TACLOBAN CITY- The newly-assumed regional director of the Department of Agriculture (DA-8) said that she created sub-regional offices to better their agency’s services to their clients who are mostly farmers.
The creation of sub-regional offices will also help address their lack of personnel considering that Eastern Visayas is quite big an area for their department to be able to monitor their programs, said Bernadette San Juan.
San Juan, who is just two months in her position as DA-8 director, said that the sub-regional offices would be headed by her assistant directors.
Each assistant regional director was assigned three provinces for them to monitor the implementations of the DA’s programs. Eastern Visayas comprises six provinces.
According to San Juan, each of her assistant will have seven clusters with each cluster manned by five 5 personnel that will focus on palay, corn, livestock, marketing, engineering, or infra concern.
San Juan said that with 146 municipalities to cover, it is quite impossible for her to personally visit all the areas for her to see their programs intended to improve the lives of their clients who are mainly farmers.
San Juan said that having no personnel in the fields makes it difficult for the DA to really see the impact of their programs. (LIZBETH ANN ABELLA)