CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela (PIA) - - The Provincial Government of Isabela has created the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Rice Black Bug which is affecting rice plants in some localities in the province.
The creation is embodied in Executive Order No. 37, Series of 2021 signed by Isabela Vice Governor Faustino Dy III, acting governor, which aims to control the infestation of rice black bug in rice fields.
Dy met with officials recently from Department of Agriculture (DA)-2, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), League of Municipalities of the Philippines - Isabela chapter, Sangguniang Panlalawigan(SP) member - Committee on Agriculture, Liga ng mga Barangay President, Isabela State University(ISU) and some other farmer organizations and jointly supported the move of the local chief executives to create a Task Force to control and eliminate the infestation of rice black bugs.
Provincial Agriculturist Marites Frogoso reported that there were rice black bug presence in the towns of Burgos, San Guillermo, San Mateo, Cabatuan, Roxas, Alicia, Aurora, San Manuel, Mallig, San Agustin and in Cauayan City.
The task force is led by Gov. Rodolfo Albano III as Chairperson, Vice Gov. Faustino G. Dy III as Vice Chairperson, Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Marites Guillermo as Action Man and the members are LMP President Mayor Arnold Bautista, SP Committee on Agriculture chairman Adrian Philip Baysac, LNB President Dante Halaman, Isabela League of Municipal and City Agriculturist of the Philippines representative, DA Regional Crop Pest Management Center, PhilRice, Isabela State University, and farmers organizations. (BME/MGE/PIA Isabela)