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PhilMech Visit

Author: DA-AFID | 2 September 2019

Mas importante na ngayon ang PhilMech kaysa (noong) nakaraan,” Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar said during his visit to the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) on August 29, 2019.

Considering the PhilMech’s role in the implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program (RCEP) under the Rice Trade Liberalization Law, the secretary said that the agency has to align its direction with the new thinking in agriculture. Secretary Dar announced that the DA has organized the RCEP Coordination Office that will be manned by Field Operations Service Director Roy Abaya.

The new office will serve as a unified mechanism for coordination among concerned DA agencies such as the PhilMech, Philippine Rice Research Institute, and the Agricultural Training Institute under the RCEP Steering Committee led by the DA Secretary. “We must do it together as a team,” Dar said.

He also encouraged PhilMech to partner not only with the farmers and fisherfolk groups but to tap the local government units and the private sector investors as well to achieve what he called accelerated development. According to Dar, the DA agencies could link the farmers and fisherfolk groups with the private sector, assist them to start a Memorandum of Agreement, and help them to eventually establish a joint venture corporation. ###