DILG backs up DA in plans to partner with LGUs
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has vowed to back the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the latter’s plan to further engage the local government units (LGUs) in the country’s food distribution efforts.
A statement showed that the country’s local chief executives (LCEs) are once again called upon by the DILG to serve as strong partners of the DA particularly in cascading national policies and sectoral interventions on food production and the entire value chain system.
“While we rally and steer the agri-fishery industry to propel and reach its optimum potential, it is really the LGUs and respective local chief executives or LCEs that do the rowing, making sure that support mechanisms at the local level are in place and in sync with the priorities at the national level,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.
“Thus, we commend DILG Secretary Eduardo Año for recently issuing DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2020-080 that directs all LCEs to participate and align their actions with DA’s Rice Resiliency Project (RRP),” he added.
The DILG circular particularly directs the respective offices of the provincial agriculturist and the city or municipal agriculturist (C/MAO) to spearhead the distribution of inputs to farmers with documentation, and coordinate with the DA regional field offices and cities and municipalities regarding the schedule of delivery of inputs to designated drop-off points.
The C/MAOs are also directed to conduct an information drive to make farmers aware on these interventions, ensuring that support mechanisms have been cascaded and are in place.