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Highlights of the Status of Activities
Under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the
Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA)
(As of September 30, 2012)

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The following activities were completed:

  • Preparation of the list and composition of the Network of Protected Areas for Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Development (NPAAAD);
  • Identification of SAFDZ areas;
  • Completion of the NPAAAD and SAFDZ  maps for the whole country

The maps are available to the public;

  • Issuance of guidelines to local government units (LGUs) on the incorporation of the SAFDZ in the enactment and updating of LGU land use and zoning plans and ordinances; and
  • Issuance of guidelines on premature conversion of agricultural lands

to non-agricultural areas through Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Administrative Order No. 1 series of 1999, which was issued on March 30, 1999.


  • The AFMP 2001-2004 of DA has been formulated and disseminated. The DA availed of a World Bank Technical Assistance (TA) for the formulation of the framework for the successor AFMP.
  • A plan for the participatory planning and capability building activities under the AFMP was completed.
  • Reading and other information materials for planning activities had been prepared.
  • The Plan Performance Monitoring Indicator System (PPMIS) has been finalized and is being implemented in the DA regional offices and some attached agencies.


  • The design and the operating policies and procedures of the Agro-Industry Modernization Credit and Financing Program (AMCFP) had been approved and issued.
  • Dialogue sessions among stakeholders in rural, agricultural and fisheries financing are continuously being conducted.
  • The joint circular between the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Finance (DOF) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM), which established the rules and regulations on the transfer of the Directed Credit Program (DCP) funds into the AMCFP was approved on March 11, 2003.
  • Implementation of the AMCFP is on-going.  

     The following programs are being undertaken under the AMCFP Special Lending Facility:
      a) Agricultural Microfinance Program (AMP) with the People’s Credit and Finance Corporation                       (PCFC);  and
      b) Agri-Fishery Microfinance Program (AFMP) with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

  • The following institution-building programs for rural financial institutions are being implemented:
  • ACPC Institutional Capacity-Building Program
  • Special ACPC-ICB programs in partnership with various institutions/organizations

     Upland Southern Mindanao Credit and Institution Building Program
     Other special institutional capacity building (ICB) activities:
            (1)  ICB & Microfinance Program for the Bohol Federation of Women’s Cooperatives;
            (2)  ICB & Microfinance Program for the Bohol Local Development Foundation; and
            (3)  ICB Program for Nueva Vizcaya Cooperatives

  • The conduct of the following policy research studies/papers are being undertaken:

  • Review of ACPC Credit Programs

  • Terminal Evaluation of the LEAD 2000-II Program
  • An inventory of all DA-DCPs and an accounting of the funds were completed. The results of the inventory were submitted to DBM.
  • The Review Steering Committee had accepted the results of the review of the mandates, charters and programs of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises (GFSME), Quedan Rural Credit and Guarantee Corporation (Quedancor), and Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC). The report had been submitted to the DA Secretary, the Congress and the DA-Policy Research Service (DA-PRS).
  • The implementing guidelines for the setting of variable grace periods on the repayments of loans to long-gestating agriculture and fisheries projects were issued.
  • The rationalization plan for credit guarantee schemes and funds has been prepared.
  • The membership of Quedancor Board was expanded to include the coop sector, presidents of the League of Provincial Governors and the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines.


  • The Magna Carta of Small Farmers (RA 7607) provides for farmer-group representation in the BOD of corporations like NIA. The intention of including a national official of the National Confederation of Irrigators’ Associations was raised in the “Completed and On-going Policy Researches/Studies and Policy Recommendations/Agenda for 2005-2010” submitted to the Department of Agriculture.
  • The rehabilitation programs for existing irrigation systems of both locally-funded and foreign-assisted projects were incorporated into the NIA’s medium term irrigation development plan. 
  • Research and Development activities were conducted to improve the management, and to determine the effectivity and efficiency of irrigation systems. 
  • The criteria for the selection and prioritization of irrigation projects has been reformulated.
  • The guidelines on simplified public bidding of irrigation projects were approved by the Board of Directors last September 27, 1999 but were not implemented yet. The bidding process prescribed under RA 9184 is being followed in the procurement of civil works contracts of irrigation projects.    The system for electronic bidding has been developed and is currently being adopted.
  • The turnover of secondary canals and on-farm structures of national irrigation systems to the Irrigators Associations (IAs) is on-going.   
  • The capability building for Irrigators’ Associations (IAs) is an on-going program. For LGUs, activities are limited to technology transfer in communal irrigation development and management.
  • The NIA Board of Directors approved the ISF rates for annual crops and fishponds effective crop year 2005.


  • The DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service’ (DA-AMAS) organizational structure is being implemented. Appropriate personnel in the RFUs were organized into the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD).
  • DA-AMAS provided services on marketing related concerns, which included the conduct of investment missions, agribusiness information generation and dissemination, and networking for enterprise development and investment.
  • The National Marketing Assistance Program (NMAP) has yet to be formulated. However, all the activities being undertaken by the DA-AMAS are part of the formulation of the design of the NMAP.
  • The inventory and assessment of the utilization levels of all post-harvest facilities owned by the National Food Authority (NFA), Food Terminal, Inc. (FTI), Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and other government agencies had been prepared.
  • The National Marketing Umbrella (NMU) Board of Directors was organized.  It conducts regular meetings and market-related consultations with concerned entities. The Regional Marketing Umbrellas likewise conduct market-related consultations.
  • Domestic fairs and exhibits, international fairs/selling missions and exhibits, congresses/fora, seminars and conferences were assisted and participated in by DA-AMAS to promote the marketing of various agricultural and fishery commodities and products.
  • The mobilization plan for the design and operationalization of the National Information Network (NIN) was completed.
  • The DA-ITCAF had undertaken the following activities for the operationalization of the NIN:
    • Establishment and operationalization of the Local Area Network (LAN) of the DA Central Office, Bureaus and Attached Agencies;
    • Operationalization of the DA Wide Area Network (DA WAN), which include the following activities:
  • Installation of the DA-OSEC Wi-Fi and DA Metro Manila Offices Wireless Backhaul serving 22 DA agencies in Metro Manila;
  • Provision of Internet services to DA Quarantine Ports (MICP and South), NAIA Terminals 1 & 2 and leased line services for BOC and BPI;
  • Provision of DSL and Smart Bro Internet connections for selected DA-RFUs;
  • Deployment of more than 700 PCs/Workstations within the network;
  • Operationalization of e-messaging system at the DA Central Office;
  • Provision of Internet access to all DA agencies through the DA WAN;
  • Development and installation of the Computerized Information Tracking Organizer (CITO), a document tracking system at the DA Office of the Secretary;
  • Procurement of additional 85 units of PC workstations to expand the NIN network coverage and for deployment to ECPCS Project priority agencies, quarantine ports and stations;             
  • Implementation of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) in DA-RFUs and offices except in DA-RFUs 4A and                        4B, BAS and ATI); and         
  • Completion of wireless interconnection with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and                        the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The special order defining/adapting organizational strategy to operationalize the NIN was approved and distributed.  Likewise, the memorandum circular establishing the guidelines in the acquisition of IT equipment/infrastructure was approved and disseminated to all concerned DA units.
  • The DA website as well as the following applications and information systems were developed:
    • Plant Variety Registry System of BPI
    • Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards Information System
    • Computerized Information Tracking Organizer (CITO)
    • Agriculture and Fisheries Market Information System (AFMIS)
    • Inward Foreign Manifest Information Retrieval System
    • On-line Import Certificate Processing (BAI, BPI, BFAR and NMIS)
    • ATI-ITCPH Online Training on Animal Pig Husbandry

      and on-going development of the following:

    • Web-based GIS Applications/Online Maps
    • Unified and Enterprise Geospatial Information System (UEGIS)

            A continuing training program for computer operators and other users is being implemented by                  the DA – ITCAF.

  • The transfer of supervision of the DA-Office of the Secretary (DA-OSEC) Library from the Administrative Service to the DA-ITCAF was completed. Implementation of the Philippine e-Lib Project is on-going. Digitization of the agriculture and fisheries library holdings is on-going.


  • The following activities for the strengthening of the agricultural and fisheries engineering capacities were undertaken:
    • reallocation of agriculturist positions and other positions performing agricultural engineering work to the existing engineer positions
    • conduct of trainings and skills development programs
    • strengthening of the Postharvest Specialist Network
  • For the period 2001 – 2010, DA and DAR-funded farm-to-market roads (FMRs) amounting to P39.021B were constructed/rehabilitated under the Farm-to-Market Road Development Program. These involved a total of 20,760 kilometers nationwide. This is 88.28% of the total target of 23,516.70 kilometers of FMRs.
  • A total of 40,752  barangays out of the total 42,190 were provided electricity under the Barangay Energization Project. This means a 96.59%  energization level for the country.
  • The Postharvest Facility Program and the Postharvest Development and Promotion Plan for 1998 had been developed. Succeeding plans were developed at the GMA program level.
  • Administrative Order No. 11 series of 2001 had been issued for the implementation of the National Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization Program.


  • The creation of BAFPS was completed. The appointment of new OIC Director of BAFPS was approved on July 16, 2001.  Seventeen (17) plantilla positions were approved by former President Arroyo.
  • The enactment of Republic Act No. 8550 known also as Fisheries Code of the Philippines dated February 25, 1998 spelled-out the delineation of functions between BAFPS and BFAR.
  • BAFPS had been involved in a number of international standards such as Codex, OIE, ISO, UNECE, IPPC, etc. It had recommended and endorsed the participation of organizations and experts on Codex Committee sessions and other standards-related organizations.
  • BAFPS had formulated standards in agriculture and fisheries products. A total of ninety-six (96) Philippine National Standards had been approved and registered with the BPS-DTI. These standards are for fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals, plantation crops, livestock and animal products, fishery products and non-food products such as cutflowers and coco coir.
  • The Guidelines on Accreditation of Organic Agriculture has been prepared and approved.
  • BAFPS involved the participation of government organizations (GO’s), academic institutions, professional organizations, industry representatives and consumer organization in the drafting of standards.  It had completed the standards for ornamentals, green coffee beans and organic agriculture.
  • The Office of the Undersecretary for Policy and Planning acts as the Codex Contact Point (CCP). The SPS Enquiry and Notification are with the DA-PRS while the Inquiry Point for Food Safety remains with the BAFPS.
  • The BAFPS Task Force was already created and had formulated the design of the BAFPS.


  • The National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (NAFES) Committee headed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) former Chairperson Ester Garcia, approved the NAFES Plan on June 23, 2000.  The plan included: (a) preparation of curricula that tackles agriculture and fisheries; (b) the network of National Centers of Excellence (NCEs); and (c) the formulation and implementation of the National Integrated Human       Resource Development Plan (NIHRDP).
  • The implementation of the Expanded Human Resource Development Program (EHRDP) is on-going. The following are the scholarship programs implemented:

           1. Local Scholarship Programs - Master in Public Management –Rural and Agricultural           Development at the Ateneo de Manila University and at Xavier University;  Master in Public           Management – Rural Development at the UP Visayas; Master in Food Systems Management at the           University of Asia and the Pacific; and Diploma in Development Economics at UP Diliman
            There were 323 MS degree scholars and 95 Ph.D. grantees. The scholarship program also provided           dissertation and thesis assistance to 26 and 28 grantees, respectively.

          2.  Foreign Scholarship Programs – Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program

      There were 143 scholars from 5 batches – 137 were completed (83 Masteral, 25 Ph.D., and 29       Research Grants) and 6 are still on program (6 Ph.D.).

      In addition, there were 8 American scholars/researches who had availed of the program.

  • Two (2) separate boards, the Board of Agriculture and the Board of Fisheries, were created under the supervision and control of Professional Regulation  Commission (PRC).
  • The Licensure Examinations for BS Agriculture and BS Fisheries graduates are now classified as regular examinations of the PRC.
  • The National Pluralistic Extension Agenda and Programs for Modernizing Philippine Agriculture 2005-2010 had been finalized. Consultations were done for the crafting of the National Pluralistic Agenda and Programs 2011 – 2015.


  • The Council for Extension, Research and Development in Agriculture and Fisheries (CERDAF) was created through Executive Order No. 127.  DA Administrative Order No. 24 designated an Undersecretary and Regional Technical Directors for Research and Development.
  • The AFRDIS program of BAR established the interconnectivity backbone across strategic hubs across the country with a total of twenty (20) partner institutions.
  • The following are the on-going ICT support activities:

          a) e-Pinoy Farms (Electronic Farm Resource Management Systems)
          b) OPREMS (Onion Production Resource Management Systems)
          c) e-Learning Program
          d) Agritech Online
          e) e-Agritek

  • The Research, Development and Extension Agenda and Programs (RDEAP) 2006-2010 serves as the basis for prioritizing R&D programs and projects of the NaRDSAF.
  • ATI’s capability enhancement program to establish the National Extension System for Agriculture and Fisheries (NESAF) is on-going.
  • BAR adopted the R & D networking system of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
  • DA A.O. No. 9 on the new modality in agenda setting, planning, and formulation for research, development and extension (RDE) in agriculture and fisheries was issued on March 18, 1999.
  • The NaRDSAF Degree/Non-Degree Scholarship Program and Institutional Development Grant (IDG) Programs are operational but implementation is modest in scope due to budget constraint.
  • Submission of R&D budget proposals to BAR is on-going.
  • Completed researches and on-going research projects from DA and other R & D implementing units were inputted into the Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) systems of BAR. 
  • Financial support was provided to professional societies and organizations.


  • Guidelines for the planning and implementation of agriculture and fishery extension were distributed to DA extension agencies.
  • The Agriculture and Fishery Participatory Planning Manual for LGUs and other information materials on local agriculture and fisheries development planning had been issued.
  • DILG Memo Circulars No. 97-271, 98-200 and 2000-63 on LGU participation in the AFC and representation of the AFCs in the LDCs were issued. In addition, DILG Memo Circular No. 2001-121 was also issued for the inclusion of the AFCs’ budget in the LGUs’ annual appropriation.
  • Reading and other information materials on local agriculture and fisheries development planning had been prepared.
  • Granting of development communication support through tri-media for nationwide extension system continues.
  • Conduct of skills training programs on livelihood continues.


  • The Basic Needs Program (BNP) was submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture on August 13, 1999 and was approved by the Congressional Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization (COCAFM) on March 30, 2000.  However, based on review of the AFMA IRR, the BNP design was renamed “Safety Net Provisions of AFMA”. The implementation of the BNP has been approved but subject to fund availability.
  • The Rural Non-farm Employment – Basic Needs Program (RNFE-BNP) Core Group was organized to develop pilot programs in selected locales to establish the planning, implementation and evaluation processes.
  • Farmers Information Technology Service (FITS)/Techno Pinoy one-stop shop had been set up across all regions in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Agriculture Resources Research and Development (PCARRD)-assisted research consortia.


  • E.O. No. 133, which modified the rates of import duty on certain imported articles under Section 104 of the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978 was passed in 1998. It has been amended by E.O. No. 127 but its effectivity had already expired on February 8, 2003.
  • Republic Act No. 9281 was signed into law on March 30, 2004. Section 1 of which reinstates the duty-free privileges up to year 2015. Pursuant to this, Executive Order No. 376 was issued by President Arroyo on October 22, 2004. It prescribes the implementing rules and regulations for the reinstatement of the duty-free privileges up to year 2015.


  • DA’s budget was realigned based on the different AFMA components.
  • The guidelines for the implementation of the salary supplement of extension workers under the LGUs was formulated.


  • In compliance with the requirement of Section 117 of the AFMA, the COCAFM Secretariat and the NAFC Secretariat spearheaded the groundwork and shared in the funding and management of the review/assessment of policies and programs in the AFMA.
  • The independent review panel of experts appointed by President Arroyo submitted the following:
    • Inception Report in August 2005;
    • Progress Report in September 2005;
    • Draft Final Report in July 2006; and Final Report in May 2007.

Acronyms and Abbreviations


ACPC - Agricultural Credit Policy Council
AFMA - Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997
AFMP - Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan
AMAD - Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division
AMCFP - Agro-Industry Modernization Credit and Financing Program
BAFPS - Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards
BAI - Bureau of Animal Industry
BAR - Bureau of Agricultural Research
BAS - Bureau of Agricultural Statistics
BFAD - Bureau of Food and Drugs
BFAR - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
BPRE - Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension
BSWM - Bureau of Soils and Water Management
CA - Certificate of Accreditation
CE - Certificate of Eligibility
CERDAF - Council for Extension, Research and Development in Agriculture and Fisheries
CHED - Commission on Higher Education
COCAFM - Congressional Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization
DA - Department of Agriculture
DA-AMAS - Department of Agriculture - Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service
DA-FOS - Department of Agriculture - Field Operations Service
DA-ITCAF - Department of Agriculture - Information Technology Center for Agriculture and Fisheries
DA-OSEC - Department of Agriculture - Office of the Secretary
DA-PRS - Department of Agriculture - Policy Research Service
DA-RFU - Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Unit
DA-PS - Department of Agriculture - Planning Service
DAR - Department of Agrarian Reform
DBM - Department of Budget and Management
DCP - Directed Credit Program
DOF - Department of Finance
EHRDP - Expanded Human Resource Program
FITS - Farmers' Information Technology Service
FTI - Food Terminal, Inc.
GFSME - Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises
GIP - Groundwater Irrigation Project
GO - Government Organization
IA - Irrigators' Association
IDP - Integrated Development Plan
IMT - Irrigation Management Transfer
IRR - Implementing Rules and Regulations
ISF - Irrigation Service Fee
IT - Information Technology
LAN - Local Area Network
LBP - Land Bank of the Philippines
LDC - Local Development Council
LGU - Local Government Unit
MAFC - Municipal Agricultural & Fishery Council
M & E - Monitoring and Evaluation
MIS - Management Information System
NAFES - National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System
NaRDSAF - National Research and Development System in Agriculture and Fisheries
NCE - National Center for Excellence
NEDA - National Economic and Development Authority
NESAF - National Extension System for Agriculture and Fisheries
NFA - National Food Authority
NIA - National Irrigation Administration
NIHRDP - National Integrated Human Resource Development Plan
NIN - National Information Network
NMAP - National Marketing Assistance Program
NMU - National Marketing Umbrella
NPAAAD - Network of Protected Areas for Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Development
PAFC - Provincial Agricultural & Fishery Council
PCARRD - Philippine Council for Agriculture Resources Research and Development
PCIC - Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation
PFDA - Philippine Fisheries Development Authority
PhilRice - Philippine Rice Research Institute
PPAPS - Pilot Testing of Agricultural Participatory Planning Systems
PPMIS - Plan Performance Monitoring Indicator System
PRC - Professional Regulation Commission
PSAE - Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers
QuedanCor - Quedan Rural Credit and Guarantee Corporation
RDE - Research, Development and Extension
R & D - Research and Development
RIARC - Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Center
SAFDZ - Strategic Agriculture and Fisheries Development Zones
SWIP - Small Water Impounding Project
USM  - University of Southern Mindanao
VSAT - Video Satellite





Postharvest Facilities

Other Infrastructure (FMRs)

Other Infrastructure (excluding FMRs)

Research & Development

Farmers-Fisherfolk Marketing Assistance System

Agro-Industry Modernization Credit and Financing Program (AMCFP)

Capability Building of Farmers & Fisherfolk Organizations & LGUs

NAFES; and Basic Needs Program Implementation

Rural Non-Farm Employment Training; and Salary Supplement of Extension Workers Under the LGUs

National Information Network


Product Standardization and Consumer Safety

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