Agricultural and Fishery Councils (AFCs) nationwide conducted elections during the whole month of July 2019 for the installation of a new set of officers who shall serve as the farmers and fisherfolk’s representation in various agricultural-based activities in their localities.
Supervised by the respective AFC and Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs) in their vicinities alongside representatives of the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF), the elected officers of the AFCs, which range from the Municipal, City, Provincial, Highly-Urbanized Cities/Independent Component Cities, and Regional, (MAFCs, CAFCs, PAFCs, HUCAFCs/ ICCAFCs, and RAFCs) shall serve a fresh mandate of three years from 2019-2022.
A partnership between the private and government sector, the AFCs serve as the grassroots advisory body for agriculture and fishery concerns of farmers, fisherfolk, youth, rural women and agricultural traders/entrepreneurs across the country. This includes serving as a channel of communication and source of information, as well as enabler for community and individual stakeholder to influence and share control over development initiatives.
AFCs also play an important role in the development of their respective communities, as they are viewed to be erstwhile partners in development through recommendation of policies and strategies, evaluation of programs and projects and provision of corresponding feedback for such, as well as acting as governance mechanism with the aim of stimulating responsiveness, relevance, transparency and accountability.
In line with the recently-conducted elections, below is the list of the newly-elected officers of RAFCs nationwide: -AE
Chairperson: Michael Lumas-i
Vice-Chairperson: Ramon Calde
Secretary: Basilia Marerro
Treasurer: Feliciano Bose
Auditor: Modesto Bahul, Sr.
Public Relations Officer: Martes Alodos
Chairperson: Vincent Adorna
Vice-Chairperson: Magdaleno Andres
Secretary: Alberto Maningding
Treasurer: Benjamin Campañano
Auditor: Bonifacio Fagela
Public Relations Officer: Rogelio Ceredon
Chairperson: Isidro Acosta, Sr.
Vice-Chairperson: Alfredo Paguila
Secretary: Josue Balderama, Jr.
Treasurer: Fernando Fajardo
Auditor: Crispulo Santos
Public Relations Officer: Benjamin Elmer Lucas, Jr.
Chairperson: Francisco Hernandez
Vice-Chairperson: Onesimo Romano
Secretary: Rogelio Santos
Treasurer: Bayani Dela Cruz
Auditor: Orlando Corpuz
Public Relations Officer: Henry Custodio
Chairperson: Pedrito Kalaw
Vice-Chairperson: Crispin Salvador
Secretary: Nellie Ilas
Treasurer: Joselito Eugenio
Auditor: Gaudencio Genil
Public Relations Officer: Delmar Argosino
Chairperson: Melquiades Macalintal
Vice-Chairperson: Sergio Supnet, Jr.
Secretary: Alfonso Esguerra, Jr.
Treasurer: Antonino Manuba
Auditor: Rodolfo Valdez
Public Relations Officer: Jose Vidal
Chairperson: Jose Cordero
Vice-Chairperson: Peter Theodore Caro
Secretary: Tomas Jonathan Arroyo
Treasurer: Raul Carreras
Auditor: Benedicto Palmares
Public Relations Officer: Carina Arellano
Chairperson: Elpidio Barcarlos
Vice-Chairperson: Elma Peña
Secretary: Emelinda dela Cruz
Treasurer: Dawn Rhoda Jamandre
Auditor: Tomas Hautea
Public Relations Officer: Stephen Santillan
Chairperson: Lou Cabalde
Vice-Chairperson: Alfredo Oguis
Secretary: Joseph Durado
Treasurer: Florida Ybañez
Auditor: Josefina Quirante
Public Relations Officer: John Edgar Luardo
Chairperson: Inocencio Morallos
Vice-Chairperson: Bebito Matuguinas
Secretary: Ariston Acedera
Treasurer: Eliseo Solajes
Auditor: Adolfo Olaya
Public Relations Officer: Jorge Alvero, Jr.
Chairperson: Leonardo Caparida
Vice-Chairperson: Adelberto Baniqued
Secretary: Ruena Salvador
Treasurer: Jessie Manlangit
Auditor: Concordio Bolusan
Public Relations Officer: Edwin Araneta
Chairperson: Edgardo Layug
Vice-Chairperson: Mario Jamis
Secretary: Imelda Mendoza
Treasurer: Ric Vacalares
Auditor: Jaime Go
Public Relations Officer: Sylvia Bergado
Chairperson: Epifanio Loyola, Jr.
Vice-Chairperson: Dan Mitchao
Secretary: Allan Macansantos
Treasurer: Alepio Mulato
Auditor: Ruben Caligner
Public Relations Officer: Joel Esconde
Chairperson: Dionisio Bautista
Vice-Chairperson: Eduardo Castin
Secretary: Angelita Chavez
Treasurer: Emmanuel Bartocillo
Auditor: Aurelio Betque
Public Relations Officer: Rodrigo España
Chairperson: Alexander Lanaria
Vice-Chairperson: Dexter Bajade, Sr.
Secretary: Arnie Arreza
Treasurer: Antonio Cabrera
Auditor: Vidal Luna
Public Relations Officer: Alfredo Lobog
(No elections conducted, same set of officers retained)
Chairperson: Abdulrahman Macabangon
Vice-Chairperson: Romulo Ng
Secretary: Bai Sarika Pendatun
Treasurer: Tungko Husain
Auditor: Hasim Camad Laut
Public Relations Officer: Hji. Abdulhajim Barail