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Senator Imee Marcos earlier today, July 20, participated in an important event in Cagayan de Oro City.
He even gave help to farming in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental by giving a large amount of funds. The money is about 641.2 million pesos.
This will help local farmers, ensure that there is plenty of food, and help grow the economy of the area, according to Marcos.
“I really believe that Mindanao is the future of our country. Although I am from Luzon and represent Region 8 and the Visayas, I know that Mindanao will be necessary in the coming years,” said Marcos.
The money will be used for many different things to help farming.
This includes building new farming facilities, providing quality seeds and farm equipment, teaching farmers new skills, and bringing in new farming technologies.
Marcos and DA-10 regional director Carlene Collado handed over a certificate promising P396,245,000 to the local government of Misamis Oriental. The governor, Peter Unabia, accepted it.
Also, in order to modernize farming and help improve the lives and income of people in the countryside, they gave another 126,603,000 pesos to the local government.
Unabia received a total of 522,848,000 pesos for farming assistance.
The city government of Cagayan de Oro also received P118,362.0
Of this, 82,703,000 pesos will be used for DA programs and projects.
The city also got 35,659,000 pesos for its Fisheries Development Program, Imported, and Local Dairy Cattle Dispersal Program, distribution of certified inbred rice seeds, and Rice Farmer Financial Assistance (RFFA) fertilizers, seeds, and equipment.
“These projects will not only help the economy but also improve the lives of the farmers and their families,” said Marcos adding that it will have a great positive impact on the entire community.
The local government of Misamis Oriental, represented by Unabia, said they are grateful and the large amount of money shows the benefits of cooperation.
The people who receive the money promise to use it properly and believe that it will help achieve food security, reduce poverty, and develop the rural areas of the region.
Lilian Antigua, one of the beneficiaries from Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City, said she is grateful because the project helped improve their livelihood.
It also helps to sell their products in many places because of Kadiwa.
Marcos also mentioned that they have allocated more money for the 2023 budget.
The fund includes funds for the Magsaysay Local Government Unit (LGU), Canitoan Farmers (CAFAMCO), and Tagpangui.
In addition, the Rice Farmer Financial Assistance (RFFA) will provide 2.733 million pesos in financial assistance to rice farmers and marine machinery for two fishermen’s representatives worth P264,000.
Marcos also has a program for young farmers under 30 years old, the Young Farmers Challenge Fund.
Young farmers can receive a grant for a new farming business, whether it’s a new product or a new technology, or a new way of selling products.
“If they do well, they get more money,” he said.
The senator also encouraged young farmers to learn new farming.
At the end of the event, Marcos, along with other local leaders, ceremonially handed over the main farming projects to representatives from farmer groups and agricultural organizations. (With Rechtie Paculba of PIA-10)
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