GIFTING FARMERS ON CARP’S 27TH ANNIVERSARY. The Department of Agrarian Reform in Caraga made the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program’s 27th Anniversary celebration more meaningful and memorable for agrarian reform beneficiaries by gifting them with P17,755,153 worth of farm equipment, credit assistance and crop protection insurance.
Left photo shows DAR-13 new Regional Director Julita Ragandang (third from right) answering a question as (from right) Agusan del Sur Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) ll Paysal Tumog All Hajj, Agusan del Norte PARO ll Andre Atega, DAR-13 Assistant Regional Director Daylinda Narisma, Surigao del Sur PARO II Benjamin Mataksil and Surigao del Norte-Dinagat Islands PARO ll Jose Sebucao listen during a press conference. Right photo shows RD Ragandang (third from right), to her right, Department of Agriculture-13 Regional Director Edna Mabeza, ARD Narisma, Land Bank of the Philippines-Agusan del Norte Lending Center head Jimmy Arco, PARO Atega (extreme right) and an agrarian reform beneficiary display a P400,000 credit assistance check for 35 Agusan del Norte agrarian reform beneficiaries. (Photos by Pat Samonte)
CaragaBUTUAN CITY – In commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Caraga gave out P17.755 million worth of farm equipment, credit assistance and crop protection insurance to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Region 13 Tuesday at the Main Atrium of Robinsons Place here.
The affair was led by newly-assigned Caraga Regional Director Julita A. Ragandang, who assured to continue the distribution of the remaining agricultural lands to qualified farmer-beneficiaries in the region.
Ragandang took over last April 14 the DAR-Caraga top post from Director Faisar A. Mambuay, who was assigned as Regional Director of DAR-Region 10 pursuant to Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes’ Department Order No. 107, Series of 2015.
Totalling P9,489,066, the farm equipment consisted of two 4WD tractors, seven rice threshers, two power cultivators and a reaper from the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Services (ARCCESS), a project implemented by DAR to help improve productivity and income of ARBs through their organizations. The beneficiaries were three cooperatives from Agusan del Sur, one from Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, one from Cabadbaran City, six from Surigao del Norte and one from Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands.
Three hundred seventeen ARBs received a total of P6,975,000 credit assistance from the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP), a joint partnership of the DAR, Department of Agriculture (DA), and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) in order to address the credit requirements of agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) not eligible to access the bank’s regular lending window.
Checks amounting to P1,291,087 from DAR-Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (DAR-PCIC) were handed to 439 ARBs as insurance protection through premium subsidy against crop losses arising from natural calamities, plant diseases and pest infestation.
During a press conference, Ragandang stressed that her office was determined in the effort to help agrarian reform beneficiaries improve their lives through support projects, credit assistance and other interventions.
In the same vein, the DAR-13 chief pointed out that most agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in Caraga had achieved the highest level of development and that each ARB’s income has reached P120,000 per year.
In her message, Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga Regional Director Edna Mabeza noted that the DA and DAR have practically the same farmers to serve and stakeholders. She said that while DAR’s goals are to distribute agricultural lands and to improve the ARBs’ living standard, the DA’s primary tasks are to achieve 100 percent food sufficiency in the region and to raise the soil tillers’s quality of life as well.
For his part, Land Bank of the Philippines-Agusan del Norte head Jimmy Arco said that with regard to helping farmers, LBP will be on hand to partner with government agencies to provide organized ARBs credit assistance.
The whole event had DAR-Caraga Regional Information Officer Joie Ceballos as presentor and master of ceremonies. (By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor)