MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, May 11 (PIA) -- Given the vast investments with hard working people and with the leadership of the Provincial Governor, Department of Agriculture-RFO8 Asst. Regional Director Dr. Wilson A. Cerbito is confident that "Southern Leyte will continue to explore in terms of agriculture development."

Cerbito said this during the First Agriculture Summit held May 7, 2015 at the Lourdes Convention Center, saying that the province has better potential in agriculture such as planting cacao, coffee, among other crops, including livestock , seaweeds and fisheries industries, not to mention the rubber plantation which will also complement the greening program of the government.

He added that the agriculture department is recommending to the provincial officials, among other allies, both from public and private sectors to help the local government promote sustainability of agricultural products.

During his keynote address, Cerbito mentioned the seven (7) Cs in agriculture development such as Convergence, Consultation, Collaboration, Complementing, Counterparting, Co-sharing and Communication, to be successful in developing agriculture.

He is hopeful that the agri summit, carrying the theme, "Towards Food Security Amidst Climate Change & ASEAN integration" held in the province would shed more light towards agriculture development.

Cerbito was joined by other resource speakers such as Dr. Antonia Cecilia Y. Sandoval, Dean of Department of Agriculture and Food Science at Visayas State University; Dr. Guindolino R. Gerona, an Agri-Entrepreneur; and Irma F. Ortiz, National Seaweed Coordinator from BFAR-Central Office.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Atty. Abelardo Almario, representing Gov. Roger G. Mercado and Jason Calva in lieu of Cong. Damian G. Mercado welcomed the participants composed of representatives from the National Food Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, PENRMO, Municipal Agriculture Officers, some mayors, the media, farmers/fisheries' organizations, to name a few. (ajc/rgc/PIA8 So. Leyte)