Region IX’s 4-H Special Learners’ Club; A First of Its Kind

Center Director Alicia Rose D. Nebreja and Zyann L. Abapo, 4-H Special Learners' Club member with down syndrome, flash their sweetest smiles before the camera during the meet and greet activity.

Organizing 4-H Club organizations has long been an initiative of our LGU partners to engage the youth in agriculture and improving their social participation. But organizing a 4-H Club for children with disabilities is truly a breakthrough innovation in the rural based organizations (RBOs) scene. This comes with a huge challenge for the coordinators and volunteer leaders on how to come up with innovative interventions to help strengthen and sustain the club.

A Breakthrough Innovation

Road to Healthier Life: Caroline Yabu Success Story

Ms. Caroline Yabu showed her organically grown eggplants from her farm.

“Solely, my purpose here is to produce healthy goods, in order to have a healthy life.”

Caroline Yabu, 28 years of age and a loving mother of one. She grew up in a mountainous area in Brgy. Tinindugan, Sergio Osmeña.

Just like any typical probinsyana who dream for a big city, she went to Manila to seek for greener pasture. The light and vibrant of the city makes her stay for four (4) years. A phone call by her parents to go home is the starting point when she decided to settle down in her hometown managing their farm.

The realization


“Being certified as an organic farm proves that the food we produce and eat is safe from harmful chemicals.”

Rosenda “Rosening” S. Consolacion, a 63-year old organic practitioner, is from Maragang, Tigbao, Zamboanga Del Sur. She was born in March 1, 1954 and was married to her late husband Bonifacio M. Consolacion. The couple was blessed with three children. They were also an active member of their church and an advocate in promoting Organic Agriculture in this municipality.

Young Filipino Farmers Embrace their Role in Agri-Development

In today’s technologically-driven society, millennials seem to be more inclined to seek jobs in the cityscape. However, a group of young farmers in our countryside are stepping up, hoping to create a revolution by going against the grain and aiming for the sustainable.

Part of this group is 21-year-old Rudy Concepcion II of Cauayan, Isabela. For him, agriculture is key to securing the future of the next generations, despite what other young people might perceive of it.

MPM-RD to Produce More Graduates, Train More Scholars

Some of the scholars of MPM-RD's 3rd Batch

The Master in Public Management major in Rural Development (MPM-RD) is an 18-month scholarship program that seeks to foster the rural development initiatives in the Philippines. The program scholars are permanent employees from three major rural development-oriented government agencies namely: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Agriculture (DA). Scholars are purposefully selected to stand as informed development managers who will help in decision-making for an efficient implementation of countryside development.

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