Organic Agriculture Division


By virtue of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 as amended by the Republic Act No. 11511, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), through the Organic Agriculture Division, shall have the following functions, duties and responsibilities:

  1. Issue accreditation to: (a) third-party organic certifying bodies, (b) PGS groups, (c) private group or organization actually engaged in organic agriculture as direct farm producer, promoter/advocate, or as marketer of organic agriculture produce—collectively called as “organic certifying bodies (OCBs)” to provide certification to organic management system (farms, etc.);
  2. Certify five (5) individual farms as a core PGS Group;
  3. Conduct inspections on compliance of PGS groups with the Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture;
  4. Issue registration on integrated organic farms, organic input producers, and organic inputs such as organic soil amendments (OSA) and organic biocontrol agents (OBCA);
  5. Rule on the appeal of farm/farmowner/core PGS groups on decision made by organic certifying bodies;
  6. Conduct monitoring and post-market surveillance of registered organic input producers, organic farms, and organic inputs to ensure enforcement of the labeling requirements of the law;
  7. Conduct random inspections to ensure that PGS groups are all compliant with the Philippine National Standards on organic agriculture;
  8. Maintain national database of core PGS groups (from submitted registry of municipal/city PGS groups);
  9. Develop guidelines for certification of farms under PGS, guidelines for accreditation of PGS groups, guidelines for sanctions on non-compliances of certified PGS members; and
  10. Perform such other functions, duties, and responsibilities as may be necessary to implement the law.

In order to perform its functions, duties and responsibilities, the OAD shall be restructured, strengthened and empowered. The existing OAD shall serve as interim with restructured sections as follows:

The OAD shall be headed by the Chief Science Research Specialist as in-charge of the overall management of the Division assisted by the Supervising Science Research Specialist. The OAD is now divided into three (3) sections: Accreditation Section, Registration Section, and the Monitoring and Labeling Enforcement Section.


This section shall be responsible for the accreditation of third-party organic certifying bodies and PGS groups, and inspections on compliance of PGS groups with the Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture. This shall be headed by the Supervising Science Research Specialist of the OAD. The Section is divided into two (2) units: Accreditation of Third-Party OCBs, and Accreditation of PGS groups both led by Senior Science Research Specialists.

This section shall be responsible for the registration process of organic integrated farms, organic input producers, and organic input products [organic soil amendments (OSA) and organic bio-control agents (OBCA)]. This Section shall be headed by a Senior Science Research Specialist.

This section shall be responsible for the monitoring of registered organic operators and organic input products [organic soil amendments (OSA) and organic bio-control agents (OBCA)] and labeling enforcement of products with organic claim. As such, the section shall conduct monitoring activities to organic farms and related facilities as well as the markets. This section is headed by a Senior Science Research Specialist.

  • Official Accreditation of Organic Certifying Bodies
  • Application for Registration of:
    • Establisment of Primary and Proharvest Organic Food and non-Food Products
    • Organic Bio-control Agent (OBCA) Producers and Products
    • Organic Soil Amendments (OSA) Producers and Products
  • Application for:
    • Experimental Use Permit (EUP-OBCA)
    • Organic Input Importation or Exportation Permit