Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental – Around 200 farmer-graduates from Oroquieta City and the municipality of Aloran graduated from the School-on-the-Air (SOA) Program on Livestock Production, Meat Safety and Processing of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10). Following the completion of the three-month long program, a graduation ceremony was held on December 2, 2016 at the Provincial Cultural and Farmers Training Center, Misamis Occidental.
The SOA Livestock Program was spearheaded by the department’s Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS) along with the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Misamis Occidental. It ran from August to November 2016, where the farmer enrollees were given quizzes and a final exam to measure their knowledge and determine the outstanding performers from the program which aimed to guide the farmers on the proper livestock management and for them to generate more income.
In his message, Provincial Agriculturist Dennis C. Leopoldo thanked the efforts of the farmers for completing the three-month long program. He also hoped the farmers were able to understand the new technologies in the livestock industry through the SOA program.
Likewise, he relayed that the SOA program is one of the major targets of agriculture secretary, Emmanuel “Manny” F. Piñol. Leopoldo further mentioned that the DA secretary plans to have backyard chicken upgrading program which aims to start a vaccination and immunization project for all native chickens all over the country.
First Honor Miluna T. Merced, from Oroquieta City, was thankful to the people who worked behind the program. She also said that she was able to learn different systems and methods regarding the livestock industry through the program.
Meanwhile Second Honor Calvin M. Estur, from Oroquieta City, hoped that the program will continue so that it will help more farmers.
Also awarded as outstanding graduates were Anita B. Badiang (3rd), Maylyn C. Pangasian (4th), Erly P. Pangilinan (5th), Jocelyn C. Bualat of Oroquieta City (6th), Joel L. Arabes (7th), Eric L. Madula (8th), Katina C. Tara of Aloran (9th), and Norma L. Gumapac of Oroquieta City (10th).
Mary Grace B. Sta.Elena, RAFIS chief, extended OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado’s gratitude for the active participation of the farmers. She also encouraged the farmers to support the department’s projects and services. # (AMBManto, DA-RAFIS 10)
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