"It is through our collective efforts that the private sector will have more interest to invest in agriculture guided by inclusive agribusiness approach," he says.

While ensuring food security, Manong Willie introduces the agency's new battle cry: increased yield and higher income or Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita. Manong Willy says the DA must elevate its attention and focus on farmers and fisherfolk to make agribusiness development more inclusive and sustainable.

This is the first time that Manong Willie presided the DA Management Committee (ManCom) as the newly appointed Secretary of which he stressed that his role is more of a servant leader.

The event was held on August 23 in Davao City.