July 18, 2024

A total of 1,502 corn farmers are expected to receive their fuel discount assistance amounting to P4,506,000 as the distribution of fuel discount cards in the Cordillera started through a caravan.

The caravan was held simultaneously in Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province from June 8 to 10 while the remaining two provinces are scheduled simultaneously on June 15 and 16 in designated distribution areas.

Under the program, each qualified corn farmer is granted P3,000 worth of fuel discount as part of DA’s instituted measures with the constant increase of fuel prices that affect agricultural operations, thus, maximizing the use of farm machinery and facilities.

The beneficiaries must present their cards upon purchase of fuel or diesel from the partner oil companies to avail of the fuel discount.

Ronan Soriano of the Regional Corn Program said the fuel discount can be availed by the farmers one to two weeks after receipt of the discount card or when the USSC has sent them a confirmation message.

The discount may be claimed through their authorized representative who shall present his/her valid ID, discount card, PIN, authorization letter, and valid ID of the owner.

Qualified corn farmers are those who registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture.

The individual or his/her farmer’s cooperative or association must also own functional machinery with proof of ownership and must be further listed in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Management Information System (Abemis).

“The qualifications set by the government and its partner USSC assures that those who fulfill the requirements are the true beneficiaries for this support of the government,” Regional Technical Director for Operations Danilo P. Daguio said during the card distribution for Benguet farmers in Baguio City.

The program also caters to fisherfolk who are enlisted in the Farmers and Fisherfolk Registry System with registered motorized motorboats in the Abemis.

Distribution of cards for the fisherfolks is also ongoing through the DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Cordillera. – Press release