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QUEZON CITY, October 18, 2021- Thirty-seven (37) Special Area for Agricultural Development Program implementers were trained on pests and diseases management by experts from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 8. BOHOL, October 13, 2021 – A total of 390 farmers from Buenavista, Bohol received Php 14,348,300 worth of farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program to start their agricultural livelihood. DAVAO DE ORO, October 14, 2021 – Four farmers’ associations (FA) in Laak, Davao de Oro received 540 mallard ducks worth Php 646,427.72 from the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program to potentially start balut production. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, October 14, 2021 – Forty-four members of Teresita Vegetable Farmers Association (TVFA) celebrated a festival after harvesting 3,000 cabbages weighing 400 kilograms in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte on October 7. LANAO DEL NORTE, October 13, 2021 – Hukbong Mananagat in Riverside Association (HMRA) with 29 members in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte earned Php 547,947 after selling 4,590 kilograms (kg) of bangus from the FY 2021 Milkfish in Fish Cage Project of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program. SARANGANI, October 13, 2021 – Thirty (30) members of Larangan Farmers Association (LFA) in Kablacan, Maasim in Sarangani recorded 12.2 metric tons (mt) corn harvest, which secured their income, food, and next production cycle. At the onset of the global pandemic where industries are immobilized, the state turned into independent cultivation and food production to secure food supplies as physical movement is identified as the top means of virus transmission. There is no retirement age in farming. The wide spectrum of activities in agriculture enables experienced elderly workers to remain socially integrated especially in economic activities. The bottom line of social integration is to aim for a balanced and cohesive relationship between sectors in the community. While impairments occur among the old age sector that can hinder functional roles in society, an emphasis on the free exercise of rights and responsibility in the community should be promoted. COTABATO, October 4, 2021 – Five farmer associations (FA) in Cotabato received 600 layer chickens and three cattle from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program on October 1. Lucy B. Espanilla or Nanay Lucy, 67, is the only parent to her grandchild and has done everything in her power including harvesting salago fibers (𝘞𝘪𝘬𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘢 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢; fibers used in banknotes and other fabrics) and weaving pandan (𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘶𝘴) mats to earn a living. All these were accomplished while plowing and harvesting crops from her approximately two-hectare rainfed field in Mapalasan, La Libertad, Negros Oriental. SURIGAO DEL SUR, October 5, 2021— The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recognized another set of outstanding farmers and fishers of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program during the SAAD Saga in Surigao del Sur. KALINGA, October 04, 2021 – A 76-year-old Yfangad vegetable farmer of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program inspires locals to engage in sustainable agriculture, giving out seeds and planting materials to the community. DAVAO DE ORO, October 1, 2021 – Thirty-three fishers from Maragusan cultivated a total of 2,405 square meters’ pond area after receiving 8,800 pieces’ tilapia fingerlings, agricultural inputs, and postharvest supplies worth Php 96,907.80 on September 10. SORSOGON, September 30, 2021 – Corn farmer Josefina Milarpes, 50, earned Php 43,125 after harvesting at least 2,875 kilograms (kg) of yellow corn in August 2021, from a project granted by the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program. APAYAO, September 30, 2021- Four farmers’ associations (FAs) from Apayao received 124 goats from the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program. DAVAO DE ORO, September 30, 2021 – The Quarry Highlanders Farmer’s Association with 61 members from Barangay Ngan, Compostela, Davao de Oro was selected as one of the 9 group beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 11 distributed the inputs for the FY 2021 Tilapia Grow-Out Culture in Freshwater Fishpond Project worth Php 90,939.50. AGUSAN DEL SUR, September 30, 2021 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recognized exceptional Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) farmers- and fisherfolk-beneficiaries during the first leg of the three-part SAAD Saga in Caraga. SULU, September 29, 2021 – Forty farmers from Omar, Sulu were granted with Cassava Production Project worth Php 807,120 to cover 21 hectares, a livelihood from 2021 funding by the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program. BOHOL, September 27, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 trained 25 farmers in Bohol on livestock and poultry diseases management which is essential to the beneficiaries’ farming activities. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 20, 2021 – The Buenavista Farmers Association (BFA) in Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN) harvested 1 metric ton (mt) of squash worth over Php 30,000 from their half-hectare area communal garden on September 16. QUEZON CITY, September 22, 2021 – To recognize the exceptional farmer and fisherfolk beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, the Agriculture (DA) and Fishery (BFAR) sectors in Region 13 (Caraga) will hold its first SAAD Saga event. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 21, 2021 – Ten members of the Rizalina Farmers Association from Zamboanga del Norte are expecting a cumulative harvest of 61.4 metric tons (MT) of rice in October through the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program. The more that the health system issues have become even more glaring in the country, the more that it has been much harder for the less fortunate people. It pushed them even farther behind – job loss, less income, and scarred livelihoods. NEGROS ORIENTAL, September 21, 2021 – Thirty-five cattle worth Php 1,654,020 were delivered to 35 farmers who are members of three associations in La Libertad, Negros Oriental. SULU, September 21, 2021 – Forty farmers in Patikul, Sulu received 30 modules of egg machines from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 9 through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program.
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PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Program Management

The Program Management component comprises activities that are operational and preparatory in nature to ensure efficient and effective program implementation. It also includes monitoring and evaluation to draw relevant inputs to enhance practices and policies.

Social Preparation

The Social Preparation component will encompass a series of training (including needs assessments) in order to ensure readiness and empowerment of the SAAD beneficiaries in accepting and managing the program. It also includes coordinating with partner-agencies and organizations for possible collaboration.

Production and Livelihood Interventions

The Production and Livelihood Interventions component, on the other hand, will entail the livelihood projects to be given based on the assessed needs of the recipients. Interventions given to selected beneficiaries are animals, crops, fisheries production and post-production inputs, tools, machinery, facilities, and equipment to improve their farm and fish production practices and productivity.

Marketing Assistance and Enterprise Development

The Marketing Assistance and Enterprise Development component corresponds to the program’s initiatives to help communities create enterprises by establishing market linkages and providing technical assistance and logistic support.

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