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February 09, 2014 1804

MOA on ARCCESS Project

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to conduct Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Enterprise Support Services (ARCCESS) project at a ceremony held recently at SDSSU campus, Tandag City last July 3, 2013. The MOA covers the Organizational and Enterprise Needs Assessment and Design Assessment of the proposed “Rice Production and Palay Trading” and “Crop Trading.” These are to be… Read More..
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Feb 09, 2014 1612

Farmers Lead 25th CARP Anniversary

The Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Agusan del Norte led the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) where more than a thousand of farmers joined the motorcade and a farmers’ forum was held last June 14, 2013 in Agusan del Norte. Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay said, “All we have done so far is addressing the challenges in bringing the CARP implementation process towards the successes of the… Read More..
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Feb 09, 2014 1477

DAR Gears Up For Mechanized Farming

The Department of Agrarian Reform in the province of Agusan del Norte through Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (DAR-ARCCESS) recently conducted a 2-day formulation of Policies, Systems and Procedures (PSPs) and orientation of Common Services Facilities (CSFs) for mechanized farming held recently at Brgy. Tagabaca, Butuan City and Baleguian, Jabonga. The ARCCESS program is a government led initiative to help farmer beneficiaries transform from mere producers… Read More..
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Feb 09, 2014 1363

DAR Agusan Norte Surpassed Land Distribution Target

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Agusan del Norte has set a record breaking 160 percent performance in land distribution from the annual projection of 1,370 hectares even before the 1st semester ends. As early as June 15, 2013, records showed that the office distributed a total of 2,198 hectares of agricultural lands to 1,248 farmer beneficiaries against this year’s target of 1,370 hectares. The remaining fifteen (15) days of the 1st semester is focused on the delivery of the additional… Read More..

Winning the War amidst Poverty

Winning the War amidst PovertyBorn to poor parents in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, Brenda Dagangan Beltran, was initiated in the difficulties of life at an early age, she was helping her family’s daily needs. She sold native food or “kakanin” that she learned to cook from her mother.

Brenda became popular in the neighborhood for her “kakanin” from whose earnings she supported herself until she finished her secondary education.

After graduating from high school, Brenda knew her “kakanin” income could neither send her to further schooling, nor could her parents with their small income help in her ambition to earn a college degree.

In May 1984, she married Petronilo Montante and they settled in Barangay Canaway, Kitcharao. When Typhoon “Nitang” struck that year, the couple tasted the hardship of married life. The storm destroyed houses, banana plantations, crops, uprooted fruit and coconut trees. The tropical cyclone devastated the town physically and most of its residents, emotionally. But for Brenda and Petronilo, “the typhoon was a mere test and challenge to our determination to confront the difficulties ahead”.

They soon found themselves peddling bakery products. Petronilo woke up at 2:00 o’clock one morning, hitched a ride on a passing vehicle and dropped at a bakery. He convinced the proprietor to take him as bread peddler on consignment basis. As Petronilo became immersed in selling bread, Brenda took to cooking and selling sweet potatoes, “suman” and other pastries. In time, the couple’s earnings increased that pushed them to engage in rice trading through barter and later ventured into copra-buying. They almost gave up after losing so much copra transactions, but subsequent ones provided them substantial profit to recoup previous losses with a modest gain to keep.
success-story-winning-the-war-amidst-povertyIn the year 2000, the Department of Agrarian Reform awarded the Beltran’s cocoland they tilled for years with 2.9235 hectares under the Government-Owned Land (GOL) scheme. A Surigao City-based Chinese copra buyer, who had been the couple’s long-time coconut buyer, entrusted them P 5,000 as capital. The Beltran’s bought a second-hand Isuzu Elf truck and home appliances out of the amount plus their savings.

In 2002, there was an accident that involved their vehicle and their savings were drained since they were obliged to shoulder the passengers’ hospital expenses. The couple’s Chinese coconut buyer helped them by handing them P 200,000 as capital to purchase a replacement for the damaged truck.

Learning enough experience in managing their business, Petronilo now takes charge of operation while Brenda looks after administrative matters.

Their two sons are enrolled at Father Saturnino Urios University. Aside from the house and lot, the Beltran’s also has their own a warehouse, a car, and a six-wheeler Hino Elf truck. They keep two carabaos for their farm, and they also raise 20 heads of cattle and goats, and chickens as well.

Brenda confided that “Hardships strengthened my faith in God. I constantly prayed to Him with utmost humility and religiously complied with my commitment of offering to God more than 10 percent of our earnings as tithe even during difficult times. I worked until midnight and my husband and I have disciplined us to live and spend within our means.”