SP backs implementation of farmer’s program

SUPPORTING projects that will benefit farmers, the City Council headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy will soon enact an ordinance authorizing Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with concerned barangays and beneficiary farmer’s associations and schools in rural areas.

This is in relation to the implementation of the Small Farm Reservoir Program identified by the City Agriculture Office.

In his letter to the City Council, Mayor Moreno said the program aims to address the scarcity of water supply, particularly in the hinterland areas of the city during dry spell and El Niño phenomenon. He said it will minimize destruction to crops and farm animals of small farmers who have financial difficulty in acquiring needed irrigation equipment.

Pursuant to the MOA, the city shall provide barangays with one

unit of irrigation pump with a value of P21,900 and ensure the installation, testing and evaluation of the equipment.

Meanwhile, barangays shall be responsible for the operating and maintenance cost of the equipment and utilize this in accordance with its intended use.

The committees on agriculture and fisheries and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Annie Y. Daba and Ian Mark Nacaya, respectively endorsed the proposed legislation.