Two hundred thirty-eight abaca farmers from Brgy. Dugui Too received cash incentives for the Abaca Rehabilitation from the Provincial Government of Catanduanes through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) in partnership with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) at the Provincial Capitol Lobby on November 8, 2017.
From the P1.2 Million allocated by the Provincial Government for the project, an amount of 512,667 pesos was funded for the Abaca Disease Eradication Project, while, the remaining P687,333 covered the cash incentives for the abaca farmers of Barangay Dugui Too and Dugui Wala
On the other hand, the 72 abaca farmers from Dugui Wala were not able to come to the awarding due to harsh weather.
Nelia Teves, the Provincial Agriculturist, Officer-in-Charge, explained that the recipients will receive varied amount of cash incentives depending on the number of abaca sucker planted. One abaca sucker costs three pesos.
Leo Teleb, the barangay captain of Dugui Too, expressed his gratitude in behalf of his constituents for granting the abaca farmers the opportunity to receive cash incentives under this program. He said, rehabilitation of their abaca fibers is very crucial and timely because of the damage caused by the previous super typhoon.
Florida Vargas, a recipient from Dugui Too, explained that this project serves as an aid to recover their abacas which is their livelihood and main source of income.
“Naomok man po kami ta maski papano kahalayo mi baga sa Dugui, nakabali kami sa programang ini nin PhilFIDA buda OPAG”, said Lily Marquez, a wife of an abaca farmer residing in Dugui Too, Virac Catanduanes.
Governor Joseph C. Cua assured the beneficiaries that the provincial government will continue to support and provide assistance to the abaca industry until they are able to recover their lands.
At present the Provincial Government is anticipating 50 Million pesos Abaca Rehabilitation Fund approved by the Department of Agriculture which will further aid the abaca farmers in other municipalities.