For the second time, the Province of Ilocos Norte was recognized as one of the Top 12 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers in the country for its commitment in attaining high rice self-sufficiency.
In addition to a trophy, provincial agriculturist Norma Lagmay said the province received a check for P4 million to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizers to sustain its rice production and gradually cut its dependence on rice importation.
The award was given by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and National Rice Program Coordinator and acting Undersecretary for Field Operations Dante Delima on Friday, March 14 at the Resorts World Manila.
Laoag City and the municipality of Vintar were also in the list of the Top 48 Rice Producing Cities and Municipalities and each received a check for P1 million.
Other winning provinces include Pangasinan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Bulacan, Laguna, Bukidnon, Lanao Del Norte, North Cotabato and Mindoro Occidental
“Behind the outstanding performance of the province are outstanding personalities,” Lagmay said, referring to 12 Ilocanos included in the list of National Outstanding Extension Workers in the Philippines who received P20,000 each.