DOLE’s cash for work program benefits 800 farmers in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 May 2016 13:34

Some 800 additional drought-stricken farmers in the city will benefit from the cash for work program, this time to be implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and facilitated by the City Agriculturist Office.

Already there were 3,000 farmers affected by the dry spell who were employed for 10 days by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The first batch of 1,500 undertook the program April 26-May 9 while the second batch composed of the remaining 1,500 farmers commenced work May 10 until today, May 20.

The DSWD allocated a total of P6.3 million with a daily salary of P210 per faremr.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said the DOLE is taking over the program for the third batch composed of 800 farmers for a work-period of 10 days.

Each farmer will receive P280 per day.

The farmers are tasked to conduct dredging and desiltation of rivers, irrigation canals and dams in different parts of the city. The activity is in preparation for the forthcoming rainy season, according to Palacat.

Other than the cash for work program, Palacat’s office has also lined up other assistance programs to help alleviate the plight of drought-stricken farmers in the city.

The City Agriculturist Office has pegged the damage to crops and other agricultural products at P24 million. — Sheila Covarrubias