The Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) celebrated its third year anniversary with various activities which highlighted remarkable contributions to the agriculture and fishery sector on June 27 to 30, 2016.
The four-day celebration kicked off with an exhibit that showcased the functions of PCAF and its stakeholders. The photos reveal the agency’s commitment to formulate policies, strengthen partnership, collaborate, monitor and perform to yield results.
Aside from the exhibit, employees encouraged to write in a special corner called “PCAFfeinated Conversation” where they gave comments about PCAF and suggestions on how to improve the agency’s performance relative to its outcome indicator.
As part of the anniversary, more than 300 employees and guests from the Department of Agriculture and other bureaus and attached agencies enjoyed free coffee from a locally owned coffee company during PCAF’s “kapihan”. This is the agency’s simple way to support local coffee growers and companies in the country.
The celebration also paid tribute to PCAF’s loyalty awardees for 2016.
This year’s awardees were Virginia Manto who recently retired, Vincent Chua, Abraham Dollente and Rosano Donasco who have served the government for 10 years. Ceneza Dacumos and Percival Figueroa were also awarded for their 15 years of service, while Emmanuel Ferrer, Jose Redentor Besenio and Patricio Mercado spent their 25 years of service to the government.
Ditas Matulac, Jovita Gonzales and Juanito Chan, Jr. served the government for 30 years. PCAF also awarded Miriam Aguilar and Benjamin Donor for their 35th and 40th years of service, respectively.
The loyalty award is given to government employees who have continuously and satisfactorily served the government for at least 10 years and beyond.
Three years and counting
True to its commitment as DA’s apex policy-making body, PCAF guided its stakeholders to formulate policy
recommendations that helped agriculture department to attain its goals—to empower the farmers and fisherfolks, and to accelerate the agriculture and fisheries development and mechanization.
PCAF was formed upon the consolidation of two agencies under the Department of Agriculture (DA), namely the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC) and the Livestock Development Council (LDC), in pursuant to Executive Order No. 336, Series of 2004. The rationalization plan took effect in 2014.
Some of its major accomplishments in 2014 are the development of the country’s position on the proposed international instrument for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), and the conduct of island-wide consultations on rice to ensure that the needs and recommendations of concerned stakeholders are considered in the crafting of a strategic competitiveness framework.
In 2015, PCAF through its stakeholders formulated the adoption and pilot testing of the draft Fishery Improvement Protocol by the USAID-Market Project Steering Committee during the Public Consultation on FIP Protocol in the ASEAN Region held in Bali, Indonesia on May 20-22, 2015, and the drafting and endorsement of the Southeast Asian Shrimp Aquaculture Improvement Protocol. This was adopted by the USAID Market Project Steering Committee on Shrimp Standards.