ZAMBOANGA

DSWD gives food aid to farmers affected by El Niño

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that so far some 34,454 families have benefited from the agency’s distribution of family food packs here in the region.

Fatima Caminan, DSWD assistant regional director for operations, said this came about as the agency continues to distribute food assistance to farmers affected by the El Niño weather phenomenon here in the region.

Caminan said the beneficiaries, who head of the family are farmers, are from the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Caminan said each family food packs contain sardines, coffee, three kilograms rice, and other canned goods.

She said they had been distributing food packs “two months ago and is still on-going.”

She said the distribution of food packs is aimed to help alleviate the plight of the farmers, whose crops were damaged due to the El Niño weather phenomenon.

She said the beneficiaries of the food packs was provided by the local government units and validated by the provincial and municipal agriculturist.

Meanwhile, she said they have requested the DSWD central office for funding intended for cash-for-work program for the farmers affected by the El Niño weather phenomenon. (SunStar Philippines)


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