|Outgoing DA Secretary Bernie G. Fondevilla (right) hands over the flag to incoming Sec. Proceso J. Alcala (left) signifying the change in leadership.|
The former representative of the 2nd district of Quezon, Proceso J. Alcala was appointed new chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA). This was made official in a brief turnover ceremony held on 5 August 2010 at the DA Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City with outgoing Agriculture Secretary Bernie G. Fondevilla officially passing the leadership to his successor.
Secretary Alcala or simply "Procy" as he is fondly called, delivered his message to the employees of DA and vowed to maintain a transparent leadership. He encouraged all DA officials and employees to provide efficient service and adequate support to small farmers and fisherfolk so that they can earn income and produce enough food for all.
As a two-term congressman and vice chair of the House Committee on Agriculture and Food, he authored bills that benefited the agriculture and environment sectors. He was instrumental in the passage of the Organic Agricultural Act of 2010 (RA10068) and the Mounts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape Act (RA2718). He was a co-author of the Climate Change Act (RA 9729) and the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994). He also sponsored the filing and eventual enactment in the House of Representatives of the Hazardous and Radioactive Waste Management Act.
One of his important initiatives is the establishment of the "Sentrong Pamilihan ng Produktong Agrikultura sa Quezon" which serves as a trading post for vegetables and other farm products. The facility aims to reduce the involvement of middlemen in the marketing chain by providing farmers a venue to sell their products directly to the consumers thus providing higher income for the farmers. The trading post made farm crops accessible to buyers and consumers who come from as far as Bicol, Batangas, Laguna and Metro Manila.
His other agri-related initiatives include the rehabilitation of postharvest facilities in Quezon and the establishment of a scholarship program for students who want to pursue an education in agriculture.
Believing that the sustainable way to farming is through organic farming, Alacala's core advocacy is geared toward organic agriculture. In relation to solid waste management, he initiated the promotion of organic agriculture in Quezon and launched the Procesong Gulay para sa Masaganang Buhay which aims to promote alternative farming technologies among elementary and secondary students in Quezon.
In his stints at Congress, Alcala served as vice chairman of the House Committees on Agriculture and Food, and Public Works and Highways (DPWH); member of the House Committees on Accounts, Agrarian Reform, Appropriations, Food Security, Natural Resources, Overseas Workers Affairs, Oversight, Transportation, and Southern Tagalog Development.
In 2003, Alcala was awarded the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan for Environmental Protection and Ten Most Outstanding Public Servants - Special Award as Environmentalist.
Born on July 2, 1955 in Lucena City, Alcala is a licensed civil engineer by profession. He is married to the former Corazon Asuncion Maaño, executive vice president of the Cotta Realty and Development Corporation based in Lucena City and chief finance officer of the Pueblo Por La Playa, Pagbilao, Quezon. They have three children - Ingrid, Irvin, and Ivy.