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rice subsidyA total of 1,654 small-scale farmers and fishermen of the 29 out of 33 barangays of the Municipality of Dalaguete received cash assistance from the Rice Subsidy Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development last September 14, 2011.

Some 704 farmers and fishermen from the 16 lower barangays and another 950 from 13 upper barangays waited as early as morning at the Dalaguete Sports and Cultural Center and Mantalongon Barangay Hall, respectively.  Each beneficiary received P2,937 from the 11-day training and community works of P267 per day based on the minimum wage rate of Dalaguete.

However, the manner it was distributed was rather unorganized, messy and out of order.  The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office had already put in place a working system for easy distribution.  The same however was being scrapped by DSWD Regional Office insisting on their process totally inconsiderate by the plight and situation of our poor constituents.

Rice subsidy is a short-term poverty alleviation project that aims to provide temporary employment to small-scale farmers and fisher folks particularly to families of distressed/displaced or needing assistance during the lean season.

Under the program the farmers and fishermen participated in the four-day Cash for Training and seven-day Cash for Work. They were trained on food production, disaster management and planting methods for palay/corn, vegetable and family disaster preparedness and mitigation.

After their training, the beneficiaries rendered community service, such as river dredging and embankment, digging and dredging of canals and drainage, repair of damaged community facilities, road clean-up and beautification, road scraping and repair on mountain barangay roads, and among others.

Beneficiaries were identified through the DSWD National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) project based on their 2010 data of poor farmers and fisherfolks per city and municipality.

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