Agriculture Office

IRR RA 7160, Rule XVIII, Art. 122

(l) The Agriculturist

(1) No person shall be appointed agriculturist unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, a resident
of the LGU concerned, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree in agriculture or any related course from a recognized college or university, and a holder of a first grade civil service eligibility or its equivalent. He must have practiced his profession in agriculture or acquired experience in a related field for at least five (5) years in the case of the provincial and city agriculturist, and three (3) years in the case of the municipal agriculturist.

(2) The agriculturist shall take charge of the office for agricultural services, and shall:

(i) Formulate measures for the approval of the sanggunian and provide technical
assistance and support to the governor or mayor, as the case may be, in carrying out
said measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and provision of adequate
facilities relative to agricultural services as provided in Rule V of these Rules;

(ii) Develop plans and strategies on agricultural programs and projects and implement
them upon approval thereof by the governor or mayor, as the case may be;

(iii) Ensure that maximum assistance and access to resources in the production,
processing and marketing of agricultural and aquacultural and marine products are
extended to farmers, fishermen and local entrepreneurs;

(iv) Conduct or cause to be conducted location-specific agricultural researches and assist
in making available the appropriate technology arising out of, and disseminate
information on, basic research on crops, prevention and control of plant diseases and
pests, and other agricultural matters which will maximize productivity;

(v) Assist the governor or mayor, as the case may be, in the establishment and extension
services of demonstration farms or aquaculture and marine products;

(vi) Enforce rules and regulations relating to agriculture and aquaculture;

(vii) Coordinate with NGAs and NGOs which promote agricultural productivity through
appropriate technology compatible with environmental integrity;

(viii) Be in the frontline of delivery of basic agricultural services, particularly those needed
for the survival of the inhabitants during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural

(ix) Recommend to the sanggunian and advise the governor or mayor, as the case may
be, on all other matters related to agriculture and aquaculture which will improve the
livelihood and living conditions of the inhabitants; and

(x) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be
prescribed by law or ordinance.