Agricultural information system secures approval on second reading in congress


Representative Francisco “Kiko” Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental announced that his bill, which aims to establish an agricultural information system based on Local Government Units (LGUs), has successfully passed the second reading in the House of Representatives on Monday, May 22.

The proposed House Bill 7942 aims to grant LGUs the authority to develop online databases for agricultural products, facilitating direct connections between diligent farmers and consumers as well as entrepreneurs, according to Benitez.

Emphasizing the importance of ongoing support for local farmers and the promotion of sustainable agriculture, he envisions a brighter future for the agricultural sector.

In a separate hearing today, May 23, Benitez said the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, which he chair, has approved a groundbreaking program to help informal settler families (ISFs) during times of natural or man-made disasters.

The program includes a rent subsidy option for ISFs who are displaced. This is a crucial step in addressing their temporary relocation needs.

The approved bill consolidates several House Bills that aim to provide support for ISFs.

“We are committed to making sure that ICT infrastructure and facilities are considered essential in housing programs”, he said.