Thursday, December 19, 2013
COOP-NATCCO PARTYLIST HOLDS CONSULTATIONS IN SORSOGON CITY
The COOP-NATCCO Partylist, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), successfully conducted a consultative meeting in Sorsogon City, with cooperatives, irrigators, farmers and fisherfolk organizations in the Bicol region on December 12, 2013.
The event, dubbed as the 1ST COOP-NATCCO Partylist Regional Consultative Meeting with Organized Cooperatives and Stakeholders was graced by DA Sec. Proceso J. Alcala.
Sec. Alcala addressed various concerns of the farmers and fisherfolks and delivered to them farm equipment and implements, such as tractors with trailers, carabaos, banca motors, knapsack sprayers, threshers, 100 bags of certified palay seeds, fishing nets, garden tools, and cacao and pili seedlings.
Moreover, the DA awarded and turned over a total of P3.7 million-worth of projects to member cooperatives of COOP-NATCCO Partylist, including Castila Development Cooperative (CADECO), Gabao Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Development Cooperative (GASANAMUDECO), Sta. Cruz Development Cooperative (SCDECO), Ligban Multi-Purpose Cooperative, San Isidro Development Cooperative (SIDECO), Bangate Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Barcelona Development Cooperative (BADECO).
The projects include warehouse construction, flatbed dryers, multi-purpose drying pavement, shallow tube well, rice threshers, hand tractors, seed cleaner, rehabilitation of flatbed dryer and palay shed.
In his keynote speech, Alcala said the thrust of the DA is to change the life of the farmers and fisherfolks, and he even encouraged the delegates to open up on their concerns, so the agency would know how to address them.
He also informed the participants that the country's rice self-sufficiency has increased from 82% to 97%.
MORE THAN 1,000
The Sorsogon Provincial Gymnasium in Sorsogon City was jampacked with more than 1,000 delegates representing about 150 cooperatives, irrigators associations, and farmers/fisherfolks organizations from the Provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Masbate.
As the organizer of the consultative meeting, Rep. Anthony Bravo of COOP-NATCCO Partylist, expressed his appreciation to Sec. Alcala and to the DA family, as well as the stakeholders present, including Administrator Orlan Calayag of the National Food Authority, Deputy Administrator Roel Rosales of the Philippine Coconut Authority; regional directors of the Cooperative Development Authority, and of the National Irrigation Administration, and the local government of Sorsogon, led by Mayor Sally Lee.
REP. BRAVO ASSURES
Rep. Bravo told the delegates not to worry about the abolition of PDAF, as the Department of Agriculture, together with its attached agencies such as NFA, NIA, PCA and BFAR, will extend support to organized cooperatives and farmers/fisherfolk organizations.
"Kung walang PDAF, meron naman tayong PADA - Proyektong Agrikultura Daladala ni Alcala," he said for a laugh. He said COOP-NATCCO organized the consultative meeting to bring the programs of the national government closer and accessible to farmers and fisherfolks.
-News Release of COOP-NATCCO Partylist. (END)