As an annual activity to set commitments based on proposed budgets for the new calendar year, FPA conducted its Annual Planning Workshop at Los Banos, Laguna.
The workshop commenced through presentation and discussion of the Field Unit’s IPCR and DPCR by the Field Operations and Coordination Unit (FOCU) headed by SuzettieAlcaide on February 6.
Among the concerns deliberated included the FUs’ target on monitoring of dealers and f/p products, reporting of violations and issuance of Stop Use, Stop Move and Stop Sale (SUMS).
On February 7 during the opening ceremony of the activity, FPA Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan directed the CO and FUs to hasten the delivery of public services, and anchor their thrust to the FPA’s four pillars.
He advised the Fertilizer Regulations Division (FRD) and the Pesticide Regulations Division (PRD) to fast-track the revision of the Bluebook and Greenbook.
Afterwhich, Deputy Executive Director for Pesticide Eric Divinagracia reiterated the importance of budget allocation to fuel the operations of the agency.
He also imparted the value of the principle ‘going back to basics’ (B2B) like reviewing the Agency’s mandate, knowing ones’ job description, familiarizing the provisions of the Bluebook and Greenbook and others.
“Doing these simple yet meaningful activities would help the Agency to move forward,” he said.
On the presentation of FPA 2019 budget, Alma Apduhan, Budget Officer, shared that FPA’s budget for 2019 is PhP 213.7M which is 60% higher than the budget in 2018.
The increase is attributed to the following approved budget allocations: Magna Carta benefits for S&T workers (laboratory personnel), capability program of FPA employees as part of the Learning and Development Program, operating expenses for the attainment of ISO 9001: 2015 certification, replacement of office equipment, upgrading of ICT equipment, and the construction of the six story building for the FPA laboratory.
Prior to the presentation of budget proposals and targets by FPA offices, Apduhan discussed the guidelines in preparing the FY 2020 Budget proposal.
Dialogue with FPA Director
In the interest of openness and accountability, a dialogue with FPA’s Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan concluded the planning workshop activity.
During the session, the following concerns were taken into consideration: the creation of FPA counterpart office in ARMM; utilization of approved 2020 budget if it could be disbursed within the time-frame; follow-up on the request for lot area from DA by FU IV with the documents submitted already; and, the coordination with the LGU for the opening a landfill for the disposal of used f/p containers by FU VIII.
On February 8, the participants had a field exposure at the Cyberth Philippines Inc. and BAYER Cropscience Inc. The activity aimed to enable the participants gain new knowledge from the companies’ product stewardship programs, and their best practices in f/p product research and development.
Cyberth Philippines Inc. is a private-owned company engaged in the trading of crop protection chemicals having 30 registered products with FPA.
On the other hand, the BAYER CropScience Inc. is one of the core businesses of Bayer Inc. focusing on the development of innovative technologies to help farmers and promote sustainable agriculture.