Agriculture

Former President Ferdinand Marcos has the legacy of achieving one of the greatest agricultural outputs among past presidents of the Philippines. It was during his presidency that the Philippines saw the Golden Age of Agriculture.

Inspired by this legacy of his father, Senator Bongbong Marcos has also been a staunch advocate of using agriculture as the key to economic development.

The Province of Ilocos Norte saw the exponential growth of rice and corn production as well as livestock output under the leadership of Marcos.

Toward this end, Senator Marcos has filed the following bills to promote nationwide growth:

Senate Bill No. 14. National Irrigation Program of 2013.

This bill aims to establish a progressive and effective irrigation method to accelerate agricultural production. It mandates the expedition of irrigation development programs and to irrigate ninety-five (95%) of irrigable lands nationwide, within a period of three (3) years from the effectivity of this Act.

Senate Bill No. 1863. Anti-Rice Wastage Act of 2013.

This bill aims to discourage rice wastage by allowing customers to order less than one cup of rice. The bill makes it unlawful and penalizes restaurants, hotels, inns and other eateries if they refuse to serve orders of less than a cup of rice.

Senate Bill No. 112. National Seeds Production Act of 2013.

This bill aims to establish a continuing national program for the production of hybrid and other quality seeds.

Senate Bill No. 409. Philippine Soybean Authority Act of 2013.

This bill seeks to create the Philippine Soybeans Authority and promote the cultivation, production, processing, marketing and distribution of soybean products.

In 2012, Senator Marcos defended the interests of tobacco farmers against unreasonable and disproportionate increase in the excise taxes on tobacco products, as this measure could effectively destroy the livelihood of the farmers and the rest of the tobacco industry.