Davao farmers to benefit from cash-for-work program

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Monday, August 11, 2014


THE Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 11, Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 and National Irrigation Administration (NIA 11) is now on full swing for its implementation in September.

Series of coordination meetings as well as orientation to the different local government units and irrigators association (IA) of the Davao Region were done in order to provide a centralized system before the implementation of CBLA.

With DSWD’s budget of P126 million, Compostela Valley Province had the biggest allocation of P56 million followed by Davao del Norte with P32.9 million while Davao Oriental has a total of P32.05 million allocation and P4.6 million for Davao del Sur.

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These provinces except Davao del Norte have already finalized the project proposal and submitted it to the concerned agencies.

Formerly known as cash-for-work program by the DSWD, CBLA is an intervention program for duly affected rice farms that needs desilting of paddy dikes wherein its beneficiaries are coming from the 4P’s (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) and IAs.

The project emphasized that the work force from the 4P’s are 80 percent while 20 percent came from the IA’s.

The said beneficiaries will be hired for 10 days and compensated with regional wage rate under the guidelines of DSWD program.

The agriculture sector represented by Regional Rice Program Coordinator Edel Dondonilla donated a total of 1,000 pieces of shovel for the entire CBLA program.

Dondonilla also bared that DA will provide hybrid rice seeds, fertilizer inputs, and laminated sacks to all 4Ps rice farmers.

“We will also provide the beneficiaries capability building on rice production,” he stressed.

He added that through the project it will be able to promote livelihood programs such as hybridization and intercropping for sustainable rice production. (Aggie Media Service)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 12, 2014.

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