RDC XI moves to tame Baguilat bill
The Regional Development Council XI has expressed worry over a proposed bill in the House of Representatives morbidly seen as a man-made “Typhoon Pablo” threatening to kill the banana industry in the Davao Region.
In a bid to tame down the bill, RDC XI has submitted to the House Committee on Agrarian Reform a matrix of inputs and recommendations for House Bill 5161 or An Act Regulating the Establishment and Implementation of Agribusiness Venture Arrangements (AVAs) in Agrarian Reform Areas.
While we can’t prevent natural calamities, there is now HB 5161 which is a more dangerous calamity threatening the industry, Stephen Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association Inc. (PBGEA), said earlier.
Supertyphoon Pablo which visited Davao Region two years ago left in its wake hundreds of dead and missing, millions of pesos in damage to infrastructure and agriculture including thousands of hectares of banana plantations. Hundreds of banana farm workers also lost jobs as companies tried to cope up with the tragedy to put back to its feet the industry considered as one of the region’s biggest employer.