Davao Oriental readies for CBLA implementation

Just recently, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 together with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 11 and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) 11 convened the Irrigators Association (IA) and the provincial local government unit of Davao Oriental to plan for the smooth implementation of the Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) which will be done in September this year.

Formerly known as Cash-for-work Program by the DSWD, CBLA is an intervention program for duly affected rice farms that needs desilting of paddy dikes wherein its beneficiaries are coming from the 4P’s (PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program) and IAs.

The said beneficiaries will be hired for 10 days and compensated with regional wage rate under the guidelines of DSWD program.

With DSWD’s budget of P126 million for the initiative, Davao Oriental will be allocated with P32.05 million.

With Davao Oriental’s budget, Lupon is allocated with P13.5 million for the desilting of canals and construction of the farm ditches while 16 Communal Irrigation Systems (CIS) from the different municipalities have an allocation of P18.7 million.

During the meeting, Regional Rice Program Coordinator Edel Dondonilla said that on the agriculture sector’s part, they will donate a total of 1,000 pieces of shovel for the entire CBLA program, hybrid rice seeds, fertilizer inputs, and laminated sacks to all 4Ps rice farmers.

“With these materials, we can fast track the completion of desilting the paddy dikes, and through this, we will now be able to promote livelihood programs such as hybridization and intercropping for sustainable rice production,” Dondonilla explained.

Series of coordination meetings to the different local government units of 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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