DA 7 to form ‘Integrity Circle’ as transparency measure for agri projects

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AS an additional transparency measure in the procurement and implementation of agricultural projects and interventions, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 will create a seven-member group called Integrity Circle.

It will be comprised of private and government volunteers representing various sectors of agriculture, such as farmers, fisherfolk, consumers, civil society organizations, church, and academe.

They can observe DA 7’s procurement or bidding processes, provide DA 7 their observations, and participate in community dialogue.

This was revealed on Thursday, April 23, 2021 during the one-day orientation on the Agriculture Dialogue Information Network Group (Ading), a DA program that installs additional measures to ensure that funds and programs are not wasted.

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Ading allows the participation of the private sector in DA’s project implementation, according to Administrative Order 14 that DA Secretary William Dar issued in 2020.

"While we are governed by Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act in our procurement, the Ading program helps in the streamlining of our processes in the region," said DA 7 Executive Director Salvador Diputado. (NRC/With PR)