Coconut farmers in Pablo-stricken areas get P155.8 M aid

November 5, 2014 12:28 am 

By Mary Ann T. Bardinas

MANILA, Nov. 4 (PNA) — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P155.8 million to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for the rehabilitation of slight-to-moderately damaged coconut trees in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces severely affected by Typhoon Pablo in 2012.

“Post-Typhoon Pablo rehabilitation is still needed in provinces like Davao Oriental, which generates close to 90 percent of its jobs from coconut production. This release will not only help our farmers reestablish their livelihood, but will also help jump-start economic activity in the region,” Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said in a statement.

Charged against the 2013 Supplemental Appropriations (Republic Act 10634), the fund shall be used for projects under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) livelihood cluster addressing crop production. Of the P 155.8 million, P 115.2 shall be used for coconut replanting while P 40.6 million shall be for coconut fertilization.

The replanting of coconuts will cover the procurement and distribution of seed nuts and seedlings with the provision of technical support on nursery establishment and planting. On the other hand, coconut fertilization will involve the delivery and distribution of fertilizer and the provision of technical support on fertilizer application.

According to DBM, P 10.42 billion has already been given to various agencies under the Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plan, as of October 2014, which will be allocated for the fulfillment of the requirements of livelihood, social services, infrastructure, and resettlement programs in the said Mindanao Provinces.

A total of P 302.9 million was received by the agriculture department and its attached agencies, in which P 115.8 million was allotted to PCA for crop production.

“In coordination with other agencies, the PCA will ensure that our coconut farmers will get the support they need with the right materials and technology. More importantly, this is part of our push to ‘Build Back Better’ by creating a widespread culture of resiliency, which is crucial in agri-based communities,” Abad added. (PNA)

CTB/MARY ANN T. BARDINAS – OJT/JSD

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