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On lack of support by VM Bilog on the farmers summit
NAME WITHHELD, Baguio City

This pertains to the cancellation of the farmers’ summit originally set last June 1.

The summit did not push through allegedly because of the refusal of Vice Mayor Edison R. Bilog to sign the documents that would allow the release of the funds for the purpose. Funds for the summit will be chargeable against the research fund of Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., chair of the committee on market trade, commerce and agriculture.

The ordinance institutionalizing Farmers’ Month every May and appropriating P300,000 was only approved by the city council last February, thus, the funds for said activity are not included in the 2018 budget.

The Office of Councilor Yangot was able to make some arrangements with City Budget Officer Leticia O. Clemente that for this year, the funds of the celebration will be chargeable against his research funds.

One of the activities were lined up for the Farmers’ Month was the farmers’ summit but due to unavoidable circumstances, it was postponed. No one should be faulted on the matter.

We eventually learned that when the committee was able to schedule a final date for the summit, Bilog reportedly refused to sign the documents covering the release of the funds for the conduct of the summit.

The summit is a forum where stakeholders discuss issues and concerns of the city’s agriculture sector as well as the possible solutions to the same, thus, it could be done any time based on the available schedule to be given by the committee.

We are wondering why the vice mayor refuses to support it when in fact, it is one of the major concerns left out by the local government. If peace and order, traffic, persons with disability summits among others, were allowed in the past, why is the farmers summit not allowed now?

Something is fishy about this matter that is why we want to bring out our sentiments regarding this for the public. It is not because we are marginalized that city officials will belittle us just like what they are doing now.

We salute concerned city officials for allowing the use of their research fund for the summit.

We do not deserve to be discriminated by the vice mayor, who seems to have no regard to farmers.

We hope this matter will not fall on deaf ears.

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