CAO facilitates aid to drought-hit farmers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 13:49

By CLAUDINE UNIANA

 

The city government continues to extend assistance to farmers severely affected by dry spell resulting from the El Niño phenomenon, the strongest to hit Zamboanga in years.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat told members of the local media that the Cash for Work program that will help some 3,000 beneficiaries.

Under the program qualified farmers are sent in batches to clear, clean and/or desiltate rivers, irrigation canals and irrigation dams for eight (8) days in exchange for a daily wage of Php 210.

The first batch was deployed on April 26.

The Cash for Work program is 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).

Meanwhile, the local government is awaiting the decision of the Commission on Elections on the city’s request for exemption of additional rice assistance for stricken farmers from the election ban.

Palacat further revealed that his office either has procured or is in the process of procuring rice, corn and vegetable seeds as well as organic fertilizers for distribution to Zamboangueno farmers.

Also set to be acquired and distributed are 2,000 bangus fry and 2,000 prawn fry to benefit fishpond operators. — Claudine Uniana