Agri NorMin deliberates the applications of CSOs.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10), held a meeting for the deliberation of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) applications.

Fourteen submitted applications from the different farmers’ cooperatives, associations (FCAs), non-government organizations, and CSOs were considered and reviewed, following the new guidelines for DA CSO accreditation.

Said undertaking is pursuant to DA Administrative Order (AO) No.13, Series of 2020; and AO No.19, Series of 2020 (amendment to AO No.13, S.2020), which is the creation of the Regional Technical Committee (RTC) and Secretariat with their modified functions.

DA NorMin Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla, who is also the vice-chair of the said committee emphasized, that CSO is one of the department’s development partners in the implementation of agri-fishery projects.

“DA sets the implementing guidelines for CSO accreditation, intended to receive public funds and interventions as the program beneficiary. As development actors, projects can be managed well with their social preparation,” RTD Bajarla shared.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, DA CSO accreditation aims to encourage people’s participation in agricultural development based on the principle of good governance.

He added that it also guarantees compliance with existing pertinent laws, rules, and regulations.

DA NorMin CSO Accreditation is composed of RTC members, headed by RED Collado, and the secretariat.

Also participating in the meeting were the new members of the accreditation RTC: the Regional Management Committee and the department’s program coordinators.# (EMBentulan)