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Small-scale farmers,
fishermen get subsidy


About 31,000 small scale farmers and fishermen in Negros Oriental are expected to receive subsidies worth P91.01 million under the Rice Subsidy program of the national government.

Rosemarie Camero, team leader of the sub-regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office in the province, said this is not a dole-out, as all beneficiaries are required to complete a seven-day community training and a four-day cash-for-work training from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the Department of Agriculture.

Based on the minimum wage of P267 per day each beneficiary will receive P2,937.

In Dumaguete City, 81 beneficiaries were initially identified but this was reduced to 50, after validation by DSWD showed, 29 of them were not really farmers and fishermen, while two failed to complete the 11-day training.

Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria with DSWD personnel from Region 7 distributed the rice subsidies recently and the next pay-out was in Bacong.

Early distribution of the one-time grant was ordered by President Benigno Aquino III because of calamities such as typhoons that hit the country, and the increasing cost of basic commodities.

The rice subsidy is supposed to be distributed July to September considered as the lean months in farming and fishing.*JG

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