City sets for PNOY’s rice subsidy program for poor PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 16:45

The offices of the City Agriculturist and City Social Welfare and Development Officer are undertaking preparations for the implementation of the national government’s rice subsidy for farmers and fisherfolk through cash for training and cash for work program this month.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said his office is currently preparing the concept and plans for the conduct of the 11-day training and work program while City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo’s office is validating the names of beneficiaries provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office.

The rice subsidy program, implemented through the DSWD is one of the short term initiatives of the administration of President Noynoy Aquino to help poor farmers and fishermen to cushion the effects of inflation especially during the lean month.

Based on the program, Palacat said, farmer-beneficiaries will have to undergo a 3-day training on rice and vegetable growing and one-day training on disaster preparedness while fishermen-beneficiaries will undergo a 3-day training on coastal resources management and one-day disaster preparedness. Aside from the training, each beneficiary will also render a 7-day service in the form of cleaning canals, irrigation dams, tree planting and other agri-related activities for farmers and cleaing of rivers, coastal clean-up and tree planting for fisherfolks.

For the training and work done, each beneficiary will be given an allowance of P230 per day for a total of 11 days. The money is intended to buy rice for subsistence during the lean month, according to Palacat.

Nevertheless, the city agriculturist said the training and work plans as well as the validated list of beneficiaries will have to be approved by the DSWD-9 before the program can be finally implemented.

The list provided by the DSWD consists of 14,952 poor farmers and fishermen as beneficiaries in Zamboanga City. However, per initial verification, only 10 percent of the names in the list are confirmed.

Palacat said the city is closely coordinating with barangay officials for the validation of the list.
Meanwhile, DSWD’s Elizabeth Dy, program focal person said the list provided is based on the 2009 National Household Target System (NHTS) which was done in coordination with the officials of the different barangays.

Regionwide, the target beneficiaries is a little over 159,000 and the program is expected to be implemented between May 16-June 30—which is considered to be lean period.

Dy said the local government units are encouraged to engage with the barangay officials in implementing the program starting from the validation of list and monitoring.

For Zamboanga City alone, the rice subsidy program is expected to reach P37 million for the almost 15,000 beneficiaries. — Sheila Covarrubias