In an innovative move set to transform the country’s agriculture sector, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) and the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) formalized a collaborative agreement on February 21, 2024.


Leading the charge for DA-BAFE, Director Engr. Ariodear C. Rico signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on behalf of the bureau, while PhilSA Director General Joel Joseph S. Marciano represented the space agency.

This partnership aims to modernize data collection, analysis, and dissemination, fostering informed decision-making and sustainable growth in the agricultural and fisheries sector.

By joining forces, DA-BAFE and PhilSA seek to create a solid framework for cooperation, facilitating joint research and implementation efforts focused on monitoring farm-to-market roads (FMRs) and agricultural commodities. Through the ingenious “DigitalAgri Phase 1” project, the collaboration will focus on farm-to-market roads (FMRs) and key agricultural commodities like corn and onion in Nueva Ecija, Region III, utilizing advanced space technology.

The collaboration entails a range of activities, including the exchange of expertise and information, collaborative research, capacity-building exercises, and project implementation. By pooling their resources and knowledge, PhilSA and DA-BAFE aim to advance research, development, and operationalization activities essential for agricultural progress.

Central to this partnership is the utilization of space technology, remote sensing, and sophisticated agricultural systems to drive innovation and efficiency in the sector. By harnessing satellite imagery and data analytics, stakeholders will gain invaluable insights into critical aspects of agricultural production, empowering them to make more informed decisions.

Moreover, the collaboration emphasizes inclusivity and sustainability, with a focus on improving the livelihoods of farmers and promoting environmental stewardship. By enhancing the monitoring and management of FMRs and agricultural commodities, the initiative aims to boost market access, increase productivity, and enhance the resilience of agricultural systems in the face of challenges.

As agriculture transitions towards greater digitization and technological integration, the partnership between PhilSA and DA-BAFE demonstrates the power of collaboration in driving positive change. With their combined expertise and resources, these agencies are poised to lead the way towards a more prosperous and sustainable future for Philippine agriculture. ###Marshall Louie Asis, MC / DA-BAFE