TANTANGAN, South Cotabato- To strengthen and harmonize the implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) in the Region, a Regional Program Coordinating Team (RPCT) Composite Meeting, hosted by ATI-RTC XII, was held on Wednesday, February 12,
The RCEF-RPCT is composed of the all the agencies involved in the implementation of RCEF in the Region namely: Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office XII (DA-RFO XII), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Landbank of the Philippines (DBP).
DA-RFO XII Rice Coordinator Mr. Ray Embajador delivered his welcome message and expressed his thanks to everyone who attended the meeting.
“This activity is very vital in the collection of data and presentations regarding the implementation of RCEF”, he said.
Meanwhile, the meeting was presided by ATI 12 Center Director Abdul I. Daya-an. In his message, he highlighted the efforts of each agencies through their respective accomplishments and directed to work as a team in the implementation of the program.
During the meeting, each agencies reported their accomplishments, updates and ways forward for the year 2020. For PhilRice, almost 94,000 rice farmers listed in RSBSA are expected to be given two sacks of 20kg inbred rice seed in the Region this coming wet season 2020.
On the other hand, the ATI-RTC XII together with TESDA, PhilRice and PHilMech, will continue to lead the delivery of rice extension services such as the conduct of information caravan, training of trainers on inbred rice seeds production and farm mechanization, enhancement and certification of rice-based learning sites, enhancement of Farmer’s Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center and School On-the-Air. TESDA will implement the Modified Farmer’s Field School (FFS) in partnership with accredited Farm Schools in the Region.
PhilMech will still go on validating several Farmer’s Cooperatives and Associations (FCAs) who wishes to avail of the different rice farm machineries and equipment according to Engr. Ray Adarna, RCEF Regional Coordinator of PhilMech.
Landbank South Cotabato Lending Center Head Mr. Harold Celestial similarly reported their accomplishments stating that the Php 19M total allocated credit fund for LBP South Cotabato was completely disbursed.
Furthermore, updates on the Expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance (SURE-AID), Rice Farmer’s Financial Assistance (RFFA), Registry System for Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) were reported by SURE AID Focal Person Mr. Amorsolo Gloria and AT II Janette Fernandez, both from DA-RFO XII.
The composite team eyes to conduct the meeting as regular as possible to consistently give updates and harmonize the implementation of RCEF program in the Region.