Marcos distributes P162-M aid to Bicol farmers, fisherfolk

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    President Marcos has led the distribution of financial assistance amounting to P162 million and other government assistance and services to help the farmers and fisherfolk affected by El Niño in Bicol.

    Malacañang photo
    AID DISTRIBUTION — President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. leads the distribution of land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Pili, Camarines Sur on June 7, 2024. (Malacañang photo)

    Despite no state of calamity being declared over the Bicol Region as far as the dry spell is concerned, the following local governments received financial aid from the administration:

    • Camarines Sur: P50 million
    • Albay: P41.55 million
    • Masbate: P36.79 million
    • Sorsogon: P13 million
    • Camarines Norte: P10.28 million
    • Catanduanes: P10.23 million

     

    The weather phenomenon has affected around 80,479 families, or 368, 360 individuals from 918 barangays in the region. A total of 11,252.11 hectares of agricultural land were damaged, resulting in a total production loss of 21,333.88 metric tons worth P532.87 million.

    Around P26.25 million worth of assistance was provided to affected families in Bicol, while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) prepositioned nearly 40,000 family food packs worth P27.22 million along with P223.24 million worth of standby funds and stockpile.

    Meanwhile, President Marcos also led the distribution of a total of 2,115 certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) and electronic titles (e-titles) to 1,965 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), also in Bicol.

    He turned over 617 farm machinery and equipment (FMEs) worth P20.66 million to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs), while eight completed farm-to-market road (FMR) projects worth P193 million were turned over to different local government units in Camarines Sur. President Marcos said nine other FMR projects worth P675 million were already in the pipeline.

    In his speech during the aid distribution in Albay, Marcos assured El Niño-hit farmers, fisherfolk, and their families that the government would provide all necessary assistance even to those in far-flung areas.

    "Titiyakin po natin na ang bawat ayuda na [ipapamahagi] namin ay [makakarating] sa lahat ng mga pinaka-nangangailangan (We will make sure that the assistance will reach the intended beneficiaries)," he said.

    "Lahat ng mga paraan na [makakatulong] sa inyong pagiging produktibo, suportado ko at ng inyong pamahalaan (Everything that can help you be more productive has my and the government's support)," he added.

    In Pili, Camarines Sur, President Marcos assured the Bicolanos that the financial assistance and other aid distributed are part of the government’s “aggressive efforts” to help Filipinos in need.