Villar wants to include cash aid for farmers in the 2021 national budget
Senator Cynthia Villar proposed that cash aid for small farmers should be included in the national budget for 2021.
Through a resolution filed by Villar, she is aiming for a special provision that cash assistance should be given to small farmers who were badly affected by the three most recent typhoons that hit the Philippines.
She made this proposal during the deliberation on the proposed budget for next year of the Department of Agriculture and its support agencies.
Amid this kind of calamities, small farmers are among those who are suffering. Based on the report from Manila Bulletin, Villar, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, said that the agriculture sector has estimated damage of P10-billion.
This figure is based on the initial estimates of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the agricultural damage brought by typhoons “Quinta,” “Rolly,” and “Ulysses”, as of the writing.
The Senator said that the Bureau of Customs earmarked for the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund’s excess revenue should be allotted to farmers who own one hectare and below.
In order to avail the cash aid, Villar said that the beneficiaries, as a sole qualification, should be registered in the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA) to cover up their farm income and help them start anew.
Based on the report, a record from the Bureau of Customs stated that there is an approximately P5 billion tariff collection in excess of the P10 billion collected in 2019 (P2.3 billion).
As of September 2020, P3 billion was collected under RA 11203, or the Rice Tariffication Law. It is stated in the law that DA can have this excess collection through the allotment of Congress and this will cover the amount of cash aid that will be given to small farmers.
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