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Occidental Mindoro

LEGENDS
facility Post Harvest Facility
corn Corn Production
ube Casava Production
vegetable Vegetable Production
banana Provision of Banana Suckers
mungbean Provision of Mungbean Seeds
swine Swine Production
egg Native Chicken Egg Production
chicken Native Chicken Production
ginger Ginger Production
carbonized rice Carbonized Rice Hull Production
mushroom Mushroom Production
machine Provision of Mobile Rice Mill
machinery Provision of Machinery to Service Provider
vinegar Wood Vinegar Production
fertilizer Organic Foliar Fertilizer Production / Vermicomposting Project
carabao Draft Animals (Carabao)

Occidental Mindoro is a province located in the MIMAROPA Region (Region 4-B) in Luzon. It is the “Home of the Indigenous Mangyans”. Its capital is Mamburao that occupies the western half of the island of Mindoro. It is bounded on the west by Apo East Pass, on the south by the Mindoro Strait, on the eastern half by the Oriental Mindoro province, on the west by the South China Sea, the southwest by Palawan, and on the north across Mindoro Strait and Batangas province which is separated by the Verde Island passage.

The province comprises 11 municipalities with 164 barangays, under two (2) legislative districts. Its total land area is 587,985 hectares. The alienable and disposable area is about 156,000 hectares, which is 2.66% of the country land area or 21.46% of the MIMAROPA Region.

Occidental Mindoro is an agricultural area devoted for food production. Its basic industry is rice production (Oryza sativa culture), a Philippine staple crop, which is a source of seasonal employment of almost 80% of its population, including children.

Due to the crop’s dependence on water, wetland and lowland rice are cultivated during the monsoon season, from July (planting season) to October (harvest season). Non-water intensive crops that require longer periodicity, such as tobacco, onions, garlic and vegetables, are grown during the dry season (November to May).

Rice, corn, onions, garlic, fishes (wild and cultured) and salt are some of the significant agricultural produce in exportable quantities. Crops like mangoes, cashew nuts, cooking bananas (saba) and some other fruits are grown in the uplands, as well as peanuts, cassava, sweet potatoes, ginger to name a few are among its minor cultivars.

Palay and corn are the major crops of Occidental Mindoro. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), other top crops in the province in 2018 based on volume of production are onion, coconut, sweet potato, banana, and papaya.

Palay has the largest volume of production in the province with a total of 374,223 metric tons in 2018.Among all the major crops produced, papaya has the highest yield in Occidental Mindoro, which is 20.41 metric tons per hectare.

Based on the PSA data as of July 1, 2019, the inventory of major livestock and poultry in Occidental Mindoro for backyard and commercial purposes. Swine, having 53,307 heads is considered as the greatest number of heads among all the livestock listed. On the other hand, chicken, which is classified into broiler, layer, and native/improved, has the greatest total number yielding with 645,139 heads compared to duck which has only 48,553 heads both for backyard and commercial purposes.

In 2019, the total volume of fisheries production was estimated at 12,320.7 metric tons (MT), which was 1.99% higher than its previous year’s level of 12,079.16 MT. Of the three sub-sectors, aquaculture and municipal posted positive growth rate of 30.52% and 44.31%, respectively, while the commercial sub-sector posted a negative growth rate of 12.35%.

The top five (5) commodities of commercial fisheries are round scad, frigate tuna, skipjack tuna, yellowfin tuna, and anchovies. For aquaculture, the top three (3) commodities are seaweeds, milkfish and tilapia. And for municipal fisheries, the top commodities are frigate tuna, skipjack tuna, yellowfin tuna, round scad and caesio.

The poverty incidence among families in Occidental Mindoro in 2015 was at 30%. The average population in Occidental Mindoro is 487,414 individuals or 111,714 households (PSA, 2015). At least 33,514 families were poor in 2015.

The municipality of Magsaysay has the highest poverty incidence at 41.4% while the municipality of Lubang has the lowest at 14.8%.

Meanwhile, the province’s economic condition has greatly improved in the last three years as poverty incidence dropped by 13.9% from 2015 to 2018 (16.1%).

The annual per capita poverty threshold and annual per capita food threshold of the province in 2015 are at Php 19,994 and Php 13,901, respectively. With this data, a family of five will need around Php 8,331 monthly income to buy their minimum basic needs; and around Php 5,792 monthly for their minimum basic food and non-food needs.

Agriculture Sector

Among the 11 municipalities of the province, Magsaysay, Rizal, Sta. Cruz, Paluan, and Abra De Ilog were chosen as beneficiaries of SAAD based on the PSA data in 2015. The provincial government’s records are also factors in the selection.

Initially, only Magsaysay and Sta. Cruz were the target municipalities for the program but upon the request of the provincial government, municipalities of Paluan and Abra De Ilog have also been considered. In addition, the mentioned municipalities are home to the majority of indigenous Mangyan communities in the province, which manifests the highest share in the poverty index.

In FY 2019, the agriculture sector received a total budget of Php 29,506,500. Out of the 847 target farmers and 24 associations, 572 individuals and 24 groups (559 individuals) already benefited from the 40 SAAD livelihood projects for corn, cassava, vegetables, banana, ginger, swine, native chicken, mushroom, wood vinegar, organic foliar fertilizer, vermicomposting, mungbean, and carbonized rice hull production. In total, 1,131 households are beneficiaries of the SAAD Program’s agriculture sector, which is 1% of Occidental Mindoro’s population.

2019
ABRA DE ILOG
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Post Harvest Facility Assistance Balao Sulong Hebron Farmer’s Association 16 4,250,000.00
Balao Arya Makina Farmer’s Association 15
Corn Production Balao Gintong Butil Farmers Association 15 2,855,500.00
Balao United Planters Association 52
Udalo 100
Cassava Food Processing Balao CaSaya ( Cassava Iraya Farmers Association) 15 580,000.00
Balao CasBal ( Cassava Balao) Farmers Association 15
Vegetables Production (Backyard) Balao 110 247,500.00
Vegetables Production (Backyard) Udalo 38 62,500.00
Provision of Banana Suckers Udalo 25 420,000.00
Provision of Mungbean seeds Balao 10 25,000.00
Swine Production Balao Blessed Coreans Swine Raiser’s Association 32 3,805,000.00
Balao Pag-asang Mataba Swine Raisers Association 15
Balao Maunlad na Baboyan Farmer’s Association 16
Balao Rural Improvement Club 22
Balao Piggy Grower’s Association 18
Native Chicken Production (egg) Balao 35 545,000.00
Native Chicken Production (meat) Udalo 47 422,500.00
Provision of planting materials for Ginger Production Udalo 20 325,000.00
TOTAL 620 13,538,000.00
MAGSAYSAY
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Carbonized Rice Hull Production Project Laste Bangon Magsasaka CRH Farmers Association 14 800,000.00
Mushroom Production Calawag Calawag Mushroom Association 18 300,000.00
Provision of Mobile Rice Mill Laste Unlad Kita Laste Farmers Association 23 470,000.00
Provision of Mobile Rice Mill Calawag Calawag Ricemill Association 15 470,000.00
Provision of Machinery to Service Provider Laste Nagkakaisang Samahan Ng Laste Farmers Association 21 1,940,000.00
Provision of Machinery to Service Provider Calawag Calawag Service Provider Farmers Association 15 1,940,000.00
Wood Vinegar Production Project Laste Sipag At Tiyaga Wood Vinegar Farmers Association 14 700,000.00
Organic Foliar Fertilizer Production Calawag Calawag Foliar Fertilizer Farmers Association (CFF Farmers Association) 25 505,000.00
Vermicomposting Project Laste St. Francis Vermi Composting Farmers Association 18 630,000.00
Vegetable Production Laste 51 270,000.00
Vegetable Production Calawag 38 270,000.00
TOTAL 252 8,295,000.00
PALUAN
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Corn Production Harrison 51 440,000.00
Cassava Production Harrison Sitio Hinugasan Cassava Planters Association 67 1,843,000.00
Cassava Production (convergence with BFAR) Harrison 465,000.00
Vermicomposting Project (convergence with BFAR) Harrison 630,000.00
Provision of Mungbean seeds Harrison 25 62,500.00
Draft Animals (Carabao) with Cassava Harrison Sitio Hinugasan Cassava Planters Association 10 460,000.00
TOTAL 153 3,900,500.00
STA. CRUZ
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Provision of Mobile Rice Mill Kutinganan Iraya’s Gilingan Farmers Association 17 870,000.00
Rice Seeds (Traditional Seeds) Kutinganan Mang-Go Rice Planters Farmers Association 30 1,105,000.00
Cassava Production Kutinganan CasKurt (Cassava Kurtinganan) Farmers Association 31 1,283,000.00
Provision of Mungbean seeds Kutinganan 22 55,000.00
Draft Animals (Carabao) with Rice Seeds (Traditional Seeds) Kutinganan Mang-Go Rice Planters Farmers Association 5 230,000.00
Draft Animals (Carabao) with Cassava Kutinganan CasKurt (Cassava Kurtinganan) Farmers Association 5 230,000.00
TOTAL 110 3,773,000.00

Fishery Sector

Same as the agriculture sector, the municipalities of Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Sta. Cruz and Magsaysay were selected for the SAAD Program implementation for the fishery sector.

In FY 2019, the fishery sector received a total budget of Php 7,962,915. Out of the 498 target fisherfolks and 10 associations, 738 individuals and 10 groups (# individuals) benefited from the # SAAD livelihood projects for (Table 10). In total, # households are beneficiaries of the SAAD Program, which is #% of Occidental Mindoro’s population.

2019

ABRA DE ILOG
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Number of fishing gear/paraphernalia distributed Udalo and Sta. Maria 7 315 2,462,500
Number of fingerlings/seed stocks distributed (in M) Udalo and Sta. Maria 1 10 97,750
Number of technology demonstrations established Udalo and Sta. Maria 1 10 380,600
TOTAL   9 335 2,940,850
PALAUAN
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Number of fishing gear/paraphernalia distributed Harrison 1 101 2,308,050
TOTAL   1 101 2,308,050
STA. CRUZ
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Number of fishing gear/paraphernalia distributed Poblacion I 2 64 2,054,800
Number of technology demonstrations established Poblacion I 2 64 434,900
TOTAL   4 128 2,489,700
MAGSAYSAY
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Number of fishing gear/paraphernalia distributed Laste 4 140 773,600
Number of fingerlings/seed stocks distributed (in M) Laste   118 630,515
Number of technology demonstrations established Laste   29 820,200
TOTAL 4 287 2,224,315

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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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