Quantcast
Latest Stories

Your GPS is not wrong: Mindanao has rice terraces


WORKERS and agriculture officials pose for a souvenir picture on the rock walls that will form the future rice terraces of Arakan, North Cotabato. PHOTO FROM DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CENTRAL MINDANAO

COTABATO CITY—Agriculture officials see Central Mindanao as the new home of the country’s rice terraces as more and more agricultural workers undergo training on terrace construction and farming.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has visited the farming village of Datu Ladayon in the town of Arakan, North Cotabato, to inspect rock walls being built by agricultural workers.

Alcala could not hide his amazement that he told local officials and farmers that he “will personally bring this to the attention of President Benigno Aquino III.”

“Datu Ladayon has the perfect ingredient to become the newest tourist destination as rice terraces will soon rise here when the rock wall is completed,” Alcala said.

“It will be the region’s first rice terraces,” he added.

Alcala said he was also amazed at how farmers worked together in building rock walls where irrigation was not a hindrance due to free-flowing water from thick forests.

Alcala said aside from being the newest tourist destination, the village could become a model community development project of the country in the management of natural resources.

Arakan Mayor Rene Rubino said the rock walls were being built near the town’s 100-meter-high Matigol Falls in Sitio Inamong, Barangay Datu Ladayon, so irrigation is not a problem.

Arakan is home to caves, waterfalls, cold and hot springs and the 500-hectare Forest Wild Life Park in Barangay (village) Salasang and is nestled with centuries-old trees and wild animals like the Philippine Eagle.

North Cotabato is home to the Asia’s longest zip line in Makilala town, and the Asik-Asik Falls that looks like a wall curtain with water flowing from the side of the mountain in Alamada town.

Amalia Jayag-Datukan, agriculture regional director, said the rock wall construction was a flagship project of the department.

Alcala designated Dante de Lima, assistant agriculture secretary, as overseer of the rice terraces project.

Last week, a team of agriculture extension workers from Quezon province came to teach and transfer the technology of rock wall construction to two batches of agricultural extension workers in Arakan.

Alcala urged the extension workers and Department of Agriculture officials to transfer the technical know-how of rock-wall-making to other farmers so that “together you will make history.”

Rubino vowed to provide all the necessary support, both logistical and manpower, to ensure the success of the project.

Central Mindanao is composed of the provinces of North and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong and General Santos City. Edwin Fernandez, Inquirer Mindanao


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: News , Regions , Tourism , tourist destination




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
Advertisement

News

  • Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan
  • What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Visiting chefs from Denmark get creative with ‘ube,’ ‘ buko,’ ‘calamansi,’ mangoes
  • Salted baked potatoes
  • A first in a mall: Authentic Greek yogurt–made fresh in front of diners
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement