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)