MOA signing by TESDA Director Lorenzo G. Macapili, Gov Roberto Y. Uy, DOLE Director Sisinio B. Cano and LBP Manager Vinicius S. Hamoy.

Convergence of government agencies for cacao industry.

The first interagency MOA signing in Mindanao for cacao industry took place last week with the local government unit of Zamboanga del Norte initiated by the Department of Agriculture together with 12 other government agencies in the region. The signing aims to institutionalize interagency support for Zamboanga del Norte’s Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) implementation for its emerging commodity which is cacao.
The 12 agencies are Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Interior and Local government (DILG) and department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The MOA signing forged partnership between and among government agencies in providing support to the PLGU of Zamboanga del Norte in implementing the DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project. The MOA also described the commitments to be undertaken by each partner-agency signatories.
According to Milva Carinan, planning component representative from the Project Support Office (PSO) in Davao, the MOA signing, among others, marks the cacao operation in the province including needed inputs, nursery management, production, processing, and trading locally and abroad.
The agreement aligns with the existing programs and projects and utilize their resources in support to the PLGU-ZDN to implement their PCIP. It also harmonizes the existing relationships, policies, and operating procedures of each participating agency in line with their mandates, programs and projects within the territorial jurisdiction of the province.
In his message, Governor Roberto Uy said “today is another milestone for the province. Cacao production will be a great help for our farmers because this will uplift their economic condition and make them self-sufficient. We shall also market their products not just in the local market but in the international market.”
Initially, DILG and DPWH committed interventions on Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) while DTI on the provision of Organic Fertilizer equipment.
According to DA’s planning chief Engr. Luisita Abella, who also heads the planning component of the DA-PRDP Regional Project Coordinating Office (RPCO), Cacao is an emerging commodity of Zamboanga del Norte which is within their PCIP. Their priority commodities are coconut, mango, and rubber. She said that the Cacao project of Zamboanga del Norte was already approved by the National Project Coordinating Office (NPCO) thus issued a No Objection Letter-1 (Nol-1) which signals to proceed with the procurement activities of the project within the bounds of accounting and auditing procedures. Prior to the MOA signing, series of consultations with partner beneficiaries or proponent group was already done.

The MOA signing was sealed with a ceremonial wine toasting lead by Provincial Administrator Mr. Jose Alfonso Q. Bernad with Gov. Uy, Vice Gov. Senen O. Angeles, Dir. Sisinio B. Cano (DOLE), Dir. Lorenzo G. Macapili (TESDA), Manager Vinicious S. Hamoy (LBP) and representatives from other agencies. The activity was also participated in by 2nd District Board Member Romulo Soliv, all component heads and units of Zamboanga del Norte in support to the DA’s PRDP including their accountant and their budget officer. (ytavellaneda/DA9)

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