The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MoALI) of Myanmar, will jointly organize the Policy Roundtable on Rice and other Important Agricultural Commodities: Towards Evidence-Based Policy Formulation on 1 April 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
The event aims to serve as a...Read more
Eleven carabao-based enterprise cooperatives signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Rosario, La Union on 16 February; in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on 23 February; in San Miguel, Bulacan on 24 February; and in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on 3 March...Read more
The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) supports the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), now referred to as the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF), in addressing three interrelated issues confronting the region---food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. This partnership programme, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and...Read more
MANILA, Philippines. The Philippines, through the Climate Change Commission (CCC), was invited by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to join the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network's Project Steering Committee. Mr. Alexis Lapis, International Relation Specialist of CCC, said that the invitation came after the successful participation of the...Read more
Senator Cynthia A. Villar (right), Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, discusses with Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), how SEARCA has contributed to the bill on crop insurance that she filed in the Senate. The lady lawmaker also informed Dr. Saguiguit of another bill she...Read more
Sources: Manila Standard Today
22 Mar 2017
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—A United Nations specialized agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries is conducting an impact assessment study on its funded Department of Agriculture Irrigated Rice Production Enhancement Project or IRPEP in six provinces in Regions 6, 8 and 10.
The International Fund for...Read more
Sources: The Philippine Star
21 Mar 2017
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Philippine Department of Agriculture challenged to espouse creativity in gov’t bureaucracy
“Kayo ang boss ko (YOU [people] are my boss).”
How a government bureaucracy like the Department of Agriculture (DA) can translate this touchstone statement of Philippine President Benigno Aquino Jr. into action is the subject of the Eighth DA Lecture Forum held on 22 February 2012 at the DA Head Office in Quezon City, Philippines.
Dr. Rogelio V. Cuyno, international agriculture, training specialist and former Chancellor of University of the Philippines MindanaoThe lecture, entitled “Kayo ang Boss Ko: A Challenge to Creativity of Government Bureaucracy,” was given by international agriculture and training specialist Rogelio V. Cuyno, who is a former Chancellor of University of the Philippines Mindanao.
The DA Lecture Forum Series is jointly organized by DA and SEARCA for DA executives and mid-level managers and professional staff.
Each forum features an expert who discusses new or unexplored ideas and developments in agriculture; and strategic policy, leadership, and management in relation to the agriculture bureaucracy.
“This event is part of our efforts to improve the capacities of DA personnel especially in the area of governance,” SEARCA Director Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. said.
Dr. Cuyno said understanding the nature and reality of bureaucracy will help appreciate what the new administration is up against in its desire to be true servant of the people as eloquently expressed in the statement “kayo ang boss ko”.
“If the bureaucracy is the DA, its given mission is to reduce poverty of farmers and to produce enough food for the population,” Dr. Cuyno said.
He explained that the proclamation by President Aquino that the citizens are going to be his boss reflects a new rationality and is consistent with emerging organizational alternative.
“Since that statement was uttered during the inaugural rites, it can be said that the President intended this to be one of his guiding lights in his administration,” Dr. Cuyno said.
He suggested ways by which to introduce President Aquino’s ethical principle of public service into the mainstream of the DA’s bureaucracy.
For his proposed reform program of change to succeed, Dr. Cuyno said there must be communication; internal ownership; the need for and design of reform must be convincing to people in the DA; a core group and coalition of change champions who will sell, promote, inform, and educate the rank and file and other players in the system; and a monitoring information system that documents activities, participation, and feedback. He added that the nature and content of the reform program will influence the kind of response from the DA personnel. He said there is a need to organize a small, multi-skilled group of people who will carry out change management in the organization and to remove obstacles and inconsistencies blocking implementation of the new vision.
Dr. Cuyno wrapped up his lecture by enjoining the DA to develop a workable plan of reform of the public bureaucracy and presenting a format for crafting such plan.
The lecture series is part of the DA Umbrella Capacity Development Program on Strategic Management and Policy implemented by SEARCA. (Leah Lyn D. Domingo)