WHEREAS, it is the Government’ policy to encourage agricultural production in order to achieve food self-sufficiency;


WHEREAS, Without a unifying authority, the activities of several government agencies with inter-related functions have sometimes led to duplication and unintegrated functions which frustrate government and private efforts toward the attainment of self-sufficiency in food of animal origin;


WHEREAS, the organization of the National Food and Agriculture Council has made substantial gains in the administration and implementation of food crops production, particularly for rice, corn and other crops;


WHEREAS, there is an urgent need for a coordinating body similar to the National Food and Agriculture Council that shall oversee, unify and integrate the administration and implementation of the livestock industries and allied industries’ development and rationalization.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby order and decree the following:


Section 1. Declaration of Policy – It is the declared policy of the State to promote the development of the livestock industry in order to increase the supply of livestock and livestock products and to attain self-sufficiency in food commodities of animal origin.


Section 2. Creation of the Livestock Development Council – There is hereby created a body called the Livestock Development Council. Hereinafter referred to as the “Council” which shall be under the administrative supervision of the Department of Agriculture.


Section 3. Powers and Functions - The Council shall have the following powers and functions:


a.  to formulate and establish comprehensive policy guidelines for the development of the livestock industry in all its aspects.


b. To formulate the long and short range programs calculated to achieve major self-sufficiency, efficiency, and stability in food commodities of animal origin.


c.  To coordinate, integrate and supervise all policies and programs of all government agencies charged with the implementation thereof.


d. To evaluate the activities and accomplishments of all agencies of the government charged with the implementation of the different aspects of the livestock development programs.


e. To assist, coordinate and integrate private sector activities with that of the government sector with the purpose of involving the private sector in the food development programs of animal origin and allied industries.


f.  To call on any department, bureau, office, agency and other instrumentalities of the government in the form of personnel, facilities and other resources as the need arises in the performance of its functions.


g. To perform such other functions as maybe necessary to attain the objectives of the livestock development programs.


Section 4. Composition of the Council. The members of the Council shall be composed of the following:


1.     Secretary, Department of Agriculture


2.     Secretary, Department of Agrarian Reform


3.     Secretary, Department of Industry


4.     Secretary, Department of Local Government and Community Development


5.     Secretary, Department of Natural Resources


6.     Director General, National Economic Development Authority


7.     Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry


8.     Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry


9.     Chairman, Board of Investments


10.     Administrator, National Grains Authority


11.     Director, Central Bank Department of Rural Banks


12.     President, Food Terminal Inc.


13.     Director General, Philippine Council for Agriculture


14.     President, Land Bank of the Philippines


15.     President, Philippine National Bank


16.     Governor, Development Bank of the Philippines


17.     Executive Director, Livestock Development Council


18.     Chief, Philippine Constabulary


The Heads of Offices from the Government sector may appoint his/her representative to the Council from among his/her senior officials.


B. From the Private Sector:


1.             President, Federation of Cattle Raisers Association of the Philippines (FCRAP)


2.             President, Philippine Poultry Industry Association


3.             President, Philippine Association of Hog Raisers, Inc.


4.             President, Contract Growers Association of the Philippines


5.             President, Food Processors Association


6.             President, Philippine Association of Meat Importers


7.             President, Philippine Association of Feed Millers, Inc.


8.             Representative of Small Poultry Raisers


9.             Representative of Small Hog Raisers


10.           Representative of Small Cattle Raisers


The Secretary of the Department of Agriculture or his duly designated representative shall be the Chairman of the Council. Representatives of small poultry, hog and cattle raisers, shall be appointed by the Chairman upon recommendation of the Council. Other government agencies, associations, organizations or institutions not otherwise included in this Decree shall be given representations in the Council upon approval of the Council.


Section 5. Executive Staff – The Council shall have an Executive Staff which shall function under the supervision and control of an Executive Director. The Council shall select their executive staff in accordance in accordance with the approved staffing of government agencies and their salaries and remunerations including per diems and allowances of personnel, subject to existing provisions of the law. However, technical positions shall be exempt from WAPCO. The Chairman shall appoint the personnel of the Executive Staff.


Section 6. Livestock Development Fund - The amount of three pesos (PhP 3.00) shall be collected as registration fees for large cattle. Of the fee collected, one peso (PhP 1.00) goes to the municipality where the registration takes place and two pesos (PhP2.00) for the Livestock Development Council Fund, one peso (PhP 1.00) shall be used to carry out the functions of the Council and the other one peso (PhP 1.00) shall be used to assist accredited private organizations or associations in their development work in the livestock industry.


Section 7. Appropriation of Funds. The Department of Agriculture is hereby tasked to appropriate and release sufficient funds for the organization of the Council for their initial operations. Henceforth, funds sufficient to fully carry out the functions and objectives of the Council shall be appropriated every fiscal year in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).


Section 8. Repealing Clause - All laws, decrees, executive orders, administrative orders and regulations, or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with any provisions of this Decree are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.


Section 9. Separability Clause – If any provision of this Decree shall be invalid, the remainder shall continue to be operative.


Section 10. Effectivity – This Decree shall take effect immediately.



Done in the City of Manila, this 29th day of March, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-six.




                                                   (Sgd.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS


                                                                Republic of the Philippines





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