Pres. Duterte Allots P2.6-Billion Irrigation Subsidy for Fiscal Year 2018

The very first President from Mindanao, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte alloted P2.6-billion irrigation subsidy for fiscal year 2018 as confirmed by Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles. Pres. Duterte signed the P3.767-trillion 2018 budget, the allocated budget for the free irrigation is part of the President's farmer assistance program.


Rep. Nograles stated that "Inclluded in the PHP3.767-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2018 is a PHP2.6-billion allocation for free irrigation as part of the Duterte administration's farmer assistance program," Nograles said.

The 72-year-old President vowed to help boost farmer's production by subsidizing their irrigation needs. He highlighted this yet again when he signed the 2018 GAA on Tuesday.



The lawmaker from Davao City, Rep. Nograles noted thta the P2.6-billion irrigation budget for next year is 30 percent higher than the 2017 allocation of P2 billion. The congressman from Davao also added that under the Duterte admin a total of P5 billion has been funneled to cover the irrigation service fees paid by farmers.

Rep. Nograles was quoted as saying "Our farmers need all the help they can get if we are to achieve our potential as an agricultural juggernaut in Asia. With proper planning and the right pieces of legislation, this dream can be a reality under President Duterte,” Nograles said.

Based upon the records of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), the Philippines has about 10.3 million hectares of agricultural lands. Out of this figure, around 3.1 million hectares are considered irrigable.

Apart from the irrigation fund under the GAA, the House leader also highlighted the recently approved bill seeking to strengthen the assistance to all farmers by providing free irrigation service fee and all other similar fees or charges.

Source: PTVNews

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