Along with the agriculture sector, agencies such as DSWD 11, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) 11, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 11 and Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) coordinators attended the meeting wherein they carefully planned the utilization of the CBLA budget amounting to P126 million.

The CBLA is an intervention program for duly affected rice farms that needs desilting of paddy dikes and its beneficiaries are coming from the 4P’s (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) and other members of Irrigators Associations (IA).

The said beneficiaries will be hired for 10 days and compensated with P 226/day.

“Before the activity starts, the beneficiary/worker will be oriented on the nature of work, and we will hire only those who are interested and can really finish the 10-day work,“ according to PSWD Coordinator of Compostela Valley Province, Rainell Ayungao.

The CBLA program will not end only in desilting the paddy dikes, but it would also promote livelihood programs such as hybridization and intercropping for sustainable rice production.

On the other hand, DA regional director Remelyn Recoter stressed that even if Davao Region is known to be a high value crop producing region, it has also contributed to the rice production by 2.5%.

“The 100% rice sufficiency promoted by the government will not be completed without the 2.5% contribution from Davao Region,” Recoter humorously explained.

At present, coordination meetings with the different PLGUs in Davao Region will be carried out in the succeeding weeks to provide a centralized system before the implementation of CBLA. (Aggie Media Service

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