Alcala , Proceso Jaraza
July 02, 1955
Secretary – Department of Agriculture
Proceso “Procy” Alcala is a civil engineer by profession, a respected and multi awarded public servant, a businessman and advocate of organic agriculture, environmental conservation and countryside development. He is the 34th Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
Prior to his appointment, Secretary Alcala served for two terms as Representative of the 2nd District of Quezon Province (includes his hometown Lucena City, Candelaria, Dolores, San Antonio, Sariaya and Tiaong), from July 2004 to June 2010.
As a lawmaker, he authored three major legislations, the most notable of which is the Organic Agricultural Act of 2010. The two others are the Mounts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape Act and the Hazardous and Radioactive Waste Management Act.
He also co-authored the Climate Change Act and Expanded Senior Citizens Act.
During his six-year tenure, he served as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Committee on Public Works and Highways.
One of the major projects he is popularly identified with is the establishment of the “Sentrong Pamilihan ng Produktong Agrikultura sa Quezon,” which since its operation has been providing a ready market for farmers and fishers, giving them assured and reasonable prices for their products, and affordable basic food commodities for consumers. He also vigorously supported the rehabilitation of the coconut industry, benefiting thousands of farmers and their families in Quezon.
He likewise initiated the “Procesong Gulay Para sa Masaganang Buhay” to further encourage vegetable production and consumption in his district and adjoining communities.
He also granted full scholarships to thousands of children of farmers — to entice them into taking agriculture, agribusiness and related careers, and prove his point that there is indeed money in agriculture.
Secretary Alcala shares the vision of President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III of prosperous modern agri-fishery entrepreneurs creating more livelihood and income opportunities in their respective communities.
He is now working to revitalize the agri-fishery sector through the delivery of responsive, transparent and quality services, and the implementation of high-quality programs and people-centered policies.
At the heart of his development agenda is to attain rice self-sufficiency by 2013 so the country will no longer import its staple food and most important grain.
Secretary Alcala completed his Civil Engineering degree at the Luzonian University Foundation. He and his wife, Corazon, are blessed with three children – Ingrid, Irvin (who now serves as the Representative of the 2nd District of Quezon) and Ivy – and four grandsons.