By MARK FRANCISCO, Reporter
FORMER presidential assistant on food security and Senatorial candidate Francis Pangilinan continued to drum up support for his agricultural concerns and vowed to rally this to the Senate once he gets elected.
Pangilinan met with local agricultural leaders in Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday and hopped to Iligan City and neighboring areas by afternoon, also meeting with farmers there who reported their El Niño concerns to him.
Along this line, Pangilinan also continued batting for the passage of his baby initiative, the Sagip Saka. His Farmer Entrepreneurship and Development Bill pushes for farmers to become entrepreneurs so they can move away from subsistence farming into viable farm enterprises and creating more jobs.
To change this mentality, Pangilinan bats for even greater government intervention and incentives to get the agricultural sector back on its feet and moving away from the “isang kahig, isang tuka” mentality.
“Our farmers earn a measly P23,000 a year, less than P2,000 a month.
Our fisherfolk earn even less. If a family needs P6,365 for their basic food needs, our farmers need at least P4,000 more to be able to address their basic needs. We must give agricultural services a priority and benchmark comes,” Pangilinan remarked.
He emphasized that Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan are prosperous countries because they take care of their agricultural sector well.
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