DA invests heavily on IT system
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is now laying the groundwork to digitize its operations starting with the upgrading of its management information system (MIS).
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the upgraded MIS would contain the digital registry of farmers and fisherfolk, and list of previous and current DA projects.
It will also features a real-time monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, and optimizes the use of a geolocation app for a more efficient project implementation and monitoring that will benefit more farmers, fisherfolk, and stakeholders.
“We need to have good data management and a very robust M&E system to attain a reliable and credible agri-fishery information down to theq ground level. We will also have a data analytics group as we invest in data science and go digital in the agriculture sector,” Dar said.
The DA, through the Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS), has already developed the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Registry System (FFRS), and the Farmers’ Interventions Monitoring System (FIMS) that applies a mobile geotagging technology instituted under its Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), funded by the World Bank.
The FIMS harmonizes the databases from the DA regional field offices, bureaus, attached agencies and corporations, and foreign- and locally-assisted projects, including those from partner local government units. Subsequently, it facilitates real-time and efficient recording of agri-fishery information and M&E reports of different DA projects.