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 www.e-extension.gov.ph.The 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


Umingan-A Techno Demo on peanut production is now being conducted in Umingan, Pangasinan. The activity was initiated by the DA-ILIARC Ilocos Integrated Agricultural Center through FITS Center. (DA-ILIARC) provided free seeds, Organic fertilizer, innoculum as part of intervention. The demo used three (3) varieties of peanut namely: Ilocos Red, Namnama 2 and ICGV 99046, at the end of the trial it will show which among these varieties will adapt to Umingan condition. The farmer’s equity were labor and farm implements. The objective of the Techno Demo is to ensure availability of improved peanut varieties seeds. During planting season peanut growers are having difficulty where to access good quality peanuts planting material.

The peanuts were planted December 18, 2014 and will be harvested on April 25, 2015 according to
Mr. Diomedes C. Pagaduan, the farmer-cooperator.

Contributed by:
Alex C. Abalos

A.T .

Umingan Joins in the celebration of Women’s Month

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Nos. 224 & 227 and Republic Act 6469, the month of March is observed as Women’s Month and March 8 as the National Women’s Day.

The Local Government Unit of Umingan through the initiative of Umingan Local Council of Women Convenor, Ms. Camila M. Tumbocon, joined in the celebration of Women’s Month. A Women’s Forum was held last march 13, 2015 at the Umingan Covered Auditorium with the theme “Juana, Desisyon mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw na!” It was attended by more than 00 women coming from the different women’s organization of Umingan namely: Baangay Service Point Officer (BSPO), Barangay Health Workers (BHW), Day Care Workers, Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), Barangay First Ladies, Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) and Sta. Maria Tribal Women Association.

The UCW Convenor Ms. Camila M. Tumbocon gave an opening remarks while Municipal Councilor Pillar “Liza” O. Onia gave an inspirational talk. Resource speaker Ms. Maybelle S. Beato, Umingan Slaughterhouse Master talks on the Proper Food Handling and Preparation and gave some tips on how to properly choose good meat from the market. Ms. Teresita Tadeo, Head Nurse of RHU II discussed Women’s Health and PCI Rogelio D. Yapes gave enlightenment to the audience on their rights by discussing the Magna Carta of Women and Anti-Violence Against Women. After the talks, the audience were encourage to participate in the open forum.

Contributed by:
Vilma Lapuz-Abalos

Agricultural Technician/Mun. Population Officer-Designate