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Over 13,500 abaca farmers in Catanduanes to benefit from P50-M abaca rehab fund from DA

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More than 13,500 abaca farmers in Catanduanes are expected to benefit from the P50-million abaca rehab fund granted by the Department of Agriculture.

“As the provincial government finally received the P50M abaca rehab fund from the Department of Agriculture, 13, 529 abaca farmers from the 11 municipalities will be benefited through the provision of “Cash for Work” incentive,” the Catanduanes province said.

The said rehabilitation fund is aimed at rebuilding the source of livelihood of abaca farmers that were devastated by Typhoon Nina. With the funding, the farmers will replant a total of 15,034.06 has. using 6, 251, 944 abaca planting materials (APMs).

“According to PhilFIDA, each farmer-beneficiary with heavy damage (Category A) will replant 585 pcs. of Abaca Planting Materials (APMs) and receive an incentive of P4,678.00, while those with moderate damage (Category B) will replant 300 pcs. of APMs and receive P2,400.00 cash incentive and those with slightly damage (Category C) will replant 250 pcs. and receive P2,000.00 cash incentive,” the province said.

The Project Briefing and Launching of the Rehabilitation of Typhoon-Damaged Abaca Areas was held in Catanduanes at Virac Town Center, Victor Hall last.February 8.

Regional Executive Director, Dr. Elena B. Delos Santos who represented Department of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) Executive Director Kennedy T. Costales, and PhilFIDA OIC-Regional Director Mary Anne R. Molina personally handed over the P50 million check to Governor Joseph C. Cua

“The MOA for the rehabilitation of typhoon-damaged abaca areas in Catanduanes aims to foster cooperation among each party and manifests their obligations for the effective and efficient implementation of the project,” the province said.

Governor Cua was very thankful after the abaca rehabilitation project was finally launched.

“We will all work together for the rehabilitation of our typhoon damaged abaca areas,” Gov. Cua said.