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.

“We want to teach farmers and fisherfolk how to be competitive in their livelihood,” Villar said.

Congress, she said, passed the law in 2014 establishing farm schools and as of today, those who signified their intention to establish farm schools has reached 1,885.

“Of course, they have to be accredited with Tesda, for which will pay the tuition of the students. We are in the process of accrediting with Tesda and I think we have already accredited more than 300,” Villar said.

The senator said she is confident that with farm schools, all the municipalities will contribute to food security.

Villar was principal author of the Farm Tourism Development Law (Republic Act 10816), which sought to provide financing and incentives for farm tourism.