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Leni vows agri sector support

To end hunger in the country, the vice president said that financial aid should always be available for those who will be affected by lockdowns

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday vowed to support the agriculture sector if she gets elected president in the 2022 elections.

In an address to the 47th Philippine Business Conference and Expo, Robredo said she will help improve the agriculture sector as part of her “freedom from hunger” plan.

“We will strengthen the agriculture (sector), we will change the government’s mindset. Instead of importation, we will prioritize strengthening local productions,” she said.

The presidential aspirant noted that despite numerous lockdowns imposed by the government last year, the country’s agriculture sector has flourished.

“Agriculture actually grew last year. It has been resilient in the face of the pandemic. Imagine how much more it can grow if we give it enough funding,” Robredo said.

“But we do not have to just imagine. Under my administration, we will see it for ourselves. We will double the funding for agriculture from 1.7 percent of the national budget today to 3.4 percent by 2028,” she added.

She also vowed that the allocated budget for the agriculture sector will be “spent well and balanced across all agricultural sectors and stakeholders in the country.”

The “freedom from hunger” plan was part of the eight-point Covid-19 pandemic recovery plan of the vice president which she said focuses on strengthening the country’s healthcare and education systems, and ending hunger.

If elected, Robredo said she will focus on strengthening the healthcare system by eradicating corruption and providing proper compensation to healthcare workers.

To end hunger in the country, the vice president said that financial aid should always be available for those who will be affected by lockdowns.

She also said that lockdowns should be “targeted” instead of the region-wide lockdowns which are currently being implemented by the government.

Robredo also vowed to support the agriculture sector by helping farmers and fishermen.

She also raised the need to prepare the next generation’s future by ensuring that youth will have access to education.

Robredo vowed to reopen schools in low-risk areas for Covid-19, provide gadgets and load for those who are in high-risk areas, and build additional community learning hubs where teachers and students will have access to internet connection.

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