FARMERS and FISHERFOLK

1. Author, Republic Act 10969: The Free Irrigation Law (Senate Bill 43) 17th Congress:

2. Senate Resolution 685: Calling for the Constitution of the Senate Committee of the Whole to Investigate the Food Security Crisis brought about by the ASF and Adoption of Policy Solutions Contingent on Importation that may Cause Billions of Revenue Losses and Further Perpetrate Unabated Corruption in the Form of ‘Tong-Pats’ (18th Congress)

3. Co-Author, Senate Resolution 684: Expressing the Sense of the Senate to Persuade the Chief Executive to Disapprove the DA’s Recommendation to Lower Tariff Rates on and increase MAV of Imported Pork Products; and Urge DA to Recommend to Declare a State of National Calamity Due to the Impact of ASF on the Swine Industry (18th Congress)

4. In the budget: Sen. Lacson supports the Department of Agrarian Reform by proposing to augment its budget under his institutional amendments to the FY 2021 Budget. He argues that DAR contributes to propelling the growth of the agriculture sector by gearing our agrarian reform beneficiaries into commercial production, away from their traditional and individualistic farming methods. As DAR stabilizes land ownership among the beneficiaries, the agency aims to purposively organize them to engage in cluster farming and consolidation through the agrarian reform beneficiary organizations’ public-private collaboration. Hence, in order to do this, he proposed the increase of the agency’s budget by P965,042,000 to fund the following projects:

* Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) —P15,693,000

* MEGA FARMS Pilot Project —P500,000,000

* Neo-Economic Opportunities in Government-Owned Land Distribution (NEO-GOLD) —P449,349,000

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