Alternative livelihood for farmers to cushion effects of El Niño PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 February 2016 13:34

The local government is initiating moves to provide alternative livelihood opportunities to farmers affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

Diosdado Palacat, city agriculture officer, said the program was to help cushion the effects of the El Niño on the lives of the farmers.

Palacat said they had asked the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide livelihood assistance to the farmers.

Palacat’s office has reported that 947 farmers were so far affected as of Feb. 5 by the prolonged dry spell brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

Some 860 hectares of land planted to different agricultural products worth Php 17.7 million have been damaged by the prolonged drought.

Palacat said DOLE had already replied positively to the city government’s request and is making available a cash-for-work program for the affected farmers with Php 280 daily salary for a period of one month.

He said one-month job will cover desiltation of rivers, irrigation canals and irrigation dams.

He said more workers were needed to fast track the city government’s desiltation project although the program is ongoing.

He said the farmers would be a welcome addition to the workforce.

He said they were also coordinating with the FAO for the possible implementation of the rice-for-work program where the farmers would render services in exchange for a sack of rice.