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Duterte to copy Marcos-era agri programs

The government intends to use a huge portion of the $16 billion (approximately P750 billion) worth of financial aid extended by China to implement Marcos-inspired agriculture and fisheries programs.

Rice farmers in Talisay, Cebu, take advantage of sunny weather to separate the husk from the grain. The changing climate and the world’s dwindling food supply will be in sharp focus on October 16, World Food Day. (Juan Carlo de Vela/ Manila Bulletin)

Rice farmers in Talisay, Cebu, take advantage of sunny weather to separate the husk from the grain. The changing climate and the world’s dwindling food supply will be in sharp focus on October 16, World Food Day. (Juan Carlo de Vela/ Manila Bulletin)

President Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to copy the “Masagana 99” and “Biyayang Dagat” programs implemented during the term of the late President Ferdinand Marcos in promoting the welfare of the country’s farmers and fishermen.

The programs, Duterte said, would include financial assistance, farm equipment upgrade and farm inputs distribution.

Gusto ko lang kunin iyong idea ni Marcos. Malayo na iyon, iyong Biyayang Dagat pati Masagana 99. Ibalik ko iyon. Kokopyahin ko (I would like to pick up Marcos’ idea. Those had gone far, the Biyayang Dagat and Masagana 99. I would like to reintroduce those, I will copy those),” he said during a visit to Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

Bright iyong tao, alam niya ang [ginagawa] niya. Kaya ibabalik ko iyon dahan-dahan at marami kaming maitulong ngayon (That man was bright, he knew what he was doing. That is why I will bring back those one at a time to help many nowadays),” he added.