Catanduanes abaca farmers receive cash assistance

Gov. Joseph Cua

VIRAC, Catanduanes—“ Yu dalwang libong yan masarig na tabang nay an.”

These were Elizabeth Interior Delos Santos' words after finally receiving her Cash for Work Incentive under the P50 Million Abaca Rehabilitation program of Department of Agriculture (DA).

Delos Santos, a citizen of barangay Sagrada, Bagamanoc is one of the 442 total recipients of the CWI for the municipality of Viga, Payo, Bagamanoc.

Of the 442 total recepients, 269 abaca farmers came from Bagamanoc, 93 came from Panganiban, while 80 from Viga amounting to over one million pesos.

Provincial Agriculturist Nelia Teves was surprised that 100% of the targeted farmers from Bagamanoc and Panganiban were present in the awarding of cash incentives.

Teves also added that there is more recipient compared from before.

This was after Governor Joseph Cua, ordered to hire additional abaca technicians to help the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) in the implementation of the Abaca Rehabilitation Program.

“I am confident na matatapos yung rehabilitation within the year,” Teves said.

Last August 17, 2018, 393 abaca farmers also received cash for work incentives amounting to 941, 600. According to the office of the Provincial Agriculture, they have accomplished 47% of the total targeted recipients of the cash for work incentive amounting to a total cost of P20, 707, 664

Cua also responded to the allegations that the Provincial Government of Catanduanes is delaying the release of fund. “Ang 50M para sa saindong mga palahag-ot iyan. Bako ko iyan kaya ngani yatama ta ang pagluwas kan pondo tanganing tunay na palahag-ot ang makaresiber,” the local chief executive added.