Establishing a Community Orchard

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An Act establishing a community orchard in every city or municipality of every province of the Philippines, allocating funds therefor, and for other purposes.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

Beyond aesthetic value, they can provide shade, prevent soil erosion, and provide a source of food that can be used simply by the household or sold or even turned into a full-scale enterprise.

By providing a very localized access to technology and training, as well as the seeds and seedlings to grow fruit-bearing trees and plants, there is an opportunity for the local population to engage in enterprise and contribute to the strategy of the National Government to create an additional six million jobs in the agricultural sector in the next six years.

Moreover, in the Philippines, the fruits industry could be transformed into a booming industry, with great domestic as well as export market potential. It is therefore the intent of this bill to establish local community orchards that will serve as initial core training and research facilities and experimental plant stations with capabilities to disperse and distribute planting materials which are all designed to spark interest in the growth, harvest, and potential income generation provided by fruit-bearing trees and plants.

Considering the merits of this Bill, its early approval is earnestly requested.

LUIS RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.