Monte Verde 4-H club gets Gawad Saka award PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:43

The Monte Verde 4-H club, a group composed of young farmers in barangay Culianan is this year’s Gawad Saka National Awardee for Most Outstanding Young Farmer/ Fisherfolk Organization category in a competition organized by the Department of Agriculture.

As this developed, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday applauded the achievement of the Culianan young farmers as he urged them to continue exploring more opportunities and be models of self-reliance and self-sufficiency among other youth groups in the city.

Monte Verde 4-H Club president Marvin Alviar yesterday morning called on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall bringing along his trophy and presidential citation which he received during the awarding ceremony held November 13 at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

Alviar was accompanied by City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, City 4-H Coordinator Lorna Bautista and District 4-H Coordinator Suraida Usman.

The awarding rites was presided by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and coincided with the launching of the Year of the Rice program.

Aside from the plaque and citation, the 61-member Monte verde 4-H Club also received a cash prize of P150,000 which is intended as a livelihood assistance.

Lobregat encouraged Alviar to step up livelihood activities and be an inspiration to other young farmers.

Alviar in an interview vowed that his group will continue to engage in income generating projects and civic and social activities. “I am proud to say I am a farmer because from farming we can get our good and money and be self-reliant and ultimately help in nation building”.

The Monte Verde 4-H club president called on other young farmer groups to focus on agri-fishery  activities and be self-sufficient.

The Monte Verde 4-H club was organized in 2005 by two young farmers—Luciano Abadies and Erwin Rodriguz when both were attending the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan. Over the years, the club gained members and became stronger and united to push through with their farming business. In 2010, with a loan of P50,000 from the Agricultural Training Institute-FDYP for their swine raising project whereby members were given hogs to raise in their own backyards.

The City Agriculturist Office likewise extended assistance to the Club members through trainings such as seed management, vegetable production and cornhusk  handicrafts training. Due to hard work and perseverance, the young farmers association now has a total income of P141,931.25—testimony of the group’s efficient management of their own farms.

Prior to the awarding rites in Nueva Ecija, the Monte Verde 4-H Club together with other Gawad Saka awardees had a 3-day tour of different agri-fishery programs in Pampanga and Bulacan.  They awardees also called on President Aquino in Malacañang.

Meanwhile, the Monte Verde 4-H Club will also be a recipient of the TAYO Award (Ten Accomplished Youth Organization) from the National Youth Commission (NYC). Awarding rites will be held in Manila first week of December. — Sheila Covarrubias