DA holds training for agricultural engineers

THE Department of Agriculture in Bicol through the Regional Agriculture Engineering Division, conducted training cum workshop on agricultural infrastructure, post harvest facilities, farm mechanization for agricultural engineers in the region.

The activity aims to harmonize the targets, guidelines and implementation of these projects from the region down to the local government units. The activity also updated agricultural engineers on the status of implementation of the different projects; introduce new technologies on postharvest and small scale irrigation and identify possible recipients to fast track implementation of various agricultural engineering projects.

Meanwhile, Engr. Ariodear C. Rico Chairman Board of Agricultural Engineering discussed the AE Competitiveness Road Map Strengthening the Philippine Agricultural Engineering Profession for food sufficiency.

He underscored the need for the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Local Government Units (LGUs) to strengthen the agricultural engineering groups to provide the necessary technical and engineering support to carry out the smooth and expeditious implementation of agricultural infrastructure projects. Strengthening of AEs was stipulated in Sec. 46, R.A. No. 8435 otherwise known as the AFMA Law.

He added that agricultural engineers are also involved in the interventions for  Climate Change Mitigation and  Environmental  Protection such as soil conservation and watershed  management; agricultural meteorology; agricultural waste management and renewable energy development. Rico also reported that one important memorandum circular signed by the late  DILG Sec. Jesse M. Robredo last July 16,2012 is DILG MC No. 2012-128  to all provincial governors, city/municipal mayors, officers of Sangguniang Panlalawigan/panglungsod/bayan and DILG regional directors where the subject of which is the additional guidelines in the institutionalization of AE profession in the LGUs, supplementing DILG memo circular No.s 2008-167 and 2011-25  and to further ensure compliance with R.A. 8559 or the Philippine Agricultural Engineering Act of 1998.

Engr. Felimar M. Torrizo a member of the Board of Agricultural Engineering also discussed the guidelines in Strengthening the Practice of Agricultural Engineering in the LGUs and the implementation of the  building code.

According to RAED Chief, Engr. Arnie C. Ilan, to ensure quality and efficient agricultural machineries and postharvest facilities,  RAED also coordinates and/or supervises at the regional level the enforcement of the Philippine Agricultural Engineering Standards.

He also discussed the implementing guidelines of various programs and programs of the DA and encouraged the agricultural engineers to give their comments and suggestions on how to facilitate implementation of said projects. Ilan emphasized that regional plans and programs were in consultation with concerned agencies like PhilMech, NIA, BSWM and the LGUs.

Part of the output of the workshop is the finalization of the draft regional guidelines; strategies of implementation of various agricultural engineering projects and the updating of the directory of agricultural engineers.

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