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Senator Cynthia Villar, head of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, receives a fund made up entirely of coins amounting to P55,000, which was donated by members of the Confederation of Irrigators Association (CIA) and Arya Progresibo – Nueva Ecija. The fund was set up by rice farmers from northern and central Luzon as a reward for witnesses who will identify smugglers of rice and other agricultural products. “This will be a starting fund as a reward for witnesses to come forward and identify smugglers,” Villar said during the event. (PRIB Photo by Romy Bugante/20 January 2014)


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