Pangasinan farmer-irrigators group led by Oftociano Manalo, president of the Regional and Provincial Irrigator’s Associations, expressed full support to the administration of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. who they said deserves another term in order to realize his vision for the province specifically on agriculture.
In an interview, Manalo said that Gov. Espino’s effort in uplifting the condition of the marginalized farmers in Pangasinan is laudable as he added that in just a span of less than three years, the Governor has done much in improving the province’s agriculture sector.
“Napakabilis umaksyon ni Governor Espino. Itong ibinigay niyang 500 units na water pump ay dumating agad pagkaraan lang ng ilang araw mula ng nagrequest ang mga farmer-irrigators natin dito sa Pangasinan,” he said as he disclosed that since the time the Governor assumed his post he has placed agriculture on top of his agenda as proven by the massive rehabilitation and improvement of all agricultural facilities in the province.
Manalo said that in the past administration, several irrigation projects were constructed yet unfinished and not functional. “Maraming ginawa noon pero hindi natapos at hindi functional,” he revealed.
He further said that not all of the 10 irrigation system projects under the term of former Governor Victor Agbayani were completed. “Nasayang lang po ang pondong ginamit, hindi naman napakinabangan,” he disclosed.
With the administration of Gov. Espino, Manalo cited that agriculture is prioritized. The immediate response of the Governor to grant the requests of over 200 farmer-irrigators associations thru the awarding of 500 units of water pumps prove the provincial chief executive’s concern to the marginalized sector.
The water pump distribution is part of the emergency measures to help farmers mitigate the effect of the ongoing dry spell especially the 170 hectares of land hardly hit by the El Niño phenomenon. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernadino)