TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over Php15.5 million worth of farm machineries to five agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar to help them rebuild their lives after being battered by super typhoon Yolanda last year.
Region 8 Director Sheila Enciso said the tractors were funded under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) project and were intended for the clearing and rehabilitation of farm lots in areas greatly affected by the typhoon.
Enciso added that three tractors were distributed in Leyte and one tractor each for the provinces of Samar and Eastern Samar, respectively.
DAR entrusted to five ARBOs the operations and maintenance of the machines which cost P3,117,920 per unit.
For Leyte, DAR turned over the machines to the St. Benedict’s Association for Sustainable Farming which is based in Tunga; the Boroc Agricultural Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Ormoc; and the Zaragosa Agrarian Cooperative in Matalom.
Meanwhile for Eastern Samar and Samar, DAR turned over the machines to the Carapdapan Small Farmers and Fishermen Producers Cooperative based in Salcedo, Eastern Samar and the Legaspi Farmers and Fishermen Association in Marabut.