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Bulacan wins Agri-Pinoy Achiever Award
By: PPAO
Monday, 18 March 2013
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ANOTHER FEATHER IN THE CAP. Department of Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala hands over to Gov Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado a plaque of recognition apart from the P4M project grant as a token of being chosen as one of the top ten rice producing provinces during the 2nd Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Also in the photo is Ma. Gloria Carillio, Bulacan Provincial Agriculturist. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS. Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala awarded the Province of Bulacan through Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado as one of the top ten provinces to receive the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards, an initiative to honor the top rice achievers in the country at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

Alvarado received a plaque of recognition and a P4M project grant together with Ma. Glorial Carilio, Bulacan Provincial Agriculturist.

The governor is thankful for the award and said that Bulacan is in full support to the national government`s aim to make the Philippines a rice sufficient country.

“Sa Bulacan, isa pa rin ang agrikultura sa pinakamalaking ikinabubuhay kaya naman pinag-iigi natin na mapaunlad pa ang sektor na ito, pinagsisikapan nating matugunan ang mga pangangailangan at magbigay ng mga bagong kaalaman sa pamamagitan ng makabagong teknolohiya, by these hindi na natin kailangan mag-import pa,” said the governor.

Sec. Alcala said that Agri-Pinoy awards, now on its second year is one way of thanking the farmers in helping to increase the country`s harvest.

“We initiated the Rice Achievers’ Awards as part of the DA’s interventions and incentive system to encourage LGUs, irrigators’ associations (IAs) and agricultural extension workers (AEWs) to contribute their share in increasing farmers’ harvest and incomes, and subsequently attain national rice sufficiency,” Sec. Alcala said.

According to the DA the top provinces,and other awards were chosen based on incremental rice harvest and average yield per hectare over 2011 levels, increase if any over 2012 target, amount of budget devoted to rice projects and initiatives, number of farmers benefited, and degree of rice seed utilization, among other criteria.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo at nakikita ng iba yung ginagawang pagsisikap ng ating mga kalalawigan, hindi lang nakikita na-aappreciate pa. At sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaisa, kayang-kaya nating marating ang iisang mithiin natin, ang tuluy-tuloy na pag-unlad,” added Alvarado.

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