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First 100 Days Report of Secretary William Dar

Author: DA Communications Group | 20 November 2019

Agriculture Secretary William Dar delivered various commitments and initiatives in his first 100 days in office on November 19, 2019 at the Rural Development Education Center, Agricultural Training Institute Compound, Diliman, Quezon City.

Dar reported the 15 priority concerns which he committed during his first 100 days in office. Highlights of his reports included: 1) introduction of  the “New Paradigm” for the development of the agricultural sector; 2) proper and efficient implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law; 3) crafting and implementing a “Crop Diversification Strategy”; 4) crafting and implementing a “Pantawid Magsasaka Program”; 5) enhancing skills of small farmers and fisherfolk; 6) implementing climate change and disaster risk reduction program in agriculture; 7) assisting BARMM in implementing its agriculture, fishery and agri-entrepreneurship development program; 8) strengthening the organizational structure of the Department; 9) reviewing and re-orienting the existing DA programs and projects towards increasing productivity; 10) reshaping and reprograming the DA budget for 2020; 11) enhancing partnership with the LGUs and the private sector;  12) coordinating with DTI regarding price stabilization; 13) conducting “Food Summit” with key stakeholders; 14) sustaining massive information and communication campaign highlighting countryside heroes; and 15) reviewing restrictive and constrictive policies in agriculture.

Dar also reported on the funds raised, allocated and committed for the agri-fishery sector, since he assumed office on August 5, 2019, which totaled P73.5 billion (B). This is on top of the 2019 DA’s budget of P64.1 B. The funds were in quick response to the two major issues that Secretary Dar had to face, namely the Rice Tariffication Law and the African Swine Fever. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID))