SOAThe DA-RFO 3 and PhilRice launched the school-on-the-air (SOA) for Central Luzon farmers to keep them updated with the latest rice farming technologies. The said SOA was first aired on October 14.

“SOA is bridging the gap between the government and the rice farming community here,” said Felicito Espiritu Jr., DA-RFO 3 information officer.

“We will interview PhilRice experts as to how Filipino farmers can become more competitive. We will also tackle relevant issues related to agriculture,” he added.

During the launching in Candaba, Pampanga, DA and PhilRice distributed 30 portable radios to farmer-participants. They also launched Palay Tambayan, a mini library that houses publications on technological breakthroughs in rice farming.

SOA started airing on DWRW 95.1 FM on October 14 . It airs every Saturday from 11:30 AM -12:00PM.

The radio program is part of DA’s project dubbed as Maparalang Ortelanu, which means wise farmers in Kapampangan. It will have a research component to assess farmers’ knowledge gain through a monthly written exam. DA also conducted a pre-test to evaluate their knowledge on farming. A graduation ceremony for the farmers will be held in December.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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