ATI XI Pushes for Community-Based Certification System

Participants are keenly crafting their action plan during the Training on Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)

To provide knowledge and skills on ensuring the guarantee of organic products and the promotion of community-based organic agriculture system, the Agricultural Training Institute Region (ATI) XI conducted a training on Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) at the ATI RTC XI, Datu Abdul Dadia, Panabo City on April 17-19, 2017.

 

With the aim of encouraging the installation of PGS in all provinces in Davao region, organic agriculture focal persons in Davao Oriental were specifically selected as the participants of the training. It was the chosen second province to be assisted for PGS installation after the successful installation in Davao City.

 

In total, 30 participants from the provincial and local government units of Davao Oriental including the Department of Trade and Industry technical officer and agriculture and fishery council officers attended the training.

 

Lectures on PGS orientation and declaration of policy; familiarization of Philippine National Standards (PNS) on Organic Agriculture; functions of the inspectors, quality control officers & evaluation & approval committee members and the global issues to organic agriculture were discussed by Mr. Joselito Tabora, one of the pioneers of PGS Davao.

 

The training highlighted the PGS as a locally focused quality assurance system where the producers are certified based on active participation of stakeholders through trust, social networks and knowledge exchange among members. PGS also serves as organic certification for small hold farmers as it encourages small scale production and processing following the guidelines of PNS.

 

To monitor PGS installation in the province, action plans were required from the participants per municipality and agency.

 

Dante G. Esguerra, Training Center Superintendent II said that monitoring of projects are being strengthened by the agency to distinguish if the economic status of the end-users had eventually improved. “Monitoring is a must in our projects and trainings today as this will measure tangible outcomes in ATI XI’s interventions,” Esguerra added.

 

“I believe that we are on the same page in helping our farmers improve their lives. It is only a matter of acceptance and dedication to our work to become the agent of change in helping our farmers gain sustainable income,” Esguerra said.