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Kalinga farmer is Gawad Saka national nominee

by Larry Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (20 November) -- Michael Lumas-i, 45 of Sitio Tannubong, Ipil, this town vies for the National Gawad Saka Award 2010 with two other nominees from Regions 1 and 3.

Lumas-i earlier won the Cordillera regional category to qualify for the national search under hybrid rice category. Winner in the national category will receive a cash prize of P100,000 plus other citations.

Provincial Rice Program Coordinator Joe Casibang said there were 12 regions nominated to the national search, which was trimmed down to seven, then to the three finalists.

The national search composite evaluation team last week inspected Lumas-i's 15-hectare farm where he applies integrated farming system under close supervision of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the province's Office on Agricultural Services (OAS).

His integrated farm area consists of two hectares of hybrid rice production, poultry, piggery, fishery and high value commercial crops.

For hybrid rice production, his entry to the Gawad Saka, Lumas-i started hybrid rice farming in 2004. Hybrid rice technology was introduced in Kalinga through the OAS in 2000.

With DA's assistance, Lumas-I produced an average of 238 cavans (per hectare per cropping) of hybrid rice in 2008 and went up to 245 cavans in 2009 and 255 cavans in 2010.

Casibang said qualifiers to the national category should have engaged into that particular category at least for two dry and two wet croppings.

It can be recalled that another farmer from the province, Amador Na-oy, won the same award four years ago. (PIA-Kalinga)

PRC Kalinga offers shelter repair aid to typhoon victims

by Larry Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (20 November) -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Kalinga Chapter is offering shelter repair assistance to victims of super Typhoon Juan that wrought heavy damages to the province.

PRC-Kalinga Chapter Head Glorina Reyes said beneficiaries of this aid are indigent families who could not afford to pay for the repair of their shelters. Qualified victims are given P7,000 worth of construction materials for their damaged houses.

Re-validation shall be done on applications submitted to determine whether or not the applicant is qualified, Reyes said. She clarified that reimbursements of expenses shall not be accommodated under this assistance program.

Fund for this aid will come from member donor-countries of the Red Cross society, Reyes said.

This is the second round of the shelter repair relief from Red Cross in Kalinga. The province received similar assistance for victims of typhoon Pepeng last year.

Meanwhile, PRC-Kalinga completed the delivery of food and non-food relief to 15 barangays in three municipalities in the province seriously hit by super typhoon Juan.

Among the areas are Agbannawag, Calaccad, Appas, Dilag, San Juan, Ileb, Nambaran, Balong and Malalao in Tabuk; Santor, San Vicente, Babalag East, Liwan East and Calaocan in Rizal and Sucbot and Cawagayan of Pinukpuk.

PRC distributed non-food relief items consisting of 3,000 sleeping plastic mats, 3,000 blankets, 1,000 bath towels, 1,000 mosquito nets, 1,000 plastic water gallons and 2,000 hygiene kits. Food items distributed totaled to 2,078 food packs.

From PRC's record, a total of 37,009 families were affected by typhoon Juan. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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