The withdrawal of the Department of Social Welfare and Development from the Corporate Rice Farming Program of the Department of Agriculture has brought creative schemes that have made the program more viable for the farmers and the service providers as well, Department of Agriculture field operation officer Grace Cenas said yesterday.
DSWD is supposed to be the distribution arm of the program for the rice subsidy of its PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program, or 4Ps beneficiaries. President Rodrigo Duterte upon his assumption of office had ordered the addition of rice to the cash dole-outs to 4Ps members.
Cenas said that the gargantuan task of providing a depot for rice, hiring of additional people for its distribution, and other logistical matters have stopped the DSWD from entering into a Memorandum of Agreement with the DA and the service providers.
Regulate sidewalk vendors
A resolution requesting the City Administrator through Mayor Evelio Leonardia to regulate sidewalk vendors within the City of Bacolod, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.
The resolution authored by Councilor Ricardo Tan said the presence of sidewalk vendors in so many places, especially along the streets near the public markets, public and private schools, hospitals and many others can no longer be ignored.
It said these sidewalk vendors contribute very much to the congestion of places where they put up their businesses, disturb traffic, scatter garbage, and may even cause and contribute to the proliferation of petty crimesin the vicinity..
new jeepney solution
The modernization of the jeepney takes a step closer to realization as public and government pressure mounts on the Department of Transportation to implement its Jeepney Modernization Program that will effectively ban all jeepneys 15 years and older from plying the streets.
Leading truck body builder Centro Manufacturing Corp. has started to produce its prototype of the modern jeepney using the Isuzu NHR light truck platform. The prototype features a side entrance and perimeter, center-facing bench seats while the front will have doors on both sides.
The Isuzu-Centro jeepney prototype will be exhibited at the 2017 Isuzu Truck Fest at the SMX Convention Center, SM MOA, Pasay City from April 20 to 23.