Cash assistance to drought-stricken farmers continue PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 May 2016 13:01

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The second batch of farmer beneficiaries for the cash-for-work program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) commenced Tuesday, May 10, the Office of the City Agriculturist reported.

For its second batch, 1,500 farmers will be provided the allotted remuneration for their work in cleaning irrigation canals, desilting rivers, planting mangrove propagules, and repairing farm-to-market road infrastructures. Under the program, beneficiaries are set to receive P 210 for a 10-day work period.

The first batch of the program covered 1,500 farmers, and officially wrapped up Monday, May 9. Payment for the first batch of beneficiaries is now being processed.

The DSWD, in partnership with the Office of the City Agriculturist and the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development, identified 6,000 farmers in the City as needing immediate support following the dry spell which damaged over P 24 million worth of crops.

Meanwhile, assistance for the remaining 3,000 drought-stricken farmers is currently in the pipeline. Assistant City Agriculturist Teodulo Adora reported that the remaining farmers are set to receive 25 kilos of rice under the DSWD’s support and assistance program to Zamboangueño farmers.

A total of P 6.3 million was allocated by the DSWD for the assistance to farmers in Zamboanga City. The program is implemented in different barangays and overseen by personnel from the Office of the City Agriculturist.

For its part, the local government is also working to secure additional sacks of rice to be provided to affected farmers and their families. The local government has earlier sought an exemption before the Commission on Elections as it was restricted from distributing assistance, such as rice, directly to El Niño-stricken farmers due to the election ban.— Jasmine Mohammadsali