EVERYBODY agrees that irrigating farmlands plays a pivotasl role in attaining food security in this impoverished Asian nation.
That’s why there’s that urgent need to conduct massive irrigation of agricultural lands not only in Luzon but also in the Visayas and Mindanao.
We agree with various sectors that a massive irrigation program is seen to protect farmlands against droughts and other effects of climate change.
Through concerned offices and agencies, government authorities ought to accelerate the tempo of irrigation development in the countryside.
Note that President Marcos comes from the rice, corn and tobacco-producing province of Ilocos Norte. one of the four provinces comprising Region 1.
The main impacts of climate change are decreases in water availability and crop yields, increasing risks of droughts and biodiversity loss.
It will be recalled that when Marcos was a senator, he filed a bill mandating the National Irrigation Administration to formulate a national irrigation program.
He wanted NIA to come up with far-reaching programs and effective plan of action to boost our resiliency against the effects of climate change.
Today, as President of the Republic of the Philippines, the Ilocano Chief Executive remains committed to help the country’s farming sector.
It’s a move in the right direction.