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DA’s Dar, Marinduque Gov. Velasco ink deal for agri extension systems

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Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the devolution of various services for the agriculture sector with the Province of Marinduque led by Governor Presbitero Velasco, Jr. recently.

The said devolution would come through following the full execution of the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling, set in 2022 through the Provincial-Led Agriculture and Fishery Extension Systems (PAFES).

“Our hearts are full especially for this momentous event because agriculture is the main livelihood of our kababayan. Your visit sparks hope. We welcome this agreement as we geared toward the greater things that will happen in agriculture. Rest assured that the provincial government is fully supportive to all the projects of the DA,” Governor Velasco said.

DA developed the PAFES to share with the LGUs the key strategies in carrying out various agri-fishery programs and extension services under the twin goals of “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita.”

After the PAFES orientation held in March, the LGUs prepared their respective Commodity Investment Plans (CIP) with the assistance of the DA-MIMAROPA.

The MOA aims at strengthening the collaboration of DA, LGUs, private sector, academe, and other relevant sectors that will contribute to agriculture and fisheries development.

Partners who joined in the MOA signing include Marinduque State College President Dr. Diosdado Zulueta, Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network (RAFEN) Chairman Andrew Barrientos; League of Mayors of the Philippines (LMP-MARINDUQUE) President Lorna Velasco, and League of Municipal and City Agriculturist of the Philippines (LeMMCAP) President Ederlinda Jasmin.

Secretary Dar explained that the idea of PAFES was instituted upon his assumption in DA in 2019, stressing that ensuring food security for the country is a shared responsibility of the national and the local governments.

“LGU will be in sync with the national government and will be part of the real solution to make it possible to attain food security,” Secretary Dar explained.