The Department of Agrarian Reform Agusan del Norte through the implementation of Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) has turned over P6 million worth of modern farm implements to two Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) recently.
Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes graced the said occasion. Also in the limelight were DAR Caraga Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay, OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Operation (ARDO) and Concurrent Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Andre B. Atega, CESO VI, DAR-Agusan del Norte, Governor Erlpe John M. Amante, together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, and some local chief executives.
Secretary Delos Reyes said “sana po ang equipment na ito ay magamit upang sa gayon mapababa nila ang production cost at tumaas ang kanilang kita para sa ikauunlad ng kanilang kabuhayan”, (Hopefully these equipment will be used to lower production cost and lead to boost farm productivity and improve farmers’ living condition.)
OIC-ARDO/PARO II Andre B. Atega, CESO VI said, “The new machines given to Tagabaca MPC and Baliguian Irrigators Association are investments for improving productivity and the future where the farmers can be one with machines than just with carabaos.”
Hon. Mayor Glicerio M. Monton, Jr. of Jabonga lauded DAR under the administration of Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes for its interventions that possibly bring his constituents into a dramatic increase in farm productivity.
“I am very thankful to DAR since Baliguian Irrigators Association is one of the recipients of ARCCESS program. This could be a great help to our farmers of becoming economically and commercially viable” Mayor Monton added.
The two organizations involved Tagabaca Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Baliguian Irrigators Association whose approved projects are Tagabaca Grains Center and Integrated Rice Production and Marketing, respectively.
Tagabaca Multi-Purpose Cooperative received machineries that includes 5 units hand tractors with implement, 4 units cultivator/power tiller and 2 units threshers, while Baliguian Irrigators are 3 units hand tractor with implements, 1 unit combine harvester and 3 units threshers.
ARCCESS Coordinator Raul N. Hermoso said that another two ARBOs will each receive P 3 million funding support from ARCCESS, namely, the Avanceña Beneficiary Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Sanghan ARC in Barangay Sanghan, Cabadbaran City, and the Palmavera Small Coconut Farmer Beneficiaries Cooperative of Mapcola ARC in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte. He also stated, “Aside from providing the farmers with common services facilities, DAR will also contract service providers that can assist the beneficiaries in using the new equipment.”
The said farm implements was granted to the said ARB Organizations, who will serve as conduits of the ARCCESS program to encourage other agrarian reform beneficiaries to become ARBO members. The program is in response to the mandate of Republic Act 9700 to provide subsidies to agrarian reform beneficiaries.