REELECTIONIST Senator JV Ejercito on Monday said mechanized farming and a massive agricultural modernization are needed to boost farmers’ harvests and increase the country’s agricultural production.



Ejercito, author of the free irrigation and the anti-agricultural smuggling laws, said agricultural modernization and mechanization of farming method are the first two steps the Philippines has to take if it wants to achieve food security.



“Mechanized method of farming will bring bountiful harvests for our farmers. We need to upgrade the old farming technique and leave behind the practice and mentality that are obviously hampering production boost,” he said in a statement.



He added: “Kung gusto talaga natin ng food security, kailangan magsimula tayo sa bukid. Turuan natin ang mga magsasaka na gumamit ng makina at bigyan sila ng alalay tulad ng iba’t-ibang farm inputs like binhi, abono, soft loans, at iba pa.”



As a senator elected in 2013, Ejercito authored and co-authored 572 bills, 75 of these were enacted into laws, and 108 resolutions.



Included in his list of laws, are for free college tuition fees in State Colleges and Universities, Sangguniang Kabataan reform, and the recently enacted Universal Health Care Act (Republic Act No. 11223) and the Creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Act (Republic Act No. 11201).



Ejercito started his political career when he was elected as mayor of San Juan and served for three consecutive terms (2001-2010) where his successful health and housing programs are giving benefits to the people of San Juan until now.



Also, during his term, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-San Juan Campus was built in 2008, which has already produced more than 10,000 scholars.



Then, he served as a congressman representing the City of San Juan for one term (2010-2013). ######