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 training and education to support FPA’s accreditation programs.
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.
For the year 2020, 3,240 accreditation cards have been issued, of which, 2,205 were for ASD, 233 for ARCO, 648 for CPA, 145 for FP Researchers, 9 for Drone Operators.
Since last year, the Agency transitioned from face-to-face conduct of trainings and symposia for accreditation programs to online-based. Individuals intending to either apply or renew their existing license should choose a schedule at https://fpa.da.gov.ph/index.php/announcements/schedule-of-trainings . Afterwhich, they have to coordinate with the FATA to reserve a training slot.