The Philippines has historically been a major agricultural producer, with the country’s economy heavily dependent on its agricultural sector. The Department of Agriculture (DA) plays an important role in ensuring that farmers and producers have access to the technologies they need to make their farm operations more efficient and sustainable.
In this article, we will look at the various functions and services the DA provides. Keep reading to learn more about the department and what it does for the Philippine economy.
- What is the Meaning and Purpose of the DA?
- Functions and Responsibilities of the DA
- List of Programs and Services of the DA
- Video: Farm-to-market road master plan, outlined by Dept. of Agriculture
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What is Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran?
- 2. What is the AMIA program?
- 3. What is the Philippine Rural Development Project?
- 4. What are the benefits of organic farming in the Philippines?
- 5. What is NOAP in agriculture?
- 6. How did the DA promote agriculture?
- 7. Who is the head of the Department of Agriculture in the Philippines?
- Final Thoughts
- Contact Information
What is the Meaning and Purpose of the DA?
The Department of Agriculture, also referred to as DA, is the executive department of the Philippine government responsible for promoting agricultural development and ensuring food security. It is also tasked with providing economic opportunities for farmers and fisherfolk by developing their lands and improving their productivity.
Attached Agencies of the DA
- Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) – This agency is responsible for providing financial support to farmers and fishers. It also acts as a lender of last resort in times of calamities that affect agriculture.
- Cotton Development Administration (CODA) – This agency promotes the growth of the cotton industry and ensures farmers’ access to quality seeds and other inputs. It also helps develop the infrastructure needed for a sustainable cotton industry.
- Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) – This agency promotes the use of fertilizers and pesticides to increase crop production. It also provides technical assistance to farmers on how to use these products properly.
- Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) – This agency promotes the development of the fiber industry through research and development, capacity building and marketing. It also ensures that farmers have access to quality inputs such as cotton ginned seeds.
- Livestock Development Council (LDC) – This agency promotes the development of livestock production. It provides technical assistance to farmers on how best to manage their livestock, and it also helps them access quality inputs such as vaccines and animal feeds.
- National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) – This agency is the government’s agribusiness arm. It aims to improve the competitiveness of Philippine agriculture by providing financial services and other support to agribusinesses.
- National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC) – This agency aims to develop the agriculture and fishery sectors by providing policy advice on issues affecting them. It also helps promote the interests of Filipino farmers.
- National Dairy Authority (NDA) – This agency aims to improve the productivity and profitability of the dairy industry in the Philippines. It does this by providing various services, including milk testing and registration.
- National Food Authority (NFA) – The NFA is a government agency tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that there is always a sufficient supply of food in the Philippines. It does this by controlling the importation and distribution of rice, sugar, and other basic commodities.
- National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) – The NFRDI is a government agency tasked with the responsibility of conducting scientific research in order to improve the fishery industry in the Philippines. It does this by providing various services and conducting studies on various aspects of fisheries management.
- National Irrigation Administration (NIA) – The NIA is a government agency tasked with providing irrigation to farmers in the Philippines. It does this by constructing and maintaining irrigation systems across the country, as well as providing farmers with fertilizers and other agricultural inputs.
- National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) – The NMIS is a government agency tasked with ensuring the safety and quality of meat in the Philippines. It does this by conducting inspections on slaughterhouses, butchers and other food processing facilities.
- National Tobacco Administration (NTA) – The NTA is a government agency tasked with regulating the tobacco industry in the Philippines. It does this by providing laws, regulations and guidelines for tobacco products, as well as conducting inspections on manufacturers and sellers.
- Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation (PADCC) – The PADCC is a government agency tasked with providing loans and grants for agricultural development. It also helps farmers by providing them with equipment, seeds and other resources needed on their farms.
- Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) – The PCC is a government agency tasked with preserving and promoting the carabao, a type of water buffalo. It does this by providing training programs for farmers, as well as promoting the use of carabaos in agriculture.
- Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) – The PhilMech is a government agency tasked with improving the postharvest processing and packaging of fruits and vegetables. It does this by providing training programs for farmers, as well as offering them access to modern equipment such as water pumps and conveyor belts.
- Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) – The PCA is a government agency tasked with promoting the use of coconuts in agriculture. It does this by providing training programs for farmers and offering them access to modern equipment such as pumps that are powered by solar energy.
- Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) – The PCIC is a government agency tasked with providing insurance coverage for farmers. It does this by offering different types of insurance, such as crop failure and yield loss insurance, and by providing training programs to farmers on how to best use the various products they offer.
- Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) – The PFDA is a government agency tasked with promoting the sustainable use of fisheries resources. It does this by providing training programs for fishers and helping them set up cooperatives that can help them market their catches. The agency also offers assistance to fish farmers who want to venture into aquaculture, which is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, shrimp, and other shellfish.
- Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) – The Philrice is a government agency that aims to improve the production and productivity of rice, one of the country’s main crops. Its main goals are to develop and promote new varieties of rice that can better withstand pests and diseases, as well as drought and flood conditions. The agency also works with farmers who have difficulty producing high-quality rice by providing them with training programs on how to do so.
- Quedan Rural Credit and Guarantee Corporation (QUEDANCOR) – QUEDANCOR is a government agency that provides financial assistance to farmers in the Philippines. It offers loans and insurance coverage for farmers who need capital to purchase farm equipment or tools, as well as other essential supplies such as seeds and pesticides. The agency also works with local cooperatives that provide credit facilities for small-scale farmers who do not have access to banks.
- Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) – SEAFDEC is an intergovernmental organization that promotes sustainable fisheries development in the Asia-Pacific region. The agency works with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders to establish legislation that protects coastal ecosystems, as well as to create programs for the sustainable management of fisheries resources.
- Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) – SRA is an inter-agency body that regulates the sugar industry in the Philippines. It was established in 2010 to replace the Sugar Regulatory Administration and Sugar Authority of the Philippines, which were merged into one agency. The government created SRA as part of its efforts to promote long-term economic planning by making sure that sugar prices are fair for all stakeholders involved in the industry.
As you can see, the department has a very broad portfolio that covers many different sectors of the economy. You’ll also notice that most of its agencies are inter-agency bodies. This means that they were created to address specific problems or issues in the economy, but they are not standalone government agencies.
The origins of the Department of Agriculture can be traced back to 1898. President Aguinaldo of the Philippines established it after he had ordered the establishment of the Manufacturing and Agriculture departments.
In 1901, the American colonial government prioritised developing various agricultural products, such as rice. This led to the creation of the Insular Agriculture Bureau. It was placed under the Interior Department. In 1910, this department was also placed under the supervision of Public Instruction.
Adriano Hernandez, who was the first Filipino to head the agency, was a practicing farmer. He was able to lead the Bureau of Agriculture because he had a background in agriculture.
The agency’s operations continued to grow until it was abolished following the enactment of Act No. 2666, which was also known as An Act to Re-organization the Executive Department of the Philippine Islands.
The act provided for the creation of the Department of Natural Resources and Agriculture, which would have the power to take over various administrative and managerial functions. These include the management of fisheries, hunting, and forestry. It was also authorized to assign certain matters to other agencies.
In 1932, the Department of Agriculture was re-organized following another Act. This new agency was known as the Department of Commerce and Agriculture. The previous agency, which was known as the Department of Communication and Commerce, was transferred to the new department.
During the time of the Commonwealth’s exile in 1942, the Department of Agriculture was re-organized. Following the resumption of the Commonwealth government in 1945, it was renamed the Department of Agriculture and Justice. Then, the following year, it was again combined with the Agriculture and Commerce departments.
In 1947, the Department of Agriculture was renamed the Department of Natural Resources and Agriculture following an executive order. Other agencies, such as the Bureau of Commerce, were also included in this new department.
In 1959, the Department of Agriculture moved to its new facility in Diliman, Quezon City. It was formerly located in the Agrifina Circle in Manila.
In 1974 by Presidential Decree No. 461, the DANR was divided into two: the Department of Agriculture and the Department Of Natural Resources, now known as the DENR.
Following the implementation of the parliamentary system in 1978, various government departments were transferred to ministries. For instance, the Agriculture and Food Office was renamed the Department of Agriculture in 1987.
The executive order that created the Department of Agriculture stated that the agency would focus on promoting agricultural development. It was also mandated to provide the necessary support services and policies to help businesses operating in the country. The agency improved the agriculture markets’ efficiency through its various reforms and policies.
These reforms included the elimination of various agricultural taxes and the establishment of new agricultural credit systems. The agency also started to phase out the direct lending scheme.
In 2014, four agencies that represented a significant portion of the DA’s budget were removed from the agency’s control following the implementation of anti-corruption reforms. Following the pork barrel scandal, these reforms were part of the agency’s efforts.
These agencies are now under the Office of the President, which is responsible for overseeing the various programs and activities of the Agriculture Department.
Functions and Responsibilities of the DA
The Department of Agriculture is a government agency that focuses on promoting agricultural development. It provides various support services and policies to help small and medium-sized enterprises develop their operations.
The goal of the DA is to ensure that the Philippines has a resilient and food-secure future. It aims to empower its farmers and fishers by developing effective and competitive agricultural practices. This can be done through the establishment of a comprehensive framework that includes the use of sustainable technologies and practices. Hence, its battlecry is simply: “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita!”
The Philippines’ development plan (2017-2022), which aims to improve the lives of the country’s people, identified the expansion of the country’s agricultural, forestry, and fisheries (AFF) sectors as one of the key areas of focus. This sector is expected to create over 300,000 jobs and reduce inequality and poverty in rural areas.
The AFF is also expected to contribute to the country’s development by providing raw materials to various industries, resulting in more stable and higher-paying jobs. In order to fully capitalize on its potential, the government should focus on increasing the AFF’s efforts to promote inclusive development.
Through investments and interventions, the government can expand the scope of opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the AFF. This will encourage them to participate in the country’s development.
Laws Enacted by the Department
There are several laws enacted by the Department of Agriculture that aim to promote inclusive development in the AFF. These include:
- Republic Act 11511 – An Act Amending Republic Act No. 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010
- Republic Act 10068 – (Organic Agriculture Act of 2010) – and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)
- Proclamation No. 212 – Amending Proclamation No. 75 Entitled, “Declaring the month February as Countryside Development Month”
- Proclamation No. 178 – Declaring the Years 2011 to 2020 as the National Decade on Biodiversity in the Philippines
- Republic Act No. 10068 (27 July 2009) – An Act Providing for the Development and Promotion of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines and for other Purposes
- Republic Act No. 8435 – Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA)
- Republic Act No. 8550 – Philippine Fisheries Code
- Proclamation No. 261 – The National Fisherfolks Day
- Proclamation No. 33 – Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month
- EO No. 168 – Transferring the National Irrigation Administration from the Office of the President to the Department of Agriculture
- EO No. 124 – Imposition of Mandated Price Ceiling on Selected Pork and Chicken Products in the National Capital Region
- EO No. 60 – Reduction and Condonation of Real Property Taxes and Interest / Penalties Assess on the Power Generation Facilities of Independent Power Producers under Build-Operate-Transfer Contracts with Government-Owned-or-Controlled Corporations
- EO No. 58 – Approving the Merger of the Home Guaranty Corporation and the Philippine Export-Import Credit Agency (Philexim), Transferring the Guarantee Functions, Programs and Funds of All Small Business Corporation, and the Administration of the Agricultural Guarantee Fund Pool, and the Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund to the Philexim, and renaming the Philexim as the Philippine Guarantee Corporation
- EO No. 116 – Renaming the Ministry of Agriculture and Food as Ministry of Agriculture, Reorganizaing its units, integrating all offices and agencies whose functions relate to Agriculture and Fishery into the Ministry and for other purposes.
- EO No. 481 – Promotion and Development of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines
- EO No. 376 – Modifying the rates of import duty on certain imported articles under Section 104 of the tariff and customs code of 1978 as amended, in order to implement section 1 of Republic Act 9281, Reinstating the effectivity of tax incentives under Section 109 of Republic Act 8435, Otherwise known as the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997
- EO No. 133 – Modifying the rates of import duty on certain imported articles under section 104 of the tariff and customs code of 1978 (Presidential Decree No. 1446), as amended in order to implement Section 109 of Republic Act 8435, otherwise known as the “Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997”
- EO No. 209 – Guidelines and procedures for the availment by commercial fishers of the tax and duty exempt importation of fishing vessels, equipment and paraphernalia and tax duty rebates on fuel consumption provided for under Section 35 of REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8550, otherwise known as The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998
- EO No. 210 – Adopting the “Maunlad na Niyugan Tugon sa Kahirapan” Program and establishing mechanisms for its implementation
- EO No. 213 – Constituting the National Enforcement Task Force on Coconut Tree Conservation
- EO No. 233 – Transferring the attachment of the Livelihood Corporation (LIVECOR), the Human Settlements Development Corporation (HSDC) and all their subsidiaries to the Department of Agriculture
- EO No. 236 – Attaching the National Food Security Council and the National Secretariat on Food Security to the Department of Agriculture, amending for the purpose Executive Order No. 86, Series of 1999
These laws and executive orders are important to the country’s development because they support the realization of economic, social and political reforms in the Philippines. They also help to strengthen democracy by promoting transparency and accountability in governance.
List of Programs and Services of the DA
As part of the DA’s commitment to supporting the country’s agricultural development, it has established programs and services that aim to provide farmers with the tools they need to be more productive. The following are some of these programs and services under the One DA Reform Agenda: Eighteen (18) Key Strategies
- Bayanihan Agri-Clusters (BACs) – The concept of Bayanihan Agri Clusters is a combination of government interventions and the establishment of farmer-owned groups to reduce production costs and improve the efficiency of the agriculture value chain. These groups will be able to benefit from the various government support programs and loans.
- Collective Action / Cooperatives Development – Through collective action, farmers and fishers can become part of business entities or cooperatives that can improve their operations and profits. This type of action can help them become more profitable.
Establishing strong linkages between major players in the food industry and organized farmers and fishers can help them secure a steady market for their products. This can also help them transfer technologies.
- Province-led Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Systems (PAFES) – Through the establishment of PAFES, the Department of Agriculture (DA) aims to strengthen its collaboration with local government units and the private sector to provide extension services at the grassroots. Through the PAFES system, the provincial government can serve as an extension hub that coordinates the activities of various stakeholder groups. It also plans and executes agricultural programs and projects. The DA will work with other agencies to maximize the efficiency of the provinces’ efforts.
- Mobilization and Empowerment of Partners – The DA will encourage private sector involvement in agri-based industries and develop markets for agricultural products in the country. It will also work with local governments to expand the scope of operations.
- Diversification – The goal of this program is to encourage farmers to diversify their income sources and increase their production of various commodities such as rice, corn, and coconut.
- Credit Support – The DA’s agricultural credit policy aims to encourage the participation of the banking and financial sectors in the rural financial system.
- Technology and Innovation including Digital Agriculture – Through the use of digital technology and data analytics, the logistics and food value chain will be improved by delivering efficient and effective services to farmers. This will allow them to improve their farm productivity and reduce waste. One of the first steps in this process is to implement e-Kadiwa, which will allow them to distribute their inputs to their farmers. Through the use of digital databases, farmers will be able to monitor their crop production and improve the efficiency of their operations. This will allow them to develop a more sustainable and profitable farming industry.
- Farm Mechanization and Infrastructure Investments – Vital rural infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, postharvest facilities, storage, tolling, processing, and marketing facilities, in partnership with the private sector and concerned agencies and LGUs, will be aligned and planned out according to their impact on supply, markets, and climate change. The private sector and LGUs will also be engaged in the creation of food hubs and establishment of efficient transport and logistics systems.
- Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Measures – The DA will intensify its efforts to address climate change and other natural disasters through the establishment of regional and provincial vulnerability assessments. The DA will also strengthen its regional field offices (RFOs) to provide effective and timely disaster risk management and early warning services.
- Food Safety and Regulations – The goal of the DA’s activities is to minimize the effects of animal and plant diseases by improving research facilities and establishing traceability systems. It will also work with other agencies to develop effective measures against these epidemics.
- Agri-Industrial Business Corridors (ABCs) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will establish agri industrial business corridors (ABCs) with trading posts and fisheries management areas to provide access to capital and resources for small-scale farmers and fisher folk. These areas will also feature state-of-the-art facilities such as hatcheries and nurseries.
- Global Trade, Export Development, and Promotion – The value chain is a vital part of the development of regions and provinces, as it allows them to compete in the production of specific crops. It will be the center of project and program rollouts. Through the establishment of processing facilities and mechanization of farms, small and medium-sized enterprises will have the opportunity to participate in the export value chain. The goal of the DA is to encourage provinces and regions to develop their own high-value crops, which will allow them to compete in the global market. Through the support of international trade, the agency will also safeguard existing agreements.
- Postharvest, Processing, Logistics, and Marketing Support – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will coordinate the activities of its various departments in the supply chain and production of agricultural goods. Through its partnership with local governments, the DA’s e-Kadiwa and Kadiwa will enhance their efforts in the procurement and marketing of agricultural products. The development of a national logistics system will help improve the efficiency of the agricultural supply chain. It will also help minimize the transportation costs of agricultural products to various consumption areas.
- Agriculture Career System – As the number of students studying in agricultural universities and colleges increases, the DA will step up its efforts to encourage them to pursue careers in agriculture. Through its programs, the agency will also develop partnerships and linkages with other organizations that are focused on increasing the number of agripreneurs and farmers. Through its advisory role, the DA will also help develop curricula that are geared toward addressing the increasing number of students studying in agricultural universities. This will allow the sector to absorb more graduates from both the traditional and non-traditional fields. It will also help improve the country’s manpower capacity by implementing a merit and incentive system.
- Education and Training: Agribusiness Management – Through training and education, farmers will be able to improve their skills and knowledge in farm business management and entrepreneurship. The agripreneurship program is a core strategy that aims to modernize the country’s agriculture sector and create employment opportunities for millions of farmers. A system will be established to recognize and promote the leadership roles in farmer organizations.
- Youth and Women Engagement – Information dissemination on long-term agricultural programs, practices, and learning platforms will target the engagement of youth and women. As the active population of farmers and fishers enter senior citizenship, the DA will aid in the transition of the largest and most competitive agri-enterprises into the management of a younger crop of leaders, scientists, and researchers.
- Ease of Doing Business and Transparent Procurement – The DA will continue to work toward establishing a more transparent procurement system. This will involve implementing a technology-driven approach. The DA will also help agripreneurs, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), reduce the cost and effort of doing business.
- Strategic Communications – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will focus on developing effective communications strategies that will help improve the public’s understanding of the agri-fishery sector. This will involve integrating the agency’s various communications responsibilities into one.
Other Department Projects
National Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization and Industrialization Plan 2021-2030 – The National Agriculture-Fisheries Management Plan (NAFMIP 2021-2030) is a comprehensive plan that aims to guide the development of the country’s agri-fishery sector over the next decade. It will provide a framework for the implementation of various policies and strategies, such as the establishment of comprehensive land use plans and the development of commodity system roadmaps. Compared to the previous iterations of the plan, this new approach is more policy-oriented.
National Color-Coded Agricultural Guide Map – Through the AMIA, the government of the Philippines was able to develop new planning tools that help farmers and other stakeholders prepare for the impacts of climate change. It also ensured that the country’s agricultural sector is equipped with the necessary tools and resources to manage its risks.
The President’s vision for the country’s agricultural sector is to remove the uncertainty about where crops should be grown. This is done through the development of color-coded guide maps that provide a comprehensive view of the country’s agricultural regions. These maps also help identify areas where crops can be grown most efficiently.
Philippine Rural Development Project – The PRDP is a six-year project that aims to establish a government platform for the development of a modern agri-fishery sector. It will partner with the private sector and local government units to provide various infrastructure and technologies that will help improve the competitiveness and incomes of the rural communities.
Special Area for Agricultural Development – The goal of the SAAD program is to alleviate poverty in the various marginalized sectors of the agriculture and fishery industry. It is carried out through a local government program funded by the DA. The program is targeted to help these areas meet the requirements of the Executive Order 70 of 2018.
National Organic Agriculture Program – The NOAP is a collaborative document developed by the NOAB and various stakeholder groups. It aims to provide a framework for the organic industry in the country.
The NOAP serves as a guide for implementing various organic activities within the Department of Agriculture. It also has a system that can be used to monitor and evaluate the program’s effectiveness.
Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) – The DA’s Kabuhayan at Kababayang Katutubo is a three-year project that aims to provide financial and other support to the local communities through the establishment of productive and resilient agricultural and fisheries businesses. It also addresses the needs of the International Cooperation and Investment Companies (ICCs) and their local partners.
Video: Farm-to-market road master plan, outlined by Dept. of Agriculture
This video highlights DA’s efforts to address the needs of local communities for farm-to-market roads in remote areas. According to PBBM’s directive, the Department of Agriculture has begun drafting a master plan for farm-to-market road projects. It is part of the government’s plan to support farmers and boost local food production.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran?
The DA’s Kabuhayan at at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4K) is a three-year project that aims to provide financial and other support to the local communities through the establishment of effective agricultural and fisheries-related livelihood opportunities. It also involves the provision of equipment and support services to the ICCs/IPs in the country.
2. What is the AMIA program?
Through the AMIA program, the government of the Philippines was able to develop new planning tools that help farmers and other stakeholders prepare for the impacts of climate change. It also ensured that the government’s efforts are geared toward addressing the needs of the country’s agricultural community.
3. What is the Philippine Rural Development Project?
The goal of the PRDP is to establish a government platform that will help develop a modern and climate-smart agri-fishery sector. Through its partnership with the private sector and local government units, the project will provide a variety of infrastructure and technology that will help improve the competitiveness and incomes of the rural communities.
4. What are the benefits of organic farming in the Philippines?
The objective of the program is to promote and develop the organic agriculture industry in the Philippines. It aims to help farmers improve their farm income and sustainability, as well as reduce poverty in the rural sector. It also aims to improve the health of the country’s population.
5. What is NOAP in agriculture?
The NOAP is a collaborative document that was established by the NOAB and various other stakeholder groups to promote organic agriculture. It was developed through the cooperation of various non-government organizations and civil society groups.
6. How did the DA promote agriculture?
The Executive Order of the Department of Agriculture (DA) aimed to promote the development of agriculture by providing a comprehensive policy framework and support services to help businesses expand their operations. It also implemented various reforms to improve the efficiency and profitability of the agriculture sector.
These reforms included the removal of agricultural monopolies. Other reforms were also carried out such as the establishment of a new credit system for the agricultural sector.
7. Who is the head of the Department of Agriculture in the Philippines?
The head of the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture is the secretary of Agriculture. He is a member of the Cabinet of the country. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is the current secretary of the Department of Agriculture. He assumed office on June 30, 2022, as the 17th president of the Philippines.
The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture (DA) serves a unique role in the country’s agricultural sector. It is tasked with not only regulating but also promoting the growth of the agricultural industry in the Philippines, which includes both domestic and foreign investments.
For many Filipinos, agriculture is an important part of their livelihoods, and the DA’s role is to ensure that they are given access to the resources and opportunities they need in order to survive. The DA is also tasked with ensuring that a wide range of agricultural products is grown in the country, so as to ensure food security for Filipinos.
We hope that after reading this article, you have a better understanding of what the DA is, and how it works to promote the agricultural sector in the Philippines.
DISCLAIMER: This article is not an exhaustive account of the Department of Agriculture’s role in the Philippines. It is intended to provide a brief overview of how the government agency works and how it impacts Filipino farmers. If you wish to learn more about the DA, feel free to reach out to them through the information provided below.
Department of Agriculture (Main Office)
Address: Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City, 1100
Telephone Number: +63 (2) 8928-8741 to 64 and +63 (2) 8273-2474
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