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Phase 2 of Integrated Rice Duck Farming
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS. FDC Misamis turnovers the financial assistance for the second phase of the “Itikan sa Kalambuan” program to the management of the Rice-Duck Movement, Inc. (RDMI). (L-R) RDMI Executive Director Apollo Pacamalan, Villanueva Vice-Mayor Edwin Dagasuhan, FDC Utilities, Inc.’s Corporate Communications and External Affairs Manager Wilford Wong and CSR Officer Mirabel Perez, MisOrCares Provincial Coordinator Maryden Ocot, MisOr Provincial Veterinary Dr. Benjamin Resma, Balacanas Brgy. Chairwoman Nila Pagaling and Tambobong Brgy. Chairman Regene Ello.
FDC Misamis continues Misor livelihood partnership:
Rice duck farming seen to address malnutrition and unemployment
The Integrated Rice Duck Farming (IRDF) in the northern part of Misamis Oriental (MisOr), tagged as “Itikan sa Kalambuan”, is already on its second phase and is fully supported by the Gotianun-led power firm, FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) team.
Upon its initial launching in 2016, it had 11 household-beneficiaries. A total of 11 hectares of rice farms were devoted to IRDF in the localities of Claveria, Jasaan, Villanueva and Tagoloan. Each household-beneficiary were given 150 heads of native ducks per hectare.
Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano is optimistic that IRDF will thrive faster addressing malnutrition and unemployment.
“IRDF is a smart farming method recognized by its positive social and economic results,” the governor stressed.
GRASS ROOTS IMPACT
Apollo Pacamalan, executive director of Rice-Duck Movement, Inc. (RDMI), the group commissioned by the provincial government of MisOr to capacitate farmers who are willing to engage in IRDF, said assessment showed that after 3 to 4 months after the program was launched last year, each beneficiary’s rice yield shoot up by 7 percent, with an over-all economic gain of 48 percent.
Then, while waiting to harvest their organic “palay,” farmers can earn from duck eggs an additional net income of as much as P150 to P200 per household per day.
“We’re not only addressing the economic needs of the farmers but also the protein requirements of the human body, because each household consumes 4 to 8 pieces of duck eggs a day,” said Pacamalan.
These positive outcomes paved the way for the second phase of the project with the aim to expand its reach. This was made possible through the assistance of FDC Misamis who has been supporting the program since its inception.
For IRDF’s second phase, the power firm gave more than half a million pesos. The said amount will be used for IRDF’s expansion in Villanueva and Tagoloan.
“We will target 30 households this year, from the 11 last year,” Pacamalan said.
The turnover of financial assistance to the RDMI management was held last July 28 at the Balacanas covered court.
Wilford Wong, corporate communications and external affairs manager of FDC Utilities, Inc., who represented FDC Misamis during the event, expressed his full support and excitement.
“IRDF’s farming technology supersedes the traditional rice farming and has been proven to be beneficial in the whole province, thus, we at FDC Misamis, wants to ensure its successful implementation,” Wong said.
Emano said with IRDF, a lot has already noticed the potential of duck eggs for “balut” and “itlog na pula” business.
He bared that Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon and Camiguin provinces consume 500,000 pieces of “balut” and “itlog na pula” per week or 2 million pieces per month.
With such quantity, Emano said he is inspired to give focus on IRDF and expand it up to the whole province to make MisOr the “Balut Capital” of Mindanao.
Pacamalan supports Emano in his goal. He said, “we really want to help Governor Emano in his mission to make rice farmers in the province social entrepreneurs through IRDF.”
Pacamalan explained, quantitatively, if a certain household has 300 ducks, then it could earn as much as P12,000.00 to P16,000.00 per month from duck eggs alone.
What if they have 500 ducks? A household, therefore, could earn as much as P20,000.00 to P25,000.00, Pacamalan computed.
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
The provincial government of MisOr has allotted funds for the sustenance of IRDF until next year, but its success still relays on the support from the private sector.
Juan Eugenio L. Roxas, executive vice president of FDC Utilities, Inc. and head of FDC Misamis, said they hope to inspire other entities to support the program.
“Our commitment to help contribute to the improvement of our neighboring communities is manifested through the “Itikan sa Kalambuan” program aiming to provide sustainable livelihood. Its effects are remarkable and went beyond our expectations. It did not only lessen the poverty incidence in the province but likewise provided opportunity to small farmers in becoming social entrepreneurs. We hope the program’s significant impact would motivate other private institutions to be part of IRDF fortifying its success.”