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PGMA distributes P2.19 M in cash prizes to 2008 'Gawad Saka' Award winners

Manila (21 November) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presented the prestigious 'Gawad Saka' Awards and distributed P2.19 million in cash prizes to 12 outstanding farmers and fisherfolk along with five farm and fishing groups that made notable contributions to the growth of the agriculture sector this year.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) earlier reported that the agriculture sector grew by 4.19 percent during the first nine months of this year.

In ceremonies held simultaneous with an event of the 18th League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the Manila Hotel, the President presented the awards under the auspices of the DA to showcase the achievements of the small farmers and fisherfolk who raised their yields through the use of integrated farming systems and modern technology.

Rice farmer Claudio Agcaoili of Vintar, Ilocos Norte was cited as this year's Outstanding Rice Farmer, and Edilberto Bitacura of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur as the Outstanding Corn Farmer. Each of them also received P120,000 and a Presidential Citation and trophy in the Outstanding Individual Achievers category.

Also recipients of the same citations and prizes in the Individual Category were Preciosa Maturan of Bayawan City in Negros Oriental as the Outstanding Sugarcane Farmer; Benjamin Lao of Bansalan, Davao del Sur as the Outstanding Coconut Farmer; Ricardo Tolentino of Laoag City as the Outstanding High-Value Cash Crop Farmer; Juboken Agri-Enterprises Inc. of Camalig Albay as the Outstanding Agri-Entrepreneur;

Renato Alfaro of Cauayan City, Isabela as the Outstanding Fisherfolk (Fish Culture); Restituto Del Rosario of Morong, Bataan as the Outstanding Fisherfolk (Fish Capture); Annie Sitjar of Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur as the Outstanding Small Animal Raiser; Rosita Naje of Castilla, Sorsogon as the Outstanding Young Farmer/Fisherfolk;

Ireneo Espartero and family of Dujali, Davao del Norte as the Outstanding Farmer/Fisherfolk Family; and Louella Rowena de Jesus of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit as the Outstanding Agricultural Scientist.

The Outstanding Organization Achievers that each received a P150,000 Project Grant, and Presidential Trophy and Citation were the Mandaya Tribal Youth Organization of Monkayo, Compostela Valley as the Outstanding Young Farmer/Fisherfolk Organization; Barucboc Rural Improvement Club (RIC) of Quezon, Isabela as the Outstanding Rural Improvement Club;

Tupi Integrated Agricultural Cooperative of Tupi, South Cotabato as the Outstanding City/Municipal Agricultural Fishery Council (CAFC/MAFC); and the Camarines Norte Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC) as the Outstanding PAFC.

The 'Gawad Saka' Awards is an annual search for outstanding achievers in agriculture and fisheries who represent the various stakeholders of the community -- farmers, fisherfolk, farm communities, scientists and organizations, as well as DA and local government employees.

The project aims to give due recognition to individuals and institutions whose exemplary accomplishments in their respective fields of endeavor and contribution to the country's agricultural development are deemed worthy of emulation. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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