CASE ANALYSIS: ORGANIC AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF LUCBAN, QUEZON, PHILIPPINES

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CASE ANALYSIS: ORGANIC AGRICULTURE PROGRAM
IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF LUCBAN, QUEZON, PHILIPPINES1

INTERNO, Justin Paolo D.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Major in Landscape Agroforestry
2010-57038
ASYS 145 A-1L

March 17, 2014

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This paper is submitted for the partial fulfillment of the requirements in ASYS 145 (Participatory Methodologies in Agricultural Systems Research and Extension) under Ma’am Edna Luisa A. Matienzo and Dr. Blesilda M. Calub, 2nd Semester AY. 2013-2014

CASE ANALYSIS: ORGANIC AGRICULTURE PROGRAM
IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF LUCBAN, QUEZON, PHILIPPINES

Justin Paolo D. Interno

INTRODUCTION

Republic Act 10068, “An Act providing for the development and promotion of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines and for other purposes” or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, through the consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3264 and House Bill No. 7066 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 1, 2010 and was approved on April 6, 2010. According to the Declaration of Policy (Section 2) of its Implementing Rules and Regulations, this ‘turnaround’ national policy was established to:

“…promote, propagate, develop further and implement the practice of organic agriculture in the Philippines that will cumulatively condition and enrich the fertility of the soil, increase farm productivity, reduce pollution and destruction of the environment, prevent the depletion of natural resources, further protect the health of farmers, consumers, and the general public, and save on imported farm inputs. Towards this end, a comprehensive program for the promotion of community-based organic agriculture systems which include, among others, farmer-produced purely organic fertilizers such as compost, pesticides and other farm inputs, together with a nationwide educational and promotional campaign for their use and processing as well as adoption of organic agriculture system as a viable alternative shall be undertaken.”

Now as contextualized and, obviously, is practiced in support of this act, Organic Agriculture comprises of all Agricultural Systems that encourage the making and manufacturing of “ecologically sound, socially acceptable, economically viable and technically feasible” food and fibers. With this system, the rate at which external inputs are intensely reduced by abstaining from the consumption or usage of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. It also covers areas such as, but not limited to, (1) soil fertility management, (2) varietal breeding and selection under chemical and pesticide-free conditions, (3) the use

of biotechnology and other cultural practices that are consistent with the principles and policies of this Act, and (4) enhance productivity without destroying the soil and harming farmers, consumers and the environment as defined by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement (IFOAM): Provided, That the biotechnology herein to shall not include genetically modified organisms of GMOs.

Due to this implementation, there is a slowly but surely shift in the paradigms of Agricultural development in the country. Production systems are transformed in accordance to the provisions, concepts and conditions of the law. Provincial, Regional, up to the local levels of the government are encouraged and are tend to adapt by having proactive action plans that would, with the help of stakeholders and components involved, enrich the ultimate sustainable development aim. In this case, one of the municipalities that goes with activities to move forward on the aspect of Organic Agriculture is the municipality of Lucban in Quezon Province.

Lucban (Coordinates: 14° 6′ 48″ N, 121° 33′ 25″ E), the Summer Capital of Quezon, is known and classified as a second-class municipality in the First District of the province. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 46,698 people. It is located at the “foot” of Mount Banahaw. Moreover,...
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