TACLOBAN CITY – The National Food Authority (NFA) and the municipal government of Tanauan, Leyte have entered into a memorandum of agreement aim to help local farmers generate more income.

AGREEMENT. The municipal government of Tanauan, as represented by Mayor Gina Merilo signed an agreement with the National Food Authority through regional manager Jasmin Lintag which aims to help the local farmers by raising the buying palay price. Also in photo is town councilor Isagani Espada.(NFA Photo)

Under the program of NEA’s palay marketing assistance program for legislators and local government units (PALLGU), the local government of Tanauan will add P2 to the existing palay buying which currently pegged at P19 per kilogram.

About 1,000 farmers from Tanauan are projected to benefit this program with the municipal government of Mayor Gina Merillo providing P2 million fund for this purpose.

By increasing the buying price of palay, this will also provide a significant increase on the buffer stock of NFA that are sourced from local farmers.

Merilo is thankful to the NFA for helping the local government in assisting farmers in her locality as she vowed full support for the implementation of PALLGU.

It was learned that Tanauan is the first local government unit in the region to enter such an agreement with the NFA.

(ROEL T. AMAZONA with report MARCO JEMSBOY ARCENA, LNU Student Intern)