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DECLARATION OF POLICY. – It is the duty of the local government to protect the life and advance the rights of all its citizens to food sufficiency, security and safety, sustainable livelihood and social equity in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature. Toward this end, the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur hereby adopts, declares as a policy to embrace the culture and practice of the mainstream organic agriculture in the entire province. SECTION 2. DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES. – The practice of organic agriculture shall adhere to the following principles to guide the implementation of the present article: a. The promotion and enhancement of the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity shall prevail over any other activity on the agriculture sector; b. The empowerment of all small and marginalized farmers in the agriculture areas of the province is a priority which will include the value chain for organic agricultural products; c. The implementation of a strategy for mitigation and adaption to climate change is an urgent policy matter that needs to be integrated in all policies in all sectors; d. While unifying the initiatives and effort of all government agencies and instrumentalities to enhance the productivity of the agriculture industry, the province’s poverty incidence reduction strategies must not be lost out of sight; e. Recognizing organic agriculture as contributor to the province’s economy, the attainment of food security, ecological sustainability and well-being of the people of Davao del Sur; f. Organic agriculture cannot co-exist with genetically-modified crops chemically produced crops and related organism both living and non-living; g. Organic agriculture is multi-functional and in this sense all existing policies of the government on agriculture should take this into account; and h. The integrity of organic product through the approved organic certification process and organic production handling and processing standards should be ensured.
CHAPTER 2 – STRATEGIES SECTION 3. ORGANIC AGRICULTURAL ZONES. – For the effective implementation of this Code, there are hereby set aside agriculture zones that will be protected from encroachment and contamination of using chemical-based farm inputs, mining, including contamination of geneticallyengineered crops and other similar activities. These zones shall be organized according to ecological districts based on existing categories of land tenure instruments and arrangements such as the ancestral domain, the protected area, the agrarian reform communities; the community-based forest management zones, and such similar instruments and arrangements, including the coastal and marine zones. These zones shall be set up according to the following minimum criteria: a. Presence of actual organic agriculture practitioners;
– The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. marketing and branding. SECTION 8. market. through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) must establish. ORGANIC GENE/SEED BANK. SECTION 4. including areas covered by irrigation and similar facilities. – The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. endemic or indigenous seeds to farmers. . in coordination with Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). production. enhancement and fulfillment of their rights as defined in national laws. such as training. and develop organic agriculture. CONSERVATION OF INDIGENOUS FARM PRACTICES. SECTION 5. SUPPORT SERVICE TO ORGANIC FARMERS. – Small and organic farmers. among other necessary skills to develop an organic agriculture product and which will secure a market niche. ORGANIC CENTERS AND FARMER CERTIFICATION. must have access to credit facility and financial services through organized groups of small farmers preferably those cooperatives registered with the Cooperative Development Authority or organized under the existing laws of the Philippines. Hence. including indigenous people’s communities. through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. as well as the practice of fair trade.b. including financial management and accounting. and other appropriate government agencies must establish an Organic Seed/Gene Bank which will produce and supply organic. Presence of natural or man-made water formations. The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur through the Office of the Governor must ensure that these groups mentioned in this section are qualified based on the criteria that the Governor may set. and d. trade linkages may be substantially accessed by industry stakeholders and consumers to market organic agriculture products. Areas suitable for agricultural production as defined in the Davao del Sur Land Use Plan. support services facility must be institutionalized to primarily extend to small and marginalized farmers and women’s groups which include the promotion. 10068 as organic practitioners. international organizations. c. The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist must further establish a marketing support facility. – The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. enlist. may conserve and protect indigenous technologies relating to organic agriculture. SECTION 7. and evaluate the qualification of farmers covered within the territory of the center to be recommended for certification in accordance with RA No. – The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur must ensure that provision of technical support be regularly provided to farmers who wish to engage or has engaged in organic agriculture. Identified buffer zone to shield organic agriculture from other land uses that impact in the integrity of the practice of organic agriculture. Likewise. including those that relate to seed conservation and propagation and the various ways in which on-farm and ex-situ mechanisms are established and sustained. in which. the OPAg in coordination with the Municipal Agriculturist’s Office must identify. SECTION 9. must institute strategic measures to ensure that the farming communities. through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. through the assistance of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. ACCESS TO CREDIT FOR SMALL AND ORGANIC FARMERS. recognize and support Organic Centers including those initiated by the private sector that will promote. ESTABLISHMENT OF MARKETING FACILITY. SECTION 6.
. through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. The OPAg personnel duly licensed by the Professional Regulations Commission to practice the profession in agriculture. odorless farm techniques. must institutionalize. herbivore or other natural mechanisms in the control of pests and diseases in their organic farm. SECTION 12. The OPAg must establish a laboratory capable to produce in large scale organisms which are to be used in biological control methods and botanical pesticides. DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF ORGANIC LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION.SECTION 10. through the OPAg. BIOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL CONTROL. The use of chemicals in agriculture industry must be regulated in the entire province to ensure the attainment of the purposes of this code in accord with the principles herein set forth. DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF ORGANIC FISHERY CULTURE TECHNOLOGY. SECTION 13. through the office of the Provincial Agriculturist. must collaborate with appropriate government agencies and non-governmental organizations engaging in research. including its municipal counterparts. The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. parasitism. develop. the appropriate department of the provincial government. SECTION 11. to encourage livestock and poultry raisers to utilize indigenous resources which will redound to its health and economic benefits by the increase in productivity and income. must provide incentives to farmers that utilize and practice organic fertilizer application. and promote the utilization of biological and botanical control methods which relies on predation. Hence. SECTION 14. develop and promote the production of organic fertilizer. The livestock and poultry production technologies must include among others the development of organic feed formulation. natural biologics. REGULATION IN THE USE OF CHEMICALS IN AGRICULTURE SECTOR. UTILIZATION OF VERMICOMPOSTING AND TRICHODERMA TECHNOLOGY IN THE PRODUCTION OF ORGANIC FERTILIZER. in collaboration with the BFAR and other related agencies. an organic livestock and poultry production technologies. must institutionalize. development and extension on biological and botanical control methods. – The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. The OPAg must ensure to provide technical support to farmers who intend to engage or engaged in the production of organic fertilizer. in collaboration with the academe and the non-government organizations. Farm waste materials must not be disposed of by burning in any place within the province instead it shall be used to produce an organic fertilizer through the utilization of vermicomposting and trichoderma technologies. must regularly provide its services in consonance with the purposes of this section. the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur in coordination with Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority must require the storeowners to submit a periodic report attaching therein photocopies of prescription. etc. As such. agricultural suppliers authorized to sell under the existing laws must require farmers to present prescription when purchasing chemical inputs issued by practicing professionals in agriculture. The use of organic fertilizer to produce algae (lablab) as natural feeds for cultured fishes in inland fishery technology must be encouraged and promoted. The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur through its appropriate department must develop through research and extension. In turn.
training support on technical capability enhancement. BUFFER ZONES. A survey plan showing the metes and bounds of each agricultural farm/plantation must be submitted to the Office of the Governor with the endorsement of the mayor of each municipality. to wit. support to product development and branding systems. AND ITS PENALTY. Penal Provisions – Violation of any provision of this Ordinance shall be punished as follows: a. The master plan must indicate among others marketing support and trade-linkage mechanisms. In addition.00 and imprisonment of not less than three (3) months but not more than six (6) months and suspension of city-issued permits and licenses for one year. with the buffer zone clearly identified therein.00 and imprisonment of not less than six (6) months but not more than one (1) year and perpetual cancellation of city-issued permits and licenses. . all agricultural entities must provide for a thirty (30) meter buffer zone within the boundaries of their agricultural farms/plantations. Spraying of chemicals near in areas classified as residential in a zoning ordinance of any municipality within the province is strictly prohibited. c. A ban on aerial spraying with the use of chemicals must be strictly enforced in the territorial jurisdiction of Davao del Sur three (3) months after the effectivity of this Code. Identify and recommend organic agriculture zones as established in Section 3 of this Ordinance.00 and imprisonment of not less than one (1) month but not more than three (3) months. 2. SECTION 18. b. through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. must ensure the implementation of this ordinance guided by the principles of organic value chain. This buffer zone must be properly identified through Global Positioning System (GPS) survey.000. BAN ON AERIAL SPRAYING USING CHEMICALS. human resource development and management. It must also indicate the requirements to secure certification of organic product branding in accordance with the Philippine National Standards. and others. IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISMS. Adopt the existing national standards for the accreditation of organic agriculture practitioners which may take into account second party certification systems and farmers’ guarantee systems. – The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. – The Provincial Governor is empowered to institute the formation of an Organic Agriculture Management Council when he deems it necessary upon the recommendation of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. the Organic Agriculture Master Plan must specify the following. Consistent with national legislation and government regulations.000.SECTION 15. First Offense: Fine P 5. BAN ON CHEMICAL SPRAYING NEAR IN AREAS CLASSIFIED AS RESIDENTIAL IN A ZONING ORDINANCE. Third Offense: Fine of P 5. ORGANIC AGRICULTURE MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. CHAPTER 3 – IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISMS SECTION 17. SECTION 16.000. The OPAg must formulate a Five (5) Year Organic Agriculture Master Plan immediately upon the approval of this code. Second Offense: Fine of P 5. 1. incentive mechanism.
SEPARABILITY CLAUSE. INCENTIVES TO FARMERS. CAPACITY-BUILDING. – To sustain and broaden the base for the implementation of this Article. SECTION 23. the remaining parts unaffected thereby shall continue to remain valid and in effect. promote and practice organic farming. non-government organizations (NGOs). awards and financial support to farmers. SECTION 19. including the accreditation of institutions for standard-testing and verification. SCHOOLS AND BARANGAYS. there is hereby adapted a continuous effort. and financial support.The Organic Agriculture Management Council must be composed of appropriate national government agencies. Any person who violates this provision must be prosecuted and penalized in accordance with the provisions on Solid Waste Management. – If any part of this Article is declared unconstitutional. – The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur must appropriate funds to ensure faithful implementation of this article on organic agriculture and its related activities in the province. Measures shall also be adopted to encourage integration of organic agriculture in the primary. APPROPRIATION. TOTAL PROHIBITION OF BURNING FARM WASTE MATERIALS. for capacitybuilding and training. SECTION 22. The burning of farm waste materials in any part of the province is strictly prohibited as a manner of disposal. . award systems. People’s Organization (POs). SECTION 21. academe and such other appropriate offices engaged in or advocating organic agriculture which function shall be determined by the governor upon its formation. schools and barangay local government units which pursue. And it shall be the duty of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist to formulate guidelines for instituting incentive programs. funded by at least ten percent (10%) from the budget set aside for organic agriculture as identified in Section 14 of this Ordinance. secondary and tertiary school curricula. SECTION 20. This prohibition is imposed upon all citizens. – The Local Finance Committee must recommend upon the recommendation of the Provincial Agriculturist certifying the authenticity of accreditation or certification from organic agriculture certifying bodies to give incentives.
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