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In a golden era, people should be feasting on cakes and beef and not nutribuns and snail-meat. In the period of rice sufficiency, no one should be hungry with people being more at risk for diabetes rather than malnourishment.  But do you know that then-President Ferdinand E. Marcos introduced programs befitting a Third World Country during the times when the Philippines is considered to be at its “golden period” and economic peak?

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Nutribun distribution program during the Marcos era. (Picture credit: Proud Bisaya page)

In May 1973, Marcos introduced the Masagana ’99 which goal is to produce 99 sacks of rice per hectare. The program was, in part, instrumental to the increase in yield especially with the introduction of the “miracle rice” developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) which rose from zero in 1965-66 to 81% in 1981-82 with average productivity increasing to 2.3 tons per hectare in non-irrigated farms and 2.8 tons per hectare on irrigated farms at the end of 1983.[1] This enabled the country to attain rice sufficiency and eventually export a small amount.[2] It should be stressed, however, that IRRI is not Masagana ’99, and the research institute is not an agency of the Philippine Government.

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MAYOR

  1. ABINUMAN, RAMON (LP)
  2. MAGBALON, JUNI (NP)

VICE-MAYOR

  1. CONDOR, EDGAR (NPC)

COUNCILORS

  1. ANDO, VICTORIA (LP)
  2. AYA, BOY (NUP)
  3. BACOLOD, NONONG (NP)
  4. BINSOL, ESTER (NPC)
  5. DARAS, BONG (NP)
  6. ESTELLA, JUN JUN (NUP)
  7. FLORES, JACINTA (NPC)
  8. GOOPIO, ALBINO JR. (LP)
  9. HAO, NOEL (IND)
  10. MAGBALON, BONGBONG (NUP)
  11. MONTECALVO, ELBETH (NPC)
  12. NOYNAY, ERNA (IND)
  13. TATOY, IPOT (NUP)
  14. TURING, RYAN (NP)
  15. VASQUEZ, RICAR (NPC)
  16. YBAÑEZ, JOEL (IND)
  17. YBAÑEZ, NESTOR SR. (LP)
  18. YOCTE, POL (LP)

MAYOR –

  1. ANDUEZA, FROY (LP)
  2. SEMENIANO, THOM (IND)

VICE-MAYOR

  1. ALIM, LOUIE (IND)
  2. SABAULAN, ENTENG (LP)

COUNCILORS

  1. ALBAO, OSCAR (LP)
  2. ANDUEZA, MAO (LP)
  3. BALLESTEROS, KAREN (LP)
  4. BENTOR, NARCING (LP)
  5. CONTADO, FRIDY (NUP)
  6. DEL ROSARIO, CLIFF (LP)
  7. DEL ROSARIO, GERALD (IND)
  8. DELA CRUZ, ROGELIO JR. (NUP)
  9. DESAMPARADO, DANTE (LP)
  10. MAGALLANES, TANSON (IND)
  11. MAHINAY, ELIAS (NUP)
  12. MAHINAY, JOEL (LP)
  13. MONTENEGRO, ROSBY (NUP)
  14. SANDIGAN, PAULINO (LP)
  15. YAP, DIANA (NUP)