Bulacan PAO distributes farm equipment, livelihood assistance to farmers and fisherfolks

Published September 29, 2021, 8:37 AM

by Freddie Velez

To boost the agricultural sector and its production yields, the Bulacan Provincial Government (BPG), through its Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) turned over farm equipment to the Farmers’ Cooperatives Associations (FCAs) as well as livelihood assistance to fisherfolks in the province on Tuesday, September 28.

Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Provincial Agriculture Officer Gloria Carillo, and Board Member Alexis Castro inspect the farm equipment that will benefit the Farmers’ Cooperative Associations at the Provincial Capitol Compound in the City of Malolos, Bulacan on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN

Governor Daniel R. Fernando and PAO officer Gloria Carillo distributed hand tractors and irrigation pumps to Bulacan Farmers’ Cooperative Associations including the FCAs of Angat, San Ildefonso, San Miguel, San Rafael, and Dona Remedios Trinidad.

Fernando said agricultural improvement is one of the “greatest power tools” to end extreme poverty. He added that modern farm equipment can help farmers produce more high-value crops particularly in the vegetable-producing towns in the province.

Aside from providing farm machinery to FCAs, the BPG also distributed livelihood assistance to fisherfolks of Bulakan, Calumpit, Hagonoy, and Paombong.

Governor Fernando urged the agricultural sector to unite in the fight against COVID-19.

He reminded the farmers to strictly observe health protocols.

Fernando said the Provincial Health Office reported on Tuesday, Sept. 28, that out of the total of 71,119 COVID-19 cases in the province, 67,895 or 95 percent have recovered, and 1,924 or 3 percent of these are active cases.

The PHO recorded 13 new deaths, bringing the total to 1,300. Of the 1,924 active cases, 523 are admitted in the hospitals, 241 are in Temporary Treatment Facilities (TTMF), while 1,160 are in home isolation.