MEMBERS of the Bambang Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BMPC) graduated from the “Maparalang Ortelanu” School-on-the-Air (SOA) radio program in Barangay Bambang in Candaba on Friday, February 9.
A total 35 farmers participated in the radio program aired at dwRW 95.1 FM from October 2017 to January 2018 in collaboration of the Department of Agriculture Central Luzon with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
The SOA is one of the Department of Agriculture's (DA) distance learning on the complete package of technology of a commodity and other agriculture and fisheries related matter. It is a series of radio programs, presenting the subject matter systematically and in a progressive matter.
DA Regional Field Office-Central Luzon Executive Director Roy M. Abaya congratulated the graduates.
“I am amazed with the dedication of our farmers. The department strategies are towards the development of modern technologies in order to produce affordable and enough food for everyone. Through this radio program, we would be able to introduced innovative farming technologies that may help to lower production cost thus increase farmers’ profit,” Abaya said.
Abaya also recognized Simplicia Salvador, an 82-year-old farmer who graduated from the radio program.
“Marami po akong natutunan sa pagpapalay lalo na kung paano maalis ang mga peste sa pamamagitan ng pakikinig ng radio,” Salvador said.
BMPC Chairman Baltazar Payawal Jr. thanked the regional office for conducting the SOA.
“Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa DA ito po ang kaunaunahang SOA program dito sa Pampanga. Sana magkaroon pa po ng ganitong mga programa na handog sa aming mga magsasaka,” he said.
Special awards were also given to selected graduates who have shown exemplary performance: Jerico M. Angulo as most active participant, Charles S. Gallardo as most highest average, and Armando G. Urbano as most highest knowledge gained.