President Rodrigo Duterte said, he aims to gradually bring back agricultural projects implemented during the administration of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
This is to improve the agriculture sector and ensure food self-sufficiency in the country.
“I just like to get the idea of [former President] Marcos. That’s a long time ago. The ‘Biyayang Dagat’ and ‘Masagana 99’. I would like to bring it back. I will copy those. The former president was bright. He knew what to do. That is why I would like to bring it back. Gradually, to be able to help a lot,” said Duterte,
The statement was made when President Duterte visited and distributed assistance to the victims of super typhoon Lawin in Cagayan on Sunday.
Together with relief goods, the president also gave plant seeds to the local government for the farmers affected by the typhoon.
Aside from this, the president also promised that the agriculture sector will benefit from China’s investment in the country, aside from receiving education and health benefits.
Meanwhile, the president is also hopeful that in the coming days, Filipino fishermen will be able to return to Bajo de Masinloc or Scarborough Shoal – a disputed territory of China and the Philippines.
This is included in the request made by the president during his visit to China last week.
“Perhaps we’ll just wait for a few more days. Maybe we could return to Scarborough Shoal the fishing of our fishermen,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Duterte stressed once again that he will not acknowledge the international treaty that imposes limitations on carbon emission. The president said, the treaty hinders the country’s progress.
He also blamed industrialized countries for the destruction of the environment.
“I will develop my country in accordance to the needs of my people. There are a lot of people. I need to use a lot of machines. If you stop me, how would I feed my fellow Filipinos? How could I produce a lot of – everything. It is not mechanized. We just plow and plow. If I would not initiate improvement, I cannot feed the nation.”
From Tuguegarao, Cagayan, President Duterte also visited Isabela and Ilocos Norte which had been severely affected by the typhoon last week.