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DA-DBP MOA Signing for the Cash and Food Subsidy to Marginal Farmers and Fishers Program (Nov. 9, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 9 November 2020

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) President Emmanuel Herbosa officially signed the Memorandum of Agreement and implementing guidelines for the Cash and Food Subsidy to Marginal Farmers and Fishers Program on November 9, 2020.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will launch this month its newly-developed and first of its kind e-voucher system for the efficient and transparent implementation of the program.

With a budget of P4.5 billion under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or “Bayanihan 2,” almost 900,000 marginal farmers and fisherfolk in the various sectors of agriculture and fisheries will benefit from the cash and food assistance.

Eligible beneficiaries who are enrolled in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) will receive direct food (P2,000-worth of rice and chicken or egg) and cash (P3,000) assistance with a total amount of P5,000.

Using the e-voucher system developed by the DA-Information and Communications Technology Service, the beneficiaries can claim the cash assistance at DBP-accredited payout centers by presenting their government-issued ID and the unique reference code sent by the implementing agencies. The food assistance, on the other hand, can be claimed at any Kadiwa supplier recognized by the DA. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)