The Search is On for the 2015 National Quality Corn Achievers Awards

The National Search Committee discusses 2015 Search guidelines

DILIMAN, Quezon City--- In its pursuit to develop and strengthen the corn industry in the Philippines through the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program, the Department of Agriculture (DA) came up with the National Quality Corn Achievers Award (NQCAA) that aims to recognize the top performing Local Government Units (LGUs) and DA-Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs) in their initiatives to uplift the welfare of smallholder farmers.

Now on its third year, the NQCAA aims to recognize the achievement of top performing LGUs and DA-RFOs in producing quality corn in support to the development of the corn industry, thus, strenghtening partnership among them. It will also enhance awareness on the LGUs` role in the DA`s Agri-Pinoy Corn Program and its activities, therefore enhancing corn clustering among the regions as mandated under Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991.

Hence, the DA's extension and training arm, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) being the co-chair and technical secretariat of the National Search Committee, recently gathered some 50 representatives from the DA-RFOs to discuss the NQCAA guidelines for this year. Categories have been identified such as Hall of Famer awards, outstanding regional corn team, top five provinces, top provincial agriculturist / agricultural officer, top five corn coordinators, top 25 cities / municipalities, top 25 municipal and city corn coordinators, and top 100 agricultural extension workers.

Certain procedures and qualifications are set for the different categories as well as the monetary prizes and plaques to be given away to the winners. Meanwhile, the yield data and area production will be validated by authorized provincial representatives of the Philippine Statistics Authority, whereas the laboratory results and the budget allocated for corn program coming from the Local Development Fund will be screened by the respective regional offices.

Performance rating for the top agricultural extension workers, coordinators and agriculturists will likewise be highly considered to qualify for the Achievers' Awards.

Forthcoming activities for the NQCAA will be held for the next few months before the regional winners will be deliberated in August 2015. The national awardees will be proclaimed by October 2015 during the National Corn Congress.