Agricultural Sector Alliance Of The Philippines, Inc. (AGAP)

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Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP) is a sectoral group that embodies the agricultural industry and works to protect the rights and welfare of agricultural workers. Headed by representative Nicanor M. Briones, AGAP intends to push for legislations, programs, and reforms that will improve the agricultural sector, thereby improving the lives of farmers and members of allied sectors.

AGAP is seeking party-list reelection for the May 2010 polls with Rep. Briones, Albert Lim, Jr. and Rico Geron as nominees.

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History

AGAP was founded in 2003 as a sectoral body that would lobby for agricultural reforms and programs, government intervention, and general public awareness. In 2007, it sought to represent the agricultural sector by running as a party-list. It won a congressional seat with Briones as sole representative.

Platforms and advocacies

AGAP vows to be a strong voice in the Lower House, championing the interests and livelihood of farmers, livestock and poultry raisers, fishery operators and workers, cooperative members, and allied sectors such as flour and feed millers and slaughterhouses. AGAP supports fair trade practices, pushes for the creation of effective laws and programs, ensures food security and espouses the improvement of the agricultural sector toward global competitiveness. AGAP adapts specific strategies to effectively and precisely meet the goals with strong regard to accountability and integrity.

Achievements

After winning a Lower House seat in the 14th Congress, AGAP actively participated in the efforts against smuggling and excessive agricultural product importations to protect and support the growth of the local agricultural sector. Particularly, Briones signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group, and representatives from private sectors to keep watch and be involved in government efforts to curb smuggling.

Since its creation, AGAP has spread nationwide, and is now comprised of 48,389 individuals, 371 baranggay councils, 213 cooperatives and 142 institutions.

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