Martin SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez delivers his message during the distribution of Farmers Assistance for Recovery and Modernization (FARM) and Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantage and Displaced Workers (TUPAD) to about 4,000 beneficiaries at the Tiaong Convention Center in Tiaong Quezon Friday afternoon.The event is hosted by Deputy Speaker Quezon 2nd District Rep. David “Jayjay” Suarez, Alona Party-list Rep. Ana Marie Villarasa-Suarez, Tiaong Mayor Vincent Arjay Mea and other government officials. Photo by VER NOVENO

Romualdez leads agri aid event in Quezon

June 14, 2024 Jester P. Manalastas 174 views

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez has pulled all the stops for the benefit of farmers in Quezon province and beyond–a sector that he obviously holds in high regard.

This was evident during the Agriculture convergence event, consisting of the district launch of Farmers Assistance for Recovery and Modernization (FARM) and payout of assistance under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantage and Displaced Workers (TUPAD) held in Tiaong, Quezon on June 14.

Romualdez was invited to the landmark event as guest of honor and keynote speaker by Deputy Speaker and Quezon Rep. David “Jay-jay” Suarez.

“Marami pa po tayong mga kasama sa adhikaing mapalago ang ating sektor ng agrikultura. Nariyan ang National Food Authority (NFA) na tinutulungan namin sa Kamara de Representante na muling makapag-benta ng bigas na kanilang binili sa inyo direkta sa ating mga kababayan,” the Speaker said in his speech.

The House leader was referring to a House-approved measure that seeks to amend the five-year-old Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) in a bid to give much-needed relief to both consumers and farmers.

He said this initiatives and related measures manifest the unwavering commitment of the House of Representatives to support the vision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. aimed at revitalizing the country’s agriculture sector and uplift the lives of Filipino farmers.

The highlight of Friday’s event was the distribution of cash aid to local farmers through the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

Nearly 4,000 farmers received TUPAD payouts during simple rites at the Tiaong Convention Center.

“Isang kagalakan na makasama kayo dito ngayon sa okasyong ito. Ang programang TUPAD na ipina-abot sa inyo ngayon ay isa lamang po sa mga inisyatibo ng Administrasyon ng ating mahal na Pangulong Bongbong Marcos Jr.,” Romualdez told the event’s attendees.

He said the TUPAD distribution was done in recognition of the importance of the agriculture sector. He specifically pointed to the farmers’ sheer efforts in making sure that Filipino families have food on their table.

Speaker Romualdez and Deputy Speaker Suarez also led the distribution of farm machineries to qualified farmer beneficiaries in the province.

The Speaker underscored that the Marcos administration had more assistance in store for the farmers. He cited Quezon in particular as the country’s sixth largest province and one of its top crop producers.

“Bukod dito sa programang TUPAD, na pinangangasiwaan ng DOLE, nariyan din po ang Department of Agriculture (DA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA) at Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) para masiguro na may sapat na tubig ang ang inyong mga pananim,” he said.

“Kamakailan lang ay nanggaling kami sa Isabela, kasama ang Pangulong Marcos upang pasinayaan ang pagbubukas ng sistema ng patubig na gumagamit ng solar power,” Romualdez said.

He bared that his office has also coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the farmers to avail of the Farmer’s Assistance for Recovery and Modernization or FARM.