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Distribution of DA Assistance in Bulacan and Pampanga (September 29, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 29 September 2020

The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office (RFO) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 3 awarded about 90 farmers and fisherfolk cooperatives and associations (FCAs) with farm machinery and livelihood assistance amounting to P125 million (M).

Agriculture Secretary William Dar, RFO Director Crispulo Bautista, and BFAR Director Wilfredo Cruz led the distribution of interventions during the Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra Covid-19 program held in Malolos City, Bulacan and San Fernando City, Pampanga on September 29, 2020.

To boost local production, P71-M worth of farm machinery and equipment such as four-wheel tractors, combine harvesters, shallow tube wells, and warehouses with dryers were awarded to 42 FCAs in Pampanga and 44 FCAs in Bulacan through the DA Rice Program.

For the fisherfolk of the two provinces, BFAR distributed P53.7-M worth of fishnets, traps, marine engines, solar lamps, milkfish, and tilapia fingerlings, aquaponics systems, venturi aeration systems, tilapia hatchery artificial incubation systems, smokehouses, and fish vending equipment, among others.

Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando and Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda both expressed their support to the programs of the DA and committed to continue elevating their local farming and fishing communities who also serve as front liners during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photos by Alarico Nuestro, DA-AFID)