Aquino promotes agriculture course

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will provide scholarship grants to farmers' children to encourage them to take up courses in agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the President believes that there is a future in agriculture and more Filipinos should take advantage of it.

Alcala made the announcement during the third Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation and Food Security forum aired over government-run NBN-4 and Radyo ng Bayan Wednesday.


Government programs in agriculture are now in place to help farmers and empower them with proper farming practices and the provision of funding support to increase their productivity in their respective communities, he said.

Alcala told the farmers that their children can also earn much in agriculture.

"Kung iyon pong magulang (farmers) nabigyan natin ng pagkakataon na kumita na hindi naman po sila nag-aral ng kumpleto nung una pero dahil sa tamang tulong ngayon na technical, may access sa funds, with that marketing help (from the government), kumikita na po sila ng mas mahigit sa isang ordinaryong empleyadong sumusweldo sa banko," he said.

Alcala noted that sending children to agricultural schools is much affordable compared to allowing them to take-up other courses.

He added that his department is working hard to implement government programs in response to President Aquino's order to advocate and support the productivity of farmers in the countryside.

Alcala underscored the need for farmers to undergo training in pest management, promoting the use of organic farming and other services towards sustainable management of their crops, livestocks and grains.

During the forum, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje assured that the government has been continuously working to come up with ways and means to address the effects of worsening global climate situation.

Paje said since the President assumed office in June last year, the government has succeeded in bringing down pollution in the air and water and has put a stop to illegal logging, the main cause of flooding.

The government has brought down the number of suspended particulates in Metro Manila's air from 166 micrograms (mcg) in June 2010 to 120 mcg in June this year, he said.

He said a stricter implementation of administrative reforms concerning the environment is needed to bring the pollution count down to the normal level of 90 mcg.

These reforms, Paje said, include the proposal of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago to phase-out vehicles manufactured in 2008 or earlier to reduce vehicle volume in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

On water pollution, Paje pointed out that the agency has been coordinating efforts with local government units to clean up the country's esteros and waterways.

He noted that the agency has launched a waterway clean-up program dubbed "Adopt-an-Estero" that appeals to companies' corporate social responsibility to help citizens and the government to clean and keep clean waterways.

To date, 182 corporations have already adopted major rivers and big city waterways nationwide.

Paje said the President had signed Executive Order 23 declaring a total logging ban in the country and Executive Order 26 or the National Greening Program. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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