AGRI NEWS: BAGNET-MAKING FOOD PLANT IN ILOCOS IMPRESSES GMA
SANTA, ILOCOS SUR, JULY 4, 2007 (STAR) By Teddy P. Molina - A bagnet-making food processing plant got a big boost after President Arroyo visited the plant which has been producing chicken and pork meat products last Thursday.
Mrs. Arroyo went to the PGMA-Multiline Food Processing Plant (PGMA-MFPP) by late afternoon after gracing the birthday celebration of former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson in Vigan where she also inducted newly elected local officials of the province.
The president brought along three Cabinet secretaries - Arthur Yap, Peter Favila, and Cerge Remonde of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, and Presidential Management Staft - who were also with her during Singson’s luncheon celebration at his sprawling Baluarte Hills residence.
PGMA-MFPP which is managed and operated by the National Tobacco Admnistration (NTA) is the principal producer of Vigan’s noted food delicacie - bagnet (deep-fried pork chunk) and ‘longganisa’ (sausage).
It also makes banana chips and supplies fresh vegetables along with hogs, chicken and bananas, are made available to the plant by tobacco farmers who have been contracted to raise them.
Mrs. Arroyo and the Cabinet officials toured the plant and were given an on the spot view of its various operations with NTA Administrator Carlitos Encarnacion briefing the president during the observation tour.
Obviously impressed of the plant’s operation, she later took hold of a pack of bagnet at the end of the tour.
The VIP visitors were accompanied by Singson who put up the plant in l996, Rep. Eric Singson, Santa Mayor Jesus Bueno Jr. and his son Mayor-elect Jesus Bueno III.
On hand to assist Encarnacion were NTA deputy administrators Nestor Casela and Orkhan Usman and other officials of the tobacco agency.
President Arroyo was also shown a feed plant, part of the PGMA-MFPP complex, with its corn supply requirement also coming from tobacco farmer-groups.
The plant which is located in this town was a pet project of Gov. Singson who said that it was put up for the benefit of farmers as well as consumers.
He turned over the management and operation of the plant to NTA with the Dept. of Agriculture giving marketing and other vital support. Encarnacion said that Yap has been aggressively pushing for Multiline products and giving his utmost assistance to NTA.
Multiline’s products are available at the ground floor of the NTA building in Panay Ave. corner Scout Reyes street in Quezon City.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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