Lucena City --- the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Magsasaka at Siyentipiko Para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG) Organization and the UPLos Baños Agricultural Systems Cluster recognized Quezonas the first province in the country to support and create a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for its local organic farmersat the Participatory Guarantee SystemPilipinas.
According Roberto Gajo, Provincial Agriculturist Officer, PGS is a system which certifies the produced vegetables of local organic farmers. “Bilang bahagi ng organic agriculture program ng Serbisyong Suarez sa Agrikultura kung saan sa pamamagitan ng sistematikong ito ay higit na nabibigyan ng integridad ang mga produktong organiko natin at anim ng mga magsasaka at sinisiguro sa mga mamimili na ang mga produkto ay sumunod sa organikong teknolohiya at pamamaraan”, said Gajo.
Gajo added that it is through Quezon Governor David C. Suarez’s support of their province’s agricultural sector that such recognition was made possible.Programs for farmers and fisher folk are also actively being released by the provincial government, such as the newFarmers Productivity Enhancement Program which aims to improve as well as to uplift the livelihood of corn farmers by providing soft loans from agricultural inputs and subsidies from Serbisyong Suarez for Agriculture.
The provincial government also continues to support rural-based organizations, such as Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC) and the Kalipunan ng mga Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), where Quezon’s first lady, Anna Villaraza-Suarez actively participates to give focus on the life and livelihood of female Quezonians.(Quezon-PIO)