Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

William Dollente Dar, Ph.D.

It was auspicious that five years ago, in December 2016, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte honored Dar and two others as The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) awardees for 2016, for their “exemplary achievements and selfless dedication to their profession or vocation that resulted not only to the advancement of their respective fields of endeavor, but also made significant contributions to the betterment of our countrymen and to our country at large.”



National Color-Coded Agricultural Guide Map

The Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture or AMIA supported the development of new planning tools that consider the challenges of climate change, to assist Filipino farmers and fisher folks, and all other stakeholders, including the private sector, towards climate-ready crop management systems, while ensuring science-based interventions by the government. This supports the President’s vision to remove the guesswork in Philippine farming, first by providing color-coded guide maps that identify the areas where crops could be ideally grown based on soil types, climatic conditions and bio-physical requirements. This initiative is also intended to ensure food security and reduce poverty incidence in the agriculture and fisheries sector and the whole country. The first of the planning tools developed under the program is the AMIA National Color-Coded Agricultural Guide (NCCAG) Map. The color-coded map identifies the crops that are most suitable in agricultural parcels, and overlays soil properties, elevation, rainfall pattern, temperature and more importantly, the projected climate-induced multi-hazards. The maps will guide the government in determining forward-looking policies and site-specific food production projects and infrastructure investments. As a decision support tool, the color-coded map can be used for investment planning, climate-resilient research and development, innovative credit and insurance packages, climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries extension, infrastructure and disaster management. It will be useful for LGUs in preparing their CLUPs, planning disaster risk reduction measures and climate change adaptation technologies and practices.


Philippine Rural Development Project

da-prdp-logo-project-updated The Philippine Rural Development Project is a six-year (6) project designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector. PRDP will partner with the LGUs and the private sector in providing key infrastructure, facilities, technology, and information that will raise incomes, productivity, and competitiveness in the countryside. Development Objectives Within the six-year (6) project intervention, it is expected to provide the following outcomes:

  • At least five percent (5%) increase in annual real farm incomes of PRDP in household beneficiaries
  • 30% increase in income for targeted beneficiaries of enterprise development
  • Seven percent (7%) increase in value of annual marketed output
  • Twenty percent (20%) increase in number of farmers and fishers with improved access to DA services

Special Area for Agricultural Development

saad_framework The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program is a locally-funded program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which aims to help alleviate poverty among the marginalized sectors of agriculture and fishery of the thirty (30) priority provinces identified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) as well as areas covered by Executive Order No. 70, series of 2018. The strategy of the program is to increase food production and the establishment of community enterprises by providing the appropriate technology, financing, marketing, and other support services for animals, crops, and fisheries to individuals, families/households and organized farmers and fisherfolks including among others DSWDs 4Ps and Indigenous Peoples (IPs). SAAD Website

National Organic Agriculture Program


The National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP) is a collaborative document spearheaded by the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) through the cooperation of various stakeholders of the organic industry, relevant national government agencies, non-government organisations, civil society and people’s organisations. The program serves as the guide for the implementation of Organic Agriculture activities under the Department of Agriculture and its implementing units. The NOAP also includes a system for evaluation and monitoring as one of the components and implementing strategies.

Essentially, the program aims to promote, propagate, further develop and implement the practice of organic agriculture in the Philippines towards a competitive and sustainable organic agriculture industry that contributes to: a. Better farm incomes and sustainable livelihood. Increased farm productivity, reduced expenses on external farm inputs, better incomes for farmers and reduction of poverty in the rural sector; b. Improved health. Protected health of farmers, consumers and the public in general; c. Environmental protection. Enhanced soil fertility and farm biodiversity, reduced pollution and destruction of the environment as well as prevention of further depletion of natural resources; d. Disaster risk reduction and resilience to Climate Change. Improved resiliency to disaster risks and climate change vulnerabilities caused by human interventions and naturally induced hazards; and e. Social justice. Meeting the basic material needs and improving standard of living for all, upholding human rights, gender equality, labor standards, and the right to self-determination.

Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks)


The Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4K) is a three-year special project of the DA following the directives of the president for an enhanced provision of assistance in the form of Agricultural and fisheries related livelihood opportunities, investments through the provision of production and post-harvest machineries and equipment and various support services for the ICCs/IPs all over the country through targeted community needs-assessments.

This Project is composed of four (4) components: Social preparation, Production and Livelihood, Marketing Assistance and Enterprise Development, and Project Management. Social Preparation is the conduct of preliminary social analysis of the community where organizers engage in institutional preparations, are selection, and social investigation/integration. Production and Livelihood encompass a range but specific concerns, in which activities and assets are provided to the ICCs/IPs in order to support themselves. Market Assistance and Enterprise Development foresee to empower the ICCs/IPs as entrepreneurs and develop competitive agribusiness enterprises. Project Management defines and maintains standards within the organization such as, guidelines and matrix on the practice of managing and implementing the projects.

The Mindanao Inclusive Agriculture Development Project (MIADP) was created in complement to this project. MIADP is envisioned to sustainably increase agricultural productivity, resiliency, and access to markets and services of organized farmer and fisherfolk groups in selected ancestral domains and for selected value chains in Mindanao. MIADP will focus on the ADs in Mindanao that are formally recognized by NCIP. The first of its kind to concentrate in securing market of the production of farm products prior to execution.



Bidders' Forum

This event aims to apprise the Bidders on the Standard Bidding Procedures of the Department of Agriculture - Office of the Secretary and the introduction of Green Procurement conditions in the procurement of Lease of Venue, Catering of Food Provision and I.T. Equipment.

As such, we highly encourage you to join and participate in this meaningful event as we have allotted two (2) slots per company on a "First come, First Served" basis. This activity will be held in Region IV-A, exact location to be announced.

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