MANDATE
The Department of Agriculture in Region V, in partnership with Local Government Units, other Non-Government Organizations, National Government Agencies and stakeholders is   responsible for the promotion of agricultural development, economic growth and environmental sustainability. Thus, it shall promote the policy framework supportive to the principles and action agenda necessary to make agriculture and agri-based enterprises profitable and competitive and help spread the benefits of development to the poor, particularly in the rural areas.

 

MISSION
To empower farmers, fisherfolk as agribusiness entrepreneurs attaining competitive income; producing affordable, accessible, safe and nutritious food for all, while promoting social justice and environmental sustainability.

 

VISION

Competitive, sustainable and technology-based agriculture and fishery sector, driven by productive and progressive farmers and fisherfolk, supported by efficient value chains and well integrated in the domestic and international markets, contributing to inclusive growth and poverty reduction. 

 

HISTORY

    By    virtue    of        PD    461,    in    June    1978,    the    Ministry    of    Agriculture    then    established    12    regional    offices    each    headed    by    a    Regional    Director.        Among    this    is    Regional    Office    No.    5    covering    the    entire    Bicol    Region    with    office        at    Panganiban    Avenue,    Naga    City    then    later    transferred    to    the    former    regional    office    of    the    Bureau    of    Plant    Industry    at    San    Agustin,    Pili,    Camarines    Sur.        In    May    1980,    under    EO    595,    the    Bureau    of    Cooperatives    Development under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development    was    transferred    to    the    Ministry    of    Agriculture.        On    June    30,    1984,    under    EO    967,    the    Ministry    of    Agriculture    was    renamed    Ministry    of    Agriculture and Food.  The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources was transferred from the Ministry of Natural  Resources, converted into a staff bureau and placed under the supervision and control of MAF.     


 The reorganization of the Department of Agriculture was contained in EO 116 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino on January 30,    1987.        The    EO    mandated    the    DA    to    promote    agricultural    development by providing the policy framework, public investments and sup- port services needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises.  The Livelihood Enhancement for Agricultural Development (LEAD) Program    was    launched    in    1988    to    speed    up    farmers’    organizations    access    to    financing,    management    expertise,    and    marketing.        Agriculture and Fishery Councils (AFCs) were set up at the sectoral, regional, provincial    and    municipal    levels,    involving    farmers,    fishers,    traders,    rural    bankers, and agribusiness  entrepreneurs to provide inputs on major programs and policy decisions and help plan and monitor DA projects.    


    With    the    passage    of    R.A.    7160,    otherwise    known    as    the    Lo- cal Government Code of  1991 the extension function, responsibilities  and  concerned personnel of the DA were devolved to the    respective  Local    Government    Units    and    the    Regional    Offices    have been renamed to Regional Field Units, thus, the DA RFO 5.