The City of Davao was adjudged as this year’s Regional Gawad Saka champion for their efforts and exemplary contribution in improving the agricultural industry in the region.
The Province of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley is the first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.
During the awarding ceremony held in Davao City on Friday, seven major awards out of the 15 categories were bagged by Davao City.
Leading this year’s awardees in Davao City includes: Susan Lao - Outstanding Corn Farmer; Genovivo Cajes -Outstanding High Value Crops Farmer; Evangeline Novela - Outstanding Coconut Farmer and Evangeline Salvador - Outstanding Fisherfolk (Capture Fisheries).
Special Citation was given to the following awardees: Tacunan Brgy. Food Terminal – Outstanding Brgy. Food Terminal (LGU); Farmers Development Cooperative – Outstanding Brgy. Food Terminal (Non-LGU) and Janel Juaton – Outsanding Young Farmer/Fisherfolk.
Agapito Regulacion, chief of Davao Region Central Experiment Station (DaRCES), is the recipient of the 2019 Regional Gawad Saka Award for Outstanding Agricultural Scientist.
Also recognized during the awarding ceremony is Charita Puentespina for her exemplary and remarkable achievements as an Outstanding Rural Woman in Davao Region.
Eleven Municipal Agricultural Extension Workers in Davao Region were also recognized for their exemplary contribution to the rice sector.
The awardees received plaques and cash prizes.
Director Ricardo Oñate Jr. thanked the agriculture stakeholders, both in the local government and private sectors for their continued support to the agri sector.
He urged the awardees to continue their efforts especially in combatting challenges on climate change.
“We salute your efforts in providing food for our table despite the challenge on climate change. We in DA will continue to listen and act into your requests and demands,” he adds.
Representing Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Vice-Mayor Bernard Al-ag commended the winners and urged them to continue their noble work as agriculture industry players in the region.
He also encouraged the farmers and fisherfolks present to sell their produce at the newly-opened Davao Food Terminal Complex (DFTC) located in Daliao Toril, Davao City.
“This terminal complex bridges the producers’ need for maximum benefits and the consumers’ need for quality-based and affordable agricultural products,” he said.
With this year’s theme “Magsasaka’t Mangingisdang Pilipino, Saludo and Buong Bansa sa Sipag, Tibay, at Lakas Ninyo” this search has become the highest form of recognition to deserving farmers and fisherfolk in the country who have excelled in the various sectors of agriculture.