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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, August 14, 2020
Farmers, fishers to receive grants
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Agriculture will grant financial assistance to qualified farmer and fisherfolk cooperatives and community-based organizations to ensure the supply of food in high consumer demand areas.

DA 6 regional director, Remelyn Recoter, said yesterday that the “Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Inclusive Food Supply Chain Program” aims to strengthen the partnership between the private sector and the farmer and fisherfolk groups through harnessing their participation in the food supply distribution system.

The assistance covers financial grants for capacity enhancement of the associations on value-adding activities in the food supply chain, which includes the procurement of agricultural produce, aggregation, initial processing, packaging, transport, and distribution of agri-fishery commodities, she said.

Sugar workers get
P16M in assistance
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Labor and Employment office in Negros Occidental already released P16.907 million in cash assistance to sugar industry workers in the province, who were affected by the coronavirus disease pandemic, its provincial head, Mary Agnes Capigon, said yesterday.

The program provides a one-time financial assistance of P1,000 to sugarcane field workers, she said, adding that the total approved budget was P24.521 million.

Of the figure, 80 percent was released to sugarcane field workers through the planters’ associations, while the remaining 20 percent was allocated to sugar mill workers and field workers who did not receive the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) grant, as identified by DOLE-registered workers’ organizations and unions in Negros Occidental, Capigon said.

 


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