ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur, Apr. 17 (PIA) – The Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) of the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office has recently turned over the P3.5 million worth of farm equipment comprised of one unit 90hp tractor and three units corn sheller to Remedios Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (REFAMCO) in Barangay Remedios, Esperanza, this province.
Agrarian Reform Program Officer I (ARPO I) Hanisarah Saripada of the provincial office, together with the staff of DAR Municipal Office of Esperanza headed by OIC-Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Joven Pizarro, and the REFAMCO officers attended the said event.
ARPO I Saripada informed that the turn-over ceremony would serve as a binding contract between DAR and REFAMCO, as a deed of donation was being signed. This will give the cooperative an assurance that the said farm equipments are already entrusted to them legally. She further said that hopefully, with the use of the said farm equipment, REFAMCO will progress into a more productive cooperative.
Meanwhile, MARPO Pizarro stressed that one of the purposes of ARCCESS is to improve the economic aspect of life of the farmer beneficiaries through provision of farm equipment that will not only aid the farmers as they cultivate the land awarded to them but also to become one of the income-generating assets of the cooperative that they are into.
“We will do our best to ensure utmost use of the entrusted equipment to us so that soon we will be able to sustain and maintain its usage as well as be able to purchase new equipment”, said Wilfredo C. Yongco Sr., REFAMCO chair, as he addressed Saripada’s challenge to them. (Hazel Hope V. Bautista, DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)