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LANDBANK, DA distributes P993M in cash aid to small rice farmers

May 19, 2020

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), continued to distribute cash assistance to small rice farmers during the CoVid-19 pandemic, paying out a total of P993.15 Million to 198,630 farmer-beneficiaries.     The one-time financial assistance of P5,000 each is granted to rice farmers tilling farms with areas of 0.5 to two (2) hectares under the DA’s Rice Farmer Financial Assistance (RFFA) program, and those tilling farms one (1) hectare or less, under the DA’s Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) initiative.     As of May 13, 2020, a total of 107,463 RFFA and 91,167 FSRF farmer-beneficiaries received their cash grants amounting to P537.315Million for RFFA and P455.835 Million for FSRF.     The distribution of cash assistance under the RFFA and FSRF is expected to continue until June.       LANDBANK has partnered with various national government agencies for the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the national government in support of the implementation of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” to combat the CoVid-19 pandemic.     For more updates, please refer to the official LANDBANK social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram (@landbankofficial) and on Twitter (@LBP_Official) or via the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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LANDBANK, DA distributes P993M in cash aid to small rice farmers

May 19, 2020

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), continued to distribute cash assistance to small rice farmers during the CoVid-19 pandemic, paying out a total of P993.15 Million to 198,630 farmer-beneficiaries.      The one-time financial assistance of P5,000 each is granted to rice farmers tilling farms with areas of 0.5 to two (2) hectares under the DA’s Rice Farmer Financial Assistance (RFFA) program, and those tilling farms one (1) hectare or less, under the DA’s Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) initiative.      As of May 13, 2020, a total of 107,463 RFFA and 91,167 FSRF farmer-beneficiaries received their cash grants amounting to P537.315Million for RFFA and P455.835 Million for FSRF.      The distribution of cash assistance under the RFFA and FSRF is expected to continue until June.        LANDBANK has partnered with various national government agencies for the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the national government in support of the implementation of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” to combat the CoVid-19 pandemic.      For more updates, please refer to the official LANDBANK social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram (@landbankofficial) and on Twitter (@LBP_Official) or via the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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CORDS-X, DILG-10 intensify campaign on ‘new normal’

May 18, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Noting the need to beef up the campaign on adopting the ‘new normal’ and other strategies of the government to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, the Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-X and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 held the first CORDS-X COVID-19 Special podcast, May 16.     During the interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, DILG-10 Regional Director Agabe said as the new chair for the Regional Inter Agency Task Force (RIATF), the DILG is tasked to oversee the screening and validation committee prior to crafting policies.     “Kini nga komitiba magsala ug magsusi sa mga hangyo sa mga probinsya ug syudad- hangyo sama sa pagbawi sa deklarasyon o ipahamtang na ang Community Quarantine sa ilang lugar. Kini pagabuhaton gamit ang usa ka tool o parameter nga gi-set sa IATF,” Agabe said.     (This committee will evaluate the requests of provinces and cities such as the lifting of declaration or implementation of Community Quarantine in their area. This will be done using a tool or parameter set by the IATF)     The regional director said the RIATF now focuses on imposing the ‘new normal’ since there is still no vaccine formulated yet to cure the disease.     Thus, local government units (LGUs) are urged to craft policies and ordinances to really instill to their constituents the importance of observing social distancing, wearing of face masks and prohibiting unnecessary mass gathering in containing the spread of COVID-19.     “We will be back but it is not the new normal that we have but it is the new normal,” Agabe said.     As for the lifting of General Community Quarantine in the region, Agabe said the IATF Resolution 35-A, amending some provisions of IATF Resolution 35 was created upon hearing the concerns of the LGUs. Some of the LGUs appealed to the IATF’s decision because they are not yet ready to lift the community quarantine in their area.     In terms of youth participation in the said campaign, Suzzane Martil, Barangay Tablon Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chair, said they provide information education campaign to the residents of the barangays including the distribution of flyers.     Such contain information about COVID-19, how it can be transmitted and prevented.     “People must check on each other, share the right information, and avoid fake news,” Martil said.     Currently, the region is placed under General Community Quarantine effective May 16. (RTP/PIA10)

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Ayala group pays P9.86-B of taxes ahead of extended deadline

May 18, 2020

Makati City, Philippines – May 18, 2020 Companies within the Ayala group settled taxes of about P9.86-B before the extended June 14, 2020 deadline to help boost the government’s coffers and allotment to COVID-19 response, as the country gears up for the “new normal.”     The core value drivers of the Ayala group—Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Inc., Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecommunications, Inc., AC Energy, and Manila Water Corporation—paid a total of P9,858,293,348 of taxes.     In a joint statement made last week, brothers Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, who serve as the group’s chairman and president, respectively, expressed their gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for recognizing Ayala’s support to the government’s initiatives.     “We are committed to help the President tackle the many challenges he has to deal with and are confident that by working together, our country can overcome each challenge, save lives, and gradually put the country back on a path of growth,” the joint statement reads.     The brothers also emphasized the importance of public–private cooperation as the country deals with the vast impact of the pandemic. Group-wide Bayanihan     To date, the Ayala group has contributed about P5.6 billion in anti-COVID-19 initiatives aimed to protect its employees, support its partners and clients, and provide for the communities it serves.

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DA-10 releases P32.7-M cash subsidy to ease MisOcc rice farmers’ cropping season

May 18, 2020

The Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) kicks off second wave of the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) distribution in Misamis Occidental Wednesday, May 13, 2020, as 1,187 rice farmers in the towns of Aloran and Jimenez each gets P5,000 cash aid.     The FSRF is a special subsidy granted by DA to small rice farmers tilling one hectare rice field or lesser in the provinces not covered by the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) program of DA.     Misamis Occidental registered a total of 6,544 FSRF-eligible rice farmers who will be duly subsidized P32.7 million worth of financial assistance.     This initiative is set to augment the small farmers’ capacity as they are gearing up for May-June planting season, amid pandemic drawbacks.     “Our rice farmers in Jimenez are extremely delighted with the FSRF. Like many, they are affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To them, this help from DA is so timely especially most of them have now started planting,” said Vima M. Bolanio, Jimenez Municipal Agricultural Officer.     “Surely our farmers’ yield will increase since they now have added means to suffice their farming needs, aside from seeds and fertilizers assistance from DA-10,” Bolanio added.     DA’s farmer-beneficiaries will receive the subsidy in cash through Landbank’s payout system.     Rosafe B. Quiñon, Landbank Account Officer of Ozamiz Satellite Office, said serving the farmers is an all-time mandate of Landbank. Personally, she is glad to be part of the cause helping the farmers in this trying times.     “It is fulfilling to serve our farmers. They are our (COVID-19) frontliners in food production. Without them the entire country will go hungry,” Quiñon said recognizing farmers contribution in the battle against the pandemic.     DA-10 is now fast-tracking the FSRF distribution in Misamis Occidental.     Other 5,357 qualified rice farmers from the towns of Baliangao, Calamba, Plaridel, Lopez Jaena, Oroquieta City, Panaon, Clarin, Ozamiz City, Sinacaban, Tudela, Bonifacio and Tangub City, are due to receive the FSRF cash aid this week.# (ATalib)

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DA-10 to turnover Php 3-M automatic egg incubators to Northern M’nao farmers

May 18, 2020

The Department of Agriculture-Region 10 (DA-10) is granting a total of 30 automatic incubators worth Php 3 million to farmer-groups, local government units (LGUs) and academe partners in the region through its Livestock Program.     Bonafide beneficiaries from Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental will receive the 500 egg-capacity incubators in May 2020.     The project aims to provide livelihood enterprise to qualified recipients who may engage in balut business, selling of days-old-chicks and production of live chicken or poultry meat.     Each incubator comes with a module of 10 male and 100 female chicken or ducks as start-up agribusiness kit.     Led by Director Carlene C. Collado, DA-10 OIC- Regional Executive Director, the agency turned over on May 11, 2020 a total of 4 units incubator to the qualified recipients in Lanao del Norte.     Two units incubator were given to Lanao del Norte Agricultural College (LNAC) in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, 1 unit each to LGU Tubod for the town’s techno-demo farm and Tago Ranao Farmers Association of said municipality.     According to Virgie V. Cabrera, the Municipal Agricultural Officer of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, eligible recipients of eggs incubator in their town are those assessed and found active, willing and knowledgeable marginalized farmer-groups.     Project recipients are trained on poultry production beforehand by the National Livestock Program of DA and the Bureau of Animal Industry last October 2019.     Provision of egg incubators to farmers in Lanao del Norte is a prelude to DA-supported Halal food production project in the province.     Through this initiative, DA-10 is slated to turn over 11 units egg incubators in Bukidnon, 8 units in Misamis Oriental and 7 units in Misamis Occidental.#(ATalib)

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