The Agri-Pinoy Achievers Awards is an annual event organized by the National Rice Program (NRP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to recognize outstanding provinces, municipalities/cities, Irrigators' Associations, Small Water impounding Systems Associations, Agricultural Extension Workers and Local Farmer Technicians, for their outstanding contributions to the rice industry. It aims to encourage the full participation of LGU and other stakeholders in rice production and sustain their awareness, support, and commitment to attain rice self sufficiency.
In 2014, the Philippine rice industry performed modestly, reaching an all-time high national production of 18.97 million metric tons (MT), which comprised a 2.87% production growth. It exceeded the previous year's record by 528,406 MT, attributed to a 3.0% improvement in the average yield per hectare (ha), increasing it from 3.89 MT/ha in 2013 to 4.00 MT/ha in 2014.
The implementation of this year's Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards (APRAA) covered the 2014 rice production performance to recognize outstanding rice achievers for their valuable contributions to the increase in the national palay production as a motivation towards rice self sufficiency.
Increased rice production constituted the bulk of percentage points in the criteria for judging at 55% that covered increment in yield and production performance in 2013 over that of 2012 as well as percent contribution to national/prov'l production.
The other criteria dealt on LGU support and internal management that totaled 45%, which covered percentage of IRA disbursed in LGU rice production programs, quality seed utilization, coordination with the private sector and personnel deployment to rice projects.
The splendid performance of the City Agriculture Office, Department Head Mr. Cornelio Muralla, and Brgy. Agricultural Technicians is brought to the fore with Bayawan City garnering 9th place out of 15 winners in the Outstanding Municipality/City category.
Average yield increment from 2.98MT per ha in 2012 to 3.23MT in 2013, as well as subsequent increment of 3.27MT IN 2014, covering eight (8) irrigated Barangays, sealed the win for Bayawan City. Of the eight, the most notable performance came from Brgy. Nangka that notched an average 5.05MT per ha followed by Tabuan with 4.26MT. Poblacion and Maninihon followed closely behind with average yields of 4.05MT and 4.04MT, respectively.
2014 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awarding Ceremony was held at the Resorts World, Pasay, Metro Manila last March 26, 2015. City Administrator Rene G. Gaudiel, in behalf of City Mayor Ismael P. Martinez, was on hand along with the indefatigable City Agriculturist Cornelio Muralla, to receive the prestigious trophy and 1 million cash prize for agricultural projects.
Indeed, with so many projects the City Agriculture Office is undertaking that make good use of the City's vast land resources, coupled with the strong support by City officials in partnership with the private sector, the City is positioned to receive more awards that will make us proud.
However, with a tinge of humility he is known for, City Mayor Martinez considers awards and distinctions as incidental for what really matters is to be of greater service to our people and accomplish our mandate of providing them a better future. And by virtue of the wholehearted support by our stakeholders, so instrumental for the LGU to accomplish this achievement, makes this award their own as well. Congratulations.
Annex A. Average Prod. Of Irrigated Barangays (CY-2014)