The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in MIMAROPA, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA MIMAROPA), conducted a workshop on the selection of six commodities from the region’s 42 priority commodities, which will then be subjected for initial set of industry roadmap studies. The activity was held on October 26 at West Avenue Hotel, Quezon City. It was participated in by representatives from local government units, regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, and private sector.
OIC Regional Director (RD) Susan A. Sumbeling of NEDA MIMAROPA stressed that the conduct of the industry roadmap studies is one of the identified strategies for agriculture and fisheries under the MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan 2017-2022. The outputs of the workshop will be substantial to get the approval of the Regional Development Council (RDC) and to jumpstart the industry roadmap studies. She requested participants for a meaningful discussion and participation, which requires expertise and knowledge to attain the objective of the workshop.
The workshop emanated during one of the meetings of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) of the RDC to unify, streamline and rationalize the industry road studies prepared in the region.
Six priority commodities were selected such as abaca, cassava, coconut, corn, seaweeds, and banana. In selection of the six commodities, the following criteria were used: (a) sustainability; (b) market potential; (c) impact of the poor; (d) number of growers; (e) potential for expansion; and (f) potential for gross revenue. Existing data on sustainability, production data, and area planted were used while participatory approach was used in the other criteria.
The criteria was based on RDC approved Resolution No. 2017-061-645 entitled “Approving the Selection Criteria for Prioritization of Commodities and List of Priority Commodities”.
The six priority commodities will be presented during the fourth quarter EDC meeting which will be held this November and consequently for approval of the RDC on December 6.