With a total number of 250 AEWs, the agency made it possible to evaluate the agency’s progress and performance this year, specifically in the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Camiguin through the comments and insights discussed by the participants which were lobbied for recommendations and solutions.
Apparently, DA-RFO 10 Field Operations Chief Carlota S. Madriaga and OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA graced the gathering to listen and present solutions on their issues and concerns.
Some of the said concerns were: inclusion of AEWs who are employed in a Job Order basis on the incentive benefits, the low quality of seeds distributed to requesting parties, and on-time release of incentive benefits to all AEWs.
In response, Director Collado explained that incentives were only given to AEWs (who are regular employees) as of the moment since it’s what has been stipulated on the memo promulgated by DA Central Office. Thus, considering the request of the majority, he encouraged them to create a resolution so he can present it to the Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol, himself.
He likewise requested all AEWs to submit requirements earlier than the deadline of submission to facilitate a prompt release of incentives, citing that late and incomplete submission of requirements caused the delay of release.
Furthermore, FOD Chief Madriaga expressed its regret regarding the low quality of seeds but assured the participants that seeds procured and distributed had all undergone necessary laboratory tests and if found substandard, the supplier concerned is actually required to replace them with seeds that are of high quality.
An induction ceremony of newly-elected officers of the “League of Agricultural Extension Workers in AEWs in Misamis Oriental and Camiguin” was also conducted and wasled by Director Collado.
The set of officers for the AEWs in 2 provinces was elected during their previous meeting on October 13, 2017 which was remarkably noted considering that they were the first in Region 10 to form an association as AEWs.
Before the program ended, Director Collado, on behalf of the whole DA-RFO 10 thanked all participants for coming over and for being a constant partner of the agency in its mandate to improve the agriculture sector.
“We commit that in the coming years, you would have our support for the improvement of the agriculture sector in your community,” he expressed further.
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