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FARMERS’ ACCESS TO LOANS BILL GETS HOUSE OK

With the end in view of enhancing access of agricultural communities to financial services and programs that increase productivity, the Senate ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill repealing Republic Act No. 10000 or the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act of 2009. Senator Cynthia Villar, the chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture, Food, and […]

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8,000 MANGROVE SHOOTS TO REVIVE MARILAO RIVER

About 8,000 mangrove shoots will be planted in Barangay Nagbalon in Marilao, Bulacan as part of long-term measures to improve the quality of water in the town’s major river. Wilfredo Cruz, director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 3 (Central Luzon), said that 60 fisherfolk were taught how to properly plant mangrove […]

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GIVE FISHERFOLK P2-B FUEL SUBSIDY – VILLANUEVA

As boat fuel accounts for half of the operating cost of fishermen, the government should increase its planned gas subsidy to them, “to be drawn from windfall tax collection from higher fuel prices,” Senator Joel Villanueva said. “Sa isang pag-aaral, higit sa kalahati ng presyo ng mga isdang dagat tulad ng galunggong ay dahil po […]

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FARMERS, FISHERS TO GET FUEL DISCOUNTS – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to implement the “Fuel Discount for Farmers and Fisherfolk Program,” as provided under Special Provision No. 20 of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the Fiscal Year 2022 or Republic Act (RA) 11639. “We sincerely thank President Rodrigo Duterte and the honorable members of the Senate and House […]

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‘ODETTE’-HIT FARMERS, FISHERFOLK TO GET P3-B AID

The Department of Agriculture (DA) released a total of P3 billion-worth of agricultural interventions to aid farmers and fisherfolk affected by Typhoon Odette, which caused havoc in almost 10 regions, with the Visayas severely hit. “For the last two weeks of January, the DA has been doubling its efforts in the distribution of these interventions […]

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GIVE FISHERS IN ‘ODETTE’ AREAS FIBERGLASS BOATS

Senator Kiko Pangilinan sought the help of fiberglass manufacturers in the country to help thousands of fisherfolk whose boats have been destroyed by Typhoon Odette. “Nananawagan po ako sa mga lider ng fiberglass manufacturing industry sa ating bansa na tulungan sanang makabangon muli ang mga mangingisda na nawalan nang kabuhayan dulot ng Typhoon Odette. Nangangailangan […]

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IRR FOR DIRECT PURCHASE FROM FARMERS RELEASED

After Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s constant follow-ups with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the roll-out of the provision on negotiated procurement with farmers and fisherfolk have finally been released. The Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) submitted to the Senate a copy of the IRR that will allow […]

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DA GIVES P231M AID TO BATANGAS FARMERS, FISHERFOLK

The Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed more than P231 million worth of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, tools, machinery, and other interventions to farmers, fisherfolk, and organizations in Batangas who were affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano. The volcanic eruption mainly affected the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna wherein 12,438 hectares of CALABARZON’s agricultural […]

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INCLUDE FARMERS IN OIL PRICE SUBSIDY – PANGILINAN

Farmers and fishermen equally hurting from the incessant oil price spikes must not be left out in the distribution of government subsidy to affected transport sectors, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said. At the same time, Pangilinan reiterated his call to suspend the excise tax on oil products to mitigate the impact of oil prices, which hit […]

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ISSUE ‘SAGIP SAKA’ IRR NOW, SAYS PANGILINAN

The two-year delay in the issuance of guidelines for the full implementation of Sagip Saka Act of 2019 has left hanging farmers and fisherfolk who should benefit from the over P41 billion intended for direct food purchases in the 2021 national budget, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said. “Maganda sanang stimulus o pantulak itong P41 billion para […]