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The Special Area for Agricultural Development Program’s news releases, including features and other articles, are produced and published daily by its Director, Deputy Director, as well as Public Relations and Communications Officers from the national and regional offices. Writers from the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Sections also contribute.

Post-harvest equipment and feed facility awarded to tilapia growers

BUKIDNON, August 6, 2020 – In an effort to reduce post-harvest losses and to boost profit from tilapia farming industry, the Region 10’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program turned…

1500 Sultan Kudarat farmers receive Php 6.04M worth of farm inputs

SULTAN KUDARAT, July 17, 2020 – A total of 1,500 farmer-beneficiaries in the province received Php 6.04 million worth of farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area from Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Tacurong City. DA…

Farmers’ group earns Php 1.3M from rice combine harvester

APAYAO - The Midstream Livelihood Farmers Association with 70 members in Luna, which was provided by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program with a rice combine harvester in 2018, earned a total of Php 1,355,050.00 from five rice…

123 sheep distributed to Apayao farmers

FLORA, APAYAO, August 4, 2020 – Forty-one (41) individual farmers from barangay Lower Atok (20) and Malubibit Norte (21) were provided with 82 ewes and 41 rams under the Sheep Production Project of Apayao worth Php 1,934,100.00 under 2020 budget. Each…

Native chickens granted to Subanen tribe

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, July 30, 2020 – Some 442 native chickens worth Php 385,700.00 were distributed to the members of Tampilisan Subanen Cultural Minority Association (TSCMA) as part of the FY 2019 Native Chicken Project of the Department of Agriculture-Special…

SAAD Agri-Enterprise: a step towards sustainable household socioeconomic status

Agriculture today faces many challenges, including globalization and market liberalization, food price crises, natural resource depletion, climate change, rapid urbanization, changing production and consumption patterns, demographic changes, pandemic, soil health, invasive crop pest and so on. With a growing recognition…

SAAD Cordillera conducts Midyear Assessment for 2020

BAGUIO CITY, July 23-24, 2020 – With its aim to alleviate poverty in the farming communities, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program provided livelihood interventions to the 30 poorest provinces in the country starting in 2017. To see…

Woman-farmer earn from goat production project in Apayao

APAYAO, July 15, 2020 - Mrs. Lorie Gatiw-an, member of Dur-as Farmer’s Association in barangay Aga, Pudtol sold four farm-raised bucks worth Php 24,500.00 in her neighborhood. The said goats are offspring of the does provided to the association by…

Matungao LGU conducts groundbreaking for Php 1.5M SAAD demo-farm

LANAO DEL NORTE, July 20, 2020 – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Matungao, through its Municipal Agricultural Services Office (MASO), conducted a groundbreaking ceremony to commence the establishment of its 2.5-hectare demonstration farm for crops funded by the Special…

Second production of tilapia produce 152 kgs amid pandemic

KALINGA, July 8, 2020 - Ms. Germain Oplay, 32 years old, is a resident of Barangay Ipil, Tabuk City in Kalinga. She is one of the fisherfolk-beneficiaries of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, who attested the advantage of…

Region 13 expands goat production in Surigao del Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR, July 8­-9, 2020 – To expand the goat production in Surigao del Sur, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Region 13 implemented a Php 4.5 million project under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

Part 6: Vegetables you can harvest in less than two months  to boost immune system Urban Agriculture potentials to improve health in metropolis set-up Urban agriculture manifests relevance to socio-economic perspective and ecology. It provides integrative development by creating income…

SAAD responds to CoViD-19 food threat in Region 13

CARAGA, July 13-15, 2020– True to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s call to increase the country’s food supply at the height of the coronavirus disease 2019 (CoViD-19), the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Region 13 distributed corn seeds to 7 associations…

SAAD Region 4B intensifies distribution of agri interventions worth Php 2.45M in Occidental Mindoro

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, JULY 15, 2020 – The DA-SAAD Region 4B has implemented livelihood projects and distributed interventions totaling to Php 2,451,640.00 to five municipalities namely; Magsaysay, Abra de Ilog, Sta. Cruz, Rizal, and Paluan, Occidental Mindoro beneficiaries despite global pandemic.…

Partnership: An Essential SAAD Tool Against Poverty

Partnership is an essential tool of any poverty reduction project such as the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). What is partnership? It is “a relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized…

SAAD continues to uphold government’s poverty reduction efforts

SOCCSKSARGEN, June 26, 2020 - To help alleviate poverty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed Php 1.8 million worth of agricultural livelihood interventions in Cotabato and Sultan…

20 SAAD farmers receive 1,600 quails

APAYAO, July 6, 2020 – Twenty (20) farmers from Conner (7), Flora (7), Luna (3), and Pudtol (3) received 1,600 head of quails and 146 bags of layer feeds worth Php 464,900 under the Quail Production Project of the Special…

72 cattle granted to Mountain Province farmer-beneficiaries

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, July 9, 2020 – Seventy–two (72) head of cattle were distributed to the beneficiaries of six municipalities of Mountain Province namely: Sadanga with 28 beneficiaries, Sagada with five (5), Bauko with seven (7), Besao with five (5), Tadian…

Carabaos granted to 60 farmer-beneficiaries of Bien Unido

BOHOL,  July 2, 2020 – “The farmer-beneficiaries were very happy to receive the draft animals and inputs. They were grateful to the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for the assistance which arrived in…

SAAD native chicken project to uplift economic status in San Remigio, Antique

The demand for native chicken continuously increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing the competitive advantage in the market, the native chicken project of the Samahan kang Mangunguma kag Mamamayan kang Agricula in San Remigio, Antique has slowly multiplied their stocks…

SAAD fulfills promise to 600 North Cotabato farmers affected of earthquakes

NORTH COTABATO, June 22, 2020 — A promise was fulfilled when the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program – Central Office downloaded Php 6.1 million to the province for the benefit of 600 farmers, who were affected by the…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

Part 5: Aquaponics: A perfect setting to feed urban and peri-urban families An answer to food security Global hunger and food insecurity are perennial issues that confront human societies. In the World 2017 Report of the Food and Agriculture Organization…

SAAD media promotes transparency and accountability

Background In its inception in 2017, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program through the National Program Management Office (NPMO) has established its image through public relations (PR) and communication, which were improved throughout the years for transparency and…

Small ruminants from SAAD produces 17 offspring

DAGUPAN, LUNA, APAYAO, July 8, 2020 - Some of the 29 sheep awarded to Upstream Livelihood Farmers Association of Apayao in 2019 bore 17 offspring (5 ewes, 12 rams). This is under the Sheep Production Project of the Special Area…

5 IP associations in Surigao del Sur granted with corn seeds

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 29, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Region XIII delivered bags of open-pollinated variety (OPV) white corn seeds to five indigenous beneficiary associations of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the…

SAAD releases book to guide program stakeholders on extension service process

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA, July 7, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program is delighted to announce the book entitled `Agricultural Extension and Communication: A Theoretical Guide to the Social Preparation of the SAAD Program´ authored by…

Agri-fisheries intervention to IP communities in Occ Min through DA and NCIP convergence

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, JUNE 28, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) strengthened their collaboration to extend government assistance for tribal communities or Indigenous Peoples (IPs) across the country through DA programs and projects such…

Egg Production as an Enterprise

The farmers remain steadfast and motivated to continually produce food for all despite the threats of the global pandemic, exhibiting the values of cooperation and solidarity among agriculture’s frontliners. Regardless of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in the…

Social Preparation: An approach to a sustainable agriculture system of SAAD

by Myer G. Mula, Ph.D. and Ian Kevin M. Sevilla The initial step in community organizing is the social preparation activities. The series of activities is designed to prepare the affected families to cope with the changes brought about by government programs or…

75 Mangali fisherfolks granted aquaculture package

KALINGA, May 29, 2020 – Seventy-five (75) Mangali fisherfolks received a complete package of aquaculture livelihood projects comprising of 42,000 pieces of tilapia fingerlings, 500 pieces of carps, and 305 bags of feeds (partial) amounting to Php 279,900 from FY…

Tanudan woman-farmer started egg and chicken production enterprise

From six (6) chickens in 2019, a farmer from Tanudan, Kalinga multiplied them to almost 15 times resulting in a total count of 88 heads. Mrs. Marjorie Ang-ang is one of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program beneficiaries…

Region 4B strengthens DA’s ALPAS initiative among SAAD beneficiaries

MAGSAYSAY, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 25, 2020 – In line with the initiative “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19,” popularly known as the Plant, Plant, Plant Program (4Ps) of the Department of Agriculture, the Special Area for Agricultural Development…

Antique farmer-beneficiaries harvest 444 kgs of eggplant

ANTIQUE, June 4, 2020 – A fruitful harvest of 444 kgs eggplant benefitted SAAD-beneficiaries from Brgy. Sinundolan, San Remigio. The Sinundolan ISF Upland Farmers Association’s 43 members gained from the livelihood projects of Enhanced Rice with Corn, Organic Backyard Vegetable,…

Sadanga farmers receive livelihood projects amounting to Php 6.8M

BAGUIO CITY, June 19, 2020 – Twenty-eight (28) heirloom rice farmers from Sadanga, Mountain Province will receive native cattle under the SAAD Integrated Cattle Raising with Heirloom Rice Production Project amounting to Php 895,500 on June 30 after being granted…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

PART 4: Hydroponics: an answer to food always in the home (FAITH) Placing the puzzle of Hydroponics among the big players of this agenda is surprisingly not very difficult because it fits so well to major headlines, e.g. climate change…

Manobo Association Accepts Rice Seeds from DA-SAAD

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 11, 2020 – Members of Ocao Farmers’ Association from the municipality of Rosario received 30 bags of inbred rice seeds from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program – CARAGA worth Php 45,600.00 as part…

DA and NCIP strengthens collaboration; SAAD with at least 17,000 IP beneficiaries

QUEZON CITY, June 12, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) strengthened their collaboration as they entered a Joint Special Order to assist more IP communities through DA’s several programs amid the coronavirus…

Php 2.46M worth of livelihood benefits 585 farmers

CANTANDUANES AND MASBATE, June 1, 2020 – Despite the current pandemic and unrest brought by the COVID-19, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) of Region 5 continues to fulfill its promise of helping the farmers from the remote islands…

2,000 SAAD beneficiaries of Region 11 granted agricultural inputs to jumpstart planting

DAVAO DE ORO, May 28, 2020 – Ensuring food supply and livelihood to 11 covered municipalities in the province, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Region 11 concluded the month-long distribution of 2,000 bags of…

SAAD Region 7 turns-over Php 1.8M check to benefit 60 Bohol farmers

BOHOL, June 1, 2020 – 60 individual farmers from Pres. Carlos P. Garcia will benefit from the Php 1.8 million check that the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program – DA Region 7 turned-over to Bohol Mayor Fernando B.…

210 IP farmers accept OPV white corn seeds to grow in 150 hectares

SARANGANI, May 29, 2020 –   Forty percent of Sarangani’s population is composed of indigenous tribes – the Blaan, Tboli, and Tagakaulo. A total of 210 Indigenous People (IP) beneficiaries received open-pollinated variety (OPV) white corn seeds from the Special Area for…

20 farmers benefited from SAAD’s Upland Rice Production Project

NORTH COTABATO, May 26, 2020 – Twenty (20) farmers from Barangay Sitio New Leon in the Municipality of Aleosan benefited from the Upland Rice Production Project of the Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (SAAD) – DA Region 12 under…

SAAD Farmers Not in a State of Flux Despite Pandemic

It was in January 9, 2020 when the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a novel coronavirus was identified by Chinese authorities.  Subsequently, WHO declared COVID-19 as pandemic and considered as public emergency of international concern. Conditions incumbent on the…

IPs receive livestock from SAAD Bukidnon

BUKIDNON, May 28, 2020 – The Lorega Ancestral Management and Development for All Generation (LAMDAG), with 50 indigenous People (IP) members, received various livestock worth Php 346,000 from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of…

SAAD Region 12 distributes 3,000 Muscovy ducks to Sarangani beneficiaries

SARANGANI – May 15-19, 2020 – A total 150 Sarangani farmers expressed their gratitude to the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program as they received Php 1.5 million worth of 3,000 Muscovy ducks.  The ducks are part of the Integrated…

Php 1.8 M worth of upland rice seeds given to 300 Sultan Kudarat farmers

Sultan Kudarat, May 19 – 20, 2020 — Mindanao is known with excellent quality and high antioxidant properties of their traditional upland rice varieties. Given this trademark, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

PART 3: Livestock and poultry raising in urban and peri-urban areas Urban and peri-urban agriculture has existed in various forms and places for a long time. It was practiced in the Aztec and Mayan civilizations and in prehistoric Jericho. More…

SAAD escalates San Fernando’s agri development

BUKIDNON, June 1, 2020 – The Municipal Agriculturist Coleen Alva C. Ambos acknowledged the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) as an instrument to the agricultural development of San Fernando. The town was funded…

Seed System: An Integral Ingredient of the SAAD Program

by Myer G. Mula, Ph.D. While we are aware that the coverage of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program covers not only the 30 poorest of the poor provinces of the country but also are generally situated in…

DA-SAAD 10 provides Php 6.3 M to boost farm productivity in Bukidnon

Dalwangan, Malaybalay, Bukidnon, May 21, 2020 – Region 10 Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program turned-over more than Php 6.3 million farm machinery, equipment, and inputs to 10 farmer organizations and a local government unit…

Php 1.045 M worth of hand tractors and mungbeans granted to IPs of Occidental Mindoro

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 14, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 4B turned over 6 hand tractors and 470 kilograms (kgs) of mungbeans amounting to Php 1.045 million to two farmer and…

LGU purchase 320 kgs of squash from SAAD farmers

BOHOL, May 13, 2020 – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of the municipality of Mabini through Mayor Juanito L. Jayoma directly procured 320 kgs squash harvested by the three farmers of Barangay Minol namely: Domingo G. Ayade (184 kg); Remigio…

Mountain Province 586 fisherfolks received 300,000 tilapia fingerlings

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, May 12-15, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) – CAR distributed in the province 300,000 tilapia fingerlings and 16 metric tons (640 bags) of feeds amounting…

SAAD Region 12 distributes agricultural inputs to its beneficiaries

NORTH COTABATO, May 12, 2020 – Farmer-beneficiaries of the Upland Rice Production Project were granted with 40 sacks of upland rice seeds, 40 sacks of urea, 30 sacks of complete fertilizers, 20 packs of pinakbet seeds (okra, eggplant, ampalaya, and…

From Hopelessness to a Life Full of Hope

In the past years, it seemed as if there was no hope for Ma. Cristina Plata and her family to live a fruitful life, until Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program intervened in May 2018. Ma. Cristina, or “Tinay”…

SAAD Region 11 validates and profiles more than 700 farmers

DAVAO DE ORO, April 30, 2020 – A total of 736 farmers underwent validation and profiling for the 2020 project implementation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Regional Field Office (RFO) 11’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program…

Determined To Be An Agripreneur

During one of the regular monitoring activities of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD), a farmer-beneficiary caught the attention of the assigned Area Coordinator in Southern Leyte. Fifty-year-old Rolando G. Pelobueno of Brgy. Dao, Bontoc,…

SAAD Region 10 farmers gear up for COVID-19 crisis, adopt DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program

MATUNGAO, LANAO DEL NORTE, May 15, 2020. The adversities of the COVID-19 pandemic call for proactive countermeasures. Self-sufficiency and self-reliance are keys in this time of crisis. The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmer-beneficiaries of Matungao, Lanao del…

SAAD dispersed carabaos to 21 farmer-beneficiaries of Sapang Dalaga

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, May 6, 2020 – Twenty-one (21) individual farmers of the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga received from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 10, through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program 21 carabaos, which is part of…

Crop-poultry project propels Sarangani farmers out of poverty

SARANGANI, May 13, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Regional Field Office (RFO) 12 distributed 1,200 heads of Muscovy ducks to 60 farmer-beneficiaries of Barangay Tuyan, Malapatan and Barangay New Aklan,…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

PART 2:  Aquaculture for Tilapia and Hito Urban and peri-urban agriculture occurs within and surrounding the boundaries of major cities and includes products from crops, livestock, fisheries, and forestry, which ensues through a multiple farming and gardening systems. Collective benefits…

Agripreneurship as an Enterprise: a Boon to SAAD Program

by Myer G. Mula, Ph.D. It has been said that real development is people development. Money, machine, land and material are only productive if people know how to use them properly. Any person who can create something new or something…

Livestock and poultry from SAAD help farmer in Kalinga

While others are depending on government aid to survive under the restrictions imposed by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to CoViD-19, a farmer from Pasil, Kalinga is reaping what she has sown from the livelihood project provided by the…

SAAD distributes 900 pullets to 60 Sorsogon farmers

SORSOGON, May 7, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Region 5 together with the Provincial Coordinator, Area Coordinators, and the local government unit (LGU) Agricultural Technicians distributed a total of 900 pullets under…

Munai farmers granted Php 5.1M worth of farm machineries from SAAD

LANAO DEL NORTE, May 11, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program turned-over Php 5.1 million worth of farm machineries to the Municipality of Munai…

SAAD Region 11 turns-over 6,000 chicken and vegetable seeds amidst CoViD 19 pandemic

Davao de Oro, April 24, 2020 – While faced with disrupted socio-economic conditions, the DA-SAAD Region 11 fulfills its mandate of advancing food sustainability and livelihood of their local agricultural stakeholders. A total of 6,000 heads of upgraded native chicken…

239 farmers in Tanudan received agricultural inputs from SAAD

KALINGA, May 8, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of CAR distributed assorted agricultural inputs to 239 farmer-beneficiaries in the municipality of Tanudan from May 4 to 8, 2020. The inputs provided are part of the…

DA-SAAD Region 4B consults farmer-beneficiaries in refocusing interventions to prevent spread of ASF

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 05, 2020 – Department of Agriculture – Region 4B and DA-SAAD (Special Area for Agricultural Development) officers, along with staff of local government units (LGU) and farmer-beneficiaries in select municipalities of Occidental Mindoro convened last March 10-11,…

SAAD delivers 74 upgraded cattle and vegetable inputs to Linamon farmers

LANAO DEL NORTE, May 7 – 8, 2020 –  The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 10 delivered 74 upgraded cattle to the local government unit (LGU) of Linamon to benefit…

A Rewarding Start for Manobo Sweet Potato Farmers

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) or locally named as "kamote", once-touted "a poor man's crop", is now regarded as a "cash crop" for a Manobo IP group in Carmen, Surigao del Sur. Despite the many concerns brought by the coronavirus…

BFAR-SAAD 4B provides 17k bangus fingerlings to Occidental Mindoro fisherfolks

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 27, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 4B supplied 17,000 Milkfish (bangus) fingerlings to SAMASAMA Fisherfolk Organization beneficiaries of the municipality of Sta.…

Securing food sufficiency in Cordillera amidst COVID-19 pandemic

BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is encouraging more Filipinos to participate and support the Plant, Plant, Plant Program initiated by Secretary William D. Dar. During the launching of the program in March,…

BFAR 10 distributes 13k bangus and tilapia fingerlings for SAAD Program

REGION 10, April 21-24, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 10 distributed tilapia and bangus fingerlings to the provinces of Lanao del Norte (LDN) and Misamis…

Fisherfolk in Cordillera harvest 5.09 MT tilapia

CORDILLERA, April 1-16, 2020 – The implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) did not hinder the fishers in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to harvest their tilapia from the Aquaculture Project, provided by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

Urban Agriculture: Coping With Crisis Towards Food Security

PART 1: Container and Vertical Gardening for Vegetables and Herbs Living situation in urban areas, such as Metro Manila, Baguio City, and Cebu, is becoming more and more difficult because of the influx of people in search of livelihood opportunities.…

SAAD NorCot farmers’ association supports communities by supplying fresh table eggs

NORTH COTABATO, April 16, 2020 – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmers’ association of Barangay Carugmanan, Banisilan extended assistance to their communities by supplying 14 trays of fresh table eggs a day amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The…

SAAD distributes carabaos to 60 Bohol farmers

BOHOL, March 30, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program – Bohol team distributed carabaos to 60 farmers from the municipality of Buenavista on March 6, 17, 24, and 30. Ten (10) female…

Zamboanga del Norte SAAD FAs marketed 3,500 chickens during GCQ

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, April 15, 2020 - A total of 3,500 head of broiler chicken from the farmers’ associations supported by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program were sold in three days despite the travel restrictions brought about…

SAAD Region 9 staff initiates fundraising for 300 underprivileged families in Zamboanga City during ECQ

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 15-16, 2020 –  The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program field implementers of Region 9 initiated a fundraising program they call “Bayanihan Mission: Farm Good for Families Relief Project”. According to…

Bangus fisherfolks harvested 1.455 tons in Bohol

BOHOL, April 11-12, 2020 – Fisherfolk beneficiaries of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program managed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 7 harvested 1.455 tons of bangus (milkfish) in the municipalities of Maribojoc and…

Partnership is the key for food accessibility and affordability amid COVID-19 in Sulu

SULU, April 16, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmers in the province and barangay officials of Barangay Laum Suah in the municipality of Parang strengthened their partnership through an agreement…

SAAD refocuses its 2020 activities for immediate impact to sustain PH’s food security amid COVID-19

METRO MANILA, April 12, 2020 – President Rodrigo Duterte imposed the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and other regions in Visayas and Mindanao due to the increasing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In this…

SAAD implementers serve as DA’s COVID-19 frontliners in NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Notwithstanding life-threatening risks, SAAD Region 10 implementers served as the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) frontliners by providing agricultural services in Northern Mindanao amid nationwide implementation of enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19 pandemic. In compliance…

More SAAD Sorsogon farmers earn money amidst COVID-19 pandemic

SORSOGON PROVINCE, April 6, 2020 – As the Department of Agriculture (DA) rolls its Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita on Wheels in this province, more farmer-beneficiaries of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) are getting the fruits of their…

SAAD distributes vegetable seeds in support to DA Region 10’s ALPAS Kontra sa Covid 19

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 2, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program´s first initiative amidst COVID 19 pandemic is the provision of vegetable seeds, which helps Filipinos have access to readily available food in their homes…

Seeds without Borders: A new normal for Philippine agricultural development

Philippines is still an agriculture-based economy where majority of its population lives in rural areas with employment in agriculture reported at 22.10 % in early 2019[1].  The increasing population in the country resulted to increase in the demand for food products, thus…

SAAD Sorsogon farmers sell produce in Kadiwa outlet during COVID-19 pandemic

SORSOGON, March 23, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of Bicol Region visited the Binanuahan Vegetable Farmers’ Association managed by Fe Guardian at barangay Binanuahan in Juban. The very strict enforcement of quarantine checkpoints and very…

Bilanghoy: “Poor man’s crop” no more

Bilanghoy (Waray term for cassava) was once considered a “lowly” crop and cultivated mainly by smallholder farmers for food consumption. It is an alternative staple food for Filipinos, especially in rural areas, other than white rice, corn, kamote, etc. Aside from providing food…

The Making of a Farmer–Entrepreneur

Rural development is increasingly linked to entrepreneurship, which is seen as an intervention that could promote and speed up the development process. To meet the challenges of becoming agricultural entrepreneurs, farmers – particularly smallholder farmers and farmer–groups – need to…

35 Mis Occ farmers receive Php 1.1M worth of livestock

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, March 11-12, 2020 – Thirty-five (35) Misamis Occidental farmers from the municipality of Bonifacio received Php 1,125,000 worth of interventions for Carabao and Swine Production Project from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for Fiscal Year…

Tactical Agriculture

Social media netizen Raul Reyes commented on the recent breaking news posted on Facebook, “NEDA says SAAD contributes to Region 8’s decrease in poverty.”  Here is his remark in toto: SAAD is Tactical Agriculture. With PRRD’s (Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s)…

SAAD to partner with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Solutions in CARAGA

BUTUAN CITY, 24 February 2020 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is seeking to partner with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Solutions (GPSS) after the latter invited Director Myer Mula in…

SAAD turns over ₱12.5m worth of farm inputs to Labason, Siocon farmers

Zamboanga del Norte, March 3-4, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Office (RFO) 9 turned over a total of ₱12,547,536 worth of projects to farmers’ associations in…

SAAD joins DA-SPCMAD’s 2019 Year-End Assessment

DAVAO CITY, March 6, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, represented by Deputy Director Ulysses Lustria, Jr., joined the Department of Agriculture (DA) -  Special Projects Coordination and Management Assistance Division’s (SPCMAD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019…

SAAD aligns FY 2021 funding proposals to new budget system

PAMPANGA, February 28, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) aligned its funding proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 to the new budget system of the government during a comprehensive planning and budget workshop…

SAAD grants Panaon farmers Php 2M worth of farm inputs

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, February 20, 2020 – Two hundred (200) farmers from 16 Barangays in the municipality of Panaon received farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program.  Each beneficiary received sprinkler, bolo, barrel,…

8 barangays of Magpet, North Cotabato receive SAAD interventions

NORTH COTABATO, February 19, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of Regional Field Office (RFO) XII conducted a three-day distribution of interventions in eight barangays of Magpet since February 11, 2020. The…

TIKA extends assistance to SAAD rice farmers in Eastern Samar

QUEZON CITY, March 2, 2020 – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) expressed its support to provide agricultural assistance to the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program rice production project beneficiaries in Eastern Samar in a meeting held…

Loving Our Farmers

Farmers are a special breed of people who don’t get enough credit for what they do. They subject themselves to the hard labor of going out every day to tend to their farms, slaving away at blistering heats just get…

SAAD turns over etag chamber and compost shed to Mt. Province farmers association

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, January 22, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Mountain Province turns over etag chamber in Ankileng, Sagada and compost shed in Catengan, Besao. An Igorot food delicacy, etag, is cured and aged small…

Things to consider in managing an egg-laying machine

If one plans to start or has started raising chickens for egg production, one needs to understand flock production capabilities. In this article, we will share how our SAAD farmer-beneficiaries, who received the Layer Chicken Egg Production Project, manage and…

SAAD ZaNorte: Encouraging youth and farmers’ associations to be in love with agriculture

DIPOLOG CITY - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Provincial Coordinator (PC) of Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte), Ronilo Dusaban, revealed that the program’s partnership with the Pamansalan Eco-Tech High School and farmers’ associations in Barangay Diwan would encourage the youth…

Kalinga beneficiary thanks SAAD for rice-fish system

Sixty-six-year-old Kalinga beneficiary Maximo W. Wallis thanks the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for the additional livelihood he received, the tilapia culture production. Mr. Wallis is a rice farmer from…

BFAR SAAD distributes boats to 30 Agusan del Sur fisherfolk

AGUSAN DEL SUR, 3 February 2020 – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in CARAGA  Region (BFAR-13) distributed 30 units of brand new fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) paddle boats, which were funded by the Special Area for Agricultural…

PH joins learning visit to explore Regional Cooperation in Seed Sector

BANGLADESH AND INDIA, January 27 to February 1, 2020 – A six-member delegation from the Philippines joined a learning visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh and New Delhi, India to explore Regional Cooperation in Seed Sector. The International Potato Center (CIP) organized…

NEDA says SAAD contributes to Region 8’s decrease in poverty

TACLOBAN CITY, 31 January 2020 – In her report, National Economic Development Agency (NEDA) VIII Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Meylene C. Rosales said that the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program contributed to the decrease in poverty of the Eastern…

SAAD awards Php 7.2m worth cheques to Bohol

BOHOL, 28 January 2020 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) 7 awarded a total of Php 7.2 million worth of cheques to four municipalities during the 20th…

Small Margus Farmers Association celebrates harvest festival

SARANGANI, January 21, 2020 - Ninety (90) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) B’laan farmers of the Small Margus Farmers Association from Sitio Kare, Barangay Small Margus, Glan celebrated their first Upland Rice Harvest Festival under the Diversified Upland Rice…

SAAD awards 199 aquaculture packages to Conner and Kabugao, Apayao

PROVINCE OF APAYAO, January 22, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) awarded 199 packages of aquaculture inputs to fisherfolk from the municipalities of Conner and Kabugao under…

RED Cedeño leads turnover of SAAD interventions in Talipao, Sulu

SULU, January 20, 2020 –  Newly-appointed Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Executive Director (RED) Rad Donn Cedeño led the turnover of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s 2018 and 2019 agricultural livelihood interventions to its beneficiaries in the…

Misamis Occidental farmers receive P11.6m worth of livestock, seeds, machinery

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, January 16-17, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmer-beneficiaries in the province received Php 7.4 million worth of livestock, seeds, and other interventions under the Integrated Agricultural Livelihood Project for FY 2019. The program…

DA SAAD and BPI explore Taiwan’s Precision Agriculture

TAIWAN, January 6-10, 2020 – To unlock the full potential of Philippine agriculture, the Department of Agriculture (DA) sent three of its staff from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to Taiwan to…

SAAD awards national winners of the Saga 2019

BAGUIO CITY, January 7, 2020 — The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program awarded the national winners of its Saga event for 2019 during the FY 2019 Annual Physical and Financial Assessment at Venus Parkview…

SAAD’s partnership with ATI, BPI, AMAS, GoNegosyo

BAGUIO CITY, January 6 to 10, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) strengthened its partnership with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), DA - Agribusiness and…

SAAD RPMSO 8 tops FY 2019 Annual Financial and Physical Assessment

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program top performer is Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) 8 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 during the Annual Financial and Physical Assessment held from…

SAAD improves national office, strengthens partnership with ATI

TAGAYTAY CITY, December 16-19, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) improved its National Program Management Office’s (NPMO) structure and strengthened its partnership with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) during its Year-End…

SAAD’s National Farmers Database System enhanced

BAGUIO CITY, 9 to 13 December 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program enhanced its National Farmers Database System during the 2nd Assessment and Planning Workshop held at Venus Parkview Hotel. The system, which contains the profiles…

GoNegosyo to extend support to SAAD beneficiaries in Sarangani

SARANGANI, December 11, 2019 — GoNegosyo extended its support to provide marketing assistance to SAAD beneficiaries in the Sarangani province through a joint initiative meeting held at Sarangani Provincial Capitol. Present during the meeting were Special Area for Agricultural Development…

SAAD joins effort to enhance social protection against disasters

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA, December 10, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program took part in a knowledge sharing activity entitled, “Scaling Up Forecast Based Early Action and Shock Responsive Social Protection (SRSP) with Innovative Use of…

SAAD Mindanao B Cluster conducts Teamwork and Values Formation Workshop

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 9 to 12, 2019 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program - Mindanao B Cluster (Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs) XI, XII, and XIII) conducted a three-day Teamwork and Values Formation…

SAAD Regions IX and X empowered thru values formation workshop

DAVAO CITY, November 25-28, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a three-day Values Formation Workshop at the Philippine Coconut Authority Complex, Tugbok District, Davao City.

257 aquaculture packages distributed to Flora and Sta. Marcela, Apayao

PROVINCE OF APAYAO, November 26-27, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) distributed 257 packages of aquaculture inputs to fisherfolk from the municipalities of Flora and Sta. Marcela.…

DA-SAAD CAR conducts 4th Quarter Regional Assessment

BAGUIO CITY, November 25-27, 2019 – The Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) held its 4th Quarter Regional Assessment at New Rajah Soliman Hotel. The activity was led by Danilo P.…

Sarangani conducts final SAAD Saga event for 2019

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 26, 2019 – The province of Sarangani conducted the final Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Saga event for 2019 which was attended by 314 farmer-beneficiaries at the Family Country Hotel. The Department of Agriculture (DA) –…

SAAD Regions 6 and 7 attend Values Formation Workshop

BAYBAY, LEYTE – Provincial and Area Coordinators as well as Administrative staff of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Regions 6 and 7 attended a Values Formation Workshop held from October 14 to 17, 2019 at the…

DA-SAAD Iloilo conducts Planning Workshop for FY 2020

Harbor Town Hotel, ILOILO CITY, November 20-22, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 6 conducts Planning Workshop for FY 2020 which aims to strengthen and improve the implementation of the…

Think Well, Feel Well, and Do Well SAAD

BAYBAY, LEYTE – Fifty-six (56) participants from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 8 participated in a Teamwork and Values Formation Workshop held from November 11 to 14, 2019 at the Visayas State University. The participants,…

SAAD Luzon Cluster conducts Teamwork and Values Formation Workshop

Philippine Carabao Center, Science City of Muñoz, NUEVA ECIJA, November 4-7, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted a three-day Teamwork and Values Formation Workshop to Luzon Cluster Area Coordinators…

SAAD enhances implementing guidelines FY 2020-2022

CAR – In a meeting on the 15th of November 2019, Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Director Myer Mula discussed the program’s enhanced implementing guidelines for FY 2020-2022 with implementers from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Present in the…

BFAR SAAD holds FY 2019 3rd Quarter Review and Assessment

The Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) held its FY 2019 3rd Quarter Review and Assessment from 12 to 15 of November 2019 at Alta Cebu, Tugbungan Cordova, Cebu City. …

SAAD participates in Conference for Family Farming and the Youth

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture participated in the Knowledge Learning Market and Policy Engagement (KLMPE) Conference entitled “Celebrating the International Decade of Family Farming: Strengthening the Role…

SAAD staff completes the Entrepreneurial Development Training

TAGAYTAY CITY – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program national, regional, and provincial staff of the Department of Agriculture (DA) completed the 4th and last module of the Entrepreneurial Development Training at Tagaytay International Convention Center from October 21…

DA Secretary Dar at SAAD Saga in Region 8: rural farmers, heroes of the countryside

PALO, LEYTE – “Rural farmers are the heroes of the countryside.” The Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar emphasized the big role of the rural farmers as heroes of the countryside during the Special Area for Agricultural Development…

SAAD welcomes new Program Director Dr. Myer Mula

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) national, regional, and provincial staff welcomes its new Director, Dr. Myer G. Mula. Dr. Mula is a renowned scientist, agriculturist, researcher,…

SAAD concludes its 3rd Quarter Assessment for the year 2019

DAVAO CITY – The Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) concluded its FY 2019 3rd Quarter Physical and Financial Assessment on the 18th of October 2019 in Davao City. The SAAD regional top…

SAAD distributes more than 2,700 mallard ducks in Bukidnon

IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 10 distributed 2,757 mallard ducks to Bukidnon farmers on October 15, 2019. One hundred (100) farmers from barangays Kalabugao and Hagpa, Impasugong…

SAAD distributes Vegetable Production inputs to Catanduanes

CATANDUANES – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Catanduanes of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed inputs for Vegetable Production Project to six (6) covered municipalities, which are Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Gigmoto, Panganiban, and San Miguel. The inputs include…

SAAD celebrates Upland Rice Harvest Field Day in Sindangan, ZaNorte

SINDANGAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Farmer-partners of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program from Barangay Imelda, municipality of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte) commenced their Upland Rice Harvest Field Day on October 8,…

More disease-free, tissue-cultured banana plantlets for Siayan farmers

SIAYAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – From over 30,000 disease-free, tissue-cultured lakatan plantlets distributed from 2017 and 2018, the farmer-partners from seven (7) barangays of Siayan received additional planting inputs of 25,000 lakatan plantlets for 2019. The Special Area for Agricultural…

DA 12 RED Casis to NoCot farmers: plant for readily available food

NORTH COTABATO – “Magtanim para hindi na kayo bibili, nandiyan na ang healthy food sa paligid. Every time gusto mong magluto, mayroon kang lulutuin at mayroon kang ibebenta.” The Department of Agriculture (DA) 12 Regional Executive Director Milagros Casis reminded…

SAAD joins Social Security Academy, PH ranked 2nd best delegation

The Philippines ranked 2nd Best Delegation among 32 countries and some international organizations in the ninth edition of the Social Security Summer Academy held from 16 to 27 September 2019 in Turin, Italy. The academy, conducted by the Training Centre…

Palay threshers distributed to Masbate farmers’ associations

PROVINCE OF MASBATE – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed five (5) rice (palay) threshers to the three (3) farmer’s associations from the province of Masbate on September 24, 2019. The…

Sulu Gov Tan impressed with DA SAAD livelihood projects

MAIMBUNG, SULU – In a meeting on 25 September 2019, Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan shared that he was impressed at the agricultural livelihood projects implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in…

SAAD farmers in Sarangani performed mass harvest activity

GLAN, SARANGANI – Farmer-partners of the Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) from Sitio Datalbulol, Barangay Sufatubo, from the municipality of Glan, Sarangani province, harvested upland rice on September 24, 2019. Members of the Brgy. Sufatubo Farmers…

DA-SAAD awards sheep and hand tractors to Apayao farmers

APAYAO, CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION – The municipality of Flora, Apayao celebrated its Kabinnulig Festival 2019 and it highlighted the awarding of certificates of 5 units of hand tractors and 58 head of sheep through the Department of Agriculture’s Special Area…

Farmer Associations in Apayao received 30 horses from TIKA

CONNER, APAYAO – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) awarded horses to farmer-partners in the province of Apayao through the Special Area of Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) last September 18, 2019. Two farmer…

Farmer-individuals of Catanduanes received draft animals

Province of Catanduanes – The Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development Program distributed draft animals to the municipalities of Bagamanoc, Bato, Gigmoto, and San Miguel. A total of sixteen head of carabao were dispersed on September 26, 2019.…

Cotabato farmers taught goat production by DA-SAAD

KIDAPAWAN CITY, NORTH COTABATO – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a goat production training last September 12, 2019. The associations involved were, namely: Sr. San Vicente Ferrer Farmers’ Association, Pres.…

Barangays from Apayao received corn seeds, rice seeds, urea, and complete fertilizer

KABUGAO, APAYAO – The Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program distributed 100 bags of corn and complete packages of fertilizer to 50 farmer-partners of Kabugao on May 18, 2019. The farmers were from the barangays of…

SAAD implementers complete Operations module of the Entrepreneurial Development Training

LOS BANOS, LAGUNA – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held its third module of the Entrepreneurial Development Training last September 9-13, 2019 at the Baden Powell International Makiling, Jamboree Rd., Los…

North Cotabato SAAD Saga a success

Kidapawan, South Cotabato – Following the success of the first SAAD Saga event, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held its second one at Kidapawan City, South Cotabato on September 19, 2019.…

Brgy. Nacibac received durian, lanzones, mangosteen seedlings from DA-SAAD

LEON B. POSTIGO, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) delivered durian, lanzones, and mangosteen seedlings in the remote barangay of Nacibac, in the municipality of Leon B. Postigo,…

Canibungan farmers of Polanco, ZDN harvest 555 broiler chickens

POLANCO, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Canibungan Farmers’ Association (FA) of Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte harvested 555 broiler chickens on August 21, 2019 under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). The beneficiaries…

SAAD holds FY 2019 2nd Quarter Physical and Financial Assessment

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held its FY 2019 Second Quarter Physical and Financial National Assessment at the Chali Beach Resort and Conference Center in Cagayan…

SAAD Saga 2019 launches in ZDN, eleven farmers’ organizations participate

DIPOLOG CITY, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office IX launched the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Saga 2019 at the Convention Center, Estaka, Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN) on July 19,…

SAAD gives livestock, machinery, planting materials to Apayao farmers

APAYAO – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Apayao provided five (5) hand tractors, 58 sheep, and planting materials composed of 1,050 lemons and 1,050 sweet tamarinds to farmers of Flora…

SAAD delivers 70 bags of upland rice seeds and 11,848 bags of fertilizers to LDS

LANAO DEL SUR – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program of Lanao del Sur (LDS) distributed 11,848 bags of various fertilizers and 70 bags of upland rice seeds to farmers from different municipalities this…

SAAD implementers complete Marketing module of the Entrepreneurial Development Training

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – The implementers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program completed Marketing module of the SAAD Entrepreneurial Development Training on 11 of July 2019 in Los Baños, Laguna. The four-day…

SAAD conducts 2-day distribution of agri inputs for the 7 Municipalities in Apayao

APAYAO – The Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted a 2-day distribution of agricultural inputs to poor farmers in the 7 municipalities of Apayao on May 23 and May 29, 2019. 882…

3,840 layer chickens provided to 120 Sulu farmers for egg production

SULU – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Region IX, in partnership with the DA Sulu and the local government units in the province, successfully distributed 3,480 layer chickens to 120 farmers for…

SAAD Bukidnon provides 300 upgraded goats to farmers in Damulog

BUKIDNON – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bukidnon delivered 300 upgraded goats (250 females and 50 males) to 50 farmer-partners from the municipality of Damulog on 26 June 2019. The…

SAAD LDS finally distributes 2017 interventions for native chicken production

LANAO DEL SUR – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Lanao del Sur finally distributed the 1,420 heads of native chicken for the Livelihood Enhancement Through Improved Livestock and Poultry Production Project of…

SAAD gives 300 native chickens to five farmers’ associations in Zamboanga del Norte

GODOD, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture gave 300 native chickens to five farmers’ associations in Godod, Zamboanga del Norte on 29 June 2019. The chickens provided are part of…

A total of 62 SAAD Farmer beneficiaries receive 124 goats from DA – SAAD – Davao

Compostela Valley — The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program - Compostela Valley Team distributed 124 goats to 62 farmer-partners at barangay Awao of Monkayo and Barangay Camansi of Montevista on May 24, 2019. Brgy.…

DA Region 9 to host the first SAAD Partners’ Forum in Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Regional Field Office IX finalizes its preparation for the conduct of the first ever Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Saga 2019 in a meeting at Top Plaza Hotel, Dipolog…

SAAD’s ASFA showcases their lechon baboy

The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Southern Leyte participates in the Agri-Fair and Garden Show 2019 held at Maasin City, Southern Leyte. This is in celebration of the 59th Founding Anniversary of the…

PopCom and DA in Region 9 harmonize interventions for SAAD farmers

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – In a meeting at Top Plaza Hotel in Dipolog City from 26-28 of June 2019, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Commission on Population (PopCom) harmonized their interventions to provide Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning…

SAAD implementers’ skills honed to help poor farmers develop community enterprises

LUMBAN, LAGUNA – The Department of Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship (DAME) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) honed the technical skills of the implementers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program…

SAAD’s CLAW had grown fast

There is a group of happy women who bonded together to form an association that goes by the name, CLAW, which stands for Cansoso Livelihood Association of Workers.  Based from the data of Barangay Cansoso, Matag-ob, Leyte, the group (consisting…

Looking good: upgraded native swine production in Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Upgraded Native Swine Production Project in Polanco is looking good as the 12 native black pigs provided to De Venta Perla Farmers’ Association are steadily reproducing. According to the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special…

SAAD gives 3,600 free-range chickens to 180 Sarangani farmers

SARANGANI – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture in the province of Sarangani in Region 12 gave 3,600 free-range chickens as livelihood projects of 180 farmers from all of its municipalities this FY…

6 to 158 and counting…

The word “exponential” may well describe the remarkable growth of a farmer’s poultry production project in sleepy Sitio Cawilan, Brgy. Garden, Arteche, Eastern Samar, which has caused program implementers, technologists, and other stakeholders to be awed by noticing its unusual…

Through the SAAD lens, clearly

The theme of this article is derived from the passage in the Holy Bible that says:  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even…

SAAD orients 167 farmer-beneficiaries in 2 barangays in Kalinga

Kalinga —Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Kalinga team oriented 167 SAAD farmer-partners in barangays Dao-angan and Balbalan on the project last January 30 and 31, 2019. The orientation was facilitated by representatives of the SAAD…

SAAD Apayao conducts mass distribution of 33 compact tillers

Apayao —   The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) - Apayao conducted a mass distribution of 33 Compact Tillers with a total worth of 1.65 million pesos for the 7 Municipalities of Apayao on April 3, 2019. The tillers were…

First Quarter Regional Assessment of Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Bohol by SAAD Program

CEBU CITY – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture Region-VII conducted its First Quarter Regional Assessment at Bayfront Hotel on April 10 – 12, 2019.

SAAD delivers upland rice seeds and knapsack sprayers to Sultan Kudarat farmers

SENATOR NINOY AQUINO, SULTAN KUDARAT – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture delivered upland rice seeds and knapsack sprayers to farmers from the municipality of Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat on April 10…

SAAD distributes hog wires and farm tools to Sulu farmers for Cassava-Corn-Peanut Production

PROVINCE OF SULU- The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed 960 rolls of hog wires and farm tools as part of cassava-corn-peanut production project in Maimbung, Parang, Talipao, and Panamao from February…

SAAD distributes 98 goats to Banisilan, North Cotabato farmers

BANISILAN, NORTH COTABATO – Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program distributed 98 goats to Malagap Farmers Association on March 27, 2019 in the municipality. The association is a beneficiary of SAAD North Cotabato’s…

He who plants, plants a hope

The municipality of Siayan in Zamboanga del Norte was chosen as one of the targeted municipalities in 2017 for the implementation of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program because of its staggering poverty rate…

Magpet farmers’ associations receive 80 native pigs

MAGPET, NORTH COTABATO – Six farmers’ associations and 10 individuals from the municipality received 80 native pigs from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program on February 11, 2019 at the Balindog Research Experiment Station…

SAAD provides income to farmers’ associations of Negros Oriental through various projects

NEGROS ORIENTAL – Beverly Gallentes, the Vice President of Cot-cot Trollers and Fisherfolk Association (CTFA) in Cotcot, Bangolonan, Basay, Negros Oriental, boasted their Chicken Egg Production which they have benefited from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of…

SAAD delivers native chickens and carabaos to North Cotabato farmers

NORTH COTABATO – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office XII distributed 300 native chickens and 7 carabaos to farmers of Mlang and Tulunan on 19-20 of March 2019. Luz…

SAAD gives agri support for ZaNorte’s 80-hectare corn production

LABASON, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) gave farm inputs for an 80-hectare corn production area in the municipality. The agricultural support was turned over on 14-16 of…

SAAD held 3 training activities for ZaNorte women farmers

MUTIA, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program conducted a two-day technical training on Indigenous Micro-Organism, Lactic Acid Bacteria Serum, and Carbonized Rice Hull from 20-26 of February 2019…

Smooth hands and farmhands helped by SAAD

Her eyes seem tired but they are gleaming with energy. Her face appears world weary, but she’s active and hardworking. Her lined and calloused hands speak volumes about life in the countryside. Carolina Grande or “Lola Carolina”, 76 years old,…

Farm equipment and machineries distributed by SAAD to the farmers’ associations of Samar Province

SAMAR PROVINCE – A total number of eighty-five (85) farmers’ associations from the Province of Samar received farm equipment and machineries. These were turned over to them by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) – Samar through the Municipal…

Livestock and Supplies delivered by SAAD to Samar Island

SAMAR ISLAND – Selected farmer-partners from the island received poultry, feeds, drugs and biologics during the distribution of Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) interventions last February 12 – 15, 2019. Distributed were 2,400 heads of chicken layer to Eastern…

ZaNorte women farmers more empowered by SAAD during IWD

LA LIBERTAD, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE –  140 farmers from the province, the majority of them are women, were more empowered with the provision of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s agricultural livelihood assistance…

DA-SAAD CAR holds first ever Beneficiaries Congress in Flora, Apayao

BAGUTONG, FLORA, APAYAO—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held its first-ever Beneficiaries Congress in the municipalities of Pudtol (27 November), Sta. Marcela (5 December), and Flora (6 December) in Apayao. The activities…

SAAD CAR conducts Provincial Orientation in Mountain Province

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a Provincial Orientation at Archog Hotel, Samoki, Bontoc, Mountain Province on 27 November 2018. They were joined by Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan Jr.; Agricultural…

World Food Day and SAAD Program

On October 16, 2018, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrated World Food Day, and together with more than 130 countries, advocated a common goal: a world free from hunger and poverty, where everyone can lead…

Groundbreaking ceremony for establishment of hogstel facilities held

It was an event marking a milestone in the history of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program implementation nationwide, for Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) 8 is the first region ever to establish…

SAAD Leyte completes Corn, Vegetable, and Swine Production and Management Trainings

LEYTE, PHILIPPINES—The agricultural industry is constantly under pressure to increase output as global populations continue to grow. A study suggests that the Philippines’ agricultural industry should focus its efforts on innovation by acquiring new technology platforms and rescaling farmers and…

100 Sindangan farmers received inputs for Upland Rice Production

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) in Zamboanga del Norte conducted a ceremonial turnover of inputs for Upland Rice Production to 100 farmer-partners of the municipality of Sindangan on…

SAAD ZaNorte distributes seeds, fertilizers, and garden tools for vegetable production

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The municipalities of Sergio Osmeña and Baliguian in Zamboanga del Norte recently received vegetable seeds, fertilizers, and garden tools from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). On the…

SAAD meets the Sorghum advocate of Indonesia: Ms. Maria Loretha

The SAAD joined the “Rethinking cross-border regionalism” Conference, particularly to listen to the “Sorghum and Local Food Movement in Flores Society” presentation by Ms. Maria Loretha, a sorghum advocate from Indonesia, in November 27, 2018. The conference is under the…

DA-SAAD conducts 4-day SALT Training in Apayao

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural (DA-SAAD) Program conducted a four (4)-day training on Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) Production in Barangay Tubongan, Calanasan, Apayao on 20-23 November 2018. The said project, worth 1 Million Pesos,…

DA-SAAD turns over carabaos to beneficiaries in Masbate and Sorsogon

MASBATE, PHILIPPINES—If dog is man’s best friend, the carabao is the small farmer’s best buddy as it helps ease farm works and also helps transport farm produce through all kinds of terrain.  Thus, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

DA-SAAD establishes SALT Project worth 1M PhP in Apayao

LUNA AND PUDTOL, APAYAO—Assorted planting materials worth one million pesos were delivered in two (2) municipalities of Apayao through the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Said interventions are…

2018 funds provide farmers garden tools and knapsack sprayers in Apayao

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—It was raining hard on the 12th of August 2018 as the farmer-partners in Luna, Apayao who are members of the Marag Valley Livelihood Farmers Association happily received the interventions from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for…

Pudtol farmer-partners receive garden tools from DA-SAAD

PUDTOL, APAYAO—Eighty-eight (88) farmer-partners in Barangay Upper Maton, Malibang, Aurora each received garden tools from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the municipality of Pudtol, Apayao on 10 August 2018. The…

DA-SAAD Apayao provide farmer-partners with garden tools and knapsack sprayers

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a distribution of seventy (70) sets of assorted garden tools and thirty-two (32) knapsack sprayers in the municipality of Sta. Marcela on 9 August…

Farmer-partners receive garden tools from DA-SAAD Apayao

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed sets of garden tools to twenty-six (26) SAAD farmer-partners in Barangay San Jose, Flora, Apayao on 17 August 2018. Each set consisted of a bolo,…

Consultation forum held by DA-SAAD in Apayao

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Municipal Project Management Team (MPMT) in Apayao conducted a consultation forum in the Municipality of Sta. Marcela on 2 March 2018. Headed by the MPMT…

DA-SAAD farmer-partners in Apayao eye business featuring cassava products

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted a cassava livelihood training in the municipality of Flora and Pudtol on 27-28 February 2018. There are forty (40) participants from each of the…

Flora farmer-partners receive OPV seeds under DA-SAAD Program

FLORA, APAYAO—The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) Program in Apayao distributed Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) of corn to twenty-two (22) farmer-partners in the Municipality of Flora on 26 February 2018. Each were given a…

Four ZaNorte farmer associations receive 126 goats under SAAD Program

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Four farmer associations from Siocon and Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte) received 126 goats under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) this 29th and 30th of October 2018.…

Negros Oriental FAs receive agricultural equipment and machineries from DA-SAAD

NEGROS ORIENTAL—Two (2) units of corn mill and four (4) units of multi-cultivator hand tractor (Php 2,000,000.00 worth of agricultural equipment and machineries) were turned-over to Sibulan at the Municipality Multi-Purpose Covered Court, Negros Oriental on 26 October 2018. Balugo…

Seventy-five (75) goats benefit DA-SAAD Farmers in Negros Oriental

NEGROS ORIENTAL—A mass distribution of livestock under the Goat Production Project of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program is held in the municipality of Santa Catalina on 26 October 2018. The activity, which aims…

DA-SAAD Program discuss 3rd quarter physical and financial accomplishments

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held its 3rd Quarter National Assessment (3QA) at the Venue 88 Hotel in General Santos City on 22-26 October 2018. Regional Field Office (RFO)…

DA-SAAD Program Conducts Business Plan Training Course

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held its 2nd Project Management Workshop at Camp Holiday Resort and Recreation Area, Kinawitnon, Babak, Island Garden City of Samal on 16-19…

SAAD farmers of Zamboanga del Norte featured at IFAD PH’s knowledge learning market conference

QUEZON CITY – “Kuwentong may kuwenta (Stories with worth)”. This is what Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA) Secretary General Marlene Ramirez emphasized as she complimented the inspiring featured case studies in the International…

Negros Oriental farmers receive livestock under DA-SAAD Program

NEGROS ORIENTAL—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held its 2nd batch of cattle distribution in the municipality of Dauin, Negros Oriental on 12 October 2018. To increase the farmers’ income, a total…

Siayan farmers of ZaNorte ready to be banana lakatan producers

SIAYAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Sixty (60) farmers from Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte are now ready to be banana lakatan producers after receiving 15,000 tissue-cultured plantlets in October 2018. Siayan Mayor Flora Villarosa envisions the municipality to be the top…

Negros Oriental farmers receive livestock under DA-SAAD’s Goat Production Project

NEGROS ORIENTAL—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a mass goat distribution held at Brgy. San Jose in the Municipality of La Libertad, Negros Oriental on 10 October 2018. Aiming to increase…

SAAD implementers of Region XIII craft project proposals for 2020-2022

BUTUAN CITY, AGUSAN DEL NORTE – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program implementers of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) XIII along with the National Program Management Office (NPMO) crafted the project proposals of Agusan del…

SAAD conducts Awarding and Turnover Ceremony in Calanasan, Apayao

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—Six (6) units Multi-Purpose Thresher (MPT) and a unit of Sugar Cane Presser (SCP) were awarded by DA-SAAD to five (5) farmer groups in Calanasan, Apayao. The turnover is held at the LGU Balay Ymandaya Function Hall on 1…

SAAD ZaNorte turns over P3.3M machinery and equipment to 25 partner-associations

IPIL, ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program turned over machinery and equipment worth P3.395 million to 25 SAAD partner farmers’ associations for FY 2018. It was held during the…

Eastern Samar Abaca farmers receive livelihood assistance from SAAD

Ever since, abaca has been a priority agricultural commodity of Eastern Samar, where the majority of poor farmers in the northern part of the province are engaged in hemp production and from which they derive enough income.  However, production has…

Region 8 ranked 1st in financial obligations for FY 2018 SAAD 1st Quarter Assessment

“What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve.” This was the inspirational quote that the Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) 8 imparted in its presentation during the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

Chicken or Egg?

SAMAR—It’s not what you’re thinking.  The article isn’t about the universal enigma of what comes ahead:  the chicken or the egg. Rather, this is a story about how poor farmers, who do not even realize that they are poor because…

DA-SAAD Negros Oriental disperses livestock in Vallehermoso

NEGROS ORIENTAL—Forty-seven (47) farmer-partners benefited from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s draft animal turnover held at Sitio Bomba, Bagawinis, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental on 10 September 2018. Carabao (Bubalus Bubalis) is a commonly…

DA-SAAD Negros Oriental Conducts Training on Urban Organic Gardening

DUMAGUETE CITY—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted a Capability Building and Skills Training on Urban Organic Gardening at Ms. Ann’s Food town, Brgy. Bantayan, Dumaguete City on 5-7 September 2018. Participants…

2nd IT Assessment held by DA-SAAD in Davao City

DAVAO CITY—Following the first National IT Assessment and Action Planning Workshop held in Baguio City, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area of Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program holds a follow-up Assessment and Action Planning Workshop for the DA-SAAD Information…

Samar Agriculture Officials Disclose Bright Prospects for the Province

SAMAR, PHILIPPINES—In recent up-close interviews with the OIC Provincial Agriculturist (PA) Ms. Ma. Gloria A. Borja and Acting Provincial Veterinarian of Samar Dr. Juliet T. Dayap, they revealed their experiences about SAAD Program, their aspirations, and visions for the province…

SAAD Program distributes 2,598 heads layers to 433 farmer-partners

EASTERN SAMAR—Four Hundred Thirty-Three (433) farmer-partners of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 8 (DA–RFO 8) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program each received six (6) heads of layer chicken in the municipalities of Jipapad, Arteche, San…

SAAD Program: A Potent Tool in the Fight Against Poverty

EASTERN VISAYAS—Countless agricultural programs/projects that aim to help farmers and fisherfolk improve their lot in life had been initiated. Many have succeeded, while others were not as effective. This is commendable on the part of our government functionaries, Non-Government Organizations…

Oras Mayor Awards Incentives to Top SAAD Swine Producers

EASTERN SAMAR—The onset of the monsoon season did not stop the culmination and mass induction rites of four (4) association officials held at the covered court of Barangay Sabang, Oras, Eastern Samar on 5 June 2018. Despite the heavy rain,…

Marcelino C. Lorona: Profile of a Cassava Farmer

SOUTHERN LEYTE—It was just pure coincidence when Marcelino C. Lorona, a 64 year–old farmer residing at Brgy. Fatima, Liloan, Southern Leyte, found out about the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). He was…

Interactive Discussions with MAs Resolve SAAD Implementation Issues

EASTERN VISAYAS—One vital component of any program or project, is regular dialogue with implementers and other stakeholders to help keep abreast with what is happening at ground level, and inform management about issues and concerns besetting every aspect of implementation.…

Broadening the plate of DA interventions

EASTERN VISAYAS—The Philippine population is expected to increase significantly over the next three decades, but our capacity for food production will struggle to keep pace. Because humanity has to feed its ballooning population, and exacerbating factors such as climate change…

SAAD Negros Oriental disperses cattle to farmer-partners

NEGROS ORIENTAL—The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area of Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program facilitated a cattle distribution in the Local Government (LGU) of Dauin on 21 July 2018. The SAAD Program, continuously committed in increasing the farmer-partners’ livelihood income,…

Negros Oriental farmer-partners receive 275 heads of goat from DA’s SAAD Program

NEGROS ORIENTAL—Fifty-five (55) individual farmer-partners of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Negros Oriental received 275 heads of goat, as part of the Program’s continuous strive to help increase the farmer-partners’…

DA-SAAD provides rice cutter units to farmer-partners in Negros Oriental

NEGROS ORIENTAL—Farmer-partners from six (6) Local Government Units (LGUs) of Negros Oriental were provided by the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program with rice cutters in Siaton, Basay, La Libertad, Canlaon, Mabinay, and Tayasan on…

DA-SAAD conducts Urban Organic Gardening training to farmer-partners in Negros Oriental

DUMAGUETE, NEGROS ORIENTAL—Two (2) batches of Capability-Building and Skills Training on Urban Organic Gardening was conducted by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) at Ms. Ann’s Foodtown, Bantayan, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on…

DA-SAAD provides 12.7 million worth of livestock to Siquijor farmer-partners

SIQUIJOR—A hundred (100) cattle and sixty (60) goat farmer-partners from the six (6) municipalities of Siquijor will receive 7.2 million worth of interventions from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA).  The Provincial…

SAAD Negros Oriental organizes Specialized Training on Upland Rice Production

NEGROS ORIENTAL—Under its CY 2018 funds, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted another training under its Social Preparation component at Barangay Apanangon, Jimalalud Negros Oriental on 10-11 April 2018. Another batch…

SAAD Negros Oriental facilitates Specialized Training on Goat Production

NEGROS ORIENTAL—Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) organized a Specialized Training on Goat Production for the farmers of Negros Oriental, held in the Municipal Quadrangle of Poblacion Tayasan, Negros Oriental on 26-27 March…

DA-SAAD holds mass hand tractor distribution in Negros Oriental

NEGROS ORIENTAL—Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region VII, through its Provincial Program Management Support Office (PPMSO) distributed hand tractors under its 2017 funds to SAAD farmers of Negros Oriental—specifically in Tayasan on…

SAAD Negros Oriental conducts Capability-Building and Leadership Training

DAUIN, NEGROS ORIENTAL—Provincial Program Management Support Office (PPMSO) of Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental conducted a Capability-Building and Leadership Training (part of its 2017 funds and as a component of the…

Three DA-SAAD provinces in Region 7 undergo MYP draft critiquing

CENTRAL VISAYAS—The National Program Management Office (NPMO) of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted its Multi-Year Planning (MYP) and Workshop with program implementers of Region VII in Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, and Siquijor on 28-31…

Dragon Fruit Production, an emerging industry

SIQUIJOR, PHILIPPINES—Twenty (20) farmers covered by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program from the six (6) municipalities in the island of Siquijor attended the Dragon Fruit Production Technology Training at the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Provincial Agricultural…

SAAD Region VII holds quarterly assessment in Siquijor

SIQUIJOR, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held its 2nd Quarter Assessment at Dapdap Sunset Grill, in Pangi, Siquijor, Siquijor on July 10-11, 2018. The assessment was attended by Program implementers from…

DA-SAAD visits two enterprise sites in Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted its 2nd Quarterly Assessment (2QA) hosted by Regional Field Office (RFO) IX in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte on 6-10 August 2018. SAAD in…

DA-SAAD distributes 2,130 heads of Mallard Ducks in Antipas, North Cotabato

NORTH COTABATO — A total of 2,130 heads of Mallard Ducks were given to 30 farmer-partners from barangays Malatab, Kiyaab, luhong, Camutan, Malire, and Malangag in Antipas, North Cotabato on July 19, 2018. The project amounts to P 1.19 million…

DA-SAAD supports backyard cattle fattening in Pikit, North Cotabato

NORTH COTABATO — A total of 51 heads of cattle was distributed by the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program to various farmers’ associations from 3 barangays in Pikit, North Cotabato on July 26,…

SAAD hands a P 2.26 million-worth of a check to the municipality of Kabacan

The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program-Regional Field Office (RFO) XII turned-over P 2.26 million worth of check under the FY 2017 fund to the municipality of Kabacan, North Cotabato on July 19, 2018. The funds are intended to…

SAAD transfers fund worth P 2.26 million to Municipality of Matalam

NORTH COTABATO — A total of P 2.26 million was transferred by the DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)-Regional Field Office (RFO) XII to the municipality of Matalam, North Cotabato on July 19, 2018. The fund was sourced from…

SAAD Maguindanao conducts distribution for Native Chicken Project

Maguindanao —   The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) – Maguindanao conducted distribution of interventions for the Native Chicken at Barangay Poblacion, Paglat; Barangay Lower Dilag, Pandag; Barangay Talitay, Buluan; Barangay Kaya-kaya, Datu Abdullah Sangki; Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan; Barangay…

SAAD promises come true in Bicol

True to the essence of the Department of Agriculture’s newest program, the Special Area for Agricultural Development or SAAD, which is a Visayan word meaning “promise”, the interventions to the farmer-partners in Bicol were recently distributed at their doorsteps. In the…

DA and BFAR to strengthen harmonization of SAAD implementation

PIÑAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and its attached agency, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), will strengthen the harmonization of their Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program implementation as agreed during DA-SAAD’s 2nd…

SAAD holds 2nd Quarter Assessment in ZaNorte; DA Region VIII remains as the top performer

PIÑAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Department of Agriculture (DA) – Regional Field Office (RFO) VIII remained the top performer of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program as recognized during the latter’s 2nd Quarter Assessment in Manuel’s Resort, Piñan,…

DA-SAAD holds back-to-back MYPs for 5 covered provinces in Region VIII

TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE—The National Program Management Office (NPMO) of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted its Multi-Year Planning (MYP) and Workshop with program implementers in Region VIII at the Luxury Suites Hotel, Tacloban,…

SAAD covers three provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region for 2019-2022

BAGUIO CITY - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) National Program Management Office (NPMO) conducted a Consultative Meeting for multi-year plan (FY 2019-2022) crafting for the provinces of Apayao, Mountain Province, and Kalinga in Baguio City on 2-6 July…

M’lang farmers receive P 1M worth of support for Mallard Duck production

NORTH COTABATO - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) conducts training programs for  Mallard Duck production to enrich knowledge of the farmer-partners in M’lang, North Cotabato on July 12, 2018. To increase food production and…

Makilala farmers receive P2.8M worth of agricultural assistance for vegetable and swine production

NORTH COTABATO – Two groups of farmer-partners in Makilala town of this province had received 2.8-million total worth of funds for the production of vegetables and swine that would boost their agricultural activities. The fund is under FY 2016, which…

SAAD delivers P7.79M agri support during Marawi Farm Mechanization Launching

MARAWI CITY, LANAO DEL SUR – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) delivered agricultural livelihood assistance worth P7.79M to benefit 11 municipalities of Lanao del Sur on July 17, 2018 during the…

DA participates in poverty reduction cited in Pre-SONA Forum

PASAY CITY—A Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet (HDPRC) Cluster Pre-SONA Forum was held in the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on July 11, 2018. HDPRC, composed of selected national government agencies, is mandated to “exert all efforts to improve…

SAAD plans with Region 10 implementers ahead of DBM’s cash-based budgeting

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program held its 7th Multi-Year Planning (MYP) Workshop with Region 10 implementers, especially the Provincial and Municipal Agriculturists, at Harbor Lights Hotel, Cagayan…

SAAD Zamboanga del Norte conducts series of Financial Management Training

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Zamboanga del Norte held a series of Community-based Financial Management Training (FMT) in the different covered municipalities of the province from June…

Occidental Mindoro prepares for 2019-2022 SAAD implementation

MAMBURAO, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted Multi-Year Planning (MYP) Workshop for the program’s 2019-2022 implementation for the province of Occidental Mindoro on June 12-14, 2018 in La Gensol Plaza…

298 Lanao del Sur farmers receive livestock assistance from SAAD

LANAO DEL SUR – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) X, as the implementing unit of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the province of Lanao del Sur, delivered 74 goats, 144 cattle, and…

Touching Farmers’ Lives the SAAD Way: in Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte

In the Municipality of Mutia, four associations with 168 women farmers received eight modules of egg machine each. One module consists of 48 heads of fully vaccinated 22-week old ready-to-lay pullets complete with cage, drinkers, and feeding trough. The layer…

Apayao farmer-partners receive agricultural interventions

PUDTOL, APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) awards agricultural interventions under its 2018 funds in the municipality of Pudtol in Apayao on June 5, 2018. Awarded were Mula Dur and Lt.…

Touching Farmers’ Lives the SAAD Way: in Leon B Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte

In the conflict-affected village of Nacibac in the municipality of Leon B. Postigo, originally named Bacungan, a ray of hope is on the horizon. Endowed with a vast tract of fertile land, food production was surprisingly very low. Farmers were…

SAAD Zamboanga del Norte farmers expect to harvest 13,500 banana bunches

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Thirty (30) farmers from Siayan in Zamboanga del Norte expect to harvest 13,500 bunches of banana, from the plantlets they received from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, this November to December 2018, given…

Touching Farmers’ Lives the SAAD Way: in Salug, Zamboanga del Norte

It’s no longer business as usual at the Department of Agriculture (DA). Under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, farmers from the poorest provinces, whom the government serves the least, will be given special attention. The SAAD Program,…

Local School in Dipolog City optimistic about partnership with DA-SAAD

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) visited the five (5)-hectare Pamansalan Eco-Tech High School in Barangay Diwan, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte on April 19, 2018. DA Secretary Manny Piñol, on…

DA-SAAD provides agri assistance to farmer-partners in Pudtol, Apayao

PUDTOL, APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) awarded various agricultural assistance under the FY 2016 fund in the municipality of Pudtol in Apayao on May 17, 2018. Eight (8) bags of…

14th Balangkoy Festival becomes extra special for SAAD Apayao farmers

STA. MARCELA, APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) continues its distribution of interventions in the municipality of Sta. Marcela which started on June 4, 2018. Almost two (2) weeks after on…

A Renewed Hope with SAAD

A caring person. A mother of three. A stroke victim. She was chosen to be one of the farmer-partners of Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) in Region VIII. Her name is Anita Agbon, 45 years old, and a resident…

DA-SAAD enhances skills in agri extension and business planning

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES—The technical skills of the Area and Provincial Coordinators (AC and PCs) of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) were polished through the Project Management Workshop (PMW) at the Cebu…

290 farmers in Masbate undergo Upland Rice and Rainfed Rice Training

BALUD, MASBATE – 290 farmer-beneficiaries underwent training on upland rice and rain fed rice production on June 12-15, 2018, in Balud, Masbate conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region V.…

DA-SAAD fine-tunes staff’s communications skills

ANTIPOLO, RIZAL—The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, dedicated to effectively communicate the Program’s assistance to poor farmers in its covered provinces, conducted its first-ever training on Effective Business Writing and Presentation Skills at…

SAAD distributes 7,200 native chickens to Monkayo farmers

COMPOSTELA VALLEY – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Compostela Valley team in Regional Field Office (RFO) XI distributed 7,200 native chickens under the program’s Native Chicken Production Project in the municipality of Monkayo from April 18 to June…

SAAD of DA disperses cattle for Apayao farmer-partners

CALANASAN, APAYAO—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) dispersed beef cattle to its farmer-partners in various municipalities in Apayao on May 21 and 22, 2018. Five (5) heads of heifer beef cattle (Bos…

SAAD conducts Multi-Year Planning in DA Region 6

JARO, ILO-ILO CITY, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is conducting a series of Multi-Year Planning (MYP) workshops for its 2019 provinces, holding the activity for Region VI at the Eon Centennial…

DA-SAAD Siquijor team preps for 2019 implementation

SIQUIJOR, PHILIPPINES—The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) convened to discuss its status of implementation in the Province of Siquijor at OPA Conference Hall, Helen, Larena, Siquijor on June 14, 2018. CY 2019 SAAD projects…

Farmer-partners in Piñan, ZaNorte accept knapsack sprayers from DA-SAAD

PIÑAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE—Twenty-six (26) farmer-partners, all members of Piñan SAAD Farmers’ Associations (FAs) in Barangays (Brgys.) Sta. Fe, Sikitan, Dilawa, and Luz Villa in the municipality of Piñan, received knapsack sprayers from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special…

DA-SAAD strengthens its database reporting through IT Action Planning

BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted the National IT Assessment and Action Planning Workshop at the Highland Villa Hotel & Resto in Baguio City on June 4-8, 2018. Participants…

Women farmers in ZaNorte receive 1,500 chickens through SAAD

MUTIA, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Four (4) women farmers’ associations from the municipality of Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte received more than 1,500 ready-to-lay pullets under the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s Chicken Layer…

DA-SAAD distributes 2.5M farm inputs in Arakan

NORTH COTABATO — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) - North Cotabato conducted distribution of farm inputs worth 2.5-million pesos in the Barangay Malibatuan, municipality of Arakan, North Cotabato last June 1, 2018. The beneficiary of the said inputs…

SAAD Apayao distributes inputs for its farmer-beneficiaries in Flora

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—584 bags of organic fertilizers are distributed by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Cordillera Administrative Region Field Office (CAR FO) on May 17, 2018. 81 farmer-beneficiaries from the…

SAAD ZaNorte farmers undergo Cattle Raising and Upland Rice Production Training

SIAYAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE–A total of sixty (60) farmer-beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA – SAAD) Program in the Municipality of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte had undergone training on Cattle Raising and Upland…

DA-SAAD Apayao’s chicken project starts producing results

CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (CAR)—The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program conducted field monitoring of free-range chicken heads (88 to be exact) in Barangay Malubibit Sur, Flora, Apayao on April 26, 2018. A week after…

DA supports Bangon Marawi Project, Ramadan Celeb

LANAO DEL SUR – Department of Agriculture (DA), as partner agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi together with other agencies, helped in providing livelihood and technical assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs). Through Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Regional…

ZaNorte farmers receive inputs under the SAAD Corn Production Project

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE—The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) in its Regional Satellite Office (RSO) in Zamboanga del Norte (Region IX) organized series of distributions under its Provincial-Wide Corn Production Project from March 8-9, 13,…

ZaNorte farmers attain TESDA certificates in Organic Farming

DIPOLOG, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE—Forty-four (44) Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmer-beneficiaries in Diwan, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte are now certificate holders of National Certificate (NC) II Training on Organic Farming from the Technical…

SAAD-ZaNorte distributes interventions through Goat Dispersal Project

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE—The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) in Regional Satellite Office (RSO) IX dispersed goats to its farmer-beneficiaries in Zamboanga del Norte on April 5, 2018. Twenty (20) SAAD farmer-beneficiaries under Dampalan Farmer’s…

DA-SAAD ZaNorte team plots series of Municipal-Wide Consultations

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE—Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Zamboanga del Norte (Regional Satellite Office IX/RSO IX) held Municipal Wide Consultations (MWC) in different barangays (brgys.) of Zamboanga del Norte from February until March 2018. The…

SAAD provides cows and caracows to Zamboanga del Norte

Over fifty (50) heads of cows/caracows have been distributed to different municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte from March to April 2018. DA-SAAD ZaNorte was launched in 2017 with two objectives, to increase productivity and establish self-sustaining agricultural enterprise communities. Sibutad…

Samar agriculture officials disclose bright prospects for the province

SAMAR – In recent close–in interviews with Samar Officer-In-Charge Provincial Agriculturist (OIC PA) Ma. Gloria A. Borja and Samar Acting Provincial Veterinarian (PVet) Juliet T. Dayap, they revealed their experiences about the SAAD Program, their aspirations, and visions for the…

SAAD enriches Southern Leyte farmers’ knowledge in corn and cassava production

SOUTHERN LEYTE – Six trainings on corn and cassava production have recently concluded in the province of Southern Leyte, enriching the minds of the farmer-beneficiaries from five municipalities – Bontoc, Malitbog, Tomas Oppu, Sogod, and Liloan. With the help of…

Getting to know the SAAD farmers and their projects in the Samar Province

SAMAR – A group of people from the Special Area for the Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program and Special Project Coordination and Management Assistance Division (SPCMAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted interviews and field visits in different municipalities in…

SAAD holds crop production training to its Bicolano beneficiaries

MASBATE – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) held five (5) batches of trainings on upland and rainfed rice production and processing, white corn production and processing, and high value crops production to prepare its…

100 SAAD Sorsogon beneficiaries undergo Upland Rice Production Training

SORSOGON – A total of 100 farmer-beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agriculture Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Sorsogon had undergone training on Upland Rice Production as an initial intervention of the program. Two batches were held…

SAAD distributes farm inputs to 650 North Cotabato farmers

NORTH COTABATO — DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)-North Cotabato distributed farm inputs to 26 Farmer Associations with a total of 650 farmer-beneficiaries in Poblacion, Pikit, North Cotabato last May 9, 2018. The activity was conducted in cooperation with…

SAAD distributes P1.2M farm inputs in Carmen, North Cotabato

NORTH COTABATO — A total of P1.2M farm inputs was distributed by the DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)-North Cotabato to 150 farmer-beneficiaries of Malapag, Carmen, North Cotabato last May 9, 2018. Marvin Segovia, SAAD-National Program Management Office (NPMO)’s…

SAAD Top Performing Regions commended during its National 1st Quarterly Assessment

MARABUT, SAMAR – The top three performing implementing regional offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program were given commendations for their work during the program’s National 1st Quarterly Assessment on April 24…

SAAD Siquijor intensifies farmers’ skills corn-peanut production training

SIQUIJOR, PHILIPPINES—The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Regional Field Office (RFO) VII organized a capability enhancement training on corn-peanut production in different sites in the Province of Siquijor on March 7–9, March 26-28,…

SAAD implementers training on administrative and planning skills

QUEZON CITY - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) held a five-day back-to-back workshop on Admin and Procurement, and Planning and Budget. The event, hosted by DA-SAAD – National Program Management Office (NPMO) transpired at…

SAAD-assisted MESS Farmers Association gains and saves for the future

APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—While walking through the loamy soils of Emiliana farms in Sta. Marcela, Apayao to meet the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) beneficiaries of rice and vegetables at Malekkeg, we sat down and met…

SAAD Apayao farmers regained hope due to awarded farm machineries

LUNA, APAYAO—A unit of hand tractor has been awarded to the BISS Farmers Association (FA) by the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) in Payanan Sports Complex, Luna, Apayao on March 6, 2018. The FA…

SAAD Apayao conducts geotagging and validation activities in Sta. Marcela

STA. MARCELA APAYAO—Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) conducted geotagging and validation of nine (9) rice seeds beneficiaries in Barangay Malekkeg, Sta. Marcela, Apayao on March 7, 2018. The data collected is essential to the…

DA-SAAD Apayao awards agricultural intervention to SAAD farmer-beneficiaries in Luna

LUNA, APAYAO—The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) awards rice combine harvesters to farmers at the Apayao Provincial Capitol in Luna, Apayao on March 7, 2018. DA SAAD – Apayao awarded a unit of rice…

Four things to expect in SAAD’s 1st Assessment this April 2018

The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Regional Field Office (RFO) VIII will be hosting this year’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s 1st Quarter Assessment (QA) on April 24 to 27. Here are four things to expect in this…

DA-SAAD Siquijor streamlines project implementation until 2019

SIQUIJOR, PHILIPPINES—The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the Province of Siquijor (Region VII) held its consultation workshop for the Proposed 2019 SAAD Projects in Helen, Larena, Siquijor on April 11, 2018. SAAD…

SAAD Apayao delivers farm machineries to its beneficiary in Calanasan

CALANASAN, APAYAO—The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) in CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) facilitated the turnover of farm machineries to farmer-beneficiaries in Calanasan, Apayao on March 2018. A hand tractor and a corn sheller each…

A look into SAAD Eastern Samar’s rice and goat production projects

QUINAPONDAN, EASTERN SAMAR – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program and Special Projects Coordination and Management Assistance Division (SPCMAD) of the Department of Agriculture looked into the status of SAAD’s implementation in the province of Eastern Samar on March…

DA Sec Piñol turns over P3M SAAD interventions to ZaNorte farmers

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, PHILIPPINES—Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol led the turnover of agricultural interventions in Olingan, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, through his brainchild project called the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) on March 22 – 23,…

DA-SAAD turns over ten (10) floating tillers worth Php 60,000 each

NEGROS ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES— Ten (10) floating tillers with a total amount of Php 600,000.00 were received by eight (8) Farmer Associations (FA) from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) at the Provincial Agricultural Technology Coordinating Office (PATCO), Lo-oc, Dumaguete…

Secretary Piñol commits to our IP farmers in Sarangani

MALAPATAN, SARANGANI – More than 700 indigenous peoples of different tribes from the provinces of Sarangani, North and South Cotabato converged during the IP Leaders and Farmers’ Summit with the theme, “Indigenous Peoples in agriculture for sustainable development”. The event…

SAAD conducts Geotagging Training for DA Region 12 implementers

KORONADAL CITY—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) - Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Office XII (RFO XII) conducted a training on geotagging and mobile-based monitoring application to fifty (50) personnel of the Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO)…

SAAD Region VII facilitates training on upland rice for Negros Oriental farmers

NEGROS ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Regional Field Office (RFO) VII held an Upland Rice Production Specialized Training in two barangays of Tayasan in Negros Oriental, Barangay Tambulan on March 19…

SAAD to be implemented in four municipalities from Occidental Mindoro

SAN JOSE, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – Two more municipalities from the province of Occidental Mindoro in Region IV-B will be covered by the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the year 2019, which is an…

DA-SAAD Program in Negros Oriental undergoes evaluation by SPCMAD

NEGROS ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program interventions were assessed by the Special Projects Coordination and Management Assistance Division (SPCMAD) in the Province of Negros Oriental on March 13 – 15, 2018. The SPCMAD covered Brgy. Mayabon…

Zamboanga del Norte farmer-beneficiaries receive banana plantlets from SAAD

SIAYAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, PHILIPPINES— The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Office (RFO) IX provided five thousand (5000) banana plantlets to Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) farmer-beneficiaries in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, in support of…

SAAD Region 7 holds First Assessment Meeting with City and Municipal Agriculturists

NEGROS ORIENTAL—The Department of Agricultural (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region VII (Regional Field Office/RFO VII) holds its First Assessment Meeting in Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn, Bishop Epifanio Surban St., Dumaguete City in Negros…

SAAD Region 8 staff and implementers retooled

TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE – Some 45 personnel of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Region 8 coming from the Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) and five Provincial Program Management Support Offices (PPMSOs) underwent a comprehensive Training on…

DA-RFO VII now set to implement SAAD Projects in Negros Oriental

DUMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL—Half-a-million worth of check under the 2017 SAAD funds has been handed a to the Dumaguete Treasurer’s Office by the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 7 (Regional Field…

SAAD distributes interventions through the Provincial-Wide Corn Production Project

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, PHILIPPINES—Forty-four (44) Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmer-beneficiaries from Barangay Teresita, Municipality of Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte received farm inputs under the program’s Corn Production Project on February 22, 2018. The…

SAAD Farmers’ Corner: Irene Purisima and Tata Pumbaya

Irene Purisima, SAAD Apayao beneficiary

26 Zamboanga del Norte partner beneficiary-farmers receive livelihood support

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, PHILIPPINES—The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) delivers livelihood support to twenty-six (26) partner-beneficiary farmers in Barangays Dilawa, Sikitan, Luz Villa, and Sta. Fe (all from the municipality of Piñan) in Zamboanga del…

SAAD Region 8 targets to obligate and disburse 90% by midyear 2018

TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE – “I think hindi imposible na target namin ay maging number one in the SAAD areas in terms of physical (distribution) and financial utilization”, said Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Region 8 Focal Person Dr. Andrew…

Eastern Samar farmers show great progress on their SAAD interventions

GENERAL MACARTHUR, EASTERN SAMAR – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmer-beneficiaries from General MacArthur, Eastern Samar show great progress on their rice and swine interventions during the SAAD National Program Management Office (NPMO) staff’s monitoring, together with SAAD…

SAAD Region 7 distributes knapsack sprayers in Negros Oriental

BAIS CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL—The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program continues to support the production needs of the farmer-beneficiaries through a mass distribution of knapsack sprayers, organized by SAAD in Sitio Cambayungon, Barangay Tagpo,…

SAAD orients Bohol for 2019 implementation

BACLAYON, BOHOL – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program will be implemented in Bohol in the year 2019. This is why the National Program Management Office (NPMO) oriented the regional implementers about community logical framework (logframe) and multi-year…

SAAD culminates QGIS and ODK trainings for the ITs

BOHOL – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) National Program Management Office (NPMO) Information Technology (IT) Cluster conducted an Advanced Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) Training and Introduction to Free and Open Source Mobile Data…

Panginabuhian sa mga Mag-uuma: SAAD North Cotabato gives gilts to Pigcawayan beneficiaries

NORTH COTABATO — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)-North Cotabato turned over 10 heads of gilts, ranging 70-75 kilograms each, to the farmer-beneficiaries of Malu-ao Lowland Upland Integrated Farmers Association (MULFA) of Brgy. Malu-ao, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato last February…

SAAD North Cotabato distributes 400 heads of mallard ducks in Pigcawayan

NORTH COTABATO — A total of 400 heads of mallard duck was distributed by the Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) North Cotabato to the beneficiaries of two (2) farmer associations - the OFW Association and Midpapan…

SAAD Maguindanao conducts 3-day continuous distribution for ISLAM Project 2017

MAGUINDANAO —   The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Maguindanao conducted a 3-day continuous distribution of interventions for the Integrated Sustainable Livelihood Assistance for Maguindanao (ISLAM) Project 2017 at Barangay Nekitan, Datu Odin Sinsuat; Barangay Kiga, North Upi; and Barangay…

Datu Abdullah Sangki receives agri commodities from SAAD Maguindanao

MAGUINDANAO — Five hundred fifty (550) mallard ducks, one hundred twenty-five (125) goats, and one hundred (100) bags of feeds was distributed to (25) beneficiaries from Barangay Kaya-kaya, Municipality of Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao from the Special Area for Agricultural…

SAAD continues the ISLAM Project distribution in Datu Saudi Ampatuan

MAGUINDANAO — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Maguindanao distributed 550 heads of mallard ducks and 100 200-kg bags of feeds, for 25 beneficiaries from Barangay Ki tango in the municipality of Datu Saudi Ampatuan on February 6,…

SAAD holds municipal-wide consultations in Sindangan and Siayan

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, PHILIPPINES—Municipal-wide consultations in Sindangan and Siayan were held to determine the opportunities in line with strengthening the Department of Agriculture–Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) interventions for 2019-2022. The separate sessions were held in the Municipal Agriculturist…

DA-SAAD commits and delivers: farm machineries awarded to farmers in Apayao

STA. MARCELA, APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) National Program Management Office (NPMO) enjoins the Province of Apayao (Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)) in its 23rd Founding Anniversary during the awarding of farming machineries to…

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…

SAAD Program helps swine production continually grow in Northern Samar

NORTHERN SAMAR – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture helps the province of Northern Samar continually grow its production of swine with the ongoing Swine Fattening Project under the program’s FY 2017 Fund…

SAAD beneficiaries of Buluan, Maguindanao receive 550 mallard ducks and 100 bags of feeds

MAGUINDANAO — Last January 31, 2018, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program-Maguindanao team distributed five-hundred-fifty (550) heads of mallard ducks and one hundred (100) 200-kg bags of feeds which includes fifty (50) bags of pre-layer and fifty (50)…

SAAD Maguindanao delivers 500 ducks and 100 bags of feeds to beneficiaries in Paglat

MAGUINDANAO — Five hundred fifty (550) heads of mallard ducks and one hundred (100) 200-kg bags of feeds, fifty (50) bags of pre-layer, and fifty (50) bags of pre-pallet were distributed to twenty-five (25) beneficiaries  from Barangay Poblacion, Municipality of…

SAAD Maguindanao distributes interventions in the municipality of Pandag

MAGUINDANAO — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program-Maguindanao team conducted their third distribution of interventions under its Integrated Sustainable Livelihood Assistance for Maguindanao (ISLAM) Project 2017.  The (25) beneficiaries from barangay Lower D’lag, municipality of Pandag received five…

Apayao handles seven (7) municipalities for 2019 SAAD implementation

LUNA, APAYAO, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) led by its Program Director, Bernadette F. San Juan, visited Luna in Apayao on January 31, 2018 to oversee the Program’s three-year plans for the said area. Held in the Municipal…

SAAD orients Regions 10, 11 and 13 on Community Logframe and Multi-Year Planning

Davao City —The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) held a workshop on Community Logframe and Multi-Year Planning for DA-Regional Field Offices (RFOs) 10, 11 and 13 last January 24-25, 2018. The participants were welcomed by DA-RFO…

SAAD Region 7 conducts 2017 Year-End Assessment & Turnover Ceremony

NEGROS ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—A year-end assessment and turnover ceremony was conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Region 7 in Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn, Bishop Epifanio Surban St., Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on January 29, 2018. Updates…

SAAD includes Mountain Province as one of its new provinces for 2019

BONTOC, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) conducted a consultation meeting attended by the representatives of the Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs). The activity was held in Archog Hotel and Restaurant, Bontoc, Mountain Province on the 29th of…

Special Area for Agricultural Development Program shines in Kalinga

TABUK, KALINGA, PHILIPPINES — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) witnessed the presentation of the Province’s 2019 Plan in Golden Berries Hotel, Tabuk on January 27, 2018. Kalinga is one (1) of two (2) 2019 additional SAAD provinces along with Mountain…

SAAD CAR provinces gear up to carry out 2019 plans

CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (CAR), PHILIPPINES — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) National Program Management Office (NPMO) led by its Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan (Dir. SJ) along with the SAAD-CAR team continued with the outputs that were brainstormed from the…

SAAD Maguindanao conducts exposure trainings for eight municipalities

MAGUINDANAO — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program-Maguindanao team conducted back-to-back exposure trainings on Mallard Duck, Goat Upgrade Breed and Free Range Native Chicken, held in two different venues at Umani Farm and APPC ( Animal Production &…

Big demand in poultry: SAAD Western Samar gives 96 incubators to its poor farmers

WESTERN SAMAR – A total of 96 incubators are ready to be distributed to farmer-beneficiaries from six municipalities of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of Western Samar as the SAAD provincial team saw big demand in Philippines…

SAAD leaders meet Sultan Kudarat Governor Mangudadatu

SULTAN KUDARAT—Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program National Program Management Office (NPMO) conducted an orientation meeting with Sultan Kudarat (SK) Governor Pax Mangudadatu held at Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on January 16,…

SAAD eyes possible partnership with Hineleban Foundation

BUKIDNON - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program eyes a possible partnership with the non-government organization, Hineleban Foundation Incorporated, as discussed in their meeting last January 15, 2018 at the Hineleban Farm, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Hineleban Foundation, Inc.…

SAAD orients Region IX and XII on Community Log frame for the Multi-Year Plan FY 2019-2022

KORONADAL, SOUTH COTABATO -  Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program National Program Management Office (NPMO) conducted an Orientation on Community Logframe for the Multi-Year Plan with SAAD Focal Persons, Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO)…

SAAD conducts planning workshop for Apayao, Mt. Province, and Kalinga

BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES — The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted an initial planning workshop on January 10-12, 2018 that will pave the way for the crafting of SAAD 2019-2022 plans for Apayao, together with two…

DA-SAAD hold seminars on livestock dispersal in Negros Oriental

NEGROS ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) held seminars on proper livestock handling in Poblacion San Jose, and Amlan in Negros Oriental on January 9 and 10, 2018. The back-to-back activity was attended by…

Two barangays in General McArthur Eastern Samar receive 180 pigs and goats

   GENERAL MACARTHUR, EASTERN SAMAR – One hundred and eighty (180) pigs and goats were given to 60 farmer-beneficiaries from two barangays in the municipality General MacArthur under the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program…

Program overview, Log Frame Approach oriented to SAAD 2019 provinces

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES—New Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Provinces for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 were oriented on the SAAD Program overview, concerns, among others at the DA New Building, Conference Room B on January 9,…

SAAD holds extensive project planning for effective implementation

CEBU CITY – Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program National Program Management Office (NPMO) conducted an extensive planning orientation with SAAD regional and provincial staff from Regions VI, VII and VIII through a Logical Framework…

Arakan farmers receive inputs from SAAD North Cotabato banana project

ARAKAN, NORTH COTABATO — A total of 100 Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmer-beneficiaries from the municipality of Arakan, North Cotabato received agricultural inputs on Organic Banana Bongolan Project during the turn-over ceremony held at Brgy. Meocan, Arakan…

DA Bicol RED says SAAD needs workers with a heart

NAGA CITY – “What we need in the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) are people with the heart, para maiangat sa kahirapan ang pinakamahihirap na mga Bicolana.” This is what Department of Agriculture-Region V Regional Executive Director (RED) Dr.…

More than 3,900 fertilizers distributed to Magpet corn farmers

NORTH COTABATO — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of North Cotabato, distributed 3,960 bags of fertilizers to corn farmers of Magpet, North Cotabato last January 4, 2018. Each farmer received two bags of complete fertilizer (14-14-14), one…

SAAD provides swine heads to Eastern Samar beneficiaries

EASTERN SAMAR, PHILIPPINES —Fifty-nine (59) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Eastern Samar beneficiaries from General MacArthur, Bigo and Conception in Arteche received three (3) swine heads for fattening on December 28, 2017. Farming and fishing remain as Eastern Samar’s leading economic activities…

SAAD North Cotabato in action before the year ends

NORTH COTABATO — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program in North Cotabato recently delivered 6,577 bags of fertilizer components for rice and corn production. Before the end of 2017, SAAD Coordinators Wenie Gonzales and Rafael Porras, together with OPAG…

Katumaan sa mga SAAD for North Cotabato farmers

NORTH COTABATO — “Katumanan sa mga SAAD" (The fulfillment of promises). Promised agricultural interventions to Luanan farmers in North Cotabato was fulfilled as the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program of North Cotabato team distributed 140 bags of hybrid corn…

Christmas is merrier for SAAD Eastern Samar farmers

QUINAPONDAN, EASTERN SAMAR — Early Christmas presents in the form of three (3) heads of swine have been received by 45 Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (SAAD) swine fattening beneficiaries on December 20, 2017, at the Quinapondan Municipal Gymnasium.…

SAAD delivers vermicast and mallards to North Cotabato beneficiaries

NORTH COTABATO, PHILIPPINES — The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program delivered 260 bags of vermicast (organic compost) to the Banana Growers Association on December 27, 2017. This intervention aims to aid in the local farmers’ banana production. The activity,…

Three (3) Sta. Marcela SAAD Associations obtain BIR receipts

STA. MARCELA, APAYAO, PHILIPPINES —Three (3) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Associations in Apayao have been officially registered at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on December 15, 2017. These are MESS Farmers Association, BISS Farmers Association, and PaCoMarNuSan Farmers…

North Cotabato farmer-beneficiaries receive ducks and corn seeds

NORTH COTABATO – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Provincial Program Management Support Office (PPMSO) in North Cotabato recently delivered agricultural inputs, such as ducks and corn seeds, to its CY2017 farmer-beneficiaries in Magpet and Pigcawayan. A total of 488…

Fourty-five farmers in Eastern Samar receive 135 swine

December 20, 2017 | Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Eastern Samar team delivered 135 heads of swine to 45 CY2017 SAAD farmer-beneficiaries under the province’s Swine Fattening Project in barangays Pob #06, San Pedro, and Rizal in the municipality…

SAAD Zamboanga del Norte delivers more than 300 sacks organic fertilizer

December 20, 2017 | Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) team in Zamboanga del Norte delivered 385 sacks of organic fertilizer in the municipality of Kalawit under the area’s SAAD Corn Production Project for the year 2017.

Northern Samar broadens farmers’ knowledge on rice production

NORTHERN SAMAR – “The only source of knowledge is experience.” With the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s aim to socially prepare farmers on various aspects in agriculture, SAAD team in Northern Samar started training…

Sorsogon agriculturists and chief executives embrace SAAD Program

SORSOGON CITY – The Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) national and regional staff convened the municipal agriculturists and local chief executives of the priority municipalities in Sorsogon to orient them in the program’s implementation in the province for the…

SAAD Catanduanes provincial orientation kicks off

VIRAC, CATANDUANES – Dubbed as the “Land of the Howling Winds” due to the fact that it is one of the most typhoon-stricken provinces in the Philippines, Catanduanes started its first leg of the series of provincial orientations for the…

Negros Oriental holds consultative meetings for the SAAD Program CY 2018

NEGROS ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES —A series of consultative meetings for the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program was held in Negros Oriental on October 26, and November 15, 2017. The activity were headed by the SAAD-NPMO Operations Cluster…

Various post-harvest equipment to benefit 200 farmers in North Cotabato

NORTH COTABATO – Various post-harvest equipment were recently turned over for the benefit of 200 farmers in the municipalities of Tulunan, Pikit, and Midsayap in North Cotabato under the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agriculture Development (DA-SAAD) Program.…

Bukidnon Gov says SAAD’s arrival in his province is timely

BUKIDNON – Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. shared to Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Director Bernadette San Juan that SAAD’s arrival in the area is very timely during the program orientation in his…

Farmers in Apayao graduated in SAAD’s training on swine production

APAYAO – Twenty (20) farmers from Sitio Asao, Barangay Butao in Calanasan, Apayao were recognized in a graduation ceremony held on the 22nd of November 2017 for their commendable participation during the 16-week Farmer Livestock School Training (FLST) under the…

Siquijor PLGU in full support of the SAAD Program implementation

SIQUIJOR – Vice Governor Mei Ling Quezon, representing the Provincial Government of Siquijor, said they are in full support of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s implementation in the area for the year 2018.…

DA Sec Piñol turns over SAAD interventions in North Cotabato

NORTH COTABATO – Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol turned over various interventions under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program to the local government of North Cotabato and to the farmers’ associations during the municipality of Midsayap’s 81st…

SAAD team in Sulu finalizes beneficiaries in barangay level

SULU – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Director Bernadette San Juan and other National Program Management Office (NPMO) staff visited the province of Sulu last 20th of November 2017 to meet with the representatives of four identified municipalities…

SAAD team in Apayao delivers more than 30 goats to beneficiaries

APAYAO – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program team in the province of Apayao delivered a total of 33 F2 cross-breed goats to their beneficiaries in two municipalities last November 13, 2017. Two bucks…

More than 1400 farmers graduate in SAAD Eastern Samar Farmers’ Field School

EASTERN SAMAR – A total of 1,490 farmers from various municipalities in Eastern Samar recently graduated from the province’s 2016 Farmers’ Field School through the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program. The Farmers’ Field School…

SAAD NEW Samar distributes more than 3,000 bags of certified rice seeds

SAMAR – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) VIII, through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, just provided 3,373 bags of certified rice seeds to Northern, Eastern & Western Samar to enhance the rice industry…

Sarangani launched organically grown upland rice products

SARANGANI – The province of Sarangani just launched its organically grown upland rice products produced by farmers, who are beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, last 7th of November 2017. The different…

SAAD Region 7 team prepares Negros Oriental for 2018 implementation

NEGROS ORIENTAL –  The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) VII conducted a consultative meeting for their 2018 SAAD Program implementation in the province of Negros Oriental held in Dumaguete…

SAAD Northern Samar distributes hundred sets of farm equipment

NORTHERN SAMAR – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office VIII held a ceremonial distribution of farm equipment to its farmer group beneficiaries from ten (10) municipalities last October 23, 2017…

Sarangani farmers celebrate a bountiful harvest

SARANGANI – The Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol graced the Thanksgiving Day in Barangay Upo, Maitum in Sarangani last October 23, 2017. The said event, organized by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, along with the Provincial…

SAAD Program holds Thanksgiving Day in Glan & Malapatan, Sarangani

SARANGANI – A blissful yet a meaningful Thanksgiving Day celebration was held in two (2) different municipalities of Sarangani last October 10-11, 2017. Farmer-beneficiaries from Barangay New Aklan in Glan and from Brgy. Kihan in Malapatan shared a delightful moment as…

SAAD Program holds consultative meeting in ComVal for 2018

October 10, 2017 | Assistant Secretary and DA-SAAD Program Director, Lerey A. Panes, spearheaded the consultative meeting on October 10, 2017 at Cabidianan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley relative to the SAAD Program’s implementation in the said province for the year 2018. The…

SAAD distributes OPV corn seeds to beneficiaries in Zamboanga del Norte

September 28, 2017|”PUTTING HAPPINESS INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS.”The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program delivered OPV White Corn Seeds and organic fertilizers to the beneficiaries, the Lubukanan Farmers Association, in Barangay Daniel, Maing Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte. Dubbed…

SAAD beneficiaries exhibit upland farming harvests in Sarangani

September 25, 2017 | FRUIT OF LABOR. The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program beneficiaries showcased their harvested upland rice, corn, and vegetables in celebration of the Agricultural Day in Barangay Tamban, Sarangani Province.

SAAD Program distributes corn seeds to beneficiaries in Zamboanga del Norte

September 06, 2017 | The DA-SAAD Program distributes OPV Corn Seeds to the beneficiaries – Lawigan Farmers Association in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte. Photos Courtesy of: SAAD ZaNorte Team

Asec. Panes conducts consultation on SAAD Program implementation for 2018 in Sultan Kudarat

The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program conducts a consultation at Kings Hall, New Capitol Building, Sultan Kudarat (SK) today,  September 07, 2017 in preparation for its implementation in SK in 2018. DA-Assistant Secretary for Planning,…

Sarangani Upland Rice: Hitting two goals with one sprout

Rice has always been vital to the Filipinos. Not only it feeds millions of people, but it also contributes greatly to the growth of the Philippine economy. The production of rice, along with other major crops, is crucial in boosting…

Upland Rice in Sarangani, ready for harvest; Farmers to gain more profit and food security

GLAN, SARANGANI — With a mission to provide food security and increase the productivity of the marginalized farmers and fisherfolks, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program penetrates to the remotest areas in the country, searching far and wide…

DA Sec. Piñol conducts Byaheng Bukid; SAAD distributes fingerlings in North Cotabato

August 01, 2017| Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol welcomes the month of August with his Byaheng Bukid, a program that aims to draw the government closer to the local farmers, at the  Municipal Gym of Libungan in North…

SAAD, along with BFAR, turns over 80,000 Tilapia Fingerlings to beneficiaries in North Cotabato

July 28, 2017 | The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in North Cotabato, through its Provincial Coordinator Jerry Tingson, led the distribution of 80,000 Tilapia fingerlings to 160 beneficiaries at City Pavillion, Kidapawan City. This project is…

SAAD Program in Zamboanga del Norte trains beneficiaries on Natural Farming Systems Technology

DIPOLOG CITY – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Dipolog City held a two-day technical training on Natural Farming Systems for the SAPAT sa DIWAN Project last July 11-12, 2017…

SAAD Program marks its 2nd Quarterly Assessment for 2017

OLONGAPO CITY – With more fervor in delivering service to the marginalized farmers and fisherfolk, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program marked its 2nd Quarterly Assessment at Anne Raquel’s Hillside Resort, New Cabalan, Olongapo City Zambales. The SAAD National…

SAAD profiles new farmer-benificiaries in North Cotabato

July 13, 2017| Courage is to serve others, for in service there is true life. Area Coordinator Ruth Agnes Yunque (in white and blue poloshirt) showed compassion as she conducted the profiling of the new farmer-beneficiaries of the Special Area…

SAAD NPMO validates project interventions in Sarangani

SARANGANI — The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) National Program Management Office (NPMO) team went to Sarangani in SOCSKSARGEN (Region XII) to field validate project interventions last June 27 to 30, 2017. The team, led…

SAAD Program launches in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte

DIPOLOG CITY — Smiles and laughter brightens the atmosphere as the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program launches in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte on June 13, 2017 at Virginia Elementary School, Brgy. Diwan, Dipolog City. SAAD Program Director Lerey…

SAAD Program seeks possible collaboration with Turkish Agency

Manila, Philippines – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) opened its doors to the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for a possible collaboration, in a meeting last May 29, 2017, at the Department of Agriculture, Elliptical Rd.…

SAAD Zanorte Team visits Provincial Administrator, acquires logistical support for SAAD Program

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Zanorte team, headed by Provincial Coordinator Ronilo Dusaban, paid a courtesy call to Dioniso Mandawe, acting provincial administrator, at Office of the Administrator in the said province on May 25,…

SAAD Program holds Turn Over Ceremony to Northern Samar farmer-beneficiary

May 25, 2017 | The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program hands down agricultural interventions to the farmer-beneficiary of Northern Samar at Leyte Park Resort Hotel, Tacloban City, Leyte. SAAD Program Director Lerey A. Panes (center) steered the ceremonial…

SAAD Program holds 2nd Regional Strategic Planning Workshop for Luzon and Visayas

May 24, 2017 | “The SAAD Program is an example that not all promises are meant to be broken,” said Esteban Conchas, Farmer Regional Executive Director for Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) in his remarks on the Special Area for Agricultural Development…

Salug LGU commits marketing support to SAAD partner-beneficiaries

SALUG, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The local government of the Municipality of Sagul, Zamboanga del Norte committed as the ‘ready market’ for all the eggs that the Pacuhan and Liguac Farmers’ Association will produce. The two (2) farmers’ associations will receive livelihood assistance…

SAAD Sarangani team trains T’boli farmers on rice and corn production

May 22-23, 2017 | Sarangani team of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agriculture Development (DA-SAAD) Program holds technical training for the T’boli farmers on the Upland Rice and OPV White Corn Production in Brgy. Tamadang, Kiamba. Photo…

Team ZANORTE launches SAAD corn and coffee projects in Sebod, Roxas

May 19, 2017 | Team Zamboanga Del Norte formally launches the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s P2m corn and coffee production projects at Barangay Sebod, Roxas in the said province, where 150 farmer-beneficiaries attended…

SAAD Program launches in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agriculture -Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program has officially taken off at Dampalan, Dapitan City with the initial delivery of 1,200 bags of organic fertilizer and 46,000 cassava stalks for the Cassava…

SAAD Program orients farmer-partners; conducts Planning Workshop and site visit in Eastern Samar

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