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Catanduanes

LEGENDS
rice Rice Production
vegetable Vegetable Production
organic Organic Agriculture
chicken Chicken Production
High Value Crops High Value Crop Production
goat Goat Production
duck Duck Production
swine Swine Production

The island province of Catanduanes is a kidney-shaped island at the easternmost seaboard of the Philippines. It is the first landmass of the Philippine archipelago to kiss the Pacific Ocean. As part of Bicol Region, Catanduanes is the 12th largest island of the Philippines with a total land area of 151,150 ha.

The province is a lush island of mountains and water. Forest cover is about 46% of the total land area. Surfacing from the mountains are numerous springs, waterfalls, and rivers trailing out into the ocean. The island is lined with more than 20 islets and rocks that give it an interesting shoreline.

The topography of the province is rugged and mountainous. Only about 10% of the land area has slope gradients under 8%.

It is a lone district, consisting of 11 municipalities, which are Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Caramoran, Gigmoto, Pandan, Panganiban, San Andres, San Miguel, Viga, and Virac.

Catanduanes has a total land area of 149,216 hectares, of which 47,901 hectares were use in farming. The major crops of the province are abaca, coconut, rice, peanut, and lowland vegetables. The Philippine Fiber Development Authority declared Catanduanes as the highest abaca-producing province in 2010. It has maintained its “abaca country” status as the top abaca fiber-producing province in the Philippines.

In 2015 alone, the island’s 12,789 abaca farmers produced 23,550 metric tons of raw fiber, comprising 40% of the total abaca fiber production nationwide. The local fiber harvest is even higher than the production of Ecuador, the second-biggest abaca producer in the world after the Philippines.

As of 2019, PSA reported that swine has the highest livestock inventory at 73,608 while native chicken has the most number in the poultry industry with 60,700.

Catanduanes is known for its mud crab industry, which is being supported by the BFAR, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Catanduanes State University.

The provincial government is maintaining the Catanduanes Crab Center (CCC), which serves as a source of crablets for grow-out and fattening by fishpond operators. It carries out a special program for “queen” or “gravid” crabs designed to ensure the sustainability of the industry in the province, which originally owned the “crab capital of the Philippines” title.

PSA revealed that the poverty incidence among families in the province is 14.4% in 2018. From its 33.6% poverty rate in 2015, it has decreased 19.2%.

The annual per capital poverty threshold in the province in 2018 is Php 24,380.00 to meet basic food and non-food needs, such as clothing, housing, transportation, health, and education expenses.

Agricultural Sector

In FY 2018, Catanduanes received a total allocation of Php 7,149,688.87 for the implementation of projects in the province. The municipalities of Bato, Baras, Bagamanoc, Gigmoto, Panganiban, and San Miguel were selected because of their high poverty rate. Most of the farmers in these areas are into rice, vegetables, and livestock. A total of 803 individual farmer beneficiaries received agricultural support from the program.

Meanwhile for FY 2019, the total allocation of the province for its project implementation was Php 19,502,199.00, a significant increase from the previous year’s budget. From this, the program was able to help a total of 1,217 individual beneficiaries and formed 23 farmer groups, which have received agricultural inputs under the rice, high-value crops, and livestock package.

2018

BAGAMANOC
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice and High-Value Crops Production Suchan 8 31,912.00
Salvacion 7 25,103.00
Rice Production Salvacion 4 12,116.00
Suchan 5 108,145.00
High-Value Crops and Chicken Production Quezon 11 207,350.00
Salvacion 12 222,240.00
High-Value Crops Production Quezon 22 111,846.60
Salvacion 49 147,161.84
Suchan 41 106,785.78
Livestock
a. Chicken Salvacion 2 35,000.00
Quezon 2 35,000.00
TOTAL 163 1,042,660.22
BARAS
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
High-Value Crops and Goat Production San Miguel 11 1,165,680.00
High-Value Crops and Duck Production Tilod 2 25,628.00
High-Value Crops Production San Miguel 78 205,950.96
Tilod 32 138,680.70
Livestock
a. Duck Production Tilod 10 114,640.00
TOTAL 133 1,650,579.66
BATO
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice and High-Value Crops Production Cagraray 5 113,395.00
San Roque 4 14,571.00
High-Value Crops and Swine Production Cagraray 2 158,700.00
San Roque 2 159,240.00
High-Value Crops Production Cagraray 89 270,340.20
San Roque 61 273,340.30
TOTAL 163 989,586.50
GIGMOTO
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice and High-Value Crops Production Sioron 18 162,012.00
High-Value Crops, Rice  and Goat Production Sioron 1 109,434.00
High-Value Crops and Goat Production San Pedro 3 319,215.00
Sioron 4 425,620.00
High-Value Crops and Duck Production San Pedro 6 73,614.00
Sioron 6 73,614.00
Rice Production Sioron 2 6,058.00
High-Value Crops Production Sioron 59 303,963.34
San Pedro 82 327,398.30
Goat Production Sioron 2 210,000.00
TOTAL 183 2,010,928.64
PANGANIBAN
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice Production with High-Value Crops Salvacion 4 15,926.00
San Miguel 2 9,118.00
High-Value Crops, Rice  and Chicken Production Salvacion 2 43,638.00
High-Value Crops and Chicken Production San Miguel 13 247,390.00
Salvacion 2 38,060.00
High-Value Crops Production San Miguel 28 193,257.36
Salvacion 21 113,405.88
Chicken Production Salvacion 3 52,500.00
San Miguel 3 52,500.00
TOTAL 78 765,795.24
SAN MIGUEL
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice Production San Marcos 1 3,029.00
Rice  Production with High-Value Crops San Marcos 7 117,263.00
High-Value Crops and Swine Production San Marcos 2 167,280.00
High-Value Crops Production San Marcos 26 109,654.83
Tobrehon 46 151,911.78
Swine Production San Marcos 1 141,000.00
TOTAL 83 690,138.61

2019

BAGAMANOC
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice Package Suchan Rainfed Island’s Rice Grower Association 16 36,000.00
Salvacion 5 36,696.00
Quezon 5 285,800.00
Vegetable Package Salvacion Salvacion Vegetable Farmers Association 54 370,960.00
Suchan Suchan Vegetable Farmers Association 48 289,992.00
Quezon Quezon Vegetable Farmers Association 25 175,756.00
Organic Agriculture Quezon Quezon Organic Farmer’s Association 24 24,086.00
Livestock
a. Chicken Salvacion 14 343,000.00
Suchan 27 661,500.00
TOTAL 218 2,223,790.00
BARAS
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice Package Sta. Maria 1 18,729.00
Vegetable Package San Miguel San Miguel SAAD Vegetable Farmers Association 80 435,125.00
Tilod Tilod Vegetable Farmers Association 50 217,725.00
Organic Agriculture Sta. Maria Sta Maria Organic Farmer’s Association 20 24,086.00
Livestock
a. Goat Sta. Maria 10 1,650,000.00
c. Duck San Miguel 5 60,000.00
Sta. Maria 10 120,000.00
Tilod 10 120,000.00
TOTAL 186 2,645,665.00
BATO
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice Package San Roque San Roque Palay Association 23 448,267.00
Cagraray 10 157,290.00
Vegetable Package Cagraray High Value Crops Grower Association 55 536,703.00
San Roque San Roque Vegetable Association (SRVA) 56 538,203.00
Organic Agriculture Cagraray Cagraray Organic Farmer’s Association 15 23,917.00
Livestock
a. Swine Cagraray 19 1,471,930.00
San Roque 7 542,290.00
TOTAL 185 3,718,600.00
GIGMOTO
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice Package Sioron 21 342,809.00
Vegetable Package San Pedro San Pedro Farmers Association (SPFA) 85 468,009.00
San Vicente Gigmoto San Vicente Special Area for Agricultural Development Farmers Association (GSVSAADFA) 30 235,619.00
Sioron Sioron High Value Commercial Farmers Association (SHigh-Value CropsFA) 49 286,772.00
Organic Agriculture Sioron Sioron Organic Growers Association (SOGA) 22 24,007.00
Livestock
a. Goat San Vicente 7 1,155,000.00
Sioron 13 2,145,000.00
b. Duck San Vicente 11 132,000.00
Sioron 4 48,000.00
TOTAL 242 4,837,216.00
PANGANIBAN
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice Package Salvacion 4 20,916.00
Vegetable Package Salvacion Salvacion Farmers Association (SAFA) 19 144,452.00
San Miguel San Miguel Farm Workers Association 56 385,452.00
Organic Agriculture Cabuyoan Cabuyoan Organic Farmers Association (COFA) 30 24,086.00
Livestock
a. Chicken Cabuyoan 51 1,249,500.00
San Miguel 8 196,000.00
TOTAL 168 2,020,406.00
SAN MIGUEL
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Rice Package Kilikilihan 15 406,435.00
Vegetable Package Balatohan Balatohan SAAD Vegetable Growers 51 213,425.00
San Marcos San Marcos Vegetable Farmers Association 36 171,550.00
Tobrehon Tobrehon Vegetable Farmers Association 59 297,335.00
Organic Agriculture Balatohan Balatohan Organic Association 19 23,917.00
Livestock
a. Chicken Balatohan 4 309,880.00
Dayawa 11 852,170.00
San Marcos 5 387,350.00
Tobrehon 18 1,394,460.00
TOTAL 218 4,056,522.00

Fishery Sector

For FY 2018, the province of Catanduanes received a budget allocation of Php 13,508,066.00 to implement 7 livelihood projects for the municipalities of San Andres, Bato, Baras, Viga, and Bagamanoc. The projects are Fiberglass Motorized Banca, Fiberglass Non-Motorized Banca, Drift Gillnet (600 and 1,000 meters long), Multiple Longline (Kitang), Collapsible Crab Pot, Aquasilviculture, and Crab Fattening, benefitting 547 individual fisherfolks.

For FY 2019, the province received a total fund of Php 6,516,355.00 for 9 livelihood projects for the municipalities of San Andres, Bato, Baras, Viga, Bagamanoc, and Pandan. The projects are the Bangus Fish Cage, Multiple Longline, Drift Gill Net, Collapsible Crab Pots, Shallow Payao, Crab Fattening, Motorized Banca, Collapsible Solar Dryer, and Pelletizing Machine, benefitting 172 individuals and a group (Table 8).

2018

SAN ANDRES
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Aquasilviculture Agojo, San Andres 9 842,814.00
Crab Fattening Catagbancan, San Andres 2 163,320.00
Drift Gillnet Cabcab, Wagdas, Asgad, Comagacay, Codon, Agojo, Catagbacan, San Andres 26 260,000.00
Fiberglass Motorized Banca Cabcab, Catagbacan, Agojo, San Andres 16 640,000.00
Fiberglass Non-Motorized Banca Catagbacan, San Andres 2 30,000.00
TOTAL 55 1,936,134.00
BATO
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Aquasilviculture San Roque, Bato 1 93,646.00
Crab Fattening Batalay, Libod Pob., Tamburan, Bato 7 571,620.00
Bottom Set Gillnets 600 meters Batalay, Cabugao, Marinawa, Bato 13 97,500.00
Fiberglass Motorized Banca Binanuahan, Batalay, Cabugao, Tilis, Bato 37 1,480,000.00
Fiberglass Non-Motorized Banca Pananaogan, Batalay, Bitaogan, Bato 10 150,000.00
Fiberglass Canoe Type Banca Batalay, Tamburan, San Roque, Bato 10 400,000.00
Collapsible Crab Pots Cabugao, Tamburan, Batalay, Tilis, Libod Poblacion, Bato 11 3,850.00
Multiple Long Line Batalay, Binanuahan, Cabugao, Bato 18 25,200.00
Drift Gill Nets Cabugao, Ginobatan, Binanuahan, Bato 20 200,000.00
TOTAL 127 3,021,816.00
BARAS
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Aquasilviculture Paniquihan, Baras 1 93,646.00
Crab Fattening Bagong Sirang, Buenavista, P.Teston, Paniquihan, Baras 15 1,224,900.00
Bottom Set Gillnets E. Poblacion, W. Poblacion, Moning, Buenavista, Tilod, Paniquihan, Sagrada, Osmenia, Danao, Baras 33 247,500.00
Fiberglass Motorized Banca E. Poblacion, W. Poblacion, Moning, Tilod, P. Teston, Putsan, Buenavista, Bagong Sirang, Sagrada, Osmenia, Danao, Baras 41 1,640,000.00
Fiberglass Non-Motorized Banca Moning, Tilod, Buenavista,  Bagong Sirang, Baras 10 150,000.00
Multiple Hook & Line Moning, Bagong Sirang, Buenavista, W. Poblacion, Baras 14 19,600.00
TOTAL 114 3,375,646.00
VIGA
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Crab Fattening Ogbong, Sta. Rosa, Viga 4 326,640.00
Bottom Set Gillnets Penafrancia, Sta. Rosa, Viga 19 142,500.00
Fiberglass Motorized Banca Ogbong, Viga 5 200,000.00
Fiberglass Non-Motorized Banca Penafrancia, Viga 4 60,000.00
Fiberglass Canoe Type Banca Penafrancia, Ogbong, Sta. Rosa, Viga 16 640,000.00
Multiple Hook & Line Ogbong, Sta. Rosa, Viga 16 22,400.00
Collapsible Crab Pot Ogbong, Sta. Rosa, Penafrancia, Viga 40 14,000.00
TOTAL 104 1,405,040.00
BAGAMANOC
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Aquasilviculture Bagatabao, Quigary, Bacak, Bagamanoc 5 468,230.00
Drift Nets Sta. Mesa, Bagatabao, Poblavion, Antipolo, Sta. Terresa, San Rafael, Bagamanoc 10 100,000.00
Bottom Set Gillnets (1,000 meters) Quezon & Suchan (Sitio, Kabusiw, Palestina, loran, Dayhagan) Bagamanoc 55 550,000.00
Fiberglass Motorized Banca Suchan, Quezon, Bagatabao, Bagamanoc 66 2,640,000.00
Multiple Hook & Line Suchan, Bagamanoc 7 9,800.00
Collapsible Crab Pot Bagatabao, Bagamanoc 4 1,400.00
TOTAL 147 3,769,430.00

2019

SAN ANDRES
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Bottom Set Gillnets Catagbacan, San Andres 2 15,000.00
Collapsible Crab Pots Agojo, San Andres 2 750
TOTAL 4 15,750.00
BATO
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Collapsible Crab Pot Tamburan, Libod Pob,. Tamburan, Guinobatan, Cabugaw, Mintay, San Roque, Bato 12 4,200.00
Crab Fattening Tamburan, Banawang, Bato 3 259,500.00
Bottom Set Gillnets (600 meters) Binanuahan, Cabugao, Batalay, Tilis, Bato 15 112,500.00
Fiberglass Motorized Banca Cabugao, Guinobatan, Bato 10 400,000.00
Multiple Long Line Batalay, Bato 1 9,000.00
TOTAL 41 785,200.00
BARAS
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Bottom Set Gillnets Putsan, Paniquihan, Baras 3 22,500
Collapsible Crab Pot Bagong Sirang, Baras 1 350
Collapsible Solar Dryer w/ Accessories Baras 1 15 350,000.00
TOTAL 19 372,850.00
VIGA
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Bottom Set Gillnets Sta. Rosa, Penafrancia, Viga 15 112,500.00
Fiberglass Motorized Banca Ogbong, Sta. Rosa, Penafrancia, Viga 25 1,000,000.00
Crab Fattening Sta. Rosa, Ogbong, Viga 7 605,500.00
TOTAL 47 1,718,000
PANDAN
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Bottom Set Gillnets (600 meters) San Roque, Baldoc, Marambong, Pandan 14 105,000.00
Collapsible Crab Pot Del Norte, Del Sur, Balangonan, Pandan 5 1,750.00
TOTAL 19 106,750.00

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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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