Agusan del Norte agrarian beneficiary bags Land Bank’s Ulirang Magsasaka award

WEB NAT AGUSANAgrarian reform beneficiary Ruben Ragas, a vegetable farmer of Barangay Sanghan, Cabadbaran City, bagged the 2015 Ulirang Magsasaka award for Land Bank of the Philippine’s (LBP) Gawad sa Pinakatanging Kooperatiba (Gawad Pitak 2015) during its 52nd anniversary celebration.
 
Ragas and his wife Fe joyfully received the coveted award from Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. along with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, LBP President & CEO Gilda Pico, LBP Treasurer Roberto Tan and CDA Chairman Orlando Ravanera.
 
“Winning P100,000.00 worth of fixed assets is a big blessing and a great reward for my years of productive hard work tilling the land awarded to me by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR),” said Ragas.
 
In 2014, Ragas was also conferred as Ulirang Magsasaka 1st runner-up honors during the 24th Gawad Pitak where he won P75,000.00 fixed assets.
 
“I really appreciate Land Bank for recognizing our efforts and performance. It encourages us to do more for our families and to the community,” Ragas said.
 
Ragas has been tilling the land awarded to him by the DAR for 15 years. He practices integrated diversified farming where he produces a variety of crops and at the same time raises animals in his farm.
 
Ragas said he owes his success to DAR for the land and for empowering him with knowledge and opportunities through the department’s various programs and projects.
 
DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre Atega congratulated Ragas and his family for this milestone in their lives. “His success is also the success of DAR. His milestones depict the work we do in agrarian reform communities,” Atega said.
 
The Gawad Pitak award gives recognition to the farmer-sector and cooperatives whose hard work and effort promote positive outcome toward progress.  The awarding was held on August 7, 2015 at the Land Bank Plaza in Malate, Manila. (Gil E. Miranda)
 
Photo caption:
Ruben Ragas (with trophy) with his wife Fe (extreme right) poses with Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, LBP President & CEO Gilda Pico, LBP Treasurer Roberto Tan and CDA Chairman Orlando Ravanera after receiving his trophy as Ulirang Magsasaka for 2015.