DSWD grants farmers’ rice request
Following the gathering after SONA, hundreds of farmers went camping outside the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Cagayan de Oro, and asked for rice support, stating that El Niño took its toll on their livelihood, Inquirer reported.
The agency eventually granted their request.
The farmers belonged to the Organisasyon sa mga Yanong Obrerong Nagkahiusa (Ogyon) and Kahugpungan sa mga Maguuma sa Bukidnon, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the report said.
After camping for a night outside the compound of the DSWD regional office, the farmers started moving out in dump trucks, buses and jeepneys on Tuesday, Oliver Inodeo of the regional department’s social marketing unit said.
The local farmers decided to leave following Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo’s order to release about 4,000 sacks of rice.
At least 4,000 more sacks of rice would be distributed to families affected by El Nino phenomenon, which will be taken from the National Food Authority warehouse in Valencia, Bukidnon, said department’s assistant regional director for operations, Aldersey dela Cruz.
Taguiwalo said in a text message to Inquirer that it was vital that the farmers be given the support they were requesting.