The Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RAFC-ARMM) conducted regular consultation meeting on 27 July at Pagana Native Restaurant in Cotabato City.

According to RAFC Chairman Abdulrahman D. Macabangon, the meeting was aimed at providing avenue for all stakeholders in the private and government sector to find means in supporting each other towards their common goal – that of serving the needs of the beneficiaries in the ground level.

“We conduct meetings, do monitoring and evaluation activities, undertake advocacy works and perform linkaging activities to boost the economy of the people”, Macabangon said.

He also added that their office is exerting effort in order assist the farmers and fisher folks in realizing their dream for a good life. He made emphasis on the need of all concerned agencies to ensure quality service for the people – by way of enhancing or improving their living condition.

Part of the highlights also was the rendering of updates/reports by respective agencies present in the meeting. Office of the DA-Undersecretary for Special Concerns represented by Prof. Salik Abdullah, Agricultural Credit Policy Council represented by Dir. Maria Cristina Lopez, Philippine Statistics Authority – Maguindanao represented By PSO Razulden Mangelen, Regional Agricultural Engineering Division represented by Engr. Guiomla Satol, all gave their respective reports on the updates and undertakings of their offices while Philippine

Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) represented by Ms Marilou Peralta had her presentation on the guidelines for the “Search for Outstanding Chairpersons and Coordinators”. Delegates of the Bangsamoro- Livelihood for Enhancement and Development Program (BM-LEAD) spearheaded by the Bangsamoro Development Agency also participated and presented their organization’s featured activities.

Delegates from the different Agricultural and Fishery Councils both in the provincial and municipal levels, other key players in the agri-fishery sector actively engaged in the discussions purposely for a meaningful intervention in the grassroots.

Meanwhile, the PCAF announced their plan to coordinate with RAFC-ARMM the turn-over of relief goods intended for affected families in Marawi. Said relief items are being prepared and to be dispatched early August this year.

On other hand, applications for scholarship programs offered by DA are now open, the Office of the DA-Undersecretary for Special Concerns announced.