DA commits agri interventions to isolated towns in Northern Samar
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has committed to support the agriculture sector of Northern Samar by providing interventions to the isolated towns of Mapanas and Palapag.
This, after the people of the towns of Mapanas and Palapag, which are literally at the end of the road going North in the Eastern Seaboard of Samar Island, have long considered themselves as neglected and overlooked, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
Then, he said that during his recent Biyaheng Bukid forum with fishermen and farmers, the DA, through its attached agencies, made several deliverable commitments within the year for the towns.
This includes P10-million loan from the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) through the conduit banks to be extend to the fishermen’s association so they could build their own ice plant.
DA also committed a refrigerated van which the fishermen could use in delivering their catch to as far as Manila to the North, as well as a working capital of P1 million for the fishermen’s group so they could buy the catch of their members which they in turn will sell to the big markets.
There would also be a loan allocation of P10 million for the towns of Palapag, Mapanas and Gamay for the farmers and fishermen under the Production Loan Easy Access Program of the DA and ACPC, which would also cover livelihood projects by the woman groups in the area like dried fish processing.
Piñol said that as of yesterday, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), under Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona, already delivered the first 50 units of the FB Pagbabago fiberglass boats committed to Mapanas town.
“The remaining 60 units will be built by the fishermen of the town themselves using materials and funding provided by BFAR,” Piñol said.