Food sustainability and increasing the buying capacity of its constituents have always been the priority of the Local Government Unit of Baybay City headed by the City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari. And one of the best practices of the city is its constant consultation with the different sectors to ensure that programs, projects, and activities meet the needs of its constituents. As a matter of fact, ten (10) barangays were beneficiaries of fertilizers (complete, urea, ammonium sulfate, and muriate of potash) from the Baybay City LGU, which they included in their respective Barangay Development and Investment Plans (BDIP).
During the Distribution of Fertilizers, Hybrid Rice Seeds, and Corn Farm Machinery, on July 1, 2022, Mayor Cari reiterated that programs related to rice must be taken care of by the Department of Agriculture Regional Office 8 (DA-RFO 8). He said that “For our agriculture and fisheries programs, we will focus on livestock and poultry, root crops, abaca, corn, fruit trees, cacao, vegetables, capture fisheries, tilapia production, and all other agricultural concerns, except rice.”
He also said that he is pleased to know that the new President, His Excellency Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., promised to give due importance to agriculture because the majority of the Filipinos are farmers and fisherfolks, or are dependent on agriculture and fisheries for sustenance. “With this, the President can be our partner in our undertakings because we, the local officials of Baybay City, have always given priority to your needs and concerns. We are in fact going to Barangay Monterico on July 5 to witness the impact of our agricultural programs in the barangay and its residents,” added Mayor Cari.
In his message, Mr. Fabian Aldiano, representing DA-RFO 8 Regional Director Angel C. Enriquez, thanked the City of Baybay, “Because based on our observation the Local Government Unit of Baybay had given so much support to the farmers and fisherfolks of the city thus we received no complaints against the LGU, compared to other LGUs in the region.” He also revealed that President Marcos is the current Secretary of Agriculture in the country.
The Distribution of Fertilizers, Hybrid Rice Seeds and Corn Farm Machinery was held at the City Library Building Grounds in Barangay Gaas, Baybay City, Leyte. This was attended by City Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto M. Butawan, Sangguniang Panlungsod Members Hon. Romulo Alcala, Hon. Filemon Avila, Hon. Ramon Ronald Veloso, Hon. Dominic Junie Murillo and Hon. Jorge Rebucas, Mr. Fabian Aldiano from DA-RFO 8, City Agriculturist Ms. Mora Abarquez, concerned Punong Barangays and Presidents of the concerned farmers organizations in the City of Baybay.