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(Words by Amylyn Rey-Castro and Photos by DA-AFID)

Regional Executive Director Arnel de Mesa (right) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region IV CALABARZON poses with the 2018 National Gawad Saka Outstanding Agri-Entrepreneur, the couple Mr. Rodrigo (left) and Mrs. Perla Escaba (center) of Escaba Food Products, Inc. from San Pablo City, Laguna, during the recently concluded ceremonies on April 5 at Malacañang Palace.

Escaba Food Products, Inc. is a producer and supplier of food preserves since 1974. Through the years, the company has exhibited superior business practices, empowered social responsibility, high respect to the environment, and provided products from naturally grown raw materials – making it worthy to be Gawad Saka awardee both in the regional and the national levels.

Gawad Saka is an annual activity of the DA which acknowledges our farmers, fisherfolk, as well as distinguished groups and individuals, who have excelled and made significant contributions in the development of agriculture and fishery sector in their regions and in the country.