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PBBM and the advisory council focus on agri-priorities and food security.

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On Friday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos considered the recommendations made by the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) to achieve food security.

The Office of the President (OP) said that Marcos met with the PSAC at Malacanang Palace in Manila in a Facebook post.

The OP stated that President Ferdinand R. Marcos, also the head of the Department of Agriculture (DA), spoke with the Private Sector Advisory Council today about the administration’s priorities in agriculture.

In addition to suggesting that Marcos implement techniques to improve supply chain management, PSAC encouraged Marcos to go digital in promoting the agriculture sector.

According to the statement, “PBBM received recommendations from the PSAC on digital farming techniques and supply chain optimization initiatives to maintain food security.”

According to the OP, Marcos and the PSAC also reviewed the National Food Authority’s current policies and recommended allowing the organization to function as a logistical center.

In a separate statement, Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil of the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) said Marcos also pushed for the institutionalization of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) digital platform Sarai to give agricultural stakeholders site-specific crop advisories based on information gathered from the Diwata microsatellite.

According to Garafil, OPS Officer-in-Charge, “farmers and fishers will have access to real-time and updated information on farm conditions through the DOST program, including weather prediction, drought, flooding forecasts, disease detection, and infestation.”

In addition, Marcos mandated strict implementation of anti-African swine fever measures, such as a 60-day ban on the importation of live pigs and pork products from Panay and the Guimaras Islands, as well as a review of the Act for Salt Iodization Nationwide (ASIN) to revive salt farming as a second source of income for fishermen, according to Garaf. Marcos also ordered the acceleration of replanting coconut trees and the distribution of seedlings.

To alleviate micronutrient deficiency in the nation, the ASIN Law, also known as Republic Act 8172, mandates the addition of iodine to salt meant for human and animal consumption.

When he announced in June that he would lead the DA, Marcos promised to give the farm industry “top priority.”

As director-general of the DA, Marcos committed to improving rice output and restructuring the agriculture division first.

Even though there have been calls for him to designate a full-time secretary, the President stated in a chance interview that he would continue to lead the DA at the 48th Philippine Business Conference and Exposition of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday at the Manila Hotel.

According to Marcos, the nation’s top official must “transform and turn it around” because the agricultural issues are “extremely deeply rooted.”

According to the findings of PUBLiCUS Asia’s Pahayag 2022 Quarterly Survey, conducted from September 16 to 20, almost 63 percent of 1,500 adult Filipinos supported Marcos’ choice to assume the DA portfolio.

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