DAR Caraga distributes farming facilities, checks to CARP beneficiaries

piaBUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga distributed on Tuesday common service facilities and checks to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) beneficiaries during their 2nd celebration of Ani at Biyaya ng CARP held at the Robinsons Place, this city.

The department had given 11 tractors, 17 rice threshers, four power tilt cultivators and two reapers to Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands agrarian beneficiaries.

All of the mentioned facilities were part of the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Services (ARCCESS). It is a project implemented by DAR to help improve productivity and income of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) through their organizations. Specifically, the project seeks to strengthen the business units of the ARB organizations, so that they can eventually manage business assets or activities related to farm production, post-harvest, marketing and processing.

In order to address the credit requirements of the agrarian reform beneficiaries' organizations (ARBOs), DAR in a joint partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) has distributed checks amounted to P6,975,000 to the ARBOs, that are not eligible to access the banks regular lending window.

Another set of checks worth P1, 291,087 was also handed to the beneficiaries as insurance protection through premium subsidy to Agrarian Credit Production Credit Program (APCP)/ Credit Assistance Program for Program Beneficiaries Development (CAP-PBD) against crop losses arising from natural calamities, plant diseases and pest manifestation. 

DAR Caraga regional director Julita Ragandang bared that as of December 2014, the department had already distributed 92 percent of the lands to the agrarian beneficiaries.

"As your newly-appointed DAR Caraga regional director, I am committed to work. Although there are challenges, expect our full commitment - from me and the rest of my team. DAR, with our efforts, will be a more vibrant and productive regional department," said Ragandang.

"I want to emphasize to our employees our goal as provided in our 1987 constitution and our existing agrarian reform laws to protect our farmers' rights through providing them the land titles. We will be facing different challenges and trials, but we will not give up. As implementers, we are determined to really contribute to the betterment of the beneficaries and the attainment of food security, among others," added Ragandang.

Right after the opening ceremony, Ragandang together with assistant regional director Daylinda Narisma, DA Caraga regional director Edna Mabeza and DAR provincial agrarian reform officers (PAROs) led the ribbon-cutting of the photo gallery exhibit and mini-trade fair at the Main Atrium of the Robinsons Place, here. (JPG/DJA/PIA-Caraga)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3021434502139/dar-caraga-distributes-farming-facilities-checks-to-carp-beneficiaries