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Municipal mayors start drafting food security plan

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the municipal mayors from provinces in Northern and Southern Luzon have already started drafting their local food security plan, which will be submitted to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The creation of local Food Security Plan aims to solve the food woes being felt in some provinces in the country as well as precautionary measure for typhoons.

On Wednesday, Piñol, with other DA officials, met with the local government unit (LGU) officials, who brought their respective municipal agriculturists and municipal planning and development officers during an emergency meeting at the PICC.

“Each town mayor will be asked to submit to the DA the basic data needed like population, food production potentials and interventions needed to increase food production,” Piñol said.

“The mayors will be asked to identify which areas would need farm to market roads, small-scale irrigation, fish ports and post harvest facilities to increase their food production,” he added.

Yesterday, Piñol and the DA officials met with mayors from Southern Luzon for the same activity.

Today, Mayors of Mindanao will gather at the D’Leonor Convention Area in Davao City, while Mayors of the Visayas region will gather at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City on Tuesday, October 9.

Piñol said that based on the municipal food security plans to be submitted by the mayors, the DA will craft a National Food Security, which would effectively identify where government needs to provide interventions to ensure the availability of food for the country.

“Funding for the projects included in the municipal food security plan will be included in the 2020 National Budget,” Piñol said.


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