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The two-day assessment program would tackle the status of the four banner programs of the agriculture sector which include rice, corn, high value commercial crops, and livestock program.  The implementation of farm to market road development program (FMRDP) and other projects such as organic agriculture program, agricultural research projects, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan  livelihood and farm to market road projects, and the Grass Roots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) are also being assessed. 

Topics on land conversion and regulatory accomplishments, financial status of the agency, updates on and Philippine Coconut Authority's "Cocolisap" will also be discussed. 

DA assistant regional director Maria Febe Orbe said during the opening on Thursday morning that the purpose of the assessment is for accountability and transparency of the agency. 

She bared that the agency was given P2 billion for the year 2014 to support its projects  and it is poised as an important agency which could possibly achieve poverty reduction and inclusive growth. 

"Much is expected in our agency since too much budget is given. Through this assessment we will be able to check our backlogs for the first quarter and in that way, we can be more effective in identifying corrective measures," she stressed. 

Mid-year assessment is done in order to come up with a more effective approach on the coming projects that will be done by the agency. (Aggie Media Service)