Go bats for more sup­port to farm­ers, fish­ers

Manila Times - - Regions - Malasakit CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

VA­LEN­CIA CITY, Bukid­non: For­mer spe­cial as­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent ( SAP) Christo­pher Lawrence “Bong” Go stressed the need for more gov­ern­ment sup­port for agri­cul­ture, par­tic­u­larly after the slower growth posted last year caused by storms that dam­aged

Speak­ing as guest of honor at the cul­mi­nat­ing rites for the Golden Har­vest Fes­ti­val and 18th Char­ter Day cel­e­bra­tion of the City of Va­len­cia, Go said that if elected to the Se­nate he would push for pro­grams to boost agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity and up­lift the

Go vowed he would push for cheaper farm in­puts such as fer­til­iz­ers, seeds, ir­ri­gation, bet­ter ac­cess to low-in­ter­est credit, farm ma­chiner­ies, and ir­ri­gation.

“I will fo­cus on agri­cul­ture,” he told the peo­ple of Bukid­non.

The prov­ince has earned a rep­u­ta­tion as the coun­try’s ma­jor pro­ducer of rice, corn, sugar, ba­nana, cof­fee, rub­ber, cas­sava, pineap­ple, tomato and other fruits and veg­eta­bles, as well as a ma­jor pro­ducer of chicken, hogs and cat­tle.

City Mayor Azu­cena Huer­vas said the Golden Har­vest Fes­ti­val was Va­len­cia’s thanks­giv­ing for a boun­ti­ful har­vest and high­lighted the city‘s Char­ter Day after it be­came a com­po­nent city of Bukid­non prov­ince

For­mer spe­cial as­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent Christo­pher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go lis­tens as the boy tells him of his wishes for his fam­ily. Go gave the boy a piece of friend chicken. He had in­vited the boy to join in the boo­dle fight with other guests and of­fi­cials in Va­len­cia City.

(DA) in es­tab­lish­ing TienDA

Stores na­tion­wide.

The DA es­tab­lished the TienDA Malasakit Stores in se­lected ar­eas

- ers to sell their pro­duce or catch di­rectly to con­sumers, by­pass­ing mid­dle­men and re­sult­ing in lower price of goods.

He also told the peo­ple of Va­len­cia that a pri­or­ity of his leg­isla­tive agenda is to im­prove the de­liv­ery of health ser­vices, in­clud­ing the pas­sage of a law that would

man­date the es­tab­lish­ment of Malasakit Cen­ters in all prov­inces and ur­ban cen­ters of the coun­try.

The for­mer SAP said the gov­ern­ment plans to put up a Malasakit Cen­ter in Bukid­non soon. The near­est cen­ter is lo­cated in Ca­gayan de Oro City.

Also, Go said, he would seek bet­ter fund­ing for pub­lic hos­pi­tals to im­prove their bed ca­pac­i­ties, not­ing that many pa­tients in gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals now were forced to share beds with other pa­tients or even

forced to stay in cor­ri­dors.

He cited the in­fra­struc­ture projects in Bukid­non un­der the “Build, Build, Build” pro­gram to spur de­vel­op­ment of the prov­ince and nearby ar­eas.

Among these projects in­clude the North­ern Min­danao Well­ness and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter, the Bukid­non Air­port De­vel­op­ment Project, the Bukid­non Hy­dropower Plant, and the Agrar­ian Re­form Con­nec­tiv­ity and Eco­nomic Sup­port Ser­vices Project.

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