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ATI Resumes RCEF Activities via New Normal

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) will continue its operations for activities under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) in the coming weeks following the "new normal" protocols.

Shortly after the first RCEF anniversary celebration held last March 5 in Pangasinan, some activities were halted due to the implementation of community quarantine across the nation starting in the second half of March.

DA Creates “Integrity Circles” to Ensure Graft-Free Agri-Fishery

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.

Farmers, Fishers Take Spotlight as Food Security Frontliners

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.”

Agri Chief Enjoins Manila to Plant, Plant, Plant

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.

Agriculture to play key role in Covid-19 recovery efforts

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.

Privacy Awareness Week 2020 Goes Virtual

With the public health emergency that the country is facing today, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) supports the adoption of the work from home (WFH) setup, a type of telecommuting or the use of telecommunications and/or computer technologies while working from an alternative workplace. WFH is believed to be a viable strategy in balancing the need to protect health and well-being of an organization's workforce while continuing its operations and service delivery to the public.

More private groups partner for e-Kadiwa for hassle-free food shopping

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.

DA supports DOF, economic team’s measures to revive Phl economy

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.

5 More QC Barangays Become DA Urban Agri Partners

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Residents in five additional barangays from the second district of Quezon City are now equipped to strengthen food security in their communities and households.

This is after they received starter kits and, in turn, pledged commitment to support the urban agriculture initiative under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) “Plant, Plant, Plant” program.

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