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Kibaguio is a special barangay under barangay Langtud in Laak, Davao de Oro which belongs to the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA). CATANDUANES, March 15, 2021 – Rice farmers associations (FA) and livestock beneficiaries in Catanduanes of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program continues to receive various agricultural interventions as part of the typhoon rehabilitation assistance valued at Php 5.5 million. MATNOG, SORSOGON, March 15, 2021 – A 30-year-old housewife turned farmer, Mrs. Jellyn Bitara, is truly thankful to the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program for the additional earnings from selling ampalaya (bitter gourd) in her barangay at Sisigon. APAYAO, March 29, 2021 – In celebration of Women’s Month, 56 rural farmers from Poblacion, Imelda, Alem, San Luis (PIAS) Farmer Association (FA) of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program conducted communal gardening in barangays Imelda and Alem, Pudtol – a significant pay-off to improve labor productivity and to help children experiencing malnutrition. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, March 25, 2021- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 9 completed the delivery of Php 9,661,823.20 worth of fertilizers to 52 groups in Zamboanga del Norte. BUTUAN CITY, March 22, 2021- Essential for their agri-entrepreneurial activities, the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program provided training on marketing to 29 farmers’ groups in Caraga. MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, March 17, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program provided Php 175,000 worth of 350 head Dekalb brown chicken to Sagada farmers to ensure sufficient food and livelihood development during the CoViD-19 pandemic. OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, March 19, 2021 – Seventy-three (73) Iraya-Mangyan Indigenous People (IP) farmers in Paluan now supplies to a giant corporation for its cassava requirements. OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, March 17, 2021 – Indigenous People (IP) farmers from the Buhid and Hanunuo-Mangyan communities, both identified End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) areas, received a goat production package worth Php 612,800. QUEZON CITY, March 24, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program joins Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar’s call for a united effort to combat threats of triggering supply and inflation crises by launching hog industry revitalization measures, called ‘Bantay ASF sa Barangay’ or BaBay ASF and the National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion or INSPIRE – key projects for intensified hog repopulation efforts. MARAWI CITY, LANAO DEL SUR, March 22, 2021 – Two months after receiving the Php 699,833 worth of ready-to-lay chicken from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program on January 18, 2021, the As-Salaam Farmers Group of East Calocan earned Php 35,700 from selling 6,487 eggs. APAYAO, March 21, 2021 – Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus pertains to the socially and culturally acquired experiences which unconsciously structure actors’ dispositions and practices in the social field. Following this premise, in a simpler sense, empowering communities through capacity building can help craft values and redefine the sense of ‘self’. KALINGA, March 12, 2021 – Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program provided fruit trees and duck production interventions to three farmers’ associations (FA) in Kalinga worth Php 1,180,300. ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 19, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program facilitated the transport of vegetable seeds worth Php 786,872.50 from the FY 2021 funds to 2,750 farmers in Sulu. DAVAO DE ORO – Jacinto Navaluna, a 59-year-old farmer in Nabunturan who provides for a family of 6, is a caretaker of a 3.8-hectare farm. He earns Php 7,000/month by selling palm wine (locally known as tuba) and coconut vinegar while his wife tends to a piggery for Php 2,000/month. CEBU CITY, March 4, 2021- Through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Region 7 (DA-BFAR7) provided tilapia farming interventions worth Php 120,000 to Bongbong Tree Planters Association (BTPA) in Bohol. EASTERN SAMAR – Teresita Nadonza is one of the 32 beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) in Barangay San Isidro, General MacArthur who found hope in the program’s livelihood project. ANTIQUE, March 1, 2021 – Three farmers’ associations from the upland villages of San Remigio benefited from the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Program for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s Organic Midland and Backyard Vegetable Production Projects. BUTUAN CITY, March 4, 2021 – “Effective communication is direct, receiver-oriented, and purposive,” said development communication practitioner Marisol D. Tuso to 22 Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Caraga farmers who attended a virtual workshop on organizational communication. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, March 4, 2021- Provincial Coordinator of Department of Agriculture Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Ronillo Dusaban encouraged the three SAAD groups who attended the Meat Processing Training to engage in agribusiness. SUBIC, ZAMBALES, February 24, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) prepared its 2022 program implementation during a three-day plan and budget workshop on February 22-24, 2021. DIPOLOG CITY, February 26, 2021 – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar presided over the awarding of Php 24,288,586 worth of livelihood interventions to 51 farmers associations (FAs) of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program. BUTUAN CITY, February 26, 2021 – “A good leader has good personality traits and management skills,” emphasized Department of Agriculture (DA) Supervising Agriculturist Isabelita L. Ocampo to 22 farmers from 11 groups of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program. MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, February 18, 2021 – Two farmers’ associations (FA) with 136 members in Mountain Province earned Php 372,000 from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s free-range chicken (Hubbard Brown) Production Projects in 2020 DAVAO DE ORO, FEBRUARY 19, 2021 – Nine farmers’ associations in different hinterland areas of Davao de Oro identified as Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) and Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) benefited from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Region 11’s incubator deliveries mid-first quarter of FY 2021. Forty-nine-year-old Anne Sacro – member of the Upstream Livelihood Farmers Association in Bacsay, Luna, Apayao – attested that she earned Php 12,290 from the Poultry Production Project of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program.

The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) is a locally-funded program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), intended to help alleviate poverty among the marginalized sectors on agriculture and fishery.

Coined after the Visayan word “saad” which means promise, the SAAD Program is a breakthrough of former DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol as part of the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase food production and reduce poverty in the Philippines.

Through the SAAD program, a total of 30 priority provinces with high poverty incidence rate among families have been given assistance in both agriculture and fisheries since year 2017.

In the midst of 2019, Piñol’s former administration was turned over to now DA Secretary William D. Dar.

Secretary Dar brought with him his New Thinking for Agriculture geared towards a food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk.

His eight paradigms of “New Thinking” for Agriculture paved the way to continue and strengthen the SAAD Program implementation in his leadership to realize his twin goals of increasing productivity and making farmers and fishers prosperous or his term’s battlecry, “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita”.

The SAAD Program, headed by Director Myer G. Mula, aims to give agricultural interventions on animals, crops, and fisheries (capture fishery and aquaculture) to identified beneficiaries with the help of corresponding offices in the regional and provincial levels.

The SAAD Program is composed of four major components – 1) Program Management, 2) Social Preparation, 3) Production and Livelihood Interventions, and 4) Marketing Assistance and Enterprise Development.

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.

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.

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.

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.

VISION

By 2022, SAAD will be the leading agricultural development program and resource mobilization service of the Department of Agriculture, undertaking intensified social venture initiatives to increase food production and alleviate identified farmers and fisherfolk from poverty.

 

MISSION

We contribute to the poverty alleviation of 30 priority provinces with high poverty incidences and areas covered by Executive Order No. 70 (series of 2018) through:

  • Social Preparation that empowers marginalized Farmers and Fisherfolk;
  • Intensified Production and Livelihood Interventions responsive to assessed needs; and
  • Partnerships with the local government units, private sector, and other government agencies and stakeholders.
SAAD Program Framework

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Republic of the Philippines

William D. Dar, Ph. D.
Secretary, Department of Agriculture

Myer G. Mula, Ph. D.
Program Director

                  

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