Bohol Farmers Should Not Sell Hybrid Seeds

Provincial officials warned farmers of milling or selling the government subsidized certified rice seeds intended for planting in the next season.

      Vice-Governor Julius Caesar Herrera issued the advice to 79 graduates of the Farmers Field School (FFS) in this town last week during the turn-over of several sacks of certified rice seeds PSB RC-18 variety.

      The vice-governor said that the certified rice seeds, which are substantially subsidized by the provincial government, are intended for planting and not for milling or selling.

      The vice-governor reminded the farmers to make use of what the government is providing to increase their production and income at this time of crisis.

      "What will you sow if you are going to sell these seeds," according to Herrera, who chairs the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Agriculture.

      Officer-in-charge provincial agriculturist Larry Pamugas also echoed the call to refrain from using the seeds for other purposes.

      Pamugas spearheaded the distribution of the certified rice seeds to the farmer-graduates headed by their president Marivic Pardillo with the presence of Herrera in this town.

      There have been cases that certified rice seeds found their way to the millers and traders that prompted the provincial government to initiate investigation apparently to prevent the practice.

      In similar event, Herrera also distributed several bags of certified rice seeds to Ubay farmer-graduates of FFS during the 162nd foundation anniversary of this town last week, wherein Mayor Eutiquio Bernales expressed gratitude to the provincial officialdom led by Governor Erico Aumentado.

      The vice-governor Herrera extended his heart-felt congratulations to the FFS farmer-graduates and urged them to plant more crops to cushion the impact of food insufficiency in Bohol especially fruits and vegetables.

      He said, if given the chance to serve the people for more years, he would focus on agriculture by pouring more funds for farm inputs and extension program to give flesh to his signature cry- -Barangay Green Revolution program.(RVO) 

Killer Bridge in Bohol, Philippines

      Human life beyond risk takes the face of a concrete infrastructure with the construction and completion of a strong bridge on a killer river in a mountainous area in Tubigon.

      Apart from the safety it provides to the uphill settlers crossing the treacherous river, the bridge presents a vital sign of life to the rural economy which movement it can hasten.

      The essential infrastructure is yet to be inaugurated, but Tubigon residents, particularly those in upland barangay Ubojan where the bridge is built, generously thanked this early Rep. Edgar Chatto.

      Chatto allocated P13 million to fund the construction of Ubojan bridge to avoid a repeat of the tragedy involving three school kids who perished in a flashflood years ago.

      The victims, all children of a lowly farmer, were crossing the river on their way to Ubojan Elementary School one fateful morning when sudden, violent floodwaters flushed them to death.

      There was once a wooden bridge in the place.  It had long collapsed.

      Children from nearby barangays like Talenceras, Tan-awan and Cawayanan would also go to the grade school in Ubojan, thereby crossing the same river at a great risk in the absence of a bridge.

      The barangay leaders, with the support of the municipal government, thus asked Chatto for funding to build the concrete bridge.

      Accompanied by Mayor Luna Piezas, Chatto then went to the project site as soon as he had the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) issued by Sec. Rolando Andaya of the Department of Budget and Management.

      Agriculture, being their main source of livelihood in the area, folks can finally save time, cost and effort in bringing their farm goods to the plains and markets through the concrete bridge in a short-cut route.

      Chatto, together with Provincial Board Member Alfonso Damalerio II, returned to Ubojan and inspected the finished structure last week.

      The congressman also went to the municipal hall where he was invited to the meeting of the Liga ng mga Barangay. (Ven rebo Arigo)