War in Marawi takes toll on food security in Mindanao
President Rodrigo Duterte said that the ongoing war in Marawi is taking toll on the food security in Mindanao as well as on the region’s potential to supply food to the entire Philippines in the long-term.
“The problem is in Mindanao. Meron kasi tayong serious security problems. And for as long as there is trouble, we cannot initiate programs that would guarantee a good production for the year,” Duterte said at the opening of the 4th International Agribusiness and Seminars, which is currently being held right now in Pasay.
“Talking of agriculture, ma’am. The greatest promise of food security would really be Mindanao. Wala ho kaming bagyo doon. Once in a blue moon, if there is such a thing, may baha dito, baha doon but excessive precipitation, tubig, rainfall. But otherwise, it is really a fertile land,” he added.
He also said that Lake Lanao, which is situated within Marawi, could actually feed the entire nation as it is rich with fishes and aquatic resources.
“Napakaganda niyan. Someday, kung matapos na ‘to, you should find time to visit Marawi. Tingnan mo ‘yung Lake Lanao. It’s a huge body of water and kung tignan mo lang, the many things that you can do, aquatics whatever. Pwede na tayong mabusog. Wala pa masyadong mamatay sa hypertension kasi isda. At ang gulay, marami rin doon,” Duterte further said.
Right now, one of the primary sources of the country’s fish requirements is Laguna de Bay.
The government is currently on the process of rehabilitating the lake.