BFAR’s subsidy distribution underway

About 2,599 qualified beneficiaries in Capiz have already received the cash and food subsidy from the Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolks (CFSMFF) of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)–Provincial Fisheries Office as of February 3.

“We are conducting the distribution daily to complete the 5,471 vouchers to qualified recipients by February 16,” said BFAR–Capiz public information officer Lorelyn Ofalla.

The CFSMFF consists of P3,000 cash that can be claimed through a money transfer service and P2,000 worth of foods composed of 25-kilo of rice, two trays of egg and three kilograms of dressed chicken.

BFAR–Capiz provincial fisheries officer Edwin Javier led the
distribution in coordination with the concerned city or municipal agriculture office as well as barangay officials.

The subsidy is a program of the Department of Agriculture that is intended to provide compensation for a projected reduction or loss of income of farmers and fisherfolks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on BFAR–PFO February 3 data, beneficiaries who received the subsidy came from Roxas City, 466; Ivisan,
226; Panay, 945; Pilar, 135; Pontevedra, 356; Pres. Roxas, 143; and Sapi-an, 328.

The assistance is part of the Social Protection and Social
Amelioration Projects of the DA under the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act which allocated a bigger share for the stimulus package for agriculture as among the strategies to revitalize the country’s economy.* (PIA Capiz)