SAAD 08 conducts FY 2019 2nd Semester Direction Planning Workshop

Created on Monday, 15 July 2019 Published Date

It was “all systems go” for SAAD Program 08 personnel from R/PPMSOs as they trooped to Tierra de Milagrosa Resort in Brgy. Arado, Palo, Leyte for the 2-day Direction Planning Workshop on June 10-11, 2019.  DA–RFO 8 top management were present to provide moral support to program implementors, as well as to offer helpful suggestions/ recommendations during the presentation of 2016-18 Provincial Accomplishments.

The activity was an opportune time to orient the incoming RTD for Operations, Dir. Larry U. Sultan, designated as concurrent SAAD Regional Focal Person, about project developments since the program’s inception in 2016 up to the present time.  Dr. Elvira C. Torres, ARD for Research and Regulations and Dr. Andrew Rodolfo T. Orais, Chief, Operations Division remain as SAAD Co-Assistant Regional Focal Persons.

After the preliminaries, SAAD Action Officer Ms. Ferlynn V. Basanez proceeded to give the Overview of the Activity.  She segued to the SAAD Goals, Program Plans, and Strategic Directions 2017-2022. Then, she presented the program guidelines, its covered provinces, and the respective projects/province.  Her presentation was capped by the overall physical and financial accomplishments.

The presentation of provincial accomplishments took place in the afternoon of the first day, spilling over to the morning session of the following day.  Southern Leyte PC Jocelyn A. Cabanas fired the opening salvo, followed by Leyte PC Jonathan P. Pantin, Eastern Samar PC Antonio B. Luceres, Jr., Samar PC Kristine Dorothea T. Danago, and lastly, Northern Samar PC Ferdinand Q. Ultra.  The presentations were in the order of the following template: covered municipalities, projects implemented, number of beneficiaries, issues/concerns, action/s taken, recommendations, and program strategies vis-à-vis pre-, current, and post-implementation.

The comments of the panel of reactors were varied, yet they were insightful in helping clear doubts regarding interpretations of program policies and strategies, while at the same time offering suggestions to solve bottlenecks in project implementation.  The myriad issues surfaced during the discussions, but the program top management threw them back to the field implementors as challenges that would measure their mettle as efficient and effective extension workers who are truly concerned about the plight of the marginalized farmers.

RTD Sultan emphasized that the farmer-beneficiaries should be the “poorest of the poor.”  This was seconded by Engr. Jecela A. Demegillo, Chief, PMED, who said that even if there are association members who do not belong to this category, the poor should not be disadvantaged in decisions reached by the groups.  With the present focus on organizing individual recipients into associations, the new SAAD Regional Focal Person recommended that instead of forming new groups, why not reorganize, revitalize, and strengthen existing organizations.  That way, they already have the basic foundation and structure.  He also suggested to review presents strategies, and if there is a need to revise them to facilitate systems and procedures, then they should be done.

Dr. Jenny Lyn R. Almeria, Chief, Administrative Officer, commenting on the procurement and delivery of supplies, said that PCs/ACs should require strict compliance by suppliers on weight of commodity, based on contract terms and conditions.  The latter also reminded the group not to accept deliveries beyond office hours or during weekends; but rather, to stick to office-hour policy on deliveries.  There should be notice from the supplier at least 5 days prior to actual delivery, and for livestock, there should be pre-inspection on site.

As culmination activity, workshop participants were made to undergo Peer-to-Peer Evaluation, results of which would be the basis for management decisions on future rehiring and placement of personnel.

ARD Elvira C. Torres delivered the Closing Remarks wherein she congratulated the regional and field staff for their exemplary performance as manifested in the 2nd place finish of RPMSO 8 during the FY 2019 1st Quarter National Assessment held in Sorsogon City.  She urged the group to help facilitate in liquidating YRRP funds by reminding concerned officials in YRRP-covered provinces/municipalities about submission of lacking documentary requirements.  Finally, she assured everyone of DA–RFO 8’s unqualified support for SAAD Program as it has set directions for the last half of the program duration.  (MICHAEL F. DABUET, SAAD Staff, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFIS)

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