Villar lists of 18th Congress Legislative Achievement
1. RA 11511. An Act Amending RA No.10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010. Approved. December 23,2020.
2. Senate Bill No. 1396, the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act, shall be managed and disbursed in accordance with a development plan which shall be implemented by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). Programs which will increase the farm productivity of coconut farmers, establish coconut-based enterprises, and modernize the industry towards global competitiveness shall be included in the said plan. The PCA Board shall be composed of various government agencies and representatives of coconut farmers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. If enacted, the measure will require the Bureau of Treasury to transfer P10 billion to the trust fund in the first year; P10 billion in the second year; P15 billion in the third year; P15 billion in the fourth year; and P25 billion during the fifth year. Some P5 billion from the trust fund will be used upon enactment of the law for the following programs:
• 15 percent for planting and replanting of hybrid coconut seedlings and production of hybrid coconut seedlings by the Philippine Coconut Authority
• 5 percent for research and production of hybrid coconut seedlings by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD);
• 8 percent for the training of coconut farmers and their families as listed in the coconut farmers registry in farm schools through Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Agricultural Training Institute to be shared equally
• 5 percent for research, marketing, and promotion by the Bureau of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development under the Department of Trade and Industry;
• 10 percent to be shared equally for farm improvements through diversification and intercropping with livestock, dairy, poultry, coffee, and cacao production by the National Dairy Authority and the Department of Agriculture; Native Animal Program; and High-Value Crop Program to be divided equally:
• 10 percent for shared facilities for processing by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech); to be given to cooperatives. If there’s no cooperative in the town, it will go to LGUs
• 5 percent for organizing and empowering coconut farmer organizations and their cooperatives under the Cooperative Development Authority
• 10 percent to be shared equally for the credit programs of the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Land Bank of the Philippines
• 10 percent for infrastructure development to be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways in coconut producing LGUs
• 8 percent for Scholarship programs for farmers and their families to be implemented by the Commission on Higher Education
• 10 percent for health and medical programs for farmers and their families to be implemented by an agency created by the Philippine Coconut Authority, for this purpose
• 4 percent for crop insurance to be implemented by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation a Trust Fund Management Committee composed of representatives from the Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, and Department of Justice shall also be created to ensure the "judicious use" of the coco levy fund.
"The plan shall set how the coconut industry will be rehabilitated in the next 99 years, which is the suggested life span of the Trust Fund. Although we can amend it if the target benefits to the coconut farmers have been reached.
3. SB No. 1741. AN ACT DECLARING THE CITY OF DAVAO AS THE CHOCOLATE CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES AND DAVAO PROVINCE AS THE CACAO CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES.
For the following reasons: First, it has the biggest cacao areas in the Philippines. Second, it is the biggest cacao trading capital in the Philippines. Third, we have the biggest number of chocolate processors in the Philippines. There are a total of 76 local chocolate and tablea processors in Davao. Fourth:all of the experts of the cacao industry are in Davao, including the private sector Cacao Industry Development Association Mindanao Inc. (CIDAMI). Fifth: Local Government of Davao City mayor has been very supportive. Every year she makes sure that there’s a local fund for cacao. It assisted also in setting up the cacao city shop.
4. SB No. 1978. Or AN ACT DECLARING THE PROVINCE OF CATANDUANES AS THE ABACA CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES.
5. SB No. 2044 or AN ACT DECLARING THE MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JOSE IN THE PROVINCE OF BATANGAS, AS THE ‘EGG BASKET OF THE PHILIPPINES. The declaration once approved shall recognize the achievements of the San Jose and industriousness and its people in promoting the egg industry.
6. SB No. 139. An Act to Restructure and Rationalize the Livestock Industry in Order to Strengthen its Development, Protection and Regulatory Functions, Including the Promotion of Dairy and Native Animals, and to Provide for a Livestock Development Fund, and For Other Purposes.
7. SB No. 140. An Act To Strengthen the Resiliency of Small Farmers Against Climate Change and Extreme Weather Risks by Establishing the Regulatory Framework and Program for a Free Weather Index-Based Crop Insurance, Providing the Source of Funding therefor, and for other Purposes.
8. SB No. 147. An Act Mandating the Establishment of Instructional Gardens in all Elementary and Secondary Schools, Public or Private, Making it a Requirement for the Creation and Issuance of Permits for Schools and for Other Purposes. (Gulayan sa Paaralan)
9. SB No. 807. An Act Institutionalizing the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Program, Providing Funds Therefor and For Other Purposes.
10. For filing. Strengthening the Food and Drug Administration to license, monitor, and regulate the food, drugs, cosmetics, medical