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RED Mangelen installs new RAFC 12 chair

AGRICULTURE • 16:00 PM Tue May 19, 2020
Carl Ulysses L. Aguillon/DA-12
Department of Agriculture 12 Regional Executive Director Arlan Mangelen turns-over the key of responsibility to newly-installed Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council 12 Chairman Eduardo Castin.

The new Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC) 12 chairman officially took the helm on May 15, 2020 after Department of Agriculture 12 Regional Executive Director Arlan Mangelen turned-over the key of responsibility to him.

In front of DA 12 employees and his fellow AFC chairmen all over the region, Eduardo Castin accepted the pivotal role of a regional farmer-leader who will help the DA in securing collaboration with farmers in policy making and project monitoring.

Castin, the chairman of the Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council (PAFC) of South Cotabato succeeded the late Dionisio Bautista who served the council for more than seven years.

The new RAFC chairman has an outstanding career in agriculture. He served as a research assistant for Weed Science Unit of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in Los Baños, Laguna. He is also a member of the Weed Science Society of the Philippines and of the Pests Management Council of the Philippines.

After retiring, he served as the Municipal Agricultural & Fishery Council chairman of Norala, and in 2014, he became the PAFC chairman of South Cotabato.

“We need to spend life serving others next to Him (God) and our family,” Castin said in his acceptance message.

As chairman of the RAFC, Castin will facilitate the advisory bodies of the DA and local government units to ensure the success of agricultural and fishery programs and projects in the region.

He will also serve as the chairman as the focal entity of government and private sector partnership for the continuing discussion of development problems, issues and concerns facing the agriculture and fisheries sector. (CULAguillon/RAFIS 12)


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