DA Employees Launch Weekly Protest Against Planned Transfer of Office

Employees from different offices under the Department of Agriculture (DA) national office vow to weekly flock to the streets to protest the planned transfer of the said agency’s office office to Ilagan, Isabela.

BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA
Contributed to Bulatlat
Vol. VIII, No. 27, August 10-16, 2008

QUEZON CITY — Employees from different offices under the Department of Agriculture (DA) national office vow to weekly flock to the streets to protest the planned transfer of the said agency’s office office to Ilagan, Isabela (406 kms north of Manila).

In a protest-rally in front of the DA’s central office along Elliptical Road, Quezon City last Aug. 8, more than 100 employees coming from the Office of the Secretary, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Bureau of Soil Management (BSM), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Philippine Fisheries Develoment Authority (PFDA), said they are not giving up the fight, not only for their job security, but against the controversial Quezon City Central Business District (QC-CBD) project of Malacañang and the Quezon City government.

As a sign of their opposition to the DA’s transfer to Isabela, the DA Employees Association or DA-EA came up with a Resolution No. 4, series of 2008 — titled “Manifesting our Vehement Opposition to the Planned Transfer of Our Central Office to Ilagan, Isabela,” last Aug. 8. Part of the resolution reads thus:

“Whereas, facts are manifested in the aforesaid executive orders (referring to Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Executive Order Nos. 620 and 620-A, issued on May 4 and September 11, 2007 respectively) and other circumstances surrounding the situation that the real motive behind the transfer is not enhancing agricultural productivity but giving way to the implementation thereof (E.O. 620 and 620-A) and the eventual implementation of the Rationalization of the Bureaucracy process which had hit a snag because of serious objections…” (Underscoring is part of the resolution’s quoted paragraph.)

EOs 620 and 620-A have created the commission that will supervise the implementation of the QC-CBD project, with funds coming from the World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the private sector.

On that same resolution, it is said “never has there been any information given to us, much less consultation with us on the planned transfer despite the fact that we, the rank-and-file employees of the DA, are the ones bound to be very adversely affected thereby…”

The said resolution was submitted to Sec. Arthur Yap. His office has not issued any comment on the matter. Contributed to (Bulatlat.com)

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