DA-BAR forges YL:SCALE UP partnership with DA-Eastern Visayas, DA-CALABARZON

The DA-BAR took part in the project launching and ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the Yamang Lupa: Sustainable Community-Based Action R4DE for Livelihood Enhancement, Upliftment, and Prosperity (YL: SCALE UP) program last June 2022 at DA-Eastern Visayas and DA-CALABARZON, respectively. 

DA-BAR director Dr. Junel B. Soriano and DA-Eastern Visayas regional executive director (RED) Angel C. Enriquez spearheaded the project launching and MOA signing at Tacloban, Leyte on 2 June 2022. 

RED Enriquez extended her gratitude to the bureau for allowing the province of Leyte to be part of the YL: SCALE-UP program and hoped that the province of Samar will be added to the list of target sites. 

“We have come a long way [for this project]… We have learned a lot from the team, which ensures that we are able to deliver well to the farmers,” said RED Enriquez. 

Director Soriano emphasized the adoption of technology as one of the key factors in increasing the income and productivity of farmers. 

Lahat ng available technologies, we [have to] introduce it and give it to the farmers,” he added. 

Further, he stressed the significance of collaborating with other stakeholders, including the private sector, going as far as  learning their strategies for the benefit of the agriculture and fisheries sectors in the country.

DA-BAR assistant director for programs Joell H. Lales, YL: SCALE UP national program director Dr. Virgilio Julius P. Manzano Jr., and DA-CALABARZON key officials led by assistant secretary for Operations and regional executive director Engr. Arnel V. De Mesa (joined virtually), and YL: SCALE UP project leader Dr. Dario M. Huelgas officiated the project launching and MOA signing of the YL: SCALE UP program on 6 June 2022 in Lipa, Batangas. 

“We are very much happy that we are reviving this program which started a few years ago. We want this [program] to be scaled in a bigger way — more sites, more areas, and more beneficiaries,” said DA-BAR assistant director Lales. 

He also underscored the role of collaborative efforts of stakeholders and the ultimate goal of increasing opportunities to boost farmers’ productivity and profit. 

Asec. De Mesa also expressed his gratitude for having Quezon province selected as one of the pilot sites of the said program. With the province experiencing climate anomalies that lead to erosion and soil degradation, he pointed out that the program, which is expected to cover large areas for the upscaling of technologies, shall benefit the farmer’s productivity and income. 

The YL: SCALE UP program is an upscaling of the department’s then Yamang Lupa Program back in 2014, which included DA-Eastern Visayas, DA-CALABARZON, and DA-Zamboanga Peninsula as its pilot sites. The program aims to provide an innovative model for the agriculture sector that will improve the livelihood of farmers and rural families while conserving the country’s natural resources and ultimately, attaining food security. (### Geline Nicole A. Morillo)