The Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas has started distributing cash and food subsidy vouchers, worth P5,000 each, to qualified marginal farmers in the region, as part of the government’s aid during the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) pandemic.
The assistance is under the Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fishers program of the DA, funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).
Norberto Ouano, DA-7 corn program coordinator, in a statement yesterday said that the distribution of vouchers is ongoing in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.
“These vouchers have a QR code indicating the amount of P5,000 each, divided into P3,000 for cash and P2,000 for food subsidy. These vouchers were prepared and sent to us by our DA-Central Office, had underwent data filtration and verification with the enrolled farmers in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA),” Ouano said.
He said the program is to “ensure that farmers have not received any government cash subsidy from other government agencies to avoid duplication of assistance”. In claiming the assistance, each farmer-beneficiary will have to present his/her voucher to MLhuiller, the accredited cash payout provider for the cash subsidy.*PNA