Magandang hapon po!
I would like to welcome everyone here on this special occasion as we celebrate the 2016 PCAF Volunteers’ Day!
We are delighted to have you here today to participate in this celebration and witness the awarding of the outstanding AFC Chairpersons and Coordinators at the Regional, Provincial and Municipal level for their exemplary performance and remarkable contributions to the Philippine agriculture and fishery sector.
The DA-PCAF is committed to sustain the private-public partnership that started 29 years ago, when the first AFC was established on January 30, 1987.
This was to operationalize the state policy embodied in our Constitution which provides “the right of the people and their organization to effective and reasonable participation at all levels of social, political and economic decision making. The state shall, by law, facilitate establishment of adequate consultation mechanism.”
From one Council in Bukidnon, to date, we have grown to 1,728 Agricultural and Fishery Councils from the regional, provincial, city and municipal level and 5 National Sectoral and 3 Strategic Concern Committee.
Through the years, AFCs and NSCs serve as the voice and bridges of farmers, fisherfolk, and other stakeholders to the development of the agri-fishery.
This ceremony acknowledges and honors our volunteer-partners for their support to the develop
pment of the sector. We, at PCAF, hope that this search creates a realization that all your efforts and contributions are valued, rewarded and given due recognition.
With our commitment and cooperation, we have helped in ensuring the success of every agricultural and fishery-related programs and projects nationwide.
I would like to congratulate in advance all the winners and to all of you here.
Saludo po kami sa inyo! Maraming salamat po!
Date: December 14, 2016
Venue: Hotel Stotsenberg, Clark, Pampanga