REP. ANTHONY M. BRAVO
Deputy Minority Leader
Representative Anthony Bravo (COOP-NATCCO PL) thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the Free Irrigation Service Act or RA 10969 on February 2, 2018.
One of the proponents of the law, Bravo believes that free irrigation is a big relief to Filipino farmers especially the subsistence farmers who are burdened by high cost of agricultural production.
Bravo, who filed a bill for the abolition of Irrigation Service Fees (ISF) in the previous Congress and refiled HB 189 (Substituted by HB 5670), said there was a clamor among the farmers for free irrigation under the Aquino administration but it was left unheard.
“Under the change of leadership, free irrigation became a priority as it is one of the campaign promises of President Duterte. We appreciate the House leadership for the overwhelming support to this legislation,” the solon said.
The law grants free irrigation to farmers owning not more than eight hectares of land. It also condones unpaid irrigation service fees and penalties of farmers with eight hectares of land and below. All loans, past due accounts and corresponding penalties are condoned and written off from the books of the National Irrigation Administration.
“It was once a dream for our farmers but it is a reality now. Our farmers could now save on cost of production, hence higher income for their families,” Bravo added.
The solon urge the NIA and concerned agencies to promulgate the implementing rules and regulation as soon as possible.#