Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella is considering the promotion of organic agriculture to help the city’s economy and to provide sustainable food supply while helping the environment through chemical–free farming, a press release from the city said.
The city recently conducted an orientation on organic agriculture program implementation and organization of the City Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture, it also said.
It is headed by executive assistant Antonio Jose Ayco and City Agriculturist Goldwyn Nifras, with the assistance from the Office of the Province of Negros Occidental represented by Dr. Armigenia Benedicto as the focal person on Organic Agriculture and Maribel Saquian, the press release said.
Republic Act 10068 or the “Organic Agriculture Act of 2010”, provides that all local government units are mandated to implement the Organic Agriculture program in their respective locality and to form/organize a local Technical Committee, the press release said.
The committee will be chaired by the local chief executive and will be composed of the different line agencies and organizations present in the municipality.
An existing technical committee still needs profiles from various organizations that will be qualified and accredited, the press release added.*