Zamboanga Peninsula has more than P1.52 billion portfolio under the Infrastructure Development component of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) out of the P18.5 Billion project cost allocation nationwide.
In a press conference held in Ipil last week, Regional Director Constancio G. Alama bared the accomplishments and on-going activities of PRDP in Region IX since December 2014.
“Lots of activities were undertaken in the field yet we missed to inform the people fully. We need you to amplify the things we have done, not only in PRDP but all the programs and projects undertaken by DA,” Regional Director Constancio G. Alama told the media practitioners in Zamboanga Sibugay.
Some 500 students enjoyed a cup of brown rice chow fanduring the Brown Rice symposium held at Zamboanga del Sur National High School (ZSNHS) Gymnasium, Pagadian City on August 18, 2016.
“It’s my first time to eat brown rice. I love it because it’s delicious and it makes me feel so full,” Jolina M. Guiling, Grade 7, said after consuming her meal.
Maria Melba B. Wee, Regional Information Officer stressed, “brown rice is not a variety of rice rather it is an unpolished rice; meaning it has undergone only single pass of milling. With this kind of process,brown rice ismore nutritious, and has 75% higher milling recovery compared to white rice. Regular consumption of brown rice helps reduce cancer incidence and heart diseases.”
“It is my moral obligation to provide available and affordable food for my people,” as President Rodrigo Duterte said in a book entitled “Feeding Millions” authored by now Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol. Realizing this is DA’s MaunladnaAgrikulturaSa Nayon (MANA), special project that would support and match an enhanced provision of agricultural investments and services to empower more farmers and fisherfolk.
Currently, 67 Food Terminals (FT) are operational in Region 9; 23 in Zamboanga del Sur, 25 in Zamboanga del Norte, 8 in Zamboanga Sibugay , 3 in Isabela City and 8 in Zamboanga City.
This year’s 5th Summit theme “Improving Food Accessibility through Market Linkages and Convergence” will strengthen the existence and sustain the food terminal in their respective area. As encouraged by Mr. Ferdinand Gamorot the Regional Focal person for Food Terminal project said that “one of the marching orders of Secretary Manny Piñol of the Department of Agriculture is to ensure the availability and affordability of food for Filipinos. This is where our Food Terminals would come in. We have a big contribution in ensuring not just available food but at the same time affordable for the consumers.”