August 8, 2022

Farmers slammed President and Department of Agriculture (DA) Chief Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s proposal to prioritize the implementation of farm-to-market network system, calling it a “magnet for corruption.”

(Image courtesy of the Department of Agriculture)

Marcos, on Monday, July 18, ordered the DA to create a farm-to-market road masterplan aiming to ensure food security in the Philippines. He then claimed that farm-to-market roads would help “solve some of the country’s supply chain problems.”

“[This] directive for the farm-to-market network is a magnet for corruption. Granting farmers with much-needed cash aid and P15,000 production subsidies is more significant and imperative especially within the high cost of production and cost of living,” said Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Chairperson Rafael Mariano on Tuesday, July 19.

With this demand, Mariano added that it would be helpful if Marcos would certify the legislation of House Bill 406 and House Bill 2024 as urgent.

Meanwhile, citing Commission on Audit’s (COA) data, Mariano stated that farm-to-market roads often become a convenient tool of corruption, further believing that this will not benefit farmers.

“Sapat na subsidiya sa pagsasaka at pagpapababa sa production cost ang kagyat na kailangan ng mga magsasaka (Adequate subsidies for farming and low production costs are what farmers urgently need),” Mariano added.

Farmers slammed President and Department of Agriculture (DA) Chief Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s proposal to prioritize the implementation of farm-to-market network system, calling it a “magnet for corruption.”

(Image courtesy of the Department of Agriculture)

Marcos, on Monday, July 18, ordered the DA to create a farm-to-market road masterplan aiming to ensure food security in the Philippines. He then claimed that farm-to-market roads would help “solve some of the country’s supply chain problems.”

“[This] directive for the farm-to-market network is a magnet for corruption. Granting farmers with much-needed cash aid and P15,000 production subsidies is more significant and imperative especially within the high cost of production and cost of living,” said Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Chairperson Rafael Mariano on Tuesday, July 19.

With this demand, Mariano added that it would be helpful if Marcos would certify the legislation of House Bill 406 and House Bill 2024 as urgent.

Meanwhile, citing Commission on Audit’s (COA) data, Mariano stated that farm-to-market roads often become a convenient tool of corruption, further believing that this will not benefit farmers.

“Sapat na subsidiya sa pagsasaka at pagpapababa sa production cost ang kagyat na kailangan ng mga magsasaka (Adequate subsidies for farming and low production costs are what farmers urgently need),” Mariano added.

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