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It’s About Time



There is no way forward in the sorry state of the Philippines’ Agricultural sector-or, so it seems, with the crisis in staple foods that we have been experiencing. For two or three decades, we have been lagging behind our Asian neighbors, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Gone are the days of the Green Revolution when we saw the country’s upward trend in agriculture and started exporting key crops such as bananas and pineapples. Even during the pandemic, when laborers started going out from the urban areas and back into the fields, studies say that the sector produced only around 9% of the country’s gross domestic product.


Human activity and the abuse and degradation of our natural resources that have resulted in climate change have a lot to do with our present crisis. There is much to be desired in how our local governments have attained climate action since the Climate Change Act of 2009. On the other hand, the Department of Agriculture must also lead the way in making reforms. Still, a part-time Agriculture Secretary in the person of the President himself cannot make this possible. It is time to appoint a full-time head of the agency. Fedinand Marcos Jr’s decision to hold these two positions concurrently has yet to prove effective up to this time.


TIRIVA:


Congratulations to SK Tim Elpore on his 90th birthday, which he celebrated on January 24th with family, friends and the members of the Knights of Columbus Council 7995 of which he was once a Grand Knight.


QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:


“BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE AT LARGE MUST COME TOGETHER TO ATTAIN NATIONAL OBJECTIVES” -PRATIBHA PATIL


FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:


“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” -JOHN 10:10

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