By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is planning to craft “better ideas” to spur the growth of the country’s agriculture sector this year.
The President said he intends to focus on promoting the development of the agriculture sector after it remains the “weakest link” in the country’s economy.
“This time, I’ll concentre on agriculture. The weakest link sa ating economy is agriculture. I have to do something about it,” Duterte said during the 28th anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Camp Aguinaldo Friday.
“I really do not…Nasubukan na lahat [We’ve tried everything] but let me come up with some better ideas for this year,” he said.
The President made the remarks after announcing plans to transfer Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to head the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa). Duterte said he was counting on Piñol to be the national government’s point man to promote the socioeconomic development of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.
Piñol earlier offered to be relieved from his post and reassigned to another agency including the MinDa.
The country’s gross domestic growth reached 5.6 percent in the first quarter of 2019, based on a recent report by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The first quarter figure was slower than the 6.5 percent growth recorded in the same period last year.
In the first three months of the year, services posted growth with 7 percent, faster than the 6.7 percent recorded last year.
The industry sector, however, grew only by 4.4 percent, slower than 7.7 percent last year. Agriculture, hunting, forestry, and fishing had a growth of 0.8 percent, compared to the 1.1 percent in the same quarter in 2018.