Consultative Meeting On Bird Flu A Success - November 25, 2005

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries-ARMM Livestock Division headed by Dr. Norodin A. Kuit, Regional Bird Flu Task Force Coordinator had conducted a whole day Consultative Meeting with the different line agencies, local government units and the private sector in connection with the Avian Influenza scare.

Present during the activity were officials and representative/members of the RAITF team consisting of DAF-ARMM Secretary Sajid S. Druz Ali represented by his Executive Asst. Mr. Ismael C. Kamad, DOH-ARMM Sec. Dr. Lampa Pandi, ARMM Solicitor Gen. Atty. Cynthia Guiani Sayadi attending in behalf of ARMM Regional Governor Datu Zaldy U. Ampatuan, Dr. Rogelio M. Bahinting (Asst. Focal Person, RAITF, DAF-ARMM), and Dr. Robert R. Malcontento (Chief, Meat Inspection Div., Cotabato City/OIC-Operation of Slaughterhouse) and DAF-ARMM Director for Special Concerns Iskak L. Paguital, representing Assistant Regional Secretary Datu Haron Bandila, gave the closing remark. Others...

ARMM Aggie Secretary Bats For Greater LGU Role In Economic Takeoff - November 23, 2005

Stressing its conviction that agricultural development is key to socio-economic upliftment, the Municipality of Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao held its 32nd Anniversary Foundation Celebration with Department of Agriculture Regional Secretary Sajid S. Druz Ali as its Guest of Honor.

“Agricultural Development is a top priority of the Municipality,” Sultan sa Barongis Mayor Datu Allandato Angas stressed as he led the ceremony on November 23, 2005.

Secretary Druz Ali took the opportunity to further discuss the agricultural development thrust enunciated by Regional Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan in his first State of the Region Address (SORA). He stressed the need to open up more lands for agribusiness purposes to create more livelihood and job opportunities.

The Secretary pointed out current thrust of giving greater role to the Local Government Units in terms of agricultural development initiatives in the rural areas. The Agriculture...

ARMM Aggie Reg’l Sec. Druz Ali Leads Hybrid Rice FLE Techno Demo – November 15, 2005

ARMM Regional Secretary Sajid Sangki Druz Ali led the Crop Cutting of Hybrid Rice Techno Demo at Paulino Labio, Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.

Assisting Secretary Druz Ali were DAF-ARMM Director for Field Operation and BFAR OIC Director Keise Tan Usman, DA-Maguindanao Provincial Agricultural Officer Dr. Salik B. Panalunsong DAF-ARMM Rice Report Officer Edna Bajao, Bo. Chariman Fermin Labio, Representative of Dr. Rodolfo Escabarte of Philrice and Farmer Led Extensionist Lagrimas Labio.

PAO Panalunsong said that the techno demo was implemented by Department of Agriculture-ARMM for the past four months and serve as the practicum site of the thirty (30) farmers who participated in the season long Farmers Field School (FFS).

The activity demonstrated the critical method of Hybrid Rice Production from Land Preparation to post harvest-handling technology under the Farmer Led Extension Program of Ginintuang Masaganang Ani Rice of DA, Philrice Midsayap and...

ARMM Agri-Fisheries Shifts To High Gear - November 14, 2005

The new leadership of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has launched “a package of strategies toward resource mobilization, expenditure prioritization, and capacity building to increase the contribution of agriculture and fishery sector to the output of the regional economy.”

This thrust was given heavy emphasis by Regional Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan in his first State of the Region Address (SORA) delivered on November 14, 2005 before the members of the Regional Legislative Assembly, the five Provincial Governors and their leagues, members of the diplomatic community, the cabinet, the academe, civil society and the military.

The Regional Governor outlined and ordered strategic but doable actions to lift ARMM’s agri-fisheries sector toward a higher level of productivity. These involve not only area expansion but more engagements in value-adding through processing for the local and export markets.

Governor Ampatuan...

Consultants Visit ARMM For MRDP Phase II Preparation - November 14, 2005


The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries-ARMM and other Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Officials met with BCEOM consultants and Department of Agriculture Central Office Officials on November 14, 2005 at DAF-ARMM Livestock Multipurpose Hall. The group composed the preparation for the implementation of the Mindanao Rural Development Program Phase II.

The team was led by Mr. Paul Lightfoot of BCEOM, MRDP Officers and PCO Officer-in-Charge Arnel de Mesa and Head Technical Consultant Dr. Ricardo Gloria.

ARMM Governor Datu “Puti” Uy Ampatuan was represented by Atty. Oscar Sampulna during the consultation.

DAR-ARMM Officials headed by Assistant Regional Secretary Datu Haron Bandila, Director for Field Operation Keise Tan Usman and Finance Director Basher S. Noor expressed their gratitude for the inclusion of ARMM in the MRDP Phase 1 and 2.

DAF-ARMM Officials lauded the continuing support of the said program for...