The Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) coordinated with the DA- RFO 8 Stations for the continuous production and distribution of inputs to attain at least 5% conversion of Region’s agricultural areas to organic farming. The scheme of the Program assures the sufficient and timely supply of production inputs and services directly to farmers. Stations involved in the Production Support Services were the Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC), Regional Soils Laboratory (RSL), Abuyog Experiment Station (AES), Babatngon Experiment Station (BES), Salcedo Satellite Station, Sogod Satellite Station and San Jorge Experiment Station (SJES).

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Anchored on the theme, “Organikong Pagsasaka lalong Paunlarin...Lupa, Kapaligiran at Kalusugan ay Pagyamanin”, the 3rd Eastern Visayas Organic Agriculture Congress held last

July 4-5, 2017 at the Ormoc City Hall Multipurpose Building served as a venue to discuss, demonstrate and further develop initiatives in promoting organic farming through the Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) of the Department of Agriculture.

While most elderly women were spending their free time hanging around with friends, playing mahjong or bingo, Martina “Tina” Reyna was getting a head start in her agribusiness venture, gathering compost materials from the four corners of her farm, then producing organic fertilizer, planting various farm crops and selling her harvest to different fastfood chains in Tacloban City and nearby towns.

Tina hails from Llorente, Eastern Samar and married to Atty. Antonio F. Reyna with three grown-up children, Peter Fermin, Jose Antonio, and Maria Teresa.

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 08, through its Organic Agriculture Program (OAP), has launched today March 23, 2017 four (4) Botanical Concoction Facilities at Barangays Talustusan, Capiñahan, Villa Caneja and Lucso-on, all in the municipality of Naval, Biliran.

These facilities, worth ₱250,000.00 each, will be complemented by a nursery from the DA- 8’s High Value Commercial Crops Program. Dr. Carlos de la Cruz, Chief of DA-8’s OAP said: “This is just a partial number of the botanical concoction facilities planned throughout the region; we have actually 11 in the pipeline for this year, based on the Letter of Intent submitted by the local government units since 2016.”

The beautiful city and the city of beautiful people Ormoc City, hosted this year’s 3rd Regional Organic Agriculture Congress held on July 4-5, 2017.

Ormoc City Mayor the Hon. Richard I. Gomez, together with Congresswoman Lucy T. Gomez were both on hand for this momentous occasion. Joining them were Hon. Tomas Serafica, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, who was with the entire group until the end of the Farm Tour on the following day.