CATBALOGAN CITY -- The agriculture sector in this city recently availed itself of “agricultural aide” amounting to P10.7 million from the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB) program.
Catbalogan Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan said the DA donated last February 16 at least 32 units of Pump Irrigation System for Open Source for the city’s 13 farmers’ associations.
About P5.2-million worth of infrastructure project was also provided in support to the agriculture sector.
Other interventions include support to organic fertilizer production worth P1.2 million, institution of sustainable agri-fishery livelihood and fishery business investment worth P3.4 million, and the programmed establishment of marine reserves and fish sanctuaries amounting to P800,000.
“Just because it was given to us doesn’t mean we will not put value on it; rather, my request to you on behalf of the government is that you provide extra care over it for you to reap bigger gains from it and for us to show our gratitude to those benefactors who might extend further assistance in the future,” Uy-Tan told the beneficiaries.
She also thanked the DA-Eastern Visayas represented by Mayflor Realino, the regional BUB action officer, and Engr. Ma. Luisa Capili.
Uy-Tan also reminded barangay leaders about their role in the projects.
“The barangay leaders play a major role in guiding and reporting issues and concerns to authorities for them to quickly act on it,” she said.
She said achieving food security is indeed a difficult struggle, but with everyone’s participation and coordination, Catbalogan City is not far from turning it into a reality. (SunStar Philippines)