Novem­ber as Nat'l Malung­gay Month pro­posed

Tempo - - Editorial -

A lady law­maker has filed House Bill No. 4173 seek­ing to de­clare Novem­ber as Na­tional Malung­gay Month to rec­og­nize and pro­vide im­por­tance to the health, so­cial, agri­cul­tural, and en­vi­ron­men­tal value of the malung­gay.

DIWA party-list Rep. Em­me­line Agli­pay-Vil­lar also filed HB 4173 or the pro­posed Malung­gay De­vel­op­ment Act to es­tab­lish a Malung­gay De­vel­op­ment Fund to con­tin­u­ously de­velop thec malung­gay in­dus­try as an agribusi­ness. She also cited the need to es­tab­lish a na­tional pro­gram for the malung­gay in­dus­try.

HB 4173 pro­poses an ini­tial ₱50mil­lion MDF to pro­vide the fund­ing re­quire­ments for the pro­duc­tion, mar­ket­ing, and pro­cess­ing of malung­gay.

“While at present, malung­gay is an un­der­uti­lized re­source in our coun­try, it is clear that it would be to the ben­e­fit of the Filipino peo­ple if the plant and its in­dus­try were given more at­ten­tion and sup­port, not only be­cause of the health ben­e­fits malung­gay brings, but the eco­nomic ones as well,” she said.

Agli­pay-Vil­lar noted that the first in­ter­na­tional sym­po­sium on the plant and its ben­e­fits was held in 2015 in Manila as more and more uses of malung­gay are dis­cov­ered.

She urged the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, in consultation with the De­part­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, state univer­si­ties and col­leges, farm­ers’ groups, lo­cal gov­ern­ment units, and the pri­vate sec­tor to for­mu­late the nec­es­sary mea­sures, pro­grams, and projects for the ad­vance­ment and in­dus­try­wide de­vel­op­ment of malung­gay.

The ini­tial MDF shall be taken from the ex­ist­ing bud­get, Agli­payVil­lar said.

A coun­ter­part bill in the Se­nate was filed by Sen. Cyn­thia A. Vil­lar, which also aims to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of malung­gay in­dus­try, cre­ate the MDF, as well as es­tab­lish a Na­tional Malung­gay Month. (Charissa L. Atienza)

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