SAGIP SAKA | Farmers and Fisherfolk Enterprise Development Program will now be institutionalized as President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11321 or the Sagip Saka Act on April 17, 2019. Authored by Senator Francis Pangilinan, the Department of Agriculture is now (September 18) conducting a public consultation on its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for farmers, fisherfolk, and other stakeholders in Region XI, 12, and BARRM here in General Santos City.

STEERING AND ROWING APPROACH | A boat does not go anywhere if it is not rowed but could go anywhere if not steered. Clarifying who does what and when is a good start of governance.

 SAFEGUARDING DAVAO REGION FROM ASF |Following the recent declaration of Agriculture Secretary William Dar that 14 out of 20 swine blood samples submitted to the International Laboratory were positive of the African Swine Fever (ASF) disease, the Regional Advisory Committee for Animal Disease Control and Emergency (RACADCE XI) immediately passed a resolution Requesting all the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Davao Region for the temporary banning of swine, pork, pork related products and pork by products (edible and non-edible), whether raw, processed or cooked, including but not limited to Frozen boar semen from the entire Island of Luzon.

 COMMUNICATORS FOR RICE | Good communication can rally support, calm a nervous public, reduce misinformation, and focus narratives on what's important. Best communication practices and principles should be tailored to local needs and reflective of the realities on the ground.

 EAT-ALL-YOU CAN DURIAN | Bountiful harvest is meant to be shared. DA Research Division and DARCES Manambulan hosted an eat-all-you-can Durian and other fruits at DA Regional Office XI grounds.

The event was held right after the Monday flag-raising ceremony on September 9. Fruits are for free but seeds were collected for seedling production in the research station to sustain the region as the country's fruit basket.

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