Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino (second from left, seated) and Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) Executive Director Ariel Cayanan (third from left, seated) seal the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the reactivation of the Olongapo City Highly Urbanized City Agricultural and Fishery Council (HUCAFC) on December 18, 2015 after a cordial meeting at the City Mayor’s office.
The MOA was set to formalize the participation of Olongapo City as the newest addition to PCAF’s Agricultural and Fishery Councils (AFCs). The agreement was also set to recognize the importance of AFCs in highly urbanized cities like Olongapo. This will instigate a brand new level of ardency to the Olongapo City HUCAFC to be a venue for consultation and discussions with the agri and fishery stakeholders from the private and government sectors. The reactivation of Olongapo City HUCAFC will provide a venue where issues and concerns in the city are raised, discussed and resolved by translating them into policy briefs, policy reforms, programs or projects, and will be enacted as local ordinance or laws.
Present during the signing are (from left, seated) San Marcelino, Zambales representative Von Rodriguez, City Agriculturist Victorino Garengo (third from right), RAFC Executive Officer and Coordinator of Region 3 William Valdez (second from right), and PCAF’s Partnership Development Division Chief Elgie Namia (utmost right). Standing (from left) are LGU staff Aileen Reyes, Zambales PAFC Coordinator Romualdo Ramos, PCAF Region 3 Coordinator Rowena Gallemit, AFC Olongapo member Nard Dimandiman, Zambales PAFC Chairperson Alexander Caynon and AFC Olongapo member Jimmy Lamyo.