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PIA Press Release
2010/05/19

DSWD, Red Cross release rice aid to El Nino victims

by Carmela Cadigal Duron

Davao City (19 May) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will soon release the P500 million-worth NFA rice as assistance to poor farmers, fisher folks and indigenous people in 48 provinces affected by El Nino.

Director Ester A. Versoza of DSWD XI said the funds came from the Presidential Task Force on El Nino through the Rice Assistance Program (RAP) while beneficiaries were identified by Department of Agriculture and the local El Nino Task Force. She said 527,119 families, mostly 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) farmers, will receive one sack rice in a one-off distribution scheme nationwide.

The El Nino Phenomenon that currently hit the country has greatly affected the agricultural sector and the livelihood of farmers, fisher folks and indigenous people. In a Memorandum, the President has instructed to fast track the distribution of the government rice assistance.

For Region XI, some 30,187 families will benefit in Davao Del Sur and Davao Oriental which are classified as moderately vulnerable areas.

In a recent meeting of local heads of PRC, DA and DSWD, it was agreed that validation of listed beneficiaries must be prioritized as there are double entries per PRC report. Further, the group agreed that target date of distribution is May through June. (DSWD XI) [top]

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