Grateful for free irrigation, Caraga farmers donate 200 sacks of rice

BUTUAN CITY—Thankful for President Rodrigo Duterte’s free irrigation policy, the biggest federation of irrigators in the region has donated 200 sacks of rice to the government.

Members of the Caraga Irrigators Association Federation, Inc. (CIAFI) donated the sacks of rice to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Caraga (DSWD-Caraga) for the agency’s disaster relief programs, DSWD-Caraga information officer Eunice Plaza said Wednesday.

Valued at Php200,000, Plaza said the donated rice will help replenish the agency’s supplies following the onslaught of several typhoons that hit the region. It will also bolster the agency’s assistance to the ongoing Marawi relief operations, she said.

CIAFI president Filomeno O. Buco said the donation was their way of expressing gratitude to Pres. Duterte for providing them free irrigation.

“The free irrigation water is a big help to us. We are giving in return to help the victims of calamities,” Buco said.

DSWD-Caraga officer Ramel Jamen said the agency delivered a total of 12,765 family food packs to typhoon victims in the region last month. The agency has also contributed Php. 43.6 million worth of assistance to Marawi siege victims. (Noel B. Najarro/PNA)