A Call for a Harmonized High Value Crops Development Program with Stakeholders

TCS II Renato Maguigad of ATI-RTC 02 giving his welcome message during the opening program of the HVCDP Harmonization Workshop

SAN MATEO, ISABELA.  “We are looking forward for a more dynamic cooperation and more productive HVCDP program implementation,” this was the statement of Mr. Renato Maguigad, TCS II  of ATI-RTC 02 during the Consultation and Harmonization Workshop of the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP). 

The activity was conducted to harmonize and synchronize HVCDP interventions of different agencies in the region and to come-up with regional extension support, education and training services (ESETS) interventions supportive to high value crops.  
During the workshop, the programs of the Department of Agriculture in the region (DA-RFO 02), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Cagayan State University, Isabela State University Provincial and Municipal LGUs and other stakeholders were presented.  It was the basis in harmonizing the regional HVCDP plans and programs for 2017.  

Meanwhile, agreements were made during the workshop which include: PLGUs/MLGUs to continuously coordinate with national agencies for support services on HVCDP, send staff for the training on project proposal development and packaging for fund sourcing and their HVCDP Coordinators to be considered in the recognition of achievers as a reward mechanism to boost their morale in assisting farmers.  It was further agreed that the ATI-RTC should prioritize HVCDP coordinators to participate in training on GAP Vegetables.   The DA-RFO 02 and DOST 02 will accept proposals and requests along programs under HVCDP.

As an output, the Regional HVCDP Stakeholders Action Plan was prepared dubbed as Regional   Integration Call for Action focused on programs/projects, activities, lead agency/ies and collaborating agencies.   All participants signed the action plan as indication of their commitment.

Dir. Maguigad expressed his gratitude to the participants in his closing message.  “We are very happy that the level of your satisfaction on the different activities conducted and the opportunities given to you in sharing your programs for the high value crops.   The sharing will help us draft requisite programs not only for provincial and municipal levels but for the whole region,” Dir. Maguigad concluded.

The workshop was conducted last February 28-29, 2017 at the OCampo Hall, ATI-RTC 02, San Mateo, Isabela.  it was attended by 54 HVCDP Cooridnators and stakeholders of region 2.