Over 700k farmers, 400k ARBs benefit from DAP - DAR

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interaksyonlogoMANILA, Philippines - Around 738,505 farmers and 440,387 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) have benefitted from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), according to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

The Php1.29 billion released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to DAR was used for the implementation of rural and social infrastructure subprojects under the Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP 2).

According to DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, the amount was released in tranches according to the implementation schedule submitted by the DAR.

De los Reyes explained that the DAR requested the Office of the President and the DBM for funding to subsidize LGUs since the latter failed to put up the equity requirements of the project.

Under this project, local government units (LGUs) are required to put up, as equity counterpart, 27% of total project cost or USD56 million.

Due to the said situation, a lot of rural infrastructure subprojects of the ARCP 2 remained unimplemented in 2011 which the Asian Development Bank (ADB) considered as an "actual problem".

The request for funding was approved on September 2011 and additional funding for infrastructure projects and other social programs under the 2011 GAA was provided under the DAP concept.

From January 2012 to August 2013, more than Php80 million was released by the DBM in six installments to the ARCP 2.

However, the remaining balance was not released in September 2013 due to pending resolution of the issues concerning the DAP.

The ARCP 2 was able to disburse Php841 million as subsidy for the LGU equity counterpart which enabled the implementation of rural and social infrastructure subprojects totaling to Php3.365 billion.

The projects have traslated to 612.46 km of roads built along with 31 post-harvest facilities, 144 units of social infrastructure, and nine units of level II potable water systems in 19 provinces in some of the poorest communities.

“I consider this additional funding under the DAP concept crucial in ensuring that the ARCP 2 succeed in providing the farmers with the necessary infrastructure support," de los Reyes stressed.

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/91545/over-700k-farmers-400k-arbs-benefit-from-dap---dar