With the 5-point agenda of Uswag Ilonggo Party-list making the upgrading of agriculture a priority in Western Visayas, more and more farmers’ associations are identifying themselves with the said party-list.
This is obvious in the attendance of farmers numbering 100 to 150 per gathering in four farmers’ fora last Feb. 5 and 6, 2022 in Iloilo Province, and more are expected to attend with events slated in Antique province.
Farmers listened to a talk on the latest new technologies and programs to upgrade agriculture as well as the other agenda of Uswag Ilonggo Party-list which are the following: The well-being of every Ilonggo family, proper healthcare for the poor, consistent programs on infrastructure and tourism, and more scholarships for the youth.
The said farmers’ fora held with strict social distancing and the practice of COVID protocols were held in Estancia and Carles in northern Iloilo last Feb. 5 and Badiangan and Tigbauan last Feb. 6 where the farmers were also able to air out their concerns regarding their sector.
On a related note, local leaders like Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members Andrew Castanos of Calinog, Jevee Borbon of Cabatuan and former SB member Nemesio Cachite of Bingawan said they support Uswag Ilonggo for its strong advocacy for the needs of Ilonggos, including the need to upgrade farming because this is the lifeblood of the Ilonggo economy.