DAR transfer to Davao eyed
by RG Alama
Tagum City (23 January) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is eyeing the Department of Agrarian Reform to relocate to Davao instead of the planned transfer of the Department of Agriculture.
This was bared by Presidential Adviser of New Government Centers Sec. Rodolfo del Rosario, during his visit to Kapalong Municipality last Friday (Jan. 19).
The Secretary said that instead of DA being relocated in Davao, which was originally planned, the DAR is being eyed to take its place in the plan to decentralize government operations throughout the country.
"DA would instead be transferred to Baguio, in Northern Luzon" said del Rosario.
Mindanao being the food basket of the country was the original choice as the site of the DA head office new location, but according to Sec. Del Rosario, Mindanao doesn't really need the DA here since it is free from calamities and doesn't need much of the Department's intervention.
Unlike in Luzon, the Secretary said where it is always battered by storms and typhoons hence, as the President noticed, it frequently needs DA's assistance and intervention especially during calamities.
The country's agricultural output last 2006 grew at 3.9% as a series of destructive super typhoons and storms struck the country particularly Luzon. But these calamities spared much of Mindanao.
The Secretary said that the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) compound located in Mintal, Davao City would instead be eyed as the site for the proposed transfer of DAR. The SPDA compound was then originally designated as the site for DA's relocation. (PIA XI) [top]