DA awards 10 regional winners for 2012 Gawad Saka Search PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:42

A cash award of P25,000 (Individual) and P30,000 (Group), certificate of recognition and a trophy are given to outstanding agricultural achievers this year.
In the yearly celebration of the Regional Farm Family Forum (RFFF) conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), 10 outstanding farmers were awarded and recognized as to managing success in agriculture and fishery livelihood.

The winners will represent Region 9 in the national gawad saka search in the different categories: Outstanding Rice Farmer (Integrated) Annie E. Sitjar from Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding Rice Farmer (Hybrid) Raymund L. Teoganco Jr. from  Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding Organic Farmer Teodolo F. Badillo from Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding High Value Crop Farmer Nestor C. Balolong from Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte, Outstanding Fisherfolk (Fish Culture) Roberto Ballon from Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Outstanding Coconut Farmer Barsiliso F. Mabasca from San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding Farm Family Rogelio Maata Sr. and family from Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, Outstanding Young Farmer Organization Monte Verde 4-H Club from Culianan, Zamboanga City, Outstanding Small Farmer Organization - People’s, Officials, Employees, Community Multipurpose Cooperative (POEMCO) from Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte, and the Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal  (BFT) Women’s Grand Alliance for Development from Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur.

During the program, the DA regional executive director said that in the 29th year celebration of the RFFF, the theme “4-H @ 60: Looking Back from Humble Beginnings and Moving to New Challenges & Opportunities” enlivens the spirit of the participants amidst the economic difficulties we experience, there is still hope for a brighter future in the farms.

The two-day event was held at the Meriam College Gymnasium in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province gathering over 300 delegates from 4H clubs, Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC) and Farmer Associations (FA) region wide. — Marnette Daguro, DA9