QUEZON CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA) — Key legislative officials and family farming-related organizations in the country commended the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) for leading the development of a five-year national roadmap for family farming.
Senator Kiko Pangilinan, Minority Leader on the Committee on Agriculture and one of the panel members during the initial presentation of the draft Philippine National Action Plan (NAP) for the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) for 2019-2028, said that the document is comprehensive, and the plans are clearly stated.
Peter Turingan from the Senate Economic and Planning Office affirmed this and congratulated the Department and the ATI for taking the lead role in the series of multi-stakeholder dialogue for the crafting of the NAP.
Similarly, Tamara Duran of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and Alessandro Marini of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), said that the draft NAP is “well-crafted.” Marini furthered that the approaches in the formulation of the document were “inclusive and participatory.”
The draft NAP covers a brief background of family farming, set of objectives, multisectoral participatory crafting strategies, conceptual and logical frameworks, as well as some ways forward.
While the panel members complimented the document for its comprehensiveness and inclusiveness, some additional insights and recommendations were, likewise, given.
Particularly, Pangilinan and Romulo Miral, Jr., from the Congressional Policy & Budget Research Department, highlighted the need to supplement the DA’s overarching goal of increased income among the farmers and fishers, as part of the NAP, with specific data.
“Determine what are the incomes today and have that as a benchmark,” Pangilinan advised.
Miral reinforced this as he underscored the importance of monitoring and evaluation in program implementation and formulating roadmaps.
“We need data to support our targets, as well as evaluation to see whether we are implementing the right policies or whether these are correctly, effectively, or efficiently carried out,” he said. (PIA NCR)