Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. has vowed full support to all the Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs) in the province.
He said his administration will do everything to help upgrade the quality of performance of the RICs.
RICs are composed mainly of women in the agriculture sector.
They held their annual general assembly in Anilao town yesterday (Nov. 23) coinciding with the celebration of Maria Y. Orosa Day.
Maria Y. Orosa (1893-1945) was a Filipino food technologist, pharmaceutical chemist, humanitarian and war heroine.
“The agriculture sector would not have been successful without women,” Defensor stressed.
Meanwhile, Anilao Mayor Ma. Teresa Debuque recognized the importance of the RICs in advancing the status of women.
She added the various livelihood programs of the RICs have become the source of income of their members.
Provincial Agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo also cited the role of the RICs in the implementation of the provincial government’s agriculture programs.
Several RICs displayed their products during the assembly which include food stuffs, delicacies, handicrafts, etc.