CITY OF MALOLOS – A total of 20,118 Bulakenyo farmers registered to the Farmers and Fisherfolks Registry System (FFRS) who are tilling rice lands that are two hectares or below will receive cash assistance worth P5,000 along with the Intervention Monitoring Card (IMC) from the Department of Agriculture (DA) under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund-Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RCEF-RFFA) program.
In accordance with Republic Act. No. 11598 or the Cash Assistance for Filipino Farmers Act, the DA was authorized to provide direct cash assistance to farmers who are tilling two hectares and below of rice lands until 2024.
Accordingly, the IMC will serve as their identification (ID) and cash card which will give them access to government interventions.
Meanwhile, Governor Daniel Fernando lauded the farmers and said that this program will benefit those who are affected by the rice importation in the country.
“Napakalaking tulong nito sa ating mga magsasaka na naaapektuhan ng rice importation maging ng krisis pangkalusugan at pangkabuhayan na dulot ng pandemya. Kayo po ay maituturing na isa sa mga nabubuhay na bayani kasama ng ating mga frontliners. Sa panahon ng mga lockdowns, nakita lalo natin ang kahalagahan ng mga bigas, mga gulay, baboy at manok,” the governor said.
He also announced the construction of the Bulacan Farmers Training Center within the premises of the Provincial Government of Bulacan.