To execute an integrated approach in the implementation and monitoring of agricultural projects and programs in the province and synchronize activities to avoid duplication and overlapping of project initiatives, program implementers and stakeholders convened for a two-day provincial management group (PMG) and provincial agricultural management (PAM) meeting at Bontoc, Mt. Province.

Division chiefs, program coordinators, and focal persons from the regular programs and special projects under the agriculture department (DA) like the Scaling-Up of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2-SU), Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), and the DA-Integrated Natural Resource and Environment Management Project (DA-INREMP) and Provincial and municipal local government unit (P/MLGU) representatives participated in the activity.

OIC-DA-Regional Executive Director, Dr. Cameron P. Odsey said that forums like these are important because this serves as venue for all the partner LGUs and focal persons to come up with better ideas as to how they will implement activities to avoid duplication of efforts, to do away with the overlapping of activities and improve implementation coordination activities.

Meanwhile, Engr. Beverly Pekas, the Agriculture Provincial Coordinating Officer (APCO) for Mt. Province expressed her gratitude to the participants for their presence because this is an indication that they want to be involved in all agricultural development programs being implemented in the province. She added that even though the primary aim of the activity is to synchronize efforts and update stakeholders of the status of tie various agricultural interventions in the area, it also is a venue for information sharing and awareness setting.

Status of programs and projects being implemented in the Province will be presented in the next two days. Thus, Engr. Pekas encouraged the participants to stay so that if they have issues and concerns regarding the various projects and initiatives being implemented in their areas of responsibility, this will be settled immediately.

In addition, Provincial Administrator, Atty. Amador Batay-an said that this activity is the perfect time for the participants to look at how far they have gone and how much further they have to go to bring about agricultural development in the province.//MJMaguide