To effectively deliver its products and services particularly in disseminating official statistics on agriculture, the Philippine Statistics Authority
Regional Statistical Service Office II (PSA RSSO II) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 2 (DA RFO 02) conducted
“Data Dissemination Forum on Cereals and Selected Major Crops cum Presentation of Harmonized Palay Areas in Region 02” last September 25, 2019
at the Administrative Building and Training Center of DA RFO 2, San Gabriel Village, Tuguegarao City. More than seventy (70) participants
from stakeholder agencies attended the activity. The DA RFO 2 family came in full force together with its research stations managers
and its attached agency, the National Irrigation Administration offices in the region. Local Government Units (LGU’s) including media partners
and farmers’ organizations were also present during the forum.
RD Marilyn T. Estrada delivering her message.
Regional Director Marilyn T. Estrada in her message explained the complexity of getting information from respondents
particularly for agricultural statistics due to diverse style of farming in the Philippines. She also shared that she was very glad that all through the years,
the department endlessly expressed their commitment and support in improving the quality of statistics that we have in the region.
She discussed that in the 2018 quality statistics survey conducted by the World Economics Journal on Gross Domestic Product,
the Philippines garnered 62.3 percent, and in terms of ranking, the country ranks 96th in world economy and further elaborated that in the Asian economy,
the country ranked 6th among 10 Asian countries. “Looking at that rating, we still need a lot of improvement in the statistics sector,
we are updating our baseline information in the generation of Palay data where we have to focus on the area and yield to come up with production.
If we will not fix these we cannot generate reliable statistics,” Estrada said. She ended her message hopeful that the participants will appreciate the data
that will be presented to them. She asked the participants to help their respondents understand better the value of the survey in order to come up
with an accurate data that will eventually be used by the implementing agencies in providing sound policies to alleviate the quality of life of every Filipino.
Planning Officer IV Kaye Olivas of DA-RF0 02 related that Regional Executive Director (RED) Narciso A, Edillo wants them to know that it is high time
to level up not only the kita (income) and ani (harvest) it is also imperative to level up the data being provided by the agricultural agencies. She also reaffirmed their commitment to all the statistical activities of the PSA especially if it’s for the greater benefit of Region 02 farmers.
Ms. Kaye Olivas, Planning Officer IV, DA-RFO 2 during her welcome speech
Chief Statistical Specialist (CSS) Engr. Girme M. Bayucan presented the data for palay and corn in terms of production, area and yield for 2017 -2019.
In his presentation, region 02 produced 2.4 million metric tons of palay and 1.7 million metric tons of corn in 2018. According to Engr. Bayucan,
Cagayan Valley Region is still ranked number two and number one producer of palay and corn in the country respectively. But due to the onslaught of typhoons that struck Cagayan Valley in 2018 harvested areas decreased by 4.3 percent for palay and 7.0 for corn.
Engr. Girme M. Bayucan, Chief Statistical Specialist of PSA RSSO 2 - SOCD while presenting the updates on cereals and other major crops
For data on selected major crops, Engr. Bayucan presented the top five major crops produced in the region per sub-sector and the top ten commodities produced by province in 2018. In order to measure the adequacy of production per commodity, sufficiency level for some selected crops in the region
and by province were also discussed by CSS Bayucan.
On the other hand, Agriculturist II Marvin B. Luis from DA-RFO 02 presented the harmonized palay areas in Region 02, a collaborative effort of DA-RFO 02, NIA, the Local Government Units (LGU’s) from all over Region 02 and with technical assistance from PSA. The updated physical areas
passed through series of workshops and consultations with the stakeholders and will be used as base data for palay areas of the region.
OIC, Rice Focal Person and Agriculturist II of DA-RFO 2, Marcin B. Luis during his presentation of the updated palay areas in the region.
After the presentation of estimates, an open forum was administered to solicit feedback from partner agencies and clients in determining
as well as addressing emerging statistical issues and needs of stakeholders and policy makers. The forum also served as an avenue to capture
the information that will help the agency in crafting improvements for cereals and other crops data systems.