Lingayen, Pangasinan—- The provincial government and the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office will jointly undertake the implementation of the program dubbed ‘STY Egay Rehabilitation and Recovery in the Province of Pangasinan.’
As stated in an approved resolution on November 11, which was authored by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Nicholi Jan Louie Q. Sison, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be signed by both parties to initiate programs that are specifically aimed at assisting affected farmers and livestock raisers in the region.
Hence, the DA regional office will provide financial resources to local government units (LGUs) under the Quick Response Fund of the Office of the Secretary of the Agriculture Department.
“Through the MOA, the DA-Regional Office 1 shall transfer funds amounting to P8,152,700.00 to the Province of Pangasinan to initiate recovery from the damages and losses wrought by the typhoon and to achieve disaster rehabilitation through the Livestock Banner Program and the High-Value Crops Development Program,” the resolution partly stated.
It can be recalled that Pangasinan is one of the provinces in Region 1 that suffered the onslaught of Super Typhoon Egay last July in terms of agricultural damages and losses to high-value crops and livestock.
“Section 465(vi) of RA 7160 provides that the Provincial Governor shall represent the Province in all its business transactions and sign in its behalf all bonds, contracts, obligations, and such other documents upon authority of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan pursuant to law or ordinance,” the resolution further noted.
An amount of P5,029,500.00 will be utilized for the High-Value Crops Development Program, while a total fund of P3,123,200.00 will be used for the Livestock Banner Program.
(Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan PIO)