282 East Visayas
farmers complete organic farming course
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
December 6, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
The 282 farmers from all over East Visayas who graduated from the
University on the Air classes on Organic Farming, are now the
Department of Agriculture’s strong partners in weaving a viable
organic production system.
This was pronounced by DA
Region 8 Regional Executive Director Antonio G. Gerundio during the
Culminating Exercises of the UOA on November 28 at the Leyte
The 282 farmers coming from
Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar provinces completed the season-long
course and received their diploma from the DA-8 and the Leyte
Provincial Agriculture Office. It was observed that there were more
women farmers who participated in the University on the Air with 189
out of the 282 graduates.
Said farmers spent almost
five months to finish the course by listening to the radio for 30
minutes from Monday to Saturday. By doing so, they kept themselves
abreast of the series of topics discussed by experts on organic
agriculture from national, regional and provincial offices, Mr.
Francis Rosaroso, chief of DA 8 Information Division, said.
Similar to the classroom
teaching method, the students, after listening and taking note of the
lectures, answered short quizzes and major examinations administered
by the radio program hosts.
“We are doing so to
determine their level of reception on the concepts and principles
gained from the discussions,” Rosaroso said.
agriculturists and agricultural technologists served as supervisors of
the farmer-students. To complement the discussions, the students were
required to join the educational tour to identified progressive farms
in the region.
All done, a panel of
evaluators selected the top 10 students that were given special awards
and prizes sponsored by DA-8 and the Provincial Local Government Unit
of Leyte through Governor Ma. Mimietta S. Bagulaya.
Mr. Ariel R. Rupa, a 44-year
old farmer from Palo, Leyte was awarded as Valedictorian; Farmer
Jonathan Alegro of Babatngon was Salutatorian; Farmer Pedro Banilbo of
Tanauan was First Honorable Mention; Danilo S. Daylo of Palo was 2nd
Honorable Mention while Danilo Daria of Tunga was 3rd Honorable
Mention. All the medalists are from the Province of Leyte.
Meanwhile, Ms. Faye
Macapanas, info officer, said that the said occasion gathered not only
farmers but also officials and technical persons from various agencies
supporting the organic agriculture program such as Ms Joie Faustino
from DA-OSEC, Dr. Rodolfo Estigoy from PhilMech, Dir. Paulino T.
Cabahit from ATI-8, Mr. Ronelo Pisquera from PCIC-8 and several
Moreover, Ms Emalyn Legal, a
member of the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) and the
Mindanao Small Farmers’ Representative revealed that the present
administration targets to convert at least 50% of the country’s total
agricultural area into organic farms.
Coinciding with the event
was the awarding of this year’s Regional Gawad Saka farmer-achievers.