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VP Leni to give P116B for Agriculture if she wins next year’s election


Vice President Leni Robredo promised on Monday that if she is elected president next year, she will double the national budget for agriculture to at least P116 billion in her first year in office.

According to Robredo, the agriculture sector currently receives only 1.7 percent of the national budget.

“So iyong commitment ko, iyong first budget na gagawin, gagawin na siya at least P116 billion,” Robredo said.

However, increasing the budget alone is insufficient, according to Robredo, who added that the distribution of these funds should also be reviewed.

According to Robredo, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will allocate P15.5 billion to the rice sector in 2021, P3 billion to the fisheries sector, and a meager P1 billion to the department’s other flagship crop and livestock programs.

“Hindi lang iyong total budget pero pati rin iyong distribution noon. So kailangan tingnan natin hindi lang iyong buo pero tingnan din natin kung makatarungan ba iyong distribution ng buong budget,” Robredo said.
“Kasi kapag sinabi nating makatarungan ba, nasaan ba iyong opportunities? Alin ba iyong most resilient na sub-sector ng agriculture? Kasi kung nasaan iyong opportunities, dapat bigyan natin ng mas maraming budget,” she added.
Robredo vows to double agriculture budget to P116 billion if elected president|

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