The DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) led by Director Gina P. Nilo and Assistant Director Denise A. Solano joins the Department of Agriculture’s Official Opening Ceremony for the Filipino Food Month 2023, today, 03 April 2023, at the DA-BSWM Lopez Convention Hall.

Spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Filipino Food Month Celebration 2023 is in collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Philippine Culinary Heritage (PCH).

Participants and guests in the Celebration were officially welcomed by DA Undersecretary for Special Concerns and Chairperson of the DA-National Steering Committee for Filipino Food Month Celebration. As part of the celebration, Messages of Filipino Food Month Stakeholders were delivered by Atty. Jose Vincenzo A. Vizcarra, Head of Legal Office, NCCA; Undersecretary Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar of the DOT; and Mr. Clark Jantzen Lim, Board of Trustee, PCHM.

The DA Senior Undersecretary Domingo F. Panganiban then provided his message to introduce the Keynote Speaker for this year’s celebration – His Excellency President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., Concurrent Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, through a video recorded message.

During the program, part of the highlights were the Ceremonial Toast and the Unveiling of the Filipino Food Month Celebration 2023 theme “Pagkaing Sariling Atin, Mahalin at Pagyamanin.”

As a way of promoting the culinary traditions of the Filipinos, various delicacies were presented by the different offices under the Department of Agriculture.

The DA’s Official Opening Ceremony for the Filipino Food Month 2023 ended with the Closing Remarks by DA Assistant Secretary for Consumer Affairs Ms. Kristine Y. Evangelista.

The National Filipino Food Month Celebration 2023 or the “Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino” is in accordance with the Presidential Proclamation No. 469 series of 2018. This aims to promote the appreciation and preservation of culinary traditions and treasures and support the various industries thereof. The celebration was attended by various Officials and staff from the DA, DOT, NCCA, and PCHM.