Project Sites of ITPGRFA
1. Maddela, Quirino Province
Maddela is a first class municipality in the province of Quirino located between the provinces of Isabela and Aurora. Endowed with vast wealth for agriculture, Jose Ancheta and Villa Agullana- two of Maddela's farming village, were selected as recipients in promoting traditional varieties of rice, sweetpotato, taro and yam.
Approximately seven (7) kilometers away from the town proper, Jose Ancheta, is considered as, Little Baguio, due to its wide forested area that resembles Baguio climate notably favorable for upland rice production. Same as Jose Ancheta, Villa Agullana was particularly hilly and also conducive for the production of targeted crops. The two village exhibits remarkable volume in the production of the four target crops within the province.
The municipality of Maddela shares a great part in the production of yam. Most of their produce are sold to establishments in Baguio City through market channels.
2. Nagtipunan, Quirino Province
Formerly a forest portion of Maddela, the municipality of Nagtipunan is ironically bigger covering almost 50% of the entire Quirino province. It was named after the Iluko word 'nagtipunan' meaning, convergence point, where several tributaries at that time from bounding provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Aurora meet at points within this area.
Renowned to be Quirino's Outdoor Land, Nagtipunan is naturally a repository of biodiversity. Included in the top list of maize producer, almost 6,300 hectares of agricultural lands were devoted to maize production (considering the actual production area including sloping areas which are not included in BAS statistical accounts). Approximately 400 hectares of the landscape are flat and the rest are hilly to rolling. Its climate resembles like that of Maddela and sometimes like Nueva Ecija.
Farming has been the main source of income for the people in Nagtipunan. Almost ninety six percent (96%) of total household in its largest village, Wasid, are engaged in crop production which are very vulnerable whenever calamities strike the area. Rains really affect accessibility of villages since road projects are not yet implemented.
Traversed by the Central Panay Mountains, the municipality of Janiuay is comprised of sixty (60) barangays, of which forty-four (44) are rural, for the municipality's total agricultural land area of 10,736.46 (Municipal Agriculture Office, August 2014).
Panuran, as one of the rural barangays, has a total land area of 355.55 hectares with almost fifty percent devoted to agriculture. One hundred sixty-five out of the 198 households are into farming. Its estimated distance from Poblacion is about 22 kilometers.
Rice, being the town's main crop, covers 52.75 hectares involving 131 farmer households. Traditional varieties of rice were more favorable to the farmers due to its adaptive capacity to higher elevations. Only 3.6 hectares is dedicated to rootcrop production with 94 farming households growing different rootcrops mostly through backyard farming.
Aside from rice and rootcrops, coffee has been an income booster for the farmers as Nestle Philippines has vested their interest to their produce, particularly the variety robusta.
Similarly to Janiuay, the municipality of San Remigio lies at the brink of Central Panay Mountains. As a third class municipality in the province of Antique, San Remigio has a total land area of 40,698 hectares- almost 70% of which are mountainous and the remaining 30% comprise the flat lowland and rolling hills.
Subdivided into 45 barangays, two rural and mountainous barangays- Bugo and Nagbangi I- were adjudged as recipients in the promotion of local plant genetic resources of rice, sweetpotato, taro and yam. Rice is considered as major crop, spurred by its demand as a staple food. A vast area of 4,904 hectares is devoted to crop production, 85% of which are for rice. Eighty percent (80%) of San Remigio's land area has slopes of 18% and above, with rugged terrain and cool climate.
The municipality is known as the top producer of commercial crops like gabi, cassava, beans, peanuts and mungbean. It also serves as a regular supplier of legumes, peanuts, sayote, cabbage and carrots to neighboring towns of Sibalom and San Jose. Barangays La Union, Aningalan, Nagbangi I, Tubudan, Agricula, and Osorio I are popular producers of vegetable crops including sweet pepper.
The municipality of Baganga is a first class municipality in the province of Davao Oriental. Like adjacent towns Cateel and Boston, agriculture is its main economic strength, with coconut as the major crop, and others like abaca, root crops and fisheries. It is composed of eighteen (18) barangays.
Barangay Mahan-ub, one of the rural and mountainous barangays, is the pilot site of ITPGRFA in Mindanao. Derived its name from a river, Mahan-ub has a diverse resources that exemplifies the biodiversity of the town. Most of its 12 puroks are mountainous which are scattered in different positions. Some can only be reached through hiking since roads are rocky and sloping.
Annually, they hold a celebration in honor of the patron San Antonio de Padua every 13th of June after the 'Araw ng Mahan-ub' which is celebrated 2 days before.