DA urges farmers to enlist in RSBSA to benefit from RCEF
As local farmers struggle due to the effect of rice import influx, the Department of Agriculture (DA) urges individual farmers to enlist in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and join organizations to access agriculture-related programs and services including the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
The RCEF is a provision under the Rice Tariffication Law. It has a P10 billion budget which will be allotted for government programs, that aims to help farmers through machine, credit, and extension support to improve the competitiveness of the Filipino rice farmers.
The RSBSA is an electronic database containing basic information of farmers and fisherfolks, and members of DA-accredited farmer organizations (FOs) such as multipurpose cooperatives, irrigators’ associations, and people’s organizations.
Farmers, farm workers and their dependents must be enlisted to have access on the benefits of the RCEF. Farmers who are already enlisted in the DA-updated RSBSA will be prioritized this 2019 dry season. Meanwhile, those who have just registered will be included in the seed distribution in the succeeding planting season.
To register in the RSBSA, individuals must be 18 years old at the time of registration, a Filipino citizen, and must be a farmer, farm laborer/worker. They must also fill up the RSBSA form which can be acquired through their city or municipal agriculture office or online through the DA website.
Aside from the form, registrants must also present one original and photocopy of any valid identification cards such as SSS/GSIS UMID card, postal ID, TIN card, passport, PRC ID, OWWA/iDOLE card, voter’s ID or certification from the election officer with dry seal, PNP firearms license, senior citizen ID, or valid school ID for students.
For registrants without valid ID, a duly signed barangay certification containing his/her permanent residence may be secured. They must also present proof of farming activity such as evidence of land ownership (land title/ certificate of land ownership/ deed of donation/ lease of agreement), municipal/city/ barangay business permit, or geo-tagged photos of their farm, if possible.
The DA is partnering with the local government units (LGU) to guide farmers on RSBSA registration and membership to existing of formation of new farmer organizations (FO).
“The program does not only aim to reduce the cost of production and increase farmers’ yields, but it also intends to strengthen FOs through agro-enterprise and collective activities.” DA said.