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Province of Ilocos Sur

Agriculture, Fisheries and Livelihood

PGIS accepts Brown4 Good Challenge

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Ryan Singson accepted the Brown4 Good Challenge of the Department of Agriculture in celebration of Rice awareness month with a theme “Be RICEponsible in your own way”. In participation, the PGIS employees and pupils together with their teacher of Burgos East Elementary School ate brown rice together in a boodle fight at the provincial capitol grounds. Before eating, they took selfies and immediately uploaded to social media with a hash tag Brown4 good and hash tag Region 1. This year, the Department of Agriculture highlights the production and consumption of brown rice to help the farmers increase their income and to contribute to rice self-sufficiency in our country. The Philippine Rice Research Institute started to promote the consumption of brown rice last September 23 this year through simply taking pictures while eating brown rice and uploading it to social media with a hash tag Brown4 good hash tag Region 1. Every hash tag is equivalent to 100 grams of brown rice to be donated to poor families in the country. “We can say that it benefits the farmers because brown rice has a higher milling recovery compared to white rice. Brown rice has 75 percent milling recovery while polished rice has only 65 percent.” Mr. Constante Botacion, Provincial Agriculturist said. Brown rice has a higher dietary values compared to white rice. It also helps reduce the risk for type II diabetes. National Rice Awareness Month is celebrated every November pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 524, s.2004.

How to protect marine lives

Species living underwater are getting dangerous due to abusive human activities. Large portion of bodies of water are no longer safe for marine species. Coral reefs which serves as marine sanctuary are deteriorating due to illegal fishing and dangerous chemical dumped in the bodies of water. As a result, habitants under water are at risked. Their sources of food are affected and some of them are even suffering from physical injuries and often migrate from place to another to protect themselves from danger. To preserve the lives of marine species especially the marine mammals, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 1 conducted the 4th National Philippines Marine Mammal Stranding Network Symposium for the municipal fisheries officers in the province. All concerned agencies were gathered at Baluarte Vigan City to participate in the activity. The BFAR discussed the things to be done by the rescuers to the marine mammals that are found near seashores suffering from bad conditions. “If we have a lot of marine mammals in our areas this means that they are secured in our place “. Mr. Nestor Dumenden added. Participants are encouraged to share this information to other citizens to create awareness in preserving the lives of marine mammals. Every local government unit has a vital role in taking care of our natural resources. It starts down the line where communities should be active and oblige themselves to contribute in the preservation of our country’s wealth.

Farmers Continuously Receive Hybrid Corn Seeds

Vigan City -The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson gives out assistance to the farmers in the province in the form of hybrid corn seeds called Ryan’s Corn through the Ryan’s Corn Assistance program. The project was first launched in the year 2013. This aims to maintain quality corn production in Ilocos Sur at the same time to uplift the socio-economic sector. The milestones of this project are evident from the positive feedback of the farmers and traders. Each corn plant can produce two corn fruits and its seeds are heavier compared to ordinary corn. This time, the Provincial Agriculture Office distributed twenty two thousand two hundred twenty two (22,222) bags of Hybrid corn seeds that can be planted to 12, 500 000 hectares of land. “We increase the number of our beneficiaries. In past years, only selected farmers were given Ryan’s corn to plant but this time we see to it that all farmers in our province can have Ryan’s corn to plant in their fields.” Mr. Constante Botacion, Provincial Agriculturist added. The farmers are grateful in receiving the assistance from the Provincial Government. This will ease their burden especially in providing farm inputs. “This helps us lessen our expenses because we have free corn seeds to plant and we are also given free technical assistance to make us more efficient and productive” Mrs. Leonila Alquiza, Farmer said. The success of the Ryan’s Corn Assistance Project garnered seven awards in the 11th National Corn Congress and 3rd Quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony held at Clark, Pampanga last October 22, 2015. Gov. Singson claims that this achievement is an achievement of every Ilocosurian farmers who gave their full support to make the project successful. “I’m glad for the success of our province. Because of this, investors put up a Feed Mill in our province because they see our potential. This company will help our farmers in marketing their products.” Gov. Ryan expressed.

Multi-Shredder Machine Helps Produce Organic Fertilizer

Bantay, Ilocos Sur- The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur launches the multi-shredder machine which serves as rapid composting facility and soil rejuvenation for the development of agricultural sector and for the promotion of organic farming in the province. Farmers nowadays are worrying on their agricultural products. Their harvest decreases due to the low quality of soil cause by inorganic fertilizers and consecutive cropping. On the other hand, waste pollution is rampant not only in the country but in other nations. In response to these two big concerns, the PGIS headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson provides a machine that can address both concerns. The Provincial Government funded a multi-shredder machine that can be used to make organic fertilizer and at the same time it can produce facilities out of wastes. The machine can pulverized both biodegradable and non-biodegradable materials. The pulverized biodegradable waste placed on a composting machine produces organic fertilizer. As well as pulverized non-biodegradable materials can be mixed in concrete materials to produce facilities like chairs and hallow blocks. “Our waste can solve the problems of our farmers. We can clean our environment and at the same time we can upgrade the quality of our fields”, Gov. Ryan added. These organic fertilizers will be distributed to the farmers in the province. With this, they can avoid using inorganic fertilizers which destroys the good quality of the soil and at the same time they can minimize their expenses in farming. Meanwhile, the Provincial Agriculture Office also conducts training on the operation of the composting machine for compost preparation.

PGIS Receives Incentive for Coconut Production

The provincial government of Ilocos Sur received a cash incentive amounting to one hundred seventy nine thousand one hundred pesos (P179,100.00) from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). PCA representative, Engineer Bobbie Simon handed over the award to Governor Ryan Singson and Provincial ENMRO Officer Raymund Sinay during the ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol on April 12, 2016. The cash incentive serves as an award for the successful implementation of projects for coconut production. The provincial government was able to grow more than eight thousand coconut seedlings of two feet height pegged at eighteen pesos for every seedling. “We strongly support this project and we encourage the coastal barangays to plant more coconut trees. This also provides livelihood to the people and we can make different local products out of coconut trees.” Gov. Ryan added. The Philippine Coconut Authority said that giving cash incentive is one way to encourage the community to grow coconut trees in order to protect our environment. Coconut is one of the most useful trees in the country. “It is so called the ‘tree of life’ because every part of the tree from roots to fruits has many uses. It is the source of virgin coconut oil, the source of different food products and different handy craft products,” Engr. Simon stated. Meanwhile, the two feet height coco seed nuts are distributed to the coastal barangays in order to rehabilitate the beach forests in the province. There will be a monitoring to be conducted after three to four and the barangay will also receive cash incentive of twenty two pesos for every fully grown coconut tree.

Ilocos Sur Awarded as National Quality Corn Achiever

The province of Ilocos Sur bags seven awards in the 11th National Corn Congress and 3rd Quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony held at Clark, Pampanga on October 22, 2015. The Department of Agriculture has chosen Ilocos Sur as one of Five Outstanding Provinces recognizing the milestones of the province in quality corn production. The other provinces in the top five are Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Occidental Mindoro and Agusan del Norte. Governor Ryan Singson together with Vice Governor DV Savellano and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members received the plaque and the cash award of three million pesos. Aside from this, Mr. Constante Botacion Jr. was chosen as outstanding Provincial Agriculturist and Oscar Tobia was awarded as outstanding Provincial Corn Coordinator. The efforts of the some municipalities in their contribution in corn production was also recognized where the Local Government Unit of Sta. Maria was selected as Outstanding Municipality, its Municipal Agriculturist Grace Cardona and Corn Coordinator Diosdado Mendoza also received plaques and cash awards. Ronald Tumbaga from Bantay Ilocos Sur was chosen as Outstanding Agricultural Extension Worker. “These awards will serve as inspiration and at the same time challenge to us to continue the programs in order to maintain quality production of corn in Ilocos Sur. We aim for another year of success until we will get a hall of fame”. Gov. Ryan Singson said. Gov. Singson believes that this achievement is through the full support of the provincial government to the farmers sector. The Ryan Corn Assistance Program is a flagship program establish by Gov. Ryan Singson’s administration. Under this program, the corn farmers are extended free hybrid corn seeds, fertilizers, farm machineries and equipment support and technical trainings. At present, there are 14,000 hectares planted with hybrid corn. 2,000 hectares are planted with white corn and 12, 000 hectares planted with yellow corn. These can produce five tons per hectare every cropping. In the span of three years the production of corn in the province was increased to 16.9 percent. The three million pesos cash award will be allotted by the Provincial Government in purchasing a hauling truck to be used by the corned farmers in traveling their produce.

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