President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed two bills pushed by Senator Cynthia Villar into laws that recognize the significance of the abaca industry and egg industry in the Philippines.

1. Republic Act No. (RA) 1170 declaring the province of Catanduanes as the Abaca Capital of the Philippines on April 15.

 

Under the law, the state recognizes the importance of the abaca industry and its development as a driver of rural development not only because of its singular potential as a raw material that can increase the country's export earnings tremendously and put the name of the country in the map of the world for producing the biggest volume of abaca fiber but for having provided livelihood to many small farmers in the countryside.

 

"In recognition of its status as the country's biggest producer of abaca and making the Philippines world-renowned as "Manila Hemp" in the fiber industry, and in support to the agricultural development of the province, it is hereby declared that Catanduanes be the Abaca Capital of the Philippines," the law read.

 

The Philippines has long been known as the leading producer of abaca, known wManila Hemp which is considered one of the strongest natural fibers in the world.

 

The Catanduanes province leads with the highest abaca production in the country--with 31.72 percent contribution to the country's production in 2020; 33.74 percent in 2019; and 33.37 percent in 2018.

Catanduanes accounts for more than 80 percent of the Bicol region's production with at least 21,500 hectares of land dedicated to abaca planting.

 

2. Egg basket of the Philippines law was signed on April 17,2022.

 

RA 11707 declaring the municipality of San Jose in the province of Batangas as the egg basket of the Philippines.

"The Municipality of San Jose in the province of Batangas is hereby declared as the 'Egg Basket of the Philippines' in recognition of the economic significance of its egg industry.”

 

San Jose is a first-class municipality with the highest egg production of at least 70,000 tons of eggs a year.

In 2019, the municipality contributed 12 percent to the country's egg basket.

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