January 11, 2024 | Quezon City – The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Training Association (FATA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the renewed partnership in the conduct of accreditation training programs on January 9, 2024, at FPA Bldg., BAI Compound, Visayas Ave., Quezon City.

FATA is composed of the Philippine Association of Certified Pesticide Applicators (PACPA), PMCP Foundation Inc., the Philippine Association of Entomologists, Inc. (PAE), the Philippine Association of Professional Fumigators, Inc. (PAPFI), and the Kapisanan ng mga Pest Control Operators sa Pilipinas, Inc. (KAPESCOPI).

The MOU provides the specific responsibilities and functions between the two parties in conducting training and education for FPA certification and accreditation programs.

Such program covers the accreditation of Responsible Care Officers (ARCO), Certified Agricultural Pesticide Applicator (CPA) Exterminators and Fumigators and Fertilizer and Pesticide Researchers.

In 2023, FATA conducted 26 training sessions benefitting 635 individuals seeking accreditation as recognized practitioners in the field. A total of 551 individuals took the exams for accreditation as pesticide applicators and care officers. Results revealed that 67.50% passed the CPA Fumigator while 68.63% passed the CPA Exterminator. Meanwhile, 87.34% passed the ARCO exam (Table 1).

Table 1. Training conducted and exam participants count by the FATA

Type of TrainingNumber of Trainings ConductedNumber of Individuals TrainedNumber of ExamineesNumber
Agri CPA – Fumigator82632401622850
Agri CPA- Exterminator71571531051533
F/P Researcher445

Moreover, FATA spearheaded 19 symposiums on regulations set by FPA and pest control and management. These initiatives are aimed at discussing the pest management situation in the Philippines and the programs created by the FPA and the Department of Agriculture concerning the usage of agricultural chemicals which benefitted 1,457 researchers, care officers, and applicators (Table 2).

Table 2. Symposiums and participant count of FATA

FATANumber ConductedNumber of Attendees

For 2024, individuals intending to either apply or renew their existing accreditation should choose a schedule at https://bit.ly/3tMVEUS. Afterwhich, they have to coordinate with the FATA to reserve a training slot and submit necessary training requirements. ###


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