Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff of the High Value Crops Programs and Rural Credit (HVCRC) of the Department of Agriculture, Atty. Joycel Panlilio addressed this to the Regional High Value Crops Programs Coordinators, Focal Persons and Report Officers of the 16 regions in her Opening Remarks during the Opening Program of the 2019 Annual Assessment and Planning Workshop conducted at Pangil Beach Resort, Brgy. Pangil, Currimao, Ilocos Norte.
Held on Dec. 9-12, 2019, the activity aims to assess the catch-up plans made by the Regional Coordinators from the previous assessment under the HVCRC Programs and to plan the roadmap of both programs for implementation this coming CY 2020.
In drawing out the roadmap of both programs, Sec. Panlilio reminded the participants of the planning workshop to consider the priority programs of Sec. William Dar in making their plans/programs and projects in their respective regions anchored on the DA’s battle cry -“Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita.”
Making a big leap in the performance of the High Value Crops from 56% in CY 2017 to 74% in CY 2018, Atty. Panlilio expressed his congratulations to the HVCDP group for their support and commitment in realizing their plans and programs that benefit high value crops farmers.
Meanwhile, in her message during the Opening Program, DA-RFO I’s Regional Technical Director for Operations, Ms. Erlinda Manipon reminded the participants to consider the whole value chain in making their plans and programs which should focus on the “seed to table” concept in order to realize higher production and income.
With the presence of private sectors and the members of the Secretary’s Transition team during the event who were able to share their expertise on Entrepreneurship, Farm Consolidation and other Farming Technologies for High Value Crops Production, Ms. Manipon encouraged everyone to actively participate as this activity provides good learning opportunity for both the private and public sectors.
In her message during the 2nd day of the event, Undersecretary for HVCRC, Ms. Evelyn Laviña underscored the importance of good production value chain.
“We need to know and understand the agricultural value chain. Ang dapat mangyari ngayon (what we need to do now) is to produce quality, quantity, GAP certified and ready for the world market agricultural products,” Usec La Viña said.
Among the priority commodities that the DA-HVCRC would focus in the coming years according to Usec La Viña include bananas, pineapple, coffee, cacao, vegetables and abaca.