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Zambo Sur town extends aid to 16 agriculture students

DUMINGAG, Zamboanga del Sur (PIA)  - The municipal Government of Dumingag has extended financial assistance to 16 Agriculture students from the Dumingag campus of the J.H. Cerilles State College (JHCSC).

Each student received P3,750, which is intended to cover their expenses related to their academic research projects under the municipal agriculture program.

Cristy Pagatpat, one of the beneficiaries, expressed her appreciation for the assistance provided to them.

"Dako kaayo mi ug pasalamat kay at least makatabang pud sa among thesis. Dako kaayo ni ug katabang (We are very thankful because this will be of great help to our thesis. It's a significant assistance),” she said.

Pagatpat’s research focuses on the growth and carcass quality of rabbits supplemented with different concoctions.  Their objective is to identify the most effective mixtures for enhancing the growth and meat quality of rabbits.

Municipal Administrator Janice Mae Paglinawan emphasized the municipality's commitment to prioritizing education and agriculture.

"Sa vision ni Mayor Gerry Paglinawan, ganahan gyud siya mu-partner sa Education sector especially sa Agriculture kay ang Dumingag dako kaayo ang potential in terms sa agriculture (In Mayor Paglinawan's vision, he truly wants to partner with the Education sector, especially in Agriculture, as Dumingag holds immense potential in agriculture),” she said.

Dumingag, renowned for its advocacy in organic agriculture, has been a pioneer in the Philippines. The town received the One World Award (OWA) in Germany in 2012 for its dedication to promoting sustainable organic farming.

Jezreel Bacalso, the program chair of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, acknowledged the pivotal role of agriculture in the nation's sustenance.

He emphasized the importance of such initiatives for the youth involved in agriculture, stating, "Dako ni ug katabang ngadto sa atong mga estudyante kay nasayud ta nga karung panahona gamay na lang ang atong mga estudyante nga nagkuha ug agrikultara, pero maoy gikinahanglan sa atong katilingban (This is a big help to our students because we know that currently, there are few students taking agriculture, but it is essential for our society).”

Bacalso also pointed out that, majority of farmers in the municipality are aged 58 years old and above. Encouraging the youth to participate in agriculture is a strategic response to address the demographic imbalance and ensure the sector’s long-term productivity.  

In the collaborative efforts of the LGU and educational institutions, these initiatives not only assist students financially but also contribute to the development of the local agriculture sector, aligning with the broader vision of ensuring a sustainable and thriving community. (APG/RVC/HTB/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur/with reports and photos from IGMAT Dumingag)

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Harvy T. Bangayan earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and is now pursuing his Master's degree in Public Administration at the same institution. A music lover, he now writes news in Zamboanga del Sur and manages the PIA Zamboanga del Sur Facebook page.

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