The Philippine ORGANIC ACT of 2010.

RA 10068 -signed on 6 April 2010 -published on 18 June 2010
IMPLEMENTING RULES & REGULATIONS NOAB (created under EO 481) approved on 04 Oct 2010 -Published in Phil. Daily Inquirer and The Daily Tribune on 21 March 2011

What is Organic Agriculture?

-Is a production system that sustain the health of soils, ecosystem and people.

-It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the used of inputs with adverse effects.

-Organic combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

VISION

…at least 5% of total agriculture areas devoted to organic farming;

…Philippine organic products are commercially supported locally and internationally

Coverage/Scope:
a) Policy formulation on regulation, registration, accreditation, certification, labelling;
b) Research, development and extension;
c) Promotion and encouragement of the establishment of facilities, equipment and processing plants;
d) Implementation of organic agriculture programs and activities

Caption: Galingon Barangay Captain Noel Gongob shows a sample of the Montly Weather Report of which along with the PPMIU Project Engineer and Contractor Resident Engineer, he is to attest the unworkable conditions due to rainfall.

Rainy days are coming that may hamper implementation of ongoing rehabilitation and concreting of farm-to-market roads under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).
For a close monitoring and inspection of the ongoing PRDP subprojects in Region 9, a Barangay Captain is tasked to affix his signature on the Weather Report together with the project engineer from both the contractor and PPMIU’s side.
This matter was clarified recently in Tampilisan during the 3rd RPCO-PPMIU-Contractor Coordination Meeting for the ongoing implementation of Farmington-Poblacion-Galingon-Cabong-Balacbaan-Tilubog (all of Tampilisan) farm-to-market road rehabilitation and concreting.

The Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) of the Department of Agriculture is on its updating and enhancement stage with the implementation of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
Engr. Luisita M. Abella, DA Planning Chief and head of DA-PRDP’s I-PLAN component of the Regional Project Coordination Office 9 said that this roject strengthens Department’s planning and budget execution processes through the institutionalization of the AFMP as the basis for resource allocation and prioritization its programs, projects, and activities implemented at the national and regional levels for the next five years from 2017 – 2022

Eight students complete DA9- Summer Youth Internship Program (SYIP) or Government Internship Program (GIP) that covered 45 days of office working experience. The students come from different schools in Zamboanga City.
DA Administrative Officer Rowena I. Pajes said the students passed through the process of applying for the SYIP/GIP, took written examination, interview and finally orientation through the Personnel Section. “There were only eight applicants this year and all qualified for the program. In the previous years, we have accommodated 15,” said Pajes.
Pajes added that the SYIP is in line with the DA Department Order No. 1 Series 2016 that aims to initiate the youth to public service; serve as recruitment mechanism for potential public employees and extend possible financial assistance for school enrollment.

The Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office (DA - RFO) IX under its Agri – Pinoy Corn Program turned over a Four Wheel Drive Tractor worth P 2, 220,000.00 to Sayog Farmers Association in Barangay Sayog, San Miguel, Zamboangadel Sur.

The grant was made in a counterparting scheme where DA 9 shouldered the P1, 887, 000.00 (85%) expense and the Sayog Farmers Association shared acounterpart of P 333,000.00 (15%) only.“San Miguel was awarded as an Outstanding Municipality for Corn
Production. With this tractor, we can better increase our production and make farming less strenuous because as of now we are just using our carabaos in the field,” expressed Mr. Romulo Gonzaga, President of Sayog Farmers Association.

The Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) is a six-year (2013-2018) initiative of the government that envisions to increase farm and fishery productivity and incomes in target areas in all 16 regions of the country. This is by improving access of farmers and other industry players to a strategic network of infrastructure, market information and support services. Specific investments and interventions are to be implemented under four central components of the program, namely: 1) Investments for AFMP Planning at the Local and National Levels (I-PLAN); 2) Intensified Building Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development (I-BUILD); 3) Investments for Rural Enterprises and Agricultural and Fisheries Productivity (I-REAP); and 4) Implementation Support to PRDP (I-SUPPORT).

This year, 450 thousand cacao seedlings are set to be distributed by the Department of Agriculture – Region IX. “P16 million has been allotted to the cacao planting materials and this would cover 900 thousand hectares for the entire region. This is only from the Department of Agriculture. Other agencies like the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - NGP have also set targets for the year. We will likely to have a blooming cacao industry here in the peninsula in the coming years,” said Ana S. Aying, High Value Crops Coordinator for Region IX.

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