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Camiguin LGUs step up livelihood, social programs amid pandemic

With the suspension of usual agricultural trade, farmers and households in the island were supported through the release of P310,000 to 8 Plant Now, Pay Later Program beneficiaries, allocation of 400 packs of Pinakbet vegetables to 58 Barangays, and identification of 125 beneficiaries for the Survival and Recovery (SURE)-Aid program from the Department of Agriculture (DA)–10 to perpetuate agricultural activity on the island amid the crisis.

In addition, the provincial government provided 5 kgs of assorted vegetable seeds to 75 beneficiaries and 100 bags of certified rice seeds (NSIC RC 222 variety), and conducted information education campaign on the “Plant Plant Plant” program during the Provincial and Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council meetings to further supplement DA-10’s COVID-19 interventions and departmental goals.

As part of the agricultural rejuvenation campaign, the local government conducted an orientation on financial literacy at Camiguin Polytechnic State College-Landbank Foundation, and Plant Now Pay Later Program and “Plant Plant Plant” program to 33 barangays through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in collaboration with the Provincial General Services Office (PGSO). 

The province also distributed 24,096 family food packs to augment food commodities and hygiene kits to highly affected families, wherein 24 senior citizens aged 95 years old and above were given food supplies. Door to door deliveries of family food packs and hygiene kits were also conducted for the persons with disability (PWDs) in Barangay Alangilan, Sagay, and house to house delivery of social amelioration grants worth P6,000 each to eligible families amidst COVID-19.

Minimum public health standards are strictly followed throughout the conduct of the said distributions. 

For the upcoming harvest season of Lanzones fruit in the province, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said farmers are allowed to sell their produce outside the province but should be strictly guided by health protocols set by the Regional Task Force on COVID-19. (VPSB/PIA10)

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