Four farmers and a fisheries organization from Negros Occidental bagged the major awards yesterday at the 2013 Regional Gawad Saka Award of the Department of Agriculture in Region 6 at the Sarabia Manor Hotel in Iloilo City.
Elenita Alarcon and John Eric Bernabe, both from Silay City, were named outstanding sugarcane and high-value crops farmers of the year, respectively.
Other awardees from Negros Occidental were Renato Catiempo of Bago City as best organic farmer, Reynaldo Espanola of Isabela town as outstanding corn farmer and the Sipalay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council of Sipalay as outstanding FARMC.
Alarcon and Bernabe and Oscar Garin of San Joaquin, Iloilo, who was named Outstanding Coconut Farmer, will represent Region 6 in the national Gawad Saka awarding rites in Manila in October.
The Gawad Saka citations are conferred by DA every year to deserving farmers, fisherfolk, and organizations that contributed exemplary achievements in the field of agriculture and fisheries.
DA Regional Director Larry Nacionales said the award showcases the achievements and success stories of enterprising farmers and fishermen who have boosted their harvest through the use of modern technologies.
He urged the awardees and other farmers to continue participating in the implementation of plans necessary for the agriculture sector.
DA Region 6 also recognized Estancia Rural Improvement Club of Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan as Outstanding Rural Improvement Club and Southern Iloilo Area Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Oton, Iloilo as Outstanding Small Farmer Organization.
The winners were given plaques of recognition and cash prizes of P30,000 for the individual category, and P50,000 for the institutional category winners.*APN