Tabuk City, Kalinga – As of February 22, 2021, the Department of Agriculture said a total of 12, 885 individuals out of the 27,479 targeted beneficiaries of the Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolk (CFSMFF) in the region have already claimed their cash and food assistance from the agency.
Given to recipients of the program are cash amounting to P 3,000 and P2, 000-worth food subsidy in the form of rice, chicken, and eggs.
With said number of beneficiaries receiving the assistance, an amount of P64, 425,000 or 46.89 percent of the total fund allotted to the 6 provinces in the region was already distributed.
DA Cordillera allotted a total fund of P137, 395, 000 for the implementation of said program.
Of the targeted beneficiaries, the agency said 9,839 of them are corn farmers, 380 are sugarcane growers, 14,997 are fishers, and 2,263 are Indigenous Peoples.
For the dole out, the agency partnered with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), and Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
The agency said that CFSMFF implementing agencies are now currently conducting the distribution simultaneously in every CAR province while maintaining COVID-19 precautionary measures on mobility and social gatherings.
CFSMFF is a subsidy program funded under Bayanihan 2 or Recover as One Act launched in the region on December 23, 2020 aims to provide cash and food assistance to eligible RSBA-registered, smallholder farmers and fisherfolk affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CFSMFF Qualified Beneficiaries
In order to qualify for the program, the Department of Agriculture said a farmer or fisherfolk must be registered under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA); have not received other special amelioration program or SAP from other agencies like DSWD, DOLE, and DAR based from the government’s data base system; and must be a resident of 4th to 6th class municipalities.
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