CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- The provincial government of Pampanga has allotted some PHP22 million for the rehabilitation and recovery program for 10,375 farmers affected by typhoon and the southwest monsoon last year.
Governor Lilia Pineda noted, during the launch of the program here on Monday, that the provincial capitol is recognizing the farmers' efforts to produce rice for Kapampangans.
Each farmer received an amount of PHP1,300 per hectare of rice land as assistance, according to Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) head Edilberto Salenga.
“May it be day or night, their intensive efforts to provide food for the province is so much to thank for. The provincial government is always on standby to help them,” the governor said.
For his part, Vice Governor Dennis Pineda assured the farmers that the provincial government would implement more programs to support them.
“Machineries, equipment and seed development for them would be a priority,” he said.
Meanwhile, 3rd District Board Member Jun Canlas, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, lauded the farmers for being “resilient”, especially with the challenges posed by climate change.
During the event, Dr. Frisco Malabanan, DA Senior Technical Promotion Consultant, discussed with the farmers the agency's one-million hectare hybrid rice intensification project.
He said that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is campaigning to address the fear and concerns of the rice industry stakeholders on the Rice Tariffication Act.
Pampanga Third District Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, on the other hand, said he will allot an PHP80-million budget this year for the agriculture industry of the province. (PNA)