The Philippine Heart for Postharvest Growth and Mechanization (Filmec) warned farmers towards people trying to gather charges on tools being distributed via the federal government’s agricultural mechanization program.
Filmmake’s director Baldwin G. Jallorina stated in a current digital briefing that she has obtained experiences of people looking for processing charges from agricultural cooperatives and associations (FCAs) to facilitate the supply of farm equipment.
Mr. Jallorina stated that comfort payment can also be being sought from the suppliers of equipment to whom provide contracts have been awarded.
“At Filmeq we want to emphasize that we by no means authorize or tolerate the gathering of each processing and facilitation charges,” stated Mr. Jalorina.
“FCAs who’re desirous of changing into beneficiaries underneath the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Mechanization Program, to get free equipment underneath this system and to avail the coaching associated to this system, shall pay any payment with each fingers. No have to do extra on-line,” he stated.
In response to Mr. Jallorina, makes an attempt to gather charges have been reported in Pampanga, Bulakan, and Pangasinan.
“We’re nonetheless verifying the allegations. The experiences we obtained got here from the suppliers themselves and among the potential beneficiaries of this system. We opted to be cautious, however the issue received aggravated when the equipment suppliers themselves known as us to confirm the gathering of charges,” stated Mr. Jallorina.
“We obtained the report in early 2020. We’re conducting an inquiry and have sought the assistance of our staff within the space and the respective native authorities items (LGUs),” he stated.
As of September 28, Mr. Jallorina stated that Filmec has distributed 14,368 items of assorted agricultural equipment equivalent to 4 wheel tractors, hand tractors and floating tillers.
The RCEF has an annual allocation of P10 billion from 2019 to 2024 to assist farmers change into extra aggressive towards imported rice following the passage of the Republic Act No. 11203 or the Rice Tariff Regulation.
The equipment program is to obtain 50% of the RCEF allocation. , Ravin Michael D. Ochaway