Roxas pushes for 'Bukid Revolution' to Bulacan farmers

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Bulacan (CNN Philippines) Farmers are telling administration presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II they need more farm-to-market roads, financial support and irrigation to improve production.

Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo are campaigning in Bulacan Tuesday (February 23) with scheduled pit stops in San Miguel, San Ildefonso, Plaridel and Malolos.

Roxas listened to the litany of needs of farmers, seed producers and cooperative members at a meeting in San Miguel, Bulacan the hometown of Roxas' Bulakeña grandmother Trinidad de Leon, wife of former President Manuel Roxas.

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He told them about his "Bukid Revolution" program. He assured them of funding and said facilities like post-harvest facilities and other needs of rural communities will be provided.

Roxas said 30 percent of Filipinos depend on agriculture and fisheries as their main source of income. This is why uplifting the lives of farmers and fishermen is central to his campaign.

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Roxas and Robredo also met with multi-sectoral leaders at the Bulacan Agricultural State College in San Ildefonso.

President Benigno Aquino III will join them at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Malolos City later in the day to cap their campaign in the province.