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We are featured on Farmbook Magazine’s 3rd Issue. Grab your copy now!

Farmbook: All About Agriculture, is a bimonthly magazine published by Pit Games Media, Inc. Farmbook aims to educate the public about the agricultural sector of society by making all information accessible through the magazine.
Source: Farmbook Magazine Facebook Page


On its third year, the ATI solely conducted the Regional Techno Gabay Summit 2013 last October 3 and 4, 2013 at the Batangas State University and Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. The activity were participated by TGP stakeholders in the Region IVA and IVB that includes the PMAs ( Cavite State University, Laguna State Polytechnic University, University of Rizal System, Southern Luzon State University, Western Philippines University, Occidental Mindoro State College and Romblon State College ) and  FITS Centers in Region IVA and IVB that includes the FITS Manager, FITS TSS, FITS ISS and their Magsasaka Siyentista.

The activity starts with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the poster exhibits of the participating FITS Centers. The highlight of the summit is the awarding ceremony for the 2013 Best FITS Center and Best Magsasaka Siyentista where the FITS OPA Laguna were awarded 2013 Best FITS Center and their Magsasaka Siyentista Mr. Renato A. Belen bagged the 2013 Best MS Award.  The awardees received plaque and cash prize.

Each FITS Centers also competes in the Accomplishment Poster Category where the FITS DA-PAES from Puerto Princesa, Palawan got the 1st place followed by FITS Imus, Cavite and FITS OPA-Laguna, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  They also received plaque and cash award.

The second day in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro showcased the accomplishments of each provinces for 2012-2013 as presented by their PMAs. The FITS inventory and status report, monitoring tools development and other concerns were also done during the workshops.  ATI Region IVB Center Director Pat Andrew B. Barrientos warmly welcomes the particpants and gave the unforgettable experience in the sands of the white beach. ■

Article by Mr. Ronaldo V. Maningas
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Source: ATI in CALABARZON Website


The desk and field evaluation for the Region IV TGP Awards nominees were conducted last September 22-25, 2013 from Quezon, Palawan to Baras, Rizal to San Pablo City, Laguna and Trece Martires City, Cavite.  Three Magsasaka Siyentista were visited on their farm namely, Mr. Genaro Carmen, Mr. Jaime Javier and Mr. Renato Belen while the FITS Center nominated includes FITS-Quezon (Palawan), FITS-Baras (Rizal), FITS-OPA Laguna and FITS-OPA Cavite.

The evaluators include Ms. Almira Magcawas from STARRDEC, Ms. Audrey Lapitan from PCAAARD and Ms. Elsa Parot from ATI Central Office.  The winners will be announced on October 3, 2013 during the TGP summit in Batangas State University. ■

Article by Mr. Ronaldo V. Maningas
Friday, September 27, 2013
Source: ATI in CALABARZON Website


STA. CRUZ, LAGUNA – the 3rd School on the Air (SOA) for this year was launched last October 8, 2012 at the Laguna State Polytechnic University Covered Court, Sta. Cruz Campus. Ten municipalities including two cities of Laguna will be participating in the Radio Eskwelang “Sa Organikong Pagsasaka, Panalo Ka!”

There will be about 500-550 vegetable farmer beneficiaries of the program. Some radio teachers came from the OPA, some were from the LGUs (Municipal) and three famous Magsasaka Siyentista namely Mr. Renato Belen of San Pablo City, Mr. Peter Consebido of Nagcarlan also the PAFC Chairman, and Mr. Ronald Costales of Majayjay, Laguna. The lessons were identified based on the specific needs of the vegetable farmers of Laguna and arranged in a progressive manner in consultation with the experts in the field. The first broadcast is on October 17 from 5:00-6:00 P.M. and every Wednesdays and Thursdays up to November 29, 2012 to be aired at DZJV 1458 kHz AM. ■

Article by Ms. Mariel Celeste C. Dayanghirang
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Source: ATI in CALABARZON Website


One practical way of fertilizing fruit trees such as rambutan, citrus and others is the one followed by Renato Belen of San Pablo City. He gets a one-liter plastic container of engine oil, removes the bottom and then buries this under the canopy of the fruit tree. The container is buried standing just deep enough so the top portion will just be a bit below the soil surface. The empty container is then filled with a mixture of urea, complete fertilizer, 0-0-60 (potash) and trace elements. He covers the top with garden soil. The buried fertilizer is enough to nourish his tree. If the tree is big, he may bury three containers filled with fertilizers. ■

“Fertilizing Fruit Trees”

Written by Mr. Zac B. Sarian

Source: Manila Bulletin

Home and Garden Section (Garden Talk)

Date Published: August 11, 1998


Watch out for Ato Belen’s Farm on TV5 Aksyon TV Channel 41’s travel, lifestyle and technology show, TEKNOTRIP on August 06 at 8:45 PM.

The show will feature our organic farming practices. ■


TeknoTrip is a travel-gadget show hosted by KC Montero, Lia Cruz and Abby Asistio.The show does not only feature the different places all over the Philippines and the latest gadgets in the market but also aims to promote and explain the unique culture of each and every province in our country.

TeknoTrip also traces back some of the dying Filipino cultures and feature it in the show to further encourage the locals to preserve them and spread it to today’s younger generation.
The show also tackles the art and creativity of every Filipino found all over the country.

TeknoTrip is aired on Aksyon TV 41 every Saturdays at 8:45 PM. ■

Source: TeknoTrip AksyonTV Facebook Page


Nitong nakaraang buwan ng Mayo ay ginanap din ang lakbay-aral ng animnapu’t anim (66) na magsasaka ng Lungsod ng Calamba. Ang mga magsasaka ay mula sa Barangay ng Sirang-Lupa, Laguerta, Majada-Out at Punta. Layon ng lakbay-aral na magkaroon ng aktwal na obserbasyon at magkaroon ng mas malalim na pagkaunawa sa organikong pagsasaka. Bukod sa organikong pagsasaka, ay binigyang-kaalaman at tinalakay din ng may-ari ng Ato Belen’s Farm na si Renato Belen ang tungkol sa pagkakaroon ng organikong manok at baboy, “vermicomposting,” at “inarching.” Samantala, sinabi rin ng may-ari ng Costales Farm na si Ronald Costales kung paano sinimulan and naturang farm at kung paano niya patuloy na pinangangalagaan ito. Kasama sa naganap na lakbay-aral ang BAFC Vice Chairman at Brgy. Councilor, Commitee on Agriculture ng Brgy. Sirang Lupa na sina Leonardo Nazareth at Ireno Lalap, ang BAFC Chairman, Brgy. Councilor, Committee on Agriculture ng Brgy. Majada-Out na sina Romulo Corpuz at Melita Robles, BAFC Chairman, Brgy. Councilor Committee on Agriculture at BAFC Chairman, Brgy. Councilor, Committee on Agriculture na sina Danilo Briones, Mauro Padilla, at si Roman Lalap at sinamahan din ng mga tekniko mula sa City Agricultural Services Department na sina Madeliene Pelipeda, Namencia Micosa at Leo Gelisan. ■

Source: Calamba Business Directory