DAR Secretary John Castriciones also distributed individual Certificates of Land Ownership Award, covering a combined area of 2,878.5 hectares, to 2,097 farmer-beneficiaries during the ceremonies inside the jampacked Agusan del Norte Capitol covered court.
Castriciones said the provision of farm machineries aims to encourage farmer-beneficiaries “to work harder, make the farms awarded to them more productive and raise their standards of living.”
“Parang nanalo na rin kami ng jackpot sa lotto (It’s like we’ve won the lotto jackpot),” Juanito S. Denso, chairman of the Ima Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, said after Castriciones led him to the new 35-horsepower tractor that was parked just outside the covered court.
Also gifted with four-wheel drive tractors, each worth P1.1 million, were the Balilaycar Farmers Marketing Association, Gamao Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bayabas ARB Association, Cantapoy ARB Cooperative, Magaud ARB Cooperative, Jamafo ARB Cooperative and Oil Palm Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
Castriciones also gave away a combined rice harvester, worth P1.86 million, and a rice transplanter, P247.520, to the Southern Agusan Seed Producers Cooperative (Sasepco) and to the Alipao Multi-Purpose Cooperative. Meanwhile Rural Improvement Producers Cooperative and San Isidro Multi-Purpose Cooperative were each given a rice transplanter.
“Maituturing na maagang pamaskong handog para sa amin ang mga makinaryang pansakahan na ito (These farm equipment are early Christmas gifts for us),” Sasepco chairman Edwin Tabano said.
While the lucky ARBOs were joyful about the good fortune that befell them, Roberto Simbajon, 80, felt he was on cloud nine as his family receive three land titles, one for him, another for his wife, Ada, 76, and still another for his son, Nathan, 46.
“Thank you very much, Secretary. We will forever be grateful to you for making our dreams come true,” Ka Obet, as Mr. Simbajon is fondly called, said.
The Simbajons were among the 2,097 farmer-beneficiaries who were each awarded with their respective individual land titles.
Photo 1: DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones poses with DAR-Caraga personnel after they checked the farm tractor of Gamao Multi-Purpose Cooperative, which is one among the recipients of P13.5-M farm-machineries turned-over by the DAR to Caraga Agrarian Reform Benefeciaries.
Photo 2: Mang Danilo Soriente from Agusan Del Sur displays his Certificate of Land Ownerhips Award covering three-hectares of farmlots.
Photo 3: DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones delivers his messages to 2,097 farmer-beneficiaries of Caraga region.
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