A member of the House of Representatives has described as discriminatory the organic agriculture ordinance of Negros Oriental for singling out the marginalized farmers in its provisions and not the farmers in general.
Rep. Pryde Henry Teves, (3rd district, Negros Oriental) aired his sentiments during the recent drafting of the implementing rules and regulations of at least three approved ordinances in the province, namely, the climate change ordinance, genetically modified organism or GMO-free province ordinance and the organic agriculture ordinance.
He explained moneyed farmers and corporations have the resources to advance faster in this endeavor through experiments, attend international conferences and can try newer trends.
Teves said not even a member of the agri-business sector was represented in the proposed Negros Oriental Organic Agriculture Mangement Council.
On incentives and award system, Teves said it should be for everybody and not only for local government units, non-government organizations, people’s organizations and or colleges and universities.
The lawmaker is also seeking an amendment to an act promoting Negros Oriental as a GMO-free province, especially in the transitory and fundings provisions.