BONTOC, Mountain Province – Ninety-one fisherfolk in Bontoc received their cash aid last April 19 at the Municipal Capitol.
Each beneficiary received P3,000, aside from P2,000 worth of food packs containing half-cavan rice, two trays of eggs, and three kilos of chicken previously given to them.
The food and cash aid is under the Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolk Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and funded through the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.
The program aims to help fisherfolk severely affected by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Administrative Officer IV Ross Kiat-ong from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist.
The last batch of beneficiaries, comprising of 50 farmers, have yet to receive their P5,000 cash assistance. The recipients shall allot P2,000 from the P5,000 cash assistance to purchase goods or food for their families.
Mayor Franklin Odsey thanked the BFAR for its continuing assistance to the municipality. He said the cash and food assistance is of great help to the farmers and fisherfolk who were gravely affected by the pandemic. – Alpine L. Killa