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CamSur corn farmers receive government fuel subsidies.

LEGAZPI CITY, PHILIPPINES – 621 corn growers from six municipalities and one city in Camarines Sur received PHP3,000 in fuel subsidies from the Department of Agriculture in Bicol (DA-5).

Emily Bordado, a DA-5 representative, said the government aid was distributed in two batches in an interview on Friday.

“The first batch of 450 corn farmers was delivered last Wednesday at the DA 5 regional office in Pili, Camarines Sur, for the towns of Baao, Pili, Ocampo, and Bula, while the second batch of 171 corn farmers was handed today in Iriga City for the towns of Iriga City, Bato, and Buhi,” Bordado said.

According to her, the subsidy can only be used to purchase gasoline or diesel at participating or accredited gas stations.

“Among other farm machinery, the fuel discount can be used for pumps, engines, tractors, combine harvesters, and corn shellers,” she noted.

A maize farmer must be registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) or listed in the Farmers and Fisherfolk Registry System to be eligible for the fuel subsidy (FFRS).

The beneficiary or his or her association must also own machinery, as evidenced by the following documents: certificate of agricultural and fishery machinery and equipment registration from the local government unit (LGU); certification from the Municipal Agriculture Office that the farmer/fisher or association is the owner of the machinery; sales/cash invoice/official receipt of the machinery; memorandum of the agreement including property transfer receipt; or deed of donation.

According to Bordado, 3,880 corn farmers in Bicol will receive the PHP3,000 fuel subsidy, with a total budget of PHP11.6 million.

She stated that DA has been actively promoting mechanization in agriculture and fisheries to modernize and increase productivity. As a result, one of the most significant components of the operating cost in farming and fishing is fuel.

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