His Excellency Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. (BBM) has long championed agricultural development throughout his nearly four decades in public service—during his stint as Governor of Ilocos Norte, from 1983 to 1986 and from 1998 to 2007, and as lawmaker, first as the Representative of the Second District of Ilocos Norte from 1992 to 1995 and from 2007 to 2010, and second, as Senator from 2010 to 2016.
Under his leadership as Governor, Ilocos Norte saw significant expansion in rice and corn production as well as in livestock. He was branded as “Rice czar” as the province became rice self-sufficient with an average of 296 percent sufficiency level.
Also, for the whole period of his term, Ilocos Norte sustained more than 100 % self-sufficiency in corn and other major commodities. The province is the number 1 garlic producer and second largest producer of mango in the region.
Among the agriculture-related bills President BBM filed during his term as Senator were Senate Bill (SB) No. 14 or the proposed National Irrigation Program of 2013, SB 112 or the proposed National Seeds Production Act, SB 1863 or the proposed Anti-Rice Wastage Act, and SB 409 or the proposed Philippine Soybean Authority Act.
During the 16th Congress, he was a member of the Committees on Agriculture and Food and Agrarian Reform, as well as the Agricultural and Fisheries modernization and Congressional Oversight Committee on Agrarian Reform.
Now, as the country’s 17th President, President BBM made the unprecedented decision of designating himself as the concurrent head of the Department of Agriculture amidst the looming global food crisis. In his inaugural message on June 30, the President noted that the country’s agriculture sector “cries for urgent attention” after years of neglect and misdirection.
His plan of action for the short-term is to increase the yield of the country’s main staple and provide support to those in need of government assistance. Over the long-term, he is pushing for multi-year planning focused on the restructuring of the food value chain from research to development to retail.
Hence, he called upon the members of the DA family to work fast and efficiently to surmount the numerous challenges that threaten the country’s food supply and stymied the growth of the farm sector for decades. ###
Philippine Rural Development Project
The Philippine Rural Development Project is a six-year (6) project designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector. PRDP will partner with the LGUs and the private sector in providing key infrastructure, facilities, technology, and information that will raise incomes, productivity, and competitiveness in the countryside.Development Objectives Within the six-year (6) project intervention, it is expected to provide the following outcomes:
- At least five percent (5%) increase in annual real farm incomes of PRDP in household beneficiaries
- 30% increase in income for targeted beneficiaries of enterprise development
- Seven percent (7%) increase in value of annual marketed output
- Twenty percent (20%) increase in number of farmers and fishers with improved access to DA services
Special Area for Agricultural Development
The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program is a locally-funded program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which aims to help alleviate poverty among the marginalized sectors of agriculture and fishery of the thirty (30) priority provinces identified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) as well as areas covered by Executive Order No. 70, series of 2018.
The strategy of the program is to increase food production and the establishment of community enterprises by providing the appropriate technology, financing, marketing, and other support services for animals, crops, and fisheries to individuals, families/households and organized farmers and fisherfolks including among others DSWDs 4Ps and Indigenous Peoples (IPs).
Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks)
The Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4K) is a three-year special project of the DA following the directives of the president for an enhanced provision of assistance in the form of Agricultural and fisheries related livelihood opportunities, investments through the provision of production and post-harvest machineries and equipment and various support services for the ICCs/IPs all over the country through targeted community needs-assessments.
This Project is composed of four (4) components: Social preparation, Production and Livelihood, Marketing Assistance and Enterprise Development, and Project Management. Social Preparation is the conduct of preliminary social analysis of the community where organizers engage in institutional preparations, are selection, and social investigation/integration. Production and Livelihood encompass a range but specific concerns, in which activities and assets are provided to the ICCs/IPs in order to support themselves. Market Assistance and Enterprise Development foresee to empower the ICCs/IPs as entrepreneurs and develop competitive agribusiness enterprises. Project Management defines and maintains standards within the organization such as, guidelines and matrix on the practice of managing and implementing the projects.