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RCEF-RFFA Roll-out in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija (Nov. 24, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 24 November 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar announced that 59,125 rice farmers in Nueva Ecija will each receive P5,000 direct cash assistance after launching the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund-Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RCEF-RFFA) Program in Cabanatuan City on November 24, 2021.

“The program is one of the many positive outcomes of the Rice Tariffication Law,” he said.

He added that through the RCEF and the National Integrated Rice Program, farmers now enjoy higher yield and lower production cost, while consumers benefit from adequate and affordable rice.

This year, 177,309 rice farmers in Central Luzon Region will receive a total cash assistance amounting to P886.5 million through the RFFA. Qualified program beneficiaries are rice farmers tilling two hectares and below and are enrolled in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

In partnership with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), the DA-Central Luzon Regional Field Office will start distributing the multi-purpose Interventions Monitoring Card (IMC) to the RFFA beneficiaries.

Secretary Dar was joined by Assistant Secretary for Operations Arnel De Mesa, Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Noel Reyes, Regional Director Crispulo Bautista, Nueva Ecija 3rd District Representative Rosanna Vergara, DBP Vice President Jun Bandal, and LBP Vice President Sylvia Lim during the program launch. (Photo by Adones Buhayan, DA-AFID)

Matrix of Comments and Suggestions on the Proposed Department of Agriculture (DA) Memorandum Circular on Plant Breeding Innovations (PBIs)

The Department of Agriculture Technical Advisory Group on Modern Biotechnology and Related Innovations for Agriculture and Fisheries (TAG-MBI) hereby presents the matrix of response and actions taken in view of the comments and suggestions received during the conduct of virtual and written stakeholder consultations on September 23 and 30, 2021.

The matrix can be viewed and downloaded using this link: https://bit.ly/DA-memo-circular-on-PBIs-matrix-of-comments