Thursday, July 9, 2015


Last June 18, 2015, a special message put into writing was received by the Municipality of Umingan, addressed to its local chief executive, the Hon. Eldred P. Tumbocon, thanking him for the town’s huge effort in giving due attention to its various reforestation projects under his administration. Specifically mentioned in the letter were CBFM People’s Organization of Annam Reforestation Association in Pangasinan, Greener Environment for Maseil- seil, Inc. and Waeg Pamayor Calitlitan Irrigators Association, Inc.

As we all know, issues concerning our environment are as pressing as ever, searching for all types of conceivable solution to timely escape its harsh, and sometimes, even unimaginable retaliation toward those who abuse it in all ways possible. Thus, it is relieving to know that here in Umingan it is the LGU itself that is spearheading such recovery process and protection to serve as a reminder to all Uminganians that ultimately we will depend on our milieu, hence, nourishing it and acknowledging the many blessings it generously bestow upon us can definitely save us one day, perhaps in times when we least expect it.

Sen. Teofisto “TG” D. Guingona III Inaugurated New Water Pumping Station

On June 17, 2015 Senator Teofisto “TG” D. Guingona III returned to Umingan, Pangasinan for the blessing and inauguration of the new Umingan Water Pumping Station at Barangay Cabaruan which was funded by the good senator himself. Together with the father of the town, Mayor Eldred P. Tumbocon, they cut the ribbon followed by the blessing of the new water pumping station by Rev. Fr. Jess S. Prado. Also present at the event were Mr. Simplicio C. Belisario, the Chairman of Umingan Water District, Ms. Malou Ortiz of DILG Pangasinan, who represented the Provincial Director, Ms. Eduviges Villanueva, our MLGOO, Mr. Gil M. Infantado, the Administrator of Quezon Memorial Academy, Brgy. Capt. Cresencio Y. Vergara, and other barangay officials. The newly- completed water project covers San Leon, San Andres, Cabaruan and Gonzales.
            After the activity at Brgy.Cabaruan, they headed to Quezon Memorial Academy for the senator’s meeting with his scholars and then proceeded to Municipal Auditorium where the well- reputed lawmaker was warmly welcomed by more than a thousand Uminganians. The turn over of the new water pump from LGU- Umingan to Umingan Water District which was the highlight of that momentous event transpired there, an extraordinary day which every single individual present thereat could remember and cherish, especially the beneficiaries who were fortunate enough to be granted such valuable piece of equipment, all because of the massive efforts and ineffable concern of the retiring but tireless, as aptly described by Sen. TG Guingona in his own words, Local Chief Executive of this town. The good senator committed also to initiate the possible funding of another water distribution project for five (5) waterless communities: Papallasen, Cabalitian, Sinabaan, Flores and Buenavista.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Vermi composting is now popular  in Umingan ,Pangasinan. But producing  at the heart of Poblacion East  is no joke because of limited space and resources.Those are some of the challenges that  Mr. Emiliano Robles has gone through.He  learned to convert trash into cash by enganging in vermi composting.There is a great demand for organic fertilizer because farmers are now engaging  into organic farming to minimize using commercial or synthetic fertilizer since vermi cast is cheaper than commercial and have a positive effect to the environment.

Some Barangays in Umingan have prohobited the gathering of animal  manure in the rice fields so Mr Robles buys animal manure from Balungao ,Pangasinan at 13 pesos per sack pick-up price.

He  started his vermi composting last February 2015 with twenty eight (28) kilos of African Night Crawler Eartworm (EUDRILUS EUGENIAE)and after a month he harvested forty five (45) bags of vermicast sold at PhP 180 per bag wholesale price.

To date there are several organizations and individuals that are into vermi composting. They can be found in Don Montano,Calitlitan,Prado, Caurdanetaan and Annam to name a few.

Contributed by:

Vilma Lapuz-Abalos


2nd Arbor Day

The Local Government Unit of Umingan has just conducted its 2nd Arbor Day on June 5, 2015 at Brgy. Annam. Municipal officials headed by Mayor Eldred P. Tumbocon, LGU employees and DepEd teachers trekked through the hilly part of the barangay and planted narra seedlings.

This tree planting activity is in line with the Local Chief Executive’s Six-Point Program of Governance under the Environment and Natural Resources category. Snacks were served right after planting activity. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HYBRID RICE -Plant Now Pay Later Scheme (PNPL)

The Department of Agriculture (DA)through Regional Field Office grant Plant Now Pay Later (PNPL) Scheme in Umingan,Pangasinan.The hybrid rice varieties  Arize and SL8 were released in different Barangays .The hybrid seeds,partial six hundred (600) kilograms, were delivered last April 30,2015. Farmers received twenty(20) kilos of hybrid rice and one(1) kilo of zinc sulfate for every one(1) hectare.This PNPL was earlier relayed to farmers during the Rice Crop manager(RCM) interview conducted by Agricultural Technician.

Contributed by:

Alex C. Abalos
FITS Umingan-TSS

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing

The Nampalcan Irrigators' Association (NIA)has been awarded one (1) unit of Multi Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP) project from the  DA-RFO-I through Local Government of Umingan.A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the Irrigators Association Representative  and the LGU Local Chief Executive . This MPDP project will help farmers to improve the  quality of their commodity,thus augmenting their income.


The Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) is located at Sitio Puraw Nampalcan with a total   of 150 hectares service area. It is now the  source of  irrigation water requirements of NIA farmer-members.The SWIP was constructed under the administration of Mayor Eldred P. Tumbocon,CE-GE and Regional Executive Director Valentino C.Perdido,Ph.D of  the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office I last 2014 .It started its full operation during the palay production for the wet  season of 2015.

Training on Writing (News,Features,Video Scripts,Blogs) and Photography

Agricultural Training Institute(ATI)conducted training on Writing and Photography to improve the documentation procees as well as the on line visibility of various activities of FITS Center.

The four (4) days training last April 21-24,2015 were conducted at Sta. Barbara ,Pangasinan. Participants came from the Municipalities from Ilocos Sur (Vigan)   Ilocos Norte (Batac),La Union (Burgos,San Juan,San Fernando) Eastern Pangasinan (San Nicholas,Sta Maria,San Quintin,Rosales,Umingan) and Western Pangasinan (Alaminos,Mangatarem and Malasiqui).

Meanwhile not only  writing and photography were accomplished ,all the participants registered and enrolled at the E-Learning course for them to receive certificates. It's so easy to access the E-Learning site,just log-on and register to E-Learning has a total of 41 agriculture related courses which are currently updated. Same courses are helpful to Agricultural Extention Workers (AEW) and farmers as well.

Documenting and publishing of the activites are vital among  AEWs, using  photos ,news articles  and video scripts to provide information to our clienteles specially farmers, entreprenuer,homemakers and out of school youth.

Because of this training, FITS –Umingan will now be visible on- line and will be recognized in all related events in terms of Agiculture activities through both print and broadcast media.

Contributed by:

Alex C. Abalos