Imee Marcos proposes exchange program to train tobacco farmers of Isabela, Ilocos NorteApr 19, 2018
Citing the importance of export quality products, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos while visiting Cauayan City and other nearby towns of the Province of Isabela proposed an exchange training program for tobacco growers of the two provinces.
Both Isabela and Ilocos Norte are agricultural provinces and producers of quality Burley and Virginia tobacco, respectively. Both varieties have high export demands.
According to the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA), Virginia tobacco made up the 86.1% of the total 957.73 metric tons of tobacco yield from October to December last year. It is the variety used for most types of cigarettes.
With this, Governor Imee said, "Sana magkaroon tayo ng exchange training wherein Ilocano farmers come here to Isabela and administer training to your farmers, specifically on how to grow and produce quality Virginia Tobacco.
"In return, we ask the province of Isabela to teach us how to grow different crops, including Burley tobacco," Governor Marcos added, citing Isabela's cash crop munggo (bean).
Meanwhile, Isabela Governor Faustino "Bonjie" Dy recalled the legacy of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) to the agriculture industry of the province, saying, "Kinilala ang probinsiya ng Isabela bilang numero uno sa sektor ng agrikultura dahil sa pamilya Marcos.
"Maraming taon na ang nagdaan at hanggang ngayon ay pinakikinabangan pa rin. Simula pa sa ating mga ninuno at ngayon ay iba't ibang henerasyon na ang nagdaan, nakikita natin kung gaano kahalaga ang proyektong ibinigay ng dating Pangulong Marcos sa ating lalawigan ng Isabela," he said.
Several agriculture and infrastructure projects were implemented in Isabela during the Marcos Presidency, namely the Magat Dam, the National Irrigation Administration, Maharlika Highway, and Cauayan Domestic Airport, among others.
Governor Dy added that Isabela hopes that Governor Marcos will "go" for a Senate seat.
While still undecided on running for the Senate, Governor Marcos nevertheless received assurance of "Solid North" support from Governor Dy, together with other local officials from the municipalities of Alicia, Aurora, Echague, Luna, San Manuel, and the City of Cauayan.
"Wala tayong boses sa senado—boses para sa mga Ilocano. Kung mapag-isipan at makapag-desisyon ang ating mahal na gobernador, para sa ganon ang ating boses sa senado ay marinig at umangat ang buhay ng ating mga magsasaka, andito tayo para sumuporta," said Governor Dy during the Farmers Congress in Aurora, Isabela.
Also, Echague Mayor Francis Faustino "Kiko" A. Dy firmly stated, "Kung saan po patungo ang inyong political career, nandito kami para sumuporta sa inyo [Governor Marcos]."