Founded 1976, PSIA now has 27 members -- 11 multinational, eight local, two government, one academic, and five dealers. The Board of Directors, elected by the membership, comprises a president (Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc), vice president, secretary, treasurer, media relations officer, and six directors. The Secretariat comprises one administrative officer and a part time bookkeeper/accountant -- so most work is done by Board members. PSIA has four ad hoc committees: Membership Development; Variety Awareness; Phytosanitary; and Intellectual Property. The association is active in policy-making with bodies such as the National Seed Industry Council, the Plant Variety Protection Board and the Department of Agriculture. Members chair the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries Committee on Fruits and Vegetables and have seats in the Technical Working Group (TWG) on the revision of the Seed Act, and in the TWG on ITPGRFA. The PSIA conducts variety awareness programs, techno-demos and field days, and co-organizes the bi-annual National Seed Summit. They also organize the annual Farmers’ Forum with the Federation of Crop Societies, join agricultural fairs, promote vegetable consumption and school or community vegetable gardens while conducting a yearly Seedmen’s Update Course for staff of member companies, and study tours to other countries.
The above information is based on a presentation given during APSA's annual National Seed Associations meeting, held on 27 November, 2019.