Cash for work for 3,000 farmers in Zambo starts PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 April 2016 11:48

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

 

Some 3,000 out of the over 6,000 drought-stricken farmers in the city are included in the Cash for Work program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The first batch of the program started last Tuesday, April 26 until May 9.

A total of P6.3 million has been allocated by the DSWD for the program in Zamboanga City. The program will be implemented in two batches with 10-working days per batch.    Each farmer-beneficiary will receive P210 per day as remuneration for their work in cleaning irrigation canals and dams, desiltation of rivers including repair of farm to market roads and planting of mangrove propagules in coastal areas.

The cash for work program, implemented in partnership with the Office of City Agriculturist (OCA) and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) forms part of the assistance programs to be extended to farmers affected by the long dry spell.

The program is implemented in the different barangays with personnel from the City Agricultural field offices overseeing the same.

As of latest, Assistant City Agriculturist Teodulo Adora has placed the damage to crops due to the dry spell at over P24 million with over 6,000 farmers affected.

Meanwhile, the drought-stricken farmers are also set to receive rice assistance pending clearance from the Commission on Elections in the light of the election ban.  — Sheila Covarrubias