Philippines: Fuel subsidy for agri sector to start March 17


Farmers and fishers in Leyte will be the pioneer recipients of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Fuel Subsidy Program.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency on Wednesday, the DA said the program will kick off during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Tacloban, Leyte on Thursday, March 17.

Duterte raised the DA budget with a PHP24-billion top-up early this month. The portion of the additional fund will go to the PHP500-million Fuel Subsidy Program.

The subsidy will be divided between the farmers and fishers.

In his guesting at the “Laging Handa” briefing, DA Secretary William Dar said the voucher or discount cards will be accepted in Department of Energy-approved stations.

“The distribution of fuel discount cards will be first availed by qualified corn farmers and fisherfolk in Leyte, where each will receive a total subsidy of PHP3,000. To avail of the 30-percent discount on diesel or gasoline fuel, they should present their respective discount card/voucher to the accredited stations,” he said.

Dar added that rice farmers will be exempted from the selection of recipients as they are beneficiaries of the annual PHP5,000 subsidy under the Rice Farmer Financial Assistance (RFFA) or Rice Fund that was created by the Rice Tariffication Law.

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