Rice farmers affected by RA 11203 to receive cash assistance
The rice farmers who has been struggling since the the passage of Republic Act (RA) No. 11203 or the rice tariffication law (RTL) may soon receive cash assistance from the government.
This, as Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Agriculture Secretary William Dar have mutually agreed over the weekend the implementation of an assistance program to help rice farmers adjust to low prices of palay (paddy rice) following the passage of RA 11203.
It entails an unconditional cash assistance that will be allocated and distributed to RTL-affected farmers by expanding the ongoing Survival and Recovery (SURE) program of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The expansion of SURE to assist rice farmers will also build on the good experience under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The expanded SURE program is in addition to the programs and projects mandated under the Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund (RCEF), the annual P10-billion fund established under RA 11203 to be sourced from the Bureau of Custom (BOC)’s collection of tariffs on rice imports by private traders following the enactment of this law.
“This unconditional cash assistance program is meant to help cushion the initial impact of lower palay prices on our farmers as they transition to the new rice tariffication regime,” Dominguez said.