Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan urged Negros Occidental mayors to make use of the Sagip Saka Act to boost incomes of farmers and fishermen, Victorias Mayor Francis Palanca, president of the Negros ACE (Association of Chief Executives), said yesterday.
Pangilinan met with the members of the Negros ACE at the Seda Capitol Central in Bacolod City yesterday noon, after condoling with Mary Ann Duran Dino and her family on the death of her father, Palanca said.
Palanca said Pangilinan, who authored the Sagip Saka Act in the Senate, and the Negros ACE will hold a summit in Negros Occidental early next year to raise awareness of its benefits to farmers and fisherfolk.
The Sagip Saka Act exempts both national government agencies and local governments from the Procurement Law when they purchase agricultural products directly from accredited farmers coops and organizations. It also exempts donors from paying donors taxes when making donations such as capital outlay for farm equipment, post-harvest facilities, and agriculture infrastructure, among others, to accredited farmers organizations, he said.
Pangilinan said the law aims to increase the incomes of farmers and fisher folk to levels that would allow them to live in dignity.
It also aims to increase farmers and fishermen’s incomes by connecting them directly with big consumers, including government agencies and corporations, thus eliminating middlemen, Palanca said.
While government agencies are exempt from the Procurement Law, corporations are given tax incentives for buying directly from accredited farm enterprises, the law states.
In their meeting yesterday, the Negros ACE members also discussed assistance for the earthquake victims of Mindanao, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Palanca said.*
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