TACLOBAN CITY - Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Director U-Nichols Manalo has picked a farmer-director for the celebration of Farmers' and Fisherfolk's Month.
The installation of Esteban Montalban Conchas, chairman of the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council, as farmer-director was held on Tuesday, May 2, at the DA regional office in this city.
This is in compliance with Memorandum Order dated March 27, 2017 signed by DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.
According to Francis Rosaroso, regional information officer, the 71-year-old Conchas of Calbayog City, Samar, was a government workers and served for more than 27 years.
Shortly after his retirement, he was hooked on farming and planted rice, corn and jackfruit in his five-hectare land. He was later elected to head the Agriculture and Fishery Council (AFC) of Calbayog City in Samar.
Under his leadership, Calbayog was the recipient of the Gawad Saka National Outstanding AFC in 2006, besting AFCs of the different regions in the country.
Gawad Saka is an annual search of the agency in order to give recognition and take pride in honoring the farmers and fisherfolk organizations in the Philippines.
During his stint as farmer-director, Conchas' priority will focus on proposals from disadvantaged groups which have less chance to get their requests approved, among others. (PNA)