|DA-HVCDP Sets Directions for 2011-2016|
|Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:35|
The Department of Agriculture’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) headed by its new Program Director Dante S. Delima convened in Butuan City last January 20-21, 2011 together with the national program secretariat, regional coordinators and Regional Executive Directors from the 16 regions of the country for the orientation and direction setting for CY 2011 to 2016. Dir. Delima in his opening statement , expressed his view of a more efficient and productive program for the next six years. He also cited the importance of the activity so that the coordinators and directors will know the directions that the present administration is heading, which is necessary for the attainment of the targets/goals of the program for the ensuing years.
Director Delima also presented the HVCDP’s Strategic Intervention Plan for six years which sets the program’s interventions to the farming community. Further, he cited the Agri-Pinoy framework as the guideline of HVCDP in implementing the Strategic Intervention Plan.
Agri-Pinoy is a strategic framework for all functions and programs of the Department of Agriculture. It is a set of principles and practices focused on developing Philippine resources and capabilities to meet Philippine needs.
DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala who was visiting the region at the time, also graced the HVCDP orientation. In his message, he emphasized the need on giving importance to the real needs of the farmers so that the interventions that the government will render will not go to waste.
The same message was also stressed by Dir. Delima when the coordinators had their Workshop on the project process. He urged the coordinators to prioritize their deliverables for an efficient public service.
The High Value Crops Development Program is one of the priority programs of the DA created to help address food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable growth. It is embodied in the High Value Crops Development Act of 1995 otherwise known as RA 7900 , an act to promote the production, marketing and distribution of high value crops.
HVCDP has four priorities namely : Industrial crops ( rubber, coffee, cacao, abaca), Vegetables (spices, lowland, upland and indigenous ), Fruits (local priorities) , Staple Food, Crops & Legumes (Saba-banana, rootcrops, Adlai, Soyabeans). /vanessa p. sanchez, rafid –da-13