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Ilocos Sur governor to buy volumes of tobacco paper

By Freddie G. Lazaro

VIGAN CITY (September 11) -- Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano has ordered a large volume of tobacco paper from the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) to strengthen the tobacco industry and agency's programs.

The tobacco paper, which is being produced at the NTA's Agricultural Research Department at Batac, Ilocos Norte, was proven as one of the other uses of tobacco being promoted by the NTA.

"Having been convinced that the quality of the paper would be a good material for printing of some vital documents, we therefore place our order of 100 reams of tobacco paper with standard size and of light yellow color," Savellano said.

According to Savellano, the quality of a paper made from tobacco is an excellent material for writing official communications for the national and local offices and private sectors.

Through the utilization of the tobacco paper in the government offices, he said, "it is one way of promoting the paper product and at the same time in support to the programs of the country's tobacco industry."

"Using our own product is an effective way of promoting on it," he added.

Earlier, in an effort by the NTA's scientists and researchers to explore the other uses of tobacco aside from cigarette manufacturing, it was proven that tobacco was a good material for paper manufacturing, organic insecticide for fish ponds and eventually become as organic feeds for fishes.

These tobacco breakthroughs also tend to provide alternative jobs and income for the farmers.

The Virginia tobacco is considered as the main cash crop of the farmers in Ilocos Sur after the rice season.

The industry is also a steady source of funds for the Republic Act No. 7171, otherwise known as tobacco excise tax law then authored by former Congressman Luis Chavit Singson.

The tobacco law mandates the allocation of the amount of billions of pesos from the tobacco excise tax as shares for the four tobacco producing provinces such as Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra and La Union.

The shares of its provinces are use for infrastructure and livelihood development projects benefiting the farmers. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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