Farmers groups in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, decried what they called “inaction” of the city government to relocate them to safer grounds, after the earthquake that caused landslides in their barangays.
The Kaugmaon group of farmers, led by Librada Gablines and Marilou Alangilan, accused Mayor Ernesto Reyes of merely making promises, in a dialog with Gov. Roel Degamo, at the residence of Guihulngan City Councilor Alfredo Javier, Thursday.
Aside from relocating them, the group is asking the government to provide them with livelihood opportunities.
Degamo said he will have to confer with Reyes, who was given the task of addressing the relocation issue. But he assured the group of assistance in terms of construction materials, farm implements and seeds.
He said that farmers’ organizations and non-government organizations will be tapped in the rehabilitation efforts and the planting of trees, with P5.7-million, previously allotted to the forest pocket program of the province, as fund source.*JFP/JG
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