President Aquino enjoins support for first ASEAN Conference on Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in Manila


President Benigno Aquino 3rd has enjoined all heads of departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the national government, including government-owned-controlled corporations, local government units, and state colleges and universities to extend full support for the 1st Asean Conference on Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering on September 24-26 in Manila.

The directive was issued by virtue of Memorandum Circular No. 52 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on July 19.

With the theme “Integrating Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in the Asean for Food Security, Climate Change Mitigation and Global Practice,” the conference will lay the initial groundwork for the development of harmonized qualifications and standards necessary for the mobility of agricultural engineering services in Asean Region which will help achieve long-term competitiveness of Asean’s food, agriculture and forestry products/commodities.

The Board of Agricultural Engineering of the Professional Regulation Commission, Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers and the National Agricultural and Fishery Council-Agricultural and Fishery Mechanization Committee, in coordination with the Asean Coordinating Committee on Services, is set to conduct the First Asean Conference on Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering this September.

In collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, Commission on Higher Education and the Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association, the organizers will hold the three-day event at the Manila Hotel.

Agricultural engineers of various government agencies are encouraged to participate in the said Asean Conference, subject to the approval of their respective heads of offices, and in accordance to the regular procedures for leaves of absences and availability of funds.

The President directed the Department of Foreign Affairs to extend assistance in coordinating with concerned officials and embassies of all Asean countries to encourage the participation/attendance of their agricultural engineers, agricultural and biosystems engineers and concerned officials to the said Asean conference. PNA


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