DA provides loans for farmers, fisherfolks

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct 9 (PIA) -- As the national government provides ways to curb and prevent the increasing cases of  coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) launched various programs for the Filipinos.


In the Laging Handa  Networking Briefing, Undersecretary Anthony Gerard Gonzales said the DA's Agriculture Credit Policy Council (ACPC) created a loan facility and has provided more than P100 million in loans to small farmers, fisherfolks, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Western Visayas.


Gonzales said  the zero-interest, no-collateral loan programs are part of the Expanded SURE Aid COVID-19 Program.


“As of September, DA's ACPC has released P96.53 million total loans under the SURE Aid  Program and almost 3,500 small farmers and fisherfolks in the Visayas region benefited from this,” Usec. Gonzales said during the October 7 episode.


The ACPC released P24.9 million in Aklan, P11.8 million in Antique, P9.8 million in Capiz, P1.8 million in Guimaras, P25 million in Iloilo, and P15 million in Negros Occidental


In addition,  there are P69.9-million loan applications for MSEs pending for approval and P37 million under evaluation, he added.


Meanwhile in Region 1,  the DA through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources  (BFAR) turned over 23 million pieces of bangus fry to eight local government units (LGUs) in the province of Pangasinan.


The distribution forms part of the immediate fish production support program of BFAR for rehabilitation and restoration of disrupted fish supply chains in Luzon and in support of the “Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19 Program" of DA.


The eight LGU recipients of bangus fish fry in Pangasinan with a total number beneficiary of 212 are as follows: Lingayen (11.3 million), Binmaley (5.3 million), Labrador (2.9 million), Calasiao (1.8 million), Bugallon (1.2 million), Mangaldan (200,000), Dagupan City (200,000), and Sual (100,000). 


The provincial government, through the Provincial Agriculture Office,  maintains three tilapia hatcheries in the province located in San Quintin, Sta. Barbara and Lingayen which provide tilapia fingerlings dispersed in communal bodies of water in the province. (JCR/JPD/RPM, PIA Pangasinan)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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