DAVAO CITY – Reiterating the need for further coordination among government agencies, Officer-in-Charge Director Luz Taposok advised the League of Municipal Agricultural Officers and Municipal/City Agriculturists of the Philippines, Inc. (LeMMCAP) in Region XI to ensure proper collaboration with partners and stakeholders during their 1st Regional Workshop on Agr-Fishery Based Programs and Projects.
According to the OIC-Director, several programs and activities of different government agencies are seemingly fragmented and most often overlap with one another.
“This is why we really have to be certain that our programs are properly coordinated with one another so that instead of duplication, mas maging ‘value-adding’ para sa mga magsasaka at mangingisda ang ating mga programa (programs for the farmers and fishers will have added value),” she explained.
Taposok consequently believes that the workshop is anchored on the principle of collaboration to better serve the public. She stated, “We are here to report about each other’s accomplishments in the agri-fishery sector and assess what more should done to help and improve the living conditions of our beneficiaries and clients.”
She further emphasized that as the members begin their programs for 2018, it is also vital to convene and be updated of each other’s milestones.
Moreover, the workshop was intended to discuss the upcoming LeMMCAP Convention in line with the Philippine Development Plan as well as the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Taposok also provided updates on some activities that the Institute is currently working on such as the establishment of more learning sites on every municipality in the country and the formulation of the Collaborative Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Extension System (CPAFES).
As she ended her message, she reminded the participants that as they work together, they are not only accomplishing their shared goals, but also learning how to bring the local decision-making process into the hands of community members.
Also present in the event were Engr. Ricardo M. Oñate, Regional Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) XI; Center Director Dante G. Esguerra, ATI-RTC XI; and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 11 Regional Director Fatma M. Idris.
The said workshop of LeMMCAP Region XI was held last February 14-15, 2018 in Apo View Hotel, Davao del Sur.