DA’s unspent funds could subsidize livelihood of 600k farmers, fishers – PAMALAKAYA

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said that along with rural-based progressive groups, they have been seeking a P15, 000 subsidy intended for livelihood and production expenses to “pump-prime the wheels of production” of the marginalized fisherfolks and farmers amid the onslaught of the pandemic accompanied with burdensome quarantine restrictions.

The fishers’ group said that the agricultural production subsidy for fishers will be apportioned mostly for fuel expenses which eat up almost 80% of a regular fishing trip.

“The production subsidy that the we have been seeking could have stimulated the production of more than 600, 000 rural-based food producers. This also means that unstable food supply and prices in the market could have been avoided if only the government heeded the demand of the country’s food security front liners for livelihood subsidy and aid,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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P9.8 billion unspent agriculture funds crucial to farmers and fishers – PAMALAKAYA

“The unspent funds could have addressed the worsening plight of our rural sectors enduring the onslaught of the pandemic since last year. The budget is very crucial to the rural sectors especially this was the year when aside from the government’s burdening pandemic response, natural calamities including typhoons devastated fishing and farming communities. Furthermore, farmers and fishers bear the brunt of the government’s neglect as they have limited to no access to health services and production subsidies,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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“Clear guidelines” for deliveries of agri-fishery products sought

“In the past, border restrictions impeded the movement of agri-fishery products from one place to another. It primarily affected small fishers and farmers who were unable to transport their produce to major fish ports and markets in central towns. Moreover, this strict measure fuels inflation of basic food products that are detrimental to poor consumers who are already battered by economic devastation caused by the pandemic,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA national chairperson said in a statement.

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Keeping military pacts with Duterte gov’t a “kiss of death”, Biden warned

“Mr. Biden wouldn’t want to be aligned with President Duterte who is an international outcast and exposed in the global community as a murderer and authoritarian. Unless he wants to cost his political reputation, President Biden has no option but to publicly renounce and embarrass Mr. Duterte over his high crimes against humanity,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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