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SORSOGON, September 10, 2021 – Thirty-two (32) farmers belonging to the Agta Tabangnon community in Brgy. Gimagaan, Donsol Sorsogon completed a season-long Farmers’ Field School (FFS) on Vegetable Production Technology on September 8. KALINGA, September 10, 2021 – The Tongrayan Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Tinglayan, Kalinga were awarded Php 10,800,100 worth of agricultural projects as livelihood assistance aimed at establishing community-based enterprises from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR). BOHOL, September 8, 2021 – Representatives of 9 farmers’ associations in Bohol and 9 trainers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 7 were equipped on vegetable processing and value-adding from August 25 to 26. The activity was conducted in partnership with the Federated Rural Improvement Club (FRIC) of Lila, Bohol. In 2008, a group of 15 women in Purok Mabuhay, Barangay Datu Dani, Kiamba, Sarangani was organized to augment their husband’s income from fishing. Talacogon, a 2nd class municipality, is considered the heart of Agusan del Sur. Surrounded by 8 municipalities and two adjacent cities, the town is advantageous for agricultural trade and commerce. Who says old age is weak and dull? Mr. Pancrasio E. Cascas, 72, still has exceptional farming skills and strength. Lino Ambag, a hardworking farmer in Panaon, Misamis Occidental, became a beneficiary of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in 2020. As one of the 200 members of the Panaon SAAD Farmer’s Association, he received the Corn Production Project. NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, September 3, 2021 – On August 27 and September 1, 40 members of Menchaca, Malanog, Dolis Farmers’ Association (MMDFA) were equipped with knowledge in Coffee Production and Processing and capacitating farmers in project management. SARANGANI, September 1, 2021 – The Lumigo-Cogon Farmer’s Association (LCFA) with 133 members from Glan, Sarangani accumulated Php 29,565 gross income from their vegetable production from January to August 2021. The income was reported during the two-day celebration of the group’s second anniversary from August 25 to 26. BOHOL, September 1, 2021– The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 distributed Php 3,850,219 worth of livestock and crop production intervention to 390 farmers in Bien Unido, Bohol. QUEZON CITY, August 30, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) planned its last year of implementation, 2022. NEGROS ORIENTAL, August 27, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 provided 30 cattle worth Php 33,000 each to Mabinay farmers on August 16 in Negros Oriental. BOHOL, August 25, 2021– The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bohol equipped 17 technicians to train 300 beneficiaries of the 2021 Integrated Carabao Production at Reynas the Haven Garden, Tagbilaran City, Bohol from August 12 to 13. APAYAO, August 26, 2021 – Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program initially delivered 4,950 female free-range chickens to 110 farmers of the Sta. Maria, Allig, Malayugan, Mallig, Balluyan (SAMMBA) Farmers Association (FA) in Flora, Apayao on August 23. OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 26, 2021 – Seventy-eight Buhid-Mangyan farmers in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro received Php 897,000 worth of hand tractors from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program. MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, August 23, 2021 – Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s Swine Production beneficiary Wilma Bodisen from Mountain Province increased her animal stocks from 10 to 37 after two years. APAYAO, August 24, 2021– The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) turned over 800 Muscovy ducks to 70 poultry raisers from three farmers’ cooperatives and associations in Kabugao, Apayao. BOHOL, August 10, 2021– The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bohol equipped 22 technicians to train 1,050 recipients of the Calamansi Production, Vermicomposting and Vermiculture Production. SULU, August 9, 2021- The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 9 included Omar to its target areas of implementation in 2021. Jessie Doromal, 54, has been a farmer since childhood in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte. “I am originally from Dapitan City, but when I married my wife, we decided to move here in barangay Concepcion, municipality of Kalawit since my wife’s family owns a small area of land here. My wife and I started living a new life,” he recounted in the local dialect. Going into vegetable production is a rewarding yet challenging venture to take. Farmers could easily go out of business if the weather suddenly changes, or if the market price of crops fluctuate. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, August 9, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted a technical training on Layer Chicken Raising for Concepcion Pangkabuhayan Association in barangay Concepcion, Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte. SOUTHERN LEYTE, August 9, 2021 – Reaping the product of her hard work and dedication in Milkfish (bangus) Culture in Cage Farming, Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) beneficiary Jeaniver B. Calinog from Malitbog, Southern Leyte harvested 1,205 kilograms (kg) worth Php 287,121 during her second cropping. SIQUIJOR, August 9, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) program Region 7 turned over 50 units of 20-kilogram (kg) capacity weighing scales worth Php 192,500 to 11 farmer groups in Siquijor on July 28. NORTH COTABATO, August 3, 2021 – To determine whether the projects implemented are on track toward the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s goals, Director Myer Mula visited four associations in North Cotabato. SOUTH COTABATO, August 4, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program partnered with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) in introducing the Participatory Guarantee System seal, which is linked to organic farming, in Region 12 through a focused group orientation.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS (2017 - JUNE 30, 2021)

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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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