By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY - One of the ideas mulled by former Pangasinan Congressman Mark Cojuangco is the Arc-Geographical Information System (Arc-GIS) in case the palay and corn drying facilities in Alcala and Villasis towns venture to buy and sell the products they dry.
MECHANICS. Former Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco explains to the farmers
who attended the inauguration of the P80 million Corn & Palay Drying Facility
in Alcala, Pangasinan the mechanics of the facility that opened its service
in July this year. The dryer can accommodate 400 tons of corn and palay a day.
MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
“It is a software na ang mapa ng bayan naka subdivide sa lote-lote. May data base iyon, geographical information system sa bawat lote nakalagay doon. Iyong pangalan ng may ari, nakalagay. Iyong exact square meter,” he stressed.
With this technology a certain farmer can be identified like how big or small his land and the volume of harvest he can get from it.
“So (may) data base. Pagka sumobra sa certain amount ang binayad mo sa kanya na hao-shiao na! Alam mo na kaagad. So may rules tayo. Di kahon, di ba?”
These identification measures would be the basis how much the town, through the loans from the bank, pays the kilos or tons of the corn and palay of the farmer.
The idea of why not the facility embarks on procuring the produce of the farmers came from Attorney Japhet Macsculino, a law professor, at Negros Occidental who read at the internet the inauguration recently by the former solon of the facility in Alcala.
The drying facilities in Alcala and Villasis have been lauded lately by corn farmers in Pangasinan after they dried their products amid the two weeks almost ceaseless downpours due to the monsoon.
Cojuangco said because of the facilities the farmers from different towns in Central and Eastern Pangasinan can sell their crops in a higher price because of the kernel’s higher quality after they were dried.
Cojuangco however cautioned that the town that owned the facility ventures into buy and sell.
He explained the local government unit (LGU) needs to win first the confidence of the management of the bank that could lend the money.
“Banks are apprehensive to extend loans with local government units. They are afraid the money they lend lost on the way”.
He sees a 90- day lending period in case the bank and the LGU agreed for the loan.
“The 90 days would be for one cropping only where the bank lends and collects the loans. It entails a big amount of money and we have to be creative how to win the trust of the bank. That is the challenge and how we can do it”.
He said he has many ideas how to jumpstart the project but still needs more time to brainstorm with other stakeholders.
“Pero ayaw ko munang i-discuss kasi we need to brainstorm pa kasama ng mga banko”.
In his powwows at the 44 towns and the three cities of Pangasinan he introduced there that in case he becomes governor of Pangasinan he will use the technologies how to expedite production and solve calamities like flood that besiege the humongous province. One of them was Lidar Radar.
According to the U.S National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration , LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth. These light pulses—combined with other data recorded by the airborne system— generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics.
He also said stilling or excavating a wide land area to catch large volume of water would help control flooding. Although stilling technique is new in the Philippines, it has been done in other countries like Mainland China, he said