Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson distributed checks, worth P441,600 in all, to 205 farmers of San Carlos City, who are beneficiaries of the Quick Turn Around, or Early Planting Incentives Project, under the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
The check distribution was held yesterday at the Brgy. Quezon covered court, and attended by First District Board Member Rommel Debulgado, San Carlos Mayor Renato Gustilo, other city officials, farmer-beneficiaries, and OPA staff, a press release from Capitol said.
The QTA is a program of the provincial government that provides cash incentives to farmers engaged in early planting, from April to May last year, as support to the rice requirements during the off-season, minimizing the impact of food shortage, especially during the pandemic.
The provincial government also previously distributed various agricultural equipment and supplies to the farmers of the city to support agricultural productivity, the press release said.
Lacson thanked the farmers for their hard work that ensures food security in the province.
He also urged them to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and their families against the Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Lacson led the ceremonial bamboo planting activity at the Malogo Watershed in Victorias City the other day, as part of the province’s commitment to further increase access to resilient water supply, improve water resource management, and strengthen water sector governance in the province.
It is a collaborative project of the Provincial Environment Management Office and the United States Agency for International Development Safe Water Project, related to the Provincial Integrated Water Security Program, the press release said.
The activity was also in connection with the Provincial Environment Month celebration, aims to raise the awareness of stakeholders and communities to work towards a water-secure future, and seeks to intensify forest protection and conservation.
“It is my hope that this activity will remind us yet again that without serious and committed intervention, the decline of the state of our environment, including that of our water security, will continue to persist, and inevitably, worsen,” Lacson said.
He said the activity promotes the many uses of bamboo, including its amazing growth rate, ability to grow in a variety of conditions, ability to absorb greenhouse gasses, and being a good substitute for hardwood.
“There is no better time to start and re-start saving our environment than now,” he added.
Joining the governor were Rep. Kiko Benitez, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Manapla Mayor Manuel Escalante III, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, provincial consultant Rafael Coscolluela, and executive assistant to the governor, Julie Ann Bedrio, among others.*