BAYBAY CITY- “This is my advocacy – to touch the lives of the poor people. I know that you want to hear what the government could give you,” Secretary Emmanuel ‘Manny’ F. Piñol exhorted during the Dialogue with Agri-Fishery Stakeholders of Leyte District 5 in one of his Biyaheng Bukid sorties in Eastern Visayas on April 11, 2018.
Around 1,000 farmers, fisherfolk and other stakeholders from the towns of Abuyog, Bato, Hindang, Hilongos, Inopacan, Javier, Mahaplag and Matalom and from this city trooped to Baybay City Gymnasium to share their issues and concerns relative to agri-fishery production in the countryside.
The Secretary immediately responded to the queries and approved some requests, subject for validation by the concerned agencies.
The activity was also highlighted with the turnover of agricultural interventions to the municipalities of Leyte District 5, amounting to P46 million which vary from inputs such as seeds, planting materials, fertilizers; drugs and biologics; farm equipment, machinery and diversion dam, among others.
Program interventions worth P5.7 million were also committed for the different municipalities.
In addition, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-8, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority and Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, handed-over fiber glass boats, abaca planting materials, and indemnity checks.
Also present in the said event were Rep. Jose Carlos L. Cari; Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari; Mayor Leonardo M. Javier, Jr. of Javier; Mayor Albert R. Villahermosa of Hilongos; Board Member Emmanuel Gacis who represented Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla; Regional Executive Director Cipriano G. Santiago of DA RFO 8 and other heads or representatives of DA attached agencies. (PR)