of the program for its sustained implementation.
DA’s Gawad Saka Award is an annual search that “aims to recognize the achievements of local farmers, fisherfolk, agricultural scientists, and researchers, as well as farm-based organizations. “
With the Gawad Saka, local farmers are invited to register entry of competition for exemplary performance in agricultural production in the use of their farmlands. The idea governing the competition lies on the optimized highest production performance of diversified agricultural products.
The most productive farmers with the highest cultivation in production of rice, vegetables, fruit trees, as well as poultry, domesticated animals, and fisheries will be declared winners.
Qualified entries are those whose farmlands (to include pastureland and kaingin cultivation) should not be greater than five hectares. The limitation of the land area is specifically stated to accommodate those others with lesser farmlands the chance to win, like those who have less than a hectare property possession.
Farmer entries should have at least been engaged in agricultural production for a minimum of five years, and that their main source of livelihood is on farming.
The evaluation of performance is taken as a whole from their diversified approach of production.
The limit of entries is one per barangay. Meaning, those who will compete in this Gawad Saka must pass the evaluation of performance by their respective barangay councils and must be endorsed by them. This was presented during the public hearing last April 20.
Prizes are given in terms of agricultural tools and equipment, like portable rice mills, grass cutters, insecticide sprayers, shovels, freezers, among others of which cash equivalent should not be higher than Php50, 000 for the first prize. Consolation prizes are in the cash equivalent of Php5,000 for all non-winning entries.
Winners will be announced every year during the celebration of the founding anniversary of the town.(JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga with reports/photos from Balbalan Shines)
By Peter A. Balocnit