BUTUAN CITY – Some PHP3.1 million worth of vouchers have already been released by the Department of Agriculture in Caraga (DA-13) this month to the region's marginal farmers.
Melody Guimary of the Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fishers (CFSMFF) Program of DA-Caraga on Monday said the agency already served 639 marginal farmers under the program for the month.
There are 911 listed recipients who are qualified to receive the subsidy in the region, Guimary said, adding that "another batch is expected to receive the vouchers as soon as they receive approval from the central office."
Under the CFSMFF program, each of the farmer-recipients will receive a voucher indicating a QR code with an amount of PHP5,000 each, divided into PHP3,000 for cash and PHP2,000 for food subsidy.
“Each recipient will present their voucher to the private paying outlet, specifically the MLhuiller as identified by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) as a program partner,” Guimary said.
The same voucher entitles a recipient a supply of rice, dressed chicken, and table eggs from a supplier identified by DA's Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD).
Guimary said the CFSMFF program defines marginal farmers as those tilling not more than one-hectare farm and residents of fourth to sixth municipalities or cities, as registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
Beneficiaries under the program include corn and coconut farmers, fishers, sugarcane planters, and Indigenous Peoples (IPs). The recipients' names are submitted to the DA regional offices by the concerned local government units.
Guimary said the submitted names of recipients would undergo reviews by the DA to ensure that they have not received any cash subsidy from other government agencies to prevent duplication.
She added that the budget for the CFSMFF program is included in the Bayanihan 2 to provide aid to the marginal farmers amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Caraga Region has a target of 2,395 recipients with an allocation of PHP11.9 million in 23 municipalities and cities, she said. (PNA)