By Mhike R. Cigaral
HERMOSA, Bataan – Six agricultural extension workers (AEWs) from this first class town recently won the Rice Achievers Award (RAA) 2017.
Imelda Inieto, Bataan Provincial Agriculturist Office chief, informed Hermosa Municipal Mayor Jopet Inton that his Outstanding AEWs from Hermosa Municipal Agriculturist Office namely: Estrella Y. Capati, Roderick Y. Cruz, Vincent Mangulabnan, Enrico H. Puno, Jan Eigbert Salenga, and Mary Anthoneth Velasco were included in the list of awardees.
The Rice Achievers Awards is a DA-wide annual event that recognizes the efforts of outstanding rice producers in the Philippines. Now on its seventh year, the program is one of DA’s ways of motivating and showing appreciation for institutions, groups, and individuals for their contributions in its food sufficiency thrust.
Aside from the provinces, municipalities and cities, IAs, and SWISAs, more than 400 agricultural extension workers and 65 local farmer technicians each received prizes including Php20,000 cash.
Special awards were also given to 15 provinces, seven IAs, and 10 SWISAs.