No. of :

No. of Shares:

Currently viewed by: Marcus Rosit

DA 6 gets awards for climate-smart agri projects

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) 6, as one of the best enablers in the implementation of various climate-resilient agriculture (CRA) projects nationwide, received recognition from the Climate Resilient Agriculture Office (CRAO) as the implementing body of the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) program.

The Office also leads the mainstreaming of Climate Resilient Agriculture in Regional Program (MCRARP) across the Philippines.

In its awarding ceremony held on August 14, 2023, the DA 6 bagged the Strategic Partner Award, AMIA Scaling Out Award, Best in Partnership Building Award, 3rd place in the CY 2023 Mid-Year Financial Performance, and Best in Integrating CRA in Balik-Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program.

The CRAO acknowledged the exceptional efforts and outstanding performance of the regions, emphasizing their commitment, dedication, and exemplary work ethics.

To note, the Strategic Partner Award was given to regional AMIA teams who have partnered in the development and implementation of various CRA projects, while the AMIA Scaling Out Award was bestowed to regions that showed exemplary performance in building more climate-resilient communities, livelihood, and enterprises.

Likewise, the Best in Partnership Building Award was granted to regions that excellently built and maintained strong partnerships in the implementation of the AMIA program and the Financial Performance award is given to the top 5 regions in terms of utilization of the 

Project beneficiaries in Sibunag, Guimaras during the site visit of CRAO Director Alicia Ilaga and other local stakeholders.

FY 2023 MCRA fund covering January to June 2023, which contributed to the overall performance of the Project.

DA 6 also received the Best in Integrating CRA in BP2 Program citation, recognizing its efforts in the implementation of the Program, boosting countryside development through building climate-resilient communities by providing support and incentives on transportation, family, livelihood, housing, subsistence, and education, among others.

DA AMIA 6 focal person Carmelita Fantilanan (center), together with her team, holds the awards received from the CRAO.

Carmelita Fantilanan, AMIA focal person of the DA 6, noted that the certificates were a testament to the team’s hardwork and served as a token of appreciation for their “exceptional contributions” towards reaching the set objectives.

“The recognition created a sense of pride and motivation [to us], fostering a positive and supportive team environment,” stressed Fantilanan.

With the vision of strengthening the local agri-fishery communities in Western Visayas, the DA 6 continues to provide necessary support to various AMIA villages in the region.

In fact, Joemarie Flores, a farmer-beneficiary of the Native Pig Production under the AMIA program from Banate town in Iloilo, shared how the interventions and livelihood support given to him have uplifted his living condition and knowledge after being entrusted with the project.

“AMIA did not only improve our living conditions but also capacitated us with knowledge on the use of technology,” said Flores.

He also considered being a beneficiary of the AMIA project as one of his “biggest achievements” in life, citing that he no longer takes out loans [for his livelihood], but rather becomes one who extends help to those in need.

Meanwhile, Victor Gajete of Sibunag town in Guimaras who is a beneficiary of Vegetable Production, imparted how the AMIA program has played a huge role in 

supporting his family and in providing education among his children.

“Engaging in vegetable farming is a big help especially to my wife, allowing us to send our three children to school,” said Gajete.

He also underscored the importance of learning and discovering more practices or techniques in the field of agriculture.

“Because of AMIA, I have proven that there are still a lot of things to discover and acquire- these are our true wealth,” emphasized Gajete, adding that farming is never a dwindling endeavor.

With all the climate-smart agriculture projects established across the country through AMIA, employment of CRA Approach is being done, enabling local communities to manage climate risks while pursuing sustainable livelihoods. (EAD/AGP/PIA 6)

About the Author

April Grace Padilla

Information Officer II

Region 6

Feedback / Comment

Get in touch