Chiz eyes copra
farmers as CCT beneficiaries
By Office of Senator Chiz
December 6, 2012
PASAY CITY –
Senator Chiz Escudero is seeking the inclusion of copra farmers
affected by the declining prices of copra in the market as
beneficiaries in the government’s conditional cash transfer program.
“The Department of
Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development
(DSWD) should intervene. If they have the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino
Program (4Ps) for the poor, they should also have financial aid for
the copra farmers and workers who are affected by the very low price
of copra in the market,” Escudero said during a visit to Tacloban
The senator said copra
farmers who are affected are not only from Eastern Visayas (Region 8)
but also from the Bicol Region, where he hails from.
Escudero also questioned the
accuracy of the National Household Targeting System of the DSWD in
distributing the conditional cash transfer.
“Kasi kung accurate lang
talaga ang national home targeting system ng DSWD, e di ang copra
farmers and workers, dapat sa ngayon beneficiaries na sila ng Pantawid
program. Ang tanong ko, lahat ba sila beneficiary niyan?,” he said.
Escudero said the DSWD
should ensure that all affected copra farmer households are given
their 4Ps. For those who are not yet included in the program, the DA,
for its part, should provide subsidy and alternative livelihood while
copra’s price in the market is still low, he said.
“Maraming apektado ngayon.
Sana binabantayan ng Deparment of Agriculture at ng PCA iyan na
kapagka mababa ang presyo, magbigay sila ng sistensya sa mga pamilya,
sa mga coconut farmers dahil maraming hindi makakapag-enroll, maraming
hindi makakapasok sa baba ng presyo ng kopra ngayon. At dapat nagshi-shift
din sila ng assistance depende sa pandaigdigang presyo ng mga
produktong umaasa ng kita ang ating mga kababayan, the senator said.
Escudero also called on the
DA to closely monitor the prices of copra and its effects on the copra
“On a yearly basis or on the
monthly basis, dapat binabantayan ng DA iyan. Dapat tinitignan ang
presyo para malaman kung apektado nga ba ang partikular na grupo ng
magsasaka o hindi. Para mabigyan sila ng assisstance, subsidy o
alternative habang mababa ang presyo,” Escudero said.