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The Department of Agriculture- National Organic Agriculture Program, in cooperation with the DA-RFO I, successfully conducted the 13th NOAC last November 23-25, 2016 at Plaza del Norte, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

The event was attended by various stakeholders, practitioners and supporters of the Organic Agriculture industry. In partnership with the Regional Field Offices and partner Implementing Agencies, a set of activities and breakout sessions were lined up to address and cater the participants’ needs and interest in further developing and promoting Organic Agriculture.

The ribbon-cutting of the Slow Food Exhibit and the opening of the Organic Trade Fair was led by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, Gov. Imee R. Marcos, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Engr. Christopher V. Morales and Regional Executive Director of DA-RFO I Mr. Valentino C. Perdido. 

  

The awarding ceremony of the 2016 National Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Awards was also held during the first day of the Congress.  

Provincial Category- Davao del Sur (Region XI)
Provincial Focal Person Category- Bernardo Valdez (Region III)
City/Municipal Focal Person Category- Wilson Candelario (Region III)
Agricultural Extension Worker Category- Marjorie Tacardon (Region VI)
Farmers' Group Category- The Agri-Planters and Food Processors Association of Tigaon (Region V)
   Organic Farming Family Category- Marsan Family (CAR)

Small Farmer Individual Category- Jerry Dionson (NIR)

Special awards were given to Ms. Marina A. Acebedo from Region II as the Outstanding Organic Agriculture Focal Person, Mr. Valerio P. Ramos from CAR as the 2015 Gawad Saka Organic Agriculture Awardee and the Posthumous Award to Mr. Ronald Costales, owner of the Costales Farms, for his contributions as a former member of the National Organic Agriculture Board.

One of the highlights of the 13th NOAC was the launching of Slow Food Philippines- The Ark of Taste project as another avenue to promote OA. A Slow Food Cookfest was held to showcase different kinds of Slow Food dishes. 

                       

On the other hand, Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) spearheaded the exhibit and trade fair of organic products during the 2-day event with a total of 39 exhibitors from the regions which have generated an estimated amount of sales of Php 464,000.00.

Presentations during the 13th NOAC breakout sessions may be accessed through the ‘Downloadables’ link.

Photos by: DA-AFID