The Covid-19 pandemic somehow restricted most of us in doing the things that we usually do in times like this. Living in this so-called "new normal" was never easy, constant adjustment and adapting to it is the key.
The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 9 Pagadian City as the training and extension arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Zamboanga Peninsula remains true to its commitment to deliver excellent extension services beyond boundaries.
With the full support of ATI-RTC 9 Center Director Alicia Rose Nebreja and OIC Asst.Center Director Gerry R. Pagarigan, the ATI-RTC 9 Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Team led by Nino O Codino, together with the Information Services Section (ISS) Team and partner agencies DA RFO IX and Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) and LGUs conducted a series of RCEF Technical briefings last August 10-14, 2020 and August 17-19 in the municipalities of Siay, Imelda, Diplahan, Buug, Titay, Malangas, Roseller T. Lim, and Tungawan respectively. The said municipalities were all from Zamboanga Sibugay being one of the priority provinces in the region under the RCEF.
A total of 8 batches were successfully concluded and it was participated by twenty (20) rice farmers per batch. Health protocols such as social distancing, wearing face masks, and disinfecting were observed during the activity to help stop the spread of the virus.
The activity aims to disseminate information and raise awareness on the RA 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law. The RA 11203 has created the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) or Rice Fund to improve rice farmers' competitiveness and income amidst liberalization of the Philippine rice trade policy that lifted the quantitative restrictions on rice imports and replaced it with tariffs, among other.
The RCEF has four (4) key components
1. Machinery and Equipment
Let’s all be resilient. Let’s spread the news, not the virus. Together let's achieve Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita!