Baguio City - May 2, 2017 - May is farmers’ month. 
That is old and common knowledge. What is new about the month of May being a farmers’ month?
DA-RFO-CAR OIC-Regional Executive Director would heighten our awareness of May as farmers’ month even more. “Every day, we should thank a farmer(s) for their heroic roles and accomplishments in food production. If we cannot acknowledge this in our hearts privately or when we are in their company, we do not deserve to eat,” he said. 

An official recognition of the contribution of farmers to community and nation building, particularly as key players in agricultural and rural development was recently issued by Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol through Memorandum Order, dated March 27, 2017. The Order designates the Chairman of the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC) “as “Farmer-Director” in every DA-RFO during the whole month of May.” 

“The Agriculture and Fishery Council or AFC is the mechanism for private and public sector partnership in the development processes of the agriculture and fishery sectors at the regional, provincial, and municipal levels,” according to Secretary Pinol. 

The organization of AFCs at the regional and local levels was through the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF), formerly National Agriculture and Fisheries Council (NAFC). 

“To date, there are 16 Regional Agriculture and Fishery Councils (RAFC), 81 Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Councils (PAFCs), 21 independent Component City Agricultural and Fishery Councils (HUCAFCs), and over a thousand Municipal and Agricultural Fishery Councils (MAFCs/City Agricultural and Fishery Councils (CAFCs) across the country, Secretary Pinol said.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the DA-RFO-CAR through its OIC-Regional Executive Director Lorenzo Mamuag Caranguian, executed the turnover of the key of responsibilities that the farmer-director shall perform for the month of May 2017, in today’s turnover ceremonies, right after the Special Flag ceremony, May 2, 2017.

Our farmer-director is Ms. Balbina A. Ernesto, RAFC Chairperson, CAR, 76 years old, and a pure blooded Ibaloi from Irisan, Baguio City. 

Ms. Ernesto is a retiree from the DepEd Non-Formal Education and a multi-awarded citizen for her civic duties and volunteerism with government and private institutions, advocacies and causes.

RED Enzo looks forward to a successful reign for Ms. Ernesto as farmer-director for the DA-RFO-CAR. In a meeting, this morning, both RED Enzo and Director Ernesto leveled out their functions and duties for the month, prior to the conduct of the Management Committee Meeting at the DA-CAR conference hall.

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