best casino slot games-Locate P100M fund for salt industry

A caretaker of  stored house or "kamalig" visit small stocks of salt inside because of from time to time weather conditions in Barangay Sta Isabel in Kawit Cavite. PHOTOS BY RENE H. DILANA caretaker of stored house or "kamalig" visit small stocks of salt inside because of from time to time weather conditions in Barangay Sta Isabel in Kawit Cavite. PHOTOS BY RENE H. DILAN

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AGRICULTURE Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban on Wednesday said that he ordered the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to locate the P100 million funding allocated last year to assist salt producers.

During the "Laging Handa" briefing, Panganiban said BFAR failed to utilize the P100 million budget to help the dying salt industry.

"For the last two or three years, I did not see any activity being done by BFAR. It has the money but still neglected the salt production. The bureau has at least P100 million in 2021 but has yet to [tap it]. I already tasked BFAR to follow up the P100 million so that it can be used to increase the salt production," Panganiban said.

However, he cleared BFAR officials of any liability for their failure to develop the country's local salt production.

"This is not negligence, but rather officials overlooked the program for the salt industry due to the bigger projects of the agency," he said.

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At least 93 percent of the salt supply in the country is being outsourced as only 7 percent of the commodity is locally produced.

"If our area of local salt production increases, the importation will definitely decrease," he added.

Panganiban said that the funding can be used to provide financial assistance to small fisherfolk to return to salt production.

"We need to provide assistance to our fisherfolk involved in the salt production, particularly in Occidental Mindoro, here in Central Luzon, in Pangasinan, and even in the Visayas and Mindanao," he added.

Panganiban admitted that it will take at least two to three years to revitalize the country's salt industry.

"As soon as we receive the P100-million funding, we can start the program this second half of 2022 and distribute aid to our salt producers," he said.

Incompetence

Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Inc. President Danilo Fausto said BFAR failed to utilize the P100 million funding because of the incompetence of the officials at the agency.

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