MANGO FORUM was held recently at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen, Pangasinan graced by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol (right) where attendees hailed from as far as the Cordillera and Bulacan provinces.
Photo shows Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar dropped by at the Forum to greet the Agriculture Secretary and the hundreds of stakeholders and participants. Andanar was the guest of honor of elected officials and their communication officers of the 47 towns and cities local government unit of Pangasinan lead by Governor Amado Espino III and his father Fifth District Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr. at the nearby Training Center.
Piñol told the representatives that he was a fighter and will commit the resources of his department to advance the welfare of the Mango Industry's stakeholders.
He explained the worth of the huge highways built and to be build under the Duterte Administration’s Build-Build-Build Project when the government could not fund small farm-to-market roads that will connect with these big highways for farmers like those in the mango sector.
“We mull for ten billion peso loans to the farmers. That’s pittance for the seventy billion give away by the government to the indigents on its 4Ps Program. In that ten billion pesos loan the government will be paid by the farmers, say, even five billion pesos while the seventy billion peso from the 4Ps is not amortized by the recipients to the government,” he said. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA