System Management Commitee Meeting
The National Food Authority Davao Oriental Provincial Office participated in the System Management Committee (SMC) Meeting conducted by the Irrigation Management Office (IMO) held at PCU, Bagumbayan, Lupon, Davao Oriental on June 9, 2016.
Engr. Rona B. Presto, head of the Irrigation Management Office-Lupon, Davao Oriental, welcomed the representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA), NFA, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army, Local Government Units (LGUs), grains business sector, irrigators associations, and farmer organizations.
The meeting was aimed at gathering more views and opinions from various agri-sectors in addressing the identified issues and concerns raised during the consultation meeting with incoming DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
Meanwhile, NFA-Provincial Operations Officer Josefa G. Lianza explained the specific objectives, program availment, and the quality standards acceptable in the Farmers Option to Buy Back (FOBB), which was a major concern of the farmers. She also encouraged the farmers to deliver clean and dry palay to enable them to avail of the incentives offered by the NFA. (Meiko D. Barril, correspondent)
POO Lianza (at the podium) answers a query from one of the participants