DA urged to be more transparent amid COVID-19 pandemic
An advocacy group said that while the Department of Agriculture (DA) deploys different platforms for its programs, the agency still needs to improve its contents and tools to better inform the public of what it does,
Right to Know Right Now! Coalition (R2KRN) Co-convenor Jenina Joy Chavez said that DA, being the chair of the IATF Task Force Group Food Security that should ensure the sufficiency of food supply in the time of COVID-19, is an important agency.
“To inspire confidence, it has to address the paucity of information in its various platforms, and start releasing official documents to support and supplement their press conferences and press releases,” Chavez said.
“The amount of information DA shares leaves much to be desired. For instance, comprehensive reports regarding the ALPAS Program which is funded by the P31 billion supplemental budget are not available on its website,” she added.
She also said that important details of farmer-beneficiaries, who and where they are, of the Financial Subsidy for Rice Farmers, the SAP counterpart for agriculture, are not available.