PANGASINAN, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) readies financial assistance to small farmers and fishers in the province of Pangasinan.
The province remains under a state of calamity following days of nonstop rains due to the onslaught of tropical storms and monsoon rains.
For this reason, DA is readying its Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) facility and the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance Program for the farmers and fisherfolk, whose livelihoods were affected by the typhoons.
Under the PLEA, an eligible farmer or fisher can avail of up to P50,000 while under the SURE, calamity-affected small farmers and fishers can avail of survival assistance grants of up to P10,000 for immediate and emergency needs.
SURE also provides zero-interest recovery assistance loans of up to PHP25,000 to farmers and fishers for rehabilitating their operations.
DA is now awaiting the local government of Pangasinan’s list of calamity-affected small farmers and fishers to estimate how much SURE funding to allocate for them.
During his visit to calamity-affected provinces, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol noted that the biggest damage of the recent storms was recorded in Region 3, particularly in Tarlac and Pangasinan which reached to about P1.2 billion worth of crops.
On his Facebook account on Friday (July 27) Piñol said the DA has started turning over P81 million worth of seeds to calamity-hit farmers and fishers as part of the agency’s agri-fisheries relief and rehabilitation efforts in Pangasinan. – Bryan Lacanlale / Marje Pelayo