Dalipe vows support for agriculture sector

Taking the cue from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Mayor John Dalipe vowed his administration will support the needs of the farmers and the agriculture sector as a whole to increase their production, therefore ensuring the city’s food security.

Dalipe made the pledge as he accepted on behalf of the city government two hauling trucks from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office 9 during a simple turnover program at City Hall grounds this morning, Thursday.

He said the trucks are a big help to the local farmers in transporting their farm produce and inputs like fertilizers. “Anytime soon, dale quita ayuda cun el di atun mga farmer hende lang de truck pati tractor tambien,” Dalipe told reporters when interviewed after the program.

The mayor said one immediate assistance he planned for the agriculture sector is the purchase of tractors for the farmers and construction of more irrigation systems, just as Congressman Mannix Dalipe has constructed a solar-powered irrigation facility.

“Prioridad di atun el mga farmers. Mucho quita necesita dale canila, unu ya el equipment,” Mayor Dalipe said.

The DA9 turned over five trucks amounting to P6.9 million as part of the agency’s Enhanced Kadiwa Program Interventions under Bayanihan 1 and 2 at the height of the pandemic.

Of the five units, 2 are for the Zamboanga City Agriculturist Office, 1 for WMSU College of Agriculture, 1 for the United Workers Agrarian Reform of Menzi in Isabela City and another 1 for Malandi-Patalon Agrarian Reform Association.

Recall that on March 2, 2021, the DA9 turned over to the City Government a check amounting to P3 million for the procurement of two trucks to support the implementation of Kadiwa program in the city.

The City Government has been recognized for its strong collaboration with the Department of Agriculture in the implementation of the Kadiwa on Wheels or Mobile Market in various barangays during the onset of the COVID-pandemic.

The Kadiwa on Wheels program in the city was able to market over P10 million worth of agricultural and fishery products. The program benefited local farmers through the sale of products as well as met the needs of the local consumers.

Present during the turnover ceremony were DA9 Assistant Regional Director Melba Wee, City Agriculturist Carmencita Sanchez and representatives from the Western Mindanao State University -College of Agriculture, Malandi-Patalon Agrarian Reform Association and the United Workers Agrarian Reform of Menzi, Isabela among others.-(Vic Larato)