Thursday, May 15, 2014

DA-LGU Caraga Ties Knot for Agri Development

DA-RFO13 Officers  headed by newly appointed RTD for Research and Regulatory
Nicandro Navia, Jr. (4th from right) answers queries from LGU participants in an open
forum during the Forum with Local Government Officials held in Butuan City.
Butuan City -  “Bridging the Gap, Touching the Heart. Focus our minds, deliver results.”  So goes the battle cry of the AgriPinoy framework.

Adhering to such rallying call and to bring the Department of Agriculture closer to the local government units in Caraga, the forum with the local government unit’s official was conducted in one of the convention center here last April 10, 2014.

The forum was attended by local chief executives from different LGUs in Caraga with the presence of no less than Governor Adolph Edward Plaza of Agusan del Sur.

Other attendees were vice mayors, sangguniang bayan members, agriculture and veterinary officers, planning officers, accountants and academe.

Nicandro Navia Jr. newly appointed OIC Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Research and Regulatory portrayed out the said forum as a marriage ceremony wherein open communication is vital for a successful union.

“DA and LGU are bonded together as one with mutual love, respect, help and support for a long lasting working relationship for the common good of Caraganons”, Navia said.

Agricultural situation in the region as well as various programs and interventions being offered by the aggie department was discussed by Field Operations Division (FOD) Officer in Charge Rebecca Atega for an easy access for the LGU for the betterment of their constituents.

It was clearly stated that the LGU have to submit a letter of intent or proposal for them to avail DAs projects and interventions from banner programs such as corn, rice, livestock, high value crops development program, infrastructure and organic agriculture as well as special projects.

To guide LGUs on the process flow and documentary requirements it was thoroughly tackled by DA RFO 13 Admin and Finance OIC Josefa Gidacan.  

A lively discussion ensued during the open forum wherein LGUs were given a chance to asked questions directly to the division chiefs, program coordinators and focal persons.

With the conduct of the said activity, DA RFO 13 is optimistic of stronger ties with the local government units for the development of the agricultural sector in Caraga. (Aurelius P. Arais/Info Section DA CARAGA)


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