Department of Agriculture
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
News Release No. 01
January 3, 2020
DA chief issues policy for inclusive agri-industrialization, imperatives, marching orders for 2020 and beyond
Two weeks ago, we reported to you what we accomplished during our first four-and-a-half months in office.
Today, as we usher in the New Year, we are pleased to provide you with our plans and programs in the coming months, as well as for the medium- and long-terms.
To add more muscle, so to speak, and operationalize the Department of Agriculture's vision of a “food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk,” we issued yesterday Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2020, that amends Administrative Order No. 16, Series of 2019.
Our first AO for 2020 establishes the policy framework and spells out the strategies for inclusive agri-industrialization and "new thinking for agriculture."
Our ultimate goal is to double the incomes of small farmers and fishers within five (5) years through better public service, that is, in terms of greater effectiveness and efficiency, enhanced transparency, and stronger accountability.
We have directed all DA regional field offices, bureaus, attached agencies and corporations, DA-OSEC units, and foreign- and locally-assisted projects to adopt appropriate approaches and principles as we implement our programs based on our "new thinking for agriculture" and its eight paradigms.
In addition, we will undertake the following:
• Conduct a comprehensive review and audit of the list of farmer- and fisher-beneficiaries to ensure the sustainability and increase the beneficial impact of our programs and projects;
• Develop a web-based information support system, called the Agri-Information Support Portal, to provide more efficient sourcing of timely agri-fishery information and data to aid in better policy decision making;
• Create a technical working group that will review and update the DA-wide rationalization plan, that is in line with Executive Order 366 that deals on the strategic review of our internal operations of respective DA family units and organizations;
• Establish an agriculture PPP or public-private partnership support system to formulate the necessary programs, partnerships and other mechanisms to hasten investments in much-needed agri modernization and industrialization, or simply our version of "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure and agribusiness ventures; and
• Adopt a quality standards performance to institutionalize a system of quality management, transparency, institutional accountability and due diligence, through, but not limited to, ISO 9001:2015 certifications.
Further, we will pursue the following imperatives:
1. Establish timelines to indicate micro and macro impacts of DA programs and interventions;
2. Vet major project proposals via the DA-wide clearing house systems, particularly for those worth P50 million and above;
3. Renew partnerships with farmers’, fishers’ and civil society organizations to deepen and broaden their participation in agri-fishery development via consultative bodies and other mechanisms;
4. Develop a corps of farm managers who will provide technical guidance and other relevant assistance to farming and fishing communities in partnership with state universities and colleges;
5. Craft a strategy on the development of rural industries to speed up rural industrialization and agri- related enterprises, taking into account the technological, research for development, market linkage and other requirements;
6. Similarly, craft a strategy on the establishment of production corridors to maximize the potentials and comparative advantages of each region and major island groups, and provide appropriate policy, production and other relevant support systems needed by industry and value chain key players and stakeholders;
7. Undertake farm consolidation and clustering initiatives that involve conduct of research and pilot activities on various strategies and configurations of farm consolidation, collectivization, and clustering;
8. Craft an export development strategy on agriculture in partnership with Department of Trade and Industries to cover potential major export commodities. We have asked our DA Foreign Agricultural Service Corps or agri attaches to provide relevant information and inputs in crafting said export development plan;
9. Develop an improved national agriculture logistics system to speed up and reduce transport and distribution costs from production to consumption areas, including export destinations; and
10. Strongly assist in the formation and empowerment of farmers' and fisherfolk's cooperatives, and other rural-based organizations who will be key players in big brother-small brother partnerships, and agribusiness industry value chain and export development initiatives.
In all, we will continue to touch-base and strengthen our alliances with major agri-fishery stakeholders and partners via direct consultations, aware that their support and participation are vital and critical to the success of our programs.
They include all our local chief executives --- the provincial governors, city and municipal mayors -- who are actually the country’s food security czars, and the private sector or the captains of industry --- who are the key movers of agricultural modernization and industrialization.
And you --- partners from media -- who through the years are our strong development partners.
Muli, maraming salamat po sa inyong patuloy na pakikipag-tulungan sa Kagawaran ng Agrikultura.