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DA Region 6 prepares for SAAD Program implementation in Antique

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 6, together with the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) National Program Management Office (NPMO), made preparations for the province of Antique’s SAAD implementation, which will start in the year 2019 until 2022.

The event, which was held at The Mansion, Iloilo City last 13th to 15th of February 2018, aims to orient implementers in coming up with a multi-year project plan for the SAAD Program through a methodological tool called Community Logical Framework (Log Frame) approach.

The meeting was attended by Antique’s Municipal Agriculturists and LGU officials, staff of the Provincial Agriculturist, and DA-RFO 6 SAAD Focal Person Rene Famoso and staff.

The participants identified the municipalities of Laua-an, San Remigio, and Valderama as potential beneficiaries of the SAAD Program in the province due to their high poverty incidence among families based on the 2015 data of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Laua-an has a 25.9% poverty incidence while San Remigio is at 35.9%, and Valderama is at 30.2%.

SAAD Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan started the orientation with an introduction to the SAAD Program. SAAD Program Public Relation and Communications head Ulysses Lustria, Jr. discussed the log frame analysis while SAAD Program Planning and Budget head Kristine Eusebio handled the discussion on multi-year planning.

DA-RFO 6 will now conduct workshops in Antique and Negros Occidental to come up with the respective provinces’ SAAD multi-year plan.

Because of a typhoon, Negros Occidental participants weren’t able to attend the activity.  The said provinces were recognized as SAAD’s 10 priority provinces for the year 2019 due to their high poverty incidence rate among families based on PSA 2015 records. Antique has an 18.4% poverty incidence while Negros Occidental has 21.9%. ###

Writer: Jhomai Canlas, SAAD PR & Communications Officer

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