LIGAO CITY - Agriculture secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol visited Bicol on March 24 for two special events – a dialogue with farmer leaders and local officials via a forum hosted by the City Government of Ligao in Albay province, and in Casiguran, Sorsogon for turn-over of fiver glass fishing boats and fishing paraphernalia to fisherfolk.
In Ligao City, some 500 farmers actively participated in the dialogue with the secretary. Sec. Pinol also turned over agricultural production inputs and facilities worth P20 million to various farmers, rural women’s organization and local government units. These include 100 bags hybrid seeds, 200 bags urea fertilizers, 300 bags open pollinated white corn seeds worth P420,000 to be turned over to LGUs with corn areas. As a token for the host city, secretary Piñol also pledged P5 million to Mayor Patricia Alsua for the livelihood projects of the farmers in Ligao City.