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Showing posts with label DA Sec Manny Piñol visits Kalinga. Show all posts
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

People of Mountain Province are industrious and contented with simple living - Former DA Sec. Manny Piñol

Photo Courtesy || Mayor Ganggangan & Manny Pinol
Cordillera - Former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol has admired the people of Mountain Province following the good deeds of the Mayor of Sadanga, refusing the food packs offered by the government. 

He said that the people of Mountain Province are industrious and contented with simple living, although they are poor. 

"I have been to the Mountain Province several times as Secretary of Agriculture. It is a poor province which was selected to be given additional funding under the Special Area of Agricultural Development (SAAD) program of the Department of Agriculture," Piñol said.

"They are poor but the people of Mountain Province are industrious and contended with simple living," he added.

He compared the attitude of the people of Mountain province to a man he saw on social media who threw a bag of rice in front of his home in a subdivision saying that it was not enough.

Piñol's comment came after reading the story of Sadanga Mayor Ganggangan who waived his municipality's relief packs to be given to other areas who are more needy of food assistance.

Mayor Ganggangan explained that waiving of food packs does not mean that that there are no poor and needy families in their municipality. However, its "built in" and homegrown or indigenous  social structure, values, and practice of taking care of their respective relatives, kins, neighbors, or kailyan in distress will work to sustain the need of the people during crisis.

The former DA Sec. wished the Philippines had more Mayors like Ganggangan and people like the iSadangga who are "poor but proud and self-respecting".

"Imagine this, If all the well-to-do families would just refuse the food aid, then President Rody Duterte and the national government do not need to crack their heads finding funds to sustain the relief efforts," Piñol said.

source || Manny Piñol FB

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Benguet province poised to become top producer of high value tomato in 2019

Photo || Pixabay
Cordillera - The province of Benguet will soon become the top producer of high value tomato in 2019 after a project called KSmart Project was launched by the Department of Agriculture to beef up the use of smart greenhouse.

DA Secretary Manny Pinol said a $2.43 million grant from the South Korean government will fund the KSmart greenhouse project. 
He said that 'eighteen units of Smart Greenhouses each capable of producing 18 metric-tons of salad tomatoes will be constructed in different locations in Benguet'. 

The said project will transform Benguet province not only a producer of sweet strawberries but also the country's biggest producer of high value tomato salad. 

The greenhouse project is one of the MOU signed between the Philippine government and the South Korean government in a bilateral meeting after President Duterte visited Korea early June this year. 

The memorandum of agreement was signed by Sec, Manny with the Korean Agency for Education and Public Information Service (EPIS) for the implementation of the Smart Greenhouse Program.

Sec.Manny and members of the Philippine delegation attended a training on Smart Agriculture that showcases Greenhouse farming in Chonju Province, South Korea. 


"The participants were impressed with modern farming technology where tomatoes grow on Coconut Peat imported from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam," Pinol wrote on his FB page.

The DA secretary is committed to included in the 2020 DA budget an allocation for more greenhouses as soon as the project proves effective.

Friday, May 12, 2017

DA Sec. Manny Piñol visits Tinglayan, Kalinga, grant farmers P50 million loans and 10,000 coffee seedlings

DA Sec. Manny Piñol handed 10,000 coffee seedlings to farmers in Kalinga. Image credits: Manny Piñol's FB page
Cordillera - Farmers from Tinglayan, Tabuk, Kalinga were the recent recipient of the government's incentive through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) headed by Secretary Manny Piñol.

On Wednesday, DA Sec. Piñol revealed that a total of 10,000 coffee seedlings was turned over to Tinglayan leaders to be later given to the Kalinga farmers who were formerly marijuana growers.

Aside from the coffee seedlings, a P50 million Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) program for the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) will also be given to the farmers.

According to Piñol, it was the Kalinga Provincial Governor Jocel Baac who recommended the coffee seedling grant to the farmer to help the government effort in combating the growing of marijuana in the region. However, Piñol also pointed out that it would take the farmers to wait for three years before harvesting coffee beans.

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The Kalinga farmers have been calling for the government intervention to revive the coffee industry in the province as this is one of the traditional source of income for many families.

The decline of coffee production can be attributed to the conversion of coffee lands into corn farms due to the lack of coffee seedlings. This problem is one of the reasons why some farmers have turned into planting marijuana instead which is illegal in the Philippines.

In his visit to the town of Tinglayan, Piñol also committed additional livelihood projects such as native pigs raising and free-ranged chicken raising.

Piñol also visited the P1 Billion Farm-to-Market Road project (FMR) funded by the World Bank under the Philippine Development Project (PRDP) which is expected to revive the province's declining coffee industry.

Source: Manny Piñol's Official FacebookPage

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