Declaration

WHEREAS, the need to provide more food of better quality for our people in the face of limited funds, land and other resources can be met with the help of science and technology;

WHEREAS, agriculture in order to be sustainable must be economically viable and socially acceptable and must exhibit concern for the environment and the general health of the community;

WHEREAS, Pest Management is an integral component of science-based agriculture’ way of thinking about how to scientifically farm the land with more cost-efficient method and protect its most productive results even as continuing research and discoveries guide us all to even much better, safer and more beneficial technologies;

WHEREAS, the PEST MANAGEMENT COUNCIL OF THE PHILIPPINES (PMCP), a federation of scientific and research-based organizations and others involved in Pest Management, has taken on the responsibility for collective stewardship of this science-based discipline;

WHEREAS, recent events exhibit a widening of the gap between the scientific community and the society and public it hopes to serve;

WHEREAS, recent food infections and other challenges to the food supply chain require even more vigilance and a greater understanding of the ecological web, and an abiding trust in our scientific community;

WHEREAS, application methods to manage pest and diseases eg. ground application, fumigation, aerial spraying, etc. have recently come under attack based on feeble and unscientific documentation, threatening to limit our people’s recourse to such effective and viable methods that our people may require in the future;

WHEREAS, we find our people and society needlessly disturbed by the alarmist inclination of some sectors, distracted from more productive activities by these alarmist views, increasingly threatened by wrong or false information.

NOW THEREFORE, on unanimous accord of all present, be it:

RESOLVED, that we of the Pest Management Council of the Philippines (PMCP), implement currently available pest management options based on evidence – on real data – and scientific information.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the DA – Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA), having exercised its regulatory functions over this discipline and its applications satisfactorily, should continue to do so taking cognizance of continually developing and expanding knowledge relevant to the safe practice of agriculture and its environmental aspects;

RESOLVED FURTHER to call on Pest Management practitioners, producers and all stakeholders including growers, exporters and marketers to police their ranks and stick to Good Agricultural Practices guidelines and Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) regulations, and in so doing, “keep our house in good order.”

RESOLVED FURTHER to call on all concerned policy-makers and stakeholders to fund needed research and eschew restrictions on current agricultural technologies and inputs unless such have been shown not to conform with Good Agrucultal Practice guidelines.

RESOLVED FURTHER that the “community” should be equipped with the right information and skills to critically assess and responsibly employ the options open to them to achieve the greatest benefits for themselves, the general public and society as a whole.

RESOLVED FURTHER that we shall do our personal and individual share in educating and disseminating information among out scientific and social constituents to further the attainment of Science-based Agriculture for general public welfare.

RESOLVED FINALLY that we build partnerships leading to a movement advocating science-based agriculture that will lead to socially-responsible, sustainable growth ad development.