Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. welcomes the representatives from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) who will undertake an evaluation of the operations of the Iloilo Rice Processing Complex (IRPC) in Brgy. Amamaros, Pototan, Iloilo at his office on Monday, August 1, 2016
Agriculture and Fisheries
ILOILO – The provincial government is slated to release the first 100 units of jetmatic pumps by next week after the final validation of beneficiaries, according to Engr. Rene Margarico of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project.
“The supplier has so far delivered to us 100 units of jetmatic pumps and we will release these by next week,” confirmed Margarico after his meeting with Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Provincial Administrator Raul Banias on Monday.
Top Most, the supplier, is also expected to deliver the remaining 270 jetmatic pumps within the week.
ILOILO – Drought-stricken farmers in this province, who are not covered by any insurance, will avail first of certified seeds assistance from the Department of Agriculture starting July 5.
Farmers who are included in the submitted damage reports may also avail of the assistance provided that there are still available buffer stocks after the priority beneficiaries are catered.
Provincial Agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo said Iloilo is expecting over 10,000 bags of certified seeds from DA’s regional office to help farmers affected by El Niño phenomenon.
Farmers in Barotac Viejo and Banate will soon have an efficient irrigation system which could eventually improve their agricultural production. Engr. Florencio Colorado of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) yesterday (June 8, 2016) briefed Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. about the status of the ongoing construction of the P993 million Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP).
ILOILO – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has committed to deploy one of its monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) ships to intensify the enforcement of laws protecting the Visayan Sea.
BFAR Western Visayas Regional Director Remia Aparri made the commitment during the recently-concluded 7th Governor’s Summit on the Alliance of Provinces for the Protection of Visayan Sea hosted by Iloilo Governor Arthur D. Defensor Sr.
Governors Arthur Defensor Sr. of Iloilo and Alfredo Marañon of Negros Occidental want the Visayan Sea declared a marine reserve to further protect and preserve it. The two governors met on June 1, 2016 with Director Remia Aparri of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to discuss possible moves leading to the declaration.
ILOILO – A 35-year-old fisherman could not imagine his self locked away from his family after he was caught using an improvised dynamite off the coast of Colebra Island in Concepcion.
Benjie F. Lacson of Barangay Alipata, Carles left his wife and two children home when he was arrested by Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force on May 28.
Seized from his possession were six kilos of dynamited assorted fishes which were positively examined by Antonio Lobredo of Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College-Concepcion Campus.
ILOILO – Villages in seven towns placed under state of calamity due to El Niño will be the first to avail of the Jetmatic hand pumps from provincial government, according to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.
About 271 Jetmatic hand pump sets are expected to be distributed to households in severely affected villages in Dueñas, Sta. Barbara, Calinog, Estancia, Dingle, Bingawan and Miagao.
“The distribution will start as soon as the contract is awarded to the most qualified contractor,” announced Defensor in a press conference held at his office on Monday (May 23).
ILOILO – The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, through ActionAid and Balay Mindanaw, will give additional support to the continuing effort of empowering poor farmers to attain food and income security.
Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno, who is instrumental in securing the aid, will lead the distribution of additional 14 rice threshers and hand tractors to select farmer-beneficiaries in a ceremony to be held at 3:00 PM in Casa Real de Iloilo on May 12.