It was during former President Ferdinand Marcos’ term in office that the Philippines realized what is now referred to as the “Golden Age of Agriculture”.
Inspired by his father’s legacy, Governor Marcos [1983 – 1986; 1998 – 2007] utilized agriculture for the economic development of Ilocos Norte. Under his leadership, the province saw an exponential growth in rice and corn production as well as livestock output.
As Senator, he filed the following bills to promote economic growth nationwide :
This bill sought to establish a progressive and effective irrigation method that would accelerate agricultural production. It required various agencies to irrigate ninety-five (95%) of irrigable lands nationwide within a period of three (3) years from the effectivity of the said bill.
The bill makes it unlawful for restaurants, hotels, inns and other eateries to refuse a customer’s request to serve less than a cup of rice. The bill was filed to encourage consumers from wasting rice when eating out.
The bill sought to establish a continuing national program for the production of hybrid and other quality seeds for farming purposes.
This bill sought to create the Philippine Soybeans Authority. It was filed to promote the cultivation, production, processing, marketing and distribution of soybean products.
Tobacco Excise Tax
During his tenure as Senator, BBM was known to constantly defend the interests of tobacco farmers against the unreasonable and disproportionate increase in excise taxes on tobacco products. According to him, the imposition of unreasonable excise taxes would destroy the livelihood of tobacco farmers and the tobacco industry as a whole.