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Panalo! Ligao bags P1M for rice self-sufficiency

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The municipal government of Ligao, Albay proved that it pays to be self-sufficient when it comes to rice.

Ligao, which is said to have a rice self-sufficiency rate of 143 percent, recently won in the outstanding city/municipality category in the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) 2016 National Rice Achievers Search.

The honor carried a cash prize of P1 million, according to a Bicol Standard report Wednesday (May 24).

The same report said that Ligao contributes 2.5 percent to the regional rice production. It recorded a 2.5 percent increase (31,548 metric tons) in rice production from 2015 to 2016.

Ligao Mayor Patricia Alsua was represented by Vice Mayor Sherwin Quising during the awarding ceremony, which took place at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on May 23, Tuesday.

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture led the awarding rites.

All in all, the DA gave away over P52 million in cash prizes during the event.