Drought-stricken farmers to avail ‘cash for work’ scheme PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 February 2016 13:49

To help local farmers cushion the effects of the long dry spell, the City Agriculturist Office has made representations with various agencies for possible livelihood opportunities that will temporarily ease the living conditions of the affected sector.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said he is in touch with officials from the Department of Labor and Employment as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who have responded to the city’s request for assistance to the farmers whose produce were damaged due to the prolonged dry spell.

The DOLE is making available a cash for work program for affected farmers with a daily pay of P280 per day for a period of one month. The job will cover desiltation of rivers, irrigation canals and irrigation dams.

Though the desiltation program is ongoing, more workers are needed to fast track the project and the farmers will be a welcome addition to the workforce, according to Palacat.

DOLE has required the Agriculturist Office to submit the list of affected farmers for possible inclusion in the list of beneficiaries of the cash for work program.

On the other hand, Palacat said he is also coordinating with FAO for the possible implementation of the rice for work program where the farmers will render services in exchange for a sack of rice.

The City Government, according to Palacat is assisting the farmers in the form of seeds, seedlings and fertilizers but the same cannot be used as of yet. — Sheila Covarrubias