DA CALABARZON, ATIKHA, TGFI-SG, signed a MOA for Agricultural Dev’t Project

The Department of Agriculture Region IV-A (DA Region IV-A) led by Regional Director Arnel V. de Mesa signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with ATIKHA Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc. (ATIKHA) represented by its Executive Director, Estrella Anonuevo and The Global Filipino Investors-Singapore (TGFI-SG) represented by its Philippine Coordinator, Kaye See Sun on July 13, 2017.

Atikha is a non-government organization that provides economic and social services to overseas Filipinos and their families in the Philippines, while TGFI-SG is a community geared to promote financial literacy to improve the financial well-being of every Filipino.

The agreement aims to promote investment and business opportunities in agriculture; assist in creating an enabling environment for the reintegration of the overseas Filipinos and their families and contribute to local economic development; and develop the thirty-four (34) hectare land, called Ekolife Farm located in Brgy. Calantas, Rosario, Batangas, to be an agro-tourism destination, which will serve as the pilot project for the signed parties.

Specifically, the DA Region IV-A will provide technical assistance in developing the Ekolife Farm by forming a technical working group that will closely coordinate, assist and develop the said farm and leverage the investment of OFWs in agriculture by providing equipment and raw materials to priority commodity; support skills training and agri-business training among OFWs and families; and provide menu of investment and business opportunities towards agriculture development for overseas Filipinos and their families in CALBAARZON.

According to RD de Mesa, “The joint project is a good one since it really considered the sector of agriculture as a great investment option taking advantage of various DA’s assistance from skills training to distribution of farm equipment and inputs”.

Assistant Regional Director for Research and Regulatory, Digna P. Narvacan and Livestock Program Coordinator, Vilma M. Dimaculangan of DA Region IV-A; and Deputy Director Aileen Peñas of ATIKLA served as witnesses in the MOA signing.