In preparation for the CY 2025 programs, projects and activities under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) in the 15 regions, the Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Office I (DA-RFO I) hosted the National Planning Workshop at the Em Royale in San Juan, La Union on Feb. 13-16, 2024.

With an aim to present various updates on the guidelines and policy directions pertaining to the implementation of DA’s programs and projects, the activity also provided an avenue to discuss issues and concerns regarding the systems being used to enhance the implementation of the activities under the RSBSA.

In the presentation of Ms. Elaica Quebec, member of the RSBSA-NPMO, major priority plans and directions that DA Sec. Francisco Laurel would want to realize in relation to the DA’s thrusts on improved digitalization were emphasized.

Top priority of the Secretary in the digitalization pursuit is the annual conduct of RSBSA confirmation for registered farmers in the system using the tri-way platform such as on-site, caravan and online.

Adding to this direction is for the establishment of a biometric enrollment work stations in all the 15 RSBSA-RPMO using the RSBSA Digital Fund.

Georeferencing, one of the major means of verifying and validating the declared farm parcels of the registered farmers added to the priority projects especially those that were already given interventions such as RCEF-RFFA, seeds and fertilizer as well as fuel discount voucher.

In her message to the participants, OIC-Chief of the Field Program Operations Planning Division Ms. Lorna Belinda Calda encouraged the workshop participants to be more proactive in proposing projects and activities prioritizing those that needed to be done while coming up with activities that would provide better outputs.

Joining the planning workshop in behalf of Regional Executive Director Dr. Annie Q. Bares is Regional Technical Director for Operations, Engr. Dennis Tactac, who welcomed the participants in the 4-day activity.