The Department of Agriculture will extend emergency loans and food aid for farmers and fisherfolk who lost their livelihoods due to the clashes between government troops and the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Wednesday.
"Each farming and fisher folk family will be entitled to a Survival Loan of at least P5,000 and when things get back to normal, they could apply for a loan under the Recovery Program amounting to at least P20,000," Piñol said in a statement.
"In view of the difficulty in locating the farms of the farmers and the fisher folks, the DAF will relay mainly on the listing of DBM for the extension of the loans," Piñol added.
Rice, canned goods, and other relief items for agricultural workers will be "coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development which has the experience and the manpower to handle relief distribution," he said.
The agriculture chief said the canned goods were donated to the DA
by a Davao-based manufacturer who "pledged to produce enough volume to be able to provide the Halal food to the evacuees" affected by the clash in Marawi City.