To ensure efficient, effective, and graft-free use of limited public funds, the Department of Agriculture recently created “integrity circles,” dubbed as “Agriculture Dialogue and Information Network Groups” or ADING.
“This is our response to the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to provide transparency and integrity in all government interventions,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) kicked off the yearly Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month celebration and launch of the Plant, Plant, Plant program by recognizing outstanding farmers and fisherfolk, ceremonial planting of mango and aromatic dwarf coconut, and inspection of aquaponics prototypes, on May 26, 2020 at the DA Central Office, Quezon City.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar awarded certificates to seven outstanding farmers and fisherfolk during the event, with the theme, “Pagpupugay sa Magsasaka at Mangingisda Natin, Tungo sa Sapat na Pagkain.”
Agriculture Secretary William Dar, together with the Bureau of Plant and Industry Director George Culaste and Assistant Director Glenn Panganiban, turned over today, May 27 vegetable seeds and seedlings to Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Barangay Chairman Sigfred Hernani of Brgy. 128 Paradise Heights, Smokey Mountain, Tondo to jumpstart their community urban agriculture project.
The country’s agriculture sector is expected to play a major role in pursuing a socio-economic response framework to the Covid-19 pandemic recovery efforts.
“For us to rise stronger from this Covid-19 crisis, the government must encourage the development of an agriculture-driven economy,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar at the opening of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month celebration and launch of the Plant, Plant Plant program, May 26, 2020, at the DA Central Office, in Quezon City.
To cater to more farm producers and consumers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has expanded partnership for the implementation of the e-Kadiwa marketing initiative, which was first launched on May 4.
On May 15, 2020, Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with eight new partners, including six merchants and two logistics providers.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) — as a member of the economic development cluster (EDC) of the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte — strongly supports the five-point economic measures proposed by Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary and EDC chair Carlos G. Dominguez III to revive the Philippine economy, after surmounting the Covid-19 crisis in the country.
“Our role at the DA is highlighted as two of the five measures involve food production and logistics,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.