Ilocanos thank GMA for newly-inaugurated processing facility
by Carlo P. Canares
Santa, Ilocos Sur (13 October) -- Governor Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson lauded President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her development vision of transforming North Luzon into an agribusiness quadrangle during ceremonies signaling the full-blast operations of a development project in this town. Also, the governor, in behalf of the Ilocanos, expressed gratitude to the President for sending over Development Champion Arthur Yap to the province to oversee the projects.
“First of all, I praise President Arroyo for her vision of creating a North Luzon Agribusines Quadrangle. I would also like to thank her for sending over Secretary Arthur Yap to check on the implementation of the various development projects,” Governor Singson said in his welcome remarks before officials, workers and farmers.
Presidential Management Staff Chief Secretary Arthur Yap, together with his team, arrived in this province as part of the NLAQ roadshow to keep track of President Arroyo’s projects in North Luzon. Secretary Yap, accompanied by Governor Singson and local officials opened the PGMA-Multi-Line Food Processing Plant, one of the three major development projects in the province that would enhance the competitive advantage of the NLAQ as a super region. The processing plant, under the auspices of the provincial government and now managed and operated by the National Tobacco Administration, is intended to be a market outlet for farm products such as garlic, onion, tomato, pork, chicken, vegetables and to help stabilize the prices of these farm commodities. Unlike before when middlemen exist to buy and sell these commodities and control prices, farmers can go directly to the facility to sell their produce.
Development Champ Secretary Yap said the PGMA-Multi-Line Food Processing Plant is very critical in the development vision of the President.
“This facility is very important because it gives farmers higher income; there is no wastage of products because everything are bought by the facility,” he said.
In touring the facility, he praised the modern equipment used for the processing of meat and vegetable and other local products. He suggested that the provincial government embark on a massive marketing campaign to increase market demand. He also mentioned the possibility of exporting the goods in China which is very near Northern Luzon. While partaking of the famous Ilokos bagnet and banana chips which are available at the facility, Secretary Yap was all praises for the various Ilokos products being sold there.
Governor Singson said that with the full-blast operations of the processing facility, farmers are encouraged to work harder because they are now directly paid in cash unlike before when trade are coursed through middlemen who get a big slice of their income.
Aside from the Multi-Line Food Processing Plant, Secretary Yap inspected the Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project in Bantay town which will benefit some 5,334 farm-households in eight towns; and the Salomague Port in Cabugao which is expected to decongest and promote agricultural and industrial activities in the area and nearby countries. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]