The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte has provided PhP 7.3-million worth of support services to 19 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in Agusan del Norte to improve the lives of farmer-beneficiaries in the province.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Andre B. Atega said six (6) ARBOs received PhP3.8-million worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Agusan del Norte under its Integrated Livelihood Program (DOLE-ILP), while 13 ARBOs were granted by DAR with PhP3.5-million worth of project comprising farm machineries and farm inputs implemented through the Department’s Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP).
Atega said that through the joint effort of DAR and DOLE, the said ARBOs finally received a grant to purchase the needed equipment and initial materials for the group’s proposed enterprise projects.
“We are glad that through DOLE’s –ILP program, the PhP 3.8-miilion livelihood assistance would open up new opportunities to advance cooperative business enterprise, which could lead to the upliftment of lives of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs),” said Atega
Atega explained that the DAR, through CRFPSP, alloted PhP3.5-million to 13 ARBOs to help them deal with the problems of food shortage caused by climate change.
“The DAR provides the farmers with needed support services comprising farm machineries and livelihood support in the form of farm inputs aimed to address poverty challenges brought by climate change,” he said.
More than 1,000 agrarian reform beneficaries (ARBs) would benefit from the project.
DOLE Caraga Provincial Head Keith C. Duran said that they would continue providing livelihood grant assistance to various parts of agrarian reform communities in the province, hoping that it will uplift the farmers’ lives out from poverty
PARPO I Rodrigo B. Bitangcor underscored that the CRFPSP’s intervention is granted to those farmers who are living in a vulnerable area where farmers endured the effects of the weather brought by climate change.
“The agency successfully delivered the farm equipment and farm inputs to the ARBOs despite the reported delays due to office lockdown caused by corona virus pandemic,” Bitangcor said.
Welito T. Mante, Chairperson of the Basag Irrigator’s Association (Basag-IA), said they are very grateful to the DAR for its endeavor to extend various farm equipment and farm inputs to the ARBs.
“This is an answered prayer. Pasalamat gyud mi sa DAR, sa ilang package of intervention, dako ni’g tabang sa panginabuhian sa among grupo.” (We are very much grateful for the DAR’s package of intervention, it would be a great help to increase the income to our group),” Mante added. (PR)