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.
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.
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.
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.