Manila Bulletin

Ro­bredo reaches out to Apayao farm­ers

- By RAY­MUND F. AN­TO­NIO

Vice Pres­i­dent Ma. Leonor "Leni" G. Ro­bredo met farm­ers and other ben­e­fi­cia­ries of agrar­ian re­form in Apayao to hear their con­cerns and other is­sues and find out what her of­fice can do to ad­dress the same.

Ro­bredo, who was a pro bono lawyer for the marginal­ized sec­tor, held a di­a­logue with farmer-ben­e­fi­cia­ries re­cently on how her of­fice can help them through the An­gat Buhay pro­gram.

She said some prob­lems be­ing faced by the agrar­ian ben­e­fi­cia­ries and farm­ers are "lack of funds for mech­a­nized farm­ing equip­ment, their crops not be­ing typhoon or weather re­silient, and that the price given by traders is low and often un­fair."

Dur­ing her visit, Ro­bredo learned about the "best prac­tices that have helped some of the ARBs at­tain fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity."

She cited these prac­tices may be taught to farm­ers in other ar­eas in the coun­try.

Since she as­sumed of­fice, the Vice Pres­i­dent has em­barked on "lay­layan" ac­tiv­i­ties, vis­it­ing the far­thest and poor­est com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try.

An­gat Buhay was a prod­uct of her many trips, where Ro­bredo con­sulted the needs of the peo­ple on the mar­gins of so­ci­ety and link them to pri­vate sec­tor, non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, and other con­cerned agen­cies for help.

Be­fore she went to Apayao, Ro­bredo was in Tabuk City, Kalinga as guest of honor and speaker of its 22nd found­ing an­niver­sary and its first Bodong Festival.

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