DA launches anti-poverty program calls 4K
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has launched a sustainable livelihood program for the members of the Indigenous People (IP) which aims to lift thousands of tribal families from poverty over the next five years.
Called the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng mga Kapatid ng Katutubo (4K), the program is a complete contrast of the controversial 4Ps or Conditional Cash Transfer, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
“The 4K Program, which I designed personally following the directive of President Rody Duterte for DA to help in the development of the Tribal Communities, revolves around activities which the Indigenous People are very familiar with, including the planting of trees,” Piñol said.
With the DA as the lead agency, each family in the Ancestral Domain will be asked to identify a five-hectare area for his Tree Farm.
Through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), the DA will implement a No-Interest, No-Collateral, Pay-Upon-Harvest loan program amounting to P300,000 for 5 hectares of Tree Farm with a 500-tree population per hectare.
The loan will be released on a monthly basis at P5,000 per month based on the assumption that the 4K Family will ensure that all 500 trees are growing and they will be given a monthly “maintenance” incentive of P2 per tree.
“In five years, the trees, when harvested are estimated to fetch a minimum of P2,000 each or an estimated gross income of P1-million per hectare or P5-million for the five hectares,” Piñol further said.
After the advanced “maintenance incentive loan” totalling P300,000 is deducted and paid back to ACPC, the 4K Program Participating Family is expected to earn at least P4 million.