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BFAR distributes Bayanihan 2 assistance to Cordillera fisherfolks

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BFAR distributes Bayanihan 2 assistance to Cordillera fisherfolks

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 20(PIA) – –  The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Cordillera (BFAR – CAR), in coordination with various local government units and other partner service providers,  is now distributing  Bayanihan 2 assistance to qualified fisherfolk beneficiaries in the region.

The Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginalized Farmers and Fisherfolks (CFSMFF) program aims to provide direct food and financial assistance in the amount of P5, 000 to eligible beneficiaries from different sector of agriculture and fisheries that are registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors of the Department of Agriculture.

The  P3,000 is given in cash while   the P2,000  would be  in the form of  rice and chicken or eggs to support also to farmers, farmer’s cooperative or association that are engaged in  chicken-egg production.

BFAR – CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey said that there are 13,092 eligible beneficiaries for the CFSMFF in the region   with 2,389   in Abra; 4,244 in Apayao; 413 in Benguet; 3,008 in Ifugao; 1,286 in Kalinga and 1,752 in Mountain Province.

Aside from the  fisherfolk,  DA – CAR also reported  there are 9,839 corn farmers,  380 in the sugar sector and 2,263 farmers under the list of the National Commission on Indigenous People  who  are eligible for the CFSMFF  in  the  region .  

Meanwhile, Signey shared the other assistance   BFAR –CAR has been extending to fisherfolks to ensure fish supply availability in the region.

In  2020, BFAR-CAR distributed P3.8 million worth of projects in the region that include solar – powered aquaphonics system,  Venturri aeration system and fiberglass reinforced plastic fish tanks.

It also implemented KADIWA “Fish on Wheels” in response to the market demand for fresh fish in the region and to enhance food supply amid the COVID pandemic. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)