After "Ineng," Gov Manotoc appeals for funding to speed up farmer recoveryAug 27, 2019
With a recent 167 million worth of losses in agriculture due to Severe Tropical Storm "Ineng", Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc appealed to the Department of Agriculture (DA) to fund its palay buy-back program.
A brainchild of Senator Imee R. Marcos which started last 2018, the buy-back program is memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Provincial Government and qualified palay and rice traders and farmers. The MOA states that the Provincial Government shall buy some of their stocks at fair market value, ensuring the province sufficient rice supply.
Stated in a letter addressed to DA Secretary William D. Dar, Marcos-Manotoc wrote "...with the tarrification and lifting of import restrictions on rice which resulted to decline in its market price, we appeal for funding of our buy-back program to help our local farmers get more from their hard work."
In a measure to make the food staple more affordable for Filipinos, only last February, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law an act that will lift import restrictions on rice. This means that local farmers must compete with international suppliers in lowering their produce's market price.
Moreover, as part of the Provincial Government's initiatives for rural development and the improvement of the quality of life of farmer-beneficiaries, Gov. Manotoc also requested for provision of various agricultural equipment, farm machineries, seeds, as well as improvement of irrigation facilities.
Seconding Gov. Marcos-Manotoc is Senator Imee R. Marcos:
"Malaking bagay 'yong buy-back na sinasabi bilang emergency procurement. As we know, bagsak na bagsak ang presyo ng palay bago pa man nag-umpisa ang baha.
"Sa mga susunod na buwan papasok pa 'yong main crop ng September at October, bababa pa lalo ang presyo, hindi na kakayanin. Nananawagan tayo kay President Rodrigo Duterte hindi lang para sa Ilocos Norte na nasalanta ng bagyo pati na rin sa iba pang mga lalawigan," Senator Marcos ended.