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“Hindi kailangan ng lupa, hindi kailangan ng tubig. Ang kailangan natin technology.”

So said Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform, defending the construction of houses and factories in farmlands and arguing that agriculture can thrive where there is little soil or water.

She cited as example Israel being able to produce crops, despite its rocky arid land and shortage in water resources.

The country made good use of technology, Villar said, using suspended planters and misting its crops instead of planting on the ground which required much water.

Ergo: “Hindi kailangan ng lupa, hindi kailangan ng tubig. Ang kailangan natin technology.”

Sige po Madame, hindi na kailangan ang lupa. Sa pagkakaalam po ninyo, may iba pa bang pinanggagalingan ang “mist” kundi sa tubig?

A draught in intelligence inhering here.


OF ALL the years I’ve experienced arriving home, this is the very first time I was treated like a VIP (Very Important Pampangueño). I was given a green light from NAIA down to the quarantine area. The program was well planned and executed. The only thing I can say is WOW! – Carmelito Pineda, returning overseas Filipino from the United States.

Napakaganda po, ‘yung service, ‘yung accommodation, ‘yung food, ‘yung service men, ‘yung mga frontliner natin, ‘yung lahat ng bumubuo sa programa, napakababait po nila. – Renel Mercado, OFW from Vietnam.

Just two of the hundreds of beneficiaries hailing the Balik Pinas, Balik Pampanga Program whereby ROFs are fetched by the Pampanga provincial government from the airport, taken straight to quarantine facilities for their RT-PCR tests and stay there – all at government expense – while awaiting their results.

Those with negative results are given certification and transported to their home towns after briefing at the Capitol. Those found positive are – depending on the severity of the case – taken to isolation facilities or the Covid-19 designated hospitals in the province for treatment.

An initiative of Gov. Dennis Pineda and Vice Gov. Lilia “Nanay” Pineda with the support of the provincial board, Balik Pinas, Balik Pampanga has earned praises from the National Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Luid co pu!


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