April 23, 2024


La Union, Philippines, to support drought-affected farmers, fisherfolk with cash aid




The provincial government of La Union, the Philippines, is set to distribute cash aid ranging from ₱8,000 (US$138.96) to ₱10,000 (US$173.70) to farmers and fisherfolk in the province affected by drought.


"Our agenda to promote the welfare of our agricultural workers is aligned with the province's vision to become the "Heart of Agri-Tourism" in Northern Luzon by 2025," La Union Governor Raphaelle Veronica Ortega-David said in a statement on April 19.


Ortega-David added that the provision of cash assistance was mandated by Provincial Ordinance No. 425-2023, which aims to provide cash assistance to farmers and fisherfolk who recorded partial and total crop damage, respectively.


Passed on July 28, 2023, the ordinance capacitates local farmers and fisherfolk whose livelihoods are usually impaired by natural calamities such as the current El Niño phenomenon.


Also known as the Agricultural Emergency Trust Fund, the ordinance has appropriated a total amount of ₱3 million (US$52,116), which is seen to benefit around 300 farmers.


"The ordinance's implementing rules and regulations were recently approved, and hence, we are now ready to implement it and provide timely assistance to affected agricultural workers," said officer-in-charge Provincial Agriculturist Sharon Viloria in a separate statement.



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