The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) is initiating and spearheading the establishment of pilot agricultural and fishery machinery and equipment service centers or AFMESCs that target to provide farmers’ organizations and cooperatives wider access on the use of agri-fishery machinery and equipment granted by DA and other agencies.
To develop a comprehensive master plan for the agricultural machinery manufacturing industry in the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) convened stakeholders from the private sector, members of the Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association Foundation, Inc. (AMMDA), regional agricultural engineers, partners from the academe, and representatives from government agencies on the 1st Stakeholders Online Meeting for the project, “Roadmap to Transform the Philippine Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing into a Competitive, Productive, Innovative and Sustainable Industry.”
ADVISORY NO. 2:
𝗢𝗡-𝗦𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗞 𝗦𝗨𝗦𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗡 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗖𝗛 𝟮𝟱-𝗔𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗟 𝟬𝟴, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗠𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗗𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗙𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗦𝗪𝗔𝗕 𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚
Released on March 24, 2021
With the recent release of the RT-PCR test indicating that one of DA-BAFE personnel tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus and upon the recommendation of the Occupational Safety and Health Committee, Director Ariodear C. Rico is suspending on-site work from March 25 to April 8, 2021 to allow massive disinfection of the office premises and swab testing of personnel.
For complete details, please see signed advisory for guidance and strict compliance
Agriculture Secretary William Dar has issued Memorandum Order No. 5, Series of 2021, a memorandum on the preparation of DA’s agri-fishery mechanization and infrastructure plan with the Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) as the lead agency in planning agricultural and fisheries infrastructure investments.
The memorandum states that BAFE is directed under RA 10601 (AFMech Law) to spearhead the preparation of the National Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Program (NAFMP) which serves as a guide in the national planning, programming, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and regulation of agricultural and fisheries mechanization programs and projects.
Sec. Dar directed all officials and employees of DA, including its bureaus, attached agencies, and corporations, DA service units and regional field offices to extend their full support and cooperation to BAFE on the review, updating, and implementation of NAFMP.
In response to the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases in Quezon City, SRA buildings including the BAFE office and its premises will undergo disinfection on March 15-16, 2021. All BAFE personnel are prohibited from entering the office premises during those dates. However, applications for the Registration and Issuance of Permit to Operate (PTO) for Agricultural and Fisheries Machinery Manufacturers, Fabricators, Assemblers, Distributors, Dealers, Importers, and Exporters (MFADDIEs), and Issuance of Certificate of Conformity (CC) for Agricultural and Fisheries Machinery will be accepted and processed online by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Processing of payment for issuance of CC at the BAFE-Cash and Disbursement Section located at the DA Central Office, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City will resume on March 18, 2021.
Please be advised that the DA-BAFE office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday next week (March 15 and 16, 2021) due to the scheduled disinfection of the SRA Building and its premises. All BAFE personnel are prohibited from entering the office premises during those dates. Please see attached is the advisory signed by Director Ariodear C. Rico.
Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) Director Ariodear C. Rico recognizes the important role of women and the significant number of female agricultural and biosystems engineers who are leading the country towards the mechanization and modernization of the agriculture sector.
The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) organized an online consultative meeting on the formulation of draft pro forma ordinances for the creation of agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) offices in local government units (LGUs), from the provincial, city, and down to the municipal level.