DSWD’s rice subsidy program beneficiaries receive 1st salary PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2011 17:34

Farmers and fishermen who are beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Rice Subsidy Program through Cash for Work (CFW) and Cash for Training (CFT) have received their first salary in their respective barangay hall yesterday.

Twelve barangays in the east coast were scheduled as first batch to receive the payment.    These barangays include Taluksangay, Talabaan, Culianan, Cabaluay, Tolosa, Lanzones, Zambowood, Mercedes, Pasobolong, Salaan, Cacao, and Guisao.

Farmers and fisher folks who are program recipients are provided with cash based on the daily minimum wage which is P230 for Zamboanga City in exchange of their 11 days of service wherein four days are alloted for training and seven days of community work.

“The Rice Subsidy Program through Cash for Work (CFW) and Cash for Training (CFT) is a short term intervention to small scale farmers and fisher folks and their families who are needing assistance during lean months season and to cushion effects of increasing prices of commodities by participating in or undertaking training and community activities which will enhance food production such as farm
preparation or planting, family disaster preparedness and irrigation activities, ” said Ms. Narrabelle Z. Bue,  DSWD Region 9 Information Officer, in a statement.

“They will also be in environment related projects such as river dredging, small scale irrigation, tree planting or reforestation projects,” she added.
According to Bue, DSWD shall ensure that at least 50% of the cash that will be provided to the beneficiaries will be utilized to purchase food mainly rice in the local market, to help boost the local economy in the area.

At present there are 14, 929 farmers and fishermen who are target beneficiaries for Zamboanga City from 98 barangays.
Today, eight other barangays from the east and west coasts will also receive their salary. These are Curuan, Buanavista, Muti, Calabasa, Latuan, Ayala, Labuan and Limpapa.
DSWD implemented the program in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office CSWDO and the local government unit. — Jeremiah Francisco and Fatima Malieha Sangkula/WMSU-OJT