Iloilo City - The Philippine National Corn Congress (PNCC) is a yearly event which serves as a venue for stakeholders of the corn industry to convene and discuss issues of the corn commodity. One of its main highlights is the recognition of achievements of top performing LGUs and DA-RFOs in the production of quality corn together with the participation of AEWs in support to the development of the corn and cassava sector. This year, three (3) awardees in different categories hail from Eastern Visayas.
As one of the awards, the National Quality Corn Achievers Award (NQCAA) aims to recognize the achievements of top performing LGUs and DA-RFOs in producing quality corn in support to the development of the corn industry, enhance the corn cluster participation and strengthen DA-LGU partnership in the production of quality corn. Jessie S. Lauron, from Ormoc, Leyte was recognized as one of the NQCAA Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers.
For the Cornucopia Awards, the FEA-Agrarian Reform Cooperative (FEA-ARCO) from Salcedo, Eastern Samar placed 3rd. This award recognizes the ingenuity and resourcefulness of farmer organizations implementing value adding on corn and cassava primary products and to promote the development and production of these products.
Consequently, the Quezon Jr., United Farmers Association (QUEUFA) from Ormoc, Leyte won 1st-Runner up for the CCMEA (Cassava Cluster Management Excellence Award). This award is given to recognize the contributors of cassava clusters to the advancement of the cassava industry. Its main goal is to uplift, strengthen and harmonize the cassava industry through highlighting the direct contribution of the cassava cluster organizations in support to attaining food and feed security and safety.
With its theme: “Productivity Growth: Key to Sustainable Corn Production and Food Security”, the 15th Philippine National Corn Congress was held on November 12-14, 2019 at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), IloIlo City. The activity was participated by Ms. Gizell Jill D. Nuñez, Corn Focal Person of ATI-RTC 8 and Ms. Hazel Grace T. Taganas, Center Director.