As part of the Department of Agriculture’s Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginalized Farmers and Fisherfolks, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) last week gave cash and food packages to 1,271 registered coconut farmers in Catanduanes.
Each of the beneficiaries, who were registered by the PCA from 2014 to 2018 in a series of surveys, earlier received a ticket containing their respective QR codes which were then given to the agency’s personnel at the Virac town plaza on Feb. 25, 2021.
They each got P3,000 cash, to be claimed from a remittance agency, and P2,000 worth of food consisting of 25 kilos of rice, 3.2 kilos of chicken, and two trays of eggs.
The breakdown of the beneficiaries are as follows: Bato, 165; Virac, 160; San Andres, 87; San Miguel, 87; Viga, 142; Panganiban, 228; Bagamanoc, 155; Baras, 148; Gigmoto, 91; Pandan, 5; and, Caramoran, 3.
The distribution of the Bayanihan 2 benefit was arranged by Division Chief I Engr. Alvin R. Trespeses of the PCA Albay-Catanduanes provincial office, through Regional Manager III Mateo B. Zipagan and Agriculturist II Engr. Karen L. Rodulfo.
Last December 2020, the PCA regional office also implemented the supervised cutting of fallen coconut trees in San Miguel and Bato, with a team bringing 15 chainsaws which were utilized for free in cutting the trees in lands of registered coconut farmers, which provided fuel, oil and labor.
Registration is still ongoing at PCA field office in Virac and on line at the PCA website, with owners of coconut lands as first priority, followed by tenants.
Applicants will have to submit proof of ownership of the coconut land (tax declaration, land title or deed of sale) and a valid ID to be included in the National Coconut Farmers Registry System (NCFRS).
Owners of coconut lands in other towns or provinces will be registered in their home towns or provinces.