A total of 15,353 rice farmers from Batangas and Quezon had already received P5,000 each as of April 8, 2020, under the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) program of the Department of Agriculture.

According to Regional Director Arnel V. de Mesa, more rice farmers from Batangas, Quezon, and Laguna will benefit from the program as the Regional Rice Program is in close coordination with the concerned local government units and the Landbank of the Philippines to speed up the processing of necessary documents thus, to distribute cash grant as early as possible via cash/prepaid card or other electronic modes.

The beneficiaries under FSRF are smallholder farmers registered under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) regardless of tenurial status whose landholding and/or tilling one hectare and below.

โ€œFSRF covers rice farmers whose province was not included in the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance program of the Department,โ€ Director de Mesa cleared up. โ— (RFL, DA-RAFIS)