The conflict-ridden Central African Republic will be the beneficiary of a much-needed assistance package from the European Union after Brussels announced the release of €26.5 million in emergency aid for vulnerable families affected by the humanitarian crisis in the country and its spill-over into neighbouring states.The announced funding comes as some 2.5 million, half of the Central African Republic’s population, are in need of assistance as the crisis has triggered an influx of refugees into neighbouring countries.
Sweden has confirmed that it is also freezing funding to Zambia over suspected misuse of funds within Social Cash Transfer programme in Zambia. Sweden through its development arm SIDA is freezing support along with Finland, Great Britain and Ireland.
A total of 442 abaca farmers benefited from “Cash for Work” Incentive under the P50 Million Abaca Rehabilitation program of Department of Agriculture (DA) in Catanduanes. According to the province, of the total recepients, 269 abaca farmers came from Bagamanoc, 93 came from Panganiban, while 80 from Viga amounting to over a million pesos. Provincial Agriculturist Nelia Teves revealed that 100% of the targeted farmers from Bagamanoc and Panganiban were present in the awarding of cash incentives.