“All constituents will be given help by the city. That’s my personal goal.”
With these words, City Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia led the turn-over of one (1) mini-four wheel tractor, twenty three (23) marine engines, thirty eight (38) small styro foam coolers, nineteen (19) big styro foam coolers, eight (8) solar lamps, forty two (42) fishing gill nets, and twelve (12) fishing boats from the Bureau of Farm and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) RO-3 on August 23, 2017 at Plaza Mayor de Balanga.
The mayor acknowledged the efforts of the City Agriculture Office (CAO) for making it possible for one hundred nine (109) beneficiaries belonging to various agricultural cooperatives to receive these new pieces of equipment from the national government. (Currently, almost all farming communities in Balanga, even those in the upland areas, have established cooperatives that are supported by the city.)
The twelve fishing boats, with 15 more to follow — were the city government’s prize for winning the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) contest.
Councilor Benigno Meriño congratulated the recipients on the prospect of a better income. On the other hand, BFAR RO-3 Assistant Director Dr. Nelson Bien noted that these contributions from BFAR and the city government were primarily aimed to uplift the livelihood of the farming and fishing sectors.
In behalf of Governor Abet Garcia, BM Gaudencio Ferrer, likewise, sent his greetings, telling and reminding the beneficiaries that the mini four-wheel tractor for the farming sector needs to be maintained. He also encouraged farmers to maximize the use of modern technology, especially in the production of various crops. “Change will continue in the Province of Bataan, but it will be very considerate of our environment to keep it balanced,” he added.
Also present in the turnover ceremony were representatives from coastal barangays as well as those from various farming and fishing organizations in the city and province. By: Cyrus Dela Cruz