Department of Agriculture

Department of AgricultureThe Department of Agriculture (DA) is the lead agency of the Philippine government responsible to boost farmers’ income and reduce poverty incidence in the rural sector. Its vision is,“Prosperous rural communities, built on profitable farms that provide surplus for agro-industry and food security”.

At the proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898, which gave birth to the First Philippine Republic under the stewardship of President Emilio Aguinaldo, several offices and agencies were established. The then Department of Agriculture and Manufacturing was created through a Presidential Proclamation on June 23, 1898.

By 1901, the Insular Bureau of Agriculture was then created under the Department of Interior through Act 271. In 1910, by virtue of Act 1407, the Bureau of Agriculture was transferred to the executive control of the Department of Public Instruction.

Eventually, by virtue of Act No. 2666 which was implemented on January 1, 1917, the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources took over the functions and activities of the Department of Interior.

Under Martial Law, by virtue of P.D. 461, the DANR was reorganized on May 1974 into two departments, namely: the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources.

On June 22, 1978, by virtue of P.D. 1397, all government departments were transformed into ministries. On June 30, 1984, under EO 967, the Ministry of Agriculture was renamed Ministry of Agriculture and Food or MAF. On January 30, 1987, President Aquino signed and issued Executive Order No. 116, which renamed and reorganized the MAF into the Department of Agriculture.

SOEMCO became a partner of the DA in 2008 in the implementation of the Socorro Integrated Coconut Processing Facility under the AECID-funded Strengthening the Agro-Industrial Sectors In Bicol and Caraga (SAIS-BC) Project. Moreover, SOEMCO is an implementing partner of the DA’s Barangay Food Terminal (“Bagsakan Center”) Program in 2009. Recently, the SOEMCO-DA partnership on the implementation of the Farm Tractor and Corn Mill Project on a 50:50 scheme under the DA Corn Program has been approved and is expected to revolutionize the corn production program with the end in view of attaining food security in the island municipality of Socorro.