Act Agri-Kaagapay Organization welcomes PBBM declaration of July of every year as PH Agriculturists’ Month

May 16, 2024 People's Journal 145 views

A GROUP advocating for the welfare of small farmers in the country welcomed President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s move designating July of every year as “Philippine Agriculturists’ Month” in a bid to increase awareness about the country’s agriculture center.

President Marcos issued the order through Proclamation No. 544 signed on May 10, to transform Philippine agriculture into a dynamic, high-growth sector because it is the backbone of the economy as it provides employment.

Act Agri-Kaagapay Organization founder Ms. Virginia Ledesma Rodriguez, author of the book “Leave Nobody Hungry”, said agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty, and provides us with food, the most basic human necessity.

“Modernizing the country’s farming and food systems is important to ensure strong food value chains, affordable and nutritious food, and a vibrant rural economy,” she said, adding “we are very fortunate that President Marcos is giving his full support to all the Filipino farmers by declaring July as agricultural month.”

Rodriguez, granddaughter of the late Senator and former Supreme Court Justice Estanislao Fernandez, said that agricultural industry is considered to be one of the biggest sources of employment, whether it’s working as a farmer, harvester, technician for farm equipment, scientist, or any other form of employment , agriculture provides employment opportunities to a huge number of people reducing the percentage of unemployment and poverty.

Under Proclamation 544, the celebration of the Philippine Agriculturists’ Month will engage professional agriculturists in agricultural advocacy, policy research and formulation and provide an avenue for enterprise-building, communications training, and community development.

President Marcos, who also served as the agriculture chief before handing the position to fishing tycoon Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr., stressed that agriculture plays a “significant role in ensuring food security, as well as fostering environmental protection and balanced urban and rural development.”

The proclamation tasked the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Professional Regulation Commission and its Board of Agriculture to lead, coordinate, and supervise the observance of Philippine Agriculturists’ Month.