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The Department of Agriculture Region IV-CALABARZON hold the 5th Regional Organic Agriculture Congress (ROAC) with the theme “Organikong Agrikultura sa Kumikitang Kabuhayan para sa Kalusugan at Kapaligiran” on September 25, 2019 at Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena, Quezon.

Governor Danilo E. Suarez of Quezon Province together with the two Regional Tecnical Directors of DA CALABARZON (Mr. Dennis R. Arpia and Ms. Vilma M. Dimaculangan) graciously witnessed the awarding ceremonies.

The ROAC is a yearly activity of DA CALABARZON which recognizes our organic agriculture practitioners in the region and serves as venue for them to inspire others and improve their knowledge on organic agriculture.

Regional Technical Director for Operations Dennis R. Arpia on behalf of Regional Director Arnel V. de Mesa congratulated and thanked all the guests and awardees for their continued support to the Organic Agriculture (OA). He noted that the steady increase in number of OA practitioners in the region only shows that more and more farmers are starting to appreciate the great benefits and potential of organic way of farming.

Also present in the event were the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council Chairman Pedrito R. Kalaw and the Agricultural Program Coordinating Officers of CALABARZON.

The first part of ROAC is the awarding ceremonies for the Regional Organic Achievers Awards (ROAA), whereas, Ilayang Bukal Farmers Association of Tayabas City, Amado De Luna, and Nelia G. Oribe of Sariaya, Quezon, won under Farmers Group, Individidual, and Agricultural Extension Worker Categories, respectively.

Aside from Plaque of Recognition, all winners also received cash awards (Group Category-100,000; Individual Farmer-50,000; and AEW-15,000).

During the second part of the event, updates from the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) were presented to the participants consisting of organic farmers and Local Government Units (LGUs) from across the region. Among the topics covered were Rules and Procedures on the Provision of Certification Assistance for OA Entities and updates in the implementation of OA program in CALABARZON. (RFL, DA-RAFIS)