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First Ordinance Championing Young Farmers’ Rights, Passed in Alaminos, Laguna!

Young Farmers Council

The Municipal Government of Alaminos, Laguna passed an ordinance for the establishment of Young Farmers Council, presented yesterday, July 18. This is the first ordinance in the Philippines that will give leadership to young Filipino farmers while championing their own rights.

The main objective of the ordinance is to have a planning and policy-making body of the young farmers’ programs, projects and activities in the municipality. The Young Farmers Council, co-headed by an elected young farmer representative, will create and implement a Municipal Young Farmers Roadmap containing Market Development Plan, Community-based Food Security Plan, Climate Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) and other guides for agricultural needs of young farmers.

Nicole Arida Pampolina
Councilor Nicole Arida Pampolina

The council members will consist of representatives from young farmer and farmer organizations, youth organizations, Local Youth Development Office, Municipal Agricultural – Fisheries Council, Municipal Agricultural Office and other civil society organizations (CSOs).

“I prioritized this ordinance because I observed that our farmers are getting old.”, remarked by Councilor Nicole Arida Pampolina, primary author and Vice Committee Chairman on Agriculture of Alaminos. The Young Farmers Council is also mandated to conduct an Annual Young Farmers Convention to increase youth participation in the agricultural sector.

Passage of the ordinance is also led by Edgardo Briz, co-author and Committee Chairman on Agriculture, signed by Hon. Glenn Flores, Municipal Mayor of Alaminos, Laguna. The ordinance was presented yesterday, July 18, following the approval last May 2.

The policy was also a product of SAKAbataan, a youth-led coalition of young farmers and allies, which is a project under Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking (CYAN) together with Center for Agrarian Reform, Empowerment, and Transformation (CARET).

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