Villar vows to pass legislation to subsidize farmers if elected

FORMER Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, who is running for senator under the NP-Team PNoy, has vowed to legislate government subsidy for farmers should she make it to the Senate come May polls.

This, she announced following her classification of her priorities, namely, agriculture, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), women and family, education, livelihood and jobs.

“Since 70 percent of poor Filipinos are in the agriculture sector, the government should subsidize our farmers. Any development in the agricultural sector will reflect on our economy,” Villar told close to 300 farmers and irrigators who attended the First Mindanao-Wide General Assembly and election of the Mindanao Confederation of Irrigators Association, Inc. (MINCIA), Tuesday, April 02, 2013, at Chali Beach Resort in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.

If elected, Villar also vowed to push for a review of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA).

“The requirements of our poor farmers have not been met until now. If I win in the May elections, I will work for efficient and modern post –harvest facilities, farm inputs and irrigation systems for our farmers and irrigators,” she told the delegates from all over Mindanao who were gathered here.

For now, Villar said she will donate to farmers who want to produce their own organic fertilizers, composting facilities to help them improve on their farming.

Villar said she and her husband Senator Manny Villar have been producing organic fertilizers for seven years now in their home farm in Las Pinas and have been helping farmers in Luzon, Visayas and now in Mindanao by donating composting facilities, which can produce dry organic fertilizers in five day’s time.

The former lawmaker has received the Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2013 by Go Negosyo for her exemplary achievement in providing livelihood projects to indigent Filipinos.

Villar said she has been encouraged to pursue her advocacies by the awards she continue to receive, including the promotion of the barangay-based livelihood centers that she has also established in Las Piñas.

Villar said she has established a total of 35 livelihood projects in Mindanao alone. More than 500 families have been benefiting the same project in Las Pinas and are being duplicated all over the country with a total of 111 pilot centers already established nationwide. (CO)

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