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IN PHOTOS: DA CALABARZON OIC-Regional Executive Director (RED) Ms. Vilma M. Dimaculangan led the flag-raising ceremony held at the Lipa Agricultural Research and Experiment Station grounds in Lipa City, Batangas, on January 25, 2021.

In her speech, Director Dimaculangan shared how the recently conducted visit of Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar in Batangas went on January 23. Secretary Dar and OIC-RED Dimaculangan visited the upgrading of the trading post in Tanauan City, Batangas worth P50 million. They also spearheaded the awarding of various agricultural interventions and projects worth a total of P205 million for farmers in Batangas under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act II Stimulus Package for Agriculture at the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry in Lipa City, Batangas. Lastly, they took part in the groundbreaking ceremony of the P50-million cold storage and meat cutting facility in Brgy. Aya, San Jose, Batangas.

Director Dimaculangan proudly announced how pleased the Secretary was with the hard work and commitment of DA CALABARZON on tackling unfortunate events such as the explosion of Taal Volcano, the spread of the African Swine Fever, the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the series of extreme weather conditions that significantly affected the agriculture sector in the region.

“Ang taong 2021 ay ang panahon ng pagbangon. Sama-sama po tayo sa pagsugpo sa iba’t ibang laban na kinakaharap at kakaharapin pa ng sektor ng agrikultura. Nawa’y ipagpatuloy pa natin ang ating kasipagan at dedikasyon tungo sa higit pang pag-unlad ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda sa ating rehiyon na maipagmamalaki sa buong bansa,” RED Dimaculangan said. ∙ (MAP, DA-RAFIS)