DA officials told to ‘re-think’ strategies to better serve farmers, agri stakeholders
Agriculture Secretary William Dar probably knew there must be something wrong in the way the Department of Agriculture (DA) is currently dealing with its stakeholders, primarily the farmers, that he had to ask the agency’s officials to “re-think” their current strategies.
In a statement, Dar urged all officials and staff of DA to innovate their plans, programs and initiatives to better serve and empower millions of farmers, fishers and other clienteles, amid the Covid-19 pandemic and into the “new normal.”
“We must re-think the way we do things at the Department, adapting to the changing times, with a renewed sense of commitment and urgency to remain relevant, responsive, and effective,” said sDar.
“So much is expected of us and of the agri-fishery sector, in general, amid the immense challenges that we continue to face. And we should not lose sight of our vision of a food-secure and resilient nation, with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk,” he added.
Dar said during his meeting with about 80 DA officials nationwide, half of whom were at the DA central office and the rest from their respective offices and regions who joined the agency’s mid-year assessment meeting via teleconferencing.
According to Dar, there is a need for a stronger monitoring system to better assess the progress of various DA-funded programs and projects nationwide.
“We recognize that all these must be supported by reinforced monitoring and evaluation, and policy and planning capacities to put in place a robust and effective system. Such will help guarantee the quality of our services, timeliness of their delivery, and more accurate measurement of outcomes of our interventions,” he said.
The mid-year assessment aims to determine the progress of the implementation of DA programs and projects, in terms of meeting respective physical and financial targets. It also aims to address the causes of unmet targets, and gather inputs from management on resolving slippage and moving forward.