ANTIQUE, Philippines – Three batches of Provincial Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Information Caravan with combined more than 400 farmers mostly composed of farmer participants were held in the Province of Antique last October 14, 15, and 18, 2019 in the municipalities of Barbaza, Patnongon, and San Jose, respectively.
Representatives from various RCEF components such as Seed Program to be facilitated by Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice); Credit Program to be implemented by Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP); and Extension Services to be conducted by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with supervision of ATI were present to discuss their corresponding functions as well as their needed requirements in order for the farmers to avail their services.
After every discussion, an open forum was organized that enabled the farmer participants to air out their questions, comments, suggestions, and other concerns regarding the program. Most of them asked about the process in registering to Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), the schedule of distributing the seeds and trainings on farm machineries, and the reasons why the lack of inclusion of farm inputs, marketing component, and irrigation in the program.
This information caravan is an awareness campaign designed to provide information about the RCEF’s benefits and services, which was created under the RA 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).