House declares Catanduanes as the abaca capital of the Philippines
posted 27-Nov-2018  ·  
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Congressman Cesar Sarmiento’s House Bill 8282, declaring Catanduanes as the abaca capital of the Philippines, has been approved in the Lower Chamber by a vote of 162-0.

Cong. Sarmiento is now reaching out to fellow lawmakers in the Senate following the unanimous approval of the measure on third and final reading recently.

The measure, he said, will cement the island province's valuable reputation as the top producer of abaca fiber not only in the Philippines but worldwide.

“The advantage of pushing this Bill through will enable more government support to the industry that will provide Filipino abaca farmers with much needed machinery, fertilizer, and seedlings to increase their production,” the congressman stated.

In 2015, the Philippines maintained its ranking as the No. 1 producer of abaca fiber in the world, accounting for 87% of global abaca output. “Our province produced 35% of the national output by itself, beating second place Davao Oriental (8.5%) and third place Northern Samar (7.7%) by enormous margins,” Sarmiento noted as he called for support for the bill.

By itself, the small island of Catanduanes produced more abaca - 23,500 metric tons - than the No. 2 abaca-producing country in the world, Ecuador, which had only 8,555 metric tons during the same year.

The congressman, who is running for governor in 2019, lauded the House Committee on Agriculture chaired by Anac IP Rep. Jose T. Panganiban Jr. for fast-tracking the approval of the measure.

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