Pursuant to Section 24 of Republic Act No. 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, the government shall extend incentives such as sibsidies for certification fees and other support services to facilitate organic certification shall be provided to farmers whose farms have been duly certified as compliant to the Philippine National Standards.
To expand the applicability and coverage of certification assistance, and to specify the roles and responsibilities of Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Offices (RFO) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the processing of application for certification assistance and ensure that certification assistance is given to qualified entities to facilitate certification by organic certifying bodies, the Department of Agriculture deemed it necesarry to revise Department Circular No. 04, Series of 2015
The revision is now the Department Circular No. 16 Series of 2018, which was published in a newspaper of general circulation on December 06, 2018 (Thursday). Starting December 22, 2018 (Saturday), the said Department Circular will be in effect and will now be the basis of the DA - RFO and DA - BFAR in processing the certification assistance.