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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012


DA-12 chief wants to win back trust of farmers, public

KORONADAL CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- “We want to win back farmers; and public trust to the Department of Agriculture,” Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan of the Department of Agricultur e (DA)-12 told a group of farmers in North Cotabato.

In a recent dialogue with farmers at DA-12 facility at Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CMIARC) in Amas, Kidapawan City,Datukan admitted the DA’s image was tarnished by several anomalous transactions in the past such as the fertilizer scam and many other issue of corruption.

She, assured the participants that DA-12 has been working hard to regain the trust of the Filipinos, especially the farmers.

Nelly Escote-Ylanan, head of the Regional Agriculture and Information Division, said that after assuming office in February last year, Director Datukan introduced drastic institutional reforms in DA-12 including re-composition of the bids and awards committee and by closely monitoring projects, making sure that no ghost projects are allowed. She also made sure that only quality materials and services are delivered to their clients.

“The changes felt inside and out of the DA organization now is an answer to her battlecry, not to fail the people who entrusted her the responsibility to lead change and development in the agriculture sector of Soccsksargen Region. The quest for reform in DA in all parts of the country now brings back hope and confidence,” Ylanan said.

“We are now proud to be identified with DA, and confident to face people” Datukan told the dialogue participants, citing that latest in social network survey revealed that DA is no longer included in the top corrupt agencies of the government.

Also during the dialogue, Datukan reported that DA was able to perform well in the food staple production which resulted in the decrease of the country’s rice importation from 2 million metric tons in the previous in 2010 to 860,000 metric tons in 2011.

Region XII contributed 7.44 percent of the annual national production last year, she said.

Lesser import our country, means an advantage to the farmers, she added.

“Farmers will never be successful if people in DA, including other key players in agriculture sector are not sincere in the implementation of all the programs and projects,” she said.

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