Governor Marcos graces DA-RFO I’s farm machinery distribution;
Thankful for the projects awarded to her constituents
“Maraming salamat Director. Ipaabot po ninyo ang aming pasasalamat sa ating Mahal na Pangulong Duterte at Secretary Manny Piñol sa pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng aming mga minamahal na magsasaka dito sa Ilocos.”
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos stressed her gratefulness to the Department of Agriculture as she spoke in behalf of the hundreds of farmer-recipients who received from the DA Php22 million worth of farm machineries and equipment during the DA-RFO I’s Turn-over Ceremonies on January 16, 2018 held at the DA-Ilocos Norte Research & Experiment Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte.
Marcos underscored the relevance of providing the farmers such kind of projects to improve their productivity as well as their income amidst the challenges that the sector is facing such as climate change resulting to problems in the soil and irrigation, minimal landholding capacity as well as aging farmers with an average age of 54-56.
“Sana ang mga ganitong proyekto ay tuloy-tuloy hanggang sa mga susunod na taon upang mas lalo pang mapaangat ang kabuhayan ng ating mga magsasaka,” Marcos added.
Meanwhile, RED Lucrecio Alviar, Jr., DA-RFO I’s Regional Executive Director in his message expressed his full support and 100 percent commitment to realize the farmers’ requests especially on their farm machinery needs to eventually sustain the high productivity of farmers in the region. He also reminded the recipients of their obligations in taking good care of the farm machineries and equipment provided to maximize the useful life span of the farm machineries distributed.
“Ang mga ito po ay libreng ibinibigay sa inyo ng ating pamahalaan. Bagamat ito ay libre, umaasa kami na ito po ay inyong mamahalin na gaya ng pagmamahal na ibinibigay ninyo sa inyong mga asawa,” Dir. Alviar stated which elicited grins from the recipients.
In the distribution activity for the second district alone, DA has given-away a total of P22 million worth of farm machineries and equipment benefitting the officers and members of 16 farmers associations and organizations from the 12 municipalities of Ilocos Norte.
Joining the Governor and RED Alviar during the distribution activity are the Local Chief Executives of Paoay in the person of Mayor Jessie Galano; Currimao Mayor Gladys Go-Pwe, Batac City Mayor Albert Chua, and Banna Mayor Carlito Abadilla II.
The farm machinery distribution in the second district of Ilocos Norte is the first distribution activity of DA in 2018. The next distribution activity is set on January 18-19 in the province of Pangasinan.