Sep 22, 2020

City government to shift priorities to agri and fisheries sector

Mayor Lucilo Bayron made the policy announcement during the launch of the agriculture department’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program at the City Coliseum Tuesday.

Mayor Lucilo Bayron during the Department of Agriculture's launching of 'Plant, Plant, Plant' program.

The city government is re-aligning its development priorities for the remainder of the current year to concentrate more on agriculture and fisheries, citing its goal of attaining food self-sufficiency in Puerto Princesa City.

Mayor Lucilo Bayron made the policy announcement during the launch of the agriculture department’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program at the City Coliseum Tuesday.

“Magmula nitong nakaraang buwan ng Mayo hanggang matapos ang termino na ito, June 30, 2022, ay ipo-focus natin sa mangingisda at magsasaka [ang mga proyekto]. Ang mangingisda at magsasaka ang talagang nangunguna sa pag-produce ng ating pagkain, kinikilala talaga namin yon,” he said.

Bayron describes Puerto Princesa City as “more of a food consumer than a producer”, vowing to change it by supporting the sector.

Bayron said that this year, the city government will open at least 30 additional farm-to-market roads to improve the movement of goods and produce.

“Gusto kong ipaalam sa mga magsasaka natin at mangingisda na itong taon na ito, itong Fiscal Year 2020, hindi lang trentang farm-to-market roads ang bubuksan natin,” he said.

Noting that these projects had not been included in their current budget plans, he said they will realign funding from some other funded city projects. He did not, however, elaborate what projects will be shelved in favor of the new priorities.

“Dati wala sa programa ito pero dahil sa nakita natin ang importansya ng production ng pagkain, pinihit namin yong mga project, nag-identify kami ng mga farm-to-market roads para mabuksan yong mga access ng mga magsasaka natin. Hindi lang sa mga magsasaka pati sa mga mangingisda,” he said.

He added they will also purchase eight farm tractors and the budget will come from projects they will already shelve this year.

He cited as a specific priority the construction of an integrated fish port.

 

 

“Matagal ng plano ito, hindi matuloy-tuloy dahil sa malaking pera ang kailangan at saka kulang tayo sa kakayahan, sa technical know-how. Pero meron tayong nakita na gustong tumulong sa atin,” he said.

“Ngayon, kailangan na lang tapusin ang feasibility study na sinasabi noong nakausap natin na consultant na noong na-involve siya sa Navotas, na-realize niya na hindi tama ang figure ng BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources) na ito lang ang isda na nanggagaling sa karagatan ng Palawan. Sobra pa pala doon, yon ang sabi niya,” he said.

Bayron said that the integrated fish port will encourage fishermen fishing around the waters of the province to deliver their catch in the city instead of sending them to other areas.

“Magkakaroon tayo ng employment, mas gaganda ‘yong pangita ng mga mangingisda natin dahil ‘yong presyo ay medyo stable at sigurado na merong bibili,” he said.

Bayron said that he will also follow up with agriculture Sec. William Dar the possible support they could extend to the city government after the pandemic.

“Siguro matapos lang ito, ipa-follow up namin sa kanya, mabigyan tayo ng direksyon kung papaano natin idi-develop ang agrikultura sa lungsod ng Puerto Princesa,” he said.

 

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