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Siquijor

LEGENDS
corn Corn Production
peanut Peanut Production
dragon Dragon Fruit Production
sprayer Corn Sheller and Knapsack Sprayer
cow Cattle Production
machine Solar Powered Irrigation System

The island lies about 19 kilometers (12 mi) east of the nearest point on southern Negros, 25 kilometers (16 mi) southeast of Cebu, 30 kilometers (19 mi) southwest of Bohol, and 45 kilometers (28 mi) north of Zamboanga Peninsula of Mindanao. With a land area of 32,700 hectares and a coastline 102 kilometers (63 mi) long, Siquijor is the third smallest province of the Philippines, both in terms of population as well as land area (after Camiguin and Batanes).

It is predominantly hilly and in many places, the hills reach the sea, producing precipitous cliffs. At the center, Mount Malabahoc (locally known as Mount Bandila‑an) reaches about 628 meters (2,060 ft) in elevation, the highest point on the island.

Three marine terraces can be roughly traced especially in the vicinity of Tag‑ibo on the southwestern part of the island, a barrio of San Juan municipality from the seacoast up into the central part.

Siquijor is a lone district and has six municipalities (see Table 1) and 134 barangays, with its capital, the municipality of Siquijor where 27.9% or 26,861 out of the 95,984 population reside.

Its climate is maximum rainfall with a short dry season from one to three months and a wet season of nine to ten months. The dry season starts in February and lasts through April sometimes extending to mid-May.

Despite the rugged terrain, agriculture is still the predominant sector in the province, 13,337 hectares are under agriculture cultivation. Aside from palay and corn, the other major crops in Siquijor are rice, corn, banana, banana saba, coconut (with husk), cassava, and mango. These are the top 5 other crops based on the volume of production from PSA 2018.

The main export products are copra, knitting craft, toy, and garment. There are 18,000 hectares of forestland with a rather high production of timber. The fishery output is relatively big, with not only fish farms on the sea but also freshwater and marsh fish ponds.

Banana has the highest volume of production, 14,519.45 metric tons, followed by banana saba and coconut(with husk). This is due to intensified banana backyard farming. Banana is exported to nearby provinces like Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Bohol. Harvested banana is also processed in the province and made into banana chips, which are sold as pasalubong.

The inventory of livestock in the province has continuously increased in recent years. The major livestock and poultry in the province based on July 1, 2019 PSA data recorded that there are no carabao, cattle, and goats for commercial purposes in the province. There is also no chicken broiler recorded in the province. Swine has the greatest number of heads, 49,052 heads for backyard and commercial purposes. It is followed by chicken, 583,881 heads for layer and native/improved.

In the province of Siquijor, fisheries production is contributed by aquaculture and marine, municipal fishing only. Aquaculture covers operations on brackishwater and freshwater fishponds, fishpen, fishcage and seaweeds, while marine municipal fishing covers all fishing operations carried out without the use of boat or the use of a boat of three (3) gross tons or less and all fish catch and other aquatic products are landed and traded in all municipal fish landing centers around the province.

Most of the production was contributed by marine, municipal fisheries.

From the PSA data of 2015, Siquijor has a total population of 95,984 individuals or 22,737 households. In 2015, the annual per capita poverty threshold of the province is Php 21,675, with a poverty incidence of 48.9% or 11,300 families, which is higher compared to the PSA 2012 data with only 24% poverty incidence.

However, PSA released a report on 11 June 2019 indicating that the province is the least poor among Region 7 provinces in the 1st semester of 2018. Siquijor registered on the average, a per capita threshold of Php 12, 454 or 16.8% higher than in 2017 at Php 10,658.

The poverty incidence of families below the poverty line was estimated at 10% in 2018.

In terms of the poverty incidence situation in Siquijor, the municipality of Maria has the highest poverty incidence while municipality of Larena has the lowest.

Agricultural Sector

In 2018, SAAD was implemented in Siquijor with a total project allotment of Php 26,954,800 covering all six (6) municipalities. There were four livelihood projects provided for 520 individuals and eight (8) groups. On the other hand, four livelihood projects were also provided to 201 individuals and 15 groups in 2019 with a total allocated budget of Php 23,367,000.

Since distribution of interventions of FY 2019 DA-SAAD Program Projects are still on-going, The number of benefited individuals is still small with 20 individuals. Meanwhile, there are still no benefited groups.

SAAD project implementation is considered as a holistic and all-in-one project implementation approach since it provides a combination of the interventions by the DA banner programs. In Siquijor, various agriculture stakeholders identified these projects. Project implementation went smoothly because of the collaborative efforts of the DA Regional Office, DA-PATCO Siquijor, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Provincial Veterinary Office, and the six Municipal Agricultural Offices.

The following tables show data of the projects implemented in the province of Siquijor for 2018 and 2019. For 2018, a total of Php 20,641,999.96 worth of projects were already given to SAAD beneficiaries while Php 4,389,200.00 in 2019.

2018

ENRIQUE VILLANUEVA
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Corn-Peanut Production Cangmangki 11 350,884.57
Lotloton 10
Libo 9
Dragon Fruit Production Cangmangki 1 222,538.00
Cattle Production Cangmangki 5 640,000.00
Lotloton 6
Libo 5
TOTAL 47 1,213,422.57
LARENA
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Corn-Peanut Production Sabang 12 584,807.67
Catamboan 18
Cang-apa 20
Dragon Fruit Production Catamboan 2 445,876.00
Cattle Production Sabang 4 640,000.00
Catamboan 5
Cang-apa 7
TOTAL 68 1,670,683.67
LAZI
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Corn-Peanut Production Campalanas 56 1,532,196.04
Lower Cabangcalan 54
Simacaolong 21
Corn-Peanut Production with Corn Sheller and Knapsack Sprayer Campalanas The Old Enchanted Corn and Peanut Producers Association 56 2,143,766.63
Gabayan Gabayan Corn or Peanut Producers Association 83
Dragon Fruit Production Campalanas 3 1,781,904.00
Gabayan 5
Cattle Production Campalanas 6 680,000.00
Gabayan 6
Simacolong 5
TOTAL 295 6,137,866.67
MARIA
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Corn-Peanut Production Nabutay 58 678,376.86
Corn-Peanut Production with Corn Sheller and Knapsack Sprayer Liloan Malipayon Farmers and Fisherfolks Association 68 1,827,970.21
Logucan Logucan Livelihood Farmers Association 44
Dragon Fruit Production Liloan 4 1,113,490.00
Logucan 1
Cattle Production Liloan 6 680,000.00
Logucan 3
Nabutay 8
TOTAL 192 4,299,837.07
SAN JUAN
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Corn-Peanut Production Catulayan 21 245,619.21
Corn-Peanut Production with Corn Sheller and Knapsack Sprayer Timbaon Timbaon Corn and Peanut Producers Association 39 1,441,996.86
Tambisan Tambisan Farmers Association 40
Cattle Production Catulayan 6 680,000.00
Timbaon 6
Tambisan 5
TOTAL 117 2,367,616.07
SIQUIJOR
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Corn-Peanut Production Cang-asa 50 584,807.64
Corn-Peanut Production with Corn Sheller and Knapsack Sprayer Pasihagon Pasihagon, Tongo Farmers Association 31 1,687,616.27
Tongo 14
Ponong Kahayag Farmers Association 55
Dragon Fruit Production Tongo 1 890,152.00
Cang-asa 1
Ponong 2
Cattle Production Pasihagon 1 680,000.00
Tongo 3
Ponong 6
Cang-asa 7
Solar Powered Irrigation System Pasihagon Sea Grapes Rural Improvement Club 45 1,109,998.00
TOTAL 216 4,952,573.91

2019

ENRIQUE VILLANUEVA
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Dragon Fruit Production Lotloton 1 219,300.00
TOTAL 1 219,300.00
LARENA
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Dragon Fruit Production Sabang 2 439,400.00
TOTAL 2 439,400.00
LAZI
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Dragon Fruit Production Campalanas 1 1,756,000.00
Gabayan 3
Lower Cabangcalan 4
TOTAL 8 1,756,000.00
MARIA
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Dragon Fruit Production Liloan 2 1,097,300.00
Nabutay 3
TOTAL 5 1,097,300.00
SIQUIJOR
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
(Php)
Dragon Fruit Production Pasihagon 2 877,200.00
Cang-asa 2
TOTAL 4 877,200.00

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

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

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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

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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 Siquijor team preps for 2019 implementation

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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,…

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…

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.…

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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