6th Mindanao-wide PAFC Summit spells success
by Aurell Arais
Butuan City (24 November) -- Armed with spirit of volunteerism, officers of provincial Agricultural and Fishery Councils all over Mindanao flocked here in the city to attend the 6th Mindanao-wide PAFC Summit eventually made the gathering fruitful and very successful.
It was recently held at Almont Hotel's Inland Resort and Convention Center, which was hosted by PAFC Agusan del Sur under the chairmanship of Mr. Pete Lim, designated as summit chairperson.
Regional Executive Director Ricardo C. Regis of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 welcomed all guests and participants as he encouraged AFCs to be more vigilant amidst controversy shaking the agriculture department nowadays.
Participants were PAFC chairmen and coordinators coming from all regions in Mindanao namely Region 9, 10, 11, 12, Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
In her keynote speech, Dr. Maria Luz Enriquez, Deputy Executive Director of National Agriculture and Fishery Council, lauded the officers of PAFC all over Mindanao for voluntarily rendering their services and time for the council without counting any return.
The highlight of the summit was the holding of the plenary sessions which focused on the FIELDS interventions and its implementation likewise it also tackled various issues affecting the agriculture sector and possible solutions were presented.
The speakers who talked about various support on FIELDS Program includes GMA Rice Program Coordinator for Mondanao Abner Montecalvo of PhilRice Agusan; National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Caraga Engineering Division Chief Engr. Serafin Gallero Jr., Director Asterio Saliot of Agricultural Training Institute; Bureau of Post-Harvest Research and Extrnsion Project Team Leader for Mindanao Edgardo Testa, Project Development Officer IV Rudy Ungson of Agricultural Credit Policy Council, LBP Butuan Lending Center Head Jose Enedicto Faune, Assistant Regional Director Nerio Casil of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Caraga; Bureau of Soil and Water Management Coordinator for Caraga, Sunny de Guzman and Celebes Agricultural Corporation Plant Manager Romeo Sacro.
Governor Maria Valentina G. Plaza of Agusan del Sur also sent her representative Ferdinand Perez, the Public Information Officer of the province who expressed their great support to the summit.
Also gracing the occasion were RAFC Caraga Chair Reynaldo Gaballo and Agusan del Norte Vice Governor Enrico Corvera as representative of Governor Erlpe John Amante who also greatly supported the summit.
This year's holding of the 6th Mindanao-wide PAFC Summit has a theme "Mindanao AFCs: Meeting the challenge through FIELDS".
FIELDS is a banner program of the Arroyo administration to collaborate all efforts on agriculture which stands for F-fertilizer, I-irrigation and other infra, E-education and training, L-loans, D-dryers and other post harvest facilities and S-seeds and other genetic materials. (BFAR-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]