Gov’t launches roadmap to improve PH rubber industry
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Philippine Rubber Industry — which for over a hundred years now has largely stood alone with little help from government — finally received a much needed boost with the completion and launching of the Rubber Industry Roadmap.
The roadmap, according to him, is a joint project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the stakeholders, including small rubber farmers.
“DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and I, representing the Agriculture Department, signed a Joint Declaration witnessed by the rubber businessmen and farmers’ representatives in a simple ceremony in the BOI Building in Makati City,” Piñol said.
The Rubber Industry Road Map is a product of years of consultations which were started long before Piñol became the Secretary of Agriculture.
“With very little understanding on the importance of the industry not only to the Philippine Economy but also poverty alleviation in the countryside and reforestation, the effort by the stakeholders hardly received any meaningful support from government in the past,” Piñol said.
With the completion and launching of the Road Map, the Philippine rubber industry could now expect to get the needed financial and technical support from the national government.
“Programs which would promote the planting of rubber and marketing and processing support could now be drafted and included in the national budget of the government,” Piñol said.