Pres. Duterte to Revive Marcos' Successful "Masagana 99 & Biyayang Dagat" Project

The first President from Mindanao, President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte plans to revive two of the most successful projects initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos, the Masagana 99 and the Biyayang Dagat Project.

In an interview with the media, the 71-year-old President Duterte said that he wants to copy the idea of President Marcos, one of the most brilliant and successful President of the Philippines despite his shortcomings as head of state.

Pres. Duterte stated that he wants to copy the project of Pres. Marcos as he told the victims of super typhoon Lawin in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. The President noted that the two projects "Biyayang Dagat" and "Masagana 99" were the two programs that could have uplifted the lives of the Filipinos if only implemented well.

Under the program of President Duterte which will be patterned from Marcos' program, the government would put up a cooperative to help the farmers and fisherfolk.

Pres. Duterte was quoted as saying "Ire-restore namin 'yung financing sa agriculture. Mag-kooperatiba kayo uli. (We will restore the agriculture financing. We will open cooperatives again)," he said. The President also warned those who would be manning the cooperative to manage it well.

During the Marcos presidency, the Masagana 99 program was started during the year 1973. The program enables farmers to plant rice seeds which they called "green revolution" developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The term 99 means that there will be 99 cavan of rice or 4,900 kilos of rice as the intended target per hectare of plantations in each harvest season.

The program of Pres. Marcos was so successful that it was able to put the Philippines as one of Asia's self-sufficient rice producers. The Philippines started to stop importing rice during the year 1976 until 1985. In fact the Philippines was able to supply or export rice in other countries of Asia particularly in Indonesia as well as giving rice to various provinces in the country.

Source: Sun.Star

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