ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has rolled out its fuel discount program for farmers to cushion the effect of the constant oil price hike in the world market.

In a statement Wednesday, DA-9 Executive Director Rad Donn Cedeño said the program has initially benefited at least 313 farmers in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, during the distribution that started early this week.

Cedeño said qualified beneficiaries are those who use machinery in their farms or in fishing.

“This program aims to strengthen farm mechanization and increase productivity in the region,” he added.

Each recipient received a discount card containing an amount of PHP3,000 or for a total of PHP939,000 in Dapitan alone.

The fuel discount for corn farmers and fisher folk program is funded under Special Provision No. 20 of the General Appropriation Act (GAA) Fiscal Year 2022.

Zamboanga Peninsula has 5,156 total corn farmer-beneficiaries with PHP15,468,000 total amount of fuel discount. (PNA)