Alama named DA-9 OIC reg’l director PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 August 2013 14:36

As per Special Order 513 signed by Department of Agriculture Secretary  Proceso J. Alcala, effective August 5, 2013,  Constancio Gracia  Alama has been designated Officer-in-Charge to the Office of the Regional Executive Director of the DA in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Alama started as a contractual  employee of the Department  (Bureau of Plant Industry) in 1976 after graduating  Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Technology at the Foundation College (now a University)  in Dumaguete City.

In 1978,  the Philippine Council for Agriculture Research Resources Development (PCARRD)  awarded him a scholarship to the University of the Philippines in Los Banos  where he earned Masters in Agronomy major in crop production and management. He also completed academic requirements  for Doctor of Rural Development at the Iloilo State College of Fisheries in 2005.

A multi-awarded researcher, he was sent to the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, South America in 1986 for an intensive course on Cassava Research for Production Management. In that year he was also exposed to various  Experiment  Stations  in the United States of America.     Over the years, his researches  has been used by the farmers which somehow benefitted them financially.  He was also trained in rice production and management, package of technology  on tropical agriculture, rubber production and management, research, development and extension here and abroad particularly in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and  Myanmar.

In 1997,  he was appointed Superintendent  of the La Paz Experiment Station  in Zamboanga City where he mobilized the convergence of the academe, LGU and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for research-related activities such as  the  utilization of diadegma as biocontrol agent for Diamond Backmoth, an important pest of crucifers such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.

From 2002 to 2004, he was appointed Chief Agriculturist to manage the DA’s research arm which is the Western Mindanao Integrated Agriculture Research Center (WESMIARC)   now  Zamboanga Peninsula  Integrated Agriculture Research Center (ZAMPIARC).  He orchestrated the formulation   of the region’s Research, Development and Extension operational framework as guide in the conduct of on-farm research to bring down technologies to the farmers’ level for maximum utilization. These years also gave him opportunity to impart his knowledge on Farming Systems to students taking Master in Agriculture at the Western Mindanao State University as a visiting lecturer on Saturdays.

In 2005, he was designated RTD for Planning, Monitoring, Regulatory, Research and Development and in 2010 appointed as RTD for  Local Government Units (LGU) and Infrastructure Support.  Alama is also the head of the  Regional Program Coordinating Office of the DA’s Mindanao Rural Development Program since 2010, funded by the World Bank.

At 59, having served the DA for 37 years from a contractual employee to Regional Executive Director,  Alama  typifies  what it is to be a government servant. He is an active member of the Couples for Christ and Knights of Columbus.

RED Alama  is married to a beautiful  Ilocana  and hardworking Sun Life Financial Advisor  Sonia D. Gacutan  who gave him two lovely daughters, Julie Ann, a licensed teacher  and now Canadian Citizen, and Jannie Mae, an American licensed Medical Technologist; and a son Oliver Ceasar who is taking Animal Science at Siliman University in Dumaguete City. — Melba B. Wee, DA 9