The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) are one with the nation in commemorating this year’s Filipino Food Month (FFM), highlighting the need to promote and preserve Filipino cuisine and delicacies in the entire food value chain context.
A series of events is lined up to celebrate the country’s rich culinary heritage and also to enhance people’s farm-to-table skills.
Specifically, the ATI’s network of training centers, together with other DA attached agencies and bureaus will provide a series of free webinars on the preparation of some local dishes and treats from different parts of the country, showcasing Philippine culture and identity.
This upcoming webinar series will be available on the entire month via DA and ATI’s official Facebook pages.
Apart from these, various Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita outlets are mobilized by the DA featuring fresh and locally sourced products.
Other activities to be expected during the FFM celebration are the KainCon Filipino Food Conference, Cinema Culinarya Film Festival, and Hapag ng Pamana, among others, organized by the Department of Tourism, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement.
This year's FFM is anchored on the theme "Pagkaing Pilipino, Susi sa Pag-unlad at Pagbabago.”
Through Presidential Proclamation no. 469, signed in 2018, April of every year is declared as the “Filipino Food Month” or “Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino”.
Coinciding with the FFM, the DA will also celebrate the High Value Crops Week on April 11-13, where separate activities are set to be conducted.