IROSIN, Sorsogon (28-Feb-2013) – The lines “tabangan nindo ako, parte kamo kan pagkatawo ko” use by former Prieto Diaz councilor Marian Flores Diño is now a byword among the poor of the second district of Sorsogon.
Flores Diño was in her simplest but full of ideas when she met ordinary people in her effort to represent their interest in the provincial board.
Giving insights on how to manage micro enterprise wherein farm produce will not be at the mercy of middlemen, she discussed how effective legislation can secure favorable benefits to agriculture workers.
By her account, farmers losses their advantage because of usurious loans in preparing their fields, this can be remedied, by means of adequate local funds. This is were legislative work is needed, she explained.
Visiting public markets added an insight on how pertinent legislation can propel a local economy. Asked if she is doubtful of her chance to bag a seat for second district provincial board, all she said was, “rural folks who comprise the bulk ofthe voting population has understand my agenda, it is not hard for me to be left out in the race.”
The farm hands and tillers and fishery workers must be properly educated for them to apply new agri-fishery techniques, they must be trained and at least knowledgeable on farm, aquatic inputs and technology.
Before Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia suffered rice production shortages, they send their people to our rice research institute, now they have the surplus in production which we are importing, the same scenario will happened in our province if we are not to focus on agri-fishery programs.
We will be dependent from other provinces to supply this needs making the commodities more expensive, was her observation.
Flores Diño calls for a comprehensive study of agriculture scenario in the province, the study must be funded and the funding must be institutionalized in the provincial budget, it is a way, she said, for the continuity of the program. Trainings should be continuing to attain self-sufficiency of food for the province.
Repeating her line”tabangan nindo ako, parte kamo kan pagkatawo ko” is now synonymous with Marian Flores Diño. [BicolToday.com]