CABAGAN, Isabela. Now aired in eight radio stations, the two schools-on-the air (SOA) are reaching out thousands of farmers all over the region.
The SOA on good agricultural practices for vegetables is aired over five radio stations namely, DWPE Radyo Pilipinas 729 KHz every Wednesday at 5:00-6:00 AM; DZDA Radyo Pangkaunlaran 105.3 MHz every Friday at 10:00-11:00 AM, DWTS Timek ti Sta. Teresita every Wednesday 5:30-6:30 AM, Radyo Kalugaran 97.7 MHz every Thursday and Friday at 12:00-1:00 PM and DWRL 95.1 MHz every Wednesday and Friday at 5:00-6:00 AM.
The program was launched on June 12, 2019 with around 720 enrollees committed by the LGU SOA coordinators from the different municipalities of Cagayan and northern part of Isabela. To date, around 887 listeners filled-out their enrollment forms whom are now the official enrollees of the program.
Topics to be undertaken on the three-month duration of the program focused on the Philippine National Standards of GAP vegetables.
On the other hand, the SOA on Organic Agriculture is aired over four radio stations namely, DWSI Sonshine Radio 864 KHz every Tuesday at 5:00-6;00 AM, DWQP 92.1 MHz every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00-1:00 PM, DWNS UFM 96.5 MHz every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00-12:00 NN; and Sweet Radio every Thursday at 11:00 -12:00 NN.
It was launched on June 11, 2019 with around 1020 enrollees committed by the LGU SOA Coordinators from the different municipalities of Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and southern part of Isabela. However, around 1039 listeners are the official enrollees of the program after they have submitted their enrollments forms.
Topics to be discussed during the program covers the organic agriculture overview and principles, organic agriculture standards, preparation of natural farming inputs and organic fertilizers and organic certification for group and individuals.
Pakulo questions are administered weekly with prizes. Short and long quizzes and final examinations are administered in assessing the performance of the enrollees for both the programs.
The program is aired until August and mass graduation will be on September of this year.
There are other listeners from outside the coverage municipalities as far as Kalinga and Apayao.