To ensure unhampered movement of all food and production items including fertilizer, pesticide, and agri-chemicals during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) brought by the COVID 19 pandemic, the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) issued Memorandum Circular 9 for the implementation of the online application, processing, and release of VAT Exemption Certificate (Fertilizer), Fertilizer Export Certificate, Certificate Authorizing Importation of Pesticides (CAIP) and Permit to Purchase Methyl Bromide.
The said order enables the issuance of electronic copy of the requested certification (e-certification) and/or permit (e-permit) to the client when the service was processed. This electronic copy duly issued by FPA shall be considered as functional equivalent of paper-based documents and therefore valid for purposes of transacting with government agencies such as but not limited to the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
All concerned fertilizer and pesticide stakeholders are directed to submit their application, including all other supporting documents, and/or query at the following email addresses:
On the other hand, all other regulatory services being provided by FPA are temporarily suspended. Thus, automatic extension shall be allowed for licenses, registrations, and permits, which are expiring within the entire duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). However, its renewal shall be filed within thirty (30) days after the lifting of the ECQ, otherwise, applicable charges/ penalties shall be imposed.
The FPA MC 9 is pursuant to the Department of Agriculture (DA) Administrative Order No. 09, s.2020 or the Amendment to A.O. 8 s.2020 Re: COVID-19 Guidelines on Service Continuity and Precautionary Measures in the Workplace, and DA Memorandum Circular No. 7 s.2020 or the Supplemental Circular Based on the Memorandum Issued by the Executive Secretary on Enhanced Community Quarantine of Luzon, Ensuring Unhampered Movement of All Food and Production Items through Food Lanes.
The FPA also issued Office Order 08 which directed its personnel to act as skeletal workforce until the ECQ has been lifted. The Order allowed FPA personnel, both Regular and Job Order, to consider rotational work schedule within them and to ensure that all frontline and critical services of their respective division/ office have skeletal workforce at the barest minimum from Monday to Friday.