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Bistoyong highlights DAR’s anti-poverty programs and projects

news reg 11111 pix 1 oct. 23 2017Quezon City – The second leg of the government’s human development and poverty reduction forum dubbed as “Kilos SAMBAYANAN" (Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan) was simultaneously held in six strategic locations in the country on Friday, October 20, specifically in Vigan City, Naga City, Butuan City, Davao City, Cebu City and at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Auditorium in Quezon City.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), together with other line agencies of the government, converged to strengthen the implementation of “Kilos Sambayanan” with the objective of addressing the 10 basic needs of the poor, specifically on food, land reform, water, shelter, health, education, work, social protection, healthy environment, peace and participation.

The program is initiated by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO).

In her presentation on Friday, Agrarian reform Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong highlighted DAR’s anti-poverty programs and projects that benefited thousands of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in the country.

“Agrarian reform is not just distributing lands to landless farmers. Agrarian reform through its three major components– Land Tenure Improvement (LTI), Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) and Agrarian Justice Delivery (AJD) help the rural poor, specifically, the farmers in increasing their income and improving their living conditions,” Bistoyong emphasized.

The land, she pointed out, is the life of every farmer in the country where foods are grown, houses are founded and communities are established.

Under DAR’s support services office, farmers’ organizations and agrarian reform communities are provided with modern farm machines like threshers and heavy tractors and infrastructure projects such as bridges, farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities and communal irrigation systems, Bistoyong stressed.

“DAR also helps in accessing credit lines and conducts various farmers’ training on modern farming and basic business principles to help them become well-rounded farmer-businessmen,” she added.news reg 11111 pix 2 oct. 23 2017

“We are bringing Kilos SAMBAYANAN closer to the poor and marginalized sectors because our goal is to create a strong mass movement, politically and economically empowered to ensure that their needs are being addressed by their government, through active participation in governance and nationalist development,” NAPC secretary Liza Maza said.

Aside from the DAR, other government agencies working on the program include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

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P21-M project to enhance production of 847 abaca farmers in Agusan Norte

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 10 2017AGUSAN DEL NORTE—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said a total of 847 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) will soon benefit from a P21-million financial package from a partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project called Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment Project (Converge).

IFAD Project Managing Consultant Gomer G. Tumbali, said the project’s primary goal is to increase agricultural productivity of abaca farmers and promote their welfare and development.

“The project is expected to reduce poverty incidence by engaging the farmer-groups in value chain-based agricultural processes for abaca production in the area,” Tumbali said.

The recipients of the funds are farmers belonging to 21 peoples’ organizations (POs) and one cooperative identified as San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega said the funds will be utilized to enhance the production of farmers in 700 hectares of abaca plantation in the municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Santiago.

“It [the funds] would be used to purchase 27 units of portable abaca stripping machines and a 10-wheeler hauling truck for the farmers,” added Atega.

Atega said the DAR is now processing the documents for the procurement of the stripping machines and the hauling truck.

While waiting for the farm machines, DAR also partnered with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) to help train the farmers in abaca production.

“At present, the farmers are undergoing various training on strengthening their cooperatives and modern farming technologies in abaca production,” Atega said. (Gil Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte)

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Harvest Festival in Agusan del Norte

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 14 2017Twenty-five (25) agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) members of Doña Rosario CLOA Holders Vegetable Producers Association (DRCHVPA) recently conducted a Harvest Festival and Techno Expo product display at Barangay Doña Rosario, Tubay, Agusan del Norte to show case their vegetable produce for possible market opportunities.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II  Andre B. Atega said the group has  undergone an eight-month long training on communal vegetable project implemented by Winrock International in Caraga under the Philippine Cold Chain Project funded  by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and in partnership with the East West Seed Company.

He said the activity was a good opportunity to showcase their vegetable produce through product display to improve farmers’ confidence and there by improve their productivity by way of sharing their new ideas and technologies. 

DRCHVPA Chairman Hector Dela Cruz said vegetable farming is most fulfilling when vegetables grown results in increasing their farm income.

Dela Cruz thanked the DAR, local government partners and other key government agencies for the development in Tubay. 

The group promised to become commercially viable with the assistance provided by the DAR’s Project Converge and help in accessing other market for their produce.

DAR Planning Officer II Annelyn R. Chan, said that the sustainability of the project can be achieved if the members work together to reduce uncertainties from other factors in the production and marketing of their produce. 

 “On the part of DAR, we have been helping the farmer-beneficiaries through coop strengthening program and entrepreneurial skills and other support services to maximize the utilization of the awarded lands,” Chan added. 

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Agrarian-Organization’s credit line up to 250%

news reg 3 pix 1 aug 7 2017Farmer-members of the Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Association (BOFIA) in Jabonga town are jubilant after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) approved an increase on their credit line under the government’s Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP). 

In the first semester of this year, BOFIA’s approved credit line reached up to P5 million or about 250 percent from the P2 million credit line granted to them in 2016.  

Recognized as the outstanding organization in 2016 for its excellent performance and impressive growth, BOFIA represents the fastest growing agrarian-organization in Agusan del Norte for its micro-lending under APCP. 

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega said that BOFIA’s economic success was due to the strict discipline system practiced by the ARBO which resulted to a 100% repayment of loans to its members. 

According to APCP Point Person Luningning B. Ycoy, the loan assistance for BOFIA’s integrated rice production has benefitted 63 members who were also covered by crop insurance package in partnership with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC). 

Ycoy said that BOFIA was granted an initial credit release of P 900,000 last March 2017, benefitting 24 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) covering an area of 36 hectares. The second credit release amounted to P 1,452,500 last April with 27 ARBs benefitted, covering an area of 51 hectares. 

Winefredo Maldo, an ARB and the Chairperson of BOFIA, said its members’ income now increased because of low interest rate compared from informal moneylenders such as traders and input suppliers. 

According to Maldo, his fellow farmer-beneficiaries are now able to support their children to school. Some said that they can now buy their household needs, and able to purchase agricultural inputs. 

“Nagpasalamat kami ni President Duterte ug sa iyang tinugyanan sa ahensya nga si DAR Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano, na usa usab ka mag-uuma, usa ka tawo nga maantigo nga mosabot sa panginahanglanon sa mga maguuma,” (we are just thankful to President Duterte for appointing DAR Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano, who is also known for being a farmer, for his initiative to meet the needs of the farmers,” Maldo said in vernacular. 

The program is a joint credit and capacity development initiative among the DAR, DA and Landbank. It is designed to respond to the credit needs of ARBs for various economic projects such as agricultural crop production, agri-enterprise and livelihood projects.  (Gil Miranda)

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Bistoyong highlights DAR’s anti-poverty programs and…

Quezon City – The second leg of the government’s human development and poverty reduction forum dubbed as “Kilos SAMBAYANAN" (Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan) was simultaneously held in six strategic locations in the country on Friday, October… Read More..
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P21-M project to enhance production of 847 abaca farmers in…

AGUSAN DEL NORTE—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said a total of 847 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) will soon benefit from a P21-million financial package from a partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project… Read More..
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Harvest Festival in Agusan del Norte

Twenty-five (25) agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) members of Doña Rosario CLOA Holders Vegetable Producers Association (DRCHVPA) recently conducted a Harvest Festival and Techno Expo product display at Barangay Doña Rosario, Tubay, Agusan del Norte to show… Read More..
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Agrarian-Organization’s credit line up to 250%

Farmer-members of the Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Association (BOFIA) in Jabonga town are jubilant after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) approved an increase on their credit line under the government’s Agrarian Production Credit Program… Read More..

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