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Shot in arm for rice farmers

July 07, 2019

ALANGALANG, Leyte — The most technologically-advanced rice-processing center in Southeast Asia can be found here and no less than President Rodrigo was proud to inaugurate it Friday.

Established through the joint effort of the Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Rice Research Institute, the P1.7-billion Chen Yi Agventures (CYA) Rice Processing Complex could help Filipino farmers increase their income and ensure the country’s food supply.

In his speech, President Duterte said that with today’s fast-paced and highly modernized society, there is a need to utilize the latest technologies to help the people have better and more productive lives.

Owned by Rachel Renucci-Tan and Patrick Renucci, Chen Yi Agventures is the only fully integrated and sustainable rice production business in the Philippines.

The two-hectare complex is the largest in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
“This project is a testament to our commitment to find more ways to actively respond to the various problems and challenges confronting the agricultural industry…that we are taking initiatives to sustain our rice supply and ensure food security for our nation,” the President said during the unveiling of the facility’s marker.

“I am hopeful that CYA will be able to help us to continuously propel the agricultural sector forward by providing our farmers with the equipment and technical assistance that they need to produce high quality rice,” he added.

The new processing center uses temperature-controlled silos with a total capacity of 6,000 metric tons for its Phase 1, keeping dried palay in a freshly-harvested condition for over one year and enabling the facility to produce world-class rice.

The Chief Executive also believed that the Renucci partnership program will be able to truly improve the well-being of the country’s farmers by helping them realize their role as the true drivers of agricultural development.

“I hope that CYA and the local government of Leyte will continue to take further strides in spurring countryside development as well as the others in advancing the rice industry towards more progressive and modern practices,” Duterte said.

Also present during Friday’s unveiling were Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Solicitor General Jose Calida, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez, Municipal Mayor Lovell Anne Yu and Chen Yi Agventures Rice Processing Complex founder François Patrick Renucci.

Prior to the event here, President Duterte inaugurated the Ormoc Airport Development Project aimed at boosting economic activity and tourism in Ormoc City and the Eastern Visayas region.
Under the Duterte administration, the Department of Transportation allocated P34 million for the repair and rehabilitation of the passenger terminal building (PTB) implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through a memorandum of agreement.
The airport’s PTB was heavily damaged by typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013.

The construction of the terminal, with a total area of 1,350 square meters, commenced on 1 February 2018 and was completed in May 2018. The DPWH has allocated additional P47 million for the construction of other facilities such as the installation of power generating system and air-conditioning units.

For 2017 and 2018, P49 million and P72 million were released, respectively. The allocations were intended for the construction of drainage system and turnaround pads, as well as for the completion of asphalt overlay including the shoulder grade correction and runway markings.

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