Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos urged the government to include farmers and fishermen in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
The Ilocos Norte politiko said the non-inclusion of farmers and fishermen in the 4Ps is absurd since they are the most vulnerable.
“Many of our farmers and fisherfolk are not included in the barangay lists of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients even if they are the poorest of the poor because they reside in far flung communities hardly reached by welfare programs and are rarely visited by government social workers,” Marcos said.
She suggested that a new program called “Pantawid Kita” be made specifically for farmers and fishermen.o those given to regular 4Ps beneficiaries.
“Farmers and fisherfolk are the most vulnerable to adverse climactic conditions. Walang ani, walang nahuhuling isda, walang kinikita pag tag-ulan o bumabagyo. So they do not earn enough to feed their families and improve their living conditions,” Marcos said.
“We need to give our farmers and fishermen this basic income to end the tragedy that those who produce food and save many from hunger, are themselves unable to buy food or keep their families from being hungry,” she added.