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Apayao

LEGENDS
rice Rice Production
corn Corn Production
machinery Post Harvest Machinery
facility Facility
vegetable Vegetable Production
ginger Ginger Production
fruits fruit trees
goat Goat Production
Cattle Cattle Production
sheep Sheep Production
draft animal Draft Animal Production
poultry Poultry Production
draft livestock Livestock Production
salt Salt Production
aqua aqua
capture capture
ata aqua-technical assistance
frp fiber reinforced plastic boats
php post-harvest paraphernalia

The Province of Apayao is one of the six provinces of the CAR. It is located in the northwestern part of Luzon. It is bounded on the East and North by the Province of Cagayan, on the West by the Province of Ilocos Norte and Abra, on the South by the Province of Kalinga.

The province is composed of seven 7 municipalities and 134 barangays and geographically subdivided into two separate regions the Upper and Lower Apayao. Upper Apayao is composed of the upland municipalities of Calanasan, Conner, and Kabugao. Lower Apayao is composed of the lowland municipalities of Luna, Pudtol, Flora, and Sta. Marcela. With an approximate land area of 5,113 square kilometers, Apayao has the largest land area in the entire region sharing almost 26% of the Region’s total land area of 19,748.85 square kilometers.

Calanasan shares the largest land area in the province with a total land area of 1,692.27 square kilometers or a percentage share of 33.10% of the total land area. Meanwhile, the Municipality of Sta. Marcela is the smallest municipality in terms of land area with only 196.10 square kilometers or a percentage share of 3.84% of the total land area.

The province of Apayao produced 11,815 metric tons (MT) of crops during the first semester of 2018. Crop production of the province increased by 8.7% or 944MT compared to the 10,871 MT produced in first semester of 2017.

The top three crops of the province are cassava with 76.3% (9,020.5 MT) contribution to the total production in Apayao, followed by banana with 7.9% or 933.4 MT, and squash fruit with 6.5% or 766.4 MT. 

Apayao is the top producer of cassava with 6.1 of the regional cassava production; second top producer of squash fruit 22.2% and third top producer of banana with 9.10%.

According to the data released by PSA in 2019, Apayao ranked 5th among the six provinces in CAR with a contribution of 7.8% or 323.7 MT out of the 4,157.6 MT fishery production in the region. Of this production, 234.9 MT came from inland fisheries while 88.9MT were harvested from 62.1 hectares of aqua farm areas in the province (PSA, 2019).

Major aquaculture commodities include tilapia, carp and catfish. Fisherfolk in the province also cultures freshwater prawn whenever there are available seed stocks from Region 1. For inland capture fisheries, fishermen usually conducts fishing activities in rivers and lakes. Catch composition includes tilapia, carps, freshwater prawn, goby, eel spp. and other freshwater fish species.

The recent poverty trends released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in 2018, the province of Apayao recorded a decrease in its poverty rate (poverty incidence among families) from 38.1% in 2015 to 16 %.

The poverty threshold of the province in 2018 was estimated at Php 23,135 per capita per annum. This translates to a minimum of Php 9,636 monthly take-home income for a family of five to meet both basic food and non-food needs and be considered not poor in 2018.

Apayao recorded a percentage change of (0.8) from Php 23,310 per capita per annum in 2015. It also has the lowest food threshold per capita per annum with 16,155.

Thereby, the insufficiency of alternative livelihood opportunities to most families has been pointed out as the primary cause of poverty in Apayao.

Agriculture Sector

The DA-SAAD Program of CAR received a budget fund of Php 66,164,000 in 2017 for the four livelihood projects in Apayao, covering 2,017 farmers and 35 associations. The fund was downloaded to th local government unit of Apayao.

For 2018, the released fund is Php 57,009,000 (Php 8,884,000 of the total is for Program Management and Php 3,016,000 for Social Preparation). A total of 2,484 individuals and 19 associations were given assistance for rice, corn, vegetable, fruit, livestock, and poultry production as well as projects for machinery and Sloping Agricultural Land Technology(SALT).

2017

2018

2019

Fishery Sector

The BFAR-SAAD Program of the Cordillera Administrative Region received a budget of Php 15,127,000 in 2017. Two types of project were implemented to five municipalities supporting 1,084 fisherfolk. For 2019, 1,849 fisherfolk benefited from three types of projects worth Php 8,000,000

In 2019, Kalinga and Mountain Province were included in the program implementation. The total fund released for the three (3) covered provinces is Php 40,000,000. The breakdown is as follows: Php 10,000,000 for Apayao, Php 15,000,000 for Kalinga,and Php 15,000,000 for Mountain Province.

From the budget released in the province per year, the management allocated Php 2,000,000 for administrative and training costs.

2017
Project Title Municipalities Covered Number of beneficiaries (Individuals) Financial
Allocation
(Php)
Aqua (Pond Culture) Conner, Kabugao, Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Sta. Marcela, Calanasan 856 15,127,000 *
Capture (Fishing Gears) 439
TOTAL 1,295 15,127,000

* budget downloaded LGUs

2018
Project Title Municipalities Covered Number of beneficiaries (Individuals) Financial
Allocation
(Php)
Aqua (Pond Culture) Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Sta. Marcela, and Calanasan 941 7,500,000
Capture (Fishing Gears) Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Sta. Marcela, and Calanasan 103 500,000
FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) Boats Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Sta. Marcela, and Calanasan , Kabugao 24 500,000
Post-harvest Paraphernalia Conner, Kabugao, Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Sta. Marcela, and Calanasan 16 1,000,000
2 concrete ponds AUFF, Luna, Apayao 500,000
TOTAL 1,084 10,000,000
2019
Project Title Municipalities Covered Number of beneficiaries (Individuals) Financial
Allocation
(Php)
Aqua (Pond Culture) Conner, Kabugao, Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Sta. Marcela, and Calanasan 728 4,610,040
Capture (Fishing Gears) 120 850,160
Aqua-technical assistance 1,001 2,539,800
TOTAL 1,849 8,000,000

Rural women-led communal gardening in celebration of National Women’s Month

APAYAO, March 29, 2021 - In celebration of Women’s Month, 56 rural farmers from Poblacion, Imelda, Alem, San Luis (PIAS) Farmer Association (FA) of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

Anne raises her 5 chicken to ninefold and earns Php 12k

Forty-nine-year-old Anne Sacro - member of the Upstream Livelihood Farmers Association in Bacsay, Luna, Apayao - attested that she earned Php 12,290 from the Poultry Production Project of the Department…

Php 203M budget for 2021 to be executed in CAR

BAGUIO CITY, January 25, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will implement Php 203 million worth of rice-related, high-value crops,…

4th quarter obligation of SAAD-CAR at 94%

BAGUIO CITY, December 3, 2020 – In the pre-assessment activity of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) from December 2 to 3, Special Area for Agricultural…

Selling quail eggs provides income to indigent households

A farm laborer, a housewife, and backyard food grower… Rosalyn Vea rooted her love for agriculture from her childhood. She was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Special…

Hubbard chickens for food sufficiency in Mountain Province

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, November 16, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture provided Php 919,300 worth of Hubbard brown chickens and feeds to Mountain Province farmers to ensure food sufficiency amid the…

Apayao MESS FA Agri-Enterprise earns Php 175k

APAYAO – The Malekkeg, Emiliana, San Carlos, San Antonio (MESS) Farmer’s Association with 42 members in Sta. Marcela accumulated a gross income of Php 1,634,620.00 with a net income of…

Php 2.6M worth of 137 sheep awarded to 60 Apayao farmers

APAYAO, October 9, 2020 – One hundred thirty-seven (137) sheep composed of 125 ewes and 12 rams were distributed to five farmer’s associations in the municipality of Pudtol. The Sheep…

72-year old woman farmer earns from selling rams

Seventy-two-year-old woman farmer Felicidad Dela Cruz and also a member of the Upstream Livelihood Farmer’s Association sold three rams in her neighborhood at Brgy. Dagupan, Luna, Apayao with total collectibles…

Sheep provided to three Calanasan FAs

APAYAO, September 8, 2020 – Thirty (30) farmers who are members of the Bayag Farmer’s Association (20), Naguillan Pantawid Farmer’s Association (5), and Sabangan Eliaziar Farmer’s Association from Calanasan (5)…

4 farmers’ associations in Apayao receive 126 goats

APAYAO, September 4, 2020 – One hundred twenty-six (126) goats composed of 84 does and 42 bucks were distributed to 21 farmers in the municipality of Calanasan under the Special…

3 farmers’ associations awarded with sheep

APAYAO, August 26, 2020 – One hundred five (105) sheep, composed of 100 ewes and 5 rams, and 50 rolls of galvanized wire were partially provided to Midstream Livelihood Farmers…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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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…

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…

SAAD Apayao conducts mass distribution of 33 compact tillers

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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…

DA-SAAD conducts 4-day SALT Training in Apayao

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

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2018 funds provide farmers garden tools and knapsack sprayers in Apayao

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Pudtol farmer-partners receive garden tools from DA-SAAD

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Consultation forum held by DA-SAAD in Apayao

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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…

SAAD conducts Awarding and Turnover Ceremony in Calanasan, Apayao

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

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Apayao farmer-partners receive agricultural interventions

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

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14th Balangkoy Festival becomes extra special for SAAD Apayao farmers

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SAAD of DA disperses cattle for Apayao farmer-partners

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SAAD Apayao distributes inputs for its farmer-beneficiaries in Flora

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DA-SAAD Apayao’s chicken project starts producing results

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

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SAAD Apayao farmers regained hope due to awarded farm machineries

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SAAD Apayao conducts geotagging and validation activities in Sta. Marcela

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SAAD Apayao delivers farm machineries to its beneficiary in Calanasan

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

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SAAD CAR provinces gear up to carry out 2019 plans

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

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

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

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SAAD team in Apayao delivers more than 30 goats to beneficiaries

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Republic of the Philippines

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

Myer G. Mula, Ph. D.
Program Director

                  

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