Instead of importing galunggong, patronize other local catch

Sen. Cynthia Villar said the agriculture department should rethink its policy of importation, stressing the danger it poses to the livelihood of small farmers and fisherfolk. Villar made this statement after the Department of Agriculture approved the importation of 17,000 metric tons of galunggong from China, in a bid to suppress rising price of fish. [...]

Senate ratifies P105B coco levy fund

The Senate has ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the measure establishing the P105-billion coco levy fund. In its session Wednesday afternoon, the Upper Chamber voted to approve the reconciled bill of Congress on the proposed Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Act. Senator Cynthia Villar, sponsor of the Senate version of the measure and [...]

Transcript of interview with Sen. Cynthia Villar on NFA, rice tariffication, bukbok sa rice, galunggong

Q: On rice crisis in Zamboanga Villar: Nag-declare sila ng state of calamity at nag-price control sila. I think that’s the best way na siguradong susunod ang mga rice trader na huwag nilang gagawin iyon kasi I see no reason why it should increase to 75. Talagang ang puhunan natin ng rice by computation, max [...]

Villar seeks creation of fishing facilities to boost fish supply

Sen. Cynthia Villar is listing the creation of more fishing facilities as a legislative priority, saying marine hatcheries, fish ports, training and research facilities are needed to help address fish shortage and shore up food supply in the country. “Building of more facilities to improve our fish farming capabilities is one of the long-term solutions [...]

Senator pushes for creation of ‘farm schools’ for towns

SENATOR Cynthia Villar told the 283 municipal mayors of the League of Municipalities in the Philippines (LMP) that she dreamed of putting up “farm schools” in all towns in the country. With support from the Technical Education and Skills Training Authority (Tesda) under Director General Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong, this program is moving forward, she said. [...]

Gov’t: 30% of establishments will operate when Boracay opens in Oct.

Senator Cynthia Villar expressed disappointment Monday that the government only expects 30 percent of the establishments in Boracay will be allowed to operate when the island resort opens to the public in October. During the hearing of the Senate environment and natural resources committee, Villar asked what is the target of the Boracay interagency task [...]

Trancript of interview with Sen. Cynthia Villar (Boracay rehab, NAIA paralysis, Duerte’s health)

Q: Matagal nang sara ang Boracay pero 30% pa lang ang compliant, worth it ba ang pagsara ng Boracay? Villar: I think maganda iyong kanilang infrastructure in terms of roads and drainage. May problema doon sa wastewater. Tingin ko, medyo namamahalan yata sa halaga ng wastewater treatment kaya medyo hesitant sila na kumonek. Sabi ko, [...]

Villar: Aquaculture sector needs government boost

Sen. Cynthia A. Villar has stressed the urgent need for government to do so much more to improve the country’s aquaculture sector and boost production and income of fresh water fish farmers. Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, noted that the volume of total fisheries production went down to around one [...]

Villar holds hearing on bill increasing farmer representation in PCA Board

Sen. Cynthia Villar today presided over the hearing on the accompanying bill of the measure creating the coconut levy trust fund which will strengthen and reconstitute the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board. Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, authored Senate Bill 1913 or the Reconstituted PCA Board Law. This repeals Presidential Decree [...]

Villar pushes for P10-billion rice farmers’ subsidy

Senate agriculture and food committee chairperson Cynthia Villar is pushing for a P10-billion subsidy for local rice farmers along with the proposal to lift import quotas and slap tariffs on rice imports. Villar said local farmers need subsidies to compete with cheap rice from abroad. “I won’t agree na mag-liberalize ng market tapos walang subsidy…. [...]