Drought-hit farmers get city gov’t support PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:10

By CLAUDINE UNIANA

The local government has extended various forms of assistance to help local farmers affected by ongoing drought in the city, the severest El Niño occurrence in recent history.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said additional aid will be extended to some 3,000 affected households through the Cash for Work program starting Monday, April 18.

Under the said program, participating individuals will each receive P210 daily in exchange for work that will include desiltation of rivers, irrigation canals and irrigation dams.

The program will be implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and under the supervision of the Office of the City Agriculturist (OCA).

The OCA is likewise scheduled to distribute corn seeds to upland farmers beginning Wednesday, April 20.

Last Tuesday, Palacat oversaw drilling rig operations in Barangays Culianan, Mercedes and Talabaan to find underground water sources to irrigate fields parched by the intense heat.

In addition, four big water pumps and two small water pumps were distributed to affected farmers. The distribution is supported by a memorandum of agreement between the city government and the farmer-beneficiaries.

The city official likewise disclosed that he already submitted his recommendations to Mayor Beng Climaco through the City Legal Office for the procurement of rice assistance to stricken farmers for exemption in the election ban.— Claudine Uniana