MANILA-- The Department of Agriculture (DA) is proposing a Php213-billion budget for 2018 to finance programs to boost farm production.
This is 370 percent higher than the Php45.29 billion approved for the DA this year.
DA Secretary Emmanuel PiAol told reporters Friday that President Rodrigo Duterte, during his speech in Talavera, Nueva Ecija, said he would give his department a similar budget to that of the Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Health.
It's huge. In fact, the DepEd is Php600 billion, we are not asking for that. What we are asking is Php213 billion for 2018, he said.
PiAol said the President also personally told him to continue his department's farm mechanization program.
Apart from farm mechanization, the agriculture chief earlier said other priorities of the DA were rice and corn program and easy credit lending.
Source: Philippines News Agency