Pangilinan: No to reduction of credit budget for farmers, fishers

Pangilinan: No to reduction of credit budget for farmers, fishers

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said the veto
of provisions in the 2022 budget related to agriculture represents the Duterte
administration’s latest assault on the country’s farmers and fishers.

“Ang dapat bawasan ay yung mga klarong wala o maliit ang
kontribusyon sa Covid recovery tulad ng confidential at intel budget. Kukunan
mo pa ng budget ang para sa mga magsasaka at mangingisda? Dapat mas maraming
pagkakataong makabangon ang sektor ng pagkain,” he said.

“Ang maiiwang pamana ng presidente ay kapabayaan sa
kalagayan ng mga nagpapakain sa atin,” he added.

In his veto message, Duterte thumbed down the budget
provision including farmers and fisherfolk organizations or associations on the
authorized credit facilities that will manage the Agro-Industry Modernization
Credit Financing Program under the Republic Act 8435 or Agriculture and

Fisheries Modernization law. (ai/mtvn)

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