LINGAYEN--- Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. initially turned over some 200 water pumps today to the Irrigators Association of the province as a form of emergency assistance to El Niño affected farmers.
Gov. Espino said the initial delivery is part of the 500 water pumps purchased by the provincial government intended for use of the various Irrigators associations in Pangasinan to save the crops already planted.
The 200 water pumps will be distributed to farmers in Central and Eastern Pangasinan who were given priority to save their lands planted with corn.
The water pumps with a 5-horsepower engine capacity were turned over to Oftociano Manalo, President of Pangasinan Federation of Irrigators Association, Inc., who said that the pumps are of great help to the farmers especially to those at the tail end areas. Manalo is concurrently president of Region I Federation of Irrigators Association.
Gov. Espino said these will help farmers who cannot afford to own a water pump especially those whose lands were damaged by the recent typhoons that hit the province last year.
He said all the members of the association can access the portable water pump units which can service about 3 to 5 hectares of land.
Manalo expressed gratitude to the Governor even as he quoted “maganda po na natugunan na kaagad ng mahal na Gobernador ang aming mga pangangailangan at malaking tulong po ito sa amin.”
Gov. Espino said the delivery of water pumps is part of the provincial government”s immediate plans to cushion the effect of the phenomenon and further assist the marginalized farmers from production loss.
Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya said that the water pumps can be shared by farmers as these are very handy and efficient. (PIO/Angie D. Villanueva)