November 2012: The Conference was changed to Congress. The 9th NOAC was held at the JCenter Convention Hall in Mandaue City, Cebu on November 6-8; more than a total of 1,500 organic stakeholders nationwide. The theme was “Organic Agriculture: Food Security and Business Opportunity”. COCAFM Chairperson, Senator Francis Pangilinan, and MTRCB Chair Ms. Grace Poe Llamanzares representing the Office of the President, confirmed their participation in the event. Included in the program was the awarding of the winner of National Organic Agriculture Logo and Slogan Making Contest and recognition to the LGU of Dumingag as recipient of the One World Award of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and Rapunzel, and the GAWAD SAKA Search for Most Outstanding Organic Agriculture Farmer Award. Plenary and breakout sessions, and technical tours were conducted. Also, the Spread Organic Agriculture in the Philippines (SOAP) in collaboration with the DA-ATI launched the first volume of the Organic Agriculture Directory.
November 2011: The conference was held at the Aquino Center, Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac City with the theme “Organic Farming: Towards Food Sufficiency and Healthy Environment”. His excellency, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III attended and delivered keynote speech during the opening ceremony of the event. Plenary sessions were conducted.
November 2010: The conference was held at Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena City with the theme “Pagkaing Organiko Kalusugan” ay Sigurado, in collaboration with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) and Regional Field Unit 4A, Quezon Province Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPAg) and Southern Luzon State University. The Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 recently signed then was presented to the stakeholders. Other conference activities included awarding ceremonies for outstanding farmers Mr. Ambrosio Acosta of Master’s Garden in Benguet and Ka Pecs of MASIPAG; plenary sessions on the governments various program and projects on organic farming and breakout sessions on the exemplary performance of some LGU’s on the organic program and technology updates.
October 2009: BAFPS, in cooperation with the DA-Regional Field Unit V, Organic Bikol Advocatures Network (OBAN), Bicol Sustainable Agriculture Network (BSAN), and Resource Enhancement and Cooperation for Habitat, Inc. (REACH) had successfully culminated the 6th National Organic Agriculture Conference at Villa Caceres at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City with the theme “Optimizing Organic Farming Sustainability”, which was attended by almost 500 participants. The conference was highlighted by the awarding ceremonies for the three (3) categories under the Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Organic Agriculture. Trade fair and breakout sessions on organic technological updates and LGU’s initiative on organic agriculture were also held.
October 2008: The 5th NOAC held in Davao City through the collaborative efforts of the BAFPS, DA-Regional Field Unit XI, NOAB, and the Go Organic Mindanao (GOM) in line with the international celebration of the World Food Day. “Sustaining the Gains of Organic Agriculture: Enhancing Biodiversity, Providing Safe and Adequate Food” was the theme and highlighted by breakout session groups tackling diverse yet interrelated topics with national and international experts attending together with Congressional Leaders as well as local government units.
October 2007: The NOAB had its first meeting and induction of Board Members. Among its first initiative is the development of national organic agriculture road map and the conduct of the annual National Organic Agriculture Conference became one of its banner activities.
The 4th NOAC was organized in Iloilo in collaboration with the Panay Organic Producers Association with the theme: “Converging Thrusts for the Development of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines.” A highlight of the 4th NOAC was the first awarding of the Best Organic Farm by BAFPS-DA to the Pecuaria Development Cooperative Incorporated (PDCI) of Camarines Sur, which won a P50, 000.00 incentive package.
December 2006: The Municipality of Baras, Province of Rizal hosted the now annual gathering with the theme “Building Communities through Organic Agriculture.” It was in the 3rd NOAC that Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order 481 calling for the “Promotion and Development of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines.” Its implementing Rules and Regulations (Administrative Order 9, Series of 2006) followed later. A series of consultations to nominate the members of the newly organized National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) and the Technical Working Group was conducted with the active participation of various stakeholders.
December 2005: A major highlight of the 2nd NOAC was the discussion and finalization of the draft for the Executive Order promoting the development of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines. Likewise, success stories in promoting organic agriculture, particularly the accomplishments of the towns of Baras, Rizal and Valenzuela City, Bukidnon were presented.
June 2004: The first National Organic Agriculture Planning Conference (NOAC) was convened through the collaboration of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) with the Organic Producers and Traders Association (OPTA).