Senator Villar Visits San Mateo
Inviting a national figure like a senator is difficult. Here in San Mateo Senator Cynthia A. Villar came voluntarily to see for herself what San Mateonians have accomplished in the field of Agriculture.
Senator Villar visited the San Mateonians during their 71st Founding Anniversary. Onboard a helicopter, Senator Villar’s team left Tuguegarao City, Cagayan very early in the morning of March 16, 2017 while the townspeople, headed by the local chief executives Mayor Crispina R. Agcaoili, M.D. and Vice Mayor Roberto C. Agcaoili eagerly waited for their arrival at San Mateo Sports Complex. Very quickly, upon alighting from the helicopter, the assembly proceeded to Marasat Pequeño, to the municipality’s Techno – Demo Farm, a learning / training center for Diploma in Agriculture and Technology (DAT) students at Isabela State University – San Mateo Campus, for farmers, or even researchers. This 1.7 ha farm with the newly constructed learning center, training zone was inaugurated and was blessed by Rev. Fr. Manuel R. Medina, M.S.
Gov. Faustino G. Dy III joined the senator in her visit to San Mateo. During the program, Gov. Dy expressed his appreciation for the senator’s visit and he also emphasized how hard Mayor Ampie and Vice Mayor Nonoy had worked in delivering the best services for San Mateonians, particularly in Agriculture. Likewise, Senator Villar, in her message, acknowledged the local government unit’s continuous support to the promotion of different projects that can help in achieving a food - sufficient municipality.
She mentioned about Germany’s agricultural practices that are indeed supportive to this cause; she said this first world country, Germany, has many different approaches that support organic farming practices which could also be done in the Philippines. Her sharings and experiences in foreign countries where farming is difficult but can produce excellent and innovative products was so inspiring. The senator was also happy to know that the LGU initiated the introduction of a new program, Diploma in Agriculture at Isabela State University – San Mateo Campus.
Mayor Ampie and Vice Mayor Nonoy, together with the populace, were indeed very thankful for the visit.