BACOLOD CITY–Former agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Wednesday, November 24, vowed to push for more pro-agriculture policies if he wins as a senator in the coming May 2022 elections.
“I have decided to run for senator because I have not seen any other candidate whose understanding of the status of the Philippine agriculture is deeper than mine,” Piñol said.
The former national government executive was in Negros Occidental to distribute 500 seedlings of giant bamboo and 70 jackfruit trees.
He said he cannot allow another six years of anti-agriculture policies with emphasis on importation and dependence on foreign sources.
“That will do irreversible damage to agriculture in the future,” he stated.
Piñol said he has not seen candidates who have true concern for agriculture—from its present status beset by the rising prices of fertilizer to the problems in the future.
Meanwhile, Piñol, who was endorsed by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, also said he is supporting moves to revive the Negros Island Region (NIR).
He is running under the Nationalist Peoples Coalition and is a senatorial candidate of presidential bet Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)