The City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) under Dr. Silardo Bested announced the winners of the Edible Landscaping Contest in Monday’s flag-raising rites as part of the city’s Urban Farmers and Fisherfolk’s Month last May with the theme, “Modernisasyon at Industriyalisasyon Tungo sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita’.
Declared champion was Barangay Lucnab Agriculture and Fishery Association receiving a cash prize of P30,000 while Happy Hallow Persons with Disability Association was 1st runner up netting P20,000.Matagotago Livelihood Blessed Organization, Inc. was good for 2nd runner up position getting a P15,000 cash bonanza while receiving P10,000 for the 3rd runner up spot was Pinget Rural Improvement Club.
The prizes were handed-over by local officials led by Rep. Mark Go, Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Vice-Mayor Faustino Olowan, Department of Agriculture Regional Director Cameron Odsey and several city councilors.Other participants were Happy Hallow Senior Citizens Association, Nabiag Women’s Association. Happy Hallow 4Ps Association, Happy Hallow Rural Improvement Club, Barangay Happy Hallow Farmers Organization, Ditep Farmers Association, Granjeros De Oeste Organizasion, Inc., and Happy Hallow 4H Club.
CVAO senior agriculturist Marcelina Tabelin said contest criteria required participants to be farmer organizations/associations or cooperatives, rural-based organizations, and community-based organizations duly registered with the DOLE/CDA/SEC/DSWD/ATI/DA-accredited, operating in the city; certificate of registration/accreditation is valid; and organization must not be a previous regional/national winner or awardee on edible landscaping contest.
The panel of judges was led by Dr. Meriam Micklay, DA-Agriculture Programs Coordinating Officer, Baguio; Maribeth Laduan, Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera; Elmer Macalingay, Agri-Entrepreneur/Owner, Um-a Agri-Tourism farm; and Tabelin. – Gaby B. Keith; Photos by Neil Clark Ongchangco