By Mar T. Supnad
Mariveles, Bataan — To boost their livelihood, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol
assured fishermen in Barangay Batangas Dos that the agency would give them a fishing boat.
“We have ready fishing boats in the agency and I’ll give you one 38-footer boat,” Piñol told Capt. Jun Villapando.
Meanwhile, to save the government from spending unimportant expenditures, Piñol has assured that there will be no more lavish spending in meetings among the employees of the department.
Briefing newsmen during his recent visit in this town, Piñol said he had instructed all his personnel to avoid holding meetings in five-star hotels and other expensive meeting places in the country to save the government the much-needed cash.
“Wala ng miting-miting sa mga 5-star hotels at iba pang mamahaling lugar; ibili na ng mas importanteng bagay na kailangan ng mga magsasaka There would be no more meetings in 5-star hotels and other expensive places; we would just buy more important things that farmers need,” said Piñol.
Piñol’s action came following reports of massive spending by other government agencies in holding their meetings and conventions in expensive areas, bleeding the government’s coffers to dry.
Piñol and his staff went all the way to Batangas Dos last Tuesday where he, Governor Abet Garcia and Mayors League president Gila Garcia led the groundbreaking rite of the P21.7-million cold storage and ice plant.
The agriculture secretary also thanked Mayor Jopet Inton, a license commercial pilot who flew the helicopter that brought the secretary here for a visit.
At the same time, Piñol insisted there is no fake rice in the country, contrary to earlier reports about it.
“Wala namang pekeng bigas dito sa atin (There’s no fake rice here in the country),” Piñol repied to a media person’s query about the alleged existence of fake rice in the market.
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