Piñol, to name 4 Luzon regions as key food production areas
Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Central Luzon and Bicol will be the next big thing in agriculture and food production.
Department of Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol is looking into developing parts of four Luzon regions as chief production areas to guarantee food sustainability in Metro Manila, Manila Bulletin reported.
Piñol named these areas as Mimaropa (Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan or Region 4-B), Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon or Region 4-A), Central Luzon (Region 3), and Bicol (Region 5).
Piñol recently went to Oriental Mindoro and engaged with fisher folks, farmers, and other agri-stakeholders together with the Mangyans of Barangay Matulatula, Pola.
“We are here with you because we want to explore the potentials of your province as a significant source of food, because of your proximity to the hungry mouth of the country that is Metro Manila,” Piñol said to the local fisherfolk and farmers.
“With your vast resources, you clearly play an important part in the mission of President Duterte to provide available and affordable food for every Filipino,” he added.
Along with Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso V. Umali Jr. and other local government officials, Piñol said that he has permitted construction of 11 road and 11 water support projects and a training center for indigenous Mangyan tribes in the town.
Piñol also led the delivery of 25 fiber-glass bancas complete with fishing gears and engine which were provided thru the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-MIMAROPA led by acting Regional Director Atty. Benjamin F.S. Tabios Jr.
“I want this done immediately, kaya bago matapos ang taon, may tubig na kayo (before the end of the year, you will have water already,” he said in the report.
“We can easily bridge the 1.18 million metric tons rice deficiency if all farms will increase one metric ton per cropping season,” he added.