The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in establishing a Province – led Agriculture and Fisheries Extension
System (PAFES) between the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and
Agri – Stakeholders in the province seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of services to be given to agri-
fishery sector had finally signed just recently.
Governor Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado for and on behalf of the PGBh, Dir. Angel C. Enriquez stands for the
DA, and the representatives from Bohol Island State University, Regional Agriculture and Fishery Extension
Wetwork, League of Municipalities of the Philippines – Bohol Chapter, Municipal Agricultural Officer, City
Agriculturist and Municipal Agriculturist Association – Bohol, Provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Council,
Provincial Rural Improvement Club, Bohol Provincial 4-H Federation, Federation of Irrigators Associations in
Bohol, Kapunungan sa Bol-anong Organikong Mag-uuma, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council,
and Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Bohol signed the MOA during the PAFES Program Reorientation
and MOA signing last May 12, 2023, held at the Ceremonial Hall, 4 th Floor, New Capitol Building, this city.
Gov. Aumentado in his message said that he was elated in this development which is in harmony with the
Strategic Change and Development Agenda in the provincial government under his administration.
Aumentado viewed that since this program is in collaboration with the different agri-related government
agencies which have their own roles and responsibilities in the implementation of the programs, he is optimistic that
the programs would reach the door step of the end users.
On her part, Director Enriquez said that through PAFES we can achieve greater accomplishments through
simplifying things wherein the main objective of the signing is already to signal the start of a very strong extension
function through collaboration between and among the Local Government Unit (LGU) particularly the Municipal
Agriculture/Municipal Agriculturist Office, provincial and national governments in the implementation of the
programs in agriculture.
Elvin J. Milleza, Chief-PMED, DA7in his presentation disclosed that the program has allocated the province of
Bohol the amount of P335,893, 770 of which from that budget the rice program has gotten the big appropriation to
the tune of P269, 770, 770 and followed by livestock program (P34, 528, 000), corn program (P20, 833, 00),
HVCDP (P10, 262,000) and organic agriculture program (P500, 000).
Provincial Agriculturist Liza M. Quirog said that PAFES is a true blessing for Bohol in spite of the challenges of
El Nino on the province’s horizon.
Quirog thanked the DA through its OneDA Reform Agenda that is establishing the PAFES as a key strategy
primarily beginning in 2023 and beyond.
She said that in the next three years, Bohol and DA shall further strengthen their linkage in research and
extension using science-based technologies for Bohol’s SMART Agriculture Strategic Agenda together with our
partners – the farm producers, farmers, fisherfolks, their families and enterprises in the rural communities and fueled
by the Mandanas Law.
Quirog bared that the province through OPA is ready to hit the ground running to manifest the ultimate
commitment to make all our lives become better now and in the future. By Atoy Cosap