IN PHOTO: BULACAN Governor Daniel Fernando (2nd right) together with Congresswoman Lorna Silverio (right), Ma Gloria Carrillo, Provincial Agriculturist (left) and Rizaldy Mendoza, City Administrator of City of San Jose Del Monte during the ceremonial turn over of agricultural machineries to Bulakenyo farmers held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium on Tuesday. (ELOI SAMONTE)
CITY OF MALOLOS- Another good news for 2021 as the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) continues with its distribution of farm machineries and equipment to 91 farmers’ cooperatives and associations all over Bulacan under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program (RCEP).
The distribution of the P202,708,000 worth of farm machineries was led by Governor Daniel Fernando and took place at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium on Tuesday morning.
It includes 70 four-wheel drive tractors, 84 hand tractors, two precision seeders, 12 transplanters, 15 rice reapers, 28 combine harvesters, four floating tillers, three transplanter riding types and post-harvest facilities such as one multi-pass rice mill and one recirculating dryer.
The governor is very thankful for this assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and PhilMech.
It was learned that the RCEP is funded under the Republic Act (RA) 11203 or the “Rice Tariffication Law” (RTL). The P10 billion fund is divided as follows: Seeds (P3 billion), Farm Machineries (P5 billion), Extension services (P1 billion) and credit (P1 billion) annually for six (6) years.
“Malaking tulong ito sa atin lalo na pagkatapos ng mga mapaminsalang bagyo, at patuloy na dumadaan sa pagsubok ng pandemya. Tayo naman ay kaisa ng Pamahaalaang Nasyunal sa layunin na matulungan ang ating mga magsasaka na makamit ang masaganang ani at mataas na kita tungo sa kasapatan ng pagkain para sa mga Pilipino,” Fernando said.
Ma Gloria Carrillo, Provincial Agriculturist of Bulacan, said that all qualified beneficiaries underwent application, submitted requirements and were evaluated accordingly based on PhilMech’s policies.