NAKATAKDANG ipatupad ng Department of Agriculture (DA) ang “Fuel Discount for Farmers and Fisherfolk” program.

Ayon kay Agriculture Secretary William Dar, ang programa ay sa ilalim ng Special Provision No. 20 ng General Appropriations Act (GAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 o Republic Act (RA) 11639.

“We sincerely thank President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the honorable members of the Senate and House of Representatives for approving and appropriating P500 million for the fuel subsidy program that will benefit millions of Filipino farmers, fishers, and consumers nationwide,” sabi ni Dar.

“The fuel discount will definitely help reduce the production and transport costs of major farm and fishery products, and subsequently temper their respective market prices, thus benefiting producers and consumers alike,” dagdag ng DA chief.

Nakasaad sa 2022 GAA Special Provision No. 20 on Fuel Discount to Farmers and Fisherfolk, na:

“The amount of Five Hundred Million Pesos (P500,000,000) appropriated herein shall be used to provide fuel discount to farmers and fisherfolk when the average Dubai crude oil price based on Mean of Platts Singapore (MOPS) for three months reaches or exceeds Eighty Dollars (USD 80) per barrel: Provided, that the farmer or fisherfolk beneficiary owns and operates an agricultural and fishery machinery individually or through a farmer organization, cooperative or association: Provided, further, that in the case of fisherfolk, their fishing vessels are registered in the Integrated Boat Registry System or DA-BFAR’s BOATR: Provided, finally, that for the farm machinery owned and/or operated by individual farmers or farmers’ organization, proof of ownership shall be provided.

“The DA Regional Field Units and BFAR Regional Offices shall issue fuel vouchers to qualified beneficiaries to claim the fuel discount, and likewise authorized to deduct one and half percent (1.5%) of said amount for administrative and other operational expenses.

“The DA shall furnish the Oversight Committee on Agriculture a copy of the implementing guidelines and submit quarterly reports on the implementation of the program.”

Samantala, sinabi ni DA Undersecretary for Operations Ariel Cayanan na dapat nakarehistro ang mga kuwalipikadong benepisyaryo sa DA Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBA) at sa Fisherfolk Registry System ng BFAR.