Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan town in Lanao del Norte. (Photo courtesy of Kauswagan LGU)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan town, Lanao del Norte, has been elected as the new president of an international organization of organic agriculture.

In a statement Thursday, Arnado said he will assume the responsibility of former president Song In Heon, mayor of Goesan County in South Korea, in the Alliance of Local Governments in Organic Agriculture (ALGOA).

"Together we will explore the manifestations of organic districts, as of the wholistic methods of developing organic agriculture among ALGOA members in Asia," he said.

As president of ALGOA, Arnado also becomes co-president of the Global Alliance for Organic Districts, a sub-organization of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), an organization representing the global movement in promoting broader adoption of organic production.

IFOAM has 700 affiliates in over 100 countries and territories and is one of the main organizers of the 6th Organic Asia Congress (OAC) from June 4-10, which Kauswagan and Lanao del Norte province is helping host with over 1,300 participants from 32 Asian countries.

Arnado said for the last 12 years, the municipality has been known for organic agriculture practices.

The OAC is one of the international events for organic agriculture that brings together local governments and the organic sector from various Asian nations to discuss the main trends in the movement and methods for advancement.

"We warmly welcome our international guests to an ambiance that reflects the warmth and charm of Filipino hospitality," Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo said. (PNA)