Abono distributes certified palay seeds in Asingan

May 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

GUV’S MESSAGE- Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. expresses confidence that Pangasinan farmers could produce 10 tons of palay per hectare under the accelerated certified seed production program. On his left are Board Member Generoso Tulagan, Jr., Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, Abono Party-list Chair Rosendo O. So, Agriculture Regional Director Valentin Perdido and San Fabian Mayor Irene Libunao. Photo taken during the distribution of certified palay seed at the Farmers’ Pavilion in Sta. Barbara last May 24. VIR MAGANES

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ASINGAN- The Abono Party-list distributed a total of 1,750 bags of certified palay seeds to the farmers of the 6th District of Pangasinan a last May 25, with former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia A. Villar and lawyer Erika Catlin Dy, Abono Partylist’s Provincial Chair of Isabela as main guests.

Villar was invited by Abono Provincial Chair Conrad M. Estrella III while Dy was introduced as Abono’s third nominee.

Estrella introduced Villar as one of the best congresswomen whose advocacy deals with the promotion of livelihood projects and the alleviation of poverty among the poor people.

In jest, Estrella asked the crowd what is the answer of the “mathematical formula “: irrigation plus certified seeds plus fertilizers plus pesticides plus integrated pest management, in which the crowd yelled “kita” (income).

On the same “ formula,” Estrella added “Cynthia Villar” in which the crowd yelled “hanapbuhay (livelihood)”.

“ If you want to have a continuous program for farmers in the Senate and help for the province of Pangasinan, remember the name Cynthia Villar,” Estrella said, informing the farmers that Villar will try her luck for senator in the May 2013 elections.

Villar is the wife of Senator Manuel Villar, a presidential candidate in the May 2010 elections who lost to President Aquino.

Villar lauded the Abono for its advocacy in helping the plight of farmers in the country particularly in the province of Pangasinan.

“I am happy and glad that I am here with the Abono, a group I admired so much for its role in helping our farmers and its participation in the poverty reduction in the country. Through agriculture, the numbers of poor people are reduced, as farmers are the prime producers of our food by just providing them seeds, irrigation, fertilizers, insecticides and their needs,” Villar said.

Villar also cited her humble beginnings that her grandparents were also farmers of Las Piñas. She said that her grandfather worked so hard and her grandmother a vendor of “ikmo.”

She further said through their savings they were able to send their nine children in college, one of whom was her father who finished medicine and who became a heath officer and congressman.

Villar, known for their business in housing development, said she is now into business herself but as a social entrepreneur whose aim is to provide livelihood to her town mates.

“In Las Piñas, we are into the production of organic fertilizers. We have now six composting facilities which produce 60 tons of organic fertilizers a month. I will be sending our organic fertilizers to you through the Abono,” she said getting loud applause from the crowd.

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. also lauded the partnership program of the provincial government, Department of Agriculture and the Abono for coming up a joint project on the accelerated certified seed production in the province .

Calimlim also encouraged the farmers and the local government units to venture into programs that need counter parting.

“ Pag may hirap at kontribusyon, mas binibigyan natin ng halaga ang ating programa,” Calimlim said even as he exhorted the farmers and the government to work together and be united for a common goal.

Dy, expressed her thanks to the Abono Partylist for organizing the group in the province of Isabela.

“ We are grateful that the Abono Partylist has been in the Isabela and we are also looking forward to help our farmers like what you are doing here in Pangasinan,” Dy said.

Regional Technical Director Crispulo Bautista of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office I commended Abono Partylist Robert Raymund M. Estrella III for conceptualizing the accelerated certified seed production program which was started in 2010.

Bautista also challenged the farmer-beneficiaries to use the seeds as planting materials in the next cropping season.

Also present during the certified palay seed distribution were: Asingan Mayor Heide G. Chua, Umingan Mayor Eldrid Tumbocon, Sta. Maria Mayor Teodoro Ramos, Natividad Mayor Rodrigo Rafael, Balungao former Mayor Joselito Peralta, Regional Federation of Irrigators Association President Oftociano “Anong” Manalo, Pangasinan PCL President Salvador “Dong” Perez, Jr. and Abono Partylist Representative Robert Raymund M. Esrella III.

The town-recipients of the certified palay seeds were: Sta. Maria, Tayug, Natividad, San Quintin, Umingan, Rosales, San Manuel, Asingan, San Nicolas and Balungao.

Each town received 150 bags of certified seeds except Asingan which received 400 bags, being the host town of certified seed production in the 6th district.

Meanwhile, the kick off distribution of certified palay seeds to farmer-beneficiaries under Phase II of the “Accelerated Certified Seed Production and Distribution Program” was held at the Farmers’ Pavilion at Tebag, Sta. Barbara last May 24.

The distribution was led by Abono Chair Rosendo O. So, Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Regional Executive Director Valentino C. Perdido of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office I.

So said the program will be expanded to include more municipalities in the province even as he assured the farmers for the continuous support of Abono.

Espino told his observation in Taiwan where the farmers are well off compared to farmers in the Philippines.

He said it is lamentable that the Philippines was left behind in terms of agricultural development as Taiwan in 1969 has still no road networks to boast of.

“Of the 23 farms that we visited, imagine that 18 of the farm owners studied agriculture in our country. What’s their secret? In Taiwan their programs are continuous while here we usually stop. They have intensive research programs that as of now, plant diseases are known through DNA testing,” he said.

Through the accelerated certified seed program Espino expressed his optimism that at least palay production in the province will increase three-fold.

“We could produce 10 tons per hectare comparable to that in Taiwan,” he said.

Perdido lauded the provincial government and the Abono Partylist for jointly initiating the certified seed production program in the province.

“ When DA stopped subsidizing certified seeds for farmers where funds were flowed to finance hard infrastructure, the move of Pangasinan to produce its own certified seeds is highly commendable. This is the only program we have in the entire the country. I hope that other provinces will do the same,” Perdido said.

The “ Phase II: Accelerated Certified Seed Production” is jointly funded by DA which contributed P4 million, provincial government of Pangasinan which put in P2.5 million and Abono Partylist contributing P2 million.
The funds were used for trainings and seminars of the certified seed growers.
Under Phase II, total production was 8,750 bags of certified seeds to be distributed to all the municipalities in the province having 150 bags each while host towns will receive 400 bags each.

The town-recipients in the 3rd District were: Sta. Barbara, Malasiqui, Bayambang, Mapandan, San Carlos City and Calasiao.

Along with the distribution of certified seeds was also the distribution of tilapia fingerlings for communal bodies of water n the province. More than 500,000 fingerlings were distributed to farmer-beneficiaries.

The following attended also the affair:Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim , Board Member Generoso Tulagan, Jr., Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez, San Fabian Mayor Irene Libunao, Laoac Mayor Siverio Alarcio, Jr. Aguilar Mayor Eduardo Ballesteros, Regional Federation of Irrgators Association President Anong Manalo and Abono Partylist President Ponciano V.Onia, Jr.

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