By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – Local government units (LGUs) in the Visayas presented their respective food security plans to Secretary Emmanuel Piñol of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Mayor Geefre Alonsabe of Alimodian town, Iloilo province led the presentation to Piñol at the recent Visayas cluster summit here.
Piñol explained that plans submitted by LGUs from Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas were vital to the passage of the National Food Security Act.
If passed, the proposed National Food Security Act will be used by DA as a blueprint to identify the needs of each locality.
But Piñol noted that only 231 out of the 369 LGUs from all over Visayas submitted food security plans. The deadline for the remaining 138 LGUs is on November.
DA-6 Regional Director Remelyn Recoter disclosed the Visayas contributed more than P2 billion to the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP), which is a 13 percent share to the national agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
With an agricultural area of 2.4 million hectares, Piñol urged to prioritize production of vegetables and eggs as well as in the fishery sector to boost food security.