PH gov’t gears for actual implementation of Sagip Saka act
The Philippine government is now gearing towards the actual implementation of Sagip Saka Act, a law made to increase the income of farmers and fishermen.
In a statement, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has lauded the signing of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Sagip Saka Act.
“We have passed the law, and now that Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed the IRR, we can now focus on increasing farmers’ and fisherfolk’s incomes by developing and promoting their enterprises and directly linking them to private and government consumers,” said Pangilinan, author and proponent of the law.
The implementation of the law begins with a number of things, including the creation of the Farmers and Fisherfolk Enterprise Development Council, which includes representatives from Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Departments of Trade and Industry,Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Finance (DOF), the Cooperative Development Authority, farmers’ and fisherfolk’s organizations, and agriculture/food/restaurant/business sector.
The IRR also paves the way for the establishment of Sagip Saka desks at the Office of the Secretary and in regional field offices and the creation of the National Sagip Saka Program Steering Committee that includes representatives from various DA units.
Activities and funding support for Sagip Saka should also now be includes in DA’s annual plan and budget proposal.