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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‘Bayanihan 3’ a let-down to agri-sectors, fishers’ group decried

“This supposed “ayuda” bill has rejected to include the demand of labor and agriculture sectors for direct cash aid and production subsidy. The Congress has left out the marginalized farmers and fishers who happen to be food security frontliners, and are also one of the most-hit sectors of the economic crisis brought about by the government’s failed pandemic response,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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Strengthen local food production for continuous food supply, DA urged

“It is not enough that the DA would only verbally encourage farmers and fishers to constantly supply the metro with their products when the food producers themselves suffer the hardships in their production. How about a livelihood support to guarantee that food producers can keep up with the wheels of production?” PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson Fernando Hicap said in a statement.

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Prolonged MECQ lengthens hardships of the poor sectors – fishers’ group

“The Duterte administration’s pandemic response is bungling and inadequate that the key measures to contain the virus have yet to be systematically carried out. There is still no free massive testing and vaccination, and public health care system remains bankrupt. The overwhelming increase of COVID-19 cases in NCR and neighboring provinces has been dealt with the usual military solution which is tested and proved to be a grand failure,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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