City to establish FITS center for farmers

BAGUIO CITY -– Baguio City councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. on Monday said a proposed ordinance has been filed in the council establishing a Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) or Techno Pinoy Center.

Yangot said the FITS center aims to serve as an information center that will fast track the delivery of services in agriculture, forestry and natural resources.

The Baguio City Council approved the proposal on first reading, he said.

Yangot explained that the FITS information system was developed as a web-based system and is composed of six major databases – technology, exports profile, farmers profile, contact firms, publication, and technology video materials.

The FITS center shall provide clients with appropriate technology information in various formats; allows access to global information through the internet; produce and disseminate information, education, and communication materials; conduct technology clinic and training; provide technical advisory and consultancy and link clients to agricultural experts.

For its effective and efficient functioning, the FITS shall have facilities at the Slaughterhouse Compound under the supervision of the City Agriculturist who shall serve as the site manager.

The center will have an annual budget allocation of PhP500,000 which will be sourced from the general fund of the local government unit (LGU).

Yangot said the proposal was based on the provision of the 1987 Constitution which mandates the state to encourage the widest participation of LGUs, private groups and community-based organizations in the utilization of science and technology as well as regulate the transfer and promote the adaptation of technology from all sources for national benefit.

Republic Act (RA) 8435 or the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997 was enacted prescribing urgent related measures to modernize the agriculture and fisheries sectors of the country in order to enhance their profitability, and prepare said sectors for the challenges of globalization through an adequate, focused and rational delivery of necessary support services, he added.

Meanwhile, Executive Order (EO) 801 encourages the LGUs to adopt the Techno Gabay in its agricultural extension programs and the concerned government agencies to provide the required assistance for the purpose, Yangot said. Jojo Lamaria/