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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Cash, food distribution continues in Agusan del Norte

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 -- A total of 161 corn and coconut farmers from Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte received the cash and food assistance under the Cash and Food Subsidy to Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolk (CFSMFF) Program, held recently at Cabadbaran City Gymnasium.

Breaking down, 41 farmers were present under the Corn Program, 112 farmers under the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and eight farmers under the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). 

For this leg, food subsidy was provided by the DA- Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) recognized partners from Sto. Nino Multi-Purpose Cooperative for the 25-kilogram sack of Rice, Ocampo Farm for the Eggs, and One-Stop Convenience for the dressed chicken.

AMAD Chief Lyn Pareñas said that food providers of the CFSMFF program are those who are already Kadiwa suppliers.

“Since March until today, the DA through the AMAD, has a program called Kadiwa-on-wheels. These associations and cooperatives produced crops, eggs, and other commodities in which their local produce are sold directly to the consumers near their respective vicinities. This is the reason why we have the list of suppliers arranged to facilitate and supply this program,” Pareñas said.

Cabadbaran City Vice Mayor Rey Jamboy and Committee Chair on Agriculture City Councilor Celson Sanchez also graced the distribution of assistance.

Moreover, farmers with one hectare and below land ownership and registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) are eligible for the scheme. They should also be located in the 5th to 6th income class cities and 4th to 6th income class municipalities. Qualified beneficiaries should also not be covered by any other social amelioration programs from the government.

Helen Mahumot Martinez, member of Cabadbaran City Swine Raiser’s Association who also engaged into diversified farming expressed her sentiments as one of the beneficiaries of CFSMFF program.

“I’m thankful that I was chosen to be part of this program. This will at least help my family especially with our everyday consumables. Knowing the challenges that the agriculture sector faced today, from pandemic to typhoons, this will be a great help,” she said.

Furthermore, for the province of Agusan del Sur, distribution of assistance is on-going for the whole duration of January in selected municipalities. For the province of Surigao del Sur, distribution of cash and food aid began last January 13 in Bislig City.

Moreover, in the province of Agusan del Norte, a food distribution is set to happen in the municipality of Kitcharao on January 21, 2020.

For the province of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands, the schedule of distribution has yet to be finalized as validation for the list of beneficiaries and suppliers is underway.

Together with the DA – Caraga through the Corn Program, implementing agencies from the PCA and BFAR were also present to distribute the assistance to their constituent. (DA Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Mga magsasaka sa Caraga region, tumaas ang ani dahil sa programa ng PhilRice

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 19 (PIA) - Habang patuloy ang kampanya ng gobyerno laban sa pagkalat at pagtaas ng kaso ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa rehiyon, patuloy din ang tulong na ibinibigay nito sa mga apektadong sektor lalo na sa mga magsasaka.

Isa ang magsasakang si Edwin Aluag, chairman ng Barangay Baan Integrated Farmers Association sa mga nakakuha ng benepisyo sa programang Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) ng Philippine Rice (PhilRice) Research Institute na layong masiguro ang food security ng bansa at matugunan ang kanilang pangangailangan para mapaunlad ang sektor ng agrikultura.

“Sa ngayon, malaking tulong ang naibigay ng ating gobyerno dahil dito sa RCEF. Marami kaming nabenepisyo na mga mechanism/mechanization, punla at ibat-ibang variety ng seeds,” ani ni Aluag.

Tiniyak naman ni PhilRice Agusan branch director Caesar Joventino Tado, na libre ang RCEF seeds na nakalaan sa mga magsasaka sa rehiyon.

Nanawagan din ang opisyal sa mga local government units na bigyang prayoridad ang kapakanan ng sektor at ibigay sa kanila ang kanilang mga benepisyo, at tumulong din sa agarang paghatid ng mga binhi at punla para sa kanilang sakahan.

“Gusto po naming ipanawagan sa mga partner local government units kasi mahalaga po ang kanilang tungkulin lalo na sa pagsiguro sa distribusyon ng ating binhi na pinapadala po sa kanila, at tulungan po ang PhilRice at ating national government na maiparating po agad sa mga magsasaka ang mga serbisyo at benepisyo para sa kanila,” banggit ni Tado.

Samantala, mas lumaki man ang kanilang ani dahil sa programang ito ng PhilRice, hiniling naman ng mga magsasaka na matugunan din ang mababang presyo ng palay.

“Umaasa ako na sa susunod na cropping o pagtatanim, tataas na rin ang presyo ng palay,” pahayag ni Aluag.

Ang PhilRice ang siyang nangunguna sa implementasyon ng RCEF-Seed Program sa ilalim ng Republic Act 11203 o ang Rice Tarrification Law, na may P10-billion kada taon para sa mga rice farmers. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

LGU Cabadbaran gi-usbawan ang honorarium sa deputized fish wardens, caretaker sa fish sanctuary

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Enero 19 -- Gi-usbawan sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa syudad sa Cabadbaran ang honorarium sa Deputized Fish Wardens (DFWs) ug Caretaker sa Fish Sanctuary gikan 1,000.00 ngadto na sa  P2,000.00 pinasikad sa City Ordinance No. 2020-040.

Ang maong ordinansa, sa pagpangamahan ni Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Celson A. Sanchez, gi-aprobahan ug gideklarang balido sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa pagpaningkamot ni Provincial Board Member James T. Reserva, tsirman sa Committee on Environment and Natural Resources pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 604-2021 atol sa ika 70th sesyon regular.

Tumong sa ordinansa sa syudad sa Cabadbaran nga maila ang mga serbisyo sa mga Deputized Fish Wardens (DFWs) ug tig-atiman sa santuwaryo sa mga isda sa LGU ug nahimo nila sa komunidad pinaagi sa paghatag kanila usbaw sa ilang honorarium nga P2,000 sa matag bulan. 

Ang pag-aproba base sa gahum nga gihatag pinaagi sa Local Government Code of 1991. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)