Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday lauded Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s effort to provide agri-enterprise assistance to beneficiaries of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program.
The aid, he said, will accelerate countryside socio-economic development.
“It is a big lift to the sustainability of the program and ensures efforts to strengthen food security in the country,” he added.
Go said agriculture must be utilized to provide livelihood opportunities for BP2 beneficiaries and increase agricultural productivity for food security.
“With the pandemic, we are back to basics. The importance of agriculture was highlighted by the health crisis,” Go stated. “A strong agriculture sector will give strength to the economy, too.”
DA has vowed to support the implementation of the program as it will not only decongest Metro Manila, but will also facilitate equitable regional development, distribution of wealth, resources and job opportunities in the countryside.
The DA has allotted agri-enterprise assistance for the beneficiaries of the BP2 program if they want to venture in agriculture. Dar added that they are also providing starter kits for those who would like to cultivate their own backyard vegetable gardens to support the agency’s objective of ensuring food security for all Filipinos.
The agency is also encouraging overseas Filipino workers to venture into agri-preneurship. It has allotted at least P2.5 billion for three of its loan programs to support the revival and rebooting of the country’s agriculture industry. JBG