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Better late than never: Capiz vows to distribute delayed aid to farmers

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After a delay, farmers in Capiz province will soon get some P12.736 million in financial assistance from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

Provincial agriculturist office head Sylvia dela Cruz said the delay in the distribution of the assistance was mainly due to Tropical Depression Agaton.

She said the P12,736,800 will be distributed to the farmers whose towns were placed under a state of calamity.

Other factors for the delay included :

– the delayed finalization of master lists of affected farmers
– limited number of personnel authorized to process cash advances
– limited funds to be advanced to the authorized personnel due to Commission on Audit guidelines
– other major activities like barangay election and “Capiztahan”

Dela Cruz said some P13,076,100 had already been distributed to the farmers earlier, with each farmer beneficiary getting P2,175.

Also, she said financial assistance for the affected farmers of Pontevedra, Sigma and Panitan towns were already released.

The assistance for farmers in Maayon had been partially released and the fund to aid the affected farmers for Cuartero and Mambusao towns is ready, she said.

Earlier this year, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council realigned P26 million from the province’s calamity fund for the post-disaster rehabilitation and recovery assistance to farmers heavily affected by flooding due to “Agaton.”