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Catanduanes Rep. Sarmiento spearheads consultative forum with abaca farmers

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Catanduanes Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento spearheaded the first consultative forum with the abaca farmers in the province.

The first ever Abaca Stakeholders and Farmers Consultative Forum was held at the Catanduanes State University last June 26.

“Isinagawa ang kauna-unahang Abaca Stakeholders and Farmers Consultative Forum ngayong araw sa CSU kasama ang mga magsasaka mula Virac, Bato, Baras, San Miguel, Gigmoto at San Andres,” Sarmiento’s office said.

“Isa sa pangunahing pinagusapan dito ang pagsulong ni Cong Cesar sa House Bill 7369 na naglalayong ideklara ang Catanduanes bilang ABACA CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES para sa malaki at SIGURADONG PONDO para sa ating mga Magsasaka,” it added.

The bill is slated to be discussed once the Congress resumes session next month.

Sarmiento, representing the sole district of Catanduanes, earlier said he is working really hard to strengthen the Abaca industry in the province.

“Working hard for our abaca industry. I see to it that more funding is allocated to the industry,” Sarmiento, also the chairman of House committee on transportation, said earlier.

Sarmiento said that Catanduanes must be named Abaca Capital of the Philippines as the province is the “biggest supplier thereof in the country.”