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The Department of Agriculture – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo is urging the local government units (LGUs) of Apayao to strengthen the implementation program and projects in their domains that are supported by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

This was stressed during the  2nd quarter assessment  of agricultural programs was held last May 25, 2018 at the Star Jewel Lodge, San Isidro Sur in  Luna, Apayao.

As frontliners, the LGUs plays a crucial role in the successful implementation to improve the livehood of farmers, Edillo informed his listeners. 

 “You know better what is really happening in your provinces and as partner in the implementation of programs and projects, we must strengthen our partnership in giving solution to the problems to agriculture,” Edillo stressed.

Meanwhile, Edillo said that the department must spend all the funds allocated in the region this year as on set with the new appropriation scheme of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on 2019 from obligation-based to cash-based that must be settled in the fiscal year.

 “I don’t want that the agriculture industry in Cordillera will be left behind  in terms of performance so every centavos of the fund allocated must be utilized for the farmers because government money that were not spent means poor delivery of programs and projects,” Edillo added.

Edillo said that once the project was turned over, it’s the responsibility of the LGU’s to continue its implementation such as maintenance, training and further improvement but if there be problems that will occur, the department will  always be ready to help to find solutions to the  problems.

Issues and concerns on farm machineries and equipment, livestock dispersal and infrastructure in the regular banner programs and special projects of the department including crop insurance were presented and discussed during the meeting.

The activity was participated by the staff of the office of the provincial and municipal agriculturist and the DA-CAR.//A. Canero