The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMec) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), turned-over on March 9 to 16 farmers' cooperatives and associations in the province of Biliran, some 15 four-wheel tractors and 16 rice reapers. The turn-over of agricultural machineries is part of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Mechanization Program as provided under the Rice Tariffication Law authored by Senator Cynthia Villar. The turn-over ceremony was attended by Biliran Congressman Gerardo J. Espina, Jr., BIliran Governor Rogelio J. Espina, members of the Biliran Sangguniang Panlalawigan led by Vice-Governor Brigido Caneja III, Ms. Barbara Banez representing Sen. Cynthia Villar, and some DA-8 and PhilMec officials.

By Rodrigo S. Victoria
PIA Biliran

NAVAL, Biliran, — Some 16 farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Biliran province received 15 four-wheel tractors and 16 rice reapers during the turnover ceremony of the Agricultural Machinery Distribution for Region VIII under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Mechanization Program (RCEF) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held at the Provincial Capitol Grounds on March 9.

The 16 FCAs of the province are recipients of the 2019 (2nd Batch) and 2020 (1st Batch) of the DA-8’s RCEF-Mechanization Program (RCEF).

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMec) in Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, is the responsible office under the DA for the distribution of the modern farm machineries under the RCEF-Mechanization Program.

The distribution of farm machinery under RCEF is one component in the modernization of the industry under Republic Act (RA) No. 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law signed in 2019 with Senator Cynthia Villar as principal author.

The following FCAs in the province of Biliran have received the modern farm machineries: Barangay Tamarindo Farmers Association, Barangay Tamarindo, Almeria Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor; Hugpa Farmers Association, Barangay Hugpa, Biliran, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor and four (4) units rice reapers; Kasabangan-Balaquid Irrigators Association, Inc., Barangay Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor and two (2) units rice reapers; Sitio Guindulangan Farmers Association, Barangay Binohangan, Caibiran, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor; and Binohangan Farmers Association, Barangay Binohangan, Caibiran, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor.

Kawayan-Anas-Ungale Farmers Association, Inc., Barangay Anas, Kawayan, Biliran with one(1) four-wheel tractor; Talustusan Farmers Association, Barangay Talustusan, Naval, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor and six(6) units rice reapers; Culaba Farmers Association, Barangay Virigina, Culaba, Biliran with four (4) units rice reapers; Victory Irrigators and Farmers Association, Barangay Victory, Caibiran, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor; and Nagkaisang Magsasaka ng Caibiran (NAMACA) Cooperative, Barangay Victory, Caibiran, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor.

Other recipient organizations are: Tucdao-Anas Farmers, Irrigators Association, Inc., Barangay Tucdao, Kawayan, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor; Mapuyo Farmers Irrigators Association, Barangay Mapuyo, Kawayan, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor; Magbangon, Libertad, Bunga (MALIBU) Irrigators Association, Inc., Barangay Magbangon, Cabucgayan, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor; Balaquid cabucgayan Agri-Farmers Association (BACAFA), Barangay Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor; Binongto-an Farmers Association, Barangay Binongto-an, Culaba, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor; and Culaba Farmers Association, Barangay Virginia, Culaba, Biliran with one (1) unit four-wheel tractor.

Biliran Congressman Gerardo J. Espina Jr., who was present during the turnover ceremony, said that the province is fortunate for being chosen as one of the 57 provinces in the country which received said modern farm machineries.

Biliran Governor Espina, who was also present, requested for additional funding for the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law from P10-B to P100-B to further improve the lives of rice farmers not only in the province but of the whole country. (ldl/rsv/PIA Biliran)

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